11 Best Infrared Saunas (2020 UPD.) | Reviews & Buying Guide!

Infrared saunas are the new big thing in the holistic health community.

But do they work and how do they work?

What are the best infrared sauna brands and products?

While all saunas are a good way to sweat, infrared saunas offer some specific benefits and features that traditional saunas don’t.

We’ve reviewed the top-selling Infrared saunas to help you pick the right sauna so you can get the high-tech home spa experience these devices are known for without falling for the sales gimmicks that go along with new products.

Best Infrared Sauna Reviews for 2020 (Updated)

We’ve gone through the products and found the 11 best Infrared saunas available online.

These are handpicked for quality, functionality, durability, and convenience. That means you don’t have to spend hours researching all the models, and we’ve done the hard work for you. Here they are:

1. JNH Lifestyles MG217HB Joyous 2 Person – Best Far Infrared Sauna

Joyous

The JNH Lifestyles Joyous is more than just a sauna. Okay, not really, but with the amount of attention they paid to detail, it’s, at the very least, not your average sauna.

It is using 100% Canadian Hemlock that is chemical-free because it’s untreated (which is fine, because there isn’t a lot of heat and no steam involved) the tongue and groove design easily set up into a beautiful sauna-hut with a built-in sound system.

As far as personal saunas go, this is the best, here’s why:

Carbon Fiber Infrared Heaters – JNH uses advanced carbon fiber heater panels that spread heat evenly from strategic positions. This means no hot-spots and evenly distributed heat.

Canadian Hemlock – the wood for the Joyous is sourced from responsibly owned forests, keeping the company as green as possible. On top of that, Hemlock is an incredibly sturdy timber, giving you a sauna structure that will last a long, long time.

Dual Wall insulation with Tongue and Groove Panels – The tongue and groove design locks heat in a while, allowing room for the wood to expand as it heats up. The double-wall provides an air pocket between the walls that act as a buffer between the cold air outside the sauna and the warm air inside.

Glass Doors – The see-through doors which eliminate the claustrophobic “stuck in a box” feeling is made from glass, which means they can withstand high temperatures and are quite sturdy – they are still glass, so slamming them is never a good idea…

Modular Design – Amazingly easy to install, all you need is a screwdriver, and you’re set.

Sound System – A built-in Bluetooth capable speakers with two premium speakers will keep you entertained as you sit back and relax.

Digital Control Panel – Simple and easy to use, there are no complicated settings, just pick your temperature and time settings and off you go to happy sauna land.

PROS
  • Easy to install
  • High Quality
  • Fits 2 People
  • Low EMF (Electro-Magnetic Fields)
CONS
  • Pretty big, but not too big (47. 3″ W x 39. 5″ D x 75″ H)

Summary: The Joyous is the top infrared sauna, the only downfall is that it can be a bit big to put in your apartment. Other than that it has all the bells and whistles you need, without any unnecessary extras that clutter things up.

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2. Radiant Saunas 2-Person Hemlock – Home Infrared Sauna with 6 EMF Carbon Heaters

Radiant Saunas Hemlock

The Coronado from Radiant Saunas is a 2-person infrared sauna with added light therapy and oxygen ionizer for added health benefits.

The best thing about this sauna is that it’s run from America, so customer services are easy to get a hold of and deal with. It’s also much less likely to break than cheaply made Chinese products.

As you can guess, the sauna is made from high-quality materials, including Hemlock and tempered glass. All the products are quality checked up to US standards, so you’re getting your money’s worth.

Soothing Extra Features – The Coronado comes with a built-in light therapy (chromotherapy) in a variety of colors to suit your mood and a high-quality speaker system (AUX, CD, Radio) so you can play your favorite music while you relax. An Oxygen Ionizer also ensures that you breathe good, clean air while you’re using your sauna.

High Quality – manufactured in the USA (mostly) and built from Hemlock, a tough timber, with bronze-tinted glass doors and 6 high-quality carbon heaters that provide a warm and cozy interior, this sauna has the aesthetics you need to sit back and relax with peace of mind that everything will keep working as it should.

EZ-Touch Controls – The easy to use control pad makes it easy to adjust the temperature, lighting and music from the inside of your sauna.

PROS
  • Chromotherapy and Oxygen Ionizer Included
  • High-Quality Materials and Design
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • No Bluetooth
  • High EMF
  • The temperature slowly creeps up over time

Summary: As far as two-person home saunas go, this is a very good option, especially if you like the idea of chromotherapy. On the down-side, this sauna doesn’t have Bluetooth, which is a small price to pay and all you need is an AUX cable and you’re set. It also doesn’t fold up and store away… But then again it doesn’t catch on fire either… One of my personal favorites.

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3. Dynamic Saunas AMZ-DYN-6106-01 1-2 Person Infrared Sauna

Dynamic 2 person Infrared sauna

Much like the Radiant Sauna, the Dynamic 2 person Infrared sauna offers light therapy along with infrared heating.

In fact, these two saunas are so similar; it’s hard to tell the difference. Both are made from hemlock, But on closer inspection, the differences become apparent…

This Dynamic sauna is advertised as low EMF (which it’s not), with easy to assemble and no extra wiring required. Other features include:

Thick Walls – Boasting the thickest walls in the industry, the Dynamic sauna heats up faster and retains heat better than other models for a more energy-efficient home sauna.

6 Heating Panels (and a foot heater) – Supposedly low EMF heating panels in the Dynamic saunas are 30% larger than ceramic tubes and 40% more effective. They also distribute heat more evenly and don’t need to be replaced over time. The Ceramic panels are also more energy-efficient. This, paired with the thicker walls, makes this a cheaper model to run.

Built-In MP3 Aux – No radio or CD player included, but you can use your favorite device to play music over the two built-in speakers.

Low Max Temp – Only reaching 140 Fahrenheit, the heat is relatively low, but this does mean you can stay inside longer, for more potential health benefits.

PROS
  • Low Energy Use
  • Built-in Speakers
  • Chromotherapy
CONS
  • No radio, Cd or Bluetooth
  • High EMF

Summary: if saving power is your thing, this is a good option for you, otherwise I’d suggest the Coronado from Radiant if you like the idea of Chromotherapy or the JNH Joyous if you prefer the Bluetooth… Not an outright bad buy, but there have been problems with returns and false advertising (EMF levels), which are causes for concern.

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4. JNH Lifestyles MG301HCB MG317HB Far Infrared Sauna

Lifestyles

Exactly like the Joyous 1-2 person sauna, the Lifestyles 3-person sauna has all the great features, but with more space.

It also uses 100% Canadian Hemlock wood that is chemical-free because it’s untreated (which is fine, because there isn’t a lot of heat and no steam involved) the tongue and groove design easily set up into a beautiful sauna-hut with built-in speakers.

As far as personal saunas go, this is the best in a bigger box, here’s why:

Carbon Fiber Infrared Heaters – JNH uses advanced carbon fiber heater panels that spread heat evenly from strategic positions. This means no hot-spots and evenly distributed heat.

Canadian Hemlock wood – the wood for the Joyous is sourced from responsibly owned forests, keeping the company as green as possible. On top of that, Hemlock wood is an incredibly sturdy timber, giving you a sauna structure that will last a long, long time.

Dual Wall insulation with Tongue and Groove Panels – The tongue and groove design locks heat in a while, allowing room for the wood to expand as it heats up. The double-wall provides an air pocket between the walls that act as a buffer between the cold air outside the sauna and the warm air inside.

Glass Doors – The see-through doors which eliminate the claustrophobic “stuck in a box” feeling is made from tempered glass, which means they can withstand high temperatures and are quite sturdy – they are still glass, so slamming them is never a good idea…

Modular Design – Amazingly easy to install, all you need is a screwdriver, and you’re set.

Sound System – A built-in Bluetooth capable speaker system with two premium speakers will keep you entertained as you sit back and relax.

Digital Control Panel – Simple and easy to use, there are no complicated settings, just pick your temperature and time settings and off you go to happy sauna land.

PROS
  • Easy to install
  • High Quality
  • Fits 3 People
  • Low EMF (Electro-Magnetic Fields)
CONS
  • Pretty big (59.1″ W x 39. 4″ D x 75″ H)

Summary: The Lifestyles three-person sauna is a larger version of the top infrared sauna, the only downfall is that it can be a bit big to put in your apartment. Other than that it has all the bells and whistles you need, without any unnecessary extras that clutter things up.interesting

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5. Radiant Saunas BSA2406 2-Person Deluxe Ceramic Infrared Sauna

Radiant Saunas BSA2406

The Radiant BSA2406 has enough space for two people to sit and enjoy a sauna session comfortably.

It has pretty good reviews but uses ceramic plates instead of carbon, which may need replacing over time. Other than this, it boasts chromotherapy and an audio system for added relaxation.

Canadian Hemlock – Eastern Hemlock is a tough timber that is good at insulating saunas as well as having hypoallergenic properties.

Advanced Features – With a full-spectrum chromotherapy system and integrated speakers (Aux, CD, and radio), it’s easy to sit back and really relax in this radiant sauna.

Seven Year Warranty – One of the longest warranties in the industry to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase.

PROS
  • Big enough for 2 people
  • Chromotherapy
  • Good Warranty and Customer Service
CONS
  • Ceramic Plates
  • Quite big for an apartment (95” H x 39.25” D x 47.25” W)

Summary: This two-person sauna is not a bad purchase, with a good warranty, but the ceramic plates can deteriorate over time making it a worse option than a sauna with carbon fiber plates.

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6. Dynamic “Alicante” 1-2-person Bio Ceramic Far Infrared Sauna

Dynamic Alicante

The Dynamic Alicante is a smaller sauna that uses Bio Ceramic heating plates.

As with other non-portable Dynamic saunas, it is constructed from Canadian Hemlock Wood, a sturdy timber, but some customers have complained that this model not only arrives with broken panels, but one blew a fuse within the first couple of uses. After this, there was no answer or compensation from customer services.

4 Bio-Ceramic Heating Panels – these modern panels are strategically placed, three around the sides, and one below the seat for all-round heating.

Canadian Hemlock Wood – Like all other non-portable saunas on the list, this model uses Canadian Hemlock wood, a strong, durable, hypoallergenic timber. This model also has double walling for extra insulation, like the other models.

Glass Door and Windows – Strong glass is used for the door and both full-length windows.

PROS
  • Good quality in general.
  • Fast Heating
CONS
  • Small for two people.
  • Glass windows defeat the purpose of having extra wall insulation.
  • No extra features, not even a sound system.
  • Ceramic plates may need replacing.

Summary: Not my favorite model. It’s a relatively cheap option for a relatively good product, but there are much better options available with more features and space.

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7. Radiant Saunas BSA2400 1-2 Person Hemlock Ceramic Infrared Sauna

Radiant Saunas BSA2400

The Radiant BSA2400 is one of the more affordable options from Radiant Saunas. It does however still have all the features to help you relax and unwind.

Unfortunately is uses ceramic plates instead of infrared carbon, which may need replacing over time. Other than this, it boasts an audio system for added relaxation.

Canadian Hemlock – Eastern Hemlock wood is a tough timber that is good at insulating saunas as well as having hypoallergenic properties.

Advanced Features – With a full-spectrum chromotherapy system and integrated sound system (Aux, CD, and radio), it’s easy to sit back and really relax in this radiant sauna.

Bronze Tinted Tempered Glass – The bronze tint adds privacy while the glass is tough and heat resistant.

Seven Year Warranty – One of the longest warranties in the industry to ensure that you are satisfied with your purchase.

PROS
  • Big enough for 2 people
  • Chromotherapy
  • Good Warranty and Customer Service
CONS
  • Ceramic Plates
  • Quite small for two people (95” H x 35.25” D x 35.75” W)

Summary: This two-person sauna is built for smaller spaces, but that means it can be quite cramped inside. That being said it’s not a bad purchase, with a good warranty, but the ceramic plates can deteriorate over time making it a worse option than a sauna with infared carbon fiber plates.

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8. JNH Lifestyles NE2HB1 NE2HB Infrared Sauna

JNH Lifestyles NE2HB

The JNH Lifestyles Ensi has virtually NO EMF, making it one of the best infrared saunas. Unfortunately, this very low EMF count comes at a price.

It is using 100% Canadian Hemlock that is chemical-free because it’s untreated (which is fine, because there isn’t a lot of heat and no steam involved), the tongue and groove design easily set up into a beautiful sauna-hut with a built-in sound.

Carbon Fiber Infrared Heaters – JNH uses advanced carbon fiber heater panels that spread heat evenly from strategic positions. This means no hot-spots and evenly distributed heat.

Canadian Hemlock – the wood for the Ensi is sourced from responsibly owned forests, keeping the company as green as possible. The tongue and groove design lock the heat in a while, allowing room for the wood to expand as it heats up. The double-wall provides an air pocket between the walls for extra insulation.

Glass Doors – The see-through doors which eliminate the claustrophobic “stuck in a box” feeling is made from tempered glass, which means they can withstand high temperatures and are quite sturdy – they are still glass, so slamming them is never a good idea…

Modular Design – Amazingly easy to install, all you need is a screwdriver, and you’re set.

Sound System – A built-in Bluetooth capable sound with two premium speakers will keep you entertained as you sit back and relax.

Digital Control Panel – Simple and easy to use, there are no complicated settings, just pick your temperature and time settings and off you go to happy sauna land.

PROS
  • Easy to install
  • High Quality
  • Fits 2 People
  • VERY Low EMF (Electro-Magnetic Fields)
CONS
  • Pretty big, but not too big (47. 3″ W x 39. 5″ D x 75″ H)
  • Pricey

Summary: The Ensi is more expensive than the Joyous for the mere reason that it has less EMF emissions. Other than that, it’s almost exactly the same product, with slight style differences.

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9. JNH Lifestyles MD34121C Infrared Sauna, 2-3 Person

JNH Lifestyles MD34121C Infrared Sauna

The MD34121C is a 2-3 person sauna that has all the great features of the other JNH models, minus the Bluetooth.

It’s great if you have a bigger family or like having friends over.

5 Carbon Fiber Heaters – deliver great performance without the chance of needing replacement.

Good Insulation – The double layer Canadian Hemlock T&G timber offers outstanding insulation

Built-in Sound – With AUX control and 2 Premium Speakers for added entertainment as you relax.

PROS
  • Same high quality as other JNH models
  • Fits 3 people
CONS
  • It’s big
  • No Bluetooth

Summary: If you’re looking for a bigger sauna, the JNH 3 person is big enough for 3 people, but still offers a top-quality, sturdy product.

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10. SereneLife Portable Infrared Home Spa 1 Person Sauna with Heating Foot Pad and Portable Chair

SereneLife

 

This sauna pod is convenient and portable. It is a budget solution and a great infrared sauna for a single person.

It comes fully equipped with a handy sauna folding chair and heated foot pad for quick, easy, and effective infrared sauna sessions. It’s foldable and stores in a relatively small space (about the same size as a very large suitcase).

Once seated, the pod zips up, keeping your hands and head free to read or watch something as you relax.

Easy Access – the sit-in sauna comes with a foldable sauna chair that is easy to get into and out of with handy hand holes that leave your hands free to hold a magazine, book, phone, or tv remote.

Compact Size – The foldable, compact sauna pod is easy to transport and can even be used outside thanks to the moisture-resistant fabric.

Relaxing and Soothing whole-Body Therapy – with the heating foot pad for added benefits including detox, increased blood flow, reduced stress, and increased energy.

Low EMF – the energy and power-efficient pod are affordable to run and also have low electromagnetic fields when in use.

Dimensions – when set up the sauna measure 27” (L) x 31” (W) x 37” (H), which gives plenty of widths but not a lot of height even considering you’re seated.

Wire Controller – The controller sets the time and heat of the sauna, reaching the desired temperature within minutes and stays at temperature until the timer stops.

PROS
  • Portable
  • Can be Used Outside
  • Low EMF and Energy Consumption
CONS
  • Not great for tall people
  • Zippers aren’t great quality
  • Catches on fire
  • Home EMF tests show high levels

Summary: As with most cheaper options, it’s probably best to steer clear of this one. It can set on fire. If you’re prepared to take that risk, it isn’t a bad sauna pod, provided that you aren’t too tall…

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11. Radiant Saunas BSA6315 Harmony Deluxe Oversized Portable Sauna

Harmony Deluxe

The Harmony Deluxe is an oversized portable sauna that’s not too small, not too heavy, sounds just about perfect…

But there is a problem. It has very high EMF ratings. As in standing in front of the microwave high. It does, however, boast these features:

Sturdy Frame – Using pre-attached, EZ fit solid Beech hardwood, the dowel frame is hard-wearing yet light. It includes a heavy-duty portable chair with a max weight capacity of 220 lbs.

Easy to Use – The high-quality zippers can be operated from the inside or outside while the controller comes with 6 automatic timer options.

Air Ionizer – Keeps the inside of your sauna sanitary and fresh.

PROS
  • Portable
  • Strong – will last a very long time
CONS
  • High EMF emissions

Summary: I would recommend saving up and getting a proper, non-portable infrared sauna if at all possible. But if you need to take your sauna places or you don’t have space this is a better option than the Dynamic portable sauna.

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What’s an Infrared Sauna?

Infrared Saunas aren’t really like saunas in the traditional sense. They aren’t hot rooms; they can be surprisingly cool if you’re used to a traditional sauna… But they are like traditional saunas in the sense that they make you sweat.

These “sweat rooms” use infrared light to heat and stimulate your body from the inside.

By using near, mid, and far-infrared light waves, the body is stimulated on a deep to a more superficial level. But the superficial stimulation of the far-infrared waves is the one that has the most benefits.

What is SaunaOur bodies naturally produce far infrared waves, so having a sauna that adds to this gives a natural feeling of wellbeing and creates a resonant frequency within cells to expel toxins, especially through sweat.

Mid-infrared is associated with increased blood flow and heart rate, making sure the blood gets where it’s needed most.

Near-infrared is associated with ATP (energy) stimulation within cells, which then helps them function better, improving the rate of healing.

Although some pages claim that sweat can help dispel fat-soluble toxins, it can’t. The oil glands on your skin can expel toxins, but oil does not dissolve in water, so fat-soluble toxins will not dissolve into a sweat.

Most likely, these toxins will be expelled through feces. The increased blood flow and lymph activation associated with mid-infrared will help to dispel these toxins more than the sweating that’s activated by far-infrared.

So an infrared sauna uses these three types of infrared light to heat you up. The light has minimal effect on the air in the sauna, so while the air may be warm, you’ll be sweating more than the ambient temperature warrants.

What Time of Day is Best for Sauna?

Whenever you feel like it because living with stress sucks… But having a session early in the morning can set the course for the rest of your day, while a session before bed gets you relaxed and ready for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Having a sauna session after a tough workout can also help kick-start the healing process by stimulating muscle regeneration and removing toxins (lactic acid buildup).

Before you jump into your new sauna and sit there for an hour, then get up and pass out, take note, heat dilates capillaries. This lowers your blood pressure. So even though your heart may be beating faster, all your blood is pooling in your feet. This can cause lightheadedness or, in severe cases, fainting -DANGEROUS…

What Time of Day is Best for Sauna

How do you combat this?

Pace yourself. Start off slow and find out where your comfort zone is, In this case, it’s better to stay inside your comfort zone. Your comfort zone is safe, especially when a glass is involved…

It’s recommended to start off with a 20-30 minute session and work your way up from there. Get up slowly. Maybe have a glass of cold water waiting for you. Which will help you detox as well? If you are dizzy, a cold shower really helps. Or just a cold compress at the base of your skull.

How Many Times a Week Should You Use an Infrared Sauna?

Whenever you like, because they’re perfectly safe to use often.

It’s recommended to use a sauna 3-4 times a week for the health benefits, especially the detox component. But otherwise, you’re free to use it as often as you like without any deleterious side-effects. As long as your sessions aren’t too long, there is no real negative side-effect from infrared saunas.

What are the Health Benefits of Saunas? Any Dangers?

High blood pressure can lower with the use of a sauna, but then spike incredibly high if you become too cold too quickly (cold shower/ pool). The same goes for low blood pressure, except the dip in blood pressure can then be remedied by making yourself cold quickly.

BENEFITS
  • Easing Pain: Including muscle soreness, arthritis, and other joint pain.
  • Reduced Stress: Because heat helps you relax, relieving physical stress, and promoting relaxation.
  • Improved Cardio Health: A study has shown that saunas can potentially reduce the risk of cardiovascular-related mortality. Lower blood pressure and improved cardio health are also potential benefits.
  • Alzheimers and Dementia: Yes, this study found people who sauna’s cognitive health are better at old age than those who don’t like a sauna.
  • Detoxing and Weight Loss: No scientific proof, but increased blood flow through previously constricted areas can “dislodge” stored toxins, including fat-soluble toxins. A healthier body is a happier body, which could inversely lead to weight loss in the form of fat, but most of the weight lost during a sauna is water weight and can easily be gained back.
DANGERS
  • Blood Pressure: Whether your blood pressure is higher or lower, there is a risk, the heat in a sauna dilates your capillaries, so your blood pressure drops.

People who recently suffered a heart attack should consult their doctor before using a sauna.

  • Dehydration: Because you’re losing water in the form of sweat, make sure to hydrate both before and after a sauna session to ensure you don’t become dehydrated. Proper hydration includes electrolytes (essential salts for water balance), which are also lost through sweat, not just water.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Yes, you may think it helps you relax, but it also “helps” you dehydrate, lowers your blood pressure and can cause arrhythmia… Have your drink after your sauna, not before.
  • Don’t Sauna Too Long, Especially Children: While it’s safe for children 6 and up to use a sauna, overdoing it (and this counts for everyone), can be harmful, especially if you’re not used to it. Children are especially prone to dehydration and low blood pressure, so they should have shorter sauna sessions than adults.

Summary: While saunas are generally safe, with numerous health benefits, make sure to take the proper precautions to avoid any health issues. Blood pressure and dehydration complications are easy enough to avoid but can be fatal if ignored.

Is Infrared Sauna Better Than Regular Sauna?

Well, no.

Both types of saunas heat you up and make you sweat, which is the purpose of the sauna.

It’s claimed that infrared saunas penetrate deeper into your skin to make you sweat more… But given that there are a limited number of sweat glands, this is a bit of a ridiculous claim.

That being said, people react to different therapies differently. It might be worth it to try out the two different types of saunas for yourself if you can so you can choose which you like best.

Infrared vs Steam Sauna

Infrared saunas have the added bonus that there is no water involved (except for your own sweat); in other words, they won’t cause any water damage in your home.

versus Steam Sauna

It also makes it possible for them to be made in a portable form. On the downside, the electric heating can give off EMF, which is theoretically like a “lightrowave,” which cooks you from the inside… And this puts some people off completely.

And some people just like the steam, so it’s entirely personal whether you think a steam or infrared sauna is better. They both have exactly the same benefits.

Summary: neither the steam nor the infrared is better than the other in terms of benefits, the only difference comes down to personal preference.

Does Sauna Burn Fat?

Nope.

You may lose water weight while you’re sweating it out, but that’s as far as the direct influence a sauna has on weight loss.

What can happen is that the increased circulation helps you to remove toxins from “hard to reach” places, where the blood usually doesn’t get to. More clean blood to more areas of your body can increase vitality, which in turn increases energy…

The more energy you have, the more you do, the more energy you burn. The more energy you burn, the more fat you can potentially burn if you don’t replace the extra energy with calories from food that is.

All in all, a sauna will not miraculously burn away fat. You will have to look at calories burned vs calories ingested, which is essentially what any diet is.

Summary: Saunas do not burn fat, but they can be a supplemental therapy to a healthy diet and lifestyle, which will aid in weight loss indirectly.

Final Words. So, What’s the Best Model on the Market?

For the purposes of this article, I would steer clear of portable saunas (unless on a tight budget) and look for a model that has lower EMF emissions, but that’s just a personal preference.

JNH range is by far the best infrared sauna that is non-portable with the lowest EMF emissions and the best heating panels.

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All in all, the Joyous gives the best value for money with a relatively big interior and built-in Bluetooth sound system. You can always add your own LED lights in your favorite color for a surprisingly low cost, instead of being ripped off by “chromotherapy” schemes.