Far Infrared Sauna Reviews

WellnessKeen Staff Oct 27, 2018
Sauna therapy is being used for centuries. There are many types of sauna kits and sauna rooms available in the market, which can be confusing for the buyer. However, if you are planning to buy a far infrared sauna, then read on to find out what you need to look for...
Sauna is a Scandinavian word that refers to an ancient form of heat therapy. The traditional sauna used rocks, wood and other fuels to heat an enclosure (room). The sauna is modeled on the principle that raising the body temperature helps to detoxify and relax the body.
As the body is heated to a certain temperature, it tries to come to the normal temperature by increasing the blood circulation and through sweating. 
The infrared sauna is a therapeutic device that heats the body to a certain temperature. Unlike the traditional steam sauna, infrared sauna does not require any maintenance. The far infrared sauna reviews provide the benefits of infrared sauna over the traditional sauna.

Far Infrared Sauna - An Overview

The far infrared sauna heats only the body and not the surrounding air. Far infrared converts the light energy into heat energy; this is the reason the infrared rays reach almost 3 inches inside the skin to the subcutaneous tissue.
Sun is the primary source of far infrared rays, but not all the rays that come from sun are good for the human health. The infrared heaters provide only the beneficial far infrared rays that are invisible to the human eye.
The traditional steam sauna creates a humid atmosphere in the sauna enclosure. However, bacteria and viruses are more likely to spread and cultivate, as humidity is conducive for their growth. On the other hand, the far infrared sauna provides a clean infrared energy. It does not heat up the air, so people who have breathing problems can use it comfortably.
As mentioned earlier, the infrared sauna heats only the body, so the power consumption of the infrared sauna is much less than that of the traditional steam sauna. The infrared sauna heats to a temperature between 120 degree to 150 degree Fahrenheit and it takes only 15 to 20 min to heat the body.

Far Infrared Sauna Heaters

Far infrared saunas have different types of heaters attached to them, which reflect the infrared waves towards the body. The different types of heaters are;

Ceramic Heaters

Ceramic heaters are very efficient in radiating infrared heat. This is the reason why most infrared saunas come with ceramic heaters. They also have a high emission rate and therefore are energy-efficient, however, they are small in size and so are sometimes undesirable.
Ceramic heaters come in two shapes, cylindrical and concave. However, cylindrical is more widely used as compared to concave heaters as they are not as efficient in reflecting the infrared heat as the cylindrical ones.

Carbon Heaters

Carbon panels have a sleek and stylish look and they add a sophisticated touch to the overall look of the sauna. They also have a large surface area which helps in balancing the temperature inside the sauna.
Carbon heaters are, however, not that successful in reflecting infrared waves as they are flat, and as such waves travel perpendicularly, a person has to sit in front of the panel to get the heat.

Far Infrared Sauna Types

They come in various sizes according to the needs and convenience of buyers.

Two Person Sauna

Saunas for 2 persons are affordable, comfortable and convenient. They can easily fit into snug apartments and fitness rooms. They also consume less power and are perfect for a small family of two.

Three Person Sauna

This design is offered for three people, and can fit in a slightly bigger apartment. They are also perfect for outdoor use and are easy to maintain. Power consumption is limited and can fit into your daily budget easily.

Four Person Sauna

A luxurious option, 4 or 5 person infrared saunas consume a lot of space and power and will dig a hole in your pocket. However, it is best in technology and provides you with all the benefits of a perfect sauna. It can be used by the whole family together, or by you alone if you wish to spend some "healthy" time with yourself. Overall, the best in the lot.

Portable Sauna

Portable infrared sauna is also available, which can be carried anywhere you like. Generally, the infrared saunas are very easy to assemble and do not require any extra plumbing and electrical work as required for the steam sauna heaters. They can be plugged into any electrical output.

Buying Tips

You must be aware of some important parameters that need to be considered while buying an infrared sauna.

► The prime parameter to be considered is how many people are going to use the sauna at the same time. This will decide the size of sauna you need to buy. Infrared saunas are available in varieties ranging from saunas for a single person to 4 individuals.
► You also need to check whether it is comfortable to use. Have a trial of the product you wish to purchase before investing.

► Though infrared saunas are available in wooden enclosures and high quality fabric, coated with a metallic finish, always check what wood has been used in the sauna. A non-toxic variety of wood is recommended.
► Check the heater used in the sauna. Different saunas use different types of heaters. Make sure you research on the one you wish to have in your sauna.

► The assembly and ease of building a sauna must be considered before you buy an infrared sauna.
► The next important thing is to look for the number of heaters in the infrared sauna review. The number of heaters decide the time required to heat the body.

► Preferably, go for a sauna with a good head room. A height of 6' 6" would suffice.
► Find out everything about maintenance and also check for the warranty carefully.

► Check for add-ons like the radio or DVD player. These enhancements can make your sauna sessions enjoyable and interesting.
Far infrared saunas are meant for a comfortable "steaming" experience and must not be purchased in a haste. The best product, according to your needs, must be your ultimate choice. Hopefully, the reviews and other details explained here help you in making the right purchase.