It all gets so confusing so fast, and consumers are left not knowing what to do. This is what happened to me, and I wasted 5 months researching infrared saunas because I couldn’t figure out what to get for myself and didn’t want to waste money/get the wrong thing.
So what happened? Well, I unknowingly ordered the wrong saunas, had some semi truck show up to my house multiple times, some of the saunas had saw dust leaking out of them all over my hours (took me hours to clean up), and turned out to not live up to the claims.
Some took forever and a day to heat up, which was basically unusable for me. Others has such a bad smell and off gassing, I wouldn’t use them as they seemed totally unsafe. I bought an EMF meter and VOC meter, and it turns out they were toxic too.
So once I tried a few wrong saunas, I decided I was going to do something about this and make my experiences public now in order to help other people get the right sauna for their needs. There’s no reason we have to go through all of this, it’s a nightmare without good guidance.
Now I also have a free facebook group where you can see other peoples reviews too, not just mine. Join us here
Looking for the top infrared saunas of 2023? You’re going to LOVE these top rated saunas we found to be the top 3 out of 17 sauna brands tested over the last 3 years. The reports from consumers, and how much these saunas have changed their lives for the better, are going to shock you. When you get your sauna setup in your own home, you’re going to love all the health benefits many have reported, including better sleep, decreased stress, lower anxiety, improved sense of health and well-being, better detox than any cleanse, less acne, more vibrant skin glow, and much much more.
The #1 Sauna Of Year For 2023:
Radiant Health E-2H
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Searching for legit sauna info? I was too, and it’s a jungle of misinformation out there. You’ve got Facebook sauna detox groups saying only one sauna brand is good, sauna companies pressuring you to buy before prices go up, fake 3rd party EMF reports passed around left and right (but still give us your credit card for $5k today!!), you’ve GOT to have full spectrum if you want a complete detox, and the list goes on…
Let’s Be Honest – Isn’t A Lot Of This Marketing Hype?
Here’s the deal right from the get go – most reviews on infrared saunas, are fake. Maybe not a total scam, but you won’t see the people sitting in the saunas, using them in their home, testing the emf levels on live video (very key), etc… Only top 10 lists, and so on. Total nonsense and drawing different brands out of a hat!
Tired of slick sales people trying to sell you on some nonsense for your home that doesn’t do what is claims? I was too, which is why I started reviewing them in the first place and hence created this page. Save time and money by reading what happened to me below!
How Many Sauna Brands Did I Test?
Over the past year and a half I’ve tested 13 infrared sauna brands, so I could find the optimal sauna to use in my home to detox heavy metals, pesticides, glyphosate, etc… It’s amazing what a simple 20 minute session, a few times a week, can do to benefit your health.
In this article, you’ll find links to additional pages and resources if you need them, that will help you with common questions like which type of sauna should I get, which sauna wood you should buy, how hot to use your sauna, how long, etc….
You can also learn about the benefits of infrared sauna use, detox protocols, and why you should be using toxin binders with your sauna sessions, how to assemble your sauna, which brands to avoid, if you really need full spectrum or not, the truth about EMF in saunas, and more. I’ve created installation videos too, that help with how to assemble your sauna, so you can see before you buy if it’s a good fit for you.
I also answer reader questions on YouTube twice a week, and you can submit yours to be included in next week’s queue using the form on the bottom of the contact page.
Top 3 Rated Brands Out Of 13 Tested
You can now visit CertifiedSaunas.com for the cliff notes and top rated saunas for 2023
Sauna Testing & Fake Reviews
Be sure to look out for fake reviews and third party publications that “test” saunas for companies. We all know when you take a heater out of a sauna, and send it to a lab, they hang the heater from a forklift in isolation, and get “measurements” that the company use in their marketing.
The problem with this? It’s not the environment your body is subjected to, it’s manipulated.
So when they test the sauna for low EMF or low VOC, it’s been altered. Well guess what? It hasn’t been altered when you get it in your home, and can read drastically different when it’s all assembled.
Some companies use toxic glue and adhesives in their sauna when they build them, and as soon as you turn it on for the first time, guess where all that vapor goes? Right in your house.
Compared to everything else you see online about buying infrared saunas, I personally test each and every sauna myself. Please be aware that most reviews you find online about home saunas, are completely hearsay. Meaning, infrared sauna salesmen love to tell you their opinion of many sauna brands, but how come you don’t see them sitting in them, using them, no pictures of them getting dirty assembling them, etc…?
If you don’t see the person with pictures and live video of themselves inside the sauna they’re talking about, chances are they have never been in that sauna brand in their entire life. (checking them out at trade shows doesn’t count!!) I would urge you not to base a $5k purchase decision, on information from someone who has never personally used the products you’re asking about. That is how I got into all of this, and made several wrong purchases, as you will see in detail below. First I started buying a cheap sauna from Costco, then a little more expensive one from Amazon, etc… which is how I ended up with this very long and in depth page.
Also, do not fall for the third party EMF reports, they’re not accurate reviews. (*you cannot take heaters out of a sauna, ship them to a lab, test one or two, and then say the entire sauna is low emf. Doesn’t work that way… you MUST account for the wiring in the walls, power supply, ALL THE HEATERS, etc… Once you alter the native environment of the sauna like that, the testing is worthless, yet it sounds real good when sauna salespeople say it smoothly doesn’t it?)
Excellent Saunas I Use Myself
The 2 Infrared Sauna Brands I Recommend
1) Radiant Health Saunas
2) Clearlight Infrared Saunas
Other Brands I’ve Used Or Been Asked About
- Dynamic Saunas
- JNH Lifestyles
- Radiant Health
- Radiant (knock-off)
- Sauna Space
- Vital Health Saunas
- Health Mate
Common Misconceptions About Infrared Saunas
Portable Sauna Options I’ve Used
Model: Blue Wave
Model: Copper Ion
Model: FIR Sil
Outdoor Infrared Saunas
I’ve gotten a lot of requests to test some of the outdoor saunas for sale at Costco, Amazon, custom, etc… As a general rule, most barrel steam saunas are low emf if they’re large and you sit far away from the electrical. Most are 220v, so there is quite a bit of power on tap to be in close proximity, but I have found some issues with reliability of the wooden structures themselves, even though they claim to be “made for outdoors.”
Most of the sauna sheds I found on Amazon, look to have the same high emf red vertical heaters in them like the Radiant (Blue Wave On Amazon) Sauna I purchased last year. I would be weary of those, they seem identical.
That said, because the Clearlight tested so well, I put together the outdoor sauna recommendations page here.
More Infrared Sauna Videos Coming…
There will be more to come, still working on updating the old content and adding videos from the last batch of filming. But the test results are in, and the 3 safest infrared saunas on the market for home use, are all grouped together on The List Of Certified Saunas. I raised the EMF standards for 2019, and going forward that list will be the safest infrared saunas for any children, anyone healing from chronic illness, etc…
You can do a search on my YouTube Channel using this link, and learn from over 50 sauna videos I put out over the last 6 months. Use the contact tab here on the blog, or comment below to ask a sauna question, or submit a question for a video answer.
You won’t find any stupid top 10 list advertisement here, ain’t nobody got time for those made up reviews! I know, I bought several saunas that were “recommended” by those dumb sauna sites…
Bottom line: none of those people have ever put their hands on a single sauna in their entire life! I learned very quickly, you cannot trust product reviews from anyone that doesn’t show themselves on live video in the sauna.
This industry is littered with fake reviews, crazy weird complaints about sauna companies, and sauna salespeople that will do anything to get you to buy an infrared sauna. It’s ridiculous, and I went through the whole circus as a consumer trying to find a good low emf infrared sauna to heal from heavy metals from mercury fillings; I just happened to be a blogger and decided to share this whole debacle trying to buy a sauna… hopefully it will help somebody else out there!
I would recommend taking a few extra minutes to look over this entire page, because there are detailed links above… but you may be in a hurry or looking to order a sauna today.
In that case, be sure to watch out for those bad experiences I’ve had with terrible saunas like this one before you buy something… Those will help you cut through the noise and trim your options to a handful of only the good stuff!
Good safe saunas to check out:
- The 2019 Sauna Of The Year! (tested lowest for all 3 types of EMF)
- The List Of Certified Saunas – The Only True Sauna Testing You Can Verify On Live Video
Things to watch out for:
- Fake Consumer Reports Are Misleading Consumers About Infrared Saunas
- The NO EMF Sauna Scam: How Sauna Companies Are Lying About Low EMF
- Costco Caught With False Advertising On Their “Low EMF” Dynamic Saunas
- Amazon Sauna Sellers Busted For Junk JNH Saunas That Are Built Like A Cardboard Box
- The Worst Sauna I’ve Ever Tested – DO NOT BUY At All Costs
- Near Infrared Does Not Heat You Up When Isolated – Beware Of Near Infrared Saunas
Analyzing Which Saunas That Are Worth Their Salt, Is Like Looking For Fur On A Rattlesnake
If you have no idea who I am, I’m just a regular guy that was suffering from chronic sinus infections, allergies, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and brain fog. After two years of suffering all the time, I figured out that I had mercury in my teeth from amalgam fillings I had gotten when I was a kid. I got them removed, and poof, within 30 days I no longer had sinus infections anymore, and I haven’t had a sinus infection since. It was literally like someone waved a magic wand, and still to this day I can’t believe how dramatic the difference is. But that was just the beginning, and little did I know… the easy part. Detoxing the metals from the rest of my body, from years of having mercury in my mouth, would be a whole new challenge in itself, since my liver enzymes were over 500, and the doc was questioning whether or not I was an alcoholic. (I didn’t drink much by this time)
How It Started: Buying High EMF Saunas (does this even matter?)
After buying more than one infrared sauna that didn’t live up to the claims, I knew I had to start learning the truth about EMF’s, and bringing this equipment in my home. I was already struggling with health issues, the last thing I wanted to do was make things worse by making my breathing environment worse. I wasn’t a health blogger in any capacity before this life altering debacle I found myself in, but I was a professional business blogger with decent reach and influence. With over 1 million views on YouTube before even reviewing my first sauna, I knew I could use my reach for good, and help a ton of people avoid wasting thousands of dollars on terrible saunas sold online under different aliases and “brand” names.
When Your Health Equipment Doesn’t Always Live Up To The Claims (a tough pill to swallow, after you spent thousands on one!)
After hundreds of hours of research, and ordering countless saunas, and documenting the entire process, I finally found out which sauna companies are truly full of it, and which ones are legitimate. Despite the great marketing efforts of many, and the sales army of many of the most popular brands (willing to shove any and all information down your throat just to get you to buy), I finally found some infrared sauna companies that live up to the claims.
Why An Infrared Sauna At All You May Be Wondering?
Detoxing Heavy Metals (the safe way)
That said, after I got tested with a hair mineral analysis, I realized I still had a body burden of mercury in me. The way mercury vapors leech into the body in a very intuitive way to protect the brain and organs from further damage, I likely had deposits pretty much everywhere since I had the fillings for over 22 years. My kidneys and liver didn’t look to be fit for synthetic chelation, or even a mercury challenge test using DMPS or DMSA at the time, according to my functional medicine doc. So one of the best ways to detox from heavy metals, is to use the skin. Infrared saunas can do this much faster than traditional saunas, and so my quest to build a near infrared sauna began.
Near Infrared VS Far Infrared Saunas: Which Is Better?
(there is no comparison when it comes to how much you sweat)
This worked great for a little while, but once I tried a far infrared sauna that I paid $30/session to use, I realized I wasn’t sweating enough with the near infrared light array I built for my shower, using red heat lamps. I would later learn that these don’t actually emit much near infrared at all, but they do indeed get hot to the touch. While you can’t deny the benefits of red light therapy, for heavy metal detox, particularly mercury and aluminum like my hair tests showed, it just wasn’t fast enough for me. (I don’t wanna wait two long hard years to sweat it out… I want it out NOW!)
So I began researching which infrared wavelengths actually have merit, watching youtube health summaries, and digesting all the major top brands that had features that truly made a difference in your heat therapy sessions.
High EMF Infrared Saunas From China: What Gives!
(no standardized testing, that’s what.)
Only trouble was, I wouldn’t realize until later that the cheapest infrared saunas are made in China, and come with ultra HIGH EMF heaters. Back then, I didn’t even know what the hell EMF was, let alone how to test for it or why it was even important. I would later learn from an electrical engineer (Michael Nuert), that most of us are surrounded by higher EMF’s nowadays than is allowed by European countries at all. The Swedish standard for safe EMF levels is 2 milligauss. I’m now finding out that a lot of sauna companies are selling saunas with over 10, and sometimes 30 milligauss levels of electromagnetic fields in them!
Other Health Influencers “Harmful EMF Levels Don’t Exist,” – What?
In Europe and other countries, it’s well known that their food standards and EMF standards are higher, and their population doesn’t suffer from the same health issues we do. They also have great research showing the results of a calm nervous system, one that is free from electrical or radiation stimulation while sleeping, etc…
But here in America, we don’t have those same standards… just like dentists are STILL putting mercury into little kids mouths, just like they did to me!!! Now how the hell does that make any sense anyway? Did you know that mercury thermometers are banned? But wait, it’s still okay to put mercury fillings in a child’s mouth. Hmmmm.
If that wasn’t enough, it’s been said that Russia/Putin said, ” don’t worry about the Americans anymore, they’ll kill themselves with the way they’re doing things.”
Talk about some nonsense! You’re supposed to be going to a sauna to heal, not to get zapped to death!
My point is, EMF’s matter when you have micro deposits of heavy metals all over your body lodged in your fat cells. It’s like turning you into a giant antenna, and you’re even more conductive than a normal person, which is totally not good when you’re sitting right next to a source of high EMF in a hot box.
Do Any Sauna Manufacturers Even Live Up To The Hype!?!!?
So, that brings me to 5 months later… I had my fillings out, I knew I had mercury and aluminum from my hair tests, and I knew I needed to get it out, and all my local sauna options were likely high EMF.
I started calling all the top brands to see which one I should buy. Boy oh boy was that a bunch of nonsense! Almost every single one of them said theirs is the best, the lowest emf, the most absorb-able… and on and on and on nonsense babble.
It got the point where I didn’t know who to trust anymore. (and I’m talking about all the major brands here: Sunlighten, Therasauna, Clearlight, etc…) All the marketing was a lie, and there is no standardized third party testing. So while one company might report having a no emf sauna, the actual emf readings were done in a totally different part of the sauna than the next company. So it becomes a wash, and I wasted almost 5 months forfeiting better health because I wouldn’t buy one. It was a $5,000 purchase decision, and I wasn’t going to just buy anything after looking at their return policies. It was garbage.
Testing For EMF With A True Tri-Axis EMF Meter
(and the shocking truth it revealed!)
And so, my quest to start testing saunas and report real trustworthy reviews began. I realized that I wasn’t the only one in this dilemma, and there were likely a ton of people being taken advantage of year after year. And since most people aren’t uber wealthy, a sauna is an expensive purchase for just about all of us. it isn’t like buying a pair of shoes and then hating them, it’s usually something we put on a credit card or finance. Not to mention, getting the right one is critical, since the damn things come on a semi truck!
And here we are to today… I started testing saunas, because like you, I wanted to know I was buying something half decent. I knew I needed a sauna in my house, because there was no way in hell that I was going to drive across town everyday to do 30 days of niacin detox. But, my body needed it. If I were going to get rid of this mercury and fatigue, I knew I needed to up my sauna sessions. But which one should I buy I kept asking?
Well, here are my findings. I hope these articles help make your life a little easier when it comes to buying an infrared sauna for your home. If there are any saunas you want me to review, let me know in the comments below!
Top Infrared Sauna Brands I Want To Review & Test For EMF’s
- Dynamic Saunas (Golden Designs Sauna – in progress)
- Golden Designs
- Relax Sauna
- JNH Lifestyles
- DIY Near Infrared Light Therapy Arrays (I built two already)
- Sauna Space
- Heavenly Heat
- Rocky Mountain Sauna
- High Tech Health
- Radiant Saunas
Coming Soon: Click On Each Model To See Videos, EMF Testing, & Overview
We started from the bottom, now we’re here. If you don’t get the reference, essentially I started at the bottom of the list, with what I could afford at the time. I thought all I had to do was buy a decent infrared sauna from Amazon, and I could safely detox my heavy metals. I would later find out that most of these sauna companies regularly lie in their marketing, since the industry is unregulated. I started reviewing each model I bought, so other people wouldn’t have to waste money on the same brands I did that turned out to be high EMF, didn’t work well, or simply weren’t anything like the claims. Cheap plywood saunas with saw dust falling out of them, over 100 milligauss when they were sold to me specifically as “low emf”, I could go on and on.
At the end of the day, the right infrared sauna for you, is the one that works best for your individual situation and personal needs!
The $22,000.00 Dollars Worth Of Saunas I’ve Tried So Far
Sunlighten M Pulse: $6,500
Sunlighten Signature: (in progress)
High Tech Health: (in progress)
Clearlight Sanctuary 2: (in progress)
Heavenly Heat: (in progress)
Golden Designs Inc. “Near Zero” EMF: (cancelled order, same company as Dynamic saunas)
Dynamic Barcelona: $1,000
Durherm Portable Sauna: $500
Radiant Sauna Rejuvenator: $200
DIY “Near Infrared” Red Heat Lamp Sauna Array (SaunaSpace clone): $300 – $3,000
Frequently Asked Sauna Questions
Can I Trust The Amazon Reviews Online?
Well I would say in general, no. It’s part of the reason why I even started putting this information out there. I trusted them, spent thousands of dollars on saunas that are only good for a bonfire, instead of detox. Then I learned the hard way that most people posting videos with emf meters have no idea how to use their meter, which meter they even have (weighted or unweighted), and that most of the Amazon/Costco/Wayfair reviews you find online, are from naïve consumers that haven’t done their research. It’s not their fault, they simply don’t know what they’re missing, and the sauna companies are taking advantage of them left and right.
By the way, InfraredSaunaExpert.com is about to launch. There should be more helpful info there too, and I can let other people contribute to it as well.
Many people would like to know if I intend on keeping the reviews updated? Absolutely, I’m testing a portable tent sauna right now as we speak, and there may be new models that get released late next year to check out as well. As always, any infrared sauna I review will have to make the cut in order to be listed on the Certified Sauna List.
Many readers struggling to find a good sauna for their home, often come across my video reviews on youtube when doing due diligence on another brand. It’s very common to get rogue questions about sauna companies that no one has ever heard of before. This usually happens when an older sauna company that’s been beaten pretty badly on their reviews, sets up a “new” shop/company, and starts selling the same old re-branded saunas from last year. This is very common on Amazon, Walmart, etc…
In conclusion, what I’ve found is I only trust information from customers who actually own the product (and aren’t solicited)
Slick sales people will constantly tout full spectrum this, near infrared that, but the majority of the time they haven’t even used all the brands they’re talking about. Even worse, have you ever gotten one of those messages from ordering something on Amazon, and it says “hey thanks for ordering, would like a credit or discount on X in exchange for leaving a review please”? The customer hasn’t even recieved the product yet, so how could they know if it works well or not!?!? This is why a lot of reviews say things like “arriving soon, vendor easy to work with, fast shipping, etc…”