Table of Contents
- Top Rated Near Infrared Sauna Manufacturer Reviews
- Finding Saunas On Sale And Stock Warehouse Deals
- Near Infrared Saunas On Amazon
- The Top 3 Rated Infrared Saunas On Amazon
- Dynamic Saunas
- The Benefits Of Near Infrared Sauna
- Why I’m Interested In Infrared Lamp Therapy And Use A Sauna
- Dangers Of Cheap Infrared Saunas To be Aware Of
- Poor Third Party Testing Of Magnetic Fields And Electric Fields (EMF Ratings Bullshit)
At this point in time, I don’t recommend near infrared saunas the way the industry portrays them. You can build your own near infrared sauna tent for a fraction of what folks sell them for online, and the DIY Sauna Course will show you how to do that step by step.
With all the near infrared sauna marketing coming out this year, it’s hard to know what’s really the right type of sauna… and what’s a bunch of hogwash.
Let me save you some time: near infrared does not heat you up on it’s own. All these companies saying they have a “near infrared sauna” are stretching the truth. If it’s a near infrared heat lamp bulb sauna, the heat from the lamp, and the far infrared portions of the wavelength, are what’s giving you a sauna experience.
How do I know this? Because I sit in front of true near infrared red light therapy panels, and you won’t break a sweat after two hours.
So you’ll hear all this crazy mumbo jumbo, such as, only near infrared:
- penetrates all the way to the bone for a deeper detox
- gives you a more complete detox than far infrared
- without full spectrum, you won’t achieve the same health benefits as a regular sauna…
And on and on. Please, don’t waste your money. If you really want near infrared added to your sauna, check this tutorial out that I put together showing you how to do it for $100 bucks.
If you’ve seen my heavy metal detox article, you’ll know I started using infrared saunas based on the recommendation of my functional medicine doctor to detox from having mercury amalgam fillings for over 20 years. What I like about infrared saunas, is getting the body to heat and sweat to induce hyperthermia, is the most natural way I’ve found to get rid of heavy metals… particularly mercury and aluminum like I have.
The EMF levels are comparable to the Dr Wilson NIR 4 bulb saunas I built, but the sweat is much much better with the far infrared. See the model I have here. I like these so much so, that I might start selling them soon. The nice thing is, they are cheaper than the expensive alternative I was using before… which feels like a better value all the way around. (I’m surprised more people don’t know about these)
I was recommending the Sauna Space red lamp bulb sauna below (I stopped calling it a near infrared sauna, because there is some question from the research that red heat lamp bulbs even emit enough NIR at a distance of 24 inches for the body to even absorb), but after trying over 7 different saunas now, it’s pretty damn hard to justify recommending people buy a sauna tent for $3,000.00 that is nothing more than 4 bulbs, a wood frame, and some cloth. (I suspect they build this unit for less than $500.00, since I replicated the entire thing with my DIY version for about $250.)
While it might be a good fit for some people, and exactly what they’re looking for, I simply don’t feel right recommending a $3k sauna (tent) as the only option after trying several wooden saunas that are nicer and cost less money. NIR argument aside, it’s still ungodly expensive for what it is. And yes, I am aware of the newer Sanctuary model coming out, that will block incoming RF to create an emf free “sanctuary”, but until I see what the pricing is I still have a hard time presenting such an expensive product as the only option that I don’t even use myself.
What I don’t like about infrared saunas, is the price, dealing with pesky sales agents who try to sell you a $6,000 fucking sauna like it’s a stick of gum, and just the misinformation in general that could potentially cause further harm to myself and anyone I let use my sauna. Point being, just because a sales agent from the biggest and best sauna company SAYS they have a low emf sauna, no off-gassing laminates, and on and on, can potentially be bullshit. This drives me nuts so much, that I ordered my own set of emf meters (very expensive ones I might add) and started testing them myself. It’s the only way I can be sure that some expensive hot box isn’t going to destroy myself by cooking me like a microwave when I use it 5 days a week. However, this is also a unique opportunity for me to help others, and put this information together for other people, so they don’t have to go through spending tons of money on things that don’t work like I did. Hopefully this will help you understand what’s important about a near infrared sauna, and which models will be best for you and your budget. By the end of this article, you will be able to have a much better idea of what to looks for in your infrared sauna, and easily be able to select a model that’s right for you.
Get This Sauna Book & This Niacin Supplement Before You Start Your Weekly Sauna Sessions
Update – if you are going to start sauna treatments, I recommend you get these two things below and learn how to use them. I learned about the no-flush Niacin from Ben Greenfield. I bought this and it’s helped me to remember to replace essential minerals and electrolytes when using a sauna multiple times a week more intensely. (especially because I drink distilled water as well)
** Update #2 – This is an update to the above. I no longer recommend the “NO FLUSH NIACIN” for doing sauna detoxification. Instead, I buy the Solaray Niacin in 100mg capsules, so I can adjust the dosage to what I need at the time. You do not want to start with 500mg of flushing niacin if you’ve never taken it before. I know I mentioned all the research I did before, and the Ben Greenfield recommendations of niacinamide, but you need to be using the flushing version of niacin for saunas.
Clear Body Clear Mind
Top Rated Near Infrared Sauna Manufacturer Reviews
The below information is now outdated. Many so called near infrared sauna manufacturers are pointing to NASA research saying that near infrared saunas are better than far infrared. However, ever single one of these studies they cite, are on LED NIR sources. You simply cannot swap out that research and apply it to an incandescent bulb.
It is not clear to me that true near infrared does not heat you up and make you sweat AT ALL.
I’m working on a demonstration video to show you guys this, and stop the misinformation in the sauna industry that is false and misleading.
To be clear, you maybe get 10% of near infrared from one of these saunas, and that’s being generous. It’s the far infrared that is heating you up and doing all the work.
There are tons of sauna manufacturers these days, and further down below in this article we’ll cover the difference between near infrared and far infrared… Point being, not a lot of sauna manufactures market themselves specifically as being a “near infrared” sauna manufacturer, but instead call their saunas “full spectrum” and include near, mid, and far infrared. With the exception of SaunSpace by Brian Richards, and by Denise, those are the only two infrared light driven, “near infrared specific” saunas on the market.
ClearLight – The Top Rated Low EMF Full Spectrum Sauna With Near Infrared
The below info is also outdated. When I first got started learning about saunas, everyone pointed to Clearlight touting how good the full spectrum is. I would later learn, that these people have no idea what they’re talking about, and most of them have only ever used 2 saunas in their entire lifetime.
Now after testing over 9 sauna brands, it is crystal clear to me what is sales hype bullshit marketing claims, and what it actually worthwhile.
I have to remove my previous comments on Clearlight saunas, since you barely absorb near infrared at distance. Since the supposed full spectrum heaters in the front of the sauna are at great length from the body, it is questionable if you your skin even absorbs any near infrared from these emitters at all.
They do however add heat to the sauna, but you can do that in the regular FIR saunas, so I don’t really see the point. But the whole full spectrum thing is a joke at best.
If you were to disable the “near” and “mid” infrared portion of the emissions and use the sauna, your experience would be much the same. (near and mid are in quotes, because it is questionable that a decent percentage of the infrared output even falls into those categories. I suspect if you were to analyze the output with a $4k spectrometer, you would see a pitiful amount of those bands of infrared… enough to wonder if they should even be saying that in their marketing. But hey, it’s all about one-upping each other and selling more saunas to people right? **rolls eyes**)
Clearlight is at the top of the list, because I have personally been to the Hippocrates institute, and value Dr. Brian Clements recommendations, which are usually on point as you can see in many of these talks. They use Clearlight exclusively at the institute for all patients that are there to heal from various diseases and cancer. While I still have not personally tested the emf levels on my meters with Clearlight, I still stand behind the fact that they are going to be one of the best low emf saunas on the market. They have a unique patented method of mounting their emf emitters back to back, which is almost like wiring a set of speakers out of phase, subsequently cancelling each other out. (I know about this from my high school days of working at a car stereo shop after school, installing head units, sub woofers, etc…) Their older models weren’t quite as good as the new ones, but even top athletic endurance bloggers like Ben Greenfield recommend Clearlight, ans use them themselves. One thing to note, is that the near infrared on a clearlight sauna, comes from two front mounted near infrared heaters, unlike the LED near infrared emitters behind the wall panels of other brands like a Sunlighten below. I believe this is superior in design, and also keeps the heating elements farther away from your body as well, for an extra layer of protection. (you don’t want near infrared bulbs too close to you for too long, as you can see in my DIY near infrared sauna building tutorial.)
Sunlighten M Pulse Near, Mid, & Far Infrared Full Spectrum Sauna
You guessed it, this is outdated too, and flat out wrong. I don’t know how to explain this simply to you, other than to point out the design flaw that is so heavily marketed as a strong point.
Point blank, there is no other way to say this… You cannot, put a tiny 4″ x 12″ rectangular 50 led array, behind a cloth grill, and call your sauna full spectrum or near infrared capable.
Well, I guess you can, but you should also say that near infrared visible light, needs direct skin contact for you to absorb it. It doesn’t penetrate or go through things like far infrared. But then that would render the claims and benefits useless wouldn’t it?
If you went inside an M Pulse, and unplugged the near infrared led array, and then turned the sauna on and used it again, you wouldn’t feel a bit of difference.
I’ll let you decide where to go from here with this information…
Sunlighten has been endorsed by some big names, and you simply can’t ignore the build quality. Even Dave Asprey from Bulletproof loves his, and several other notable mini health celebrities also endorse Sunlighten. Right of the bat, the one thing that I don’t like about Sunlighten opposed to Clearlight, is the price. You’re going to pay over $5,000 dollars for an Mpulse Sunlighten model, and the only thing cheaper than that is going to be far infrared only… which we don’t want. There is no question that the build quality is worth every penny however, it’s just a matter of you deciding if this fits in your budget or not. For me personally, I’m looking for the best bang for my buck. If I can get a low emf sauna that will get the job done and get my heavy metal levels down, I’m in. While I like gadgets and gizmos, they’re not essential for me improving my health. The only thing that I didn’t like about the Mpulse, is from what I understand, the actual amount of near infrared you get from a sauna session in a Sunlighten sauna, is less than 20% since they use near infrared LED’s to power that portion of their sauna.
Related Reading: Sunlighten VS Clearlight: Which Is The Better Infrared Sauna?
SaunaSpace – The Best Near Infrared Sauna That’s Portable (great for apartments!)
I can’t believe I bought into this nonsense of an idea for $3k. This is the biggest ripoff on the planet for nothing more than 4 $10 bulbs, some stick framing, and some organic cloth.
The whole near infrared thing is a sham anyway, as you’ll see in my video.
But to be charging people three thousand dollars for something they can make for $200, is a little nuts when it doesn’t even come with a door.
My FIR makes me sweat way faster than this ever did, I don’t have to rotate like a rotisserie, and I will never have to add a space heater to the enclosure to ramp up the temperature ever again.
I don’t recommend these at all, and I’m sorry to have ever spoken highly of them in the past. This was a naive mistake on my part, and the whole idea that near infrared will heat you up and make you sweat is a scam.
These people are riding on the NASA research on near infrared. But what they never tell you is that every NASA study is on LED bulbs at cooler temperatures. These heat lamp saunas use incandescent bulbs, which is an entirely different wavelength and type of design.
It is my opinion that near infrared saunas do not even exist, and this whole thing is a marketing ploy to create something another sauna company doesn’t have.
In my video showing you what a real red light therapy (or true near infrared) device does, you can see plain as day that I could turn it on for over an hour, and it will never make me sweat.
I’m sorry to have perpetuated this nonsense in any capacity back when I bought into these people’s false claims.
If you’re really hell bent on having these bulbs in your sauna, just watch the video where I show you how to mount them in any sauna for less than $100 bucks.
SaunaSpace is an extremely unique near infrared sauna, and there is only one other company that offers something even remotely close to it on the market. The build quality and bulb quality is second to none, and for anyone looking for a portable near infrared sauna, that doesn’t zap the shit out of you with ultra high emf’s like some of these portable saunas, you can’t go wrong with Saunaspace pocket sauna. Now I for one, think $3,000 bucks is a lot for a non wooden sauna, but for the right person this is the best fit for getting a sauna fitted in your closet, spare room, apartment, etc… For a lot of people, space is a huge concern, and stops them from being able to have a sauna in their home at all. And let’s face it, using a sauna at the gym is just plain… nasty! Not to mention, there are probably several good sanitary reasons NOT to use a gym sauna at all, even if it is just a Finnish style steam sauna. For true detoxing from heavy metals, plastics/BPA’s, and other pesticides, you want a near infrared sauna or a full spectrum sauna for sure. Saunaspace is also one of the only near infrared sauna companies to be listed on the Dr. Wilson approved sauna list.
Finding Saunas On Sale And Stock Warehouse Deals
This was a horrible idea.
I don’t recommend any of these big box online outlets anymore… you never know what you’re going to get from China in some of these saunas. The sauna industry is still currently unregulated, and there is no policing between the product claims being made, and what you get in the box whatsoever.
Some people have asked if I know of anywhere to get closeout sauna models on sale, since money is tight. I don’t really know of any that I would personally vouch for or have used myself, but you might try Saunas.com and Wayfair for closeout/sale items. However, most of the exact same saunas for sale on Wayfair, are also available on Amazon… and I’d feel a LOT more comfortable buying one sold by Amazon in case I didn’t like it and can send it back. (just make sure you buy one that specifically says at the top: “Shipped and sold by Amazon.com.”
Near Infrared Saunas On Amazon
People on Amazon reviews have normally only ever used a single sauna in their entire life. I realized that most people think any sweating means it’s a good sauna.
These reviews with 5 star raving ratings, are coming from people who really don’t know what they’re missing.
I found this out the hard way by buying into the fake claim of “no emf” JNH Lifestyles sauna on Amazon. everyone said it was so good, and then when I got it it was a pile of junk.
It was right then that I realized these poor people have no idea they are being mislead, and are literally buying a stack of firewood… that’s how bad the build quality was.
There are also several other options that look good on Amazon, and are much more affordable, I just can’t vouch for where their made or if some of their parts come from China or not. EMF levels are always a huge concern to me, and I might consider purchasing some of the amazon models and hand testing them in my home for you guys, just to help offer more affordable models that you can know for certain are safe to use. After all, you wouldn’t put your kids, or a loved one in a microwave… so let’s not pick a sauna that does the same thing right? At any rate, there are several infrared saunas on Amazon that have rave RAVE RAVE reviews, and their customers couldn’t be happier. There’s even some really good reviews that I value myself, by verified purchasers who seem to have good knowledge of electrical and magnetic fields as well. This review of the JNH sauna, is really good, as is this review of the Dynamic sauna brand. The only thing I would note about that first review, and I’ll quote it right below, is you can’t always trust a cheap Trifield emf meter to give you accurate emf measurements. I would like to see the same test with a higher end meter like the Acoustimeter and a UHS2 Gaussmeter. The important thing to know, is that almost no sauna is ZERO EMF… just remember that before falling for a “no emf” sales gimmick! One of our main requirements was a sauna with very low EMFs. I had noticed other companies offered copies of their EMF certifications on their websites, but JNH told me the Intertek report was confidential so that was a bit of a red flag. Thankfully I happen to have a TriField EMF meter 🙂 JNH’s website states the heaters are tested at 0-0.6mG with “0” distance (right up next to it). With the sauna running, at the top of each element it does, in fact, test at less than .6mG. As you move the meter down the element they bump up to about 1.2mG, probably getting higher as it approaches where the power source enters the element. This is why I bumped one star off the rating. The bottom of the 4 upper elements in the sauna is where the main part of your body is, so really you’re being exposed to the 1.2mG of EMFs, not the .6mG. (While this is all controversial, most “safe” levels are considered under 1mG.) And while I believe JNH’s “zero EMF” guarantee refers to the elements only (and in all honesty, my thoughts are that this is misleading! It is NOT zero EMF. But it is generally pretty low.), be aware that the closer you get to the control panel or the power box, the EMFs are quite high–nearly 500mG for both. My suggestion–if this concerns you, sit mainly on the other side of the sauna! You could also put a huge chunk of smoky quartz or black tourmaline in the sauna to neutralize some of the EMFs. Overall, the EMF levels in the ENSI model are most likely much, much less than other models, which is what we were looking for. – J Slight
The Top 3 Rated Infrared Saunas On Amazon
Below are the best selling options of infrared saunas on Amazon that I would consider buying. Not all are near infrared, but not all of use have a near infrared budget either. I still believe some type of sauna is better than no sauna at all… just as long as it’s low emf as possible!
Keep in mind not all sauna companies offer the ability to add near infrared heaters to a far infrared sauna. So like above, when you see me talking about adding the near infrared components to a Clearlight sauna, that isn’t universal across all brands. I’m not certain if every single on of these companies offers both a near and far infrared heater in their specific models, or if they are all full spectrum options with mid, near, and far infrared heaters.
JNH Lifestyles – The Most Popular Infrared Sauna On The Entire Amazon Marketplace
JNH Lifestyles Infrared Sauna Price Range: $999 – $2,400
- No chemical build materials, no plywood, and no adhesive contaminants
- UL listed components and ETL approved
- Low emf models available
The Benefits Of Near Infrared Sauna
As indicated by Dr. Wilson, near infrared sauna lamp therapy provides the following benefits, in addition to detoxing the body naturally from heavy metals, plastics, toxins, pesticides, and food additives from processed food stuck in our fat cells and lymph system.
- Detoxifying internal organs
- Eliminating bacterial infections, viruses, fungus, parasites, etc… from heat therapy
- Stress management via relaxing the nervous system
- Many athletes report an improvement all areas across the board
- Increased energy (1)
- Weight loss & cellulite reduction
- Heals skin from the inside out
Why I’m Interested In Infrared Lamp Therapy And Use A Sauna
About 6 months ago, on 5/2/17, I had my first mercury amalgam filling removed. Shortly after the last one was taken out, I went to see a functional medicine doctor to find out why I was constantly tired all the time. One of the things that came up on my hair analysis, was heavy metals. Both aluminum and mercury were higher than normal, and I began taking supplements that help detox the body of heavy metals.
Mercury Fillings And Heavy Metal Detox
I wanted to try some chelation therapies, but was a little afraid to after doing a metric shit ton of research, and finding out that it can be really hard on your kidneys using certain chelators. So I opted to start using Metal Free instead, and began going to a float tank place nearby, and paid for individual sauna sessions. My very first infrared sauna session, was in a Sunlighten Mpulse sauna… which is a full spectrum sauna consisting of near, mid, and far infrared modes.
After my very first session, it was like someone had “turned the lights back on” upstairs, and I could suddenly think clearly, without brain fog. But those results weren’t permanent, and within a day or two I bask to feeling shitty again.
I would later learn that, what you see on a hair test level is not always an indication of how much of that particular metal you have in your body. Our fat cells store a large majority of our contaminants in the body, and getting them out safely can sometimes be challenging like in the case of mercury. But that’s where saunas come in, particularly near infrared saunas that heat you up from the inside out!
A near infrared sauna can make you sweat up to 6 times the amount of toxins as opposed to just sweating on a run or something, and not using one at all. Needless to say, daily sauna therapy is now on my radar and daily regimen.
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Dangers Of Cheap Infrared Saunas To be Aware Of
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Not Having Low EMF Emitters
Poor Third Party Testing Of Magnetic Fields And Electric Fields (EMF Ratings Bullshit)
One of the things that’s most attractive about near infrared saunas using red heat lamp arrays, is that there is very very little emf. So little, there really isn’t any point in emf testing NIR saunas, as long as they’re designed modeling the Dr. Wilson’s original design like the DIY NIR array I built, or the SaunaSpace configuration.
But the emf test reports have mostly been making their headway, because all the far infrared sauna manufacturers started using them in their marketing. The trouble with these so called third party testing companies, is that they’re being shipped the heating elements from the sauna manufacturers, which means they’re tested outside the sauna itself.
This poses a lot of problems, but most importantly, you can’t get an accurate measurement of EMF levels without physically being inside of a sauna with everything running. The wiring in the walls contribute to just as much, if not more emf, than the heaters themselves. Just look at my infrared sauna review videos and you can see this with your own eyes and my meters.
For the most part, third party emf reports are worthless. You want to see a live video, with a person using multiple emf meters, so you can get an average level, and the native environment accounted for.