Carbon or Ceramic Infrared Sauna?
One of the biggest questions surround the choice of a new Infrared Sauna is Carbon or Ceramic Infraed Sauna heaters. As you will learn in thgis article, the answer to this key question can make a big difference to your experience!
Before I delve into the pros and cons of the type of heater in your infrared sauna I just need to make something clear. You will hear the term “far infrared sauna” banded around. Essentially there are two types of infrared…”far” and, you’ve guessed it “near”! Essentially it is far infrared saunas that are sold in the shops and the two terms tend to be interchanged.
I’ll talk about the difference between near and far in a different article, but today I am going to discuss the differences between carbon or ceramic infrared saunas or more correctly, heaters.
Carbon Infrared Sauna Heaters
So, what sort of infrared heater should you go for in your sauna? Well, I am not going to beat about the bush here – carbon. Plain and simple.
O.K, I know, being the discerning customer you are…you want to know why? And that is fair enough, so here goes.
To be honest it’s a matter of technology. When Infrared Saunas first hit the market ceramic heaters were the state of the art and they do work. It’s simply that carbon technology is ar superior and offers more benefits more efficiently to put it in a nutshell.
To give you a comparison, it’s a bit like going on a long journey on a bicycle compared to a luxury automobile.
Ceramic v Carbon Infrared Saunas
It’s all very well me saying this, but I ought to elaborate a little. In ceramic heater saunas ceramic tubes are placed at intervals around the sauna.
But they have a drawback in that they heave to be heated very hot (if that makes sense), so they cause hot spots in the sauna. This can apply too much heat to your body in those hotspots. They also miss other areas completely so some parts of your body get no heat at all.
To receive the full benefit of an infrared sauna, the heat distribution needs to be much more even. People have been known to suffer red spots from the hot spots or by leaning against the sauna walls near where the ceramic heaters are situated, which are themselves really too hot.
Better “Heat” From Carbon
On the other hand carbon heaters disperse the heat far more evenly and produce about ten times more effective heat than ceramics. Consequently, you entire body gets the heat penetration for far less power consumption. You can also sit leaning against any panel (or indeed anywhere) in a carbon heated sauna and not get burned! A big plus in my book. Plus you get the full heat penetration benefit from anywhere within the sauna when they are carbon heated.
Of course you can still buy a ceramic heated infrared sauna and they are certainly a much “cheaper” option on the surface. But, they do not provide the same level of health benefits or the same sauna experience (in my opinion). Yes, they were the height of technology 4 or 5 years ago, but nowadays, in my opinion, carbon heaters rule.
So, when asking carbon or ceramic infrared sauna, the answer is very definitely carbon.
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