Best Infrared Sauna Buying Guide
1. Why do so many saunas look the same from website to website?
Because they are. Many companies are importing containers of the same saunas or saunas with only slight variations. Look at the keypad to tell which are from the same factory; First and foremost when shopping for a sauna, make sure that it is made with a high quality wood.
2. How does a Clearlight infrared sauna differ?
Clearlight infrared saunas are the top of the line sauna on the market due to the quality of wood, design, and construction. All saunas are built by hand with a strict 48 point Quality Control. No sauna leaves the factory without being fully tested and approved by two levels of quality control.
With the ETL and CE certification, Clearlight infrared saunas are bound to provide a high quality product. No toxic glues are used. Clearlight infrared saunas are hand sanded, the handles and trim are hand crafted, the tongue and groove wood is color matched to look beautiful and all Clearlight Infrared Sauna models are designed to give you a lifetime of health and relaxation benefits.
Almost every other infrared sauna company uses industrial heaters that have been adapted to be used in an infrared sauna. Not willing to settle with industrial infrared heaters, Clearlight Infrared Saunas manufacture a patent-pending infrared heater within factory. True Wave™ far infrared heaters are the only infrared heaters on the market that combine both the high output of ceramic with the long wavelength of carbon to produce a sauna session that is unmatched. True Wave™ full spectrum infrared heaters deliver more near infrared, mid infrared and far infrared than any other infrared sauna on the market. These heaters are designed specifically to heat the human body.
-Clearlight infrared saunas are the industry pioneer of low EMF carbon based infrared heaters and offer the only low EMF full spectrum infrared sauna on the market.
– Clearlight Infrared Saunas are the first company to offer a low ELF infrared sauna. All Clearlight Premier™ Far Infrared and Clearlight Sanctuary™ Full Spectrum sauna models include ELF
3. How are Clearlight Sauna® models different from other infrared saunas?
While sauna cabins are exceptional quality, with hand sanded panels, high quality close grain wood and attention to detail, the therapeutic benefits are the main focus.
The Clearlight R&D department is always researching and testing new components for your sauna so when you buy a Clearlight infrared sauna, you are buying the highest quality, most therapeutic infrared sauna available.
4. What type of infrared heater is best?
Far Infrared Heaters
When comparing far infrared sauna heaters you need to look at 1. size of the heater 2. the material that is producing the infrared heat 3. the quality of the heat and 4. the surface temperature of the heater.
The two most common materials used in far infrared heaters are ceramic and carbon. Ceramic is a very efficient, effective material when heated to produce infrared heat. Ceramic has a very high emissivity rating, meaning it produces a lot of infrared heat. The drawback to ceramic heaters is that they tend to produce a shorter infrared wavelength. Shorter infrared wavelengths are not as readily absorbed by the human body so they are less therapeutic.
Generally speaking, carbon infrared heaters produce a longer infrared wavelength. Carbon is very light so the heaters can be bigger and can run at a lower surface temperature. These low surface temperatures produce long wave infrared heat. Long wave far infrared heat is readily absorbed by the human body and will produce more desirable therapeutic results. The drawback of carbon heaters is that, while they produce high quality infrared heat, . they have a lower emissivity rating as compared to ceramic heaters.
Most companies that use carbon heaters extend their heaters well up into the head region and almost to the ceiling in the sauna in an effort to try and get more heat into the sauna. They do this because of the low output of their heaters. This is wasted infrared heat as it is only heating the air over your head and not your body directly. Heating the head directly is not recommended in infrared therapy.
True Wave™ far infrared heaters combine both carbon and ceramic into one heater for a truly exceptional infrared sauna experience. True Wave™ Infrared Heaters produce the long wave infrared heat of a carbon heaters with the very high infrared output of a ceramic heater combined into one heater. Within seconds of sitting in any Clearlight Sauna¬® model, you can feel the difference in the quality of the infrared heat. You will not find this heating technology anywhere else. Full Spectrum Infrared Heaters
A full spectrum infrared heater emits all three infrared wavelengths: near (IR-A), mid (IR-B) and far infrared (IR-C). Some infrared saunas offer a combination of heaters to produce full spectrum infrared heat. The sauna may have one heater that produces far infrared, one that produces mid infrared and one that produces near infrared.
You will also see some infrared saunas that use low wattage (10-40 watt) LED’s to produce near infrared. LED near infrared light therapy is effective for topical infrared treatments however, it is not suited for the sauna environment. You want to put the LED’s directly on your skin. The DPL Nuve by LED Technologies is a great example of an effective FDA approved near infrared handheld device. With LED near infrared embedded in the wall of the sauna, you would have to climb up on the bench to receive effective therapy as the LED’s should be right up against the area you are treating.
Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas utilize a halogen full spectrum heater. True Wave™ full spectrum infrared heaters emit about 1/3 near infrared, 1/3 mid infrared and 1/3 far infrared and each heater is a full 500 watts of full spectrum infrared heat.
By offering all three wavelengths the infrared heat will penetrate deeper past the Epidermis and Dermis into the Subcutaneous layer offering maximum effectiveness.
5. Why are low EMF and low ELF levels important?
Low EMF Infrared Saunas
True Wave™ far infrared heaters are the original carbon based infrared heaters with virtually no EMF (Electromagnetic Fields). More and more research is being conducted into the harmful effects of EMF. That is why the Clearlight R&D department developed both patented and patent-pending methods to eliminate virtually all of EMF’s. Many competitors still have EMF levels 20 to 50 times higher thanTrue Wave™ infrared heaters. With an average EMF level of less than 1 milligauss (mg), when tested directly on the heater, it is well below the CDC’s recommendation of a maximum of 3mg.
Dr. David Carpenter, Dean at the School of Public Health, State University of New York, believes it is likely that up to 30% of all childhood cancers come from exposure to EMF’s. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns “There is reason for concern” and advises “prudent avoidance”.
Martin Halper, the EPA’s Director of Analysis and Support says “I have never seen a set of epidemiological studies that remotely approached the weight of evidence that we’re seeing with EMFs. Clearly, there is something here.”
Some health effects linked with EMF are:
- Memory Loss
- Loss of Energy
- Inability To Concentrate
- Weakened Immune System
- Chronic Fatigue
Dr. Duncan, the founder and designer of Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models, has always ensured that the therapeutic results of your sauna are the number one priority. True Wave II, far infrared heaters and True Spectrum, full spectrum heaters have achieved this.
To find out more about EMF and its effects, please CLICK HERE.
Low ELF Infrared Saunas
ELF (extremely low frequency) is also referred to as the electric fields or dirty electricity. There are some people that are very sensitive to ELF and have various reactions including sleep disruption and agitation and there is some link to cancer as discussed in this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Bulletin: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/elfradiation/healtheffects.html
All Clearlight infrared saunas include ELF canceling technology. While EMF is canceled in the heater itself, ELF cancellation requires the following steps: 1. Run the electrical wires through metal conduit.
2.Twist the wires to cancel the ELF and EMF.
- Protect all electronics with foil shielding.
- Carbonize and ground the fishnet mesh that covers our heaters to ground and cancel the ELF.
6. What type of wood for your sauna is best?
Western Red Canadian Cedar is considered by many to be the best wood to use for saunas. Other woods commonly used are spruce, basswood and redwood.
Western Red Canadian Cedar (WRCC) wood is often used for the following reasons:
1) WRCC wood is a soft wood that resists cracking and splitting caused by the heating up and cooling down in the sauna. No sauna wood lasts longer than cedar wood.
2) WRCC wood contains aromatic oils that are known for their healing and cleansing properties to aid detoxification during your sauna session.
3) WRCC wood is naturally antifungal and antibacterial owing to the unique properties of cedar oil. This is especially important in the sauna where bodies, moisture and heat combine to make the environment perfect for molds and bacteria.
4) WRCC wood is one of the most beautiful woods available ranging from a very light honey to a deep walnut shade.
5) Cedar smells good and gives you a true sauna experience. WRCC is considered non-aromatic cedar and has a very subtle smell and is satisfying to the senses.
6) Cedar wood can be easily sanded inside the sauna to remove any stains caused by perspiration and to bring back the fresh cedar smell.
Sauna users who are very sensitive to smells (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities) may want to consider a sauna made of white woods like Basswood. These woods have less of a smell than WRCC and may be more comfortable for people with MCS.
Clearlight uses Eco Certified grade “A” clear Western Red Canadian Cedar or Basswood. Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models are available in both Cedar and Basswood.
7. What does the warranty cover and how long is the warranty?
When buying an infrared sauna it is important to understand why a Limited Lifetime Warranty on the entire sauna is beneficial. A Limited Lifetime Warranty covers all of the parts of your sauna for manufacture defects for as long as you own it. The limited lifetime warranty for home use covers the entire sauna; the wood cabin, heaters, controls and even the audio system. If you have any questions or need replacement parts, Infrared Sauna Dealers will be here to assist you.
Almost every other infrared sauna is only covered under a 7-year warranty or less. If something goes wrong with your sauna in year 8 the manufacturer is not obligated to provide parts for saunas older than 7 years.
All Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models installed for home use are covered by a Limited Lifetime Warranty. Your sauna is warranted to be free from manufacturer defects for as long as you own it.
Be sure to ask when researching infrared saunas if the company offers a True Limited Lifetime Warranty.
If you are using your sauna in a commercial environment, Clearlight offers a complete 5 year warranty.