Near and Far Infrared Saunas

All of our infrared saunas are Far Infrared. Below is a summary of the differences. 

Near-infrared (NIR) and far-infrared (FIR) saunas are two types of infrared saunas that use different segments of the infrared spectrum. While both provide potential health benefits, they operate at different wavelengths and can have varying effects on the body. Here's a breakdown of the key differences between near-infrared and far-infrared saunas:

1. Wavelength Range:

  • Near-Infrared Saunas (NIR):

    • Operate in the near-infrared spectrum with wavelengths ranging from approximately 700 nanometers to 1,400 nanometers.
    • Closer to visible light, near-infrared is often associated with warmth and is used in applications like heat lamps.
  • Far-Infrared Saunas (FIR):

    • Operate in the far-infrared spectrum with wavelengths typically between 3,000 nanometers and 1 millimeter.
    • Far-infrared radiation is further from visible light and is associated with the heat emitted by warm surfaces.

2. Penetration Depth:

  • Near-Infrared Saunas (NIR):

    • Have a shallower penetration depth compared to far-infrared.
    • Penetrates the skin's surface, promoting skin health and collagen production.
  • Far-Infrared Saunas (FIR):

    • Penetrates deeper into the body, reaching the subcutaneous tissues and muscles.
    • Allows for a more comprehensive heating effect, potentially influencing deeper tissues.

3. Heating Mechanism:

  • Near-Infrared Saunas (NIR):

    • Heat the body directly by targeting the skin and superficial tissues.
    • Typically operate at lower temperatures than traditional saunas.
  • Far-Infrared Saunas (FIR):

    • Heat the body indirectly by warming the air and surfaces inside the sauna.
    • Operate at higher temperatures compared to near-infrared saunas.

4. Detoxification and Health Benefits:

  • Near-Infrared Saunas (NIR):

    • Often associated with benefits such as improved skin health, wound healing, and increased collagen production.
    • Some proponents suggest that near-infrared saunas may support detoxification.
  • Far-Infrared Saunas (FIR):

    • Advocates claim various health benefits, including detoxification through sweating, improved circulation, and muscle relaxation.

5. Energy Efficiency:

  • Near-Infrared Saunas (NIR):

    • Considered more energy-efficient as they operate at lower temperatures and provide direct heating effects.
  • Far-Infrared Saunas (FIR):

    • May require higher temperatures to achieve the desired effects, potentially leading to higher energy consumption.

6. Installation and Design:

  • Near-Infrared Saunas (NIR):

    • Can be designed using a variety of light sources, such as LED panels or lamps, allowing for flexibility in sauna design.
  • Far-Infrared Saunas (FIR):

    • Typically use ceramic or carbon heaters to emit far-infrared radiation throughout the sauna.


  • Both types of saunas are generally considered safe, but individuals with certain health conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before use.
  • The choice between near-infrared and far-infrared saunas often comes down to personal preference, health goals, and the specific experience you're seeking.

While there is ongoing research on the potential health benefits of both near and far-infrared saunas, it's important to note that individual responses can vary, and more studies are needed to establish definitive conclusions.