The Best Infrared Sauna?

What is the best infrared sauna for you? What should you look for when buying an infrared sauna?


Everybody knows that spending some time in a sauna on a regular basis can account for some great health benefits. You warm up, it increases blood flow, your heart beats faster, and these are only some of the reasons why sauna sessions offer many of the same benefits of exercise.

Today, infrared saunas are taking over traditional saunas when it comes to personal relaxation and wellness.

But what is the best infrared sauna you can buy?

The short answer is: it depends.

Some infrared saunas are equipped with infrared heaters that emit infrared energy in the far infrared range of the spectrum (or long wave) whereas others exactly do the opposite. The vendors of the latter focus their attention on the benefits of shorter wave infrared rays.

Which one is best for you? You will find pro's and cons for both. The short wave infrared heaters tend to give of a more aggressive kind of heat. The penetration into the skin is said to be deeper (and faster), but some people don't like the more aggressive type of heat.

Long wave (far infrared) heaters operate differently; the heat feels "softer". Of course it's a matter of personal opinion which one you like the most. In terms of health benefits: I don't know if there are studies out there that prove far infrared to be superior to short wave infrared or vice versa.

I do believe in the relaxation and stress relief of an infrared sauna and therefore I think it's important to pick a kind in which you feel comfortable.

Nowadays there are lots of spa and wellness centers that are equipped with infrared saunas, so I think it's always a good idea to go out and TRY one. That's the best way to make an informed decision about what's the best infrared sauna for you.

A lot of infrared saunas also come with an onboard stereo system with cd player, so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while relaxing in your infrared sauna. I've even seen infrared saunas with dvd movie playback equipment.

Something else to consider when looking for the best infrared sauna bargain is the type of wood in the cabinetry. I've heard of stories of Chinese import saunas where the wood is treated with insecticide.

Not to good if you're using your sauna to detoxify. Better make sure that the cabinetry is made of clean, non-toxic wood that doesn't off-gas.

Conclusion: I think it's always a good idea to go out there and actually try an infrared cabin when trying to find out which one is the best infrared sauna for you.

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