Buying an infrared sauna for the first time can be a challenging experience, especially if you haven’t read reviews for the product you are thinking about buying. Although they are widely considered to be the best type of sauna on the market, there are still a few things you should avoid when it comes to infrared saunas. Generally, you will want to steer clear of any sauna that is not certified as low- or no-EMF. You should also be sure to avoid purchasing a sauna that utilizes incoloy rod heaters instead of ceramic or carbon ones.
Although obsolete, some infrared saunas may still use incoloy rod heaters to generate infrared heat. These days, however, they are used much less compared to previous models. The problem with incoloy rod heaters lays in the fact that the infrared light spectrum produced by incoloy heat emitters is broad, making it a much less effective form of heat therapy than current heater models. These types of heaters utilize a reflector tray that is mounted behind the emitter. As a result, infrared heat winds up being inadvertently directed away from the body.
The drawback of this device is that a good proportion of the heat is unable to travel far enough; it does not penetrate very deep into your body, and much of the heat will wind up being wasted. In addition, the remaining energy creates hot spots within the sauna, which can cause allergic reactions or breathing problems.The entire idea behind purchasing an infrared sauna is to ensure that heat is effectively and deeply absorbed into the body, while avoiding the creation of hot spots. Therefore, avoid purchasing any sauna that comes equipped with incoloy heat rods, as it will only create a traditional sauna experience and not one that you would desire from an infrared sauna.