The Ultimate guide to buying Infrared Saunas
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Infrared sauna buying guide

We understand that purchasing an infrared sauna can sometimes be downright confusing:

These are just some of the questions we have received over the last 22 years. We’ve put together this infrared sauna buying guide to help answer these questions. Feel free to give us a call at 02.8294.2322 We are happy to help guide you through the infrared sauna buying process.

A GENERAL HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF INFRARED SAUNAS

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 used were ceramic and metal, with ceramic being the preferred type because of higher infrared efficiency and infrared output. There were rigid quality control of woods and glues used. Electrical safety and consistent customer care had been the hallmarks of our industry at that time. There were less than a handful of manufacturers in the entire US. This was the state of the industry that we grew our company in. Quality was everything.

Over the last 10 years, however, as the internet expanded, low quality overseas manufacturing spawned numerous upstart sauna companies importing containers of infrared saunas with little to no understanding of the therapeutic benefits of infrared therapy. They were selling a wooden box with heaters. Also, quality and after sales service did not seem to be a big concern. They offered low cost and low quality saunas on the internet and at big box stores… saunas as a cheap commodity.

We ordered different models from a few of the larger manufacturers and were immediately appalled at the quality of materials and construction and lack of safety down to even the basic wiring. The controls and heaters were cheap and substandard. The aesthetics were all wrong. Some had noxious odors from toxic glues being used in the manufacturing process. Others had horrible smells from the wood itself. Some of the woods had not been finished sanded; rough to the touch as you passed your hand over it. We also found staples, mismatched veneers, dangling and bare wires… not a quality product!

What was even worse was that most of these saunas had a combination of hazards ranging from high EMF levels being emitted from the heaters to toxic fumes. It was also evident that the manufacturer didn’t understand the basics of how infrared therapy works with the human body as there were multiple design flaws. For example, many of these companies did not know where to place the heaters for optimal effectiveness and healing, a critical mistake. Heaters positioned above the head do no good as it is the infrared wavelengths coming off the heaters directly that do the healing in an infrared sauna. Positioning heaters above the head just waste infrared energy that could be better used in the front of the sauna, or by the calves and sides of the body. This is a big functional mistake. The idea behind infrared therapy is to heat your body with the proper wavelengths so it is important to heat your front, back and sides. Without proper heater placement, you will only receive partial benefit.

We take a different approach, with heaters kept low to keep the infrared heat aimed at your body and we totally surround you with infrared heat. There is no wasted infrared heat up over your head. You will get more benefit faster with the maximum amount of infrared heat being absorbed by your body.

When designing Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models the sauna design, new technology, idea or manufacturing process must pass a few critical tests: Does it make rational sense to help to heal the human body? Will it help our customers increase their overall wellness and enjoyment of their sauna? Is it safe and does it cause no harm? If the answer is no on any of these, then we simply do not do it.

We believe purchasing a Clearlight Infrared sauna is one of the best investments you can make for your health and longevity. We pay close attention to every detail from start to finish to ensure that your sauna is of the highest quality materials and construction. We back these words with our Limited Lifetime Warranty.

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 used were ceramic and metal, with ceramic being the preferred type because of higher infrared efficiency and infrared output. There were rigid quality control of woods and glues used. Electrical safety and consistent customer care had been the hallmarks of our industry at that time. There were less than a handful of manufacturers in the entire US. This was the state of the industry that we grew our company in. Quality was everything.

Over the last 10 years, however, as the internet expanded, low quality overseas manufacturing spawned numerous upstart sauna companies importing containers of infrared saunas with little to no understanding of the therapeutic benefits of infrared therapy. They were selling a wooden box with heaters. Also, quality and after sales service did not seem to be a big concern. They offered low cost and low quality saunas on the internet and at big box stores… saunas as a cheap commodity.

We ordered different models from a few of the larger manufacturers and were immediately appalled at the quality of materials and construction and lack of safety down to even the basic wiring. The controls and heaters were cheap and substandard. The aesthetics were all wrong. Some had noxious odors from toxic glues being used in the manufacturing process. Others had horrible smells from the wood itself. Some of the woods had not been finished sanded; rough to the touch as you passed your hand over it. We also found staples, mismatched veneers, dangling and bare wires… not a quality product!

What was even worse was that most of these saunas had a combination of hazards ranging from high EMF levels being emitted from the heaters to toxic fumes. It was also evident that the manufacturer didn’t understand the basics of how infrared therapy works with the human body as there were multiple design flaws. For example, many of these companies did not know where to place the heaters for optimal effectiveness and healing, a critical mistake. Heaters positioned above the head do no good as it is the infrared wavelengths coming off the heaters directly that do the healing in an infrared sauna. Positioning heaters above the head just waste infrared energy that could be better used in the front of the sauna, or by the calves and sides of the body. This is a big functional mistake. The idea behind infrared therapy is to heat your body with the proper wavelengths so it is important to heat your front, back and sides. Without proper heater placement, you will only receive partial benefit.

We take a different approach, with heaters kept low to keep the infrared heat aimed at your body and we totally surround you with infrared heat. There is no wasted infrared heat up over your head. You will get more benefit faster with the maximum amount of infrared heat being absorbed by your body.

When designing Clearlight Infrared Sauna® models the sauna design, new technology, idea or manufacturing process must pass a few critical tests: Does it make rational sense to help to heal the human body? Will it help our customers increase their overall wellness and enjoyment of their sauna? Is it safe and does it cause no harm? If the answer is no on any of these, then we simply do not do it.

We believe purchasing a Clearlight Infrared sauna is one of the best investments you can make for your health and longevity. We pay close attention to every detail from start to finish to ensure that your sauna is of the highest quality materials and construction. We back these words with our Limited Lifetime Warranty.

The challenge for the consumer today is that unless you can see it in person, you cannot tell the difference between a quality infrared sauna and a cheap knock-off as the pictures on the internet can look basically the same. The questions below are some of the more common questions we receive and will help you make an informed decision so you can purchase a high quality, therapeutic infrared sauna.

An infrared sauna specialist is standing by 7 days per week.

An infrared sauna specialist is standing by 7 days per week.