Table of Contents
- Why Am I Doing A Review Of The SaunaSpace NIR Sauna?
- Why I No Longer Recommend The Sauna Space Pocket Sauna
- It’s $3,000.00 Dollars For Nothing More Than 4 Heat Lamp Bulbs, A Stick Frame, And Some Cloth
- I Built 2 DIY NIR Heat Lamp Saunas For Less Than $200
- I Think They’re Ripping People Off Now That I Found A Sauna Company That Sells A 2 Person Sauna For Less Than $3k
- Near Infrared VS Far Infrared: Which Is Truly Better?
- Bottom Line, You Can Buy The Bulbs For $10 Bucks Each From Amazon Like I Did… I Don’t Think It’s Right To Charge People $3,000 Dollars For What It Costs Them To Make It
- One Exception: The Heat Lamp Array Has Value If You’re Not Handy And Have No Tools
Full disclaimer right up front: I don’t own a Pocket Sauna specifically with the cloth tent, but have built two replicas by hand in my own garage with the exact same design, and even an extended/improved design over DR. Wilson’s. (which is where the SaunaSpace design comes from)
It works, but does not deliver anywhere near the same deep penetrating sweat that far infrared wooden sauna enclosure does. It can’t, it just doesn’t get hot enough with a breathable cloth enclosure that isn’t sealed from the outside air. Just look at the videos of customers using the sauna tent… they’re surface sweating on localized parts of their body, never river sweating with sweat dripping from their fingers, elbows, knees, etc… Compare that to FIR saunas like the one I use everyday, and you river sweat every single time. (river sweating is when you can physically see streams of sweat forming/running down your body, due to the volume of sweat quickly accumulating in short periods of time)
I’m not saying this heat lamp style of sauna doesn’t have any benefit, totally the contrary… The skin healing benefits are awesome, and I like the way it feels. However, for detoxing heavy metals like I need to do, it’s simply just not intense enough to generate that heavy sweat to eliminate the same amount of toxins in a short time period. I estimate it would take several months longer in a heat lamp sauna like this rather than far infrared, since the FIR is the true workhorse behind any of these other “full spectrum” or mid infrared shams marketed by other popular companies. (not SaunaSpace, nothing to do with them)
Why Am I Doing A Review Of The SaunaSpace NIR Sauna?
When I was first seeing my functional medicine doctor after my amalgam removal, she insisted I start getting in an infrared sauna regularly almost immediately. She had recommended the Sauna Space home sauna to me, which put this style of sauna on my radar for the first time. (I didn’t even know what an infrared sauna was prior to this) Apparently she had talked with the owner Brian, and suggested I reach out to him and maybe we could do something together. (I had never blogged about anything health related at this point other than juicing & supplements, but figured what the hell…) At one time, I was even interested in doing a colab with SaunaSpace.
However, this was back when I knew nothing about saunas in mid 2017. Foolishly, I recommended this sauna before I began buying and testing other kinds of saunas… and I feel bad about that.
I didn’t realize at the time, that $3,000.00 dollars for a tent, 4 bulbs, and a stick frame, is borderline highway robbery… And you can get a full size two person wooden sauna, FOR LESS MONEY.
So, in an effort to make things right, I need to write a review on the SaunaSpace pocket sauna, in case anyone else comes across old videos where I suggested it.
The bottom line: now that I’ve built several of these, it’s clear to me that the Sauna Space unit (in it’s entirety) costs less than $500 bucks to make, including labor.
Charging people $3k for that is oooooooone hell of a margin… and a fucking rip off.
Why I No Longer Recommend The Sauna Space Pocket Sauna
When I first got into making saunas per Dr. Wilson’s triangular 4 lamp style design, I recommended the SaunaSpace product to people who couldn’t build their own saunas or have any garage workspace/tools and whatnot.
A lot of people live in apartments, don’t have tools, aren’t handy, or simply aren’t well enough to take on a building project of that nature. And so I would recommend they buy this SaunaSpace sauna instead, even though it was expensive.
This was long before I had begun testing all sorts of saunas, and would later find reputable companies that offer wooden saunas for less money than you spend on the sauna tent. At the end of the day, this is my reputation on the line, and if it were my mother, father, relative, or good friend, I wouldn’t tell them to drop $3k on a fabric style sauna tent anymore. It just isn’t a good recommendation for the amount of funds you have to outlay, since you can buy several pieces of healing equipment for the same price now.
I also question the legitimacy of the whole “near infrared” thing. After personally testing 9 brands of saunas now, there is a HUGE difference between the different types of saunas. To make a long story short, even with making an insulated enclosure, adding a floor heater, and using a 6 bulb setup (two more additional 250 watt bulbs), you don’t get a full body sweat after 45 minutes of sitting in front of the thing.
Compare that to sitting in a good far infrared sauna with 360 degrees of coverage, and you’re sweating from your head to your toes in less than 10 minutes. Big difference!
It’s $3,000.00 Dollars For Nothing More Than 4 Heat Lamp Bulbs, A Stick Frame, And Some Cloth
The main issue I have with the SaunaSpace product, is the price. It should be more like $1,200 – $1,500 dollars retail to truly deliver people a quality product at a fair price.
I have a hard time knowing there is an 83.34% profit margin (my own calculations, I’m sure they would dispute overhead, cnc’s, labor, etc…) on a product when people are ill and potentially making a vulnerable purchase.
Fact is, it’s a small package that doesn’t even need to be pallet shipped, so the shipping costs are much lower than any other sauna on the planet too. If some of this was passed on to the customer in terms of savings, I could get behind it again.
However, from what I’ve heard through the grapevine, their new SaunaSpace Sanctuary is going to be an even MORE expensive cloth model, supposedly offering an EMF mitigation by way of shielding fabric woven in to the enclosure. While I like that idea, it doesn’t solve the two issues for customers: 1) lack of more intense FIR heat, and 2) the price for a stick frame, cloth covered, incandescent bulb package is still outrageously high, and likely going up instead of down.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of attenuating RF to create a healing environment, but 5 yards of shielding fabric isn’t that expensive.
I’m absolutely convinced you need far infrared for faster detoxing now. I’m going along with the standard terminology used by people addressing these heat lamp saunas (calling them “near infrared”) to avoid creating any labeling confusion, but I would completely disagree with calling them Near Infrared Saunas altogether if I could…
After trying almost every style of sauna on the market over the last year, and buying several types of saunas, it’s just not possible to increase your core temp enough with 4 heat lamp bulbs without adding external heaters. (which I’ve also done, but it still lacks the oomph you need)
There might be a rare occasion where someone that is incredibly ill actually responds better to the heat lamp therapy, but at some point you want to be river sweating. I am not a doctor, and this isn’t medical advice. Please consult your physician for that. However, this is my opinion after testing 9 brands of saunas on the market, and over $22,000.00 dollars worth of infrared saunas in the last 6 months.
The only time I recommend one of these heat lamp saunas, is when someone has no money and they need to build a shower conversion for cheap to get by for a while.
I Built 2 DIY NIR Heat Lamp Saunas For Less Than $200
If you noticed above when I talked about price, most of my distaste for the SaunaSpace packages now stems from being able to build one of these yourself for a couple hundred bucks. You can easily order the bulbs, make an enclosure from PVC (yes they will say that PVC is NOT non toxic… but let’s be real here: you are NOT even getting the interior temperature even CLOSE to hot enough for this to even be on the radar) and buy a $20 stool from walmart and you’re off and running with a DIY clone.
Let’s say you’re not as resourceful as I am, and it costs you $500 to order everything you need… still, you can buy the exact same red heat lamps they use for $12 a piece, you need some lumber, likely have a jigsaw already, and I would even argue that this cheap mylar covering would be even better than cloth for getting you sweating for less money.
That said, you still have $2,500 left to get the other things you should be buying along with your sauna to keep your skin and body working better during your detox. Things like a water filter, shower filter, organic soap, a HUSO machine, brain tuner, power vibe, etc… All the things I use that compliment your sauna use.
OR, at least get a damn nice wooden sauna with lights so you can read in the darn thing for that price! lol
I Think They’re Ripping People Off Now That I Found A Sauna Company That Sells A 2 Person Sauna For Less Than $3k
How many ways can I say it….
You can buy a two person sauna, with nice lighting, a glass door, with full body 360 degree infrared coverage, for less money than this thing costs.
But I digress…
Near Infrared VS Far Infrared: Which Is Truly Better?
This is the main thing that I worry about when it comes to deciding if “near infrared” is right for you.
If you look at all the research closely, all of the scientific research pretty much shows that for the body to absorb near infrared, you fairly close to the source in order for the skin to do it’s thing appropriately. There is no way in hell that is ever going to happen with a heat lamp bulb, the surface temperature is just too hot for you to be close enough for any length of time.
There Is Quite The Discrepancy When It Comes To Any Actual Near Infrared Being Absorbed From Heat Lamp Bulbs
Additionally, most of the research and graphs you see passed around on NIR, the studies were actually using LED’s not incandescent sources. You can’t just swap the two and call it good… it doesn’t work that way.
Now I’m not saying there isn’t any benefit here to using heat lamps. At the end of the day what matters in any sauna, no matter the style, is that you’re sweating while immobilized.
However, there seems to be a huge discrepancy and a lot of confusion about what near infrared actually is, and I would argue that these red lamp therapy NIR saunas, are not really near infrared saunas at all. They may emit plenty of near infrared, but when isolated, you can sit in front of near infrared for hours and never sweat. The sweat inducing action from these heat lamp saunas, is from the heat (from the lamp itself: they’re 250 watts each, and the FIR portion of the wavelength emission).
Update: “I would argue that these bulbs are actually putting out more far infrared than near anyway.” – in regards to the sauna experience specifically, when folks call these e26 bulb configurations a “near infrared sauna,” the NIR nm emissions are not contributing to raising core temperature enough to induce a sweat.
The marketing is totally backwards, and in my opinion this is just taking advantage of a pocket in the market.
Bottom Line, You Can Buy The Bulbs For $10 Bucks Each From Amazon Like I Did… I Don’t Think It’s Right To Charge People $3,000 Dollars For What It Costs Them To Make It
- Philips Heat Lamp Bulb – (“near infrared”)
- Bulb guards
- 4 bulb mounting array – for those that don’t want to build anything, just hang this in your shower or on the back of the bathroom door
- Mylar film to replace your shower curtain and make an enclosure on the cheap
One Exception: The Heat Lamp Array Has Value If You’re Not Handy And Have No Tools
As you can guess by now, there are situations where I will still recommend this solution to people. But it’s very very few, and extremely rare at this point.
There just is no replacement for a better solution, that gets you sweating more in less time. (far infrared)
If you are very ill, or have no money, these heat lamp arrays are better than doing nothing in my opinion. But at some point, you’re going to want to river sweat.
Am I Saying The Near Infrared Sauna Reviews Aren’t Legit?
There is no doubt plenty of people have been helped by using heat lamp saunas, any sweating is going to improve your health. But have these advocates of these “near infrared” heat lamp saunas really tried other types of saunas to know what they’re missing?….