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The concept of the sauna dates back to ancient Rome. Even the roman commanders like Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony took saunas to relieve stress and relax.
When shopping for the best infrared sauna, make sure you consider the type of heaters. Far infrared heaters are a superior choice to the near ones, as they are more effective at entering the body system. Also take a look at the materials used, the best one to be cedar or hemlock, because they are resistant to cracking and splitting when they are heated and cooled down. We’ve looked at more than 50 products and rounded up our 10 best picks for you. While all the options are effective at getting the toxins out of your body, the MAXXUS Dynamic Barcelona DYN-6106-01 is a top-notch model.
Materials: double layer 100% Canadian hemlock wood
Heating time: 15 min
Dimensions: 39 (W) x 36 (D) x 73 (H) inches
Warranty: 5-year limited heating elements and electronics, 1-year limited radio and wood structure
More features: soft-touch control panel; LED display; Bluetooth – MP3 aux connection with speakers
Our overall best-infrared sauna and Editors Choice is without a doubt the MAXXUS Dynamic Barcelona DYN-6106-01. The sauna heats thanks to infrared heating panels that produce low carbon and are energy efficient. This heating system includes 6 heaters that can heat up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. It heats up in just 15 means
The sauna is made of a 100 percent Canadian hemlock wood that is double layered. The infrared sauna has a dimension of 39 inches in width, 36 inches in depth, and 73 inches in height. You can see it does not take a lot of space compared to other saunas.
The sauna has a control panel with a soft touch. It has an LED display and has MP3 speakers that can be connected and controlled via Bluetooth.
The sauna comes with chromotherapy benefits thanks to its LED lighting. The Dynamic sauna is ideal for one to two persons. Assembling the product is easy and should not take up to an hour.
The heating elements of the sauna come with 5 years of warranty while the radio and wooden structure comes with a one-year limited warranty. The product is delivered from Amazon through a freight carrier.
What stands out?
Soft-touch control panel
LED screen displaying time and temperature functions
Warranty: 3-year limited on heating and electronics; 1-year limited on radio
More features: bronze tempered glass door; soft touch control panels and LED display
If you are looking for a good option for up to and including three people at a time, then this is a good sauna to start with. This model boasts nine carbon fiber heating elements, which helps it to heat up quickly and reach every person inside of the sauna without any issue. Of course, this also increases the EMF. Thankfully, however, the level is still quite low, so you don’t need to worry about any adverse health effects because of it.
The display is simple to use, nice and bright. To operate the sauna, all you have to do is touch the display and follow the clear directions to set the time and temperature that you want to utilize. The unit can also be plugged into any outlet, which makes finding the right location for it much easier.
While it is nice that this sauna can hold so many people, it also means that it is quite large. If you don’t have enough space in your home to put this sauna, then you shouldn’t get it. Plain and simple, it is one of the largest infrared models out there, so keep that in mind before you buy it.
The unit has a built-in bench system that will allow all of the users to sit down and relax. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any sort of backrest, so users will have to sit upright or leaning forward for the duration. You could lean against the wall, but that is where the heating elements are located. Even though they don’t get hot enough to burn you, leaning against them might still make you uncomfortably warm.
More features: full-spectrum color therapy system; integrated sound system includes a CD player, radio, and aux input
Of all the different systems that we looked at, this is by far the most expansive. This is a perfect unit if you have a large space that you can dedicate to a sauna, and you have a lot of people that want to use it at the same time. This model is setup to allow four people in, which is ideal for larger families and gyms.
As you might have guessed with a sauna of this size, this model has a high number of heating elements, as it features nine different ones throughout its interior. This helps to heat up space relatively quickly. It also ensures that the full-spectrum color system that the heating elements employ is able to reach each individual without any cold spots. This makes it not only one of the larger spas on the market but also one of the most effective.
An unexpected bonus that comes along with this sauna is how comfortable it is on the inside. Even though it is designed to fit lots of people at the same time, none of the elements feel cramped. Instead, each person in the sauna will have plenty of room to stretch out and relax as they allow the heat to seep into their bodies.
The only real downside with this sauna is the controls. They are very difficult to understand in comparison to other saunas. If you do decide to purchase this unit, be sure to practice a bit before you operate it. Otherwise, you might not be able to enjoy your sauna sessions and their benefits, as much as you deserve.
What do we love it for?
Fits up to 4 people
Built-in audio system
Full-spectrum color therapy system
Easy to assemble
What were we disappointed with?
Cannot be set up outside
Large size makes it difficult to fit in smaller spaces
Materials: natural reforested Canadian Hemlock wood
Heating time: 25 min
Dimensions: 48 (W) x 42 (D) x 75 (H) inches
Warranty: 5-year (electronic parts)
More features: full 2-person capacity, clear tempered glass door and with side windows
The Dynamic Andora is a superb infrared sauna model. While it can only accommodate two people, this does make it a little more budget friendly. It is made using Reforested Canadian Hemlock, so the wood products are also more environmentally friendly compared to many other sauna models. The walls are double paneled so the interior and exterior planks are quite thick to ensure quicker heating, decent heat retention and less energy use compared to an average sauna. Another plus point is that it has installation flexibility. You can install it on carpet, in a walk-in closet, your bathroom or even your garage.
The Andora features Low EMF Infrared Carbon Energy Efficient panels. There are six of these heating panels in the unit to provide softer and more complete heat that is evenly distributed. The design is intended to eliminate hot and cold spots. Despite the fact that these panels are 30% bigger compared to ceramic tubes, they are more efficient, requiring almost no maintenance for an improved user experience in the longer term. You’ll never need to replace the heating panels as you would with a ceramic heater. You can adjust the settings via the soft touch control panel. This is a user-friendly interface with an LED display. It is also equipped with an amp, speakers and MP3 AUX connection. So, you can enjoy your favorite tunes as you relax.
The Andora is designed to operate at a lower, safer temperature of 130ºf. This is far lower than a traditional sauna, which heats at 200ºf or more. This allows you to maximize the potential health benefits and enjoy your sauna for longer. It can be assembled in less than one hour and plugs into any dedicated 15a 110v outlet. You don’t need to worry about special wiring or a complicated electrical install.
More features: dual control panels, integrated Bluetooth speaker system, Chromatherapy LED light
If you are considering a smaller sauna, the Durasage two person Carbon Infrared offers a great sauna experience. It is an ideal size for couples, particularly if they have limited space options in their home. This unit is designed to fit into a smaller space and complement your home. It is constructed from Canadian Hemlock, which not only looks superb, but it is durable and more eco friendly. Additionally, Canadian Hemlock has hypoallergenic characteristics, so it is suitable even if you have allergy issues.
The Durasage features excellent insulation to ensure the heat remains within the unit and it is equipped with five carbon heat panels for a lower EMF heating source compared to other models. This provides lower, safer temperatures and makes the sauna more energy efficient. So, you can enjoy your sauna for longer without worrying about your skin or your energy bills. However, what really stands out about this sauna is its entertainment system. There is an impressive integrated audio system with FM radio, USB and Bluetooth connection. This means that you can enjoy your favorite music or guided meditations as you rest in the sauna. There is also a magazine rack and towel hook. While many saunas feature a sound system, the one in the Durasage offers excellent sound quality. You won’t experience the frustration of your music sounding tinny or distorted, as both the audio system and speakers are of great quality. Whether you want to enjoy some relaxing music or keep your energy levels up, you’ll find this sound system does your chosen tracks justice.
What makes it stand out?
Made from Canadian Hemlock
Low EMF heating source
Includes great audio system with Bluetooth and a magazine rack
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
It can take a while to heat up
No backrest, so you may find it uncomfortable to rest on the panels
More features: up to 60 minutes time setting; remote included; comes with a footpad and a chair
When you think about infrared saunas, you probably don’t think of anything that is all that portable. Such is the case, however, with this one-person sauna. It is made out of fabric rather than wood and comes with both a chair and footstool. The idea behind it is to put the sauna around yourself like an oversized coat. It even has armholes that will let you hold a magazine, book, or phone throughout the whole process.
The chair, footstool, and sauna can all be folded up into a neat little package for easy transportation. Even when all of these different elements are combined, it only weighs about 20 pounds, which is light enough for pretty much anyone to pack up and take with them when they are on the go.
Whenever you are ready to use this sauna, setup is quick and easy. It will actually only take you a minute or so. All you have to do is unfold the three parts and plug in the unit. From there, you just have to wait a short amount of time, and you can hop right in.
Due to its small size, this sauna has one of the quickest heating periods on the market. It only takes about five minutes for this unit to get up to speed, which is about three times faster than much larger units. Of course, it doesn’t hold its heat quite as well as other units. This is especially true if you have even the smallest amount of the zipper ajar when you are using it. If you do choose to purchase this sauna, be sure to always zip it up as tight as possible so that your heat doesn’t leave you.
Warranty: 7-year limited on wood structure; 5-year limited on heating and electronics; 1-year limited on radio
More features: bronze-tinted tempered glass; features chromotherapy lighting
This sauna can comfortably seat up to two people, but can obviously also be used by just one person. The unit has a relatively low number of heaters, so it takes a bit longer to warm up than other models. Thankfully, once the sauna has heated up, it puts off a low EMF, while still providing you with enough heat to feel relaxed.
Another great feature for this sauna is the stereo system it comes with. It has a couple of different speakers built-in throughout, which helps to create an immersive sound experience for anyone inside of it. You have the option to listen to the radio, play a CD, or even hook up your smartphone with an auxiliary cable.
The LED screen is easy to use as well. This is because, unlike more dated, this screen is a touchscreen. It can be accessed from both inside and outside the unit. This makes it much easier to get the correct temperature for your sauna session since you can adjust it once you get into the sauna itself.
Durability will not be an issue with this sauna. It is made out of some of the nicest looking hemlock of any of the saunas we examined. This is true for both the inside and outside of the unit. Not only will this help to keep your home looking as nice as possible, but it will also help to ward off any mold or mildew growth within your sauna. Of course, you will have to reseal this wood occasionally, especially if you use it heavily.
Unlike some other saunas, this one requires several tools to be used during the assembly process. You will need a couple of different screwdrivers of varying sizes to put it together. Once this is completed, the sauna is as solid as a rock.
More features: tempered glass door, two Bluetooth speakers, one LED reading lamp and clothing hanging rod
The Xmatch Far Infrared wooden sauna is fairly compact, but it is also a budget friendly choice. It can comfortably accommodate one person with a modular design that ensures that you can put it together with the minimum of fuss. There are vents on the ceiling and it can be used inside or in a covered area, providing it is protected against the elements. The 8 low EMF heat plates deliver 1350 watts of power and the quick warm up ensures the unit gets to temperature in approximately 15 minutes. The unit has a modular design with a tongue and groove design for quick assembly and easy maintenance. It is easy to replace any damaged components to prolong the lifespan of your new sauna.
While it does have modest proportions, the Xmatch has a tempered glass door, 8 low EMF heating plates, and an LCD control panel, which makes it easier to adjust the temperature and other settings. You can preset the temperature for up to 149ºf and set the timer for the auto switch off. The inner space is only suitable for one, but it can accommodate those up to 6 ft 1 and as heavy as 660 pounds. So, you don’t need to be particularly petite to enjoy this sauna model. You can also enjoy great audio as you relax. There are two four-inch music speakers and a Bluetooth connection, so you can stream music or a podcast from your smart phone while you’re using the sauna.
What makes it stand out?
Can support a weight capacity of 660 pounds
Suitable for users up to 6 ft 1
Quick heat up
Which disadvantages must you keep in mind?
Can only accommodate one person
The instructions are a little tricky to understand
Heaters type: low EMF far infrared carbon energy efficient
Number of heaters: 6
Maximum temperature: 140°F
Materials: Canadian hemlock wood
Heating time: 15-20 min
Dimensions: 47.2 (W) x 41.3 (D) x 74.8 (H) inches
More features: interior reading lamp; an Mp3 aux connection; built-in speakers; floor heater
One of the biggest issues plaguing a lot of infrared saunas is the fact that they don’t allow you to sit back and relax during your soaking sessions. If you are someone who really likes to lean back while you sit in the sauna, then you might want to check out this model. It is big enough to fit two people comfortably and has oversized panels that you can lean against during your session.
These panels are actually some of the six different heating elements found inside of the unit. While infrared panels do not get overly hot, they still do heat up a bit, which means you usually wouldn’t want to be anywhere near them. Since these panels are a bit bigger, however, you won’t really feel the heat coming off of them, which is why you can lean against them so freely.
Adding to this relaxing state is the nice and bright lighting system. These LED lights will make it super easy to see within the sauna, which means it is the perfect place to read a good book. This is especially true since you can really get into a comfortable position as you don’t need to worry about the heating elements being too warm for you to lean against.
The only big drawback for this model is that it has an extremely long heating period. Obviously, once it reaches the desired temperature, it does a fine job of keeping it as warm as you want it. You will, unfortunately, have to wait a little while before you can hop in and start relaxing.
More features: 30-min timer; heating foot pad and chair included
The Durherm Personal Sauna is perhaps the best sauna for a single person out there. It is highly durable and comes with both a folding chair and step stool to use when you are inside of it. All of these items, including the sauna itself, can be completely folded up and carried with you wherever you are going. This makes it ideal to take with your vacation.
The best part of the Durherm is the low EMF levels that it emits. The company claims that the EMF levels for this personal spa are anywhere from 200 to 600 times lower than any other infrared spa on the market today, which makes it safe for you and your family to use as often as you want to.
Unlike other portable saunas, the Durherm doesn’t use carbon panels. Instead, it utilizes a material known as tourmaline. This material naturally emits negative ions, which are essential to making the sauna as relaxing as possible. It is also a highly durable material that should last you a good long time, even though it is so small and lightweight.
Even though this sauna is small and portable, it has the highest maximum heat temperature of any of the saunas we looked into. This makes it ideal for someone who is looking to get as much heat into their system as possible in the time that they are in the sauna. Of course, as with all portable saunas, you will not be able to heat your entire body, since it only covers up to your neck and most of your arms.
Why is it special?
Easy to set up
Quick heating time
High maximum temperature
What are the flaws?
Low number of heaters
Heat might dissipate through an ajar zipper
Things to Consider
In this section, we will go through everything you need to know to find the best infrared sauna. There are several key features that you need to keep in mind before you buy, and this section will turn you into a sauna expert!
What are the advantages over other sauna types?
One of the biggest advantages to getting an infrared sauna over a traditional one is the cost. These saunas are usually much smaller in size, and thus, do not cost as much. This helps to make it possible for pretty much anyone to own one, no matter the amount of space you have or the size of your budget.
Infrared saunas are also much safer than traditional ones. Since they don’t need to get quite as warm to be effective, you don’t run the risk of accidental burns or injuries due to an excessive amount of heat.
The final, and perhaps most important, advantage that an infrared sauna can offer you is that it is much more efficient. Unlike with a traditional sauna, where almost all of the heat energy goes towards heating the air, an infrared sauna only uses about 20 percent of its heat for the air. The rest goes directly into your body, which helps give you a more intense sweat at a lower temperature.
Features to consider while choosing an infrared sauna
In this section, we will look at all of the different features that you can customize to your particular needs when you are looking for a perfect infrared sauna.
Several different types of heaters could be featured in an infrared sauna. They can be broken down into two groups based on the type of infrared light that they emit. These two types are known as far infrared and near infrared. Each of these different types of infrared will work to heat up the air, but near infrared is less effective at entering into the body system when compared to far infrared systems.
In a far infrared sauna, about 20% of the sweat produced will contain toxins that are being released from a person’s body. Near-infrared saunas will only cause 3% of the sweat to be made up of toxins. Near-infrared is less effective because the light has a larger wavelength, so it has a tougher time getting into the body.
The maximum temperature of an infrared sauna is going to be a bit lower than you would find in a traditional sauna. This is due to the fact that they are more efficient and the infrared rays are better at penetrating a person’s skin. This makes it unnecessary for the sauna to heat up a whole bunch.
From there, the maximum temperature is based on personal preference. If you are someone who needs their sauna to be as hot as possible, then you should look for a model that has a higher maximum temperature, like the Durherm Personal Spa Sauna, which has a maximum temperature of 150 degrees. Otherwise, you can select from any sauna on the list, as they all have a maximum temperature of around 140 degrees.
Most larger sized saunas are usually made from some type of wood. Usually the are spruce, redwood, hemlock, poplar, basswood, or cedar. Cedar has long been the go-to choice for a long time and continues to be the leading material that manufacturers turn to. This is because cedar is resistant to cracking and splitting when it is heated and cooled down. It will also last the longest. It naturally eliminates the presence of mold and bacteria. If you can’t get a sauna made with cedar, then look for hemlock, as it is the next best thing.
Of course, if you are looking for a more portable sauna, then you will need to find one that is made out of fabric. In this case, make sure that the fabric is made from a material that is both durable and not breathable. If this fabric is too porous, you won’t get any benefit from the sauna heating up.
The heating time is the amount of time that it takes the sauna to reach the temperature you desire. This is largely dependent on the number of heaters it possesses. Basically, the higher the number of heaters, the more quickly a sauna will heat up.
The heating time is also based on the size of the model. A larger space is going to take a longer time to heat up in comparison to a smaller space. If you really want to make sure that you have the quickest heating time possible, then you should look for a smaller model, like the SereneLife Portable Infrared Home Spa. This personal size sauna only takes five minutes to heat up, making it a quick and easy way to get the temperature that you desire.
The dimensions of the sauna that you select should be based on a few different factors. The first factor, of course, is the size of the space that you intend to use for your sauna. If you have a limited living area, then you will need to get a smaller sauna. The inverse is true if you have a bigger space.
Another consideration that you need to keep in mind when you are selecting your sauna’s size is how quickly you want it to heat up. The larger the space, the slower the warm-up time.
Finally, the last thing that you need to keep in mind when thinking of the dimensions for your sauna is how many people are going to be using it at once. Go for the larger models if you anticipate more than two people are going to use it at the same time.
Most infrared saunas come with some sort of a warranty. Lots of the more advanced models will have different warranties for different components, such as the materials, heaters, or electronics.
Before you purchase your sauna, make sure you understand what is going to be covered by each of these different warranties. This might help to inform your decision since you should always select the sauna that has the best warranty across its features.
One of the best things about an infrared sauna other than the obvious health benefits is how relaxing it is. Nothing will help you relax even more during your sessions than listening to your favorite music. If you are a music lover, then be sure to look for a sauna that has speakers and a CD player or aux port for your smartphone.
Another nice feature you can look for is a timer. This will allow you to keep your sessions as long or as short as you want. A timer will also help to keep the heaters from being used too hard, which will end up shortening their life.
EMF is the scale that is used to measure the Electromagnetic Frequency of any electrical appliance. This scale describes how much invisible radiation is being put off by an appliance, such as a computer, cell phone, or in this case, an infrared sauna.
As with any type of radiation, prolonged exposure can pose some health risks. The level of risk is directly tied to how high the EMF is. Thankfully, most infrared saunas have an extremely low EMF. Some have an EMF of zero. If you are looking for the healthiest infrared sauna option, then make sure the one you select has a lower EMF rating.
There are many health benefits to using an infrared sauna. These include:
Reduction of high blood pressure
Increase in exercise tolerance
Reduction of chronic pain and chronic fatigue
Of course, this is only the case if you use the sauna for the recommended duration, which are relatively short amounts of time. As you can imagine, there are also several things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to your health and using a sauna safely. These include:
If you have low blood pressure, a sauna could lower it further.
If you suffer from kidney disease, you will be at a higher risk of dehydration.
If you are prone to dizziness or nausea, a sauna might cause these symptoms to appear
The short answer is, yes. If you do choose to use it outdoors, however, there are several different things that you need to keep in mind. Firstly, you should make sure that you have an adequate power supply outside for your sauna to hook up to.
Secondly, you need to be sure that you have the proper amount of space for your sauna to fit into outdoors. Finally, make sure that the sauna is up to local building codes and will stand up to whatever types of weather you are likely to encounter in your area. You may want to put an awning overtop of your sauna to keep out the worst of the weather.
Most experts recommend carbon fiber heating elements over ceramic one. This is because of a variety of reasons. First off, carbon fiber heating elements are generally more efficient to run than ceramic.
They are also better at spreading out the heat, which will get rid of any cold spots you might experience in the sauna. This better heat distribution will also allow you to be in the sauna for longer since you won’t need as much heat to keep it running. Finally, carbon fiber elements are more durable than ceramic elements.
The difference between far and near infrared is the size of the light’s wavelength. Far infrared has a much smaller size, which allows it to better penetrate the surface of a person’s skin than near infrared. This, in turn, makes it more effective at heating the air and the individual, which increases the health benefits of the sauna session. Most experts recommend that you stick with far infrared since it is much more effective.
After careful consideration, we have concluded that the best infrared sauna available today is the MAXXUS Dynamic Barcelona DYN-6106-01. With this sauna, you will be able to soak in plenty of heat thanks to its large number of heating elements, without having to worry about a high level of EMF. It also has one of the most advanced stereo and lighting systems you could ever hope for. We highly recommend that you check it out!
Of course, you might also need to fit more than just two people into your sauna at a time. In this case, you should look into the DYNAMIC SAUNAS Maxxus. It is a bit bigger and can fit up to three people comfortably, making it perfect for larger groups of people.
The best kind of infrared light for a sauna is far infrared since its smaller wavelength is more easily absorbed by a person’s skin. The Radiant Saunas 4-person Infrared Hemlock Sauna utilizes this type of heating element and can be used by up to four people at once.