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Sauna Comparison

Quality TheraSauna

At TheraSauna®, we strive to make our saunas with the very best components and features. Our saunas are hand crafted with attention focused on details and quality. Our aspen hardwood is unmatched in the industry, and we've packed in several features to further show that TheraSauna® is simply the best. See how TheraSauna® and TheraSauna® Classic stack up against the competition:

 

   TheraSauna  TheraSauna Classic  Competitors
Sauna TheraSauna® TheraSauna® Classic Our Competitors
Made in the USA check  Handcrafted in DeWitt, IA-  Learn More check  Assembled in DeWitt, IA With US Made Controls x Made in China
Color/Finish Options check  Natural Aspen Finish or Warm Mahagony Finish check  Natural Hemlock with Clear Finish Clear or Stained Wood
Hand-Crafted check  Yes check  Yes x  No 
Hand Finished check  Yes check  Yes  x  No 
Furniture Grade Wood check  Grade #1 Clear Aspen Hardwood check  Grade #1 Clear Hemlock Wood x  Poor Grade Cedar, Poplar, or Hemlock
Wood Type check  Aspen Hardwood - Learn More check  Hemlock x  Cedar, Poplar, Hemlock, etc.
Bench check  Reversible (Flat or Curved), Heavy-Duty Bench Seating check  Comfortable Flat Bench Seating x  Lightweight, Flat Bench Only
Backrest check  Built-In, Curved Backrest check  Built-In, Curved Backrest x  No Built-in Backrest
Control Features check  Patented MPS Touchview Control with Patented Stable Heat™ System - Learn More check  4-Button Control with Patented Stable Heat™ System x  Limited Control with No Stable Heat™ System
Patented Stable Heat™  check  Includes Patented Stable Heat™- Learn More check   Includes Patented Stable Heat™  x  No 
Patented 7 Day Programmable Control check  Yes - Learn More x  No x  No 
Patented Micron Power Select™ check  Yes - Learn More x  No x  No 
Patented SpectraWave™  check  Yes - Learn More x  No x  No 
Heater Type check  Solid Ceramic TheraMitters™ - Learn More check  Solid Ceramic TheraMitters™ - Learn More x  (Primarily) Carbon Fiber
Glass Type check  Smoke Tempered Glass check  Smoke Tempered Glass check  Tempered Glass
Assembly check  Specialized Bolt-Together Design check  Easy to Use, Snap-Together Buckles x  Buckles or Magnetic Fasteners (with magnetic-producing fields)
Interior Lighting check  Incandescent, Fully Dimmable Reading Light check  Multi-Color LED Light x  LED Light, Not Dimmable, On/Off Only
Exterior Lighting  check  Motion-Sensor Lighting on all Saunas check  Luminescent Exterior Lights x  Not Available on all Models
Chromotherapy Lighting check  Optional 15 Color Dimmable Chromotherapy Light check  Includes 7 Color Multi-functional Chromotherapy Light check  7 Color LED Light
Stereo System check  Optional FM Radio/CD Player/Bluetooth/MP3 Hookup Stereo System check  FM Radio/CD Player Stereo System check  Optional FM Radio/CD Player Stereo System
Ambiant Sound Therapy check  Built-In to the MPS Control x  No x  No 
Custom Built Saunas check  Yes - Learn More check  Yes x  No
Height check  All saunas are 78 inches tall check  All saunas are 75 inches tall Varies
Warranty check  Limited Lifetime - Learn More check  Limited Lifetime x  1 Year Warranty

 



Heater Compare

Infrared Heater Comparison

The best far infrared heating system is a high glass content solid Ceramic TheraMitter™. Solid ceramic has the highest radiant efficiency and far-infrared emissivity, while others like steel rod, aluminum, or carbon heating systems fall short. The radiant efficiency of a heating material is an extremely important factor to its far infrared qualities. For this reason, the high glass content Ceramic TheraMitter™ remains the leader in producing the most far-infrared at the most beneficial micron range for the human body.

Compare for yourself and see why the TheraSauna® TheraMitter™ heaters provide the most effective range of far infrared therapy.

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Heater Type Concave Ceramic TheraMitter™ Incoloy Rod Heaters Tubular Ceramic Heaters Carbon Fiber Heaters
Description TheraMitter™ heaters have the highest glass content in the industry which provides uninhibited transmission and output of far infrared. Concave Ceramic TheraMitter™ heaters are able to spread infrared heat waves in a 180º pattern, effectively covering every square inch inside the sauna. Due to the quality of the reflector, all energy is given direction toward the user to improve the delivery of far infrared. The watt density of the TheraMitter™ is ideal; providing the user with the highest output of far infrared at the most beneficial micron range for the human body. Cylinder-type steel heaters are used by a number of different sauna companies. Incoloy rod heaters have a short life span due to the compaction of the magnesium oxide which tends to short out the helical wire. They also have an extremely high watt density which produces a very high surface temperature of the rod, which in turn produces a lower ineffective range of infrared. Tubular ceramic heaters have a short life span due to the compaction of the silica sand which tends to short out the helical wire. They also have an extremely high watt density which produces a very high surface temperature of the rod, which in turn produces a lower ineffective range of infrared. They operate at a very low cabinet temperature of approximately 130ºF and have a very low radiant efficiency. This type of heating element is used in automotive seat heaters. Carbon fiber heaters tend to absorb odor, then re-emit the offensive odor back into the sauna. In addition, since the carbon fibers are encased in fiberglass, resins, and epoxy adhesives, it vents the gases of these components back into the air when the sauna is heated.
EMF Levels check Very Low, due to the fact that the wire changes direction several times over the face of the heater x High, due to a non-cancelling wire and non-insulating metal surface x High, due to a non-cancelling wire and non-insulating metal surface x Varies
Composition check Natural Earth Elements, High-Glass Content Ceramic x Tubular elements consist of a helical resistant wire inside a metal tube filled with magnesium oxide as an insulator and heat conductor. x Tubular ceramic heaters consist of a helical resistant wire housed in vitreous silica sand enclosed in a metal tube.  x These heaters sandwich a carbon screen between two fiberglass epoxy resin casings.
Watt Density check Ideal x Extremely High, produces less effected infrared x Extremely High, produces less effected infrared x Very Low, makes heating the sauna more difficult
Radiant Efficiency check 96 % x 50% x 50% x 55% – varies
Infrared Micron Range check 6.0 – 14.0 x 3.0 – 6.0 x 2.5 – 6.0 x 4.0 – 12.0

 

Does the size of the infrared heater matter?

Our research has shown that physical size does not matter as much as the watt density of the heaters. The ideal infrared wavelength provided by the heaters within a far infrared sauna is more important than heater size. Some companies claim that large heaters are the best. The problem is that these large heaters have a very low watt density that produces an ineffective range of infrared and cannot heat the air inside the sauna effectively.