Are you giving an infrared sauna some serious consideration? You’ve likely read about all the health benefits, looked through some of the options for the best infrared saunas, and checked out a few reviews. Let’s be honest, few people even go to a restaurant without reading some reviews these days. The problem is, how do you know what reviews to trust? You have Facebook groups pushing you toward one brand of infrared sauna pods. You might be looking at unreliable EMF reports. And companies try to entice you with those, “Act Now! The best deals are going to end soon!” crap.
It’s enough to drive a person crazy. Especially if, like me, that person bought a “low EMF” sauna that ended up pummeling their body with 100 milligauss (more on that later).
I’ve been a straight shooter my whole life, so I’m going to tell you the cold, hard truth, which is that most reviews of infrared saunas are fake. I’m not saying that everything you come across is a scam because some are legitimate. But most of them are fabricated. They just pick brands at random and pass them off as the best IR sauna on the market. I was tired of reading these reviews, and I was fed up with pushy salespeople who only care about getting a commission check. That’s why I started reviewing infrared saunas so that I could help people just like me.
I’ve spent the last year and a half testing 13 different brands in search of the best infrared sauna. I’m not a doctor, but I’ve experienced many of the health benefits of infrared saunas first hand. I know that a few 20-minute sessions every week does a body good and can make you feel so much better. That’s why I wanted to find the best IR sauna to put in my home.
In this article, I provide you with the best resources possible on infrared saunas. They’ll help you to answer basic questions about the potential benefits of an IR sauna, how to use a home sauna, and the type of sauna to best meet your needs. I’ve also provided information on assembling a sauna in your home and brands you might be wise to avoid. I even have videos that show you what the installation process is like. That way, if a particular sauna looks too difficult to install, you know it before you buy it.
You can submit questions for me at the bottom of the page. Twice every week, I’ll be putting together a YouTube video in which I answer questions submitted by readers. No matter how complex or simple your question, give me a shout and I’ll do my best to answer it. (You can also message me directly!)
Sadly, so many companies are not upfront about the EMF levels in their infrared sauna pods. For instance, both Amazon and Costco both lied about their EMF level and I was able to prove it.
If you can’t tell by now, I’m serious about figuring out the best saunas on the market.
The good news is that I was able to personally test 13 different IR saunas. In doing that, I figured out which brands actually offer the lowest EMF levels, both electric and magnetic. I then put my findings together on my Certified Sauna List, which I assure you is a quick read and easy for anyone to understand. On my list, you’ll find the three brands that tested for the lowest EMF levels, making them the safest infrared saunas on the market.
If you don’t want to get duped by faulty and insincere reviews, you have to know how to tell when an infrared sauna review is no good. The first thing you should notice is an absence of pictures along with the review. For serious reviews, the person should have evidence of actually assembling the sauna and using it. How can you trust a review if there’s no proof of the person using it? Without pictures or video (which is even better than pictures), you should assume that this person has no idea what they’re talking about. Odds are, they’ve never used the sauna they’re telling you about.
As you check out reviews of infrared saunas, keep in mind that you’re planning to spend thousands of dollars on this purchase. I don’t care who you are, that’s a lot of money. You don’t want to spend that kind of money based on some fabricated review by someone who’s never used that product. You need to know that the IR sauna you buy is the right one for you because you’re probably going to be using it for many years to come. Quite frankly, this is too big of an investment to make based on a review that might be inauthentic.
The best advice I might be able to give you when checking out reviews is not to trust EMF reports conducted by a third party. These places remove the heater from a sauna, send it to a lab, and then try to convince people that the whole sauna is low on EMF. It’d be nice if things were that simple, but that’s not how things work in this world. The wiring and power supply of all heaters in a sauna need to be taken into account. Testing one heater tells you nothing. Unless you test the entire sauna while in use, EMF testing is completely worthless no matter what cleverly worded review or slick salesman tries to tell you.
You can trust that I’m not going to give you a fake sauna review. I’ve made some bad purchases in the past and wanted to help others avoid my mistakes. That’s why all 13 brands that I’ve reviewed I’ve purchased, put together with my own two hands, and personally used. I started with a sauna from Costco, then moved onto Amazon, and now I’m up to 13 different infrared sauna pods, which is why my sauna review page is so extensive. I’ve done a lot of leg work, which is not something most sauna reviewers or pushy salesmen can say.
After getting my hands dirty and doing the leg work on 13 infrared saunas, I found only three give you both quality and low EMF. Here are the reviews for those three IR saunas:
Below, I’ve also included a condensed version of each review, as well as helpful links to sauna reviews, EMF videos, and a pricing guide.
Anyone who has read my reviews knows that I’m picky when it comes to infrared saunas and not easily impressed. However, I can honestly say that the Radiant Health Sauna knocked my socks off. It has just about everything you could ever want in a sauna. It’s a quality sauna that’s easy to assemble and has super-low EMF. If there was a Super Bowl of saunas, I’d bet my money on this one.
If you read my full review on Radiant, you’ll know that I hated it at first. I bought it from Amazon and wanted to light it on fire. However, I made kind of a funny mistake. The one I bought from Amazon turned out to be a knock-off brand. Before I realized my mistake, I wrote off Radiant completely and didn’t want to give another one of their saunas a chance. But when I raised my EMF standards and started looking for IR saunas based on electric fields, I came back to the real Radian Health Saunas, a Canadian company that doesn’t sell on Amazon.
Once I got my hands on the real Radiant Health Sauna, I felt even more foolish for being duped by the Amazon knock-off. For anyone who is sensitive to chemicals or EMF, this is by far the best infrared sauna that I’ve reviewed. If you end up going with this sauna, make sure you order straight from RadiantHealthSaunas.com because Amazon will probably send you a cheap imitation, which I had to find out the hard way.
If I were to go through everything I liked about the real Radiant, I might start to ramble, so I’ll try to keep this brief. The first thing I liked is that it was the easiest sauna I’ve ever put together. You don’t need any previous experience in sauna assembly, which is always nice. Also, I found no RF radiation whatsoever, which is a big deal. Most importantly, Radiant Health Saunas had ultra-low EMF levels. Both the magnetic and electric fields were low, as was the body voltage. I should also mention that it’s comparable in price to most other brands, although, in my view, it’s a far superior product.
In addition to being safe, Radiant has also designed a comfortable sauna. I especially enjoyed the floor having a tile insert. This means you don’t have to worry about sweat dripping down into the wood while you’re using the sauna. I also loved that there’s a bench heater located directly under your seat. When you’re sitting in your home sauna, you’ll feel like you’re in a five-star hotel that has a towel warmer. It’s a great luxury to have, and if you’re serious about having an infrared sauna in your home, it’s something you’ll come to appreciate.
Admittedly, I like to nitpick a little, but the only real flaw I found in the Radiant Health Saunas is that it takes a long time to heat up. Getting the sauna up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit can take up to 30 minutes. That means planning a little bit ahead whenever you use the sauna. However, that’s a small tradeoff to make when you consider the low EMF and body voltage this sauna offers. I’ve found this sauna to be safe for anyone, including the elderly, children, and people with underlying medical conditions. Even if it’s a little slow to heat up, I still think of this as the best sauna I’ve used.
If you go through all of my reviews and decide that Radiant Health Saunas is the right choice, I have a contact at the company who can help get you a great price on a new sauna. His name is Randy, and he’s super-friendly and super-knowledgeable. His phone number is at the bottom of the full Radiant Health Saunas review, and he can help you get the lowest possible price.
By far, the second-best infrared sauna that I’ve personally reviewed is the Clearlight Premium Sauna. There’s a lot that I love about this two-person sauna that most people will be able to assemble on their own and is a great fit for most homes. Obviously, the main reason I like Clearlight so much is that it has ultra-low EMF levels. This applies to both magnetic and electric fields. The body voltage is also low, which shouldn’t be overlooked. Clearlight also offers its customers great financing options, making it a little easier for people to buy one. They will also deliver to almost anywhere in the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.
The only serious drawback I found in Clearlight Infrared Saunas is the amount of radio-frequency radiation present from the sauna’s built-in speakers. Obviously, most people will want to utilize the BlueTooth or MP3 inputs so they can listen to music or a podcast while using the IR sauna. Most people, of course, will view this as a benefit. However, high levels of RF radiation can be harmful, which is why I feel compelled to mention it as a con of Clearlight Infrared Saunas.
Aside from my personal experience with Clearlight Infrared Saunas, one of the biggest reasons I like this brand is that it’s been endorsed by Dr. Brian Clement. He serves as the director of the Hippocrates Institute and one of the most respected figures with regard to alternative health therapies. Admittedly, Dr. Clement is an interesting character. However, he uses a sauna every day and won’t even stay in a hotel if it doesn’t have a sauna. He’s a big believer that using saunas helps to keep the body free of toxins, so it means a lot to me that he’s endorsed Clearlight Infrared Saunas because his opinion is one I respect a lot.
If this sauna sounds appealing to you, make sure you read my full review on Clearlight Infrared Saunas, so you know everything you need to know before buying this sauna. If you decide this is the right sauna for you, remember that you want to deal directly with the company rather than going through Amazon. Check out Jacuzzi Clearlight models here: www.healwithheat.com. You can get an even better deal and take $500 off your order if you give the Discount Code “matt-justice-500.” You can call directly for model and installation questions (800) 317-5070.
To me, being the third-best infrared sauna isn’t all that bad. High Tech Health Infrared Sauna earns that distinction, and while I may not love it as much as Radiant and Clearlight, it’s still one of the three brands that I’ve reviewed that I recommend, compared to the ten that I don’t advise readers to buy.
High Tech’s Transcend TR2 Model surely lived up to the company’s name. This thing is on the cutting edge of technology in the sense that it had some of the lowest levels of EMF that I’ve tested. Levels of electric, magnetic, and body voltage were all super-low, which is what I like best about High Tech Health Saunas. I was also impressed by how spacious this was for a two-person sauna.
Outside of the low EMF levels, there were things about High Tech Health Saunas that were good. For instance, I was impressed that the interior of the sauna was made of poplar wood. If anyone using the sauna is sensitive to chemicals, this is a great perk to have. I was also taken aback a little by this sauna having a front-angled heater. This is a rare feature in many of the ceramic sauna models I’ve seen, and one that I like. High Tech also offers its customers several add-ons to help customize their sauna experience, although keep in mind that I haven’t been able to review all of these extra features.
While I still recommend High Tech Health Saunas, it’s only fair to mention some of the cons with this brand. The first is that there are three different power controls. There’s one for the sauna, one for the lights, and a third for the radio. I couldn’t find any rhyme or reason for why the company built it that way, so that’s one downside of this brand. Also, this was easily the most difficult sauna I’ve ever put together. That’s not even compared to the other two that I’m recommending, that’s out of all 13 sauna brands that I’ve reviewed. Once you get it set up, there shouldn’t be any problems. It just takes a little more time and effort to put everything together.
I also think it’s worth mentioning that High Tech Health Saunas come with a higher price tag than the other two brands I’m recommending. In fairness, it costs them more to make a sauna using poplar wood, which is one reason why the price is a little higher than on other saunas that have low EMF levels. If you have a tight budget and you don’t mind paying for quality, this is still a great sauna. However, this may not be the best choice for sauna shoppers who are worried about the price.
I know I just said that High Tech Health Saunas were a little on the expensive side. But if you call my contact, Tristian Summerfield, he’ll be able to help you get a good deal. You can reach him at 1-303-413-8500 extension 811. He’s the person you want to talk to if you have any questions about the extra features that High Tech offers. You can also get him to take $500 off your purchase by mentioning the promo code matt-justice-500.
Now that I’ve mentioned the three infrared sauna brands I like the most, I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention the ten other brands I’ve personally used and reviewed. These are the brands I would recommend you avoiding if at all possible. I understand that if your budget is tight, it can be tempting to go with a cheaper option, even if you know it’s not as good as some other options. However, I think it’s important that you understand why I didn’t recommend ten of the 13 IR saunas I reviewed. That being said, feel free to read my reviews and judge for yourself:
- Dynamic Saunas
- JNH Lifestyles
- Radiant Health
- Radiant (knock-off)
- Sauna Space
- Vital Health Saunas
- Health Mate
If you’ve seen advertisements or reviews for so-called near-infrared saunas, please allow me to save you the time and trouble. Most things that these companies say are, at best, stretching the truth. They’ll claim that it’s a deeper or more complete detox than IR saunas. But you shouldn’t believe these lies. I’ve literally sat in front of near-infrared light panels for two hours without breaking a sweat. Instead, watch my tutorial on how you can add near IR to any sauna on your own for a cost of around $100.
First, let me just say that the actual Consumer Reports publication is totally legit. But I’ve found that a lot of sauna companies like to create fake versions of consumer reports to make their saunas seem like the preferred option among consumers. Forget about being deceiving and unethical, these reports are downright illegal. The truth is that you won’t find any infrared sauna reviews in the real Consumer Reports. Unfortunately, that’s not a product that they follow at this time. The good news is that it makes it easy to assume anything passed off as a Consumer Report is fake. If you need any more help telling apart what’s real and what’s a con, I’ve done that for you HERE.
One of the biggest lies that sauna companies try to get away with is the promise of low EMF or even no EMF saunas. This was actually one of the reasons why I started doing reviews. I bought a sauna that was advertised as low EMF, only to find out the EMF levels were crazy high and unsafe. Next, I bought a sauna off Amazon that was advertised as having “no EMF.” While the EMF levels weren’t as high as the first one, they were far from zero. After that, I learned how to test EMF levels in saunas and became determined to find out what was really going on with these companies that claimed to have zero or low EMF saunas.
The cold, hard truth is that an EMF-free sauna is impossible to find. If a sauna connects to a wall outlet, it’s going to have some EMF. There’s just no getting around it. Don’t be fooled by sauna companies that self-report low EMF levels or even show videos that “prove” they have low levels. They have experts who know where to place an EMF meter so that the number is as low as possible. You simply can’t trust these companies to be forthright and honest. More importantly, you have to know that every traditional sauna or infrared sauna is going to have at least some level of EMF.
For anyone who’s considering a portable sauna, I have to let you know that most have EMF levels that are a little high to make me feel comfortable. That’s why home-installed saunas that are infrared are usually your best bet. But if buying a portable sauna is your only option for financial or other reasons, I’d like to help you find one that stands out from the pack.
If you need a portable sauna but money is an issue, your best option could be Blue Wave’s Radiant Sauna. On Amazon, you can buy it for less than $200. It’s also relatively quick to set up and comes with a one-year warranty. However, it claims to be low EMF, which you can see from the video I made (linked below) isn’t close to true. The EMF levels are almost off the charts, which is probably why it’s so cheap.
The Relax Infrared Sauna isn’t an ideal choice, but it has some good qualities. The thing that stands out the most is how the infrared is concentrated as low as possible, mostly around your feet rather than higher up and close to your vital organs. Also, the EMF levels were about average compared to similar saunas. They weren’t as low as I would like, but I’ve seen much higher. Of course, price is a huge drawback for this model. If you’re going to spend this much on a sauna, you might as well buy a full-size one for your home rather than a portable one.
Out of all of the portable saunas I’ve personally tested, the Durherm Low EMF Portable Sauna is the one I like the most. Just so we’re clear, that doesn’t put it on the same level as the three saunas that have received my recommendation. However, of the portable options I’ve tested, this one has the lowest EMF levels. It’s also in a price range that most people should be able to afford, even if their budget is too tight for a full-scale sauna.
After reviewing a slew of infrared saunas, I’ve received many requests to review outdoor saunas, specifically the ones sold on Amazon and stores like Costco. For the most part, barrel steam saunas have low levels of EMF if they remain a safe distance from an electrical source. However, I’m a little suspicious of the wooden structures, even if they seem like a natural fit for the outdoors. Looking around Amazon, most of the sauna sheds listed use vertical heaters that have high EMF levels. The good news is that I’ve found one outdoor infrared sauna that I have reviewed and recommended.
Please don’t think that I did 13 sauna reviews and am now calling it a day. Yes, I have given you the three safest infrared saunas that I have certified, but I’m not stopping there. I plan on updating older reviews with a new batch of videos. I’m also planning to create a list of the infrared saunas that are safest for children and those with chronic illnesses. On my YouTube Channel, I already have over 50 videos, and I will keep doing videos where I answer the questions you submit.
When you search for reviews of infrared saunas on the Internet, you often end up reading top-ten lists. But I promise you that’s not something you’re going to get from me. “Why?” you might ask. Well, it’s simple, those lists aren’t created by people who have put together saunas and gone through the trouble of testing them out. If there is no video of the person putting the sauna together, you shouldn’t trust the source.
Believe me when I say that I don’t take any pleasure from criticizing sauna salespeople. But they aren’t looking out for what you need, and they don’t care about what you want. They’ll do and say anything so that you buy their company’s infrared sauna. If it means lying to you about EMF levels, they’ll do it. The top-10 lists and Amazon product pages you read are full of sales talk that’s meant to be misleading. My hope is that I can save you a lot of hassle and help people who are genuinely looking for the infrared sauna that best fits their needs.
I’ll always advise people to take their time when purchasing an infrared sauna. That starts with reading and absorbing all of the information on this page. But if time is a factor and you need to make a decision as quickly as possible, here are some links that can help you make an educated choice:
The Best Sauna I’ve Reviewed, at least so far.
- Fake Consumer Reports
- Zero EMF is Not a Thing
- Costco Saunas Are Blatant False Advertising
- Sauna Company Caught in a Lie
- Literally, the Worst Sauna I’ve Reviewed
For the most part, I’m just a regular guy. However, a while back, I had some health issues. I had chronic sinus infections and frequently experienced fatigue, brain fog, and anxiety. This went on for about two years before I figured out that the fillings I got in my teeth as a kid had mercury in them. About a month after I got them removed, I started to feel better – and my sinus infections became a thing of the past. It was incredible how getting my fillings removed changed everything. It was like a genie had granted me a wish.
While I started to feel better with my fillings out, my body still had harmful mercury in it that had the potential to cause damage to my brain and other organs. I was advised that one of the best ways to detox my body from heavy metals is through saunas. Specifically, infrared saunas do this more efficiently than traditional saunas. Unfortunately, multiple infrared saunas failed to live up to the promises they made. At that point, I realized that I had to learn more about saunas and EMF levels, only to find that most of the information available was untrustworthy.
The biggest key to discovering what companies could be trusted was finding a way to do accurate EMF readings. I found out the hard way that EMF matters when you have heavy metal deposits in your body. I also found out that there was no official third-party testing for EMF levels in saunas. They were expecting me to take companies at their word, which I quickly learned I couldn’t do. That sad reality made me realize that I had to do the research all on my own if I was going to find the best sauna to install in my home.
As a professional blogger, I had a wide reach thanks to over one million YouTube views. This was before I started to review saunas. I decided that I would use my influence as a blogger to sort through all of the false information about saunas online so other people don’t waste thousands of dollars on a bad one as I did. I spent literally hundreds of hours ordering countless saunas, putting them together, and testing them, documenting things every step of the way. Finally, I started to figure out what sauna companies are selling quality products and what companies are only claiming to sell quality products.
Countless hours, 13 official reviews, and three recommendations later, these are my results. I truly hope that these real infrared sauna reviews help you to find the best sauna to put in your home.
I hope that I’ve provided everything you need to make an informed purchase. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll help any way I can.
Finally, I want everyone to know that I’m not done yet. There are still a dozen or so infrared sauna brands that I would like to review in the future. All of this remains a work in progress that I’m glad to share with everyone out there.