My sprayer sucked too. Sputtered every few minutes, then sprayed smoothly again after fussing with it for a while. This would be enough to make the product useless if not for the fact that the results are fantastic.
I've had several people say, "Wow, great tan" rather than "What tanning product did you use?" which is a good sign. It's a nice color, not orangey, definitely more my natural shade of brown shading to golden/yellow (the exact color I really tan, sans freckles though).
I like that it sinks in and dries pretty fast- I can spray it on, rub it in and then put on something loose and do stuff around the house without sticking to things or staining them, which is very nice. The smell is fine- it's impossible to make tanner smell wonderful, I suppose, since there's that chemical reaction that makes the smell, but it isn't overpowering and I've definitely smelled much worse. (Though my cat squinted at me and wouldn't let me touch him, he's picky).
It doesn't spray on in such a way as to be no-rub, unfortunately. You have to rub it in. However once you do, there are NO streaks, patchy places, weird dark blotches or other issues such as I've had with every other tanner I've tried, even ones I've rubbed in for much longer. It is a nice gradual effect too. I did three coats and ended up looking like I had a decent light to medium tan. My hands, feet, elbows and knees came out perfect, very natural. The only dead giveaway is that my palms did get dark despite numerous scrubbings. Oh well. At least the backs of my hands match!
The "instant bronzer" color is OK too. You could conceivably put it on in the morning and then leave it for the day. I wouldn't since I can't stand even the hint of smell and it was a little too dark of a look to be reasonable on me. Basically it's worth the annoyance with the sprayer to get nice results.