In this article, we will be discussing pipe-less pedicure chairs, what they are, why they are preferable over traditional pedicure chairs, and why you should consider them for your salon.
Cleaning is one of those things that we have to do frequently and which takes up a ridiculous amount of time in our day. Because of this, finding new ways to streamline your cleaning methods and make your life easier should be a priority, and this applies to salons too. As our title indicates, our focus is going to be pedicure chairs and you’ll most likely already be aware of how time-consuming cleaning a pedicure chair is after a customer has used it can be – which is why we recommend looking into pipe-less pedicure chairs if you don’t already have them.
Pipe-less Pedicure Chairs – What Are They?
A pipe-less pedicure chair works in the same way that a regular pedicure chair works, but more efficiently and without piped jets. This might seem like a very insignificant feature for pedicure chairs however, it makes salon workers’ jobs a lot less stressful given how much easier these chairs are to clean.
How these chairs work without the use of jets is actually fairly straightforward. Instead of there being several jets fitted to the basin which carry the water throughout the pipework to massage your customer’s feet, a smaller and more efficient fan is used which creates the same effect. Typically, there are only two pipes fitted to these chairs – one pipe to fill up the basin with water, another to drain it.
You might be thinking at this point, “Cleaning them isn’t that tedious, why should I switch to pipe-less pedicure chairs?”, so to help clear this up, we’re going to compare pipe-less pedicure chairs to traditional pedicure chair so that you can see the different benefits that there are.
Pipe-less Pedicure Chairs VS Traditional Pedicure Chairs
Below we have listed some of the different aspects of pedicure chairs and what you should consider when deciding between a traditional or pipe-less chair.
This is the big difference between the two. Pipe-less pedicure chairs are a lot cleaner than traditional chairs and are also much easier to clean given that there are no pipes involved, thus fewer bacteria. As a result of this, less time needs to be spent cleaning the chair after a customer has used it which allows employees to be more relaxed and get on with less tedious tasks.
It might sound silly, but a pipe-less pedicure chair is just a much simpler option and generally looks better from a customer’s perspective. For customers who have never had a pedicure before, they may see your piped chair and might get cold feet (pun intended). On the other hand, a pipe-less pedicure chair looks a lot simpler and less intimidating to customers.
Some businesses are set in their ways and will stick to what they know best. For some salons, this might be sticking with traditional pedicure chairs rather than taking the leap to pipe-less. However, there are virtually no downsides to pipe-less chairs and in the long run, it will help you to minimize the time that you and your employees spend cleaning and allow you to focus on more pressing aspects of your business.
Nobody enjoys a noisy atmosphere and if you have several customers getting pedicures on traditional chairs at once, your salon will be noisier than necessary. This is because of the jets that are used which are constantly pumping water throughout the pipes to create the whirlpool. With pipe-less chairs, no pumps are involved and thus, they are much quieter – a win for both the employees and the customers.
Your customer’s feet are covered in bacteria and germs and the second that they place their feet in the basin, those germs are in the chair’s piping system. This is why sanitation is important in salons. With traditional chairs, ensuring that their pipes are sanitary is very difficult and your only option is to run cleaning chemicals through them several times. With pipe-less chairs, you don’t have to worry about this aggressive approach as there is minimal equipment involved and thus, sanitizing is much easier.
When an expensive piece of equipment breaks, or an essential component malfunctions, you’re likely to find that the cost of repair is extortionate and will put a dent in your profits. Because pipe-less pedicure chairs have less moving parts and only a single pipe, the chances of anything going wrong is significantly lower than if you were to have a traditional chair – consisting of a lot of moving parts, several jets, and pipes which will be prone to leaking.
Although it depends on the specific chairs that you’re interested in buying, you’ll find that most of the time a pipe-less pedicure chair costs slightly more than the traditional options. This might instantly turn you away although, keeping in mind maintenance costs, they are much cheaper in the long run.
These are just some of the main things that you need to keep in mind when you’re interested in purchasing new pedicure chairs and, as you can see, pipe-less chairs are undoubtedly the best option practically and financially.
What Else to Consider?
If we’ve persuaded you that your best choice is to purchase a pipe-less pedicure chair, then great! You can be assured that you won’t be disappointed with your purchase, although there are a few final things to consider.
One of the best ways to take your pedicure service to the next level is with heated seats. When a customer has their feet in a basin of luxuriously warm water, the rest of their body will feel a little bit colder than they actually are. With the built-in heated seat feature, your customers can be unbelievably comfortable while they receive their treatments.
We’re all different when it comes to sitting comfortably for long periods of time and by purchasing a pedicure chair that reclines, you are giving your customers the chance to adjust the chair to their preference.
Lastly, to top it off, an adjustable footrest will allow your customers to put their feet up after they’ve been soaking them in the basin. If they’re receiving other beauty treatments then you can use the footrests simply to make your customers more relaxed – the happier the customer, the more likely they are to return in the future!
These few additional features will go a long way in improving your customer’s experiences.
Buying salon equipment can be mentally and financially stressful. Most of the equipment that you’ll have to buy will be expensive and because of that, you want to make sure that you are getting the best product for your money. When it comes to pedicure chairs, looking at the pipe-less options is definitely in your best interests or at the very least, worth the consideration.