3 Best Saunas – List Of Certified Saunas For You Guys – Sorry About Delay!

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I’ve been away from the computer trying to get more testing done in the garage. Sorry haven’t been able to reply to everyone!  Taken 02/11/2019

Hey guys, I’m sorry I had to take down the sauna review videos for a short while.  I am working on getting them back up, it’s just slow going while also doing the current pallet shipments too.  I have to choose between being at the computer to update the content, or get in the garage and handle all these pallets so I can get the testing done. Anyway, in the meantime so you’re not in the dark, I put together the shortlist of infrared saunas that are guaranteed to be safe. (that I have personally tested myself)

I threw this together for you today 02/12/2019, so please don’t expect the holy grail with all the pictures, vids, etc…

Every sauna brand listed below, I have personally tested with 4 EMF meters myself. I can’t show you the videos yet for the ultimate proof, they still have to edited. But if I were buying a sauna for my mother, children, or anyone fighting a disease, it would be one of these three brands.

All of the brands listed on this page mitigate electric fields, which is what most sauna companies are lying about. (other companies will tell you their sauna is low emf, show you the levels using a gaussmeter only, and then not even test the electric fields. They never show you the body voltage either, which would reveal the high electric fields. Consumers are being duped left and right…)

I have personally tested the following models from each brand: Clearlight Premier IS-2, Radiant Health 2 Person, and the High Tech Health TR2.

All three brands have magnetic fields below 1mg in the seated position, electric fields below 200 v/m, and body voltage of less than 200 millivolts.

The saunas I bought from Coscto & Amazon that were supposed to be “low emf”, some models had up to 100mg magnetic fields in them… Downright awful.

This is the list of safe saunas so far from all the testing:


Radiant Health

Pros:

  • Ultra low emf
    • low magnetic fields, low electric fields, and low body voltage
  • Zero presence of RF radiation (no bluetooth from the stereo either! Awesome!!)
  • The easiest sauna I’ve ever put together
  • Love the fact that the floor has a tile insert, so you never have to worry about sweat dripping down your feet into the wood ever again.
  • Has a bench heater under your seat, so it feels like a towel warmer in a fancy hotel when you get in


Cons:

  • None really, compared to what’s out there. It does take 30 mins to heat up into the 130’s F, but for something that’s safe for children, elderly, or anyone fighting disease, it’s worth the wait.

Price range:  $3,300 – $6,100

More Info: RH Saunas

Discount code: “matt-justice-500”

My direct contact:  Randy Gomm

Direct phone number:  1-888-291-6544

Clearlight Premier

 

Pros:

  • Ultra low emf
    • low magnetic fields, low electric fields, and low body voltage
  • Good quality for the money
  • The most flexible financing options
  • Available in most countries, including UK, NZ, AU
  • Good warranty

 

Cons:

  • Same, none really. Great sauna for the price, good adequate heater coverage like the others, same preheat time, etc…
  • I don’t believe in the need for full spectrum, but this is my personal opinion. Most will try to upsell you to full spectrum, but FIR is doing the real workhorse in any sauna

 


Price range: $3,399 – $7,599

More Info: CL Saunas

Discount code: “matt-justice-500”

My direct contact:  David Dremmel

Direct phone number:  1-800-798-1779 ext. 870

High Tech Health

Pros:

  • Ultra low emf
    • low magnetic fields, low electric fields, and low body voltage
  • Poplar wood is great for chemically sensitive people (if not sensitive, lumber is not a selling point in my opinion)
  • More spacious than most saunas
  • I like the front angled heater design, something you don’t find in most ceramic saunas

 

Cons:

  • The most difficult sauna I’ve put together to date
  • 3 separate power controls for sauna, lights, and radio
  • Most expensive

 


Price range: $4,000 – $7,000

More Info: HTH Saunas

Discount code: “matt-justice-500”

My direct contact: Tristan Summerfield

Direct phone number: 1-303-413-8500  ext. 811


I can’t stand annoying sales people, and when I was buying a sauna for the first time, it seemed like everywhere I called said their sauna was “the best” and were super high pressure… so ridiculous!  I put my direct contact for each above, since each one has been super down to earth with me, and weren’t pushy at all.  You can simply call and use their extension for a low key sales experience.


Which sauna is right for you?

The truth is, you cant go wrong with any of them. They’re all good saunas, and I’d have any of them in my home, buy them for my family, recommend them to friends, etc…

My number one gripe with the sauna industry, is that no one is policing the EMF claims, and until the FTC steps in and starts regulating the industry, anyone can say anything they want. Sauna companies are regularly caught claiming lower levels than they should, deferring to third party emf reports (which I think are absolutely nuts!), not mitigating electric fields, and no one tests body voltage.  Well I have, and these three make the cut.

If if I had to pick a sauna today that would be the right fit for most people, I’d go with the Radiant Health. It’s the best blend of build quality, and the lowest EMF of any sauna I’ve ever tested. It’s also the easiest sauna I’ve put together, which doesn’t mean much for me, but I know that is a really important point for a lot of you.

If budget is a concern, the Clearlight Premier is a little bit cheaper, and still low emf. The High Tech Health is great for uber chemically sensitive people that have to have Poplar, but the assembly is a bit more cumbersome. Both the Radiant Health and Clearlight are also low VOC, I just wouldn’t get Cedar if you have chemical sensitivities. (I do not, I sauna just fine in any wood, and my preference is only based on smell)

Overall, the Radiant Health takes the cake thus far with the tile floor… Very nice feature!  I reserve the right to change this opinion in the future, but I stand by my EMF testing 100%.  ANY of these saunas are safe for your family, and by me saying I like one over the other, is personal preference.  ALL of them are perfectly safe, good quality units, from good companies that will be around for the long haul if you ever need anything.

They do track my referrals, so please tell them I sent you. If I build up enough clout, hopefully I can get some more sauna models to test for free in the future, instead of having to buy them all. (full disclosure, I did try to get these saunas for free, but unfortunately none of these models listed above were given to me. I got a discount on a couple, but it cost me over $10k just to be able to publish this one page and personally verify the emf levels on these 3 saunas alone)

Have more questions I didn’t hit?  Use the comment system below to ask, I usually respond within 24 hours….

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88 Comments

  1. Hi Matt! Thank you so much for calling me back today and giving 40 minutes of your time to help answer my questions! My husband and I are truly grateful for that and for all that you’ve invested to provide this honest & unbiased review for consumers! You rock! May God bless you for your kindness and heartfelt concern for others!

    To Health,
    Erika 🙂

  2. If you already have a sauna with higher EMF ratings, is it possible to put some type of insulating material in to lower the EMF?

      • Hi Matt,

        More of a general question as I saw someone that had one of the Costco models and we were discussion whether there was anything you could do about it. Thanks for your response!

          • Do you know what the difference is in manufacturing that causes one to generate higher emf than another? Very interesting stuff!

          • Yes, but it’s divided into 3 parts. EMF is not just one thing…

            • Magnetic Fields: power supply, control panels, motors, etc…
            • Electric Fields: transformers, wiring, heaters, etc…
            • RF Radiation: Bluetooth, wifi, etc…

            Body Voltage is a whole different animal, but a great way to double check an environment. You cannot have low body voltage in the presence of high electromagnetic fields.

  3. Matt, thanks again for the info. I’ve been in contact with Clearlight and their pricing was at the very top of your range. I didnt speak with Mr. Dremmel but wondered how you arrived at that range?

    • Hi Adam,

      Most companies do change their prices, and/or run sales quite often… I can’t keep up with it, so I just put a range that should be fairly close.

      Starting with the cheapest, a Clearlight Premier 1 person is around $3,100’ish, all the way up to the most expensive Clearlight Sanctuary 4 person at around $5,900’ish. All other sizes are all over the map price wise within that range. (I don’t know if there’s shipping for you, tax, or whatever fees depending on where you are in the world. Location matters. Some companies include shipping, others don’t, etc…)

      P.S. – after typing all that out, I just realized you said you DID NOT speak with David. Maybe that’s why you didn’t get the price???

      • All good! I DID just get off the phone with David and he gave me the sale price. One thing worth noting for anyone else reading this….the 2 person models are high in demand and there may be a delay (currently shipping in June). However, the IS-3 version is not significantly more in cost and are in stock.

        • Shew, I thought something was amiss! The IS-2 should be $3,599 today, which is on the lower end of that range, and what most people buy since it works on a 15 amp circuit. If that’s not the case or someone is jerking you around, let me know and I will take care of it.

          • Thats the price they offered me, and thats the basswood not the cedar. Which again neither will ship till June. The only 1, 2, or 3 person unit they have in stock is the IS-3 in cedar. 4,490.00 (after applying your discount).

          • Wanted to follow up…

            Received my sauna, clearlight IS-3, Monday. Definitely takes two people to carry in the boxes, but I suppose you could unbox and carry in the panels individually. Anyway, I put it together by myself in about 90 minutes, again def recommend two people.

            Its well built for sure and goes together tightly in a snap!

  4. Sally Randolph on

    Matt- I couldn’t find a way to search your site, so thought I’d just ask…have you reviewed or have thoughts on outdoor infared saunas? I was going to “save money” and purchase an indoor (Costco or Amazon) until I found your page! ( Thank you!!) so now that the budget needs to triple to get a safe sauna, my ideal location is actually outside but I figured I’d see what you knew in that arena first.

    • Hi Sally,

      No I haven’t yet, been thinking about it though for a property in Maine. Clearlight is the only one I know of that makes an outdoor sauna with a real roof, weather resistant siding, etc… You didn’t mention where you’re located, but you may want to look into a barrel sauna as well. If it’s in the north, an infrared sauna is going to take a while to heat unless it’s super well insulated, and a steam sauna might serve you better if it’s really cold and must be outside.

  5. Hi Matt, thanks for doing his post and updating as i am trying to make a decision. One thing i was confused about is in one review you bash Radiant Saunas and in this one you recommend Radiant Health saunas highly. Are these two different manufacturers? Weird that they are so close in name if so. When I do a search for Radiant Health saunas, all the Radiant Saunas on Amazon come up. Can you clarify. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  6. Hi Matt, thanks for all this great work on testing saunas and sharing what you have learned. I have two questions. Is the discount code you offer for the Clearlight saunas suppose to give $500 off? They said it would only give $100 off but it may be because they are already having a sale for $400 off. Also, you mention Clearlight as a good company to buy from in one section of your website but it isn’t listed as having a review in another section of your site. Just wanted to clarify because I am planning on purchasing one right away. Thanks very much!!

    • Hi Renee,

      I’m not really sure, they change the sales far too often for me to keep track of the prices, sorry! But if you talk to David, he’s very honest and straightforward, and will make sure you get the best deal possible. Hmm, I’ll have to check… lots of old content on this blog that needs updating. If I had to guess, I would say that there isn’t a review of the Sanctuary model, only the Premier. I’m a stickler for the reviews, and won’t just do a generic “Clearlight review.”

  7. Hello Matt! I am so happy you have taken the time to review some many saunas. I’m wondering if you’ve heard of or ever tried the infrared saunas made by GHS? After reading what I’ve learned from you, are fake consumer reports, I’m scared to buy. We just put half down last night and I’m now wondering if we’ve been scammed.

    • Hi Luv,

      Never heard of it. Just ask what the magnetic and electric fields are. If low, should be fine…

      Can’t make heads or tails of the reviews I could find: https://amzn.to/2VNn1aB

      If the 1 person is really $4,399, that is pretty damn expensive for a single person run of the mill sauna.

  8. Hi Matt, Thank you so very much for your brilliant reviews – other than Oram Miller’s site this is the only place I’ve found good, honest and truly independently tested EMF/ELF readings. Can you please tell me whether you get good front coverage in any of these models? I’ve been using a sauna blanket, so full 360 coverage, these cubicles don’t seem to have much facing you. But with 78 v/m readings inside the blanket I’m not keen to use it anymore – I’m assuming that’s not good for anyone!

    • Hi Fiona,

      Thanks! Well nothing is going to feel like a blanket, but you’re also way too close to the emitters in an environment like that. All three have some form of frontal infrared, some with larger heaters than others, but I get a good full body sweat in all of them. Preheat times are low, takes about 30 minutes to heat up into the 130’s Fahrenheit, and pretty much everyone sweats at that temp and up. (usually even lower)

      • Hi Matt

        Thanks so much for replying.

        I love the look of the Radiant Health Sauna as it is so amazing and looks like better body coverage, you mention it’s the easiest to build (I’m not that handy), but can’t get a reply from them about whether they sell in the UK. Do you have any idea?

        If not, would you say Clearlight is just as good?

        I’m assuming as none feature here that none of the more portable devices are truly low on EMF/ELF?

        Wishing you continuing health and many blessings for all that you share here – I’ve only just read more about you and it is such a kindness that you do for us all sharing your wisdom. Losing health can be such an exhausting journey, it’s incredible that you do what you do and I’m sure everyone who comes here appreciates you greatly.

        Very best wishes

        Fiona

  9. Hi 👋
    My husband and I are starting a Cryo business and would like to know your thoughts on the Jacuzzi Sanctuary 3 or the J & L Sauna. We look forward to your suggestions we are looking to purchase 3 units to start with.
    Thanks
    Nicci

    • Hi Teresa,

      No that’s probably not something I would test again. I like the idea of the salt walls, but not a fan of whitelabel imported saunas. Just ask what the electric fields are, in addition to the magnetic. If they’re low, you should be good. If they don’t know, or give you a bunch of lines, you know to avoid. (there should me multiple measurements for EMF, not just one)

  10. I cannot believe I haven’t come across your site before. I have MS/Lyme and got a sauna from a salon that was closing because the price was right. I had gone back and forth with Sunlighten but didn’t buy due to price. Is there anyway I can send you what we bought for opinion? I’m now quite concerned about bad exposure making me sicker. I too had all my amalgams removed to aid in healing.

      • Matt,

        Dynamic TU6310-40 Infrared Sauna from Golden Designs. Address is in Canada.

        Yes. Well. I have multiple co-infections and herx has been present in almost all my alternative treatments. Over 70% of patients using sauna treatment experience herx. After reading your site I wanted to be sure my model wasn’t do harm along with good.

        Thank you so much.

          • Thank you very much. Looks like I need a new sauna for treatments. I will be getting one of these 3 you reviewed. Just more money…yay. Thanks again for all the info and education on your site. Great to have people like you.

  11. I don’t see Vital Health Saunas reviewed. Is there a reason? Seems like another potential poor performer, but was curious what your opinion is.

    • Hi Michael,

      Man, people keep asking about this sauna this week… I see they have a strong Adwords campaign, but that’s about it. No idea where the interest comes from…

      Anyhow, they’re welcome to send me one for testing, but there’s no way in hell I’m gonna buy one just to see what the electric fields and body voltage are from having an internal electrical outlet right where you sit on the bench. Generally, this is a no-no if you’re looking to compete with the ultra low emf certified saunas.

      Without even sitting in it, it’s almost physically impossible for it to test even remotely close to the certified saunas, unless they’re using mu’cable. (I see no mention of this, and most people don’t even know what this is, so I highly doubt it)

      But doesn’t mean you have to rule it out for yourself… just ask them what the emf levels are, and if the electric/magnetic fields and BV are low, buy it!

      Electric fields should be well under 200 v/m at the heaters
      Magnetic should be under 1 mg in the seated position
      Should have low to Zero RF
      Body voltage should be under 200 millivolts

      If you get some canned response like “oh the emf is low, here’s a picture of a trifield meter” on a single setting, then you know it’s bullshit and probably best to avoid. (someone has sent me something like that before in email… I won’t even look at it, waste of time. There are 3 types of potential EMF in any sauna, no matter the brand.)

      It looks like only $400 less than a Radiant Health from what I can tell? so I don’t see the cost savings being worth it for me personally. But I’m open to posting some review videos of it if someone tests it thoroughly.

  12. Hi Matt,

    I bought a thermal life sauna in 2009 from High Tech Health. They don’t carry this model any more and when I spoke to Emery at high Tech Health she told me she could show me how to sell my sauna to someone who isn’t as affected by higher emf ratings. I know that in good conscience I just wouldn’t sell my sauna unless it could be upgraded to make it safer so I was wondering if you knew anything about the thermal life saunas. I paid quite a lot for it in 2009 (I think it was between $4000-$5000).

    I am buying a new sauna and have spoken both to Randy at Radiant Health and of course Emery at High Tech Health. There is quite a difference in the prices for the two person saunas and normally I would have assumed that meant the higher priced sauna was probably a better choice with these two models. I really appreciate all your testing.. It has helped me make my decision and saved me a good chunk of money. I’m 68 and am retired (if you can call babysitting 5 days a week and trying to start a small business retiring), I have past mold issues and other issues so thank you so much for diligence in testing all the saunas.

    • Hi Sure,

      Unfortunately no I don’t have access to older models, only the current ones. I think you’ll do great in either one (I have them both!).

      Let me know how you like the new one… should be much improved in either brand!

      • Hi Lisa,

        I think somewhere around $4,800’ish, but I don’t think that included shipping I’d have to look. I believe they’re somewhere around the $5k mark or a little more all in if I’m not mistaken.

  13. Hi Matt,

    So a few days ago, after not enough research, we ordered Amazon’s famous, or infamous, Radiant Sauna 2 person with the Carbon Heaters! We thought it would be a good sauna. Later we found your site, read the articles, watched the videos and wish we had seen it sooner. I called Radiant Health and spoke with Shannon. She gave me a-lot of information, helped me understand it, and there was no sales pressure. Our delivery date was over a week away, so Amazon was able to intercept and cancel the order with no additional return charge. Our plan is to order the Radiant Health E-2H…tomorrow.
    Thank you for your research & reviews.

    Steve

  14. Hi Matt,
    Thank you so much, this is so very helpful. I have purchased the Sunlighten Solo but I still have time to cancel as they aren’t yet shipped out. Sounds like that is what I should do, but I wanted to check if you have ever tested it or have more info. Do you know of any portable ones that are safe, or should I just wait till I can get one of the ones you recommended? Thank you again! Diane

    • Hi Diane,

      Sorry I haven’t tested the Solo yet, can’t really say. I have one in the shipping room, but I’m on a trip in Maine… when I get back, I’ll give it a try.

      • Thanks Matt! I hope your Maine trip is great!
        I am also looking at the Therasage portable. Normally I just disregard all the collapsible ones because the ones I have encountered at health fairs etc. all have smelled so awful. (I’m also MCS.) However I am intrigued with this one as Hippocrates sells it and I would hope they would be careful. I think I will get one of the Therasage heating pads first to test out as it is less of an investment. Also if it is possible to get the Clearlight dome in the US do you have any info on that? Searching the internet I only found a European version but this week I will call the company to see if they sell it in the US.

        • Thank you! Snow is holding out for now…

          I haven’t tested a Therasage, but I have a Relax Sauna which has pretty high levels in it. (and is weird… infrared fan powered)

          Yes, David has the info on those, his number should be above.

  15. Hi Matt,
    My husband and I just started looking for a small sauna and looked first at Lowes Radiant, however as I researched it, realized it was the cheap knockoff version. So my question is, we have a budget and we are looking at the E-2H Radiant Health Sauna, I got that from their site. I listened to your review and read the comments here, no so many have to do with Radiant Health, are people not purchasing this due to cost do you know? And do you know the approximate cost?

    Thanks so much for all your work in getting specifics, I just want a safe qualified home sauna.

    • Hi Sharen,

      Ya those Lowe’s Radiants are junk. E-2H is probably the most popular sauna out of every brand and model listed… a ton of people have bought them, they just usually email me or call Radiant Health direct. I think it’s around $4k, but I lost track between the different brands. But you’d want to call and make sure there isn’t higher shipping depending on where you live.

      The Radiant Health is an excellent choice, and the sauna I find myself using the most in my house.

  16. Hey, this may be a dumb question but the prices are “out of my range” because I’m just a teacher. Do you know if there is any financing options available for either of the recommendations? My purchase would either be through that, depending on any impending interest rates, or I’m going to start a Go Fund Me page. (that is a joke)

    • Hi Kevin,

      Yes if you watch the certified sauna list video, there are details about why each company is listed. Your best financing options will be with Clearlight.

  17. Frank Miller on

    Heavenly Heat Saunas got a thumbs up from Oram Miller, so might be good to add. I was getting conflicting info regarding Clearlight EMF”s until I read Oram’s article where he said they changed their design. Btw, do you know the EMF readings for the Relax Sauna? They refuse to answer my question about electric fields and body voltage.

    • Hi Frank,

      I’m surprised to see that coming from Oram on the Heavenly Heats… They must have updated them. Cool article, I’ll link to it because the info is on point: http://www.createhealthyhomes.com/saunas.php

      I think Oram would be super pleased with my testing if it was around before he wrote that article. But I’m afraid he’d have to rewrite it had I done this years ago. 🙂 If you compare the magnetic, electric, and body voltage, the Radiant Health still tests lower than anything else on the market.

      Yep, I have a video coming out for the Relax… electric and magnetic are sky high down at the heaters. I never mention this in any of my videos, but I’m really not a fan of substantial AC voltage coming in like that at the feet. They sent me a sauna for free, the guy is nice and I like him, but I can’t promote something like that in good conscience sorry. I want to make an exception here, but I can’t.

      The Certified Saunas badge/list is not something for sale… the saunas either pass the test, or they don’t. No exceptions.

      (this is still an ongoing problem btw… many, many, MANY people still need a low emf portable sauna solution, and I have been digging for months. Can’t find it. I may have to compromise at some point, and suggest a mediocre emf portable sauna, because it’s the only thing available. I don’t want to, and it certainly will not be a “certified sauna,” but I could take the one that tested the lowest and let people know about it. Still searching currently… )

  18. Hi Matt,
    I have been really enjoying your reviews of saunas. We have just decided to get one and are not in any real hurry. We have MasterSpas near us and they sell GHS Good Health Saunas. I was wondering if you plan on testing this or if you know if they use anyone else equipment that you tested. They are made in Appleton WI and when I looked at them on site, they seem to be well built. When asked about EMF’s they sent me this link of an independent study. https://www.goodhealthsaunas.com/about-ghs/emf-report-infrared-saunas/ I was wondering what you thought and if you are going to test it. It just would be nice to get it locally.

    • Hi Tony,

      Thank you! Sure, it’s always nice to sit in them before you buy.

      No I doubt I’ll be buying one of those, but I’m happy to test it if they’d like to send one over for testing.

      Are you sure they’re made in Appleton? Looks like an imported cabinet to me…

      Unfortunately I don’t really like what I see in your link at all… I didn’t make it through the first paragraph before I stopped reading closely: “Both 300 watt 120-volt heaters…” You can’t get a good representation of the emf in any sauna once you take the heaters out and ship them to a lab.

      It gets worse from there… this is pretty bad, at only 2″ away, from a single heater (they are testing one heater at a time in the test report, not the entire sauna): “Figure 4, Panel RF170315-175 Electric Field Testing, presents the electric field levels recorded with the EHP-50D isotropic three-axis electric field meter at a separation distance of ~2 inches from the 300 watts 120-volt heater panel during operational (ON) mode. As seen in Figure #4, a peak electric field strength of 181.96 V/m was recorded while powered ON.

      On second thought, no I wouldn’t be interested in testing it. It would be a waste of my time for all that work… won’t make the Certified Sauna List.

      Sorry, it’s just not in alignment with what we’re going for.

  19. Hello! First off, congratulations on the extensive review work you’ve done, it’s a great help for buyers! I’ve just received the price list for Clearlight and i have a question. You mention in the comments that the Premier model for 2p is at 3599euros. This price corresponds to the Essential model, the Premier for 2 is at 5299euros. Is it correct to assume that the Essential and the Premier have the same magnetic and electric fields ratings and the only difference is the wood (nordic spruce for Essential, cedar for Premier)? Its quite a price difference between the models and i’d rather go with the Essential model, but low emf is a main concern and i’m not sure if the models have equally low ratings. Best regards!

    • Hi Diane,

      No it’s a little different for UK models. They don’t have an essential in the states. The only difference between between the Essential and Premier (this is only for the UK saunas) is the wood and ergos. If that’s the price difference between those two, I would say no it is definitely not worth it.

      If that’s mistaken, and you’re talking about the Sanctuary, that would make more sense about such a large price difference.

      EMF levels will be the same in Essential and Premier models, but will be higher in the Sanctuary. Not detrimentally higher, but higher body voltage from the FS heaters in the front.

  20. Hi there! Wow just the site I was looking for!! I have Lyme and follow Dr. Wilson’s protocol. I tried the sunlighten (mpulse) and felt amazing with no need for salt baths after this. I have an infrared at home over a wooden box frame and painters canvass however I do NOT sweat from this as much as I need, so salt baths are required. Trying to find a closed in box I can wire the 250w near infrared lightbulbs to. I may need to preheat with a far infrared prior to stepping in. Any suggestions for the cheapest solution? These are all so expensive and I can’t work that much due to Lyme so would like a cheaper option. I want to make the right decision. Is the near infrared in sunlighten totally different than the 250w bulbs? Thanks for your help and hard work. Just trying to figure this out is a bit stressful. Also I don’t know if I should be concerned about the off gases. Which creates another problem in all saunas except the most expensive one of course. Ugh!

    • Hi Sarah,

      Yep I understand exactly where you’re at, and have been there myself. I too went that route, but went back to far infrared saunas because the heat lamps only give you a mild core sweat really.

      Yes very different. The NIR in an M Pulse, is just an 8×10 array of LED’s stuffed behind the grill. It is in no way shape or form contributing to your sweating at all. (you can turn them off on the control panel, and see what I mean… you probably won’t even tell a difference)

      So the solution for you, if you want to keep using the bulbs and cannot go bigger, is to build a custom enclosure. The only way to get the bulbs to work well, is to wrap the inside of the enclosure with Reflectix, and insulate the box.

      It’s kind of a pain in the ass, because you’ll need to build a sturdy box out of 2×4’s (or something with a tough enough skin you can push on, staple reflectix too, etc…) that you can insulate and add a radiant heat barrier to on the inner shell.

      This is the key to getting the Dr. Wilson designs to perform enough to get you sweating like a far infrared wooden sauna. The tent saunas don’t really work for this reason… the lack of everything mentioned above. There is a Sauna Fix, foil type enclosure you can buy, but again $2,000.00 for something that doesn’t even come with a glass door, is against everything I believe in much like the SaunaSpace. (highway robbery for what you get… being that a wooden sauna costs less!)

      If you can get something like that put together, I think you’ll be alright. But it’s like most things… it takes either time/building/customizing or money in order to get something that works right.

  21. Hi Matt, thank you for all your interesting work. The Clearlight Premier you mention as being low VOC. The only info i could find related to that from Clearlight is that they use water based glues. Just wondering if you had anything more specific about the Clearlight build. Obviously Radiant states they use no glue at all and no plywood like products. Saunacore comments that they use no plywood etc and only real wood throughout the sauna skeleton. Is VOC really that much of an issue given all these Saunas are mostly real wood? Tough for me to tell. I would love to see some videos testing for VOCs.

    Also, do you know what kind of EMF/ELF there is for the Medical Grade Chromotherapy unit offered by Clearlight.

    Thank you Sir.

    • Hi Robert,

      Every sauna has some type of glue in it somewhere, unless you see a million screws. Every major manufacturer uses the hollow core design system. This is a non issue, and is usually a food safe wood working glue, that never gets exposed to enough heat to become pliable again.

      What you want to watch out for, is resin based adhesives in many saunas. A lot of ceramic saunas will have heater guards with spray glue, etc… in places that get very hot. These are typically the saunas you can smell the odor from the adhesives when you let it run for a bit.

      Radiant Health should have a VOC report for the entire sauna. I would email them.

      You’ll have to watch the individual sauna review videos to see specific emf levels, but I have not tested the add on unit in a Clearlight. Although it looks identical to some I’ve come across testing other saunas, and usually has a 15-20 mg magnetic field that dissipates by the time you’re down to head level. I couldn’t say otherwise, I’d just be guessing.

      • Thank you Matt. If i proceed with a purchase of these particular brands i will mention your name as an influence.

  22. Hello,
    Thank you for your reviews… I have a question about types of wood used, I am intending to use the sauna for my 7 year old child, with some environmental sensitivies… I have learned that cedar is not ideal for off gassing… any thoughts on what is safe?

    • Hi Rana,

      Basswood, Hemlock, and Poplar generally do not give people problems in my experience. I would agree on the Cedar… plenty of chemically sensitive and people with skin allergies have reported a potential issue with the oils from Cedar and other lumbers. I am not chemically sensitive, so I can only relay what the large majority report for this…

      I would go for one of those three if it were me.

  23. Hey Matt,
    We just wanted to let you know we made the plunge on your recommendations…our E-2H Radiant Health Sauna is on its way to us as we speak. We did mention your name also when we spoke to Randy and yes he is great and all of their staff who has been fabulous with all our questions. Again we want to take this time to thank you for all your testing which goes to assist all future customers whom want to make the right decision but need help with with truth. And thanks to you pointing us in the right direction we saved ourselves time, money and added more to our health. Which is the purpose to all live at peace with help from our friends.

      • Hey Rana, happened to see your comment… just a quick note on pricing from various companies: some of them include shipping, some don’t, but the base price of the sauna should be the same for everyone using the coupon code. However the out the door price may vary for companies that don’t subsidize the shipping.

        For example, if you’re in Alaska, and Sharen is in New York, there is going to be a significant difference in OTD price.

        And then you have the companies that offer “free” shipping, but it’s usually accounted for somewhere in the price… makes it hard for me to relay pricing, but thought I’d throw in the base price part, to keep anyone from getting jerked around by outside sales agents.

        I’ve gotten some complaints from folks saying they’ve gotten different pricing from different outside sales agents, versus buying direct. I recommend always buying direct through whichever company you choose.

    • Hi Kari,

      Working on it! This is the hardest thing in the world to find. The Relax has high EMF, the cheap ones from Amazon are hit and miss, and I’ve got my last ditch effort coming tomorrow. (steam sauna tent)

      I normally don’t like steam (I don’t really like portable saunas at all… I’m bigger, and it’s uncomfortable for me) saunas, but I’m out of options and people are still asking everyday. Hopefully one of them will an out, to get folks by temporarily until they can get a wooden sauna. Videos to follow…

  24. Hi Matt,

    I’m in Australia (thanks for all the hours of research you have invested and shared with us). I just wanted to confirm – is the best Clearlight option the Premier IS- 2? And the Basewood option to eliminate possible sensitivities?

    Cheers

  25. Shane DiMonte on

    Hey Matt,

    Have you ever tested or herd of Sauna Ray in Collingwood ? hand made lifetime warranty and .2 on the EMF

    I am in the market and my naturopath told me these are the only ones certified by health Canada

    I am looking for something to manage my Advanced Degenerative Disc, which is Pain and Inflammation in the spine that I have to manage for the rest of my life. I have a FAR infra red heat blanket, with jade stones for my back, and I do well with heat.

    I like the look of the Sunlighten M pulse 3 in 1 the best, but its EMF are high, the second would be the Clearlight , but both are much more money when considering exchange and delivery than the Sauna Ray built 40 minutes from my town, and only 3899 CDN

    let me know your Thougths

    • Hi Shane,

      Yep, my building biologist mentioned the same thing.

      Nope, reached out several times: https://cleverleverage.com/saunaray-review/

      Can’t say for sure, never got to use one. I would want to see some live video emf testing of electric fields and body voltage before commenting. If it’s just like the Therasauna, then you know where I stand on that…

      Cutting saunas in half is cool and all, but there wasn’t a warm welcome waiting for me at the other end of that chainsaw dust. lol

      I would say have a look at the other Canadian saunas, but I’m sure if you’re commenting on this page, you’ve seen the sauna of the year from Canada above already? Should be cheaper…

      • Shane DiMonte on

        Hey Matt,

        I have looked at the Radiant Health Saunas, but I am still confused as to what and who to believe. Dr Mercola had an expert on one of his podcasts that says it the Near Infra Red that is more beneficial than the Far (full video below)

        Radiant Health Saunas are great for EMF, but what if they are not as effective medically because they are only Far

        How does someone verify this, and what Make or Model would you recommend if you wanted the NIR as well as the FIR

        • Hey Shane,

          I would have to write an entire article to answer what you’re asking. Most of this has already been covered at length… You’ll have to watch some of my other videos that cover this, there are about 30 of them.

          Near infrared when isolated does not heat you up. Red light therapy is awesome for a lot of things, but not sweating. I would say only way you can verify it is to try it yourself, but if you just want $10 heat lamp bulbs in your sauna, you can add them to any far infrared sauna pretty easily.

          I’m not sure where you’re at with researching; this is a whole different animal than the SaunaRay you were asking about.

  26. hi Matt!

    Thank you for all your thorough reviews. You are a lifesaver!!! Do you have opinions on the Coccoon Infrared Pod, the CarbonFlex by Saunatec (renamed TyloHelo) or Gizmo? To clarify, I am not looking to buy right now…these are brands of ones offered by spas in my area. If (when) I buy one, I will definitely buy one of your top three. The reason I ask is because I think I am at least mildly sensitive to EMF. I was using the Sunlighten mPulse before and felt bad after using it, so I wasn’t surprised to hear that it had really high EMF.

    TL;DR looking to use one of the above in the interim that has relatively low EMF levels? The Sunlighten Signature series is also an option.

    • Hi Julia,

      I’m guessing here because I haven’t been in the pod, but I would think the Carbonflex would be your lowest option out of the 3. I’m not sure if you mean the Gizmo sauna blanket or something else… typically blankets or anything like that, generally reads high because of how close they are to your entire body. But some people love them. (non sensitive folks)

      I usually recommend you try all of your options and see what feels the best to you if you can.

  27. Matt, I’m confident you’ve heard this before but I appreciate your insight. My wife and I go to acupuncture regularly and the Doc mentioned the benefits of a sauna after my 5 knee surgeries. Almost pulled the trigger last week on this Yukon 2-Person Cedar Deluxe Infrared Sauna for @ $1,600 which I thought was solid and initially had good reviews (possible fake) when I googled too much. I think I just need to save more because I am chemically sensitive and don’t want to breathe in those toxic fumes or walk into a sauna with a lead x-ray vest. After reading your site and educating myself a bit, seriously noticing the rebranding and that made in China crap with Canadian PREMIUM wood ha, it gets frustrating. If you know of a solid company or infrared sauna around $2,000, please let me know but from your knowledge and my research, it seems quality at this price point is nearly impossible with the abundance of false claims and advertising. If I just need to save up more to buy what you know is quality, I’ll do that but if you know anything about a good unit for under $2,000, talk to me Goose- Maverick needs to heal & detox.

    • Hi Jason,

      Sorry I never found anything that inexpensive that was low emf. Short of building something yourself to save money if you have wood working skills, I would agree with you and save to get something you only have to buy once. I wasn’t thrilled with the costs of them either when I first got into it, but now after testing so many junk saunas, an extra $1,000 for something you’re going to use for years to come, is only about $60/mo difference.

      Weird way to justify it I know, but I finally realized that for something that can eliminate me driving across town 40 mins round trip to rent sauna sessions, it was money well spent. Still on the hunt for cheap stuff though, just put a portable steam sauna video up on youtube last week that was brand new. Also dome sauna review is posted as well. (which is $2k, but uncomfortable as hell to get in if you’re bigger like me)

  28. Steve Jackson on

    On a sauna detox group, a prominent member says the following about the Radiant Health sauna. Would you provide your thoughts on their comments, particularly regarding the fabric screen in front of the heater elements? Here’s what they said:

    “The fastest way to tell if a sauna fails the first test is to see if the panels go above the shoulders. If they do then you know they are poorly designed saunas because infrared doesn’t penetrate the skull. This means that any heater above the shoulder is wasted infrared.
    They use these oversize, often plastic, panels because they are repurposed Asian floor heaters. They were not even designed for saunas! Furthermore, they put fabric over the heaters which is likely to have toxins in it. That company refuses to tell us what the fabric is made of. This makes it even more suspect. Even if the fabric isn’t toxic it still blocks the infrared because infrared is light and light cannot penetrate the black fabric.
    These Radiant health saunas are just another relabel of a cheaply made mass-produced sauna that many companies have relabeled as well. In addition, they only offer far infrared saunas which only provide 1/3 of the wavelength. Any sauna company serious about health and detox will over a full spectrum sauna as well because it has 3 times the wavelengths.
    In summary, this sauna does not provide proper infrared because of the fabric and heater design and is likely to be loaded with toxins and it is cheap quality mass produced sauna that has a substandard warranty.”

    Regarding the warranty, Radiant Health’s website state that it is a “Lifetime warranty on heaters and wood. 5 year warranty on electrical components.” This doesn’t seem to be a bad warranty, however the Clearlight sauna warranty is superior when it comes to coverage of the electronics as it “covers the entire sauna – heaters, controls, electrical and wood… even the included audio system. You will never have to worry if anything should go wrong with your Jacuzzi® sauna.”

    • Hey Steve,

      Unfortunately I get emails like this every day, but I stopped spending time answering questions originating from that group, unless they can produce videos of the group owner actually using the saunas he’s bad mouthing. Every time I do, they just come up with another set of copy and paste nonsense… I guess you can make up whatever you want when you don’t buy the saunas? I don’t know… (it’s kind of a waste of time for me to look at when someone makes sauna “review” videos sitting at their computer, trying to poke holes in a brand that they’ve never stepped foot in, know what I mean?)

      Respectfully, is there any particular reason you need to hear from me? I’m assuming there is something about the sauna group information you are second guessing that made you reach out no? I can shoot a video for you to address it if so, if there are concerns unique to your situation that I haven’t covered in the previous sauna videos.

      If it’s just the fear mongering about the fabric from the sauna group, I’ve got news for them… Clearlight has fabric over their heaters too. They would know this if they were buying and testing the different saunas themselves.

      Usually I just stay quiet and let people figure it out for themselves, after the line of bullshit high pressure selling starts behind closed doors… There’s a reason no one will discuss price publicly in that group, you have to private message to get any details, all the comments lead to Bret, etc… (you’ll figure it out and get the gut feeling real quick, once things go to private messenger after you inquire about actually buying one, quite the circus of misdirection with tons of false scarcity to push, push, push people… Try it!)

      Bottom line: both saunas are great.

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