Finding The Best Infrared Sauna For Your Home

3 Person Sauna - Best Infrared SaunaThere are many factors to consider when searching for the best infrared sauna for your home. Size, type of wood, and modern electronic features are some obvious ones. However, there are more technical and behind-the-scenes aspects that are also worth doing your research on.

For example, one aspect that can get overlooked is checking that a sauna’s heating panels have low EMF (Electromagnetic Field) output. Another aspect that should be considered is the material used in a sauna’s construction materials — all natural hardwood is the ideal, but some models use plywood or chemically treated wood.

We’ve put together a list of some of the best infrared sauna models that meet high safety and quality standards so you can get a quick comparison of the available options. Below the list we’ll go into more detail on important aspects to consider when choosing the best infrared sauna for your home.

Comparing Some Of The Best Infrared Sauna Options

PictureNameDimensionsMax TempMaterialPriceRating
JNH Lifestyles 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna 7 Carbon Fiber Heaters47.3" W x 39.5" D x 75" H140 FHemlock / 7 Carbon Fiber Heaters$4.8
JNH Lifestyles Freedom 1 Person Canadian Western Red Cedar Wood Far Infrared Sauna with 5 Year Warranty35.5" W x 35.5" D x 75" H140 FRed Cedar / 6 Carbon Fiber Heaters$$$4.9
JNH Lifestyles Joyous 1 Person Far Infrared Sauna with 5 Year Warranty35.5" W x 35.5" D x 75" H140 FCanadian Hemlock / 6 Carbon Fiber Heaters$4.8
Radiant Saunas 1-2 Person Hemlock Infrared Sauna35.75"W x 35.25"D x 75"H141 FHemlock / 3 Ceramic Heaters$4.5
Radiant Saunas 2-Person Hemlock Deluxe Infrared Sauna w/ 6 Carbon Heaters49" W x 39" D x 75" H141 FHemlock / 6 Carbon Heaters$$4.7
JNH Lifestyles NE2HB1 ENSI Collection 2 Person NO EMF Infrared Sauna Limited Lifetime Warranty47.3" W x 39.5" D x 75" H140 FHemlock / 7 Commercial Grade Carbon Fiber Heaters$$$$5.0
JNH Lifestyles Joyous 3 Person Canadian Hemlock Wood 8 Carbon Fiber Heaters 5 Year Warranty59.1" W x 39.4" D x 75" H140 FCanadian Hemlock / 8 Carbon Fiber Heaters$$$4.8
JNH Lifestyles Freedom 2 Person Canadian Western Red Cedar Wood Far Infrared Sauna, 7 Carbon Fiber Heaters, 5 Year Warranty47.3" W x 39.5" D x 75" H140 FRed Cedar / 7 Carbon Fiber Heaters$$$$4.8
JNH Lifestyles Freedom 3 Person Canadian Western Red Cedar Wood Far Infrared Sauna, 8 Carbon Fiber Heaters, 5 Year Warranty59.1" W x 39.4" D x 75" H140 FRed Cedar / 8 Carbon Fiber Heaters$$$$$5.0

More Details On Choosing The Best Infrared Sauna

We hope the comparison chart above has been useful for you in getting an idea of the infrared sauna models available. Below we go more in depth about the aspects that are important to your decision that we mentioned at the top of the article.

Cedar vs. Hemlock

Personal 1 Person Sauna - Best Infrared Sauna

The JNH Lifestyles Freedom 1 Person Sauna is a Cedar sauna loaded with luxury features.

Most home infrared saunas are made of either Cedar or Hemlock, and either wood works great. What’s the difference between the two?

Hemlock is generally harder than Cedar and produces little off gassing. It is one of the most cost-effective hypoallergenic wood options.

Cedar is generally softer than Hemlock, but is naturally durable. It is an aromatic wood, which can be non ideal for sauna bathers with allergies. Canadian Western Red Cedar is considered the best variety of Cedar for saunas, but its scarcity means that Canadian Western Red Cedar saunas can be more expensive than other Cedar saunas.

To get more information on the differences in these woods, the JHN Buying Guide is a great resource.

EMF Testing

As we mentioned, one important consideration when choosing a sauna is its heating panels’ EMF (Electromagnetic Field) output. For the health and safety of users, an ideal sauna should have a very low EMF reading. Many manufacturers have their saunas tested by third parties and will, rightly, tout their low EMF reading as a selling point.

For example, all JHN saunas are certified low EMF by international testing company Intertek.

Safe And Sustainable Construction Materials

The specifics of a sauna’s construction are also worth noting. Many models are made from cedar or hemlock as they have ideal qualities for use in saunas. Ensuring that the construction is 100% hardwood with no added chemicals, and ensuring that no plywood is included in the construction, is important for many sauna bathers as it ensures that there won’t be exposure to toxins.

Also important for the environmentally conscious is verifying that the wood used in a sauna was sourced responsibly. Look for models that are certified “green” by third party companies.

Are There Health Benefits To Sauna Use?

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland set out to study mortality rates and cardiovascular incidents in over 2,000 middle-aged sauna bathers in Finland over 20 years ago. In 2015, the results of this first-of-its-kind longitudinal study of sauna use were published.