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Best Infrared Saunas – Buying Guide w/Reviews 2017

Ever wish that instead of having to go to your local pool or spa to get a relaxing break in a sauna, you could have the same experience right at home? Tired of looking on the market but can’t seem to decide which is the best infrared sauna for you? Well here at HomeTechie we’ve compiled a list of 5 of the top models available today, we’ve researched for hours to find the top options on the market right now.

The list contains 4 in-depth reviews of different infrared saunas and also a list of “highlights” or the features we thought stood out the most, we also listed at the bottom of the article different information that could be helpful for anyone interested.

Now let’s get to it!

Best Infrared Saunas of 2017

JNH Lifestyles 2-Person

This sauna is a great model for those not having a huge amount of space in their home, it fits nicely into tight confined spaces and you don’t even require tools to set it up. All you need is to fasten the panels together and the sauna is constructed, the JNH comes with 7 Far Infrared heaters made of Carbon Fiber (Also ETL Approved) and completely natural FSC Certified wood (Premium Canadian Timber)with no chemicals added. One of the other great features this sauna has is the integrated sound system with two speakers and an included amplifier. The JNH is completely covered by a 5-year warranty.

Highlights:

  • Carbon Far Infrared Heaters
  • Made of Premium Canadian Timber
  • Comes with 2 speakers and an included amplifier
  • 5-year warranty

Dynamic Saunas 1-2 Person

Made of Reforested Canadian Hemlock wood, this model sports 6 low EMF Carbon heating panels that have 40% better penetration than a ceramic heater, double paneled walls for extra heat retention, a heated floor, dedicated music ports, and a clear glass door. Assembly is incredibly easy, only taking 30-45 minutes (Clasp Assembly). This model also includes a touchscreen LED control panel that allows you to control temperature and other sauna features, Dynamic Saunas also integrated a Chromotherapy system for this sauna. It works with any 100 volt, 15 amp power source.

Highlights:

  • Made of reforested Canadian Hemlock Wood
  • 6 Low EMF Carbon Heating Panels
  • Setup only takes 30-45 minutes
  • Touchscreen LED Control Panel
  • Works with any 100 Volt and 15 amp power source

2-Person Hemlock Deluxe

This model takes the cake for the top sound system available in a sauna, the integrated stereo sound system has options for a CD player, Radio, and you can even use an MP3 Player (simply connect with an aux cord). The sauna has 6 carbon heaters that can get up to 141 degrees fahrenheit and exterior and interior EZ-Touch LED control panels for changing the temperature, along with an oxygen ionizer and 7-color (similar to the chromotherapy) lights, assembly is also a simple buckle assembly, the entire sauna is made of high quality hemlock wood. All of these great features are also backed up by a 7-year limited warranty, 5 years on electronic and heating components.

Highlights:

  • Dual Exterior and Interior EZ-Touch LED Control Panels
  • Oxygen Ionizer included
  • Simple buckle assembly
  • High quality hemlock wood
  • 7-year limited warranty

JNH Lifestyles Joyous 3-Person Canadian Hemlock Wood

Similar to the cheaper JNH Lifestyles 2 person sauna, this model is made completely of reforested Canadian Hemlock wood and features high quality carbon fiber far infrared heaters. The main differences between the two sister models is the capacity, this model has capacity for 3 people and also has 1 extra carbon heater to accommodate the extra person. As far as features are concerned both models have:

  • An integrated sound system with 2 speakers and AUX support
  • ETL Approved Carbon Heaters
  • An easy to use control panel that allows you to control temperature and other functions
  • Also comes with interior LED Lighting

Health Benefits of using an Infrared Sauna

Helps with cardiovascular health

Due to the extra heat of an infrared sauna, your heart must exercise to keep your body temperature low, this extra work helps make the heart stronger and healthier in the long run. Not only this but the heat also helps loosen tight blood vessels through heat expansion, and helps your heart pump extra blood to parts of the body that may have excess built-up toxins. Due to this extra circulation, muscles can receive extra nutrients and heal quicker, as well as decreasing swelling, aches, pain, muscle stiffness and a whole bunch of different ailments can be aided or even completely abolished by consistent use of a sauna. Extra circulation also helps aid the kidney and liver (the body’s natural toxin filter) remove toxins from the bloodstream, and can also aid with recovery after heavy exercise. The extra blood flowing through your skin will also pick up a large amount of toxins and flush them from your body, leading to better overall skin health.

Easy way to expel toxins from your body

One of the main benefits of using an infrared sauna is you get to rid toxins from your body through sweating, sweating is one of the fastest, most efficient ways for your body to remove toxins, Infrared saunas cause you to sweat by raising your core body heat, forcing your body to sweat to remove the excess heat. Many people comment that after a 20 minute session in an infrared sauna they feel much better.

 

Burns Extra Calories

Due to the increase of core body temperature and the corresponding increase in heart rate, your body has to keeps burning calories to sweat, keep heart rate up as well as keep core body functions working. Some studies show that a 30-minute session in a sauna can burn up to 600 calories.

 

Considering that an average adult only needs 2000 calories to function per day, 600 extra calories burned (more than ¼ of 2000) can easily add up and help lose weight

Great for overall health

The combined effect of better circulation, exercising of the heart, kidney and liver, better toxin removal and good relaxation leads to better overall health, studies have shown increased immune function and by proxy helping fight against cancer. Relaxing once in a while leads to less sympathetic nervous system arousal, leading to less cortisol (a stress hormone that has negative effects such as immunosuppression) as well as increase mental clarity and health.

Types of Infrared Saunas

Infrared radiation comes in three varieties: Far, Near and Middle. The main difference is the wavelength of the radiation, infrared saunas also differ in the way they heat the body. The way traditional sauna heaters heat the body is through using conduction, the heater heats up the air and the air in turns increases your temperature. This is overall quite in-efficient and means that the heat doesn’t penetrate as deeply into your body as infrared radiation does. Infrared saunas heat your body through radiation, the radiation penetrates through and heats up your core temperature, this method is much more efficient.

 

The vast majority of Infrared Saunas come in two varieties: Far and Near. Infrared saunas usually use far infrared radiation instead of near infrared radiation, far infrared is better with detoxification while near infrared is good for immune system function and better healing.

 

Near Infrared:

  • Boosts Immune function
  • Helps circulation
  • Great for skin
  • Same benefits as far infrared

Far Infrared:

  • Helps relieve stress
  • Detoxifies
  • Burns extra calories
  • Same benefits as near infrared

Both Near and Far Infrared sauna share some of the same benefits such as increasing circulation and immune function as well as cardiovascular health.

 

Different Types of Saunas

Portable Saunas

Portable saunas are becoming more popular as time goes, they are the cheaper and more available alternative to traditional indoor infrared saunas, Portable saunas can be set up and taken practically wherever you want, they provide the same relaxation but they generally only have the capacity for one person.

This type of sauna is best for people with less money and want flexibility in terms of their sauna, these usually cost around ⅓-⅕ the cost of a traditional infrared sauna.

 

These usually come in the far infrared form but some also come as portable steam baths.

Electric Saunas

Electric saunas are relatively easy to use, they use electricity to heat elements throughout the bath and increase the temperature of the air and the user. This is a relatively popular option and is employed often by institutions like hotels, pools and public saunas. Unlike traditional wood heated saunas, they can often be controlled by remote control and are easier to control in terms of temperature and timers. These are easier to use and control than wood and sauv saunas since they don’t require experience to know which setting is right (How much wood or how long should you should let the wood burn for example), simply put the temperature on the dial and you are set.

 

Wood Heated Saunas

This uses the traditional air to body conduction heating, it’s the most common and popular form of sauna heating. It uses an oven that burns wood similar to a stove or a fireplace, this in turns heats up the air and the air heats up your body. These types of saunas don’t need electricity, they can therefore be set up wherever wood is available, this has made it an attractive option in Europe (especially Finland)

 

Smoke Saunas (Sauv)

These types of saunas are well known in Europe (Finland), the mechanism of action is heating a large amount of wood to the point of burning, filling up the air with all the soot and wood particles, ventilating the air and allowing people in. This type of heating fills the sauna with a very distinctive odor, these saunas are not readily available and usually don’t have much presence outside of Europe. Smoke saunas are usually quite expensive and private ones are hard to get.

 

Steam Baths

Steam baths are the oldest kind of sauna, they were used in ancient Rome as well. Steam baths use hot steam to heat up the body. Steam is good for respiratory, especially for people who have pneumonia or other respiratory diseases. People with those diseases will find steam baths as a good way to alleviate symptoms.

 

Pre-Manufactured Saunas

Portable Saunas, electric saunas and most infrared saunas are pre-manufactured, infrared saunas are usually made of wood/timber. These are usually standalone, most of the saunas on Amazon are pre-manufactured.

 

What Type of Sauna is Best For You?

Portable Saunas –

These are great for those who want to use a sauna wherever you wish, these are also much cheaper than a infrared or traditional sauna model (around ⅓-⅕ the price). Be sure to consider this if you have too low of a budget for a traditional or infrared sauna.

Infrared Sauna-

These are the best for those who have the space in their home and have the budget, these are more expensive but are generally of higher quality than a portable sauna.

Traditional Sauna –

These either must be built or pre-manufactured. You should look at the differences between the different traditional sauna types (electric, wood, sauv) and decide which one has the best features for you.

 

Difference between Traditional and Infrared Saunas

The main difference is the different heating method, Traditional Saunas have a variety of different heating methods such as electric, wood or smoke heating methods. All of these use conduction (heating the air, which in turn heats the body), infrared saunas use radiation heating, the radiation penetrates through the body and heats up your core. Radiation heating is a lot more efficient and don’t cause the surrounding air to feel warm and humid, this means beginners can often last longer in an infrared sauna. Infrared saunas also are easier to maintain, setup and use since most are pre-manufactured and have electronic controls, meaning that you can use a control panel to control the temperature and timing. Traditional saunas are often more difficult to maintain and build since they require fuel (such as wood) and require replacement of key components more often. Infrared saunas don’t need such fuel to function, only electricity. They also don’t break down as often.

 

Ceramic vs Carbon Fiber Heating –

Ceramic heaters and carbon fiber heaters are the two different heaters often present in infrared saunas. Carbon fiber heaters are often seen as superior, they have better skin penetration, are faster, have more even heat distribution, have better energy efficiency, has a lower surface temperature as well as better durability.

 

For this reason, ceramic infrared saunas are often quite hard to come by these days and why most infrared saunas are now using carbon fiber heating.

Different Sauna Accessories

Infrared Sauna Blankets:

An infrared sauna blankets are an even more portable option than infrared saunas. They provide some of the same great benefits but in a smaller more usable package. They are compact and can be stored to use on vacation. These are also cheaper than infrared saunas.

Sauna Belts

Sauna belts is a fabric that can be put around the waist (or anywhere else deemed useful) and primarily exist to encourage the body to sweat. They can easily self-heat and are useful for pain relief, weight loss, muscle recovery or any other activity that seeks to increase blood flow to a certain part of the body.

Sauna Suits

Sauna suits are similar to sauna belts, the main difference is that they cover more of the body and therefore cause more of the body to heat up. Many people claim that Sauna suits can help you lose weight.

Factors to consider when buying an Infrared Sauna

1.)Type of Heater

You’ll want to know what type of heater you are getting when you buy an infrared sauna, this determines a lot of features as well as the cost and potential benefits of the different heater types.

2.)Warranty

Make sure you are aware of the manufacturer’s warranty, most saunas are covered with a decent warranty but you should check to be sure of it. Just in case you accidentally break something. Many manufacturers will have different warranties for different parts, such as a 5 year warranty on core electronic components and a 7 year warranty on others. Make sure you are aware of it.

 

3.)Capacity and Size

Most infrared saunas have the capacity for 1-3 people, make sure to know the amount of people you expect will be using the sauna before purchasing and also make note of the size of the sauna, if there is any large individual you may need to look at having a larger sauna

4.) Build Quality

Most good saunas will be made of high quality wood, make sure to check with the reviews and the manufacturer’s specification. Try to buy from reputable manufacturers that have established safety records.

5.) Safety

Make sure the heaters are well covered, without this you run the risk of getting burned by the heater. Make sure to purchase saunas from good manufacturers with good safety records. Look for companies with good certifications and good reviews.

6.)Health Benefits

Make sure you know the potential benefits that infrared saunas have, when you buy make sure that your understanding of the different benefits of near and far infrared spectrums and your health concerns is adequate.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoyed reading our infrared sauna reviews! Our pick for the top sauna here is the JNH Lifestyles 2-Person, it’s not only a great sauna but it’s also cheaper than a lot of the competition. We hope you enjoy your new sauna!

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