Best Sauna Blankets of 2024 – 4 Top Infrared Sauna Blankets Reviewed

Infrared sauna blankets are full body sized blanket wraps which imitate infrared saunas but in a size that fits in any home and for a fraction of the price.

On this page you’ll find an in depth Comparison Table of the 4 Most Popular Sauna Blankets, our 6 Evaluation Criteria for Infrared Sauna Blankets reviewed including Sauna Blanket Safety, Infrared Temperature, Negative Ions, Material Qualities, Return & Warranty Policies, plus Other Considerations Before Purchase, Maintenance, Best Alternatives, FAQs and more of your questions answered.

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Comparison Table

Heat Healer Sauna Blanket

The Heat Healer sauna blanket includes significantly more crystals than any other sauna blanket and touts the best warranty of all competition.

Price

$585 USD

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • EMF Blocking
  • Tested/Demonstrated as Zero EMF

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 176F
  • Temperature Min: 77F

Negative Ions

  • Jade and Tourmaline crystal generating infrared heat & negative ions

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • EMF Blockinng
  • Tested/Demonstrated as Zero EMF

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 176F
  • Temperature Min: 77F

Negative Ions

  • Jade and Tourmaline crystal generating infrared heat & negative ions

Pros

  • Longest Warranty
  • Life Time Trade-In Policy
  • Crystals generate infrared heat and emit beneficial negative ions
  • Zipper not Velcro
  • Zero EMF
  • Resilient Amide Fabric
  • Free Bonus Waterproof Head Pillow

Cons

  • 6 to 8 lbs Heavier than other sauna blankets because of crystal inclusion

Pros

  • Longest Warranty
  • Life Time Trade-In Policy
  • Crystals generate infrared heat and emit beneficial negative ions
  • Zipper not Velcro
  • Zero EMF
  • Resilient Amide Fabric
  • Free Bonus Waterproof Head Pillow

Cons

  • 6 to 8 lbs Heavier than other sauna blankets because of crystal inclusion

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Free or customer pays return shipping not mentioned

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Free or customer pays return shipping not mentioned

Warranty

  • 3 Year Full Warranty

Warranty

  • 3 Year Full Warranty

HigherDose Sauna Blanket

The HigherDose sauna blanket is the most well known of all on the market and also includes crystals in its construction.

Price

$700 USD

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • Low EMF
  • States on product page “Low EMF”

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 158F
  • Temperature Min: 68F

Negative Ions

  • Amethyst and Tourmaline crystal generating negative ions, infrared heating element generating infrared heat

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • Low EMF
  • States on product page “Low EMF”

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 158F
  • Temperature Min: 68F

Negative Ions

  • Amethyst and Tourmaline crystal generating negative ions, infrared heating element generating infrared heat

Pros

  • Includes crystals to emit beneficial negative ions during sauna session
  • Zipper Not Velcro

Cons

  • Time remaining in sauna session doesn’t show and can’t be adjusted, just a on off which when clicked stays on for 60 minutes
  • Lowest max temperature compared to other sauna blankets

Pros

  • Includes crystals to emit beneficial negative ions during sauna session
  • Zipper Not Velcro

Cons

  • Time remaining in sauna session doesn’t show and can’t be adjusted, just a on off which when clicked stays on for 60 minutes
  • Lowest max temperature compared to other sauna blankets

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Free Return Shipping (no fee mentioned)

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Free Return Shipping (no fee mentioned)

Warranty

  • 1 Year Full Warranty

Warranty

  • 1 Year Full Warranty

MiHigh Sauna Blanket

The MiHigh sauna blanket is a strong contender and stands up to the other sauna blanket competition.

Price

$695 USD

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • Very Low EMF
  • States in comments of product page “0.3 to 1.5 microteslas of EMF”

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 167F
  • Temperature Min: 77F

Negative Ions

  • No Negative Ions because no crystals included, infrared heat generated with heating element

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • Very Low EMF
  • States in comments of product page “0.3 to 1.5 microteslas of EMF”

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 167F
  • Temperature Min: 77F

Negative Ions

  • No Negative Ions because no crystals included, infrared heat generated with heating element

Pros

  • Zipper Not Velcro
  • Very low EMF’s
  • Material feels thicker than some of the competition

Cons

  • No crystals included for Negative Ions
  • Priced a little higher without extra benefit like negative ions or better guarantee or warranty

Pros

  • Zipper Not Velcro
  • Very low EMF’s
  • Material feels thicker than some of the competition

Cons

  • No crystals included for Negative Ions
  • Priced a little higher without extra benefit like negative ions or better guarantee or warranty

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Free Return Shipping Stated

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Free Return Shipping Stated

Warranty

  • 1 Year Full Warranty

Warranty

  • 1 Year Full Warranty

BonCharge Sauna Blanket

The BonCharge makes good quality sauna blanket with one of the higher max temperatures, but more strict on return policies.

Price

$699 USD

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • Very Low EMF
  • States on product page “0.16milliGauss of EMF”

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 176F
  • Temperature Min: 77F

Negative Ions

  • No Negative Ions because no crystals included, infrared heat generated with heating element

Infrared Therapy

EMF Shielding

  • Very Low EMF
  • States on product page “0.16milliGauss of EMF”

Temperature Range

  • Temperature Max: 176F
  • Temperature Min: 77F

Negative Ions

  • No Negative Ions because no crystals included, infrared heat generated with heating element

Pros

  • Higher Max Temperature, same as Heat Healer
  • Very low EMF’s

Cons

  • Uses Velcro not a Zipper
  • No crystals included for Negative Ions
  • Priced a little higher without extra benefit like negative ions
  • A little stricter on return policy

Pros

  • Higher Max Temperature, same as Heat Healer
  • Very low EMF’s

Cons

  • Uses Velcro not a Zipper
  • No crystals included for Negative Ions
  • Priced a little higher without extra benefit like negative ions
  • A little stricter on return policy

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Customer Pays Return Shipping + 15% restocking fee

Return Policy

  • 30 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee
  • Customer Pays Return Shipping + 15% restocking fee

Warranty

  • 1 Year Full Warranty
  • Customer pays return shipping

Warranty

  • 1 Year Full Warranty
  • Customer pays return shipping

How We Evaluate & Review Sauna Blankets

Our 6 criteria to help you choose the best infrared sauna blanket for you.

Sauna Blanket Safety

We’re using sauna blankets for the health benefits & feeling good.

Does the sauna blanket block harmful EMF’s & operate only using an auto shut-off?

Temperatures

The most benefits from saunas are always found at the highest temperatures.

What’s the highest temperature setting of the sauna blanket?

Negative Ions

Is the sauna blanket constructed with crystals which emit negative ions?

Not all sauna blankets, depending on their materials, will emit beneficial negative ions.

Material Quality

Anything we use long term we want to be sure will last, especially the case with products that heat up and cool down all the time. 

Does the sauna blanket use built to last materials?

Return Policies

If it turns out you don’t get the benefits you thought you would from your sauna blanket, what kind of return policy is there?

Will you be out of luck, or do you have time to reconsider your purchase?

Warranty Policies

A sauna blanket isn’t something you buy to use once or twice, this is a recovery and therapy device for the long term.

If something goes wrong with it, are you covered for the long term?

What is a Sauna Blanket & Who is it For?

Sauna blankets are a wrap-around blanket similar to a sleeping bag with far infrared heating elements built in a layer inside the blanket.

They are a great alternative to a normal sauna for anyone who wants to use a sauna regularly.

You may already know that using a sauna 3 to 4 times a week is when you see the most benefit, and if you don’t have one at home it probably won’t be easy to do this.

In my own city there are no recreation centers nearby with a sauna, and the only gyms that have a sauna nearby charge an arm and a leg either for membership or for sauna usage.

That’s what makes a sauna blanket a great option for you if a home infrared sauna is not an option whether due to the space requirements or budget.

How Sauna Blankets Work

Sauna blankets work by using far infrared heat to heat the body directly like an infrared sauna would.

They do this by specifically including far infrared heating elements in both the top and bottom side of the enveloping blanket.

How a Sauna Blanket functions to mimic an regular infrared sauna

It’s specifically the infrared heating element, different than a normal heating element, which gives the sauna blanket the ability to heat you from the inside out, which is what’s required to imitate a full sized normal sauna.

Once you’re in the blanket, your body will begin to experience the sauna effect, just like in an infrared sauna, sweating, and eventually increased heart rate, on your way to receiving all the benefits and feel good you get from sauna use.

Sauna Blanket Benefits

The benefits of a sauna blanket session are cardiovascular improvement, body detoxification, stress reduction, pain reduction, and even health-span extension through long term use.

The effects of a sauna blanket on the body are the same as the effects from a regular sauna: sweating, increased heart rate, thermoregulation of the body, and therefore people can see the same benefits with a sauna blanket, as they can from a regular sauna.

From PubMed research we know many of these benefits of sauna use already, including the following:

Each of these are linked to the respective research study on Pubmed which confirmed the benefit listed.

None of these studies even mentioned the great feeling of relaxation and feeling good we get after sauna use! Makes me want to have a sauna session right now just writing about it!

Sauna Blankets Compared on Review Criteria

Now let’s look in depth at the 5 main criteria I use to compare the top sauna blankets out there. Let’s see who’s got the better mouse trap!

Listed again the 5 criteria are as follows, and now we will go into the details of each.

  1. Sauna Blanket Safety
  2. Infrared Temperature
  3. Negative Ions
  4. Material Quality
  5. Return Policies
  6. Warranty Policies

After we review these 5 criteria be sure not to miss the next sections on Other Considerations Before Sauna Blanket Purchase, and the Best Alternative to a Sauna Blanket.

Sauna Blanket Safety

EMF Shielding and Auto-Shut Off Controller Comparisons

The safety of sauna blanket use really comes down to two things, auto-shut off and EMF shielding. (But also please remember to keep hydrated people.)

If you accidentally fall asleep in the blanket, it needs to shut itself off, and like any electronic product sauna blankets give off EMF’s (electromagnetic frequencies). These EMFs aren’t natural and for a health and well-being experience we only want to be bathing in infrared heat, not EMFs!

As you’ll see in the EMF category there is in fact a clear winner, let’s take a look!

EMF Shielding

As seen in the screen capture, Heat Healer tested using an EMF meter and verified ZERO EMFs on their sauna blanket. HeatHealer Video

Sauna Blanket Controller

The Heat Healer sauna blanket controller shuts off when the timer runs out. You can set the time and temperature before clicking the start session button.

EMF Shielding

Taken from the HigherDose sauna blanket product page, Higherdose reports their product to have “Low EMF”

Sauna Blanket Controller

The HigherDose sauna blanket controller is different than the others in how you set the timer, when you click the On button, it auto sets for a 1 hour before shut off.

EMF Shielding

Taken from the comments section on the MiHigh sauna page, MiHigh reports 0.3 to 1.5 microteslas of EMFs, which is very low.

Sauna Blanket Controller

The MiHigh sauna blanket controller shuts itself off when the timer runs out. You can set the temperature and time before clicking the start session button.

EMF Shielding

Taken from the BonCharge sauna blanket product page, BonCharge reports their product to have 0.16mG, milliGauss, EMF which is very low.

Sauna Blanket Controller

The BonCharge sauna blanket controller shuts off when the timer runs out and lets you control both temperature and time, it starts as soon as you press the On button.

Sauna Blanket Infrared Temperatures

What are the infrared heating temperature limits for each sauna blanket?

Let’s put this into a bar chart for a little easier viewing, as you can see the Heat Healer and BonCharge have the highest temperature limits at 176 degrees F.

Sauna Blanket Temperature Chart

Sauna Blanket min and maximum temperature settings comparison chart in Fahrenheit

Sauna Blanket Maximum Temperature Summary Comparison Table

ProductMaximum Temperature Setting
Heat Healer176F
HigherDose 158F
MiHigh 167F
BonCharge176F

Most sauna blanket manufacturers recommend for beginners to start at a lower temperature, usually 150 F to 160 F at maximum.

If you’re already a sauna user like myself, you may have noticed that your heat tolerance does increase.

Through continued use over time you will be able to use higher temperatures and for longer, provided you keep yourself hydrated.

For this reason the maximum temperature of your sauna blanket is an important consideration.

Once more in an easy to read comparison table here are the maximum temperature settings for all of the sauna blankets.

Does the Sauna Blanket Emit Negative Ions?

Does the sauna blanket use crystals for the additional benefit of producing negative ions?

Creating infrared heat for a sauna blanket is generally done using far infrared heating elements, however there is another way to produce infrared heat which is by indirectly heating certain crystals.

The method is simple, when certain types of crystals are heated, the crystals themselves generate infrared heat and give off negative ions.

Negative ions are prevalent in nature, especially by moving bodies of water like waterfalls, where the extra negative ions of the water evaporated in the air are prevalent.

You’ve probably experienced this when taking a shower also, the extra vapor in the air is incredibly refreshing.

Certain sauna blankets will use crystals in their construction providing this additional negative ion therapy while you’re having a sauna session, below we compare.

Sauna Blanket Negative Ion Producing Crystals Comparison Table

Heat Healer
  • Jade & Tourmaline producing negative ions
HigherDose
  • Amethyst & Tourmaline producing negative ions
MiHigh
  • No crystals
  • Far infrared heating element only
BonCharge
  • No crystals
  • Far infrared heating element only

Material Quality

What material is the sauna blanket made of, is it built to really last through your new long term health investment of regular sauna use?

Between the sauna blankets we’re comparing here there are really only 2 types of material they are made from, excepting the crystals and infrared heating elements.

The two materials are heat resistant amide fabric, and heat resistant PU (polyurethane) Leather.

Amide Fabric

An amide fabric is a fabric constructed of polymers connected by amide groups, which is simply a type of molecule formation, see Wikipedia’s info on amides

There are many types of these fabrics and they are used in a wide variety of applications, such as Nomex, which is used in construction of firefighter suits for its’ heat resistive properties.

Polyurethane Leather

PU, or polyurethane leather, more commonly known as artificial leather, is used in many applications and often for its water resistant and heat resistant properties.

Depending on the construction artificial leather can be made porous and breathable or impermeable and waterproof like for sauna blanket application.

Sauna Blanket Material Comparison Table

ProductMaterial
Heat HealerAmide Fabric
HigherDose Polyurethane Leather
MiHigh Polyurethane Leather
BonChargePolyurethane Leather

Material Considerations

I’m thinking about two main things when we’re comparing materials used for a sauna blanket:

  • Off gassing
  • Longevity

People have reported smelling a little off gassing from all of the products in our comparison list today, regardless of which sauna blanket.

This is something that depends on the individual as well, my mom is able to smell if something is off about a mile away, myself not so much.

The PU leather is sometimes held together with a glue, and if it gets a rip you use a PU leather glue to repair it. Sometimes, mainly only on the initial heating up of the sauna blanket you can get some smells from this.

The amide fabric is more akin to a tough fabric, held together with stitching and not glue, but some people have said when they opened their box they got a smell off of it.

Either way, my recommendation: run the blanket through it’s heating cycle to maximum temperature once or twice while leaving it open to air out, with windows open or on the porch, before you use it yourself.

On the longevity aspect, these sauna blankets haven’t been around long enough to really get a multi-year report back on their standing up to regular use; however in my own experience with faux leather, I have sometimes eventually experienced cracking. The amide fabric on the other hand won’t crack.

Return Policies

Does the product work for you?

A strong return policy is especially important to me when I buy something online, whether it’s clothes or anything else.

I’ve gathered all the return policy details of each brand here in a table for you to compare directly to one another.

Return Policy Comparison Table

Product
Return Policy
Heat Healer
  • 30 day full money back

  • $39 return shipping fee deducted

  • Stated that returns are not re-sold & please consider weight, time to use & how to instructions before initiating return
HigherDose
  • 30 day full money back

  • Free return shipping (no fee mentioned)

  • Must be in like new condition
MiHigh
  • 30 day full money back

  • Free return shipping stated

  • Must be using product for 14 days before initiating return
  • Products which are stained or damaged are not eligible

BonCharge
  • 30 day full money back

  • 15% restocking fee deducted from return for “change of mind returns”

  • Customer pays return shipping in addition to restocking fee

  • Product must be in new and resalable condition

There isn’t any super clear winner to me with the return policies based on my summary table above, some seem to be lacking compared to others like the BonCharge.

Most say that the product needs to be in like new condition, the Heat Healer says they don’t resell, but donate and give away return products so they may not be quite as strict as the others for the product to be in pristine condition.

Warranty Policies

Does the warranty back the product up?

Sauna blankets are composed of two main components, the blanket itself, and the controller.

Typically controllers are the component more prone to failure, however the blankets can also have internal wiring issues after too many times folding open and closed if there was a manufacturer defect.

In the following table there is a clear winner which is again the Heat Healer blanket with a 3 year warranty, and a lifetime trade in policy which is nice though it isn’t clear what value they would give you for your trade in after say 5 or 10 years.

Warranty Policy Comparison Table

Product
Return Policy
Heat Healer
  • 3 Year Warranty

  • Will refund or replace the product

  • Trade in policy
  • Return shipping not mentioned
HigherDose
  • 1 Year Warranty

  • Return Shipping Included
  • Customer may be responsible for shipping costs if the product cannot be serviced in the country it is in
MiHigh
  • 1 Year Warranty

  • Will refund, replace, repair or exchange the product

  • Return Shipping Included
  • Customer may be responsible for shipping costs if the product cannot be serviced in the country it is in

BonCharge
  • 1 Year Warranty

  • Customer pays return shipping

  • Will repair, replace, or refund the product

Not all of the brands will pay for the return shipping when it comes to a warranty item, so this is something to consider. It may not be a big deal unless you run into a warranty issue after only a few weeks, paying the shipping to return the item then might get frustrating.

Other Considerations Before Purchase

Other things to consider before you buy are the size of the blanket, the weight, and whether it uses a zipper or velcro.

Size is something to consider if you’re on the larger side in any dimension, though most sauna blankets are pretty accommodating. Here are the details.

ProductLengthInterior Circumference
Heat Healer75” inches long69” inch circumference
HigherDose 71” inches long65” inch circumference
MiHigh 71” inches longCircumference unspecified but 35.5”inches wide
BonCharge71” inches longCircumference unspecified but 35.5” inches wide

Weight of the sauna blanket is only something you need to consider if you have trouble moving things in the range of 15-20 lb around. Not an issue for everyone but something some may need to consider.

ProductWeight
Heat Healer24 lbs – (heavier than others because of the crystals)
HigherDose 16.44 lbs
MiHigh 17.6 lbs
BonCharge19.8 lbs

The zipper or velcro isn’t a big deal either, but sometimes for me, velcro can get annoying and a zipper you get a little more satisfaction in zipping up.

All of the sauna blankets use a zipper except BonCharge which uses velcro.

Sauna Blanket Maintenance

Sauna blanket maintenance is pretty easy stuff, but we’ll go over it quickly just because you know, who likes to clean up, let’s just know what we’re getting into.

The maintenance is as easy as what to do after each use of your sauna blanket.

  • Clean the sauna blanket
  • Wait 15 minutes for cool down
  • Fold it up to pack away

Cleaning the sauna blanket is pretty simple, easiest is to use a damp towel to wipe it down, and then any kind of gentle cleaning spray followed by another wipe.

My preference is to use a natural based cleaning spray, usually these are vinegar based, but they have less of a scent than harsher chemical cleaners.

If you really want to give it a clean use a little soap and water, but at the end of the day you’re just cleaning away sweat which comes as easily off the sauna blanket as it does with a little water in the shower.

Then before packing away we should let it cool down.

Here is an important factor however, when you fold it away, be sure you ONLY fold it along the pre-fold lines as it was folded up in the box when you received it.

The reason for this is the heating elements inside, we want to fold only where they are flexible and not fold in the middle of an element for example because over time doing this over and over again may eventually create connection issues within the blanket.

Other than that, easy peasy!

Best Alternative to a Sauna Blanket

The best alternative to a sauna blanket is an infrared mat and using it together with a reflective “sauna cover blanket”.

This is something most other websites won’t be talking about, but that’s why you’re here to get the scoop.

A sauna cover blanket is simply a reflective blanket, think those sun tanning reflector panels you can hold in front of you for extra sun, only as a thin blanket. 

Most all infrared mats use crystals to provide infrared heat, like the Heat Healer does, only in an infrared mat it’s only one one side, it isn’t a wrap like sauna blankets are.

Sauna Blanket Alternative: use an infrared reflective blanket on top of an infrared mat.

So you lay with the infrared mat underneath you, feeling the infrared heat on your back, and then the modification is to use a “sauna cover blanket” over top of you which reflects and traps the infrared rays and heat.

The difference is going to be that it wont heat up quite as quickly as a sauna blanket will, but still goes nearly as hot, usually 158 F like the HigherDose does, though you may have more heat escape. It will however, with complete certainty be hot enough for a real sweat session.

The additional option is to go with a PEMF therapy version of an infrared mat, and give yourself an infrared sauna session and PEMF therapy session all at once.

PEMF therapy has its own long list of benefits, many of which overlap with the benefits of sauna use so it is kind of a great combination.

An excellent infrared PEMF mat option and actually the mat that I use at home myself is the Healthy Wave Pro 4 Therapy Infrared PEMF Mat 74″ x28″ and it comes with a free sauna cover blanket and a free sweat & stain protector cover for the top of the mat so it is ready to use as a sauna blanket alternative right out of the box.

If you’d like more reading on infrared mats and the Healthy Wave brand that I use myself, check out our Healthy Wave Mat review at the button I’ll leave here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Sauna Blanket?

A sauna blanket is an alternative to a normal sauna and uses infrared heating elements in a wrap-around format similar to a sleeping bag which you lay inside to mimic the heat of a normal infrared sauna.

How long should you stay in a Sauna Blanket?

You should stay in a sauna blanket as long as is necessary to complete your sauna session, typically this is 20 minutes like with a regular sauna but you should first wait for the sauna blanket to reach full temperature.

How to use an infrared Sauna Blanket?

To use a sauna blanket is quite simple: plug in, select desired temperature, wait until it reaches temperature set point and then get inside but not forgetting to line the inside with towels or wearing an extra layer of clothing.

How to clean a Sauna Blanket?

Cleaning a sauna blanket is as simple as wiping it down after usage with a damp towel, and again with a gentle cleaning solution.

What to wear in a Sauna Blanket?

In a sauna blanket you should wear a thick enough layer of clothing that the infrared heating elements don’t get too hot on your skin even through the blanket padding, using towels inside the blanket and then your own comfortable clothing is the best set up.

How many calories does a Sauna Blanket burn?

Sauna blankets can burn as much as 300 to 600 calories which is what you can burn in a regular infrared sauna session, however this is highly dependent upon temperatures, duration of sauna use and your own metabolism. As you may know it isn’t alway easy to stay in a sauna past 15 to 20 minutes when it’s a really high temperature.

If you made it this far down the page, then thank you for reading!

It took a lot of time and thought to put this page together so I really do hope its helped you, if it did, please share it with friends or family who would be interested.

Next stop to check out our top rated Sauna Blanket the Heat Healer!

Heat Healer Sauna Blanket

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2 thoughts on “Best Sauna Blankets of 2024 – 4 Top Infrared Sauna Blankets Reviewed”

    • Hi Suzanna!

      glad my article was able to help you sift through all the sauna blankets out there.

      Sometimes when you write a review like this on the internet, you never get a sense if it actually ends up helping anyone so thank you so much for leaving a comment 🙂

      Greg

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