If you’ve ever been in a spa center to enjoy a sauna session chances are that you’ve wondered whether you can have that from the comfort of your own home. While traditional saunas are extremely expensive and require a lot of space to be built into, some of the best infrared sauna blankets require none of that and are a far cheaper investment without sacrificing much of the sauna effect.
These blankets are practical, easy to use, don’t require any additional gear, or a lot of space in your house and are ready to go whenever you are. One major issue people have with them, however, is that there are countless models on the market and they all seem very similar to one another based on your first look. To help you out with the search, I’ve compiled this guide where we will go through the top 8 models for this year and then I will give you a few extra tips on how to determine whether a sauna blanket is good for you or not!
ETE Etmate 2-zone Far-Infrared Sauna Blanket
The ETE Etmate 2-zone sauna blanket is one of the best-selling models for this year for a couple of very good reasons. First, it works with Far infrared light meaning it can get to the deep layers of your tissues without causing the ambient air heat up too much. That results in dilation of your capillaries and vessels which, in turn, raises your core temperature and increases your metabolism levels.
The blanket is also extremely comfortable thanks to its flexible design. The interior is made out of flexible PVC waterproof material while the outside is line with a top-grade soft PU oxford cloth. That particular combination of materials allows for the blanket to heat equally fast around its surfaces apart from the edges. In terms of its temperature, this blanket can be adjusted from 90 to 165 degrees (Fahrenheit) and has a timer that works with it. You can set any time from 15 to 60 minutes and the blanket will start heating up. As with any other blanket, you shouldn’t let it heat up when folded or fold it when it isn’t fully cooled down. Still, there are a few safety features that help keep you safe. For instance, if there are any abnormalities felt through the system, the blanket will shut off and sound an alarm for 1 minute. The same thing happens if there is an abnormally high temperature detected.
Using the Etmate is fairly easy since it has a large controller with a remote control option. The main control box will give you information regarding the temperature of the blanket, the temperature of the surface, working time (estimated or left), and a few buttons to control all of these settings. The remote can control all of the thermal and time settings too. As a whole, this blanket is a good combination of materials and thermal performance with all the benefits of FIR. The only few downsides is that the price is a little high and you get no batteries for your remote.
- Waterproof interior
- Quality materials
- Very easy to use
- Heats up fast
- Can heat up to 160 degrees
- Excellent for FIR therapy
- A bit expensive
- Doesn’t come with all the needed accessories
Lofan Heat Sauna Blanket
The Lofan Heat Sauna Blanket is another good top-shelf blanket that is made with quality and comfort in mind. It features the same materials as other premium blankets with a PU cover on the outside and a fully waterproof PVC interior. There aren’t multiple heating zones here, though, which is something most other models in this price range have. Still, the blanket is quite flexible and the heating wires are very resilient in the long run. The blanket features a familiar design for its control box and has a remote control typical to modern sauna blankets. You can choose between orange and pink in terms of colors options with the pink blanket having a slightly different design.
One really cool thing here is that you get a free 50-pack of plastic cover sheets to place under your sauna blanket. They are also waterproof and great for protecting the surface beneath the hot blanket. As a whole, this blanket has comparable performance to the Etmate but is even more expensive, making it a less of a good deal for your money.
- Very flexible and stretchable
- Has a remote control
- 90-165 degrees range
- Good material quality
- Comes with 50 free plastic pads
- No two-zone heating
- Very expensive
O hUkOeR Far-Infrared Suna Blanket
The O hUkOeR brand has been picking up steam (no pun intended) the last few years with their sauna products and more specifically far infrared sauna blankets. While it is one of the most expensive blankets on this list, this blanket has an improved material quality and wider adjustability for its temperature range compared to its competitors.
The outside of the blanket is covered in a reflective silver-colored polyurethane material, while the inside features the typical waterproof PVC lining we’re used to seeing in sauna blankets. The blanket is fairly flexible and large enough to fit people of all sizes and shapes. This FIR blanket has the usual safety features that are keeping an eye out for unusual temperatures or electrical faults. In such cases, the power will be cut off and the blanket will start cooling down immediately.
There are two heating zones here – one at the front and one at the back of the blanket that will heat up your body evenly from all sides. You can change their temperature from 77 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit for a duration of 15-60 minutes.
- Very durable
- Easy to use
- Suitable for large and small people
- Waterproof interior coating
- Good safety features
- Wide temperature range
- Most expensive in its class
- Takes some time to fully heat up
Enshey Far-Infared Sauna Blanket
The Enshey Far-Infrared Sauna blanket is a solid alternative for someone looking for a blanket that has a slight emphasis on the design and functionality. It is relatively cheap and is easy to use and maintain thanks to its remote control and zippers for your hands.
In terms of its design, it features a second-gen oxford cloth PU exterior combined with a PVC interior. The interior is waterproof and very easy to clean. Additionally, there are also two waterproof zippers that you can use to put your hands in if you don’t want to heat them up or want to read a book or do something else while the blanket is doing its job.
In terms of the temperature range, you can adjust both of the two zones here from 77 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit and use the blanket in any of these settings from 15 minutes to a full hour. The blanket heats up pretty fast and has the normal safety features that most other blankets have such as the auto cut-off if any abnormalities are detected. One slight disadvantage is the relatively short size of the blanket making it unsuitable for larger people.
- Cool design
- Has zippers for your hands
- Waterproof interior
- Heats up relatively quick
- Wide temperature range
- Easy to clean
- 2-Zone heating
- Relatively small size
- No FIR heating
Uttiny Far-Infrared Sauna Blanket
Being one of the cheaper models on this list, the Uttiny Far-Infrared sauna blanket tends to perform quite well compared to its competitors. In addition to bringing you the benefits of far infrared light, it also is very comfortable and allows for a safe and hot sauna session from the comfort of your own home. With its technology, body fats are oxidized into water, carbon dioxide, and a few other molecules that are eliminated from your body through perspiration and sweat. That helps with detoxifying your body and keeping your weight in check.
The design here is a familiar one, trying to follow the steps of the more established models on the market. It features a PU exterior and a PVC interior both of which are good to have but aren’t of the highest quality here. These materials don’t allow for a higher temperature than 167 degrees and the blanket actually shuts off when it detects abnormal temperatures or faults. The auto shut-off feature is also accompanied by an alarm that sounds off for 1 minute if it detects abnormalities.
Everything here is controlled through the main unit that also gives you information about the inside temperature, time left, the temperature of the blanket itself, and has controls to adjust any of those settings. There is no dual-zone heating here, unfortunately.
- Functional design
- FIR benefits
- Excellent for in-home weight loss
- 90-167° temperature range
- Easy to use
- Fairly cheap
- Material quality isn’t great here
- Not very flexible
- Not a particularly good bang for your buck
S Smautop FIR Sauna Blanket
The S Smautop FIR Sauna Blanket is another cheap option if you’re on a tighter budget. It has all the bells and whistles of the more expensive models baring a few things that are made to save up a bit on the production costs.
For instance, while the blanket has the typical PU exterior and PVC interior, the quality isn’t that great and the blanket itself isn’t as flexible and stretchable as some other models. Still, everything on the inside is waterproof making it good for raising your core temperature and also easy to clean up after your sauna session.
Unlike other cheap models, though, there are two heating zones here – one for your back and one for the front. That creates an equal distribution of the infrared light and heats up your body equally well from all sides. Those two temperature zones are controlled through the main controller and can be set to work from 90 to 165 degrees for a period of up to 1 hour. The blanket has the normal safety features that are standard in the industry and is great for home weight loss and detoxification programs while you relax.
- Good bang for the buck
- Very easy to use
- Two-zone heating
- FIR benefits
- 90-167 degrees range
- Heats up your body evenly
- Material quality is average
- Takes some time to fully heat up
- Not very flexible
Semme Heated Sauna Steamer Blanket
Last and maybe least on this list is the Semme Heated Sauna Steamer Blanket. There are a lot of things that I want to touch on here which just aren’t great, especially considering that this is actually one of the, if not the most expensive models here. So, let’s get into this…
In terms of its materials, it uses the same combination of PU and PVC for its exterior and interior but they are poorly made and the blanket itself feels far less flexible than others. On top of that, it has little to no stretch to it. Those things can be dangerous, especially if any of the heating wires bend in the wrong way. Still, there is a safety feature that will shut off the blanket if it senses overheating or another issue. There is also protection if any of the heating wires break, which is handy here thanks to that rigidity I just mentioned. There are no zippered openings for your hands, meaning you pretty much have to stay inside and not move. The issue with the materials spreads to rips as well, with many people complaining that the material can be torn rather easily if you aren’t careful when cleaning it.
Secondly, the blanket itself doesn’t have the widest temperature range and goes only to around 140 degrees, struggling to cover the other 25 promised degrees to 165. It also heats up very slow making the short sauna session turn into half an hour waiting contest. It uses the same combination of a head unit and remote control. The last issue that I want to touch on is the melting risk. Since the materials are cheap, there is a big risk of melting if you bend it when it’s heating up or if you put it on vulnerable surfaces.
- Easy to clean
- Has a remote control
- No FIR
- Can melt if bent the wrong way
- Doesn’t heat up to the advertised temperature
- Takes a ton of time to heat up
- Material quality isn’t great
- Extremely expensive
Infrared Blankets Buyer’s Guide
Infrared sauna blankets have taken the market by storm mainly due to their convenience and ease of use. They are also extremely efficient in their way of heating you up and making you sweat. These blankets use far-infrared light that can heat up your body without heating up the surrounding air too much. That causes your skin temperature to rise, eventually reaching your body’s core and making you sweat profusely. Wrapping such a blanket around you from the comfort of your home is one of the biggest advantages these sauna blankets have over traditional saunas and steam rooms.
To pick a certain model from the sea of blankets out there will be challenging unless you know exactly what to look for. So, let’s take a look at all of the potential features that these infrared sauna blankets might have…
- Design and dimensions
- Material quality
- Heating elements and zones
- Infrared technology
- Temperature range
- Additional features and accessories
Design and dimensions
When it comes to the design of the blanket, you can separate models into two groups – ones that cover your body and blankets in which you have to slide into. Overall, pocket-style blankets are much better since they often have top and bottom heating surfaces. In terms of the dimensions, look for a blanket that will easily cover your whole body with at least 5 inches of extra length from your height.
Sauna blanket materials have to be both strong and comfortable. They also require to have heat resistance properties and to be durable and long-lasting under the effects of heat combined with human sweat and skin contact. Most often, the exterior of the blanket is made out of polyurethane materials while the inside is polyvinylchloride (PVC). The PVC interior allows the blanket to last longer in the time since it will be less vulnerable to the elements to which it is exposed.
Heating elements and zones
Look for blankets with carbon-fiber heating panels which have the best heat conductivity out of all materials used in those elements. Additionally, look for blankets that have more heating zones. Three is the optimal number with one zone for your head, torso, and lower body. There are blankets with more heating zones but those are much more expensive on average.
While most blankets use far-infrared (FIR) there are still some cheap models that use a mix of near and far infrared that simply doesn’t have the same thermal properties.
Temperature ranges vary a lot but the most common range you should be aiming at is anywhere between 90 and 165. Anything above that poses a risk of overheating both for your body and for the blanket. The speed with which a blanket heats up is also important but most modern models have cut that down to just a few minutes.
Nearly all infrared sauna blankets will come with a large control unit that is connected to the blanket via a single cable. Those control units can sometimes even have remotes connected to them to make it easier to control them. Look for models that have large displays and easy-to-use buttons and most importantly one that allows great customization of the whole process.
Look for blankets that have automatic cut-offs in case something abnormal happens. That could be overheating, electrical issues, or something else. These blankets are often also equipped with an alarm that will sound off in case something happens. Other models will cut off the power in case they detect temperatures above 85-90 degrees (Celcius).
Additional features and accessories
The more additional features a blanket has, the more expensive it will be. Still, those features will make using it much more pleasurable. For instance, having a memory function that will remember your chosen temperature the last time you used the blanket will remove the need to set up that same temperature every time you use it. Some blankets even have negative ion functions that will bring all the benefits from negative ion therapies into your home.
Having a timer is also handy since you can set up timers for each of the heating zones of the blanket.
Sauna Blankets Benefits
Infrared sauna blankets have all the typical infrared light benefits that traditional infrared saunas give you. Still, they provide a slightly different experience thanks to their enclosing nature. In particular, they are great for:
- Relaxing your body’s nervous and muscular systems. These blankets reduce the levels of your body’s stress hormones allowing you to rest mentally as well as relax your muscles and unwind after a long day.
- Detoxification. By heating up your body, sauna blankets make you sweat. When sweating, your body starts eliminating all of the toxins from it.
- Pain relief. Heat, in general, is great for relaxing muscles and tendons, which, in turn, relax your joints, alleviating any pain caused by the unnecessarily high strain.
- Weight loss. Whether saunas help you lose weight or not is still up for debate but one thing is for sure, your body’s systems tend to work on higher RPMs resulting in more calories burned even when you aren’t moving. There are estimations that our bodies can burn anywhere between 300 and 800 calories per every 30 minutes inside an infrared sauna.
- Wound healing. The infrared light promotes faster healing of any skin trauma.
Infrared light also has a few risks associated with it. If you want to learn more about those risks, click here! With all that aside, let’s now check out how sauna blankets are used and learn more about cleaning your blanket…
How to Clean your Sauna Blanket
Since sauna blankets make you sweat, they will also be exposed to a lot of potential damage to their materials if you don’t clean them regularly. To do that, you must follow these simple steps:
- Before you start to clean your blanket, you must make sure that it is unplugged from the outlet and isn’t still warm/hot.
- Yoru cleaning solution will comprise of water and vinegar. You can use distilled or normal white vinegar. Mix those two 1:3 (water to vinegar).
- Use a rug or any soft sponge and soak it into the solution. Gently rub it across the outside of the blanket to remove any impurities.
- After you’re done with the outside, clean the inside of the blanket the same way (if it has an inside part). Some blankets won’t have a pocket, so you will just have to clean both sides.
- After you’re done cleaning it, wipe the blanket dry and then store it in a well-ventilated space for a few hours.
- If you share the blanket with multiple people, make sure you also disinfect it. The vinegar solution will be good for that as well but it is always a good idea to go the extra mile with these things.
If you want to learn how to enhance your sauna experience, click here!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are infrared blankets safe?
Yes, infrared blankets are extremely safe since they don’t heat up your surroundings too much. There are, however, certain limitations that you need to follow in order to use them properly.
How does an infrared blanket work?
Infrared blankets heat your body’s surface by using far-infrared light. This light goes through the air without interacting with it too much but once it hits your body it has a great heating effect that will eventually heat your body’s core as well.
Can infrared light give you cancer?
No, there are no studies that show that infrared light gives you cancer. There are certain risks of 1st-degree burns from excessive exposure to infrared light but what causes skin cancer is mostly UV rays.
Should you shower after an infrared sauna?
Yes, in fact taking a cold shower after a hot steam blanket sauna session will give your body the temperature contrast it needs to better regulate its endocrine and nervous systems. I suggest checking out my article on cold vs hot showers which covers the topic of what water temperature to choose in great depths!
The best infrared sauna blankets are defined by their comfort, heating elements, zones, and material quality. While there will be models that check all the boxes for you, they are sometimes just too expensive. This is why you should find a healthy compromise in a product that offers good thermal performance with comfort that will make you love using it.