How Much Is an Infrared Sauna?

Matt Justice

An infrared sauna is a type of sauna that uses infrared lamps to heat the body of the person sitting in the sauna directly. A traditional sauna will heat the air around the person, which takes longer and, therefore, consumes more energy.

An infrared sauna is cheaper to run and maintain as it heats the material instead of the air around it. This also means that an infrared sauna can function at a lower temperature (120-140˚ F) than a traditional sauna (150-180˚ F).

But how much does this innovative infrared technology cost? The following is a brief dissection of how much infrared saunas can cost and what goes into deciding their price.

What Contributes to the Cost?

It is difficult to simply answer how much infrared saunas costs. There are several factors that contribute to the cost of an infrared sauna. Naturally, this means that there will be no standard as to what an infrared sauna should cost. The prices of infrared saunas will operate in a wide price range, within which you will find one that matches your budget and needs. The following is a brief list of some of the things that contribute to the cost of an infrared sauna.


The size of the sauna will naturally contribute to the cost of a unit. In other words, a 4-person unit will cost more than a 2-person unit, simply because it requires more raw material and needs more energy to run. Depending on the size of the infrared sauna you are looking for, the price may vary.

Home/Commercial Use

The next factor is who the sauna is going to be for. A unit for the home will have different features and provisions, than a commercial unit. It is not necessary that a commercial unit will cost more than a home unit. However, the scale will certainly make a difference. It can be assumed that the scale of a commercial installation will be larger than that of installing a single unit in your home. The cost will vary accordingly.

Installation and Running Costs

The installation and running costs will also contribute to the cost. The good thing about infrared saunas is that they can be installed on their own. The running costs of different units will be different. But one standard that is the same for units of all sizes is that they use less power because they heat the surface, not the air. The cost of electricity will differ from region to region. But infrared saunas are a more cost-effective purchase in the long run compared to a traditional sauna.

Radiant Health and Clearlight Premier Infrared Saunas

Radiant Health and Clearlight are two of the most popular sauna brands in the market. Both companies are known for quality products and are neck and neck when it comes to their position in the market. Both companies have infrared sauna units of various sizes and price ranges.

Clearlight saunas have different designs, and the price of a single unit can also vary depending on the material used. For example, the basswood units cost less than the cedar units. To illustrate with an example, a single basswood unit from Clearlight costs $5,299 while a cedar unit in the same design will cost $5,699. You can get a more elaborate idea of the pricing here.

Radiant Health is less transparent about the pricing on their website, but patrons are free to contact them to find out more about prices. The company also has incredible and versatile designs, which are priced about the same as the Clearlight saunas, based on customer reviews. You can take a look at the various infrared sauna designs here.

Different Price Ranges

As has been demonstrated above, infrared saunas can vary in terms of price depending on several factors. While Clearlight infrared saunas tend to start somewhere around the $5,000, there are infrared saunas that cost less than that.

For example, the SereneLife portable sauna costs as little as $199. This is a compact sauna that can be used at home. It comes with a foldable chair and has an accessible zip. This is one of the best budget options for a portable sauna and can be installed anywhere.

Then there are larger, non-portable units that can cost you in the $1,000-$2,000 range. The JNS Lifestyles unit costs $1,699 and is a good example of an infrared sauna in this range. Dynamic Saunas is also a good example, at $1,999. These are both examples of 1-2 person units. As the units grow larger, the prices will also inflate accordingly.

Clearlight may be one of the more expensive brands in the market, but the company uses extremely high-quality raw material and has innovative designs other contenders will be hard pressed to replicate.

The wood used in the Clearlight units is superior to most others in the market. Clearlight also has space-saving designs despite making units for more than two people. Its high price point is justified in most cases.

But if that is too steep a price for you to pay, the examples provided above illustrate that there are other, less expensive options available in the market.

Parting Words

From the descriptions provided above, it is clear that there is no singular answer to how much infrared saunas cost. There are saunas that cost anywhere between $5,000-$7,000, like the Clearlight infrared sauna units. There are also saunas that cost more than that as well. But installing an infrared sauna does not always have to mean an expensive investment.

There are plenty of options for more economically priced, portable infrared saunas. Some of the options that have been mentioned above are innovative but inexpensive fabric units that have a chair inside and gaps for your head and your arms. You can easily enjoy a quick sauna session of 20 minutes and be on your way!

Infrared sauna sessions are a great way to remove toxins from your body and to keep your health on track. It is a good thing then, that an infrared sauna is available in every kind of price range.


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