Clearlight VS Sunlighten: Which Sauna Is Really Better?

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I’m sure you’ve probably already seen the claims between Clearlight VS Sunlighten. You’ve got endorsements for Sunlighten from the giants like Dave Asprey of Bulletproof, and Dr. Klinghardt who is extremely respected in the natural health field (but who also states, you should ONLY use the low emf model, which is getting more and more difficult to discern as they come out with new models over the years.)  Clearlight has endorsements from people like the director of Hippocrates Health Institute in South Florida, which I have personally been to to pick up a relative and for a short seminar. While I trust Dr Clement’s recommendations, in prior years, he ALSO endorsed Sunlighten back when the company was called “Sunlight” Saunas. While there has been some discrepancies between them filing bankruptcy and not taking care of prior customer warranties, at the end of the day, we just need a good sauna for the money, that’s not going to fall apart of break on us, and that won’t zap us with crazy high EMF levels while we’re trying to heal and detox. And we haven’t even touched on near infrared vs far infrared!

It’s getting to the point of… Who the hell do you trust in the sauna industry anymore!?!?!  Anyone with $100k can call up China and order a nice looking sauna with floor heaters in it, slap your brand name on it, and call it a fucking day.

Hell I could do this myself if I had zero integrity left in me, but dammit man, I’m just a guy who is struggling to detox just like everyone else, and am sick and tired of reading, hearing, and seeing all this horseshit from sauna companies. It skews things so bad, that now we don’t even know what we should be worried about more:

  • High EMF from shitty heaters and infrared emitters
  • Pesticides sprayed on imported woods and materials
  • Terrible wiring with no shielding, grounding, and potentially fire hazardous
  • Toxic grill materials, plywood fillers, and fake insulation

You tell me, because it ALL sounds bad.

But, one good thing will come out of this, and that is the truth.  One of these fuckers is bound to stack up to a reliable affordable solution, and I’m determined to find out which one it is.


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  • If you are very sick, and ultra EMF sensitive, you might not want to go with a far infrared sauna enclosure at all… particularly one that doesn’t use near infrared bulbs, has wiring close to the body (creates electric fields usually) so you can get the benefits of red light therapy at the same time. (more gentle, and great for people who can’t get enough sunlight) SaunaSpace is a good option if this is you.
  • If you’re not ultra sick, and have a heavy metal toxicity like I do, then far infrared or full spectrum is for you. (I wanted far infrared, because I sweat more and feel as though I can eliminate heavy metals much faster… I don’t want it to take 6 months for my mercury levels to drop!)  That said, I have both near infrared and far infrared saunas, and my opinion comes from using both firsthand.

Tired of bullshit marketing claims from sauna companies? I was too, and started testing saunas against the bullshit marketing I would hear from sales reps when I called to buy. I originally was just going to buy the most recommended one, and then after talking to a sales person on the phone and them trying to push me into a bigger, more expensive model I didn’t really need, alarm bells started going off.

I thought to myself…”do I really need to spend $6,500.00 to get what I need to heal and detox”?

My gut told me not really, and I started doing more research. The deeper I dug, the more I realized half the stuff we read is bullshit. Fear marketing at it’s finest, and no standardized testing leaves this industry wide open to keep taking advantage of people left and right.

I know you’re hear for a comparison between Clearlight and Sunlighten, which I will get to… I just want you to understand that I’m just a regular guy, that was in the same position you are in. I wasted over 5 months fiddle fucking around because I didn’t want to buy the wrong sauna, and waste $5,000.00 dollars… which was a big purchase decision for me!


Clearlight Full Spectrum VS Sunlighten Full Spectrum: Not Apples To Apples By Any Means


An Mpulse Is NOT Intended To Be A Low EMF Sauna… (just like the near infrared heaters in a Clearlight Sanctuary have EMF at close distance!)

Sunlighten M Pulse VS Clearlight Sanctuary Full Spectrum


EMF Ratings & Reviews From People Running Around Sauna Groups With A Tri-Field Meter With No Idea How To Use It, Are Not Sound


Infrared Sauna Reviews From Older Models And Portable Dome Sauna Models From Either Company, Should Be Discarded & Reconsidered

A lot of people refer to reviews from both of these sauna companies from several years ago before newer technologies emerged. In both cases of Sunlighten and Clearlight, this is good and bad.

For example, the older Clearlight models clearly have higher emf models, and definitely aren’t even close to zero EMF. Conversely, the Sunlighten Signature models, as recommended by Dr. Klinghardt do have lower EMF levels than newer models like the M Pulse… which has notably higher emf levels, as tested here.


So What’s The Best Home Sauna For The Money?

I’m still working on testing and reviewing all the different brands, to figure out which are the top 3 best infrared saunas for the money.


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…conclusion coming shortly. If you have any specific questions answered, or any specific EMF level reported, let me know ASAP in the comments as I’ve already started testing. I will report my findings shortly, let me know what you’d like to see below!

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46 Comments

  1. I am particularly interested in the portable dome models for both Sunlighten and Clearlight, I can’t seem to find direct comparisons anywhere!

    • Hi Laura!

      That one is probably going to be difficult… most people don’t have access to both. I’m currently testing stand up wooden sauna enclosures, but may do the domes at some point.

      What is the most important area of interest for you in choosing your sauna? (for example, some people have said they are emf conscious, chemical sensitive, don’t want something from china, just want the best reliable value on a budget, etc…) Just curious, so I can provide better value in my hands on review videos! 🙂

      I got into saunas because I had mercury amalgams, and my organs weren’t fit for chelation… so I was looking for other ways to detox heavy metals. Are you getting a sauna for a particular detox, or just general maintenance/overall health improvement?

  2. So you have no conclusion yet? I’m buying “something” pretty soon, looking closely at the Clearlight Sanctuary 2. Can’t go wrong, right?

    • Hey Russell,

      Nothing conclusive yet, it’s taking quite a bit of time to test all these, film the videos, assemble them all, ship them out, etc… (ton of work, time, money, and energy!)

      I was offered to fly to Sunlighten’s headquarters before Christmas, but with family in town for the holidays and freight deliveries already in the garage when I got back, I haven’t made it.

      Didn’t get the chance to try a Clearlight Sanctuary yet either, just started testing the Dynamic sauna yesterday. Definitely a NO-GO on that one. (the review will be on it’s own page, this is just a placeholder) JNH Lifestyles is next, as I’ve been sticking to what I can afford first. Still interested in doing Sunlighten (I have access to an M Pulse right now, but already know it’s not low emf, nor is it intended to be… need to jump in a Signature model) and the newer Clearlight Saunctuary full spectrum though. Both are probably good compared to this cheap shit I’m in right now.

      You might be surprised to learn that almost every sauna under the sun is imported from China, or certain parts of it are. (from the cabinet enclosure, to the heaters, etc…) I finally got a hold of the shipping manifestos for the sea container imports… The fictitious llc’s/dba’s, the parts/emitter orders for those “made in America” marketed saunas, all of it… It’s actually kind of funny the racquet that’s going on, the brands would shock you. lol (although I’m not in the business of bashing companies. I like stuff from China, just not when I’m lied to about it nor overcharged out the ass for a sub par product… which is what a lot of these are.)

      What I think will be most interesting now that I’ve tried a lot of saunas, is to see which gives the best deep penetrating sweat, with the least amount of EMF exposure. (truth be told, I have another brand on hand right now, that IS in fact, low emf. The trouble is, the damn thing doesn’t get hot enough to do a detox! Sucks.) I’ve noticed in a lot of them, my legs never sweat, but most of these are carbon heaters only, not ceramic. And boy oh boy, when you get in one that has sweat dripping down your fingertips to your toes, you know it!! (I can only imagine that this will be indicative of “time-to-detox” as well… Who wants to wait 6 months if we can do it in 2, right!?!) I have a feeling the ceramic powered saunas are going to work like gang busters, and the only trick will be getting one that’s low emf… typically NOT a focal point, from what I’m seeing thus far. (over 60 milligauss on my last reading this morning. Yes, six zero!)

      • Yeah definitely not Doris… this is a re-marketed whitelabel import from China by Golden Designs Inc. It’s not even close to being low emf, and I have a clone of this exact sauna right in front of me. Here’s a link to a private video with the true emf levels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ5RJvNW_5o

        Please don’t share that link, it’s private for now until I get the reviews done… but that should help you see it’s identical to the one you’re asking about (Dynamic Sauna). I wouldn’t buy it.

  3. Hey Matt, I’m looking at Sauna Cloud Sanctuary 2 full-spectrum . (I believe this is a Clearlight?). Any word on this one so far?

    • Hey Monica,

      It’s definitely a Clearlight…

      Been trying to get my hands on the Sanctuary Full Spectrum, but no one has one in Central Florida, and they’re sold out of the Sanctuary 1’s until May. Working on it!

  4. Thank you so much for your diligent research. I bought a sunlighten solo dome which I love, however, the mat part of the set up is definitely emitting dirty energy particularly at the head. I am very EMF Sensitive due to amalgams which I just recently had removed.
    I have noted headaches originating at the occiput and that weird brainfog/disoriented feeling after sessions using the mat only. Do you have any information on emf output of this unit? I dont have a meter so I am merely “guessing”, but I am not a fan of the idea of killing myself whilst “detoxing”. This was a big investment for me, and I am not sure how to proceed. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Hey Tiff,

      I understand your situation, fairly similar to mine… Where are you located? (don’t have to say publicly, just figured if close to Central Florida, you could borrow my meters and test your model if you’d like)

      I don’t have any info on the dome units yet, although some of them are going to suffer from the same disadvantage/same problem I had with the portable infrared saunas.

      When it comes to magnetic fields, your biggest friend is distance right off the bat. Almost all the portable saunas, dome saunas, etc… Anything that uses a foot or body mat, are inherently flawed by design for low emf, since your body is practically in contact with the emitter in some instance, 100% of the time. This makes it pretty damn hard to have an ultra low emf environment, even if you do everything else right.

      As far as how to proceed, as a general rule, I would say worrying about EMF’s is worse than the actual effects of it, as long as the exposure time is a very short duration. For a lot of people, the benefits of a 30 minute session far outweigh the harmful negative effects. Of course you wouldn’t want to do 60+ hours like a Niacin sauna detox like I want to do, but in general body maintenance benefits vs fear of something you can’t see, is enough to drive a person crazy.

      However, not everyone is the same, and some people are greatly affected by this. If you’re feeling bad, it’s probably not for you. It’s hard for me to offer specific remedies without being in your home… For instance, when you say emitting “dirty energy” I don’t know if you mean dirty electricity from your house wiring (being amplified by being in the sauna), or if you’re referring to the emissions of the unit itself. I bring this up because, if your house has dirty electricity, any sauna you hook up to it is going to react similarly… but again, an environment where your skin isn’t in contact with the unit (a larger wooden cabinet sauna) is always going to be better. I don’t think this is what you mean, but if it is, you might look into a Stetzer meter and Stetzerizer filters and see if that helps. Fairly certain you’re talking about the ELMF coming from the unit’s power supply/wiring/infrared emitters itself, which there isn’t much you can do about that besides getting rid of it.

      If you purchased it recently, I would call Sunlighten up and tell them you want to return it, and upgrade to a Signature model. The wooden cabinet will put some distance between you and the heaters, which should help. If you want to test this first, call around your town and find a spa that has an infrared sauna and try one out first. That’s what I did.

      Hope that helps!
      Matt

  5. Hi Matt,

    I also have a hard time deciding which sauna is the best for the value. I am just like you, afraid to buy the wrong sauna and wasted the big money. Today I just tried the Sunlighten M Pulse in the spa and the temp was set at 156 degrees. I was sweating right away when I got in the sauna, but after that I didn’t really sweat that much anymore, which was weird. I thought for sure that I will be dripping the sweat but that didn’t happen. My options are Clearlight Sanctuary C or Sunlighten M Pulse, but after reading that M Pulse has higher EMF, I might lean toward Clearlight. But I also heard that Clearlight has problem with durability of their products. I really don’t know which one to pick. I also heard that Medical Sauna has the best rating of them all. Ever heard about that company? I can’t wait to hear from your research.

    • Hey Renee,

      Yep sounds about right on the M pulse… One thing to note about paying to use an M Pulse in a spa, is they lock out the control panel usually so customers can’t mess with the settings. One thing to be mindful of, is which setting they have you on. For instance, if they put you on the “cardio” setting, the M pulse cycles the heat on and off totally differently than a relaxation mode. Also make sure you’re supplementing electrolytes, consuming 100 – 150 ounces of clean water around sauna days, etc… That should help with consistent sweating too.

      As far as models go, yes I’ve found pros and cons just like you have. If you’re going to buy a Sunlighten and concerned about EMF levels, the Signature series would be a better choice. I personally haven’t tested the Clearlight Sanctuary yet, as no one seems to have one anywhere in Central Florida supposedly so I have to buy one. It will be a while though, as the next batch of saunas are already on the way, and I expect to receive them after the 12th. (more videos coming as soon as I get them uncrated & assembled) From what I can tell, there is no question that the Sunlighten cabinet build quality is second to none. I doubt that the Clearlight is built nearly as well, but again this is speculation at this point. I have to shell out another five grand just to find out, which is a tough pill to swallow since I have my doubts about the whole full spectrum thing anyway. (I have never believed that people have to spend $5 – $6k just to get the health benefits they need)

      I’m excited to see the next saunas I have on order though, even though they’re not a Sunlighten or a Clearlight! From all my research, these should be the best value on the planet for the money, fingers crossed. (I don’t want to mention the brands yet in case they suck again, but the reviews are coming either way!)

      I haven’t heard of the Medical Saunas brand before, but from a quick glance, they look identical to the other junk whitelabeled by Golden Designs Inc: https://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?fsb=y&IndexArea=product_en&CatId=&SearchText=6+person+infrared+sauna

      I scoured their Medical Saunas site to see if they have any real emf reviews, but didn’t find any. (however, one positive I did see that I like, and is very very rare these days, is they are forward and correct about “there is no such thing as a zero emf sauna.” I like to see that! Very much in line with my findings: see video here https://cleverleverage.com/no-emf-sauna-scam-infrared-sauna-companies-lying-zero-emf-levels/ So my hat’s off to these guys for the honesty!) A quick google search revealed no emf meter review videos inside one of their saunas, so I’m not going to waste my time looking for anything else. (anyone can say the levels are whatever they want, or use a 3rd party “emf testing company” that takes the heaters out of the sauna to get lower readings, but unless you see someone physically inside the sauna with it running on video, I wouldn’t trust it anymore.)

  6. Hey there, love reading about all your research. I ordered a Clearlight Premier 2 and it’s been delayed twice. Just found out I won’t get it until the end of June! I was under the impression that Clearlight had the best warranty? Looking for something similar that I can get sooner….or should I just wait. Thoughts??

    • Hi Kate!

      Yep, they’re out of stock on a lot of stuff, waiting for the next run from the manufacturer I’ve been told. I tried to order a Sanctuary 1 Basswood, but they won’t even ship for another couple of months. I can’t have a 20amp circuit put in where I rent for a Sanctuary 2, I tried.

      There isn’t a Clearlight anywhere in Central Florida that I can go and pay to use either according to the support staff, so no progress on getting a Clearlight at all. (I thought when I put up this placeholder page, it would be as simple as paying to use one at a local spa/or buying one, and posting the review videos. But it’s been months now and nothing has changed. Not sure what to do about it at this point… I have bought several saunas in the meantime.)

      I have tested the Sunlighten, just have to edit the videos so they can be uploaded to YouTube. The build quality is second to none on these, I’m just not convinced on the price. To be forward, I was waiting to upload the Sunlighten stuff until I tested the Clearlight. It’s not really a fair comparison othwerwise, but I’m kind of out of luck at this point.

      Can’t comment on the Clearlight warranty, being in the manufacturing industry in a past life, most warranties aren’t worth their salt anyway… I don’t really pay attention to them. (a company can deny or accept a warranty claim for a myriad of reasons at any time, what usually matters is the people and whether they’re service oriented or not in my experience. If they care about the customer, it doesn’t matter what the warranty docs say, they will take care of you.)

      Well unfortunately I’m in the same boat as a lot of you guys, and don’t have another recommendation for you today that’s better… but I do have another sauna on the way that I speculate will be just as good, for less money. In fact it’s made right down the street from the factory where the Clearlight is made, and uses a very similar heater design, but with some added twists/improvements for better FIR coverage from what I can tell so far.

      There is also a very cool built in way to disable the Bluetooth module, without having to unplug anything! (so so SOOOOO happy about this… NO IDEA why more manufacturers aren’t doing this, it’s so easy to incorporate!! Then they can stop lying about being “low emf” by relying on these third party emf reports, which are nonsense btw, all the while slapping RF radiation devices in them after the testing is done. It’s laughable at best…)

      It should be here by the end of the week fingers crossed, and I’ll start testing it as soon as it arrives. If it’s good, I’m going to do a brand comparison on it, so you’ll see it in the updates.

      • Jacqueline Jacob on

        Hello Matt,

        I work with Clearlight and can get you a Sanctuary-1 in Basswood delivered to Florida before the end of this month. You can reach me at %%obfuscatedemail%%. The Sanctuary-1 will plug into any standard 3-prong outlet.

        Regarding the Clearlight warranty, it’s a comprehensive warranty for the entire sauna and all its components for the lifetime of the original owner. Most companies say they have a “Lifetime Warranty” but when you read the fine print it says, “Lifetime is defined as 7 years.” We don’t play games like this – when we say “lifetime” we mean it and we put it in writing.

        Also, our Bluetooth can easily be disabled.

        Please let me know if I can be of service to you.

        Thanks Matt!
        Jackie

        • Hi Jackie,

          Sorry for the late reply! Anytime there is a clickable email or phone number in a comment it automatically trips the spam filter.

          Thank you for the speedy offer, unfortunately I already bought several other saunas after trying to order from Clearlight directly earlier this year and not wanting to wait… regrettably, some of which have worked out much worse than a Clearlight would have. 🙁

          I’m guessing you have your own inventory? If you do happen to have a spa customer in Central Florida where I can go and pay to use any Sanctuary model before buying it, I’m very very interested in that!

          The other thing is too, I’m not thrilled with the idea of spending $5,000.00 dollars on a Clearlight and then not being able to use any audio at all, after disabling the Bluetooth. I tracked down what one of your other customers had to go through to do this, he’s a member of another forum I belong to, and it just doesn’t make any sense why you guys don’t offer a built in Bluetooth/WiFi switch?

          Looking at the pictures of what you need to unplug in the ceiling to get rid of the RF, I’m not really sure if that’s up my alley or not.

          Surely the low EMF test report on the Clearlight website is reporting figures prior to installing the stereo and WiFi module no? Because there is no way it’s going to be under .5 – 1.00 v/m inside if there is Bluetooth and WiFi stuffed right over your head.

          At any rate, I don’t mean to imply it’s technically difficult to disable the Bluetooth, I’m sure it’s something I can do… I’m more concerned with perhaps the design of the unit isn’t in alignment with what I’m looking for ultimately…

          After learning a lot more about saunas in the last three months, I’m probably one of the only people I’ve seen test saunas with a full array of emf meters and take it so seriously. My fear is that I’d be rocking the boat a bit too hard trying to get something to conform to my standards, that isn’t really intended to if you know what I mean? (it would be like me trying to make a Sunlighten M Pulse ultra low emf… it’d be an uphill battle the entire time)

          That said, I am still open to paying to try a Sanctuary or buying one if you think it’s still a good fit. What is your return policy on a Clearlight Sanctuary 1 or 2?

          Thanks Jackie!

    • Jacqueline Jacob on

      Hello Kate.

      We have plenty of Clearlight Premier IS-2’s in stock ready to ship. The only reason I can think of why you’re experiencing a delay is if you live in Canada. If this is so, we have the Premier IS-1 in stock in Canada in either Cedar or Basswood. We also have limited quantities of the Sanctuary-1 available in Canada.

      Thanks Kate!
      Jackie

    • Hi Kelly,

      Hehe, I know how you feel. Sorry! I just think I’ve found something better…
      It’s coming it’s coming, but I still haven’t made any progress on the Clearlight. The only option I have is to buy one, but they don’t have any in stock right now.
      I’m anxiously awaiting too!! 🙂

  7. Hi –
    I appreciate all of the information you’ve provided! I’m looking for a sauna for detox purposes (had several amalgam fillings removed over 5 years, with the last two removed last year). Other issues- chronic fatigue, gut issues, joint pain. I’d say I have mild chemical and EMF sensitivity. I want to do as much self care at home as possible and have budgeted 6k max for a home sauna. We have a large family and it would get plenty of use. I want a low EMF unit but also want good sweat sessions (like you said) – I truly don’t care about a radio or color lights, just enough space to lay down with legs bent. (I’m 5’11”). I’d appreciate any input.

    • Hi Nicole,

      Your situation sounds very similar to mine! If you can wait about a week, I should have some really good intel for you, things are getting really interesting over here… The Radiant sauna review is going up today, I’m testing several saunas as we speak, etc…

      You shouldn’t have to spend $6k unless you need something really large. What size are you thinking? (I would guess a 2 person, so you can stretch your legs out at least)

      • Yes – a two person sauna would be great. I want to be able to lay with legs bent at least. Since I was looking at Clearlight, and they’re so behind on product, I can definitely wait another week for more reviews!
        Thank you for your reply.
        Nicole

  8. I was told by a clearlight representative that their saunas are “zero” emf. I sent an email back questioning the “0” emfs but did not get a reply. I was wondering why they would do the bluetooth and speakers when a lot of people care about the benefits on no emfs and don’t want this in a sauna. Duh!!

    • Hi Diane,

      Well to be clear, there is no such thing as zero emf, and that goes for any brand. There is “near zero”, or well below the safe threshold, which is what I believe you’re referring to. Bottom line is, if it plugs into a wall, it has some level of EMF… Doesn’t mean it’s harmful, just means it’s present. EMF’s are meant to be understood, not feared despite all the fear mongering going on.

      In regards to the Clearlight brand specifically, I have no idea why they stuff wifi modules in the roof. Generally people are most concerned with having low magnetic fields in an infrared sauna, but to say a sauna is no emf while having active RF radiation emitting from two separate sources over your head, makes no sense.

      I’m not saying the Clearlight is a bad sauna, I’m just saying the marketing nonsense you see perpetuated online is not accurate.

  9. I am going to a spa to try a clearlight sauna, not sure which brand until I get there.. But I have a question, do you believe the clearlight product comes only from California? The heaters they have are ceramic and carbon. They claim to have a paten on this technology. I have heard that the carbon heaters are not that hot. Ceramic heaters are hoter and Clearlight combines the two. Thanks for any information, it is appreciated.

    • Hi Diane, (same diane??)

      Excellent choice! I recommend everyone go try one before they buy… that’s what I did.

      I think you might have the Clearlight brand confused with another? Clearlight is made in China, right down the street from where all the rest of them are made. Not good or bad, nothing wrong with products from China… but they’re all made from the same 4-5 factories usually.

      Hehe, patent schmatent… I could patent a heater too, just by adding a perforated border around the edge. 😉
      But just because something is patented doesn’t really mean much. (case in point, back in 2008 Clearlight’s “True Wave” heater was a completely different type of emitter altogether than what you see today, though it was patented called just the same) Again, not saying it’s a bad sauna, I’m just not convinced of the marketing hype differentiating it from competitors THAT much. But who knows, tell them to send me one of the new models and we’ll put it through my testing!

      A carbon heater is a carbon heater, regardless if you stuff another sheet material in between the laminate or not. In case you’re talking about a ceramic heater of another brand of sauna like a Therasauna, then yes those have a way WAY hotter surface temperature, but are also more directional which leads to hot/cold spots in the sauna. (there are pros and cons to both IMHO) The Sanctuary models have a different spin on combining carbon and those front heaters similar to a ceramic tube emitter to try and bridge the gap if you will, but I’m not certain you’d receive any greater benefit than just having more FIR like in the Evolve 360.

      Brand and style/design aside, what is it you’re looking to accomplish? If we focus on that, it will probably make deciphering which sauna is best for you much much easier, instead of us getting caught up in marketing speak at every corner if you know what I mean. Feel free to give me a call if you’d like: (800) 924-9170

  10. Hi Matt,

    Any new updates on your review of Sunlighten vs Clearlight? I’m so confused and thought Sunlighten mPulse would be the way to go — but then you brought up EMF levels. Is this something you should only worry about if you and sensitive to EMF? Thanks for all your comments so far!

    • Hi Margie,

      No new updates yet, still haven’t gotten down to Tampa to try a Clearlight… There are just a few other saunas in line before these, but I’m almost done with them. (just finished the Therasauna)

      Yeah some of the EMF stuff is blown out of proportion, and others really are something to worry about. For instance, the sauna I bought from Costco had 100 milligauss magnetic fields right next to the body… not a good idea.

      Other times, we see people recommending that people sell their sauna because it has a 10mg field in it, which can be ridiculous if you’re not ill and it’s hard to decipher fear marketing from what a real concern is.

      In short, yes it’s blown out of proportion very often, but no you should still be mindful of the levels in any sauna you’re going to buy even if you’re not EMF sensitive. (I’m not really, but plan to spend a considerable amount of time in mine to do several detoxes multiple times per year. You really want it to be as low as possible for that)

      I need to make a video about this with real examples, because this is going to get really long and potentially difficult to understand. Is there anything else you’d like me to include while I’m at it?

  11. Would love to know your recommendations on the Sunlighten & Clearlight saunas. I’d like to order soon. I’d like to use one to heal from low thyroid, leaky gut & adrenal fatigue issues & all the side effects from these including losing weight & inflammation. Thank you so much for all the work your doing to make a fair decision.

  12. Hello Matt,

    Jessica from Clearlight Infrared here. We spoke a few times in October 2017 and February 2018. Respectfully, you’ve lumped us together with other manufacturers and so, have misrepresented our products in the broad-brush characterization without firsthand knowledge or experience of our products. I know you were frustrated that you could not access one of our saunas in Florida but you’ve “reviewed” them, stating opinions about them, without actual experience or investigation.

    So you end up implying much about us that is just not true. I was never high pressure, we never state “0 EMF” – though it’s close to that when sitting in the cabin, even with the Bluetooth function. (As you know, I never called you to try to make a sale. The contact was always initiated by you.)

    We manufacture our own saunas. Our saunas are not manufactured by a third-party company who private labels generic saunas with generic technology for many brands. We manufacture in our own facility in China – we do not hide that.

    We also manufacture our own components. Other manufacturers adapt commercially available parts and components for use in their saunas. This is significant – in other infrared saunas, the infrared technology is the same technology that’s used for things such as drying auto paint. Jacuzzi saunas by Clearlight Infrared are not a commodity.

    We pioneered low-EMF saunas and are the only manufacturer to have addressed ELF. I provided information about our EMF/ELF technology and third-party testing. There are a number of steps we take in our manufacturing process to achieve this. For example, just one is that we use double emitter panels – that one feature itself doubles the cost of our emitters but the quality, safety, efficacy and durability for the customer is worth that cost and effort.

    Our technology was specifically designed by Raleigh Duncan to heat the human body and support its natural ability to heal. Raleigh’s technology grew out of his work with his own patients. I point this out because that safe, effective healing objective informs our design and manufacturing processes, and even how we work with customers.

    The patent *does* make a difference. There are pros and cons to both carbon and ceramic, which is why we combine both in one emitter.

    Our sauna price points are at the higher end of the market but deservedly so. Our prices include shipping, the best warranty in the business – you stated that warranties are useless. That is certainly not the case with us and you didn’t do that vetting. We have been in business over 21 years – we stand behind our products and our reputation bears that out.

    When we communicated, you only wanted a Sanctuary model, which are higher in price because of many features such as providing near and mid infrared waves along with the far (among a number of other features). Our Premier models start at $3099, including shipping and warranty. The company you are now endorsing for affiliate fees makes saunas that do not match our quality in many ways, and they are close to our Premier price points. You get much less for your dollar with a sauna from the company you’re promoting.

    Additionally, you state that the saunas you’re recommending are “the only sauna with front mounted far infrared”. This is clearly false. Maybe you didn’t vet our products carefully, maybe you forgot but please present accurate claims. The saunas you now represent are probably perfectly adequate but they do not have the same level of manufacturing quality.

    Hippocrates Health Institute switched to Clearlight because of significant quality issues with Sunlighten. I’m not sure why you didn’t ask about that before speculating about the reason for the switch.

    As for inventory issues, we are victims of our own success: We continually increase production to meet demand and demand keeps outpacing it. But we have most models in stock or within a few weeks of shipment.

    I am always happy to provide information.
    [email protected](redacted) – (redacted) x 895

    • Hi Jessica,

      I think it was a mistake for you to post this here, not sure why you didn’t just call me. You have my personal cell number, and there is an 800 number on every single page of this website. You are correct, I do state my opinions here on the blog, but have more sauna experience than I believe you are aware of.

      I can’t take this lightly, based on the choice of words you’ve used here, you are forming an opinion publicly that I am creating false marketing, whether directly or indirectly. And perhaps even creating speculation that suggests I am creating libel, defamation, and brand misrepresentation, which obviously I can’t have.

      In case you don’t remember, I personally emailed you a link to this exact page back on 2/20/18, to let you know I was going to start comparing saunas. (the content was the same back then as it is now)

      You knew about it, didn’t have a problem with it then, but now all of the sudden I am misrepresenting things. No problem, this is an open forum for discourse.

      Sorry I seem to have offended you, but my intention isn’t to cause you any hardship by having a placeholder page of a brand comparison that hasn’t been completed yet. I just happened to have found something cheaper that fit the bill in the meantime. Doesn’t mean my opinions haven’t changed over the last few months, and I don’t think you’ve seen any of my videos either.

      I’m not getting the best feeling from your comment, but I haven’t released reviews of anything yet, just my initial opinion based on being a sauna customer. (for either Sunlighten, nor Clearlight, even though I have the live test footage from a model of each brand, I’ve been holding off publishing it so I don’t mislead people)

      You can even see in all the comments above yours from months ago, that this post is inconclusive.

      If you really want me to post a real world firsthand comparison review of your Clearlight Premier to a Sunlighten M Pulse, I can do that… even though I don’t really want to. Those are all I had access to at the time, they aren’t even in the same class, it’s not a fair comparison (which is why I’ve refrained from doing so altogether, and left this page unfinished until I had a chance to get in all models).

      Again, I really do NOT want to do that, to be clear here. If my intention was just to go around badmouthing people with no basis and using unfair comparisons, I would have released that stuff a long time ago.

      Fortunately though, build quality isn’t the only thing I care about. If that were the case, I’d have bought the Sunlighten M Pulse I was paying to use long ago, and called it a day.

      You also have to keep in mind what type of customer I am… I’m just a regular guy that was going about his life, and then my health took a nose dive, discovered amalgams giving me grief, got my first dose of what chronic fatigue is like, brain fog, anxiety, etc… I didn’t even know what an infrared sauna was two years ago, and the idea of spending $5k on one in the beginning was far fetched at best. This is how I approached my reviews too, just like an everyday joe would.

      ————

      I don’t really know where to begin here, this is quite a bit of ground to cover in a blog comment, and admittedly is a bit much…

      My preference would be to work with you amicably on this, and even still to this day am open to anything and am not married to any one idea, brand, or sauna style. However, I feel like your tone is somewhat defensive/combative, and I’m guessing the ruffling of the feathers is about to ensue. Again, not sure why you didn’t just call me??

      Not once did I ever have a bad phone interaction with you or anyone at Clearlight HQ. In fact, David reached out to me about a month ago to see if I was interested in becoming a Clearlight dealer, and was extremely nice. My distaste for some of the Clearlight marketing material has been created by what is being perpetuated in for profit private enterprise sauna groups and forums that promote your products. (you can thank your pal Bret Bouer for that)

      Truth is, I would probably be sitting in a Clearlight today in my home (and selling them) if it weren’t for the nonsense in that sauna group swaying my purchase decision… which clearly has a biased incentive to sell your saunas exclusively. You can’t even ask about another brand without the sheeple who have no idea what they’re talking about, jump all over you like a pack of wolves… Yet, the bait and switch tactics used to sell your saunas in there, are codswallop. The amount of nonsense that is perpetuated about your brand compared to others, is ridiculous. Just look at these “review” videos being posted on YouTube, without anyone even stepping foot in the sauna that’s being compared, and then recommending your sauna instead. (without even owning the latest Clearlight model!!! Don’t get me started…)

      There are even Clearlight customers who have bought Sanctuary saunas through Bret/the sauna detox group, that have called me privately about the buying process shenanigans, with post sale buyers remorse. THAT is what ultimately diswayed me from buying a Sanctuary 1 just to EMF test, and turned me off to the product unfortunately… Not your fault at all at all, and I’ve had nothing but good interactions with you personally.

      (I don’t really want to admit this publicly, but I have personally spoken with Clearlight directly, on behalf of an unhappy customer of yours that reached out to me that bought a Sanctuary… just to try and smooth things out. Nothing to gain on my part, no sale to be made anywhere, no financial incentive whatsoever, was simply just doing what was right, and trying to get your customer to feel good about their purchase, and use their sauna… which is ultimately most important, no matter which sauna brand they’re in right? And I feel good about that, even though this method of your approach to reaching out to me, kind of pisses me off after I’ve stood up for your brand on multiple occasions.)

      ————

      I really wish you would have just called me for this part, this EMF stuff you’re bringing up is going to open up a huuuuge can of worms… And I really don’t like doing this here, because it’s going to create even more confusion for people.

      But I don’t censor things here on the blog, unlike some other places that discuss your saunas, and simply ban you if you go against the grain. (#hi smart detox facebook group AKA The Clearlight Cult)

      The patent you reference, and the EMF reports you’re bringing up that support it, are totally bogus. Same with Sunlighten, JNH, etc… emf reports are nothing more than a marketing tool. There are tons of companies that have cancelled out magnetic fields on carbon emitters, which is what the goal is. Great! The 3rd party EMF report might make sense on paper, but from a real world user experience, it has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on the true Magnetic Field, Electric Field, & RF Radiation exposure when a person steps foot inside your sauna.

      From the very first section of the 3rd party EMF report from your very own website, the entire test is for a single (1) 600 watt infrared emitter, tested in a laboratory, in Virginia.

      – Source

      Please do explain how that testing is anything like being in the actual sauna itself?

      You also have a 300 v/m electric field in your saunas, even with your ELF mitigation. This is consistent with other saunas that DO NOT have the same supposed ELF protection. That is not in the report either.

      I might be wrong here, and am happy to admit and reverse any opinion made by myself if so, but I don’t believe I am. I think anyone truly paying attention would agree here, that taking a portion of a product apart, testing it, and then making a measurement claim about the entire product, is pretty silly.

      Now I’m guessing from the tone of your comment, that you think I’m just some blogger making things up, and misconstruing things or making unvalidated claims… I’m not sure why you think I’d be stupid enough to slander a large brand without doing my own testing… I’ve tested carbon panels, ceramic rod emitters, concave ceramic emitters, heat lamps, etc.

      But to be clear, I use over $2,000.00 worth of EMF meters, to personally test every single sauna that comes through my door or I use in a spa. I hire building biologists to come into my sauna room to double check my EMF measuring process, and verify everything. And we’re not using a little dinky Trifield meter like Raleigh uses in your YouTube videos, that can barely pick up a WiFi router when it’s sitting on top of it, I can assure you of that!

      The one thing I can say with complete confidence, is that many infrared saunas would pass your exact same VitaTech EMF test, if you took a single heater out of them, and sent it to the lab, and didn’t consider the rest of the sauna. It is no longer in it’s native environment anymore, you aren’t accounting for any of the wiring in the walls close to the body, the power supply, the gear you’ve got stuffed in the roof, the multiple heaters in it as opposed to the single emitter tested, I could go on and on here.

      My major gripe I have with your “3rd party verified” EMF reports, is that they do not include any RF radiation. You guys take a heater out of a sauna, send it to a lab, gather some test data to use for your marketing, and then call it good.

      Meanwhile, you stuff a WiFi module and a Bluetooth module in the roof of the sauna, and never once check it for RF radiation… or even mention it in your “low emf” report. This is misleading as hell, and drives me absolutely crazy.

      And if that’s not irritating enough, in order to disable it, you have to disconnect the entire sound system. Who the hell wants to pay $5k for a brand new sauna, and can’t listen to any music just because you want an RF free sauna?

      Meanwhile, you can simply plug in an AUX cord to the Sun Stream, and it disables the RF automatically… it’s why I bought it.

      This is not a joke, and I don’t make things up or publish libel to attempt to defame companies. I get the impression this is what you think, based on your comment and lack of private call. You guys also used to put higher emf ceramic heaters in your saunas a few years ago, but we’ll leave that alone it’s in the past.

      Just last month, Costco has now revoked all instances of “low emf” from their entire website, no matter the brand of sauna, all because of my videos demonstrating how the Dynamic saunas they sell have a 100mg magnetic field in them… yet they advertise them as “low emf.”

      – Costco Post Update

      They could have sent me a C&D or compliance letter, and made us both play the Perkins Coie game, but they didn’t. They knew it was wrong and that I wasn’t there to harm them, and was just pissed off because I had a bad experience going through the process of trying to get one of their saunas… just like that isn’t my intention with you or Clearlight.

      ————

      Price and warranty are fine. I could really care less about warranty claims, they aren’t worth much… At the end of the day, if a company cares about their reputation and customers, they will take care of you. Doesn’t matter if the document says lifetime, limited lifetime, whatever. I don’t doubt for a second that Clearlight, Sunlighten, Sun Stream, or whoever would honor a warranty claim, which is why I don’t care about it. (it isn’t a selling point for me, I’ve been in manufacturing before… maybe I’m weird) 😉

      As far as the cost of a Sanctuary, it’s fine. I just don’t think people have to spend $4,500 for a one person sauna just too get the healing benefits of infrared at home. If you can afford it, great… never once did I say Clearlight makes a bad sauna. Same is true for Sunlighten and many other brands.

      Now JNH Lifestyles on the other hand, there is an example of a shit quality sauna… to be clear here.

      ————
      /rant
      ————

      I’m not sure how the Sun Stream doesn’t match the quality of your saunas? Please explain? (I’m genuinely interested in how I get much less for my dollar, not being catty here, perhaps I am truly wrong or missed something??)

      From my research, they’re made right down the street from where the Clearlight’s are made, and the heater design is very very similar. They may not have the full spectrum heaters in front, but they have a large far infrared panel out front, with good far infrared coverage throughout the sauna. It’s the only sauna I’ve seen on the market with that much far infrared coverage in front, wrapping you in it 360 degrees.

      Just for clarity since it can sometimes be confusing around here, if you hover over the date at the top of any article here on the blog, it shows you the original publishing date normally. This article you’re commenting on was written on 1/22/2018, and a lot has changed since then… I just haven’t had time to update it.

      Here are some videos I uploaded that were shot over the last several months to give another perspective of my views, and as I upload more everyone will be able to see how my viewpoint changes over time (and in some cases, recommend both Clearlight and Sunlighten to different people in certain instances, even though I don’t sell them):

      Should I Sell My Older Clearlight Or Sunlighten Sauna & Buy A New Clearlight Like The FB Sauna Group Recommends?
      Is The JNH Lifestyles Sauna A Good Sauna?
      Is The Dynamic Sauna Imported By Golden Designs A High EMF Sauna? (hint: 100mg magnetic fields)
      Am I Just A Sauna Salesman (or do I actually test all these saunas?)
      Radiant Sauna Review: The Worst Infrared Sauna You Should NEVER Buy (ANY!!! brand of sauna is better than this one)

      ————

      I’m not sure what outcome you’d like to achieve here Jessica?

      Do you want me to buy a Sanctuary just to test it alongside these other saunas I have here? Do you want me to never mention the Clearlight name again and forget it even exists??

      This is exhaustive, and if I don’t answer your comment as thoroughly as I possibly can in it’s entirety since it’s public, other people will email me or call me with questions to the questions month after month when they come across it… which turns into a lot of work for me.

      Just be direct. What do you want to have happen here?

  13. Oops – sorry, Matt – I think the attempt I just made to post my reply was incomplete. In case it was, here is the complete reply, and I hope you can delete the incomplete one:

    Matt, you keep stating that you think it was a mistake for me to post my response, but you don’t say why it was a mistake. What is the downside? It was all posted publicly so it was appropriate for me to respond in kind. I wasn’t “reaching out to you.” Calling you didn’t even occur to me. You didn’t offend me, and my post was not meant as inflammatory; it was meant to publicly reply to publicly made comments.

    If that is your perspective, I can reasonably ask the same of you: Why didn’t you call me before posting inaccurate comments? But I think that issue isn’t important and diverts attention.

    You end your post with “Just be direct. What do you want to have happen here?”
    I was very direct. I responded to statements that are misleading. All I wanted was to respond to published statements, which is what I did – there is nothing else I wanted to have happen. I have no hidden agenda. I don’t want or need you to do anything else.

    If you state information and opinions about a company – especially when you are presenting it as an unbiased service – it’s fair to expect the company to respond. If you’re being transparent, you’d be encouraging it.

    The content on your blog page today is not the same content that was on your site when you sent me the link. But why is it significant when I respond? I don’t understand your point.

    My post pointed out inaccuracies but did not attack you. I wanted to point out inaccuracies like:

    You state that the saunas you’re recommending are “the only sauna with front mounted far infrared. This is clearly false.”

    That’s not an attack; it’s a statement of fact. Here are examples of comments that are either inaccurate or misleading, as well as inflammatory.

    And we’re not using a little dinky Trifield meter like Raleigh uses in your YouTube videos, that can barely pick up a WiFi router when it’s sitting on top of it, I can assure you of that!

    We don’t use “dinky” meters for testing – that meter was used for demonstration in a You Tube video. You made comments based on an assumption that we only use “dinky” meters for testing. You also presented an assumption as fact: That we do not test for EMF/ELF levels in the sauna cabin:

    The one thing I can say with complete confidence, is that many infrared saunas would pass your exact same VitaTech EMF test, if you took a single heater out of them, and sent it to the lab, and didn’t consider the rest of the sauna. It is no longer in it’s native environment anymore, you aren’t accounting for any of the wiring in the walls close to the body, the power supply, the gear you’ve got stuffed in the roof, the multiple heaters in it as opposed to the single emitter tested, I could go on and on here.

    Of course, we test within the cabin. The EMF/ELF readings are actually lower when taken in the cabin. We sell to so many seriously ill people and health care providers who patients come to them for health reasons. We could never survive the vetting processes if we sold products that harmed people – or, if we did, we certainly couldn’t stay in business.

    I made the point that you had not actually had experience with our saunas and disparaged the value of patents and warranties as marketing hype.
    “Hehe, patent schmatent… I could patent a heater too, just by adding a perforated border around the edge. 😉 But just because something is patented doesn’t really mean much.”

    Patents and warranties are valuable and matter very much in the real world – go ahead and try to return or get service on products that are not backed with a good warranty. Your statement about being able to easily get a patent will certainly be news to all the patent attorneys and anyone who has gone through the vigorous vetting processes one must satisfy before being awarded a patent.

    Again, Matt, all I did was to respond to publicly available comments. If you want to take offense and imply that you will go on the warpath with some kind of dirt you are withholding, I have no control over that.

    “If you really want me to post a real world firsthand comparison review of your Clearlight Premier to a Sunlighten M Pulse, I can do that… even though I don’t really want to. Those are all I had access to at the time, they aren’t even in the same class, it’s not a fair comparison (which is why I’ve refrained from doing so altogether, and left this page unfinished until I had a chance to get in all models).
    Again, I really do NOT want to do that, to be clear here. If my intention was just to go around badmouthing people with no basis and using unfair comparisons, I would have released that stuff a long time ago.”

    Why you’re offended that I did not call you is something I don’t understand – but you are clearly offended.

    Finally, we also cannot control how our dealers do business. If customers have problems with any of our Dealers, please contact the Dealer and copy us directly so we are aware and can take appropriate action. People can always work directly with us to purchase.

    Jessica Behrman (I didn’t ask you to delete my contact information but that’s your choice.)

  14. So now I am totally confused on which brand to buy. Every hear of Rocky Mountain sauna? Are you still recommending Clearlight? I am not trilled about anything from China,

  15. http://drlwilson.com/articles/sauna_therapy.htm

    Just saw this article online. Says far infrared is bad. Do you agree or disagree with what this guy is saying?

    Also, I plan on using a sauna 3-5 times per week for general health in the future. Also I want the heat shock proteins that Dr Rhonda Patrick talks about on the Joe Rogan podcast.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NChyDtupmkk

    Do you think infrared saunas generate these considering it doesn’t get to 170-180 degrees?

    If you had to recommend one model that provided the maximum health benefit while looking aesthetically pleasing as well, what would be your top 3 choices?

    Thanks for all the hard work and research!

  16. Matt
    I can buy a used Sunlighten Solo from a friend for $200. It was new in 2010. Is there any problem with those older models.

  17. Hi Matt, any updates on Clearlight vs Sunlighten? OR at least, can you give an approximate timeline? Truly appreicate you doing this comparison!

    • Hi Olivia,

      I’ve held off publishing anything conclusive, and it’ll probably stay that way at this point. I’ve only been able to personally use a Sunlighten M Pulse, and a Clearlight Signature. Pretty much an apples to oranges comparison, and not really fair to either brand. Sure I have my personal opinion of them both, but those two models aren’t even in the same stratosphere.

      When I originally published this article as a placeholder, I was paying to use saunas at spas and health clubs. I figured I’d already found a couple, so why not start comparing them. I put this article up to see what else people wanted to know, but things changed shortly thereafter. I’m also not willing to drive 5 hours round trip just to go use a Clearlight Sanctuary. They simply don’t have any anywhere in Central Florida for me to use, and I’m happy with my Evolve 360 at my house.

  18. Hey Matt 🙂 I may have missed it but could you write about the dome models? Your thoughts? Btw, it is very cool you left your conversation with Jessica from Clearlight. I am considering purchasing their dome but yikes, it’s pricey! Thanks.

    • Hi Alice,

      It’s going to be a while unfortunately… Alicia from Sunlighten was kind enough to lend me one, which I still have, but it’s taking 6 months longer than it should. I’m currently moving, but once setup again I’ll give it a go and report back.

  19. Hi Matt! We recently had an emf specialist out to our home for some testing. She took one look at our jnh sauna and recommended a Heavenly Heat sauna. How do you feel about heavenly Heat?
    Thanks!
    Anne

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