How Much Is an Infrared Sauna - Buying Guide
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE BUYING AN INFRARED SAUNA
Are you interested in buying an infrared sauna but wonder how much is an infrared sauna? What are the benefits? Is it worth it?
You've come to the right place.
Let's start with price. Infrared sauna's range in price from $3,000 - $9,000 depending on the size of the infrared sauna and the type of wood.
With pricing out of the way lets consider the most important things to know before making a purchase.
BEFORE YOU BUY
When researching infrared saunas, be sure to consider the following questions:
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING YOUR INFRARED SAUNA
SAUNA MATERIAL AND BUILD QUALITY
For many years only high-quality far infrared saunas dominated the infrared sauna market. Craftsmanship, for the most part, was very high. Woods used were Western Red Canadian Cedar and quality white woods such as Basswood, Spruce, and Aspen.
The majority of infrared heaters produced used ceramic and metal, with ceramic being the preferred type because of higher infrared efficiency and infrared output. There were rigid quality control standards for the woods, glues, and electrical safety used.
As options over the internet have expanded, low-quality overseas manufacturing spawned numerous upstart sauna companies with little to no understanding of the therapeutic benefits of infrared therapy. They were selling a wooden box with heaters, offering low cost and in turn low-quality saunas on the internet and at big box stores.
Models from these manufacturers can lack quality of materials, construction, and safety down to even the basic wiring including substandard controls and heaters. Beware of any noxious odors from toxic glues being used in the manufacturing process or smells from the wood itself. Subpar saunas can also have wood that has not been finished or sanded and is rough to the touch as you pass your hand over it.
INFRARED SAUNA SIZE
Infrared saunas come in sizes that accommodate between 1-6 people depending on your intended usage:
How Much Do Infrared Saunas Cost?
A premium infrared sauna can cost between $3,000 – $9,000. The final cost will depend on the size (1 person, 2 person, etc.), materials used (primarily the type of wood), and any additional features or accessories such as chromatherapy lights, halotherapy units, or bluetooth speakers.
What Is The Best Wood For An Infrared Sauna?
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:
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.
What Are The Differences Between Infrared Heaters?
Far Infrared Heaters
When comparing far infrared sauna heaters you need to look at the size of the heater, the material that is producing the infrared heat, the quality of the heat, and the surface temperature of the heater.
The two most common materials used in far infrared heaters are ceramic and carbon:
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. We also believe heating the head directly is not recommended in infrared therapy.
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. Our belief is that LED near-infrared light therapy is very effective for topical infrared treatments however, it is not suited for the sauna environment. You want to put the LEDs 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 LEDs should be right up against the area you are treating.
By offering all three wavelengths the infrared heat will penetrate deeper past the Epidermis and Dermis into the Subcutaneous layer.
Why Are Low EMF And Low ELF Levels Important?
Low EMF Infrared Saunas
Our True Wave™ far infrared heaters are the original carbon-based infrared heaters with virtually no EMF (Electromagnetic Fields). We pioneered this technology for use in infrared saunas. More and more research is being conducted into the harmful effects of EMF. That is why our R&D department spent over two years developing both patented and patent pending methods to eliminate virtually all of the EMF from our heaters. Many of our competitors still have EMF levels 20 to 50 times higher than our True Wave™ infrared heaters. With an average EMF level of less than 1milligauss (mg), when tested directly on the heater, it is well below the CDC’s recommendation of a maximum of 3mg.
Some health effects linked with EMF are:
Dr. Duncan, the founder and designer of Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models, has always ensured that the therapeutic results of your sauna are our number one priority. Seeing the research and information available on the harmful effects of EMF, we felt that if there was a chance that high levels of EMF can cause health issues, we needed to find a way to bring the levels down as low as possible. We were the first company to accomplish this with our True Wave II, far infrared heaters, and True Spectrum, full-spectrum heaters.
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 Jacuzzi® infrared saunas include our ELF canceling technology. While EMF is canceled in the heater itself, we have to go to great lengths to cancel the ELF from our saunas.
How Does A Jacuzzi® Infrared Sauna Differ from Other Saunas?
Quality of design and construction coupled with superior and innovative heating technology. We start with the highest quality woods. All saunas are built by hand to our 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, we are bound to provide a high-quality product. We use non-toxic glues. Our saunas are hand-sanded, the handles and trim are handcrafted, 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 wellness 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, we manufacture our own patented-pending infrared sauna heaters in our factory. We manufacture our True Wave combination Carbon/Ceramic far infrared heaters and full spectrum (near, mid, far) infrared heaters.
Being innovators in the infrared sauna industry, we have always set the trends that have guided the industry:
Our years of manufacturing infrared saunas go into every Clearlight Sauna® model While our sauna cabins are of exceptional quality, with hand-sanded panels, high-quality close grain wood, and attention to detail, the therapeutic benefits are our main focus. Our R&D department is always researching and testing new components for your sauna so when you buy a Jacuzzi® infrared sauna, you are buying the highest quality, most therapeutic infrared sauna available.
What Does The Jacuzzi Sauna Warranty Cover?
With our limited lifetime warranty for home use, we stand behind our saunas. This warranty covers the entire sauna; the wood cabin, heaters, controls, and even the audio system.
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 our 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, we offer a complete 5-year warranty.
Jacuzzi® sauna models are the highest quality infrared saunas on the market today. Give us a call at 717-220-7087 or send us an email and our infrared sauna specialists will be happy to help guide you through the infrared sauna buying process.