Infrared saunas look very much like their traditional counterparts, except there are no hot coals in sight. The heat in infrared saunas come from hung-on or built-in infrared heaters, typically found on the sides, and the back and calf area. These heaters are not hot to the touch, which makes them safe.
Speaking of heat, one of the major differences between traditional and infrared saunas concerns their heating intensity. A traditional dry sauna can be quite stuffy, to say the least, resulting in surrounding temperatures as high as 195 degrees F, which can be too much especially for heat-sensitive individuals. Infrared saunas, on the other hand, produce a much milder environment, churning out temperatures of 120 to 150 degrees. The heat from infrared saunas targets and penetrates the body more deeply, causing vigorous sweating even with lower surrounding temperatures.
Lastly, consider the advantages in terms of performance. Infrared saunas come in variants with organic carbon heating elements, which affect a huge surface area and create a much cooler surface temperature. This feature enables more even heating without the so-called steam shock or burning sensation, making infrared saunas the more pleasant choice.