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Everything There to Know About Buying a Portable Infrared Sauna

Everything There to Know About Buying a Portable Infrared Sauna

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If you’ve got your eye on a portable infrared sauna for your home, then perhaps you know a little about them already. However, it’s likely that you still have a few questions, and that’s why we’re here to help. In this article, we cover some aspects of home infrared saunas that the other companies won’t talk about, and we’ll get you ready to make a purchase that is going to change your life.

The Best Wood for Sauna Construction

An infrared sauna that uses inferior wood not only won’t last as long, and also has an adverse environmental impact. It might even harm you if the sauna is put together using inferior parts. With that in mind, what kinds of wood make the best home infrared saunas?

Hemlock can be a solid choice. It yields smooth edges and contoured lines, which is why it’s used for lots of different kinds of high-end furniture as well as saunas. It’s a kind of wood that is naturally resistant to mold, bacteria, and fungus. It also accommodates expansion and contraction, and the instances of it cracking, splintering, etc. are not very high.

Off-Gassing: How Dangerous Is It?

Related to the kind of wood that is used to make saunas is whether it off-gasses or not. Whether you are looking at a one or a 2-person infrared sauna, you want yourself and your family to be safe when using it. The of wood that emit harmful chemicals and inhalants as they get warmer can be dangerous to your health.

Particle board is often used to make cheaper far infrared saunas, and this kind of wood is usually treated with chemicals sometime during the manufacturing process. When you turn your sauna on for the first time, you’re likely to breathe in some of those chemicals, and you run the risk of making yourself ill.

If you aren’t sure if the kind of wood your sauna is made of is going to off-gas any harmful chemicals, ask the company. They should be upfront about that sort of thing, and if they won’t give you a straight answer, then you should quickly move on to the next candidate.

The Warranty

The warranty for your far infrared sauna is an area that you’ll want to pay a particular amount of attention to. You want a company that is willing and ready to stand behind their product. There are wildly different warranties out there. Some companies will give you as little as 90 days if you’re buying one of the cheapest options. Some will provide you with a lifetime warranty if you’re paying top dollar.

This aspect of sauna buying is entirely your decision, but the assumption is that you’re going to want to enjoy your home sauna for many years to come. That means you’ll want to get a sauna that costs a little more. You might not wish to spend a ton of money, and that’s understandable, but if you get a sauna that costs little but also gives you zero benefit, then it is an exercise in futility. It would be the same as getting a car that you know is going to break down within the first couple of months of you owning it.

If you can’t afford to buy a high-end sauna all at once, many companies will offer you a reasonable payment plan. That way you’re getting a better sauna with a longer warranty. Once it is paid off, you’ll take a great deal of satisfaction in owning and using it.


What about the many accessories that might come with your portable infrared sauna? Which of those do you need?

This is another area where your opinion is likely to be different from that of someone else. While most people would be able to agree about what kinds of wood make the best saunas or that more carbon heating elements make for a better sauna experience, the bells and whistles with which your sauna comes might seem either critical or unimportant based on your personal preferences.

There are all kinds of upgrades and add-ons that might come with your sauna for a higher price tag. Color therapy is a popular option, as is a stereo system or an MP3 player. You can find saunas with exterior ambient lighting, ionizers, or other options far more abstract and exotic. Which of them do you want? That’s up to you, but more features likely mean a higher price point.

Now you can shop with confidence for your home infrared sauna. If you have a firm grasp of what you want, then the process should not be intimidating or complicated. The best sauna is not always the one with a million great reviews. Instead, it is the one that is in your price range, fits in your home, and comes with the features that make it ideal for you.

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