5 Best Far Infrared Saunas Review | Hot & Selling
Infrared saunas are great, and the far infrared ones are the best of that crop. Deeper penetrating heat makes for a bigger benefit. But there are a surprising number of them on the market, many of them either bad or at least inferior to other mdoels in the same or lower price brackets.
So today I’m going to go over five of my favorites and why I chose them. If you’re in a hurry, let me save you some time:
My Top Pick
SA2420DX Tuscon Monticello
4 Person Infrared Sauna
- Dual interior and exterior LED control panels, Color Mood Light
- CD Player w/mp3 plug-in, Backrests, Magazine Rack & Towel Hooks
- Operate up to 141 degrees F. – 2120 Watts – Oxygen Ionizer
- Solid Hemlock wood w/tongue & groove assembly
Top 5 Far Models in the Market
How Do I Pick The Perfect One?
There are four main things you want to look at: the heating panels, the construction, the extras, and the price.
For our purposes, ceramic heating panels are right out. They don’t retain heat as well, and bleed it off into the air, making the sauna uncomfortable to be in after a while. Worse, they can’t be touched, meaning extra care needs to be taken not to burn you in the sauna.
Carbon heating panels are more efficient, cool to the touch, and don’t waste heat. Anything without them is instantly disqualified here.
Canadian Hemlock is the standard (though there are some quite good ones made of Red Cedar that didn’t quite make the cut). It’s a good wood that looks nice and keeps its shape well in heat. More than just the wood, we’re looking at how sturdily put together it is, and how well the carbon fiber heating panels are arranged. In this case, the best configuration tends to be one in the floor, one at each seat, and one under each seat for the evenest heat distribution. All of the saunas here follow that simple model.
We’re talking things like entertainment (a radio is pretty standard), chromotherapy (or mood lighting, for a less stuffy sounding term), oxygen ionization, that kind of stuff. All three of those are standard for most of these luxury saunas and are often accompanied by things like magazine racks or other convenience items that don’t take up much space.
You’re not going to find a good sauna for under $1000, and every model on this list hits the $1200 to $1700 price range. While that may give you sticker shock, taken into account you use it regularly and the longevity these things are meant to have (5-year warranties are usually the minimum), it isn’t that bad in the long term.
Top Sauna Models in the Market
1. SA2420DX Tuscon Monticello 4 Person Infrared
Huge and decked out.
This enormous four-person far infrared model comes with everything you need to relax and recover. Just the basics are already great, with 10 carbon fiber heating panels (two more than the average for this size, giving more even heating coverage) that can heat you up to 141 degrees (though the optimal temperature is around 130, so keep that in mind; it will hit that temperature faster and sustain it more easily) and solid tongue and groove assembly for its hemlock wood panels (complemented by the 7mm thick bronze windows).
On top of that, you have the extras, from the oxygen ionizer to the built-in CD player, rounded out by the chromotherapy lighting and comfortable ergonomic backrests.
For the over $1600 asking price it’s a good deal, being only a bit more expensive than many smaller models with fewer amenities. If you have the space to install this infrared beauty it’s the best bang for your buck around whether you plan to bring people in with you or not (just having a comfortably large, quiet space all your own to lie down, read, and soak up the heat is nice too).
2. Empava EMPV-SR-H2
As good as a two person model gets.
This Empava is great. It has everything the Monticello has, from the chromotherapy lighting and oxygen ionizer to the reinforced glass and CD player, and even the same hemlock wood construction.
The only major differences are the size and price, losing two seats (and two carbon fiber panels) for a $300 price cut. That’s not as bad of a deal as it sounds, as the four person models are generally too big for a lot of people. Consider this one tied for first place, especially if you don’t plan to have guests in your sauna very often.
This one was very close to being the winner, as it’s by far my favorite Empava brand option, and much more easily fits my personal needs (I’ve always preferred saunas as a more solitary experience; I find it hard to relax any time other people are around), but as good four person units are hard to find, the Tuscon took the lead by a bit.
Still, it’s a great option to save the money for a great relaxation chamber for you to unwind without a care in the world. You can’t really ask for more.
3. Sante Fe SA2412DX Infrared 3 Person Carbon Sauna
A differently shaped option.
This one sits a little lower than the above two largely because it’s a corner cut model. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, mind, and in fact makes it a more comfortable shape in many ways, but it’s harder to install into an existing home without an extensive remodel.
That said, if you DO remodel, or happen to have a perfect space by default, this comes out way better than any rectangular option. It’s less obtrusive that similar ones of the same size since it doesn’t jut out from a wall or take up space in the middle of the floor; it just makes the room itself smaller from one corner in and won’t get in the way unless you choose a poor spot to install it.
Chromotherapy (or mood) lighting, oxygen ionizer to keep the air a little more comfortable to breathe, a CD player (with MP3 input and included speakers), and even the magazine rack from the Radiant 2 person, while being between the other two in size (it’s a three seater, which is a fairly rare size to begin with).
This makes it a spacious model whose non-standard shape makes it feel more so, for the same price as one of the other two; a perfect buy if you happen to have the perfect space set up already or are willing to do a remodel around it.
4. Radiant 2-Person Hemlock Infrared Sauna
Smaller, but great.
Beautiful dark stained Canadian hemlock starts us off (I’m a sucker for darker colored woods), and it’s complimented by just as many amenities as our winner.
You won’t miss out on anything here but the space: the oxygen ionizer, CD player, backrests, and chromotherapy system are included, and you even have a towel rack and built in magazine holder thrown in to make things a bit more convenient.
The main downside is that this one is actually pretty much the same price as our winner while being smaller. That normally wouldn’t be a huge deal because the size of our winner is in some cases a downside unto itself, since many people won’t have the space to install a 4+ person model (where a 2 person model is the perfect size for most), but it unfortunately suffers from costing $300 more than the EMpava 2 person for all the same stuff.
Taking the sting out is the suite of warranties to round things out: 7-year limited, 5 on electronics and the heater, and 1-year on the radio, but I still wouldn’t purchase this one unless it was on sale.
5. JNH Lifestyles 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna
Cheaper, and still good.
While this lacks a lot of what makes the above two so good, it also chops about $600 off the price tag, and doesn’t skimp on the basic quality.
Double layer Canadian hemlock (certified green wood, no chemicals, and no plywood in the construction) with reinforced glass make up the basic frame, which is actually one of the more solid ones on the list (it’s a bit thicker which will help it withstand any unfortunate impacts better, though will also make it a bit heavier and more cumbersome to initially assemble).
On top of the construction you have 7 carbon fiber heating panels (one less than the Empava, unfortunately, making the coverage a bit more awkward) and a radio with two premium speakers, compatible with all portable audio devices.
Not the greatest option around, but it’s basic, well made, and (relatively) cheap. Nothing to complain about, and it’s warrantied for 5 years. Not a bad choice if you’re on a budget and need one for health reasons (especially if you want to get one as quickly as possible), but it may be tempting to just wait and save up a bit more for one of the better ones.
SA2420DX Tuscon Monticello
4 Person Infrared Sauna
I am comfortable suggesting any of these. The top option will be the one that fits your size needs the best, though as I said before: the Radiant 2 person is best bought on sale since it’s basically identical to the Empava but $300 more. Other than that, the Tuscon is the winner for the combo of being good in its own right and one of the few options as big as it is, with the Empava right on its heels.
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