Best Infrared Sauna Reviews – Top Rated Brands

Looking for the Highest Rated Sauna?

The positive changes you will experience by owning one of the best infrared saunas on the market can often be nothing short of amazing. But perhaps after reading even just a couple infrared sauna reviews, you are still wondering what really makes one brand different from the next.

We want our research and knowledge to help your decision to be an easier one for you. We know we can help you cut through all the conflicting information and choose the best infrared sauna for you and your family situation. Everything written on our site is based on 4 years of research, use of several different products and talking with the owners of numerous companies.  We talk regularly with the brands we see as the most beneficial for your health.

Note: This is one of the most important pages on our entire site. Perhaps the most important. We hope this page saves you hours of time and give you peace of mind in your buying decision.  We want ours to be the best far infrared sauna reviews and ratings you have read.

Clearlight Premier IS-C Corner Sauna


Important Criteria in Choosing the Best Infrared sauna:



How long has the company operated under the same name?  Will they be around to support their customers and honor a warranty?


Wood Cabinet

What type of wood and materials are used?  Are toxic materials avoided? How Pure is the wood?  How solid is the construction?



The heating element hould have been originally designed specially for use in the health industry.  Is there evidence that it is Low EMF?



High emissivity

The heating element should have high emissivity (infrared reaching and penetrating your body).  The heating element should also have high efficiency.


The people that endorse them should be highly credible and authoritative.


How Strong is the coverage of the Warranty?  Do they have a history of honoring the warranty?

How this page is structured.

  1. The recommended buying decision process.
  2. Why so many brands look so similar.  This is critical to understand.
  3. Fast recommendations.  What we own at our house and why we think it is the best far infrared sauna on the market.
  4. A Comparison Table presenting the basic features and benefits of popular and top brands.
  5. Difference between Theraputic and recreation purposes.  This is critical.

Please read a few of the individual infrared sauna reviews 2018 on our site.  (All reviews have been updated as of August 2018). This will inform you which are really the highest rated and why they are.

HealthMate Sauna Renew ii

HealthMate Renew ii


This is a significant investment that you will own for many, many years, so you really want to choose the right one. We understand that many brands look nearly identical, making it difficult to distinguish between them. And only a few have the quality to last for decades. So how do you choose?

Understanding which product is right for you can be a time consuming and very frustrating decision as so much information seems to be conflicting.  It doesn’t help that every retailer claims theirs are the better than all others.

We have compiled all the information you need to make an easy and informed decision. The highlights are condensed as much as possible into the comparison table below.

Please Note: Full reviews for most companies and models are posted on our site and we highly recommend you read a few of them as this will make this table much more understandable.  Most online infrared sauna reviews are basic repetition of the information on product websites.  We want ours to be the very best far infrared sauna review you can find anywhere.  Ours are based on 4 years of research and discussions with company owners.


The Recommended Decision Process

  • Understand some of the important decision criteria and features of a brand. (The more you know before you call them, the better you can determine who is giving you accurate answers).
  • Read our individual reviews of the highly rated Brands.
  • Review this Comparison table.
  • Visit the websites of a couple of the highly rated companies. Tell them Cody the SaunaGuy from Healing Heat Therapy sent you (and mention the “Healing Heat” discount). A couple of the companies offer a better final price to my readers.  They do this as my readers are educated and informed before talking with them.
Clealright Premier IS-C Corner Sauna

Clearlight Premier IS-C Corner

Want a Fast Decision Process?

You may be thinking to yourself “I just want a simple quicker decision process.” If this describes you, we have this summary process. You will be pleased with any of the following short suggestions.  None will disappoint.

You just want a fast decision, want the top brand and don’t want any regrets – buy a Clearlight (the brand pictured above).  Clearlight has the strongest warranty in the industry, most powerful detoxifying carbon panels and 3 simple, easy to understand models. There is no greater value.  They are an industry leader and innovator. Visit their site – their owners and salespeople offer low pressure informed help.

If this is for an extremely chemically sensitive person or your life has been adapted at home and work to avoid any plastic out gasses, then Heavenly Heat Medical grade is for you. They are remarkably clean, air circulated units. They leave out radios and speakers so even minimal plastic out gassing is removed.

If you want a very high end, customized cabin, Contact Heavenly Heat.  Need an entirely custom built sauna room in your home? Call Clearlight.

Do you only want ceramic type heating elements? Buy a Health Mate, Heavenly Heat ceramic model.


Which do we own at our house? Clearlight. It was a very easy, clear decision.

Please Note: A family member is allergic to dust and carpets, avoids perfumes, scented dryer sheets, etc and has no problem with our Clearlight. I purchased our Clearlight Essential with no discount or incentive. It was specifically chosen after a few months of initial thorough research. This entire site resulted from those early months of research, after my Clearlight purchase.


My desire is to help you find the right product for you and your family, saving you dozens of hours of research and help you dramatically improve your health.

Clearlight Essential CE-2 Infrared Sauna

Carbon Panels


HealthMate Sauna Tecoloy Heaters


Heating Choices include Carbon, Ceramic and Dry/Wet Steam Combos

Heavenly Heat Saunas Combination Sauna

Combination Dry and Steam

The following table lists our top rated infrared saunas of 2018 with the best sauna brands at the top.  There is no need to look beyond the first six companies listed in this table.


Comparison Table: Dry Sauna Reviews 2018 with Ratings and Comparisons.  Updated August 2018.
EMF Levels
Warranty HighlightsFeatures
ClearlightStarted by Doctor.
20 Years Same Owner.
Endorsed by Hippocrates and other Top Wellness Clinics and Doctors. Our pick for best home sauna in 2015 and 2016.
Carbon Panels.

Strongest detoxification of all Carbon Panels.
Very Low

Posts third party test results on their site. Average EMF is 0.05.
Unrivaled in the Industry.

Full Lifetime on All Components.
Pioneered Low EMF and low ELF.

Floor emitter below feet.

Excellent Customer Service.

NearInfrared in Sanctuary line is powerful 800 watts.
Easily one of the best sauna brands you can buy. Has the best portable sauna dome as well.
SaunaCore30+ years Same

Actual Manufacturer.
304 surgical stainless steel Ceramic.

Offers Standard Carbon in lower end product line.

Traditional Steam Products
Low <3.0 on ceramic.

Unsure on low end carbon.
Lifetime on ceramic elements. 5 years on other components.

Low end Fiin-Core 5 years on heater and 1 year on parts.
Large Product Line.

Offers Customization.
A Pure Medical Line.

Air Circulation in
High End Models.
Ceramic emitter below feet

Definitely one of the best infrared saunas on the market.
Heavenly Heat28 years Same Owner. Small company.

Very Low pressure sales. One of the highest rated saunas for craftsmanship and customer service.

Actual Manufacturer in USA. Only makes clean product line.

Endorsed by top worldwide clinics and the top chemically sensitive doctor.
304 surgical stainless steel Ceramic.

Offers Ceramic/Steam Combo unit.

Options to customize.
Low <3.0Lifetime on Heaters, Electrical & Construction.
5 years on Control Panel.

2nd strongest in industry.
Best Home Sauna for the Chemical Sensitive person. Ultra Pure Product.

Air Circulation with Carbon Filter.

Functional over Astestics
HealthMate25+ years history.

In 2015 expanded product line from 1 to now 3 main product lines.
Steel Ceramic Rods with Patented Alloy.

As of 2015- now offers lower end unit with carbon panels and ceramic rods.

Posts third party test results on their site.
Varies with models.

Tecoloy Heaters - Lifetime.

Craftsmanship, controllers, power supply and TruInfra heaters 5 years.

The half size lower-body unit and accessories are 1-3 years.

Patented Tecoloy
Ceramic Rods.

Parent company PLH Products Supplies Wood to Other Companies.

Good customer reputation.
Sunlighten7 years under
Sunlighten name.
Formerly Sunlight 8 years.

Some models discontinued under Sunlight name.
Endorsed by a lot of online doctors and online health bloggers.
Signature uses SoloCarbon.
Proprietary, modern mid and far panels in mPulse. LED near IR in center of panels.

2010 patent for ceramic powder panels called Solo Carbon.
Signature- Low <3.0
mpulse -10.0+

Limited Lifetime of max 7 years on most parts.

Covers parts only
1 yr-sound systems
1 yr - chromotherapy
Well known name.
A bit higher pressure sales than others.
Previously had variable Customer Experiences around 2010. Better customer service in recent years.

Near IR is four10-watt LEDs
Vital Health7 year history, innovating, online name change from Vital to Vital Health in 2015.

Excellent customer service.
Proprietary carbon panels with high emmisivity.

Strong full spectrum available on all models.

low <3.0Lifetime on cabinets, heaters & Controls.

1 year on Radio/CD players
Unclear on Wiring.

Very Good Warranty.
Has now become a recommended brand.

7 year history now show longevity.

Well thought out designs.

Posted Prices and Free Shipping.
Rocky MountainRe-seller. Dozens of closely packed wood slats block 50% of heat waves.

Was associated with West Coast which is now out of business.
Standard average Carbon.

Low emmisivity.
EMF has been lowered to <3.0 on some models.

Owner informed me they do not see the need for low EMF.
Lifetime on wood and wiring.
Lifetime Service warranty on Heaters.
90 day to 1 year on electronics.
Reseller of mass produced product with higher markups.
Numerous vertical Wood Slats block nearly half of the beneficial light waves.
Good marketing.
High Pressure sales.
FinnleoStandard Carbonuncertain.1-5 years on heating controls & woodGood customer service.
Ceramic emitter below feet.
Average construction.
Above average appearance.
Good marketing.


Important Note: 95% of all products in this industry are mass produced at 4 production lines in China. Anyone can form an LLC and begin selling any of these as a “re-seller.”  That is exactly what 90% of the companies are.  Unfortunately most company owners know little of infrared and make no innovations. And that is why so many look almost identical with a few cosmetic add-ons to differentiate among brands. Please purchase carefully.


Here are a few details that can make a big difference:

Control panels on the Inside and Outside of the Cabin.

Heaters behind and beside the lower legs greatly affect your overall benefit.

Infrared Sauna Ceramic Heater

Poor Design. Only One Element. These are needed on the sides and behind legs.

Heaters on the Front of the Cabin can be very beneficial.


Additional Details related to the main decision criteria?

In this industry, 40% of companies go out of business within a few years leaving customers with no recourse. So length of time operating under the same company name is important.

You don’t want to breathe in the same toxins you are trying to be rid of.  So the wood and construction materials used are important.

Where exactly were the EMF readings taken? (One company told us they had low EMF. We later learned those readings were measured by the door while next to the heater it was 10x the safe level). We applaud companies like Clearlight and HealthMate who actually post the third party test results on their websites.

How good is the Warranty? Be aware that numerous warranties define “limited lifetime” to be as short as 7 years, 5 years or less.


You can read more details about the criteria for choosing the best infrared sauna on the market here.  Our top recommendations are shown in the sidebar on most pages.  Infrared heat therapy enhances your health in tremendous ways.  Every infrared sauna review we post is meant to do one thing.  To give you the information you need to make your optimal choice and to save you time. This therapy is becoming more popular for good reasons.  As this heat therapy increases, we wish you tremendous health benefits from your new purchase.