What is the best Esthetic Chair for me? We get this question all the time! It really depends on three fundamental areas.
How long have you been in the industry?
What services are you providing or will consider providing in the next 3 to 5 years?
What are your clients expectations for comfort, accessibility and experience?
We hope to answer all three questions in detail below as well as provide budget considerations.
How long have you been in the industry?
This may seem like a simple question at first, however, most estheticians we speak with haven't considered it.
For instance, you may be a graduating student just starting out in your career. Your focus should be on building a faithful clientele and perfecting your unique art and style. Your focus should not be on buying a top of the line esthetic chair, or facial machine for that matter. A simple and budget friendly hydraulic esthetic chair will be an effective choice and will serve your needs for the next 2 - 3 years that it will take to grow your business.
A budget under $1,000-2,000 is perfectly acceptable.
In contrast, you may be at that point in your career where your spa business is well established and your schedule stays booked. Your business profits are increasing but so is the toll on your body. Estheticians having served the industry for more than 5 years are at a higher risk from injury due to poor ergonomics.
At this point, you should not only consider upgrading to a fully electric esthetic chair or multi-purpose table. You should also take care to find an option that meets your own body's ergonomic requirements.
Ask your representative for the overall dimensions including height ranges, width, length and versatility such as degree of motion.
Having a budget between $3,000 - 5,000 is reasonable depending on the name brand, accessories and versatility.
Be sure to review the entire manufacturer's warranty for details on what is covered and length of coverage.
One last thing that we see left out of the decision makers' buying process is the lack of feedback from their spa staff. As a Spa Owner, your estheticians' opinion can and should weigh heavily on the final purchasing decision.
What services are you providing now or will consider providing in the next 2 - 3 years?
Looking ahead towards your future goals is important. You'll need to ask your self "What table is right for ABC treatment now and XYZ treatment in the future?"
Here is where you'll find it important to examine not only your current services but perhaps ones that you would consider offering in the next 2 - 3 years.
For instance, you may only offer skin care services at this time but when you take a closer look at your surrounding competition you find that they...
are offering back facials.
offer Massage in addition to esthetics.
are offering Waxing or Laser Hair Removal.
include injectables on their spa menu.
Remaining competitive is the key to staying relevant to your clientele. Treatment tables are not the easiest item to replace in an immediate time of need. So, carefully plan ahead or consult with a trusted representative. They can help you perform a competitive analysis of your immediate area and help forecast future services you'll need to keep an eye out for.
You may decide to include several facial machines in the treatment room over the next 3 - 5 years. A pivoting esthetic chair allows for easy positioning 180 degrees in either direction, permitting access to different devices
One way that your Spa menu can remain flexible is to purchase a "multi-purpose" treatment table. This type of spa bed is identified as having 3 - 4 cushions or a single flexible cushion. The head end can raise up to 65 - 70 degrees and the knee section can be adjusted. Look for a double pedestal or a cabinet base for extra storage.
*Insider Tip: Avoid single-pedestal tables if you are considering offering deep tissue massage. For facials, hair removal and similar services single pedestal tables can be a beautiful addition to our treatment room.
PRO: Multi-purpose treatment tables are perfect for esthetics, waxing, massage and body treatments. They also provide the widest array of accessories to choose from such as headrests (facials), crescent face rests (massage), arm rests, arm cradles, foot extenders (for taller guests) and aroma therapy shelves.
CON: Multipurpose tables tend to take up a larger area than Esthetic Chairs. You may want to consider a table with a smaller footprint in a room with less space.
What are your clients expectations for comfort, accessibility and overall experience?
There are literally thousands of options available for estheticians and it can be difficult to decide on the appropriate budget, style and features. Your clientele can help! They can provide valuable feedback and help you find the perfect solution.
Consider the length of your treatments. Longer treatments such as lash extensions, laser, electrolysis, IV sessions or VIP facials which require your clients to remain in a fixed position for long periods of time. Compare the materials that are used in the esthetic chairs cushioning, how many inches of padding and the width of seating area.
As mentioned earlier, if you have been in the industry for over 5 years or find yourself with back-to-back clients for the better part of your work week, then, it is time to upgrade to a fully electric esthetic chair or multi-function table. Your body will thank you!
Just as you would likely consider better ergonomics and comfort for your own body you must take into account the clients comfort as well. Here are some important questions to ask yourself.
What is the average age of my clientele? Perhaps you should consider an ADA compliant treatment table option.
What is the average body type of the clients I see regularly? You obviously would want to take into account not only the weight capacities (working weight if offering massage) for your spa furniture but the seating width as well. Most esthetic chairs average 27 - 29" width. Multi-function tables can go 32" wide or wider. Multi-function