While the best health practices tend to stand the test of time, social media offers so much information about trendy diets and devices that it can be a challenge to know what’s actually worth trying. One trend we’ve been seeing a lot lately is at-home infrared saunas, which many influencers have been promoting as a way to improve everything from circulation to mental health. We were intrigued by the idea that one device could provide such a wide range of benefits, so we did a little digging to find out how well at-home infrared saunas really work and whether they’re worth the splurge.
The heat produced by infrared saunas penetrates deeper into the body than traditional saunas, providing benefits such as improved circulation, stress relief, and clearer skin. Infrared saunas are typically also smaller and more energy-efficient than traditional saunas.
Depending on the size and brand, home infrared saunas can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 up front. Regular maintenance and repairs will be necessary to keep your sauna working well long-term, and these expenses can add up quickly. It’s also important to consider potential safety risks, such as dehydration, that can result from using a sauna incorrectly.
There are many potential benefits to regular infrared saunas, but for most of us, the cost just isn’t something we can justify. If you’re interested but a full-sized home sauna isn’t in your budget, consider trying an infrared sauna blanket. They offer many of the same benefits at a fraction of the cost. Some blanket brands start at around $150.