12 Recommendations on How To Buy The Best Pedicure Spa Chair For Sale
Forrest Gump could have said the same thing about pedicure spa chairs that he did about chocolate. “You never know what you are going to get.”
Here at SalonSmart we know to get the best pedicure chair possible, you need to look at several important aspects such as warranty information, chair costs, standard features and upgrade options. We are more than happy to share our wealth of knowledge to make sure you get the best chair for your nail salon or spa. Here are some suggestions for choosing the right pedi spa:
- What features you want in a pedicure spa chair?
Do you want a pedicure spa chair with Full Function Shiatsu Massage? What about multicolor LED lighting in the bowl for ambience? Whatever bells and whistles you’re looking for in a pedicure chair, it’s best to get that part figured out early on in the process. Albert Kim, Marketing Director for JA, one of most respected and well-known pedicure spa chair manufacturers in the industry, suggests you take note of all the features you want in a pedicure spa before you begin seriously shopping. “Make a list of must-have features in terms of things like arm trays, glass bowl and pipeless magnetic jet,” said Kim. “Consider all the options and research different companies.”
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- Who to buy from?
First and foremost, find a company with a knowledgeable staff. Make sure staff members are easily reachable by phone, in person or through e-mail. Since pedicure spa chairs can be expensive (more on that later), you’ll want the customer service representative to provide all the pertinent information so you can make a well-informed decision. Feeling comfortable and having good rapport with the salesperson is important. Here are some questions to ask yourself before, during or after the interaction to see if the representative is a good match moving forward. Are they are friendly? Did they answer all my questions? Did they take time to learn about my business and its specific needs? Did they reach back out to me in a timely manner?
- Who is the manufacturer?
With the rise in popularity of spa days and pedicures in general, pedicure spa chair manufacturers are seemingly popping up like dandelions on a warm spring day after a rain shower. Determining which companies produce high-quality, dependable pedicure units should be on the agenda of every prospective buyer. There are plenty of off-brand pedicure chairs flooding the market. SalonSmart recommends to its customers to avoid inferior units, since poorly constructed pedicure spas end up costing consumers more money over time. Instead, we suggest several established and reputable brand names to our clients. In J&A USA and Continuum, you have two American-based companies that are widely regarded as pedicure spa chair industry leaders and innovators that have been around for decades and make superior products. SalonSmart also sells pedicure spa chairs by Pibbs and Gulfstream, an American and North American spa manufacturer, respectively.
- What’s in a warranty?
When reading the fine print of your pedicure spa chair’s warranty, the critical points you need to define are what items are covered and for how long. Many warranties are of the “limited” variation, meaning not everything is going to be completely protected under the life of the warranty, like wear and tear parts.
- After sale support and replacement parts
Buying a pedicure spa chair is often the easy part. Maintaining and keeping your purchase functioning properly is where the temple-massaging can start. That’s why it’s vital to make sure the manufacturer is capable of providing customer service after the sale. When something inevitably goes wrong and the troubleshooting section of the owner’s manual doesn’t deliver answers, you will need the company to help you through it. Beyond customer support, expect to reach out to the manufacturer for replacement parts. In a lot of ways, a pedicure spa chair has to be treated like a car. It’s all about maintenance. You come to expect with an automobile, tires have to be replaced and the oil has to be changed. Upkeep is also required of pedicure chairs. So make sure to ask about the availability of replacement parts. Not all manufacturers keep them in stock or on hand. J&A USA is one of the best in the business when it comes to providing replacement parts for its pedicure chairs. In fact, J&A USA has a separate website with the majority of the space dedicated to parts.
- How much does a pedicure spa chair cost?
There are many variables when it comes to the pricing of a pedicure spa chair, including the brand name, features and the additional upgrade options chosen. A pedicure spa chair’s price will obviously increase if you start tacking on countless upgrades. At SalonSmart, the starting price point for our selection of pedicure spa chairs currently begins at $1,295 and can exceed the $5,000 mark. That’s probably considered the normal price range for a pedicure chair. However, high-end, luxury pedicure spa chairs such as Continuum’s Maestro Pedicure Spa Chair and J&A USA’s brand new Lenox M Pedicure Chair push costs into the stratosphere with price tags hovering around $10,000.
- Will acetone ruin my new pedicure spa?
During the pedicure process, sometimes nail polish remover accidently drips or spills on to the base of your pedicure spa chair. Some worry the harsh acetone in the nail polish remover ruins the beautiful finish of the base. But fear not. Most pedicure chair bases, regardless of brand, are either acetone proof or acetone resistant. So which do you have? It’s probably a good idea to find out before you get too sloppy with the nail polish remover. In the case of the units from J&A USA, those bases with an acrylic finish are acetone resistant. This means if polish remover gets on the base and it’s cleaned up rather quickly, the base should be unharmed. J&A USA bases with gel coats are acetone proof, so nail polish remover can stay on the base for long periods of time with no threat of damage being done to the unit.
- What’s the difference between no plumbing or pipeless?
It’s the question that’s asked repeatedly. How can I tell if a pedicure spa chair is no plumbing or pipeless? A no plumbing pedicure spa chair has a removable foot tub which needs to be filled manually with water for each client. With a no plumbing unit, there isn’t any water supply pipe connected to the basin. All new pedicure spa chairs on the market employ pipeless technology. Pipeless pedicure chairs use small whirlpool jet motors to circulate the water in the foot bath. This process is much more sanitary than the old way of using pipes to circulate the water. The use of pipes allowed bacteria to sit and collect in the system.
- What are my color options?
Customizing your pedicure spa chair to match your spa’s existing look or express your personal flair is the fun part. Pedicure spa chairs usually always allow the customer to choose the color of the chair and the color of the base. The number of colors from which to choose depends on the manufacturer. If you are purchasing a pedicure chair with a glass bowl, then you’ll also be able to pick out the color for the bowl as well.
- How much space do I need?
Before purchasing the pedicure spa chair of your dreams, you obviously need to be certain it will fit in your business. So getting specifications for the unit is crucial. Besides the overall dimensions, you should get the specs of the chair when it is fully reclined. This lets you know how much space you’ll need to leave between the pedicure spa’s base and the wall, which is normally 12 inches. If you have multiple units set up beside each other, you should leave a minimum of 18 inches between each pedicure chair. This would still leave around six inches of space between each pedicure chair if they are equipped with fold-out manicure trays and the trays are expanded.
- Who do I need to hire for the installation?
When installing a pedicure spa chair, SalonSmart recommends you hire a licensed electrician, a plumber and a HVAC (Heating, ventilation and air conditioning) professional to help get you up and running. You’ll need the electrician to install Ground Fault Interrupter (GFI), which are devices that shut off an electric power outlet when they detect electric current flowing through either water or a person. This reduces the risk of electric shock and can prevent fires. The plumber will handle all the pedicure chair’s water inflow and outflow issues. The HVAC provider can install the ventilation system your nail salon requires to meet any city or state codes.
- Why is ventilation so important?
The answer to the question posed above is quite simple. It’s important because nail salon ventilation requirements in cities and states are now, more than ever, part of many inspection codes, local ordinances or the law. The reason: the potential health hazards to employees and clients caused by the fumes and dust from various acrylic and gel polishes. To remain compliant and avoid penalties and fines, it would be wise to check city and state building codes to see what is required of you per the ventilation regulations. “The regulations depend on each state,” Kim said. “The strength required of your ventilation system is set by each state.” There are several different ways to ventilate a nail salon. Both J&A USA and Continuum sell pedicure spa chairs with vented options as upgrades. In those cases, the vents on the pedicure chairs must be connected to your building’s exhaust or ventilation system. This will send the air outside the building and improve the air quality inside of your salon or spa. A nail salon can also ventilate its space through the wall or ceiling or by using an external vacuum. “An HVAC system completely removes air out of the salon and puts it into the atmosphere,” said Kim. “A nail vacuum only collects dust. It doesn’t filter the air.”