Table of Contents
- Why Am I Doing A Review Of The SaunaSpace NIR Sauna?
- Why I No Longer Recommend The Sauna Space Pocket Sauna
- It’s $3,000.00 Dollars For Nothing More Than 4 Heat Lamp Bulbs, A Stick Frame, And Some Cloth
- I Built 2 DIY NIR Heat Lamp Saunas For Less Than $200
- I Think They’re Ripping People Off Now That I Found A Sauna Company That Sells A 2 Person Sauna For Less Than $3k
- Near Infrared VS Far Infrared: Which Is Truly Better?
- There Is Quite The Discrepancy When It Comes To Any Actual Near Infrared Being Absorbed From Heat Lamp Bulbs
- Bottom Line, You Can Buy The Bulbs For $10 Bucks Each From Amazon Like I Did… I Don’t Think It’s Right To Charge People $3,000 Dollars For What It Costs Them To Make It
- One Exception: The Heat Lamp Array Has Value If You’re Not Handy And Have No Tools
- Am I Saying The Near Infrared Sauna Reviews Aren’t Legit?
In this SaunaSpace review, I’m going to cover what changed my opinion of NIR saunas over the last 8 months or so. I know in the past I started recommending these heat lamp saunas, because it’s what I was using myself after building my own shower conversion NIR setup. However, I don’t use this style of sauna anymore, and feel that this is not the best fit for most healthy people looking to detox heavy metals, pesticides, etc… in a reasonable amount of time.
Full disclaimer right up front: I don’t own a Pocket Sauna specifically with the cloth tent, but have built two replicas by hand in my own garage with the exact same design, and even an extended/improved design over DR. Wilson’s. (which is where the SaunaSpace design comes from)
It works, but does not deliver anywhere near the same deep penetrating sweat that far infrared wooden sauna enclosure does. It can’t, it just doesn’t get hot enough with a breathable cloth enclosure that isn’t sealed from the outside air. Just look at the videos of customers using the sauna tent… they’re surface sweating on localized parts of their body, never river sweating with sweat dripping from their fingers, elbows, knees, etc… Compare that to FIR saunas like the one I use everyday, and you river sweat every single time. (river sweating is when you can physically see streams of sweat forming/running down your body, due to the volume of sweat quickly accumulating in short periods of time)
I’m not saying this heat lamp style of sauna doesn’t have any benefit, totally the contrary… The skin healing benefits are awesome, and I like the way it feels. However, for detoxing heavy metals like I need to do, it’s simply just not intense enough to generate that heavy sweat to eliminate the same amount of toxins in a short time period. I estimate it would take several months longer in a heat lamp sauna like this rather than far infrared, since the FIR is the true workhorse behind any of these other “full spectrum” or mid infrared shams marketed by other popular companies. (not SaunaSpace, nothing to do with them)
Why Am I Doing A Review Of The SaunaSpace NIR Sauna?
When I was first seeing my functional medicine doctor after my amalgam removal, she insisted I start getting in an infrared sauna regularly almost immediately. She had recommended the Sauna Space home sauna to me, which put this style of sauna on my radar for the first time. (I didn’t even know what an infrared sauna was prior to this) Apparently she had talked with the owner Brian, and suggested I reach out to him and maybe we could do something together. (I had never blogged about anything health related at this point other than juicing & supplements, but figured what the hell…) At one time, I was even interested in doing a colab with SaunaSpace.
However, this was back when I knew nothing about saunas in mid 2017. Foolishly, I recommended this sauna before I began buying and testing other kinds of saunas… and I feel bad about that.
I didn’t realize at the time, that $3,000.00 dollars for a tent, 4 bulbs, and a stick frame, is borderline highway robbery… And you can get a full size two person wooden sauna, FOR LESS MONEY.
So, in an effort to make things right, I need to write a review on the SaunaSpace pocket sauna, in case anyone else comes across old videos where I suggested it.
The bottom line: now that I’ve built several of these, it’s clear to me that the Sauna Space unit (in it’s entirety) costs less than $500 bucks to make, including labor.
Charging people $3k for that is oooooooone hell of a margin… and a fucking rip off.
Why I No Longer Recommend The Sauna Space Pocket Sauna
When I first got into making saunas per Dr. Wilson’s triangular 4 lamp style design, I recommended the SaunaSpace product to people who couldn’t build their own saunas or have any garage workspace/tools and whatnot.
A lot of people live in apartments, don’t have tools, aren’t handy, or simply aren’t well enough to take on a building project of that nature. And so I would recommend they buy this SaunaSpace sauna instead, even though it was expensive.
This was long before I had begun testing all sorts of saunas, and would later find reputable companies that offer wooden saunas for less money than you spend on the sauna tent. At the end of the day, this is my reputation on the line, and if it were my mother, father, relative, or good friend, I wouldn’t tell them to drop $3k on a fabric style sauna tent anymore. It just isn’t a good recommendation for the amount of funds you have to outlay, since you can buy several pieces of healing equipment for the same price now.
I also question the legitimacy of the whole “near infrared” thing. After personally testing 9 brands of saunas now, there is a HUGE difference between the different types of saunas. To make a long story short, even with making an insulated enclosure, adding a floor heater, and using a 6 bulb setup (two more additional 250 watt bulbs), you don’t get a full body sweat after 45 minutes of sitting in front of the thing.
Compare that to sitting in a good far infrared sauna with 360 degrees of coverage, and you’re sweating from your head to your toes in less than 10 minutes. Big difference!
It’s $3,000.00 Dollars For Nothing More Than 4 Heat Lamp Bulbs, A Stick Frame, And Some Cloth
The main issue I have with the SaunaSpace product, is the price. It should be more like $1,200 – $1,500 dollars retail to truly deliver people a quality product at a fair price.
I have a hard time knowing there is an 83.34% profit margin (my own calculations, I’m sure they would dispute overhead, cnc’s, labor, etc…) on a product when people are ill and potentially making a vulnerable purchase.
Fact is, it’s a small package that doesn’t even need to be pallet shipped, so the shipping costs are much lower than any other sauna on the planet too. If some of this was passed on to the customer in terms of savings, I could get behind it again.
However, from what I’ve heard through the grapevine, their new SaunaSpace Sanctuary is going to be an even MORE expensive cloth model, supposedly offering an EMF mitigation by way of shielding fabric woven in to the enclosure. While I like that idea, it doesn’t solve the two issues for customers: 1) lack of more intense FIR heat, and 2) the price for a stick frame, cloth covered, incandescent bulb package is still outrageously high, and likely going up instead of down.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of attenuating RF to create a healing environment, but 5 yards of shielding fabric isn’t that expensive.
I’m absolutely convinced you need far infrared for faster detoxing now. I’m going along with the standard terminology used by people addressing these heat lamp saunas (calling them “near infrared”) to avoid creating any labeling confusion, but I would completely disagree with calling them Near Infrared Saunas altogether if I could…
After trying almost every style of sauna on the market over the last year, and buying several types of saunas, it’s just not possible to increase your core temp enough with 4 heat lamp bulbs without adding external heaters. (which I’ve also done, but it still lacks the oomph you need)
There might be a rare occasion where someone that is incredibly ill actually responds better to the heat lamp therapy, but at some point you want to be river sweating. I am not a doctor, and this isn’t medical advice. Please consult your physician for that. However, this is my opinion after testing 9 brands of saunas on the market, and over $22,000.00 dollars worth of infrared saunas in the last 6 months.
The only time I recommend one of these heat lamp saunas, is when someone has no money and they need to build a shower conversion for cheap to get by for a while.
I Built 2 DIY NIR Heat Lamp Saunas For Less Than $200
If you noticed above when I talked about price, most of my distaste for the SaunaSpace packages now stems from being able to build one of these yourself for a couple hundred bucks. You can easily order the bulbs, make an enclosure from PVC (yes they will say that PVC is NOT non toxic… but let’s be real here: you are NOT even getting the interior temperature even CLOSE to hot enough for this to even be on the radar) and buy a $20 stool from walmart and you’re off and running with a DIY clone.
Let’s say you’re not as resourceful as I am, and it costs you $500 to order everything you need… still, you can buy the exact same red heat lamps they use for $12 a piece, you need some lumber, likely have a jigsaw already, and I would even argue that this cheap mylar covering would be even better than cloth for getting you sweating for less money.
That said, you still have $2,500 left to get the other things you should be buying along with your sauna to keep your skin and body working better during your detox. Things like a water filter, shower filter, organic soap, a HUSO machine, brain tuner, power vibe, etc… All the things I use that compliment your sauna use.
OR, at least get a damn nice wooden sauna with lights so you can read in the darn thing for that price! lol
I Think They’re Ripping People Off Now That I Found A Sauna Company That Sells A 2 Person Sauna For Less Than $3k
How many ways can I say it….
You can buy a two person sauna, with nice lighting, a glass door, with full body 360 degree infrared coverage, for less money than this thing costs.
But I digress…
Near Infrared VS Far Infrared: Which Is Truly Better?
This is the main thing that I worry about when it comes to deciding if “near infrared” is right for you.
If you look at all the research closely, all of the scientific research pretty much shows that for the body to absorb near infrared, you fairly close to the source in order for the skin to do it’s thing appropriately. There is no way in hell that is ever going to happen with a heat lamp bulb, the surface temperature is just too hot for you to be close enough for any length of time.
There Is Quite The Discrepancy When It Comes To Any Actual Near Infrared Being Absorbed From Heat Lamp Bulbs
Additionally, most of the research and graphs you see passed around on NIR, the studies were actually using LED’s not incandescent sources. You can’t just swap the two and call it good… it doesn’t work that way.
Now I’m not saying there isn’t any benefit here to using heat lamps. At the end of the day what matters in any sauna, no matter the style, is that you’re sweating while immobilized.
However, there seems to be a huge discrepancy and a lot of confusion about what near infrared actually is, and I would argue that these red lamp therapy NIR saunas, are not really near infrared saunas at all. They may emit plenty of near infrared, but when isolated, you can sit in front of near infrared for hours and never sweat. The sweat inducing action from these heat lamp saunas, is from the heat (from the lamp itself: they’re 250 watts each, and the FIR portion of the wavelength emission).
Update: “I would argue that these bulbs are actually putting out more far infrared than near anyway.” – in regards to the sauna experience specifically, when folks call these e26 bulb configurations a “near infrared sauna,” the NIR nm emissions are not contributing to raising core temperature enough to induce a sweat.
The marketing is totally backwards, and in my opinion this is just taking advantage of a pocket in the market.
Bottom Line, You Can Buy The Bulbs For $10 Bucks Each From Amazon Like I Did… I Don’t Think It’s Right To Charge People $3,000 Dollars For What It Costs Them To Make It
- Philips Heat Lamp Bulb – (“near infrared”)
- Bulb guards
- 4 bulb mounting array – for those that don’t want to build anything, just hang this in your shower or on the back of the bathroom door
- Mylar film to replace your shower curtain and make an enclosure on the cheap
One Exception: The Heat Lamp Array Has Value If You’re Not Handy And Have No Tools
As you can guess by now, there are situations where I will still recommend this solution to people. But it’s very very few, and extremely rare at this point.
There just is no replacement for a better solution, that gets you sweating more in less time. (far infrared)
If you are very ill, or have no money, these heat lamp arrays are better than doing nothing in my opinion. But at some point, you’re going to want to river sweat.
Am I Saying The Near Infrared Sauna Reviews Aren’t Legit?
There is no doubt plenty of people have been helped by using heat lamp saunas, any sweating is going to improve your health. But have these advocates of these “near infrared” heat lamp saunas really tried other types of saunas to know what they’re missing?….
Is infrared sauna a gimmick? ›
Myth: Infrared Saunas Fight Cancer
The more militant promoters of infrared sauna say that it can help the immune system better fight cancer, remove carcinogenic chemicals from the body, and even directly kill cancer cells. However, there's absolutely no evidence to support any of these claims.
far infrared heat, which sauna type do you feel will serve you best? Near infrared units tend to promote topical healing and mild pain relief quite effectively, but far infrared heating units are incredibly effective at removing toxins, improving circulation, and relaxing the muscles.What is the healthiest sauna to use? ›
An infrared sauna provides a much milder temperature environment – between 120 to 150 degrees F. Additionally, the light of infrared saunas travels much deeper into the body, meaning they are to cause a more vigorous sweat, despite the lower (and more comfortable) temperature.
The IRR mostly passes through air, not heating the air but will heat other materials such as furniture or your body. This heating, if extreme, can cause fires or dangerous skin burns. Furthermore, since the eye blocks the IRR, the eye begins to overheat leading to eye damage and possible blindness.What are the negative effects of a sauna? ›
Dehydration can result from fluid loss while sweating. People with certain conditions, such as kidney disease, may be at a higher risk of dehydration. The increased temperatures can also lead to dizziness and nausea in some people.Is it OK to infrared sauna everyday? ›
There is no one answer for the amount of sessions per week, but infrared saunas are safe to use every day. In fact, you will see wellness improvements sooner if you use it daily. On average, most people partake in 30-45 minute sessions, 3-4 times a week.Why am I so tired after infrared sauna? ›
If you find yourself feeling exhausted after an infrared sauna session, don't worry – it's normal! In most cases, fatigue is simply because your body is working hard to sweat out toxins and rehydrate itself.Should you shower after infrared sauna? ›
However, we do recommend that you should shower after an infrared sauna too. Because you sweat during your session and toxins are released, having a shower after your sauna will help to cleanse the skin and close pores.Is 20 minutes in an infrared sauna enough? ›
Rimba Sweat recommends that first-time users should spend roughly 15 minutes in the sauna. As your body becomes more used to the process, you'll experience maximum results anywhere from 25-40 minutes in the sauna. The optimum temperature for infrared sauna usage sits at around 40 to 55 degrees Celsius.Should you wear clothes in far infrared sauna? ›
We suggest wearing clean, loose clothing (cotton or any breathable material preferably) or your bathers but you may choose to wear a towel or no clothes at all if that's your thing! The benefit of having your very own sauna in your home means you have the privacy to enjoy your sauna exactly the way you want to.
Who should not use a far infrared sauna? ›
If you have an insensitivity to heat, have a fever, have a condition that inhibits your ability to sweat or have a pacemaker or defibrillator - we don't recommend using an infrared sauna.Do saunas have a lot of bacteria? ›
Most bacteria thrive at 40°F to 140 degrees°F, and dry saunas range from 176°F to 212°F with less than 20% humidity. This dry, oppressive environment is inhospitable for nearly all bacteria and viruses which thrive under cooler, more moist ecosystems.What type of sauna is best for inflammation? ›
Infrared sauna therapy has been proven to help lower inflammation levels in as little as minutes. The infrared light is also able to get to the root cause of your inflammation and help repair that as well.Is it better to have a shirt on or off in a sauna? ›
Wearing something comfortable made of cotton is the best thing you can wear in a sauna. A classic oversized t-shirt, a loose-fitting cotton towel, and shorts are always good for the sauna. They allow your skin to breathe freely; this helps you enjoy a sauna session to its full potential.Do saunas use a lot of electricity? ›
Typically, a sauna is heated for about an hour, after which the sauna bathing takes place for another hour. In this case, the 6 kW heater consumes about 4–5 kWh during the first hour and 3–4 kWh in the following hour, resulting in a total of 7–9 kWh over the two hours.Are home saunas worth it? ›
They can provide health benefits.
In general, sitting in a sauna can increase your circulation and relax tense muscles. The act of taking a moment and relaxing can be a useful tool for relieving stress, which has its own slew of health benefits and can be connected to improved cardiovascular health.
Contraindications to sauna bathing include unstable angina pectoris, recent myocardial infarction, and severe aortic stenosis. Sauna bathing is safe, however, for most people with coronary heart disease with stable angina pectoris or old myocardial infarction.Can infrared heat make you sick? ›
Headaches and nausea is also common if the person was dehydrated prior to entering the sauna as their blood pressure might also be temporarily lowered. The most common reason for people feeling unwell after using an infrared sauna is that their body is not accustomed to it.Why am I not sweating in infrared sauna? ›
One of the most common reasons why people don't sweat in infrared saunas is because they are not hot enough. This is especially true for those who are new to using these saunas. If you find that you are not sweating after a few minutes in an infrared sauna, try turning up the heat.Are saunas good for seniors? ›
Heat therapy also benefits the elderly's body by boosting the immune system, detoxing through perspiration, allowing for lymph system flow, healing by increased circulation of warm, oxygenated blood and by reducing tension and stress and aiding in a great nights sleep.
Can sauna cause heart problems? ›
Modern research on the benefits of sauna use
Researchers found reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, fatal coronary heart disease, fatal cardiovascular disease (CVD), and all-cause mortality in sauna users.
"The high temperatures in a warm tub or sauna cause your blood vessels to dilate, which lowers blood pressure," says Dr. Adolph Hutter, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. The volume of blood your heart pumps will also rise, especially in a hot tub.What happens when you sauna everyday? ›
In fact, people can see improved cardiovascular health from sauna use. Research shows that people who regularly use a sauna (at least four times a week for 20 minutes) have a significantly lower risk of heart attack, stroke, and dementia, notes Dr. Parikh.What not to do after infrared sauna? ›
DON'T – SIT TOO LONG IF YOU PLAN TO EXERCISE AFTER YOUR INFRARED SAUNA SESSION. Far infrared saunas are designed to relax your body and muscles, which is the opposite thing your body needs before a workout.Should you sauna in the morning or at night? ›
Best Times for infrared sauna sessions are early in the morning or before bedtime in the evening, although anytime is good. When you first begin to use your infrared sauna, Start Slowly.Should you drink water while in the sauna? ›
We can't stress this enough! When you sweat in the sauna, your body can lose up to a pint of fluid, so it's important to make sure you're making up for lost water and electrolytes.Do and don'ts after sauna? ›
Drink at least one full glass of water before and after using a sauna, to avoid dehydration. Don't drink alcohol before, during, or after sauna use. Don't use recreational drugs before, during, or after sauna use. Don't eat a large meal prior to using a sauna.How soon should you shower after a sauna? ›
And even here, there are some rules to follow. According to the classic Finnish method, there is a short bath in ice-cold water, which can be replaced by a shower in cold or lukewarm water, waiting at least two minutes after leaving the sauna.Do saunas clean your lungs? ›
Recap. There is limited evidence that saunas are therapeutic for lung conditions. However, several smaller-scale studies have suggested that saunas may benefit people with COPD, asthma, pneumonia, allergies, and even COVID-19.Can you get a bacterial infection from a sauna? ›
However, when they go unused for long periods of time or are left neglected, a sauna can become a breeding ground for pesky microbes. Exposure to these microorganisms can result in many health risks, such as upset stomachs and skin problems, including bacterial infections, impetigo, and rashes.
Does sauna heal the body? ›
Since the blood vessels relax and dilate in a sauna, blood flow increases, and the experience can help reduce tension in the joints and relieve sore muscles. Saunas might also help those with chronic pain and arthritis.What should you not do before an infrared sauna? ›
- It's ok not to sweat too much in your first session. ...
- Stay hydrated. ...
- Don't use the sauna if you have been drinking alcohol heavily prior to your session. ...
- Wear or bring loose clothing to put on after your session. ...
- Schedule your sauna on your needs.
While some experienced sauna users, especially in Finland, may turn the sauna into a longer social event, don't overdo it. The longer you stay in the sauna, the more you risk dehydration, so a general rule is to cap your time to 15 to 20 minutes.How soon do you see results from infrared sauna? ›
In fact, one study showed that the average person will lose four percent of their body fat over four months with regular use of an infrared sauna. Regular use means 45 minutes a day, three days a week.Should I cover my hair in infrared sauna? ›
#1 Take cover
Wrapping a towel around your head is more than just aesthetics; it's the best known way to prevent the heat reaching your hair in it's full power and drying it out. Covering your hair will keep it moist and avoid dehydration.
The longer the room temperature stays above 35 degrees Celsius, the more (permanent) damage will be done. Also, remember that infrared saunas achieve heat intensities of 45-60 degrees Celsius (113 - 140 F). With those temperatures, you'll be killing your phone over time.What clothing is best for infrared sauna? ›
Cover up with Cotton Clothing
Wearing clothes made of cotton in your home sauna will do the job. Wear an oversized cotton shirt or pair it with cotton shorts. A cotton wrap is also a great choice. Cotton doesn't absorb too much heat while allowing your skin lots of contact with the infrared heat.
Partially because of dehydration, the intense warmth of infrared light emitters may cause mild to moderate strength headaches. Of course, those who hydrate properly before a sauna treatment are at a lower risk of experiencing headaches in the first place.How do I choose an infrared sauna? ›
Look for infrared saunas with undetectable or extremely low Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) and low Electric Fields (ELF). Check your sauna has third-party tested results on its EMF levels. Learn more in this article on infrared saunas.Which is better carbon or ceramic infrared sauna? ›
Also, infrared heat from carbon heaters penetrates deeper into your skin than infrared heat from a ceramic heater, allowing for more effective therapy and better results. If you are shopping for an infrared sauna with your health as the primary concern, carbon heaters are the best choice.
What infrared sauna is best for inflammation? ›
Far infrared sauna penetrates the body at a deeper level than near or mid-infrared and is the best type of sauna for eliminating toxins and reducing inflammation.Are infrared saunas worth the money? ›
The long story short is infrared sauna does appear to deliver some health benefits, including reduced joint pain and stiffness and improved blood vessel function, but it can't do what many people hope: it can't “detox” your body, help you lose weight faster, boost your immune system, or prevent cancer.Which is healthier steam or infrared sauna? ›
The infrared rays penetrate deep down into skin tissue and promote more sweating than traditional steam saunas. This deep penetration increases blood flow and in return promotes detoxification, releasing harmful toxins for healthier skin.
Sauna time and hydration
We can't stress this enough! When you sweat in the sauna, your body can lose up to a pint of fluid, so it's important to make sure you're making up for lost water and electrolytes.
Infrared panels and ceramic heaters both create warmth by using a length of resistive wire, which heats up and projects heat out into the room. However, the wire in ceramic heaters is thicker and reaches far higher temperatures compared to an infrared panel so they can create a stronger form of warmth.Which is a better space heater infrared or ceramic? ›
Quartz infrared heaters offer very fast heat-up and cool down times. Ceramic heaters, however, require more time to heat circulating air and warm up the room via convection. Quartz heaters can be used to create quieter heating equipment as in most cases air movement from noisy convection blowers is not needed.Do you get vitamin D from infrared sauna? ›
In addition, many people are vitamin D deficient and don't even know it! Vitamin D is not only a building block in your immune system, but it is essential for bone, teeth, and skin health as well as reducing your risk of cancer! The infrared sauna boosts your Vitamin D levels naturally!Is it OK to sit in an infrared sauna every day? ›
There is no one answer for the amount of sessions per week, but infrared saunas are safe to use every day. In fact, you will see wellness improvements sooner if you use it daily. On average, most people partake in 30-45 minute sessions, 3-4 times a week.Why do I feel so good after infrared sauna? ›
Using a dry sauna can leave people feeling energized. Since the blood vessels relax and dilate in a sauna, blood flow increases, and the experience can help reduce tension in the joints and relieve sore muscles. Saunas might also help those with chronic pain and arthritis.What are the disadvantages of sauna? ›
- Amplifies Dehydration. You lose plenty of fluids when you work out — even if you're not dripping in sweat. ...
- It Can Stress the Heart — Especially for Those With Pre-existing Conditions. ...
- Lowers Sperm Count (Temporarily)
What time of day is best for sauna? ›
Best Times for infrared sauna sessions are early in the morning or before bedtime in the evening, although anytime is good. When you first begin to use your infrared sauna, Start Slowly.