Infrared sauna review: Armana 2 from Sunlight Saunas

Armana 2 is a classic two-person infrared sauna model from Sunlight Saunas. Specifications include:

Wood: Veneer-free cedar or basswood.

External dimensions: Width: 63 in, Depth: 51 in, Height: 75 3/4 in.

Internal dimensions: Width: 46 1/4 in, Depth: 41 in, Height: 68 1/2 in.

Weight: Cedar – 328 lbs, basswood – 383 lbs.

Heaters: 6 Solocarbon(tm) heaters, 15” width x 44”h height each.

Outlets: 120 V, 15 Amps.

Options: AM/FM CD player.

Warranty: Cabinetry, electrical, heaters – lifetime, AM/FM CD player – 1 year.

Price: $3445. (at BeyondHealth store).

The sauna looks very aesthetic from outside making it easy to fit any interior. Cedar is darker than basswood, so you can choose which fits your place best. In addition basswood is a hypoallergenic material. The all-glass front door adds elegance and style to the Armana 2 sauna. The sauna has standard temperature and timer controls.

Sunlight Sauna Armana 2

Interior of the Armana 2 sauna is also appealing. First, the dimensions of the sauna are greater than an average 2-person sauna, which gives you a wider range of options to position your body in it. Bench is 46 X 24 in and has adjustable backrests.

Sunlight Saunas talk about two main advantages of their sauna: first, it is unique Solocarbon(tm) heaters, that produce more beneficial infrared radiation because of larger surface and lower temperature, second, it is the placement of heaters – they are placed on the back, sides, under the bench and even on the floor, making you completely surrounded with evenly distributed far infrared radiation.

Armana 2 can be assembled in less than an hour without tools with help of a strong magnet system developed by Sunlight Saunas which helps to pull the panels together.

These benefits, together with overall high quality of the Armana 2 sauna, make it a one of the leading models on the 2-person infrared sauna market.

Update: I found that Sunlight Saunas is not the manufacturer of infrared saunas they sell. The actual manufacturer is Golden Wave Saunas, and the model name is GD-200. The photos show that saunas look the same and specifications match. There is a manual for GD-200 infrared sauna on Golden Wave Saunas website (in pdf).

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9 Responses to “Infrared sauna review: Armana 2 from Sunlight Saunas”

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    [...] The unit can be assembled easily with the help of the magnet locking system, similar to that in Armana 2 from Sunlight Saunas. Unfortunately there is no assembly guide or owner’s manual on the Brighton Sauna site, so one can’t see the details of sauna installation and assembly. [...]

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    [...] Sauna Works stress two features that make their sauna unique. First, it is that all their saunas are manufactured in USA and have highest quality contrary to sauna models manufactured in Asia and second, is their patented True Wave ™ ceramic infrared heater technology which is said to produce infrared radiation at better wavelengths than other heaters because of more surface area (similar to claims made by Sunlight Saunas about Solocarbon(tm) heaters). [...]

  5. Infrared sauna review: Saunas by Airwall 2-49 » Infrared Sauna Info Says:

    [...] This model by Airwall has larger dimensions, similar to 2-person saunas by Sunlight Saunas or Brighton Sauna. Overall sauna design is a classic one for all 2-person infrared saunas. 2-49 model has a full-glass door and air ventilation. The heaters used are common ceramic ones, although Airwall writes on the official website that their heaters has a design which allows them to preserve constant emission of infrared rays throughout all sauna session time, while other infrared saunas have thermostat to shut heaters off from time to time to preserve constant temperature in a sauna, which leads that heaters can be off up to one-third of sauna session time. Another thing they say about heaters is that they are convex and it leads to more even distribution of heat in a sauna. [...]

  6. Jennifer O'Neill Says:

    Do you know if you can buy this sauna directly from Golden Wave or do you need to purchase it through sunlight saunas?

  7. Paul Mernon Says:

    Jennifer,
    I think you will be redirected to Sunlight Saunas anyway, since they are distributors of these saunas in “Canada, U.S.A., Australia, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, France, Israel, Sweden, Poland” as written on Golden Wave website.
    But you can drop them an email and ask (if you will, please post here about results, for others benefit).

  8. chris martin Says:

    I am in the market for a far infared sauna. I have looked at the sunlight and the saunatec names. Both have similar features and both sales reps say they have the better carbon heaters. The premium line for sunlight saunas use a carbonflex heater but what I don’t understand is the difference between the two carbon heater within Sunlight brand and the difference between the Sunlight Carbon heater and the ones from Saunatec.
    Could you please explain the difference if any.

    Thank you in advance.

    Chris

  9. Bodo Says:

    @ Jennifer: After spending a year in China building prototypes with our engineering team in Beijing and evaluating more than a dozen of the larger infrared sauna manufacturers, we (Bodo) decided to work with GoldenWave for distribution of their infrared saunas in Canada and began last fall. So while GoldenWave does not sell directly to overseas customers, Sunlight is no longer your only option and they do have a higher price point.

    @ Chris Martin: Evaluating carbon sauna heaters can be a confusing nightmare, because you can’t actually tell how a heater is functioning without looking at it with an infrared camera (a $20k hit to the pocketbook that most people will pass by!). We had our engineers test dozens of heaters in the prototypes that we built in 2007-2008 in our development office and were surprised at the differences we saw, even from different batches from the same manufacturer.

    Further complicating this are claims made by manufacturers. Because the industry is so new, many still have special names for their heating technologies and claim that only a certain type of heater can be effective. Fortunately for customers but unfortunately for established brands, there is no “voodoo” to infrared heating technology — the infrared spectrum emitted depends only on surface temperature, not what the heater substrate is made of, so no matter what brand of heater you purchase, as long as it heats up evenly (speaking of flat-panel carbon heaters) any two flat-panel heaters that reach the same temperature with an even distribution of heat are going to give you the same benefits. Of course, the same cannot be said about the rest of sauna construction, where there are vast differences in quality that can only be seen in person by a trained eye, but that is off-topic for now.

    What is surprising, given how simple a flat-panel heater _sounds_, is that low-grade flat-panel heaters actually differ from high-grade heaters in a number of fairly significant ways: (1) they often do not actually heat up evenly, which can defeat the purpose of their design — hot and cold spots can easily seen with an infrared camera; (2) they may produce unpredictable levels of heat, operating at unpredictable efficiency; and (3) have a low lifespan. The reasons for these differences are found in the manufacturing process. Flat-panel carbon heaters are manufactured layer-by-layer, and in the middle an extremely thin film of carbon is “printed” onto the FR4 substrate. This is the important part of the heater; when you turn on the sauna, electricity runs directly through this layer of carbon and is converted into heat in the process. One major problem manufacturers run into is the difficulty of “printing” this layer uniformly, and so if it is done in a more primitive factory environment (which is common in China) you often get heaters that do not produce even distributions of heat. There are also many carbon heaters that print long, narrow strips of carbon into the FR4 instead of one large sheet; this is one way to get around the difficulty of printing the carbon uniformly, but shows a lack of precision in process and does not produce the same even heat.

    Our conclusion, then, was that there is a big difference between high-end and low-end carbon heaters — the high-end heaters will not only heat more evenly, but also have a longer lifespan — but if you are comparing two high-end heaters, there will not be much of a difference. So I would trust Sunlight’s high-end heaters more than their low-end heaters, having visited both of their factories, and Saunatec saunas are manufactured in the same city as Sunlight’s high-end series, and also have a high quality heater.

    Sorry this took so long to explain, but it is actually a fairly complicated subject that took us months of research and testing to figure out on our own — so I hope this all made sense :).