Looking for the Best Home 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 6 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.
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?
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?
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. Jump to these sections:
- The recommended decision process.
- Fast Best Sauna Recommendations.
- Who Makes the Best Infrared Sauna? A comparison table presenting the basic features and benefits of popular and top brands.
- What are the Best Infrared Saunas? Why so many brands look similar. This is important to understand.
- What Features are Important in a Sauna? What we own at our home and why we think it is the best far infrared sauna on the market.
- 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 October 2018). This will inform you which are really the highest rated and why they deserve that rating.
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.
The Recommended Decision Process
- The more you know before you call one of the following companies, the better you can determine who is giving you accurate answers.
- Review the Comparison table below.
- Read our individual reviews of the highly rated Brands.
- Visit the websites of a couple of the highly rated companies. Tell them Cody the SaunaGuy from sent you (and mention the “Healing Heat” discount). A few of the companies offer a better final price to my readers. They offer this as my readers are more educated and informed before talking with them.
Want a Fast Decision Process?
You may be thinking to yourself “I just want a simple quicker decision process.” If this describes you, then you will be pleased with any of the following short suggestions. None will disappoint.
If 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 2 simple, easy to understand models. Exceptional value. They are an industry leader and innovator. Now partnered with Jacuzzi. 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 the only one for you. They are remarkably clean, air circulated units. Even minimal plastic out gassing is removed.
If you want a very high end, customized cabin, contact Heavenly Heat. Need an entirely custom built home sauna room? Call Clearlight.
For Beautiful looking high tech wood cabins, choose a Sunlighten or Jacuzzi Clearlight.
Do you only want ceramic heating elements? Buy a Heavenly Heat ceramic model. The purest, most powerful, medical grade heaters. They are unrivaled. It very well could be the best home infrared sauna on the market today.
Want a quality replacement for cheap brands? Consider Vital Health. Much better than cheap brands and very efficiently designed.
For Full Spectrum, Sunlighten, Heavenly Heat, Clearlight and Vital Health all offer far and near infrared on select models.
Which do we own at our house? Clearlight. It was a very easy, clear decision.
My desire is to help you find the right product for you and your family, saving you dozens of hours of research and helping you dramatically improve your health. You will have a choice of carbon heating panels, ceramic heaters or combination carbon and ceramic.
Heating Choices include Carbon, Ceramic and Dry/Wet Steam Combos
Who Makes the Best Infrared Sauna?
Jacuzzi Clearlight, Heavenly Heat and Sunlighten make top rated, powerfully effective infrared saunas. Each is very different and offers different benefits for you. Our detailed reviews based on regular meetings with company owners provide you with how to choose what is best for you. The Comparison Table below shows the one with the most powerful medical-grade heaters in the industry.
|Clearlight||Started by Doctor.|
22 Years Same Owner.
Endorsed by Hippocrates and other Top Wellness Clinics and Doctors.
Our pick for best home sauna using carbon panels from 2014 through 2018.
Strongest detoxification of all Carbon Panels.
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.
|Heavenly Heat||30 years Same Owner. Small company.|
Low pressure sales. 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. Best ceramic sauna.
Options to customize.
|Low <3.0||Lifetime 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. Our Highest endorsement.
Near IR option is powerful NIR Bulb.
|Sunlighten||8 years under|
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|
|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 Health||9 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 <3.0||Lifetime on cabinets, heaters & Controls.|
1 year on Radio/CD players
Unclear on Wiring.
Very Good Warranty.
|Has now become a recommended brand.|
9 year history now shows longevity.
Well thought out designs.
Posted Prices and Free Shipping.
|HealthMate||25+ years history. |
In 2015 expanded product line from 1 to now 3 main product lines.
|Steel Ceramic Rods with Patented Alloy. Small improvement on old technology rather than innovation.|
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.
Parent company PLH Products Supplies Wood to Other Companies.
Good customer reputation.
|SaunaCore||30+ years Same|
Based in Canada. Difficult to read long PDF listing of products.
|Stainless steel Ceramic.|
Offers Standard Carbon in low end product line.
Disappointing to see this poor quality line offered.
Traditional Steam Products
|Low <3.0 on ceramic.|
Unreported on low end carbon. Could be high levels.
|Lifetime on ceramic elements only.|
5 years on all other components.
Low end Fiin-Core- 5 years on heater and only 1 year on parts.
|Large Product Line.|
A Pure Medical Line.
Air Circulation in
High End Models.
Ceramic emitter below feet.
Heavenly Heat Saunas are vastly superior in purity, options, cost and warranty.
|Rocky Mountain||Re-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.|
|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 days 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.
High Pressure sales.
|Finnleo||Standard Carbon||uncertain.||1-5 years on heating controls & wood||Good customer service.|
Ceramic emitter below feet.
Above average appearance.
What are the Best Infrared Saunas?
We understand many brands look nearly identical, making it difficult to distinguish between them. This is a significant investment that you will own for many years, so you want to choose the right one for you. Our comparison above simplifies the selection of the best infrared sauna for you.
Only a few brands have the quality to last for decades.
What Features are Important in a Home Sauna?
Infrared heaters on the back wall are a standard feature. However, you also want infrared on the side walls, behind your legs and sides of your legs. Ideally, you want heaters in front. Optional near infrared lamps are a terrific feature. Our comparison table shows the top rated brands with all of these features.
Ensuring you have all of the above heater locations will greatly affect your overall benefit.
Additional Details related to the Main Decision Criteria?
A Therapeutic infrared sauna will provide the quality and intensity of infrared light that will penetrate deep into tissues. A session in one of these will release toxins from fatty tissues, heal damaged tissues, re-train the body to remain in a relaxed state and many other substantial detox benefits. These will help you lose weight, reduce pain, provide temperature control, improve skin condition and will be manufactured with superior materials such as clean red Canadian cedar.
In contrast, a Recreational unit will get hot, will heat your body and promote sweating. However, it will not detox or provide any of the therapeutic benefits described above. The sweat produced will not contain toxins as toxins will not be released from your body. These types of products are good for warming muscles prior to and after exercise and will promote some temporary relaxation. But their benefits do not include much more. These units are typically sold in large stores for $1500. They will take longer to get a 1 person sauna hot than it takes for a quality unit to heat up a 3 person unit.
A cheap unit will be similar to a traditional sauna, with hot temperatures that will warm the body but not provide permanent weight loss or any of the tremendous benefits infrared saunas are reported to have in clinical studies.
Important Industry Turnover Consideration:
In this industry, 40% of companies go out of business within a few years leaving customers with no valid warranty, no parts and no recourse. So the length of time the company has operated under the same company name is important in your purchase decision. And they are usually not the actual manufacturers. There are exceptions.
An example of a good brand that incorporated a small change is Vital Saunas. This brand altered its name slightly to Vital Health Saunas in 2015 to focus on the health aspect of the brand. However, all warranties remained valid and high quality customer service was continued. In this instance, the addition to the name was not a change in any other aspect of the company.
You also don’t want to breathe in the same toxins you are trying to remove from your body. So the wood and construction materials used are important. Please ask the company if they use and hidden plywood or toxic glues.
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 almost 3 feet away from the heater. However, next to the heater it was 10x the safe level). We applaud companies like Clearlight, Sunlighten, Heavenly Heat and HealthMate who actually post the third party test results on their websites. However, the posted results for Sunlighten are for the Signature only and the Health Mate readings are 10x higher than Clearlight.
How good is the Warranty? Be aware that numerous warranties define “limited lifetime” to be as short as 7 years, 5 years or less. One very disappointing brand, Saunacore, has confusing products and warranties. While it promotes quality and a long warranty, it also offers a very low quality product line with a 1 year warranty.
All brands offer a 1 person and a 2 person infrared sauna. In addition to those, the brands begin differentiating in sizes and offerings.
We have looked carefully into many brands and strive to provide you with solid recommendations. If you read the individual reviews and follow the recommendations, you will be very pleased with your results. Your purchased brand will be more comfortable, more energy efficient and promote improved health and wellness.
We have discussed the criteria for choosing the best infrared sauna for home use on the market here on this page. For ease of use, our top recommendations are shown in the sidebar on most pages. Our hope is you find them to be helpful, unbiased infrared sauna reviews that save you many hours and help you find the right one for your home. We are certain you will feel more competent when you contact one of the brands. 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.