Table of Contents
- Saunas for Health
- What makes Sunlighten so special?
- The Sunlighten Company
- Comparing Sunlighten Saunas
- Getting Clear on Terminology
- How to Make your Selection
- Number One: decide between full spectrum and 3-in-1 infrared
- Number Two: know the materials used in the sauna’s construction
- Number Three: be aware of the sauna company’s safety certifications
- Number Four: be clear on the purpose and intent of buying a residential sauna
- Number Five: establish your budget
- Number Six: talk to friends and your doctor
- Number Seven: research any unclear terminology and technology
As for the questions about the guy making videos about Sunlighten Saunas putting “toxic” bamboo fabric over the heaters… Well for one, this guy makes videos about sauna brands sitting at his computer, and pulling up pictures of saunas from the website. (lol, seriously? Where do I even begin…) I get in them and test them myself. The guy also promote Clearlight saunas like a mofo, to the point where it’s like a cult. Newsflash: Clearlight has fabric over the heaters too! I don’t think a company that sells thousands of saunas per year, would intentionally put a toxic material in the sauna. If they did, I can assure you you’d hear about it by now. I would urge you to reconsider rash recommendations from people that you don’t see actually using the sauna they’re talking about. For example, you don’t see me talking about a Sunlighten Signature, because I’ve only used an M Pulse. Even though my knowledge of the Signature is pretty significant, I don’t think it’s right to talk about things you’re not absolutely fluent in unless you say so right up front.
Most of these sauna “reviewers” that are slandering the ever living shit out of Sunlighten, are usually just trying to garner attention toward a different brand they get paid to promote. I’m not down with that. The build quality is the best in the business. Yes emf levels are above what I want for myself, but that’s my problem. This stupid bullshit of scaring people into selling their Sunlighten sauna (that has been helping them improve I might add!!) and getting something else, is downright disgraceful.
I want no part of that. Please do not include me in comparison between these other people that sell saunas. I was banned from your precious FB Sauna Detox Group With Niacin, specifically because I wouldn’t tolerate the nonsense. I called out your man Bret Bouer, and he got his panties in a bunch and hit the eject button. I was standing up for Sunlighten Saunas, even though I don’t sell them, and he couldn’t take it. He knew these stupid fucking “The Truth About XX Brand Of Saunas…” videos he makes sitting in front of his computer are bullshit.
No problem, that group is self serving for profit enterprise… not an unbiased group as it’s proclaimed. I do not wish to be associated with those people in any way. My opinions on saunas are my own, and I strictly go by my own standards for myself.
Please also keep in mind, things change. I am constantly learning and evolving, and sauna companies improve their products year after too. So don’t go nuts on me and try to nail me to the cross if I change my sauna recommendations years later. Sometimes things change, learning and knowledge improves base don experience, sauna companies come out with new improvements, etc…
I do the best that I can at the time. If you notice, some of my sauna content is YEARS old. Just because the date says the current year, it just means the page was last updated at that date…. Usually a link or something. (hover over the date to see the original published date)
High quality, residential saunas are a big investment, so it is important to know as much about the sauna technology as possible. Feeling informed almost always guarantees that you are happy with your decision. As such, we review Sunlighten saunas for their technology and ease of use in the household, in the hopes that you are able to make a good decision as to the best sauna for your needs.
Saunas for Health
Sweating is a natural way for the body to rid itself of toxins, and to balance hormones and bodily chemicals. Too much build-up of toxins in the body can lead to chronic disease and ailments, and even early death. Toxic build-up can show itself through unwanted weight, skin problems, unhealthy hair and nails, and illness. All of these symptoms are relatively commonplace today, due to the high levels of pollution in our environment, such as the water and the air. In addition, the food that we eat is full of toxins from pesticides, even organic food is a culprit, as our ecosystems are all interconnected.
Alternative medicine has been on the rise, especially in combating some of the inherent toxic chemicals that accompany drugs. One such treatment for removing toxins is the sauna. Saunas induce sweat, which allows the body to naturally rid itself of these toxins, which leads to better health, more vitality, and even curing of illnesses.
This being said, there are two main types of saunas: traditional and infrared. In studies done by researchers, the sweat composition varies. In traditional saunas, about 97% of the sweat is water, leaving just 3% for toxins. In infrared saunas, however, about 80-85% of the sweat is water, which means toxins make up between 15-20% of the sweat’s composition. Such toxins include sulfuric acid, sodium, heavy metals, ammonia, uric acid and other fat-soluble toxins. Sunlighten’s unique technology is the only sauna company known to increase the temperature of not just the surrounding air, but also the body’s core temperature by 2-3 degrees.
What makes Sunlighten so special?
Sunlighten is a well-reputed name across the different health and beauty industries, including the medical community. It is ranked the #1 doctor and consumer recommended brand, as the medical-grade saunas are backed by clinical studies, which have proven to be 95-99% effective.
In raising the body’s core temperature, the Sunlighten saunas allow the body to detoxify on a cellular level. This detoxification is important to strengthening the immune system, and aids the body in proper digestion of food. Sunlighten describes their saunas as comfortable, gentle, and soothing, unlike the harsher temperatures of traditional saunas. This relaxing environment is said to assist in the following:
- Weight loss
- Pain relief
- Blood pressure reduction
- Improved circulation
- Skin purification
- Wound healing
- Cell health
- Muscle recovery
At the same time that the toxins are being released, chemical changes also occur in the body that support the above-mentioned health benefits. For instance, calories are burned, and the heart beats faster, which improves circulation. Improved circulation brings more oxygen to places in need, such as to wounds and muscles. Sunlighten’s unique active ingredient is Solocarbon®, which is what sets it apart from all other sauna technologies.
The Sunlighten Company
Sunlighten originally started in 1999 and was called Sunlight Sauanas. It is family owned. Jason founded Sunlight Saunas after his personal journey towards better health. Infrared therapy helped him overcome about a decade of illness. When Jason’s sister, Connie, and her husband Aaron, saw how Jason transformed his health, they both left their pharmaceutical roles to join the company. As such, they contribute their past industry’s expertise, and their personal drive towards technological innovation, to the Sunlighten company. Sunlight Saunas became Sunlighten in 2009.
Comparing Sunlighten Saunas
Sunlighten has three residential sauanas currently on the market: mPulse 3-in-1® Infrared, Signature® Far Infrared, and Solo System®.
The mPulse 3-in-1® Infrared sauna is clinically backed, and the only line of Solocarbon® infrared saunas with full-spectrum (near, mid, or far) infrared technology. There are five models available, and they all come with customizable heaters, a LCD touch-screen control panel, and seven preset health programs:
- Weight Loss
- Pain Relief
The infrared spectrums are appropriate for cultivating several certain several health benefits. Near infrared, which is the shortest, helps in cell renewal, such as wound and tissue healing. Mid infrared can penetrate deeper into the body, which helps to speedily heal inflammation at its source. Finally, far infrared, which is the longest wavelength, can reach the deepest parts of the body, right to where the toxins are stored. The LCD control panel allows users to easily access the preset programs, or to design their own, play music, and make adjustments to settings.
The Signature® Far Infrared sauna are considered to be the safest and most effective far infrared saunas on the market. They utilize the patented Solocarbon infrared technology, and have clinically-backed studies for lowering blood pressure, aiding in weight loss, and increasing the core body temperature. There are four models currently available, and each model features Solocarbon® infrared heaters, ultra-low EMF technology, and a patented Magne-Seal™ assembly.
The Solocarbon® infrared heaters creates practically zero electromagnetic fields (EMF). The heat-sealed panels means no glue or wires, which means no gases get released. In addition, there are plenty of options to choose from, including the
- Acoustic Resonance Therapy for deeper relaxation
- Soft Lighting with Chromotherapy
A good high infrared heater is one that has a high infrared emissive rating, which means the heat is being emitted efficiently.
The Solo System® sauna is a portable system using the Solocarbon® technology and ultra-low EMF technology. It comes as a pad, dome, or full system infrared sauna, and each design features a modern bamboo carbon exterior and zone-based heater controls.
A unique feature of the portable sauna is the chromotherapy lighting, which is an ancient healing method. The technology is a combination of light and color therapy that works together to improve health and harmony. Different heating zones allow users to customize the temperature. Each heater acts separately, so the upper, middle, and lower domes can each be adjusted according to comfort.
The set includes an easily portable, safe, and highly effective dome and pad, which makes it an optimal choice to bring anywhere in the house, or on vacation.
Getting Clear on Terminology
We have thrown out a lot of terms that we are now about to break down. It can be overwhelming to pick out a good sauna without knowing what these terms mean, and how the sauna technology might otherwise impact your body and your health. In this section, we go over what makes a sauna safe so that you can feel comfortable picking out the best sauna for your needs.
The quality and quantity of infrared matters. Most saunas utilize high heat. Sunlighten saunas differ in that they pay attention to black body temperature. In replicating the sun’s effects, the sauna technology meets certain surface temperatures, emissivity, and total surface area standards. For optimal results, the surface temperature of the heater must be controlled. In other words, more infrared is produced the cooler the surface of the heater is, to reach the optimal wavelength of 9.4 microns.
Emissivity is how well a body can absorb or emit energy. In order for infrared saunas to be effective, heaters must have a high emissivity level (perfect black bodies emit 100% of infrared energy, and have an emmisitivty of 1). Therefore, a high temperature sauna will not be nearly as effective, as what matters most is the emissivity.
Finally, the total surface area also impacts peak wavelengths. The larger the heater, the lower the temperature of the overall heater’s surface area will be.
How to Make your Selection
Choosing the best sauna for your needs is a process that should be taken seriously. There are many great options available, and it is very possible to find the perfect sauna that fits your budget. We now list some important things to consider when you go to pick out your sauna.
Number One: decide between full spectrum and 3-in-1 infrared
For saunas to provide optimal healing, the three wavelengths should be evenly emitted. That being said, it is impossible to deliver the three infrared spectrums at their peak wavelengths from one light source. A lot of sauna companies will advertise “full spectrum,” but the saunas will only have one or two heaters. Without three separate heaters, it is impossible for there to be an even distribution of spectral energy. Sunlighten’s patented Solocarbon technology emits the three infrared spectrums at their peak wavelengths, which creates an even distribution of the energy inside the sauna. The 3-in-1 heaters are designed with three distinct components, within one panel, in order to deliver near, mid, and far infrared wavelengths evenly, efficiently, and optimally.
When looking at saunas, it is also important to understand that the “full spectrum” marketing more than likely means that the light source delivers light that includes all wavelengths that are essential to life, not that mid, near, and far are distributed equally.
Number Two: know the materials used in the sauna’s construction
Saunas operate under high heat and should therefore be equipped with the technology that prevents toxic gas and chemicals from leaking out of the structure. This would essentially defeat the purpose of a sauna. When looking for a sauna, try to determine what type of wood is being used. Hemlock, spruce, and pine are all known to warp under high heat. In addition, some woods may have been treated with chemicals. Sunlighten saunas are made from eucalyptus, cedar, or hypoallergenic basswood that is also sustainably sourced. Sunlighten’s saunas are also third-party tested. The patented Solocarbon heaters are made from FDA approved materials. In addition, the heaters are heat sealed. This is a great feature because it means that heat will not affect the structure’s design, compared to glue or wiring that might release chemicals and toxins the more that heat is applied.
Number Three: be aware of the sauna company’s safety certifications
You want to be sure that the sauna has a safety agency mark. As with all electronic appliances, like refrigerators, washing machines, drying machines, and dishwashers, the safety mark means that the product passed electrical standards. This is especially important to consider when purchasing a sauna.
Number Four: be clear on the purpose and intent of buying a residential sauna
Knowing why you are buying a sauna will help significantly in narrowing down your choices. Are you looking for a longer term health care solution? Are you looking for the luxury of exfoliation? Would you want to invite friends and family to your residential sauna? Do you want to bring a sauna with you on your travels? If you are looking for a health care solution, it would be wise to select a sauna that is built to last, uses quality materials in its construction, is doctor recommended, and has pre-programmed settings that are conducive to your health issues. This would leave you feeling safe and confident that the sauna is helping to heal you, and not contributing to a more stressful environment.
If you want a sauna for relaxation, you might focus more on the select features that a sauna has, such as lighting and ambiance factors, like music and background noise. In addition, different models and sizes make certain saunas more appropriate for the single person versus a small party. A more relaxing sauna will also have more comfortable temperatures, while still delivering optimal therapeutic results.
And finally, a portable sauna can check many boxes for those who have ailments and travel, or those who have limited space in their home. Portable saunas are small in design, and, depending on the person, they can have next to zero compromises on therapeutic results.
Number Five: establish your budget
Getting clear on your budget is very important. Buying a sauna is a huge investment, but one that should be done right. You could easily opt for the cheaper choice only to realize that you made the wrong decision later on down the road. In this case, you would end up spending more if you decide to buy another sauna that actually meets all of your needs and expectations. In addition, cheaper sauna companies may not offer the most advanced or safest technology on the market, and this is something to consider, as the purpose of having a sauna is to care for your body. While Sunlighten saunas are on the pricier end, their patenteded technology can easily make the purchase more affordable in the long run when it comes to added savings on health bills.
Number Six: talk to friends and your doctor
Before making a final decision, we recommend that you talk to people you know who have a sauna, and especially talk to your doctor. Your acquaintances can tell you the pros and cons of their sauna, and why they would or would not recommend it. You can even try out their sauna before buying your own. It is also a very good idea to talk to your doctor. He or she will provide insight onto whether or not the sauna’s technology could improve your health condition. At the end of the day though, the choice is yours, and you should be feeling confident about the type of sauna that you want, and why.
Number Seven: research any unclear terminology and technology
If you still have uncertainties, then Google is your best friend, as are the sauna companies, and review articles. Come up with a list of questions to look into, and be sure to be consistent in gathering your information. Some things you might want to better understand include:
Contrary to popular belief, high heater wattage is not an advantage when it comes to a good sauna. This is because the energy should be focused not on the intense heat, but on the micron output. Sauna companies that advertise, for instance, 20 times the power with 450 watts per heater, will yield mainly just high temperatures. High temperatures do not mean great therapeutic treatment.
Saunas should be comfortable, and the optimal temperature for infrared saunas is around 130-140 degrees. What makes Sunlighten so advantageous is their patented technology, which enables them to produce low-level heath environments with the optimal therapeutic wavelengths. Since it is patented, other companies cannot use or advertise. Therefore, these other sauna companies tend to boast higher heat, which is not indicative of therapeutic wavelengths. For more information on how emission levels are directly correlated to heat levels, check out the Sunlighten website for a complete chart.
2. Shedding Light on Near Infrared
In order for near infrared light (NIR) therapy to work, it must be delivered at NIR wavelengths between 700 and 1200 nanometers. Only then can the energy reach the cells to promote cell health, tissue growth, wound healing, and skin renewal.
Finally, take a look at the company’s sauna warranties. A big investment should come with a guarantee that the sauna works properly, or that the sauna can be replaced if defects are make themselves known.
Saunas have long been known to produce great health results, due to their ability to stimulate the body to release toxins through sweat. There are clearly better saunas than others, with infrared saunas being one of the better choices. Though, certain infrared technologies are better than others, due to the ability ton more evenly distributed infrared wavelengths at peak levels. Hopefully this article helped clear up some common misconceptions about saunas and how they can help or hurt the body in its healing process. Sunlighten is just one such company, though their history and patented technology make them a reputable source. The next step is to start narrowing down your options based off of your expectations, budget, and reviews of your selected sauna. Only then can you determine whether or not you have found the sauna that is a good fit for you.