Infrared Sauna Buyer’s Guide

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This infrared sauna buyers guide, is the single most comprehensive knowledge-base on the entire internet when it comes to selecting the right infrared sauna for your needs. As someone who has been scammed by multiple sauna companies, and spent thousands and thousands of dollars, hours of time testing these saunas, and countless days unloading semi tractor trailers to uncrate and assemble saunas to do these reviews, this is the only place on the internet where you can pull from over $30,000.00 dollars worth of saunas compared in one place. And let’s be clear here right off the bat… this isn’t some stupid affiliate review site, where there’s a top 10 list of the “best infrared saunas” and the author has never even stepped foot in sauna… and literally has no idea what the hell they are talking about.

Now that we got that out of the way, Hi! I’m Matt, your blogger friend that underwent mercury amalgam removal back in 2017, and needed to detox from heavy metals shortly thereafter, which would later turn me into a sauna enthusiast.

My hope is that this buyers guide will save other people time, money, and frustration that I went through trying to find a good sauna… Not to mention, also getting a SAFE sauna, since so many of these manufacturers out there flat out lie about their EMF ratings. As always, you can refer to my sauna reviews, where I’ve used multiple emf meters to get real emf levels in the most popular brands on the market today. I’ll put a short summary together in the next section, so you don’t have to scroll through everything just to see which sauna I use everyday, and why I bought it, and now subsequently promote it.


Summary: The Best Infrared Sauna For Home Use For The Money


Finding The Right Infrared Sauna For You (in 3 easy steps)

Figuring out which sauna is right for your needs, budget, and patience level is all too consuming these days. Half the time, sauna sales people will tell you anything you want to hear just to make a sale. And if it’s not that, next thing you know, you feel like you have to mortgage your house just to afford what they tell you you need to buy.

I’ve been there. This all started because I was suffering from mercury toxicity, and in my brain fogged stupor, started calling sauna companies to purchase one for my home so I could get well. Little did I know it would turn into a fiasco that would forever change the course of my life. Now that I’ve been through the whole gambit of infrared saunas, there is a simple way to figure out which sauna is right for you.

This section will be long and comprehensive, so you will be able to understand all the little nuances that matter before you buy your sauna. However, the overall concept is simple to scan.

Summary

  • Purpose – the purpose of your sauna matters so you can choose the right wattage/heat/size/emitter style that will work best for your needs
  • Budget – there is no reason to be stressed about feeling like you have to buy something more expensive than you can afford. There is a good sauna solution for all budgets… being forced into debt over it will only negate the positive benefits. I will help you get what you need at a price you can afford
  • Brand – brand doesn’t always matter, but what’s behind the brand does. The dishonesty in this industry is ridiculous, and almost every sauna company under the sun imports from China, whether they admit it or not. Nothing wrong with products from China, as long as you know what you’re buying. I’ve personally tested the most popular brands (and taken them apart), and you’ll be able to easily tell which one’s are built well and will stand the test of time… and which are made from scrap wood, pawned off as “luxury”, only to be toxic for you and your family with plywood, cardboard, and synthetic materials inside

Step 1)  Decide On The Purpose Of Your Sauna

Why Does It Matter What You Want To Use Your Sauna For?

Examples:

Detox Heavy Metals

Healing Disease

Losing Weight

General Body Maintenance For Good Health


Step 2) Choosing The Best Infrared Sauna For The Money

Your Budget Matters… Getting Stressed By Going Into Debt Over A Sauna Isn’t Going To Help Anything

However, You’re Going To Have This For Life… Spending An Extra $500 – $1,000 Dollars IS Worth It For Certain Things

Like Many Things In Life, Size Matters

When Bigger Isn’t Better

Understanding Cubic Footage And TTH (time to heat)

1 Person Saunas

2 Person Saunas

3 Person Saunas

4 Person Saunas

Indoor Outdoor

The Climate You Live In Effects Your Preheat Time Drastically Depending On Placement


Step 3)  Choosing From The Top Recommended Brands

With so many dishonest sauna companies out there, it’s hard to tell who’s lying these days. It’s one of the reasons why I started reviewing saunas, and began putting up my sauna reviews for every sauna I bought.

In my opinion, these are the best infrared sauna makers in the industry, and I feel comfortable advising my friends and family to buy from these 4 companies listed below:

Evolve 360

This is the sauna I have personally chosen to keep for my everyday use, and the brand I would buy for my mother, father, grandparents, friends, and family etc…

I believe, that the SunStream Evolve 360, has the best FIR coverage of any sauna on the market. It’s made from real wood planking, with zero plywood in it whatsoever. They import the same Titebond food safe glue that I use in my DIY sauna building projects, and it is perfectly safe by my standards.

For the money, you will not find a better quality far infrared sauna, with good craftsmanship, from a company that cares about your health and sauna experience.  The Evolve saunas, are hands down, the best value on the market when it comes to infrared saunas.

There is no other company on the market who is more pleasant to talk to either… one of my gripes about very aggressive salespeople at other sauna companies. This is a family owned business, who you can call and talk to and ask questions, and never once will they try to get you to buy something you can’t afford, or attempt to push you into a sale. This is the most ethical and polite sauna company on the planet, and I feel confident and comfortable telling any member of my family to give them a call.


Sunlighten

Clearlight

SaunaSpace


More Expensive Doesn’t Always Equal Better

Most Of The Top Sauna Brands You See Marketed Are Imported From China

There Are Good Products Imported From China, But Why Should You Pay $5k – $10k For Them And Get Ripped Off From Fake “Reviews”

It’s Either Low EMF Or It’s Not. Period. (so much deception in the industry here… see my sauna reviews for the truth about emf levels)

What To Look For In An Infrared Sauna

Mitigating Material Toxins In Any Sauna With An Activated Charcoal Bag

I use A Moso Bag

Low EMF Infrared Heaters Are Critical In Your Sauna

Bathing In High EMF Is Insane When You’re Trying To Heal In Your Sauna

Losing Weight And Detoxing Go Hand In Hand

Heavy Metals And Mercury Are Stored In Your Fat Cells… The Safest Way To Detox Them Is Through The Skin So You Don’t Damage Or Stress Your Kidneys & Liver

Is Made In USA Important To You, Or Can You Settle For A Sauna Imported From China

Personally I Don’t Give A Shit If It’s Well Made, And Passes My Low EMF Test

Now Let’s Get Down To Business: An Expensive Infrared Sauna Uses The Same Heaters As The Cheap Ones

Just Like TV’s, There Are Only A Handful Of Chinese Manufacturers That Make The Heating Elements And Emitters

So What To Do: How To Pick A Good Infrared Sauna So You Can Improve Your Life And Be Happier & Healthier

Save Your Money And Build A DIY Infrared Sauna

I Have A Tutorial That Shows You How I Did This, But The Reality Is, You’re Not Likely To Build One That You Will Like Enough To Everyday

So What Happens? You Put It Off, Your Health Suffers, And You Don’t Get The Life Benefits

This Is Why I Think For Most People, Unless You Have A Woodshop In Your Garage, Buying A Premade Infrared Sauna Kit Is The Only Way To Go

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14 Comments

  1. Hey there! I’m currently searching for an infrared sauna and I don’t want to regret my purchase. I’m not sure if I missed it but do you have actual reviews of specific brands? I can’t seem to click on any of the brand names you have listed. Thank you for doing all of this research! My head is spinning reading all these different sauna company website claims.

    • Hi Danielle!

      Saw your email also, sorry I’m sick right now and way behind on updating the reviews. I’ll make this kind of long and hopefully hit several of the points you may have in question.

      No worries, I know exactly how you feel… it’s why I started posting this stuff. (I’m wasn’t really a health blogger at all before going through this)

      What’s the matter, don’t want to hand over your credit card for a $5k purchase, to whatever sauna salesman tells you their sauna is the best? Haha, hope you get the tongue in cheek reference… that’s how I felt when I started calling around. 😉

      Yes I review every single sauna I have purchased to date, complete with pictures and video, and all the ones I paid to use at health spas where I snuck my meters in to. The trouble is editing and uploading the YouTube footage takes a ton of time, so I’m going as fast as I can. That’s why when you click on the links they are broken at the moment… as soon as I get over being sick, I’ll get it updated pretty quickly.

      I don’t release any reviews without the video, because I don’t want to be just like all these sauna companies hiding behind “3rd party emf reports” where they take the heaters out and measure them in a lab. All the while telling you their sauna is the best, they are the only ones who can prove low emf, and on and on… I’m sure you’ve heard the bullshit lines.

      Then after the fact, slapping a Bluetooth and WiFi module in the ceiling after the “3rd party testing company” gets done with their report. So we all end up with low magnetic field saunas, but then we’ve got RF radiation zapping the shit out of us projecting into a foil lined box at 24″ distance. (the roof is about 2′ from your head, where the stereo or wifi controller for the phone apps are located. The foil lined insulation inside most of the sauna walls blocks RF like any RF blocking material would… trouble is, it also contains it, so you get RF radiation bouncing around inside on some of the cheaper non shielded roof saunas, and the ones with the controller under the seat, you’re pretty much sleeping next to a wifi router at that point)

      Point being, if you don’t see a live video review with a good set of meters, I wouldn’t trust it. It’s to the point now where I don’t know who to believe, since they’re all saying the same thing. Someone, somewhere, in multiple instances, is lying through their teeth. Now I’m just buying saunas and testing them until I find one I’d feel comfortable telling my mom to buy. It’s slow going, but my budget only allows for so much at one time. (full disclosure, I have been offered free saunas from companies, but I didn’t take them as of now. I didn’t want that to persuade my opinion, since this is really important to me.)

      There are all types of ways to deceive people, such as using a cheap ghost hunting guassmeter, that doesn’t actually detect the frequency range you’d find in a sauna… and then showing you how “low emf” it is.

      Then we’ve got all these people running around sauna groups and forums with a Trifield meter showing the EMF levels of their sauna, which can be wildly inaccurate if they have dirty electricity, using weighted/unweighted meter without calculating for it, not accounting for XYZ axis, etc…

      A good rule of thumb is, a sauna should be measured and tested in the native environment your body will be subjected to, not a laboratory setup. So for all the slick sales people out there that try to sell us saunas based on these nonsense test reports, I’m super super skeptical now after buying more than one and being taken for a ride. (classic example is this Costco sauna I bought… total waste of time)

      To date I have recorded test videos for Sunlighten, Dynamic/Golden Designs, JNH Lifestyles, Radiant Saunas, and two new saunas are on the way as we speak. Those will be up as soon as I’m feeling better.

      Hope that helps in the meantime!

  2. Mike in Boston on

    Hi Matt!

    After shopping for infrared saunas for a couple of months, I figured out (as you did) that most of what’s written on the web is marketing hogwash: all the sauna companies tell you their sauna is great, but when you talk to real people there are plenty of dissatisfied buyers who complain that their sauna took forever to heat up and never really made them sweat. Here (https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/biohacking-podcasts/how-to-make-a-sauna-hotter/) is one guy who insulated the sauna roof and wired in a stove heater just to make the damn thing hotter. After dropping a couple of grand on a sauna, a huge purchase for me, I don’t want to have to do that!

    You seem to focus a lot on EMF, and I’m glad you’re paying attention to it; but it’s only one thing to measure. If you could keep track of the heating time and temperature reached in your sauna reviews, that would be really helpful.

    I’m particularly interested in comparing 120 volt and 240 volt models. From what I know of electricity, I would think more voltage means you can deliver more power to the same space, and in fact one person has told me that he is much more satisfied with the heat from his 240 volt sauna compared to the 120 volt model it replaced. If there’s anything to that, then the modest cost for my electrician to run a 240 volt line from the panel would be more than worthwhile. I am disappointed that the almost all the 240 volt infrared saunas I see the huge ones.

    I’d also love to see how carbon fiber, ceramic, and combinations stack up. Here (http://saunacloud.com/which-infrared-heater-is-best-carbon-vs-ceramic-infrared-sauna-heaters/) is one company touting their “combination carbon and ceramic heaters”, and here (https://www.sunlighten.com/blogs/sauna-heaters-what-are-you-getting-in-your-sauna/) is another claiming that combining carbon and ceramic in a heater only “weakened the wavelength”, whatever that means. It’s a jungle out there; looking forward to you putting up actual measurements, the only thing that can make things clear.

    • How’s it going brother,

      Been going to New England (Sugarloaf) for over 25 years… don’t get a lot of people that comment often from up in your neck of the woods. 🙂

      Yeah I’m familiar with Ben’s stuff, and supposedly Brett Bouer wrote the post, so who knows. All I know is, I won’t be spending $5k on a sauna, only to have to insulate it, I can tell you that!

      10-4, all great questions… I keep track of everything, time to heat, time to sweat, riversweat or surface sweat, etc… I’ve documented everything, but you may not like that most of it is now seat of the pants as opposed to using tech tools. In fact, I have videos of me sitting in a sauna for a full 45 minutes, with nothing happening. (yes I’m serious, after preheating the damn thing for over an hour… I’m trying to figure out how to edit/present this footage, so that people can actually understand what’s going on without getting bored. Any ideas, I’d love to hear them!)

      The only thing opted not to do, was use a digital thermometer, Flir, and temp gauge. Since I started buying both ceramic and carbon infrared saunas, it isn’t backwards compatible to measure emitter temp, and I realized your body gives you the most important data based on the sweating experience after I didn’t sweat at all in some. (I don’t have problems sweating) Might fall short for some, but it’s been a better gauge for me than measurements.

      As far as 240, unfortunately I can’t help you there. I only have access to 120 in this location, and dropping a new line isn’t an option. (tilt wall, no crawl space) But I can tell you without even testing it myself, that the 240 power supply is going to heat up way faster, and perform better with the extra power on tap. It would be akin to measuring engine stress on an under-powered power plant to achieve the same performance as an over powered counterpart. Wiggle room always matters if that’s what you’re looking for, there is just so much more power on tap with 220.

      As far as I know, Sauna Cloud is just a Clearlight reseller. I don’t know what they’re talking about on that page, but what they’re selling is a Clearlight emitter. lol
      There are a lot of gimmicks out there, and I suspect both Clearlight’s and Sunlighten’s “near infrared” to be one of them. If you look at the research that’s available, and find NIR therapy products like the Joove, there is a reason you have to be extremely close to the NIR source. Absorption, wavelength, etc… all come into play, and though I’m definitely not an expert on it, from what I can tell I am very extremely skeptical that all of those things are coming into alignment inside of a sauna. What I’m really saying is, I have a sneaky suspicion that the majority of the benefits would stay the same, if you disabled everything but the FIR in those saunas. But then you wouldn’t want to pay more $,$$$.$$ for those fancy dancy models then would you? 😉

      I don’t know, there’s such a racquet going on in this industry, I can’t even tell me own ass from a hole in the ground half the time… Much less these sauna salespeople.
      All I can do is keep buying them and getting a feel for them firsthand.

      • Mike in Boston on

        Hello again from New England, Sugarloaf is awesome. For a different experience come in the early fall and hike in the White Mountains.

        About long videos, yeah, it’s hard to find time to watch a 45 minute video. But if you chop it up into chunks with a sentence to explain each chunk, then people can watch each chunk as they have time and catch up where they left off.

        But however you present what you find will be great. I’m realizing that when it comes to saunas there is nothing at all that compares to getting a feel for them firsthand… even (as you mentioned) a thermometer doesn’t tell the whole story when the sweat is the thing! Nothing like firsthand experience and that’s why I’m so excited about you sharing your experience with us readers.

  3. Hi Matt,

    I really appreciate your efforts to share what you’re learning. I had my amalgam fillings removed after 40+ years and am now looking to detox. I’d like to start with sauna therapy before doing chelation.

    I am interested in buying a low emf sauna for detoxing and have been researching various brands for the last two months. I’ve also tested out a few older models at local spas – unfortunately I have not been able to find new versions to test. I’ve been using a Trifield meter to measure magnetic EMFs and a multimeter (Amprobe 5XP-A) to measure my body voltage while sitting in the sauna. I think it is important to measure the electric field via body voltage (as well as the magnetic fields) since when siting in an infrared sauna one is surrounded by electricity. I very much appreciate any information and recommendations you can provide based on your infrared sauna testing. So far I have been focusing on High Tech Health and Therasauna.

    Thanks again for helping us navigate the uncharted waters of infrared sauna market place!

    • Hi Mike,

      Very similar story to mine! I agree on the body voltage, but also think that most of these no matter how low in magnetic fields they may be, are indeed going to increase body voltage no matter what the sauna companies claim. It can be as low in EMF as you want, and there is still going to be a rise in body voltage… it’s the nature of the beast.

      That said, I think the benefits far outweigh the increase in body voltage (my opinion of course) unless a person is mega EMF sensitive.

      Yes I’d love to get my hands on a High Tech Health to compare to a Therasauna!

      I’m currently sitting in a Therasauna Classic as we speak, so I can talk with you about that one… I’ve been testing it all week. I want to love it, since I like how the heaters feel. However, I can’t ignore the sub par build quality, and the fact that it has a solid 10 – 12mg field right at the backrest. (I’m being generous here, too. It spikes in places.)

      Someone else asked if this video about Therasauna being Made In The USA is true: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0M_bqWcZkA

      Now that I have one, it definitely is imported from China like all the others. I don’t know what those pool people are smokin in that YouTube video, but it must be good.

      I also had to take a jam saw to it, and trim some pieces they missed at the factory just to finish putting it together. Not a huge deal for me in the grand scheme of things, but if this had been a single lady with zero tools, or my grandparents or something, I don’t think they’d be very happy about having to take a saw to a $3,000.00 + dollar sauna they just bought. The radio has an awful static that I had to disconnect, and the control panel in this sauna is the worst one I’ve ever used. So I have to take these things into account too, even though they really have nothing to with whether or not you get a good detox from it.

      The Therasauna ceramic heaters DO have a different feel, which I kind of like. However, there are no emitters in the front, and there are definitely hot spots even though they say you don’t need to rotate since FIR radiates/penetrates anyway. (that has NOT been my experience, and you can feel it in the Therasauna for sure, especially the hot spots on the lower back)

      I’m going to test it some more over the weekend and try a few other things before I do my review of it. Any particular things you want to see?

      • Hi Matt,

        Last week I spoke with a salesman (Matt Nolan) at QCA Spas and Therasauna who told me that they recently started offering the model they call the Therasauna Classic as a way to offer the Thera-emitters at a lower price point. For the Classic, they import the sauna box (made of hemlock) from China and use their older older control but put the same emitters in it as their more expensive model (Therasauna). For the Therasauna model (the more expensive model), box is made of poplar and built in the US, and it has a very advanced control panel (lets you separtely adjust the output each individual emitter). I recently tried a 10-year old Therasauna, and the emitters look pretty much the same as the current ones. It was a great sweat, so I’m really looking forward to learning what your testing reveals in the weeks to come! Thanks again for your help!

        • That makes sense, although I wish I would have known that before I bought it. 🙂

          Great speaking with you too by the way, glad we started checking out the body voltage on the different saunas as well. I like the feel of the Therasauna, but I still don’t know what to do about the 12mg field right at the backrest… (if I can ignore the build quality)

          I did some more testing over the weekend, and it’s more like 41 milliguass right at the heaters. If there were heaters in the front on the other model, I don’t think it would be detrimental as far as electro-magnetic fields are concerned… the body is far enough away from them.

          However, I would imagine the body voltage would increase some in the other model, once you start surrounding yourself in more electricity. Hard to speculate, may not even be significant, or it might change everything I don’t know. (I think one of the big ones, is having your feet in almost direct contact with the electrical system like we saw)

          So it appears to be a trade off at the moment… Either low magnetic fields and higher body voltage, or higher fields and lower body voltage. Heh, I don’t know what to make of it!

          An electrical engineer that specializes in EMF mitigation should be able to help with this.

          And it almost seems like this is an individual preference, since my gut tells me I get more benefit out of the sauna than I do harm from the EMF exposure. I don’t know where the cutoff point should be for this to be honest.

          Update: I have some grounding rods and cables coming, and am going to take one of the saunas apart and test ground loops and chassis grounding to see if that is improperly done. (also have body grounding straps coming too to try a few things)

          I also hired an electrical engineer to interpret these results, and guide the process from here on out, since the technical aspects are over my head.

          Should have interesting things to report soon!

          • Hi Matt,

            Wow! Adding additional grounding to the sauna sounds like a great idea! I can’t wait to hear about what you learn!

            I wrote to a person who specializes in EMF effects on health to ask if being grounded while in a sauna would mitigate the effects of the electric fields. I was surprised at their answer, which follows:

            “Grounding your body doesn’t mitigate the electric fields…it actually attracts them to go through your body. When you sweat it is even worse because the water through your pores is a transport system for that voltage to go inside your body.”

            This person suggested that body voltage should be below 10 millivolts (.01 volts), ideally.

            I agree that for most people, the benefits of sauna therapy certainly could outweigh the downsides of low levels of EMFs. Hopefully we can find a sauna with low magnetic fields and electric fields that provides a good sweat too!

            Looking forward to your future posts!

          • Yep, that has been my conclusion from all the research I’ve done so far… that you shouldn’t ground yourself when in the sauna. Still looking into it though, and have a call scheduled with Michael Neuert to get to the bottom of this.

            Yep agreed, except when we checked my body voltage, it was higher than that suggestion when not even in the sauna yet. I’ll have to dig some more and learn what the acceptable ranges are for our modern day living, compared to what BV would be in a perfect environment. It’s getting interesting!

  4. Hi Matt,

    How’s the testing coming along?

    We talked about measuring body voltage as one possible criteria for evaluating the various brands and models of infrared sauna. However, I have since learned that we should be measuring body current (in micro Amps) instead of body voltage. Below are links to video explaining how to do measure body current. The last link is a fascinating interview with Dr. Dan Milham, author of Dirty Electricity, and also explains how to measure body current.

    Are Earthing Sheets and Products Safe?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=_XedSoCAcR0

    Earthing Creates Contact Current in Dirty Electricity Electric Fields
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuqlPzn365E

    Ground Current: Demonstration of Ground Current with Earth Table and high frequencies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7dlQxHfw6E

    Dr. Mercola and Dr. Milham on Dirty Electricity (Full Interview)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utalU9uIlTQ&feature=youtu.be

    Lastly, if you are still planning to take apart one of the saunas, you might consider adding some EMF shielding and replacing some of the wiring with MuCord. Check out the link below for shielded cable and other supplies from lessemf.com.
    https://www.lessemf.com/wiring.html

    Best,

    Mike

    • Hey Mike,

      Going great! Hmm I’ll have to look into ordering a better volt meter that’s more sensitive to try micro amp testing. It’s a similar concept though, one is just measuring the velocity vs flow I would think?… On a side note, I’m pretty happy with using body voltage as an indicator of a reduction in EMF when I try different mitigation techniques.

      That said, from all my tests I would not ground myself when inside of a sauna (ever), and do not recommend anyone do so for any reason. (if you see me doing it in some videos, it’s just for momentary readings to get measurements… I never have a grounding strap on during a full hour long sauna session, and if I mentioned doing that in the past I was wrong.)

      Again, for anyone else that happens to be reading, DO NOT ground yourself during your sauna sessions.

      Yessir, I’ve got a new one torn apart right now! 🙂 Thanks, I’ve got some mucable but generally just make my own twisted cabling now. Most of the saunas I’ve bought recently have decent shielded cabling to where swapping the wiring out makes for negligible gains… it’s the emitters that are close to the body that are the main culprits. (with one exception being the source cable from the outlet to the sauna power supply… a lot more amperage on that puppy)

      That varies a lot though from sauna to sauna in my experience. No two are the same.

      We also have to take into account that some of this is going to be a bit much for the average sauna shopper, in an already confusing purchase experience when every sauna company you call says “theirs is the best” and borderline badmouths every other brand on the planet. That said, I’d like to stick with measuring the same 4 things for the time being: magnetic fields first and foremost, electric fields, RF, and body voltage… to keep the reviews easy for people to understand.

      Which sauna did you end up buying, and how did it test?

      Thanks Mike!

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