Banana boat SPF 4 dark tanning lotion or oil is awesome. You don't get super fried and you'll achieve a beautiful golden tan. I've used it for yrs. If you're planning on tanning indoors I'd use a lotion with a bronzer.
Designer Skin is one of the best brands of tanning lotion out there. However, the best lotion depends with the user as there are different kinds and usually people have different tastes and types of skins.