What better way to wind down after a hard day at work, or to shake of the winter cold, than a healthy sauna bath? A hard sweat combined with heat always makes you feel better, and it is actually very easy to do in the privacy of your own home. We reviewed 6 of the best portable saunas on the market.
Portable Sauna Reviews
The Best Portable Infrared Sauna
Radiant Saunas Portable Rejuvenator Sauna
- Fingertip hand-held controller with automatic timer option
- Padded, durable cozy neck collar
- Dual exterior and interior front zippered compartments
- Multiple heat temperature options
- Three energy-efficient, low electromagnetic heating panels
- Incorporated thermostat
Radiant Saunas Rejuvenator Portable Sauna is an infrared sauna with carbon heating panels.
It is constructed out of tough moisture-resistant satin material.
When it comes to the setup, it is quick and easy; no tools are needed. It is completely portable and easily folds up for traveling or storage.
Since it is an infrared sauna the price is higher than most steam saunas, but the heating process is faster and it produces a different kind of heat claimed to have deeper penetration and stronger detox effect.
The price is very reasonable for those looking for an infrared sauna, and the unit has gotten great reviews on the net.
The Best Portable Steam Sauna
Durherm Portable Personal Folding Home Steam Sauna
- 800 W Steam Generator
- Space-saver design
- 60 minute timer
- Includes everything needed to use immediately
This is a great high-quality portable steam sauna that comes at a very reasonable price.
It is easy to assemble and great for home or apartment use.
This sauna produces hot steam at approximately 45 C or 120-degree Fahrenheit, and it also boils water pretty quickly, in less than 15 minutes.
The Personal Folding Steam Sauna is easy lightweight, folds for travel and is easy to move.
The price is right on this unit, making it a good budget choice. It is a pretty basic steam sauna, but it has all that you really need.
Far Infrared Portable Sauna Plus Negative Ion Detox
- Negative Ion infrared carbon fiber heating panels
- Intelligent automatic temperature controls for various levels of heating
- Energy-efficient, low operating cost
- Quick to set-up and easy to use
This is another good and reasonably priced option for those looking for a budget infrared sauna.
It features a negative ion detox believed to improve cleansing effect.
It is constructed of quality materials and features an ultra-thin carbon fiber heating element. It is also very easy to set-up, fold away and store.
What is unique about this IR sauna is the negative ion detox that a lot of people are looking for.
Rejuvenator Portable FAR Infrared Sauna
- Wired remote control
- Heated foot pad
- Negative ion generation
The Rejuvenator Portable FAR Infrared Sauna is a lightweight sauna with FAR infrared carbon panels. It is fully insulated and features a handsome satin polyester exterior fabric. The material is durable and made to last. There is an automatic shut-off safety feature. This unit is completely portable and folds up quickly and easily for travel.
Budget Portable Steam Sauna
Zeny® New Portable Home Indoor Folding Detox Sauna Steam Sauna Steamer
- Optional head cover
- Easy to fold
- Highest temperature:58℃
Zeny®s Portable Steam Sauna is affordable and compact. It is easy to set up and take down and can easily be used in an apartment or another small area.
This is one of the cheapest portable steam saunas in our review, but it still delivers good enough quality for those looking for a cheap but decent sauna.
EMF FREE Infrared Sauna
Durherm X-Large Negative Ion FIR Infrared Portable Indoor Sauna
- Includes chair footpad
- Extremely low EMF
- Comfortable folding chair made of sports canvas material
- Integrated heated footpad
- Easy to set-up
- Space-saver design
What sets the Durherm apart from the other portable infrared saunas is that it is pretty much EMF free.
It also draws up more power and generates more heat than competing portable saunas. This results in reduced running costs, shorter warm-up time and quicker detoxification.
It uses little electricity and emits minimal EMF.
This unit is perfect for small spaces and folds up easily for storage in a closet or under a bed. Two soft terry cloth neck collars are included. These are washable and zip on and off for easy cleaning.
Types of Portable Saunas
Portable saunas are great because they take up little space, and come at a very affordable price. You can get a great sweat session, without having to pay anywhere near as much as with a regular sauna, and you dont have to travel to the gym to use their facilities. There are basically two types of portable saunas:
Portable Far Infrared Saunas
These saunas use infrared heaters instead of traditional heat sources in order to heat the box. Infrared saunas cause the body to heat up quickly even though they operate at a lower temperature. It has been claimed that infrared saunas have a deeper penetration than regular saunas, or steam saunas, and for this reason they are preferred for people looking to detox.
Portable Steam Saunas
Steam saunas use steam generators to create steam in the sauna box. It can take a little while to get the steam started, so a certain degree of planning is necessary. You can also add herbs to your steam sauna to easily create a relaxing herbal sauna. They get hot, but not uncomfortably so, and you can sit and relax, and use the arm holes in the box to read a book or a magazine or use your smartphone.
Tips for Using a Portable Sauna
Portable steam saunas take some time to get warmed up, so plan a bit ahead and allow it some time to get hot.
If you plan to be in the sauna for sometime, it can be nice to have some entertainment nearby. Make sure the TV is directed your way, or keep your smartphone or books very near the sauna so that you can reach them though the arm holes in the sauna box.
Adding herbs to the water boiler is possible in most cases, and creates a very relaxing herbal sauna that can do you a lot of good, and release stress. Just put dried or fresh herbs in the water and it will create herbal steam.
Your head will stick out of the sauna, and if you feel that you get too hot you can keep some water and a wet towel nearby, so that you dont have to go outside the sauna to get it.
It can be uncomfortable to get sweat running in your face and into your eyes, so if the sauna is very hot this tip will make it more comfortable.
Put on some relaxing music to set the mood, and enhance the relaxing stress reducing experience.
Taking a break after the first session, and taking a cold shower before entering the sauna again can feel amazing.
If you really want to get your head and face into your portable sauna, you have to sit down on the floor without a chair, which is possible to do in some of the saunas.
Portable Sauna vs. Regular Sauna
A portable sauna has a lot of benefits vs a regular sauna. It is easier to setup, it costs less, and it produces pretty much the same healthy sweating. If you dont have much space in your home, or you are on a budget, then it is a great choice.
However with a decent size regular sauna you can lie down and relax, and they have the comforting and relaxing smell of wood. It is a thing of luxury that also can be very good for you health.
You can also get the effects of your sauna on your head and face, which you generally will not get with the portable saunas. Some of the portable saunas have head mounts, but they tend to not get the head to the same temperature as the body. Check out this page if you want to find a good infrared sauna.
Sauna for Health
Humans have been using saunas throughout the years to try and flush disease and toxins out of the body and feel better. The skin is the biggest organ in the body and is believed to play a major role in detoxifying the body. The skin produces sweat to regulate the body’s elevated temperature.
Doctors and scientists are beginning to acknowledge what our ancestors instinctively believed, that regular sweating restores good health by getting rid of toxins. A Finnish study in the JAMA American Medicine found that men who used saunas on a regular basis were much less likely to die from stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Saunas are a great way to rejuvenate yourself. All of these lightweight, portable saunas are perfect for a house or apartment. Saunas are a great way to stay fit, relax and combat stress.
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