There is a fairly new product on the market that makes having a sauna experience at home simple. These devices come in many shapes and sizes, and claim to give the same benefit as a sauna in a spa. We did some research on our own to find out if the best portable infrared saunas are really worth the investment.
To be fair, the word investment is misleading. The first thing we noticed in our research is just how affordable a portable infrared sauna is. Seriously affordable. Plus with no installation costs worth mentioning, this is really a bargain for a home owner. But does it work?
What is a Portable Infrared Sauna?
The majority of spas and gyms you frequent will have what is known as a steam sauna. These encourage your body to sweat by using steam to raise its core temperature. To be perfectly honest, while it is relaxing, and with many health benefits, you do feel kind of sticky and gross when you leave.
An infrared sauna replaces the steam with high energy rays of light. Not only did we find this method to be effective at raising your temperature and causing you to sweat, it was with a lot less stickiness. You almost feel like you are just sitting underneath the sun rather than inside of a sauna. Plus, without all that moisture and steam floating around, we were able to kick back and read a magazine while the rays of light went to work.
After some research online, we also found out that the infrared light is able to penetrate deeper into the body then steam does. That means it is stimulating deeper cells and forcing those to lose their toxic properties as well. In other words, you are getting a better cleansing experience from the portable infrared sauna then you do with a steam sauna.
The Portability Factor
Now there are some larger infrared saunas that while they say they are portable, I really wouldn’t see the point. Yes they are foldable, making them very easy to assemble, but where on earth would you be travelling to that you would absolutely have to have your six seater sauna with you?
Now other types are more practical in the portability department, and I could definitely see myself taking one with me on a business trip. These are tent like structures that allow your body to be immersed inside of the sauna while your head pokes out. That’s perfect for watching TV while your body is being rid of all its harmful toxins.
The verdict is that a portable infrared sauna is worth looking into if you absolutely love spending time in a sauna. Depending on the model, you don’t need much space, and you can enjoy the many benefits without having to check into a spa.