Who doesn’t love a sauna session? Relax a bit, heat up your whole body, and just let your worries melt away…it’s just great.
But traditional saunas have a few problems. The primary ones being they get far TOO hot and steamy.
The excess steam can mess with your breathing after a while, and while the heat is nice, it can lead to danger with prolonged exposure.
Infrared saunas eliminate most of these issues, and make the dream of having your own sauna at home a very achievable reality.
But what makes one good? How do you narrow down the market to just the ones that ARE good?
Today I’m going to answer these questions, but if you’re in a rush I’m going to list my top picks so you can get back to your busy life. But if you have a few more minutes to spare, settle in and I’ll give you the in depth hows and whys of infrared saunas.
Top Infrared Saunas For The Money
Top 6 Best Infrared Sauna In 2020 (UPDATED LIST)
The Radiant Saunas 2-person hemlock infrared sauna comes with 6 carbon heaters, chromotherapy lighting, and an oxygen ionizer. This gorgeous sauna is full of soothing features. It also comes with a good quality sound system with aux inputs.
This sauna can help you have you to have the luxury of having a sauna bath at the convenience of your home without you having the hassle of visiting a spa or beauty salon. By doing this you can save on your health or beauty treatment expenses too.
This sauna unit will last for a long time as it is built out of solid Canadian hemlock wood. The glass door is specially tempered for longevity, safety, and reliability. The assembly is secure and easy with buckle connectors.
The 6 carbon heaters of this sauna are positioned precisely to provide you an even stream of comforting and warm air. The infrared heaters can provide up to 141 degrees of heat and can be easily tuned with in-built controls.
Sauna therapy has many benefits like it relaxes the tired joints and muscles and also helps you to get a good night’s sleep. Sauna also improves blood circulation, it helps in increasing your metabolism, it assists in keeping the skin healthy, it relieves stiffness in the body, and helps you relax the body.
This portable sauna is strongly recommended for you if have arthritis or rheumatism as it gives rapid relief from these ailments. Sauna therapy also improves skin tone to a great extent. Using the portable sauna you can improve body tone, detoxify, lose weight, and also enjoy youthful and radiant skin. Sauna also helps in weight loss.
Probably the best sauna around, if you think you need the space.
This is sort of the culmination of all the infrared saunas we’ve looked at today. It has every feature the others have, and a few more besides.
Solid hemlock? Check. Tempered, scratch resistant glass? Also check. Sound system? You betcha.
You can go down the line, it has the standard 141 degree temperature, carbon panels (10 of them), interior and exterior control panels, and even “chromotherapy” mood lighting.
In addition to all that it has a bit more interior space for things like magazine racks and cushiony back rests (which sound quite nice and cozy in there) with room to stretch your legs and just enjoy everything the sauna has to offer.
Given all that the price is very reasonable, well under $2000. This one gets my wholehearted seal of approval. I like the look (the octagon shape is nice and fits in a corner), the function, and everything else about it.
In function it remains unsurpassed (being larger than most with more panels and more amenities) and I feel its shape makes it a lot more aesthetically pleasing than a simple square or rectangular box. Even its price doesn’t faze me, considering it’s only about a little more than considerably smaller units that perform the same in other regards.
If you want to hedge your bets and just get a model large enough to fit your whole family or closest friends, while not missing out on anything a smaller unit could provide, this is absolutely the best option.
The S SMAUTOP Infrared FIR Sauna Blanket is a great option if you would like to have a sauna bath at your residence or any other place. It saves you the time, energy, and cost of going to a regular spa or beauty salon.
It is made of water-proof soft material with supple tensile capabilities that can be used in different sleeping positions. The heating chord is designed for any bends or stretches. Inside it is made up of waterproof PVC while the outside is made of top of the line PU material. The sauna blanket has infrared heating(dry) and two-zone control for temperature.
The temperature can be adjusted through the controller from 35-75 degrees Celsius. The running time can be set to 15 to 60 minutes. An infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses light energy to create heat.
These saunas are also called FAR- infrared saunas. While a traditional sauna uses warm air which is heated that warms the body. While infrared saunas heat the body directly.
The sauna blanket is of a two-zone type to cover the front as well as the back of the body helping in detoxification and weight loss. By using this convenient sauna blanket your whole body relaxes and your muscles will be loosened. It also helps in burning calories and purifying the fat cells.
This sauna blanket is extremely compact and durable. It can be stored and transported easily.
Jumping up, we have this beauty from Empava.
I like this one. It’s a two to three person sauna that makes a very nice “relaxation chamber”.
It’s made primarily of Canadian hemlock wood (a quite nice looking light wood, and I say this as someone who usually prefers dark woods for furniture) with tempered, scratch resistant glass on the door. Its construction should make it vaguely soundproof, enough to block out most low ambient sounds at least.
The heat radiates from eight carbon fiber panels placed around the interior (each of the roughly 4 x 3 strips of black cubes in the picture make up one of these) and it can reach temperatures up to 141 degrees Fahrenheit (the recommended temperature is closer to 124 degrees though) and can hit that in about 15 minutes.
Its extras include a soft reading light and a stereo surround system with MP3 hook up if you want to play a little music or read while you relax.
I’d be tempted to get one of these if I had the space. It would make a very nice, relaxing place to read in the evenings while I heat away some aches and wind down before bed. I suggest getting this one if you want an infrared sauna with enough room for you and your significant other or a friend, or just one with space for you to lay down.
Quite nice, inside and out.
While fitting two people inside is a bit of a stretch (or a squeeze, as the case may be), it makes for a comfortably roomy one person sauna with just about any amenity you could ask for in an infrared sauna from Dynamic Saunas.
Six carbon fiber panels provide the heating (plenty for a single person unit) and can easily hit the standard 140 degree Fahrenheit temperature you should expect from an infrared sauna (though again, the recommended temperature is between 120 and 130 degrees).
Again made from Canadian hemlock (reforested, which is nice of them), though this time stained black, with the same tempered and scratch resistant glass of the Empava. It likewise has an MP3 aux connection and speakers.
The control panels are a nice addition, having both an interior and exterior panel so the temperature and everything ese can be controlled and adjusted once you get inside without having to step into the relatively cool air and undo some of the loosening up you’ve done.
Its other main claim to fame is “chromotherapy”, which just amounts to “it has some colored light bulbs inside”. The science on this idea is quite thoroughly bunk as well in regards to medical benefits, but the psychological benefits of color scheming is well documented, and many colors are relatively well proven to help you relax or evoke other emotions (in general, cool colors to relax and warm colors to stimulate), so mood lighting is always nice to have.
All in all, a very nice sauna, and one anyone would be glad to own. It’s a bit pricy for a one person model (a little over $1200) but it offers just a bit extra over many of its competitors, so that can be overlooked.
Now you can have the benefit of having a sauna at home and get beauty treatment without visiting a spa with the Zonemel Portable Far Infrared One Person Sauna. You can have a detox at the convenience of your home. Now, you can relax in this portable sauna after a hard day at work, and you can do it while reading a book or even listening to your favorite music.
This infrared sauna is extremely portable. You can easily pack it up and use it when you need it, enabling you to relax anywhere.
Sauna therapy has many benefits like it relaxes the tired joints and muscles and also helps you to get a good night’s sleep. Sauna also improves blood circulation, it helps in increasing your metabolism, it assists in keeping the skin healthy, it relieves stiffness in the body, and helps you relax the body. This portable sauna is strongly recommended for you if have arthritis or rheumatism as it gives rapid relief from these ailments.
Sauna therapy also improves skin tone to a great extent. Using the portable sauna you can improve body tone, detoxify, lose weight, and also enjoy youthful and radiant skin. Sauna also helps in weight loss.
The standard package of the portable sauna comes with a foldable well-crafted sauna tent, a heated floor pad, upgraded with a double layer fabric reinforced chair(portable).
Health Benefits of Infrared Sauna
Saunas of all kinds have documented health benefits. While further study needs to be done to determine the extent and full nature of these benefits, there are still apparent benefits that mitigate or stall the ongoing effects of chronic diseases like headaches and migraines, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, and even Type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
The first few of these in particular make perfect sense. The higher your body heat the less viscous your blood is (the same as any liquid or semi-liquid), which can help the blood flow better with less blockage as your veins loosen and the blood in them thins slightly. As many headaches are (in part) caused by constricting blood vessels, the lowering of your blood pressure will in turn aid in getting rid of the headache.
While many of the other benefits of infrared saunas are unproven, these same benefits logically extend to lessening the effects of symptoms for many chronic diseases, which often cause muscle tightness or restricted blood flow (both of which are helped by a higher body temperature).
The other primary supposed benefits of any kind of sauna are “detoxification” and for weight loss. The former is sheer bunk: humans do not detoxify through sweat (that’s the job of your kidneys and liver), and infrared saunas do not magically fix that issue. The science simply isn’t there for that benefit.
Weight loss has a grain of truth to it, though I’d caution against using a sauna as your primary means of weight loss. Most of what you shed is “water weight”. One of the minerals you DO shed through sweating is salt, which is one of the primary causes for water retention. Sweating in a sauna won’t let you “sweat out” your fat reserves with any degree of efficiency. Saunas are not a replacement for eating right and working out.
Given that there are some medical benefits to a sauna, and no drawbacks, and they feel nice I would recommend getting one. Just make sure you know WHY you’re getting it and don’t get caught up in the pseudo-science “detox” hype.
Infrared vs Steam Saunas
The difference between infrared and tradition steam (or hot rock) saunas is pretty simple: traditional saunas heat the air, infrared saunas heat YOU.
Traditional saunas involve hot steam permeating the air and heating the entire room to the temperature needed for the sauna to work. You then heat up along with the room. The main downside to this is that the air quickly becomes stifling, and staying in a traditional sauna too long can be detrimental to your health.
Infrared saunas work by radiating heat directly into your body using infrared light (invisible to the naked eye) and heating panels. The air remains cool and free of moisture (aside what’s already there) while you heat up and reap the benefits of a higher core temperature for a while.
While you don’t want to stay in either over long, infrared saunas are safer and more comfortable to use.
What Do We Look For In An Infrared Sauna?
There are two main types of heating panel in infrared saunas: ceramic and carbon.
Carbon panels are generally preferable; they’re more efficient, last longer, and more comfortable to be around.
Ceramic panels heat up considerably when in use and tend to let that heat “bleed” into the air more than carbon panels do, introducing many of the same issues a traditional sauna has to the infrared version. They also tend to heat less evenly, leaving cold spots (and some that are extra hot), and since they themselves heat up a lot they can’t be leaned on.
Carbon panels stay cool to the touch and offer a more directed heat while heating up close to three times faster than ceramic panels do.
If possible, always get carbon heating panels, and ones imported from Japan of those (they tend to be the highest quality).
The number and placement of heating panels is also important. In general, more is better. The more panels there are (and the better they’re placed) the more evenly the heat will be distributed, and the better the sauna experience.
For a truly great infrared sauna, you want one made of wood (sustainably sourced is a plus) that is held together by strong screws or bolt and held tight.
Watch out for saunas that cut corners by simply gluing the wood together. Glue has a tendency to melt with heat and moisture, both of which will be abundant in a sauna (though the latter less so in an infrared sauna) and you may find your sauna literally coming apart at the seams within a few months.
We’ll be looking at some cheaper (even portable) options today, but for true quality, the above are non-negotiable.
Infrared saunas commonly come in three primary sizes: portable, single person, and two-person.
Portables infrared saunas are sort of like tents with a chair you sit in that is just large enough to cover your body up to the neck. They do in a pinch, I suppose, but are hardly ideal.
Single person saunas are exactly what they sound like. They give just enough space for one person in a small, closet-like space to enjoy with little room to move around.
Two person saunas are a bit larger and can comfortably accommodate two people.
Larger sizes exist, certainly, but MOST infrared saunas will fall into this range where two people are the max without getting into exorbitantly expensive six to eight person models.
Note your size needs and budget before you buy. Portable and single person saunas absolutely cannot accommodate multiple people.
As nice and relaxing as sitting in a warm box can be, it can also be…well, boring. Many higher end saunas come with built in radios or DVD players to help alleviate that boredom, and I definitely recommend trying to get one with entertainment features.
Infrared saunas are relatively expensive, surprisingly enough. They’re not cheap, but with the lower end for portable saunas running you under $200 and some of the higher end models being around $3000, it’s pretty good pricing for a luxury item that also doubles as a health and wellness tool.
That out of the way, let’s get cracking!
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