Low EMF Infrared Saunas – Brand Levels Listed and Rated

Want to Detox Without High EMF?

You are looking for a low EMF infrared sauna.  Many brands claim they were the first to offer a low EMF sauna.  Which really is the lowest and how small of a reading is needed?  

We want this page (and website) to answer those questions clearly for you and save you hours of time.  This entire website is based on 4 years on continual research and numerous discussions with company owners.

The industry’s Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), measured in milligauss (mG), range from <1.0mG up to an extremely dangerous 170.0mG on some cheap brands.  Let’s look at how you can choose a safe one.

 

How This Page is Structured – It Covers 4 Topics

Low EMF Sauna

Low EMF Sauna

Which brand has the lowest readings?

Is Emissivity More Important?

Heater Efficiency

Is Infrared Emissivity and Infrared Penetration more important?

Brand Levels Listed

Safety Levels

Below is a Table listing popular companies and their stated and proven levels.

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Safe Level?

What are acceptable levels?

Which Low EMF Sauna is the Lowest?

The short answer to this question is Clearlight.  They pioneered low emf far infrared saunas and shared their method via video a decade ago so others could duplicate the process.  Dr. Raleigh Duncan founded the company 20 years ago to offer clean safe infrared in an industry that at that time had mostly dangerous and vastly inferior products.

Clealright Premier IS-C Corner Sauna

Thankfully today many other have eliminated most of the toxic materials and have lowered their Electromagnetic Fields as well. You want to heal with infrared therapy in a safe manner.

Very Important Note: It is critical to know WHERE the readings were actually taken and who did the testing.  Levels drop quickly as you move away from the heaters.  An acceptable mG number in the middle of the unit could still have massive levels near the heating element itself.  The readings should be taken within 2 inches of the heating element surface.

Most companies that claim to have low EMF saunas have no evidence supporting this.  We applaud Clearlight and HealthMate  for being two of the companies that post third party test results on their websites.

Below is the posted third party test results for Clearlight.   It’s readings were taken within 2″ of the heater surface.  This is very important.

Clearlight Heater lowEMF readings

Readings taken within 2″ of heating panel

 

One popular brand informed us that they has lowered their levels to 10mG (which is still high).  However, after further research, we discovered those numbers were taken in the center of the unit.  The company later confirmed to us that readings next to the heaters were 30mG.

 

Low EMF Sauna Brands with Safe mG Levels?

A safe level of ElectroMagnetic Fields is consider to be anything below 3.0mG (the lower the better).  This is discussed further at the end of this page.  So which popular industry names make the cut?

Heavenly Heat Saunas Combination Sauna

Heavenly Heat Dry/Wet Combination

All models of Clearlight and Heavenly Heat pass this test.  Saunacore’s higher end models are safe but the lower end units may not be.  Vital Health has reduced their levels to below 3.0. Sunlighten has reduced their levels to 3.0 on their long standing line of Signature Series but their newer mPulse has reported levels of over 10.0 milligauss.  Our readings were 3.5-5.0 mG on the mPulse.

These are all listed in the table below.

 

Is Heater Efficiency and Emissivity more Important?

Vital Health Saunas 2 person Elite

Vital Health’s newer Gen III panels have High emmisivity

As long as the ElectroMagnetic Fields readings are in the safe level, Emmisivity and efficiency are more important.  So what is emissivity?

This is basically asking what amounts of infrared are being emitted by he heating element and how much of it penetrates your body?  The entire purpose of infrared is for it to penetrate 2″ into the body.  This is what heals tissues and cause toxins to be released and eliminated for your body.

A low emf far infrared sauna with poor emissivity provides very little benefit for you.  We are surrounded by magnetic fields all day long in our modern electric world from cell phones to computers.  The key is to reduce when we can and to avoid long tern exposure at higher levels.  So trying for a fully no emf sauna with a stated level of zero is not necessary.  And no one truly has zero Electromagnetic Fields.

 

Can We Have Both Low EMF and High Emissivty?

Fortunately some companies have product lines offering us both low emf saunas and highly efficient heaters.

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Clearlight’s True Wave II High Efficiency Panels

Again, Clearlight seems to be the front runner with 20 years of history.  It’s unique blend of carbon panels with ceramic fibers has the most penetrating infrared of any brand.  Heavenly Heat, which uses 304 surgical stainless steel Ceramic, has levels of below 3.0mG and heater efficiency of 96%.  Saunacore also uses 304 surgical stainless steel Ceramic with the same great ratings.

Many companies have heating efficiency ratings of 50%.  That is due to using cheap rods that were originally designed for drying paint or other industrial uses.

 

Heaters are the Most Important

You want to purchase a well built product by a great company with a good warranty.  But once you own the unit, what you then need is heating elements that will offer deep penetrating infrared.  There really is no company that has a completely no emf infrared sauna.  But as long as the levels are at the safe readings, the difference between 2.0mG and 0.05mG is not as critical.

With that said, the brand we have at our home is Clearlight.  This one was chosen 4 years ago after a few months of research and discussions with several doctors and owners of several companies.  Once we knew all the differences between brands, Clearlight was a very easy decision.

 

Table of Low EMF Infrared Sauna Ratings

Full comparison table including company history and features can be found here.

Company
Name
Heater
Rating
Electromagnetic Levels
Warranty Highlights
ClearlightExcellent Heating Panels of Carbon Panels infused with ceramic fibers.

These offer the strongest detoxification of any Carbon Panels.
Very Low
<1.0

Average levels are 0.05 and results are posted on their site.
Full Lifetime on
everything.
SaunaCoreThis company uses 304 surgical stainless steel Ceramic Elements.

They offer Standard Carbon in lower end products.

Low <3.0 for ceramic

lower end carbon product reading is uncertain.
Lifetime on their heaters and 5 years on other parts.

Lower end Fiin-Core has less coverage.
Heavenly HeatHeavenly Heat uses 304 surgical stainless steel Ceramic.

The company also Offers Dry and Steam Combo units and customization.
Low <3.0Lifetime on Heaters and everything else, except Control Panel which has 5 year coverage

This is the second strongest in industry.
HealthMateSteel Ceramic Rods with Patented Alloy.

New in 2015 the company now offers a lower end unit that adds carbon panels as well.
They have low readings of
3.0-10.0mG.

They post these numbers on their website.
Waranty varies with the Tecoloy Heaters having lifetime coverage. Everything else has 5 years coverage.


Warranty is lesser on the lower end lower-body only units
SunlightenThe Signature Series uses Standard Carbon.
mPluse has Standard Carbon plus four Near IR LED bulbs.

Their patent in 2010 is for ceramic powder panels named Solo Carbon.
Signature is Low <3.0mG while the
mPulse has reported readings of 10.0mG+. Our readings on the mPulse were 3.5-5.0 mG.
Carries a limited Lifetime of max 7 years on most of the parts.

This covers parts only with a one year coverage on
sound systems and
chromotherapy.
Vital HealthThey have upgraded twice in 7 year history.
Their new third Gen panels are proprietary Carbon called Vital Rays Gen III. These have safe levels with high emmisivity.

low <3.0They offer an excellent warranty with lifetime on wood, controls and heaters and 1 year on other parts.
Rocky Mountain These are standard, average Carbon and low emmisivity.Their levels have been lowered to <3.0 on some models.

Company has stated that it does not see the importance of low Electromagnetic Fields.
Carries a lifetime on wood and wiring.
Limited to lifetime Service warranty on Heaters and a 90 day to 1 year on the electronics.
FinnleoUses average standard carbon panels.Levels are uncertain.Warranty is 1-5 years on carbon panels, controls & wood.
HealthMate Sauna Tecoloy Heaters

HealthMate’s Tecoloy Rods

Low Emf Sauna – Why Safe Levels are Important

Choosing a low emf sauna is a critical factor when making your purchase decision. Carbon has many advantages over Ceramic when used for healing therapy.  However, carbon inherently emits higher Electromagnetic Fields. While there is still no truly no emf sauna, we are fortunate to have companies which have reduced the levels emitted from their carbon panels.

While both the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Sweden Agencies consider levels below 3.0 milligauss to be safe, many brands currently on the market have levels of 10-30 milligauss and a few are even over 100 milligauss.  Extended exposure at these levels can be dangerous to your health and should be avoided.

 

What exactly are Electro Magnetic Fields?

Electromagnetic Fields are electric energy waves at frequencies below 300 cycles per second. We encounter electromagnetic fields on a daily basis which are emitted from hundreds of electrical devices including power lines, cell phones, television and computer screens, fluorescent lights, microwave ovens,  and even house wiring.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has created  a program called the California Electric and Magnetic Fields Program to study and educate regarding these potential health risks of continued exposure.

Conclusion

Some studies have been inconclusive on the level of this danger.  However, when choosing between a low emf infrared sauna and one that has stated levels of 30-175 mG, it makes sense to strongly consider the one you know will not pose any dangers.   This is especially true when these same brands also have the best penetrating infrared, offering the highest levels of health and detoxification benefits.  It was those considerations, combined with the recommendations by Whitaker Wellness Clinic, Hippocrates Institute and others that promoted me to purchase a Clearlight for my personal use.

We recommend you read some of our individual review pages and choose a brand that is safe and effective.  While a cheap price is certainly a cheap product with little benefit, a very high price does not always mean your best choice.

Read the Review of the Lowest EMF Infrared Sauna