Confused After Shopping for Saunas? Here are the Top 5 Infrared Sauna Myths Revealed!
With so much information on the internet, researching infrared saunas can be confusing. There are hundreds of saunas online that look similar at various price points, with claims of health benefits to get you to quickly click and buy. The truth is, there are many factors to consider, they are not all apples-to-apples comparisons and you do get what you pay for! We have done some investigating on claims that are being made online to find out what is fact or fiction.
Myth 1: You can get a quality, effective far infrared sauna at a fraction of the cost – a $1,500 sauna is just as good as a $3,000 sauna.
Fact: We know you may have seen less expensive infrared saunas sold by the warehouse stores or on one of the everything-under-the-sun websites. Like anything else though, you get what you pay for.
You wouldn’t expect to get the same engine performance from a Kia as you would a BMW, right? The same goes for infrared saunas. Cheap saunas are made with low-end materials, are less effective for health benefits and can lead to costly repairs or replacement down the road. For example, hemlock, spruce and pine are low cost options for sauna manufacturers. They are inexpensive due to knots in the wood and thinner planks are used which makes the cabin less durable. Saunas made from quality wood such as basswood or cedar will stand up over time.
But most importantly, if you are buying an infrared sauna for health benefits, cheaper is not better. Most low-end saunas are less than 70% efficient at producing infrared heat. If you purchase an infrared space heater, you don’t expect health benefits from it. The same goes for low-end infrared saunas. Look for proven emissivity of 95% and above. VIEW SUNLIGHTEN EMISSIVITY DATA.
Myth 2: A blend of ceramic and carbon infrared heaters are better than carbon alone – the blend provides an “extra burst” of infrared heat.
Fact: Ceramic heaters were the first type of infrared sauna heaters available, though are no longer the technology of choice. Ceramic elements emit heat at very high temperatures in a condensed area and are unsafe to touch. Carbon heaters emit infrared wavelengths at a more constant temperature through large panels creating an even distribution of comforting heat throughout the sauna.
The myth that a carbon/ceramic blend provides an extra punch or is more effective is simply not true. Here at Sunlighten, we tested the concept years ago and found no advantage to blending the materials – VIEW STUDY. Hotter is not always better – with hotter temperatures you will spend less time in the sauna, making your sessions less effective. What truly matters is how effective the heaters are at conducting infrared heat! Always ask for emissivity data before purchasing. VIEW SUNLIGHTEN EMISSIVITY DATA.
Myth 3: It is unsafe to have infrared heaters above your head in the sauna.
Fact: Okay, now this is just silly. Infrared heat is completely safe for all living things. In fact, it is so safe, hospitals use similar heaters to warm newborns (their heads have to be kept warm too). This is simply a way for manufactures to reduce the number of heaters and infrared surface area in order to cut costs. If this were true, a shorter than average individual would not be able to sauna and you would not be able to lie down and relax during sessions.
Myth 4: All far infrared saunas are effective for detoxification.
Fact: Not all far infrared saunas are equal – they may look similar but some are simply hot boxes. You will want to confirm 1 of 2 things – core temperature increase and emissivity. Sunlighten’s heating technology has been proven to raise core body temperature by two to three degrees. Rather than simply heating the ambient air to draw out toxins, far infrared should heat your core to expel them. VIEW STUDY. As a result, you will get a truly deep, productive sweat where toxins reside, at the cellular level. Secondly, if an infrared sauna is only emitting heat that is 50% infrared and 50% hot air, you will not get an increase in core temperature or the benefits of detoxification.
Myth 5: Full spectrum saunas that include NIR and MIR are not effective – NIR and MIR wavelengths only produce results on spot treatments.
Fact: The blend of infrared wavelengths used in the preset programs of the mPulse line are based on 56 clinically-backed studies that include near-, mid- and far infrared therapy. Studies conducted by NASA and other highly intelligent scientists clinically-showed MIR and NIR to be beneficial for pain relief, anti-aging, wound healing and cell health. We also performed a case study with the mPulse sauna that showed visible results from our LED NIR heaters.
Have more questions about infrared heat technology? Call one of our infrared specialists at 877-292-0020.