A quick bath in an infrared sauna after a long and strenuous day can leave you feeling relaxed, revitalized, and warmed with comfort.
Infrared saunas have become a popular alternative to traditional saunas as they can heat up more quickly and they operate at a lower temperature, which may lead to less stress on your body – especially during longer sessions.
Infrared saunas come in all shapes in sizes, and with varying degrees of amenities. We’ve put together reviews of some of the bestselling models on the market to help make it easier to find the best fit for your home and family.
Points to Consider When Buying
When you are searching for an infrared sauna, there are a few characteristics to be aware of to help guide you towards the right purchase. We’ll review some of these below.
Think about where you will be setting up your sauna. You want to make sure that you will have enough space. Keep in mind that most infrared saunas are designed for indoor use. You might consider a portable sauna if you cannot accommodate a permanent install.
Consider how many people would likely use the sauna at once and make sure the product you choose can accommodate everyone.
Quality and Materials of Construction
The build quality should be high, with the sauna well constructed for safety and to withstand use for years to come. The best and most common wood for saunas is hemlock. Not only is hemlock a beautiful wood, but it resists bacteria and is durable. Even with the high heat temperatures, it resists cracking or bowing. Also consider red cedar, which is a beautiful and high quality wood that is heat resistant as well. Red cedar tends to be a little more expensive than hemlock. If you get a portable sauna, make sure it has a good solid structure and that it will not collapse with you in it.
Comfort and Amenities
Consider your own comfort preferences as well. This includes seating, lighting, and other features, like audio systems for music. Perhaps you want more legroom or you want to use the sauna with your spouse or family. Or you want to be able to watch television or movies in your sauna, without having to bring in your tablet or laptop (generally they don’t like heat!).
Look at the different heating elements to make sure you have safe and efficient element. Carbon fiber is the safest, most durable material. You should also look for heating elements that emit zero Electric Magnetic Field (EMF). Many everyday products such as cellphones and other electronics have some EMF levels, but too much can be dangerous and can cause radiation burns if in excess. You also need to look at heater positions and total heating surface area to make sure it will fit your needs.
Consider how the sauna will be installed. Sometimes you can do it yourself, but you may need some help. It can be helpful to choose a sauna that either has online tutorials or a well written instruction manual. For the electrical requirements, some saunas can plug into a regular outlet while some need a 20 amp plug, like a washing machine plug. You can consult a licensed electrician for more information.
To make sure it as safe as possible, look for safety certifications before buying.
Always make sure the sauna comes with a warranty before you buy. If it does not, then the seller probably does not stand behind their product and is not confident that it will last.
This sauna is meant for one or two people. It is made out of reforested Canadian Hemlock and comes with an MP3 auxiliary, towel rack, magazine holder, and a remote to adjust lighting, all for your convenience. It is very easy to assemble and the parts are light enough to be handled by only one person. The MP3 auxiliary hooks up to any phone or MP3 with 3.5 mm port hooks for your convenience.
It is recommended that you put a towel over your legs because this design does not come with heating on the floor or bench. Also be aware of some complaints about EMF from this design. While these are rare, it is always good to check with an EMF reader. Luckily, this sauna comes with a warranty, which means the company stands behind its product.
This sauna fits one to two people and it comes with four carbon heaters that can heat it up to 141 degrees fahrenheit. It is made out of solid hemlock wood and has pre-installed speakers with an auxiliary port and cord. It has EZ Touch control panels and a scratch resistant glass door.
This sauna is easy to put together but the floor’s support is not the best. It will give slightly under heavier people. Despite being advertised for one to two people, it can be quite cramped. The door can also be drafty. But the carbon heaters spreads the heat more evenly than ceramic heaters without running the risk of breaking them.
This sauna is great for meditating in. It will also allow you to stretch out if you are by yourself. If the door is drafty, use some weather taping to hold the heat in so you can get the full luxury experience you want from your sauna. After all, you cannot feel the amazing effects of the soothing infrared heat with a drafty door. But this sauna is great and the high carbon heaters makes it safer to use and more long lasting than ceramic heaters.
This sauna is only for one person. But it guarantees zero EMFs. It is made out of chemical free, solid Canadian hemlock and comes with quality speakers and a control panel for the temperature and lighting. It also comes with an auxiliary cord and port. The Lifestyle sauna works really well and is easy to assemble, especially if you look up tutorials online. It gives positive results to those who use it. Sometimes the door does not seal as well as it should have, but that is easily fixed with weather stripping.
Unfortunately, it does not come with a chromotherapy light bulb and that needs to be purchased separately. But aside from that, there is not much that is inconvenient about this sauna. It is small enough to fit into most homes comfortably and it heats up quickly. It is great for relaxing in and enjoying some time to yourself while you slowly get healthier through wonderful soothing heat that will allow you to detox, lower your blood pressure and lose weight. Take a mini vacation by yourself in this sauna.
This two-person sauna has a zero EMF guarantee. Its heaters are made with high carbon fiber that heats the sauna evenly and with less possibility of breaking. It comes with long lasting LED lighting, a control panel for temperature, and it is set up for music. Its wood is 100% hemlock with no plywood or chemicals used at all.
Customer service with JNH is fantastic. The representatives are really nice and helpful. They will help you decide if this is the best sauna for you or not, as well as take care of any questions or concerns you might have. This model is a little cramped for two people, despite its intended usage, unless the two people are fairly petite. But it works well as a roomy one person sauna. The pieces for this sauna are fairly heavy and assembly takes a little bit longer but it is not difficult. It is best if it is done with two people and not just one. Because this two-person sauna does not emit dangerous EMFs, it is a nice, safe sauna that will allow you and a friend, family member, or partner to detox and relax together in a safe and welcoming environment.
This two person luxury sauna has 10 carbon fiber heaters to heat up the entire sauna. It comes with a bench, two ergonomic backrests, and a CD player that has a USB port and a remote. There are also seven different color therapy light settings on the remote control. The sauna is either made with hemlock or red cedar, both of which are good woods for saunas.
This is a high quality sauna, but sometimes it makes a clicking sound if you do not adjust the temperature now and then. Assembly takes some time and requires two people. The customer service from Crystal Sauna is good and very helpful. This is a great sauna for someone who really wants to stretch out and relax or for a couple who wants to detox and get healthy together. If you prefer sitting and talking with your partner while you enjoy the soothing heat, this is a great sauna for you.
This two person sauna is made out of solid hemlock wood. It has six carbon heaters that can heat it up to 141 degrees fahrenheit. It comes with an EZ-Touch LED control panel and scratch resistant, tinted glass doors. It is backed by a seven year warranty.
The assembly required takes a lot of time and is a two person job. The directions can be confusing, especially for people who are not savvy with building things. There have been complaints about it taking a long time to heat up and not always to the full 141 degrees. It comes with towel hangers and cup holders, neither of which are the best quality. The sauna itself is not the most durable and even after only a month of use it can split at the sides. However, if this does happen, the company is willing to send you free replacement parts.
This two person sauna comes with seven carbon fiber heaters and an AM/FM CD player. It does not have chromotherapy lights, but it does have exterior and interior lighting. The EMF rating is a little high. It is 19.5 mGs when measured 1 inch away from a heater and 7 mGs when measured six inches away from a heater. It also comes with a thick tempered glass door. Company is really good about shipping out replacement parts in a timely manner. If you receive some parts damaged, you can get replacements within 24 hours. Damaged parts and low quality sauna design is rare because each sauna is checked by a quality assurance team before it is shipped out. This sauna was designed by Crystal Sauna’s design team in San Francisco, California.
This sauna is not as popular as other saunas, so if you prefer to watch YouTube tutorials on how to assemble things, then this is not the best sauna for you and assembly can be difficult. If you want Chromotherapy or color therapy lights, it is best that you look elsewhere as well because this sauna does not have them. There is also no zero EMF option for this sauna. However, this sauna does bring a lot of health benefits infrared saunas are known for, like lowering blood pressure, sweating out toxins that have built up in the body, and even losing weight.
This corner family sauna can fit three to four people in it at once. It comes with 10 carbon fiber heaters, portable ergonomic backrests, and seven color therapy light settings as well as a AM/FM CD player. This sauna comes with a one year warranty through Amazon, but you can purchase a lifetime warranty for $200. The EMF rating is a little high. It is 7 mGs measured six inches from the heater.
The speakers and lights work really well and it heats up within ten to twenty minutes. While assemblage is easy, the parts are fairly big and bulky. It is much easier to assemble with three people working together. The only option for music here is a CD player, but the CD player works really well. There have also been no complaints about the sauna failing to heat up in a timely manner.
This luxury sauna can fit up to three people. It comes with three portable ergonomic backrests and a premium CD player that has a USB and Auxiliary setup. It has seven color therapy lights that are controlled by a remote. The sauna is made with solid double tongue red cedar. The EMF readings are 19.2 mG from one inch away and 7 mG from six inches away from the heater. This sauna is very quick and easy to assemble. It can take as little as an hour to complete it. Customer service is excellent and it heats up very quickly. However, this sauna is not a good choice for someone on a budget. It is certainly a luxury sauna at luxury prices. While it is not the most expensive sauna on the list, this luxury sauna is not good for someone looking for excellent health benefits in a cost effective manner. This is also not a popular sauna which means it is difficult to get a good sense of what you are getting based off of other consumers’ opinions before you buy. If you like looking at online video tutorials made by other consumers, then this is not a good sauna for you because it is not as popular as other saunas so there will not be as many tutorials for its assembly.
You can get this three person sauna with curbside delivery for the most convenience. It is made out of natural reforested Canadian hemlock. It is designed to be as environmentally efficient as possible. The wooden exterior panels holds the heat in to waste as little energy as possible. It comes with a CD player that has an auxiliary set up, as well as a touchscreen control panel to control the temperature.
Assembly can be very difficult and requires more than two people to install. Because of its size it takes a long time to heat up to the maximum temperature, so you need to plan on longer sessions. Many people have had trouble with how long it takes to heat up, as well as customer service with the company. If you purchase, then make sure it comes with a warranty and from a retailer or website that will send free replacement parts if it comes broken.
This four person sauna has seven carbon heaters. It has a zero EMF guarantee and it is made up of solid Canadian hemlock, with no chemicals or plywood used. It has built-in 3.5mm AUX control with a volume rocker and two premium speakers. There is also a control panel that will allow you to control the temperature and how long you will use the sauna.
The company has great, helpful, and knowledgeable customer service. Assembly is fairly easy. It can be done with one person but is easier with two. It will take about an hour to put together. The bench can be a little wiggly, however, and its pieces do not always fit quite right. It plugs into a normal ground outlet, so it is great for those who are technological beginners. The sauna works really well and is very convenient. It is great for detoxing with friends or family, or for a couple when they want to really stretch out and enjoy themselves.
This sauna holds up to four people at a time and is made out of solid red cedar wood. It has adjustable ceiling vents to allow in fresh air, as well as an electric oxygen ionizer that purifies the air. This sauna has LED touchable control panels and it has a 7-color chromotherapy lighting system. It is backed by a seven-year warranty.
Assembly is easy and can be done with one person and with just a philip’s head screwdriver. It needs to be plugged into an outlet that accepts a 20-amp cord. It also comes with four backrests. It also comes with a towel rack and a cup holder. Its maximum temperature is 141 degrees fahrenheit and it can heat up to that in about half an hour.
This sauna holds four people and has nine carbon fiber heaters. It is made out of Canadian hemlock wood with a buckle assembly for a quick and easy setup. It comes with stereo sound speakers with a built-in radio, CD player, and AUX mp3 connection. The tinted glass door is scratch resistant and although there is no Chromotherapy light system, there are interior and exterior lights. It is backed by a seven year warranty.
This sauna works fine. Assembly is a two-person job and will take a couple of hours, but with pretty low frustration. The pieces will be heavy to lift or carry by one person. The seven year warranty is excellent in case of something breaking. It shows that the manufacturer really stands behind their product. If you really like the idea of Chromotherapy lights, then this is not the sauna to go with. However, it is great for music junkies because the speakers work really well and there are so many options for how you get your music. So if music is a big contributor for comfort for you, this would definitely be a good option to consider. It is great for listening to music, or even quiet white noise, like rain forest sounds to help you relax completely and totally. You will feel transported out of your home and into a paradise of your choosing. Because of the good sound quality, this is ideal for meditations with white noise or binaural beats, or just for dozing slightly while listening to your favorite tunes.
This six person sauna has a low EMF reading. It is made completely out of reforested Canadian hemlock. It also has a FM-CD radio and MP3 Aux connection. Unlike many saunas, this one also allows you to put your feet up instead of having them rest on the floor. That will give you maximum relaxation. It works really well, heating the room evenly and quickly and it is very comfort. This sauna is also made to last a long time, with a design that is durable enough to stand the heat. Because the sauna is big enough for six people, it is better if assembly is a team effort. Assembly will take a couple of hours, longer if there are only two or one people making it. But it is relatively easy and the company’s customer service representatives are able to help you if you have any questions.
This sauna also has a drop down monitor that will allow you to watch your favorite movies via the CD/DVD player, a feature that is rare in saunas, although you could always take a laptop or tablet in to watch television or movies. But this monitor will allow you and your family to have movie night while also relaxing and getting the most out of family time. Instructions are not always clear when assembling but Dynamic Sauna’s customer service team are always happy to clarify through phone or by prompt emails. It can take about a half hour to heat up to 145 degrees fahrenheit, which is really fast for a sauna so big. The seating inside can be rearranged to allow two people to comfortably lie down, or to hold six people sitting. The fact that there is more than one interior design for this is a fantastic feature that usually does not exist in saunas like these. The door is made out of bronzed tinted privacy doors. This sauna does not leak out heat and is designed to last for a long time which makes it the best sauna overall.
This portable sauna holds only one person and is small enough to fit comfortably in almost any room in the house. It comes with an integrated heated foot pad and a comfortable sports canvas folding chair. It operates at an EMF level that is about the same as that around the house or in the office. It is easy to set up and dismantle and it can heat up and have you sweating really quickly. The chair is a little uncomfortable, but that can be easily replaced. You could also put a towel on the floor and sit on it while you sweat. This is particularly good if you want your face to detox as well because like many portable saunas, this one is meant for your head to be out of the sauna while you sit in a chair. The stitching on the sauna is not the best, but it works really well for an affordable sauna that does not take up much space at all. This is a great sauna to meditate in and you will find that it will give you a lot of the health benefits regular saunas give, like lowering blood pressure, helping you detox, and relaxing you by soothing aches and pains and releasing muscle tension.
This portable, one person sauna comes with a double layered padded neck collar and quality dual interior and exterior front compartment panels. It uses three low EMF carbon fiber heating panels to heat the sauna up to 150 degrees. But there are five different temperature settings to choose from, which you can control with the easy and safe handheld remote.
This is the ideal choice for someone on a strict budget. It is one of the most cost efficient saunas on the market. However, it does not always work well. Sometimes the sauna does not get all the way up to the full 150 degrees and often doesn’t even get warm enough to sweat. It takes about 15 minutes for the sauna to get hot and because there are no heating panels on the front, it works best if you sit backwards. The chair it comes with is uncomfortable but it can easily be replaced or taken out so you can sit down on the ground in the sauna with the arm holes and neck hole covered with a towel. Because so much heat escapes from the arm holes and neck hole– even if you are using them correctly– it is really important to cover it up to be as warm as possible. Another way to trap heat in is to put the reflector panel on the front and not on the bottom like the directions say to do.
This sauna is also very small so it is easy to accidentally touch the sides with your legs when you use it. It is very easy to assemble and dismantle and it is incredibly light weight. It is easy to use even if you only have a small space to work with and it can have great results for a very reasonable price. Even though the product does not always work when made exactly by the company’s instructions, it is still a sound and durable portable sauna that is great for people who are on a budget. With some no-cost modifications, this sauna works as well as many other saunas on this list and can let you detox and relax and give you all the other fantastic health benefits that more expensive luxury saunas can. This sauna is really stripped down to the basics to give you a simple and effective detox right in the comfort of your living room or bedroom before you are able to dismantle it again to save space in your smaller home. This is a great sauna for those trying to do more with less.
This sauna has all the benefits of a permanent indoor infrared sauna at a fraction of the cost. 10 minutes inside gives sweating levels that is equivalent to 30 minutes of jogging. In addition to the chair, it also comes with a foam floor pad for maximum comfort.
This sauna is really good for sitting and meditating in. To make cleanup more effective, put a towel on the floor to catch the sweat. This sauna works really well and is very roomy, even though it is only a one person portable sauna. The sauna is not that easy to set up in tight corners, however. Also, unless you brace the sauna open with your legs or something else, it will tend to fold up with you in it. Do not rely on the user’s manual to assemble your sauna and operate it.The manual is almost incomprehensible. It does not make sense and it is easier to put it together without it. While this sauna does eventually work, the modifications needed for it are not as simple as the sauna listed above. It also is not as easy to set up in tight corners or spaces so even though this is a portable sauna that is good for saving space, it still ends up taking a lot of space. If you want a portable sauna, it is better to get another one which will work just as well without making you go through so much trouble to set it up effectively.
However, once the sauna is assembled and you have found a way to brace it open, it works really well. But really, it is better to just go with another sauna that will not give you so much hassle.