The Sequioa by Sunray is a four-person infrared spa that comes with many of the same amenities you’ll enjoy at your local health club. The sauna’s powerful heating system, combined with the elegant design and ergonomic seats will make you feel like you’re living the high life. Sunray has now made it possible for people to enjoy spa quality sauna treatments in the comfort of their own home. The sauna’s solidly built cabin combined with its top of the line carbon heater system will provide the same type of luxury sauna experience you’ll get from your local spa, but at a price that’s more affordable.
Our Verdict: This is a sauna that was obviously designed with care. It comes with many of the same features that you can expect to find on higher priced models, but at a price that’s reasonable. The included seven chromotherapy light settings will help to elevate your mood and balance your chakras, while the built-in oxygen ionization system will remove harmful contaminants from the air including pet dander, pollen, mold spores, and dust. The nano-carbon heater panels are said to be more efficient than standard carbon fiber panels, for improved energy efficiency. The cabin itself is beautifully built and is made from a rich red cedar that’s both durable and eye-catching. Inside, you’ll find a whole slew of amenities including a sound system complete with FM radio and a CD player, in addition to four ergonomic removable backrests for the ultimate spa-quality experience. Overall, I felt that this sauna was well-built and the manufacturer did an excellent job of covering all the bases in terms of what a potential buyer would want in an infrared sauna designed for home use.
Continue reading to learn more about the sauna’s best features, why it earned top marks and how it stands up to the competition.
Overview and Features
You’ll come across a variety of saunas in this price range that all promise to deliver the most effective home infrared therapy treatments. But Sunray clearly took their promise to a whole new level by producing a model that features the latest in infrared heating technology.
The Sequioa is made out of beautiful solid Canadian red cedar wood, giving the cabin the type of beautiful, natural, rich look, that will easily make this sauna the focal point of any room. The sauna also comes equipped with some great amenities including ergonomic seats complete with removable backrests, controls that allow you to finetune your next sauna session, and state of the art nano-carbon fiber heaters for total coverage.
In this price range, you’ll find that most saunas use carbon fiber heater panels. They’re a more affordable option and energy efficient, but there are several different types of materials to choose from that can emit infrared sauna heat such as steel, ceramic, and nano-carbon. This model comes with a total of ten nano-carbon heater panels for ultimate coverage. These heater panels feature high strength sealing layers complete with a nano-carbon center plate. The heater panels are made using nano-carbon powder that consists of seven proprietary minerals. These panels are high-temperature pressed using insulated circuit materials. Once an electrical current is passed through the plate, the panel is able to produce an ideal frequency at which the human body receives infrared light energy. Essentially, the wavelength that these heater panels produce perfectly matches the human body. This energy is then easily absorbed by the body, with impressive results.
You’ll find a type of reflective foil located on the back of the nano-carbon panels and it works by driving all of the tuned energy toward the front of the sauna’s cabin. This design is highly efficient in terms of delivering the max amount of energy during treatment. These panels also have a larger heating area for maximum absorption.
Additionally, the lower surface temperatures emitted by these nano-carbon panels are both comfortable and much safer than traditional carbon fiber panels. Their larger surface area consists of a three hundred and sixty-degree configuration which produces efficient exposure and optimal tissue penetration. These panels are also considered much more durable compared to traditional carbon panels, with an estimated life expectancy of over thirty thousand hours.
Measuring in at sixty-nine inches by fifty-three inches by seventy-five inches, the cabin is more comfortable and spacious than competing four-person saunas. This is the perfect sauna if you’re searching for a spacious model that you and the entire family can enjoy. This is a fully loaded model that comes with some great extras including four cup holders, four ergonomic removable backrests, and interior lighting.
This sauna comes with a seven-year structural warranty which guarantees the sauna against defects in workmanship and materials.
CSA and ETL Certification
This model meets all Canadian and American electrical safety standards and operates at one hundred and twenty volts using a standard twenty amp plug.
Heat Up Time
This sauna is able to reach ideal temperatures in approximately twenty to thirty minutes depending on the temperature setting you choose. Considering its size, this heat up time is considered faster than average.
Oxygen Ionization System
The built-in air ionization system works by producing negatively and positively charged ions with no ozone generated. This air is used to oxidize air contaminants including common allergens, dust, mold, odors, and pet dander. These ions will fly through the environment and attach themselves to these environmental contaminants, weighing them down and causing them to fall to the ground.
The sauna comes with a built-in MP3 player and an FM radio and CD player. Now, you can enjoy a session in the sauna listening to your favorite tunes or talk radio program.
Often, when we look at colors we tend to experience a pleasant feeling. Color therapy, also known as chromotherapy, has been used for thousands of years. It works based on the theory that we have chakras or energy centers, that are found throughout the body. Colors are believed to rebalance and activate our energy systems. When we sit in colors of the light spectrum, it can help to naturally elevate our mood. This is the main idea behind chromotherapy. Each color that glows during treatment is believed to correspond to one of the body’s main chakras. Many spas currently offer chromotherapy sessions, but imagine enjoying a light therapy session in the comfort of your own home. That’s exactly what this sauna delivers, offering a total of seven chromotherapy color options to choose from. Bathing in these colors can help to strengthen weakened chakras or it can help to balance each of the chakras. Ultimately, these lights provide a more relaxing sauna experience.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Beautiful Cedar construction
- Built-in speakers
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Oxygen ionization system
- Seven-year warranty
- Steep price tag
- Long heat up time
How it Measures Up to the Competition
Despite the fact that it’s one of the best infrared saunas on the market, Sequioa definitely has some steep competition. The Medical Sauna four-person full spectrum model is a top of the line infrared sauna that was developed over a period of several years by a team of doctors. This sauna also comes with chromatic therapy, in addition to Bluetooth capability, built-in speakers, a USB port and aux port, and carbon heater panels. I felt that the heater system in the Sequioa was more powerful than the standard carbon fiber heater panels in the Medical Sauna, however, both offer the same heat up time of twenty to thirty minutes. The Medical Sauna definitely comes loaded with more amenities and a larger cabin that’s perfect for hot yoga sessions or a relaxing sweat session with three other friends. The Medical Sauna also allows you to remove both the backrests and the benches, for even more space. However, if you’re on a tight budget, then the Medical Sauna’s steeper price tag will definitely be a drawback. Like this sauna, the competing model runs at just one hundred and twenty volts, which should only increase your energy bill by ten dollars a month. Both models provide full heat coverage for more effective treatment, the Medical Sauna just happens to come with more bells and whistles. If you’re simply looking for a sauna that’s energy efficient, affordable, and loaded with important amenities, then the Sequioa is the way to go.
Conclusion and Rating
The Sequioa by Sunray is well-built and loaded with important features including recessed lighting, chromotherapy, nano-carbon heater panels for more effective and efficient treatment, and a sound system that allows you to sit back, relax, and listen to your favorite music. This is basically a sauna that has it all. Additionally, the built-in oxygen ionization system will ensure you’re breathing in only the purest air by removing harmful contaminants from the surrounding environment. So, if you want a taste of the finer things in life and don’t want to travel all the way to the nearest spa, now you can enjoy your own custom infrared sauna treatment in the comfort of your own home, thanks to Sunray, a company that continues to produce feature packed, energy efficient saunas that are crushing the competition. I gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.