Infrared sauna dome

Infrared sauna dome is another wide-spread infrared sauna type. It is usually designed as two domes, one dome is a little smaller than other and two domes can be folded in one to take less space when infrared sauna is not used. One takes the sauna lying on a supplied mat, while domes heat the interior of the sauna with built-in infrared heaters. The head is out of the sauna so it’s not getting infrared rays from heaters.

Here are both positive and negative aspects of an infrared sauna dome comparing to other infrared sauna types:

Price is not low but lower than for infrared sauna cabin. While an infrared sauna dome is in average more expensive than infrared sauna blanket, bag or tent, it is still cheaper than classic infrared sauna cabins. Prices for an infrared sauna dome fall in $1200-$1900 range.

It is comfortable. While it is a question of personal preferences, for most people it is more comfortable to lie down on a mat than to sit on a folding chair in a portable sauna tent or on a wooden bench in a sauna cabin (especially if the dimensions of a cabin are small). However, some people prefer vertical position when taking a sauna, so an infrared sauna dome may be inappropriate for them.

Energy consumption is low. Like an infrared sauna tent, an infrared sauna dome consumes less power (700-900 Watt) than an infrared sauna cabin, and do not require a dedicated outlet, while it is still required a dome to be the only device connected to a particular outlet.

It is portable but takes more space than bag/blanket or tent. The domes can fold but they are hard and take some space. An infrared sauna dome takes much less space than a sauna cabin but it loses to an infrared sauna bag or blanket.

It heats up fast. Because an infrared sauna dome has much less volume than an infrared sauna cabin it heats much faster. In this aspect it is similar to a tent.

It can be made from synthetic substances. While infrared sauna cabins are usually made from wood and glass, an infrared sauna dome can contain parts of fiberglass, plastics and other synthetics, so it can be unsuitable to chemical sensitive people.

Most common type of heaters is carbon. All models I’ve read about have carbon heaters, while most infrared sauna cabins have ceramic ones. Which one is better and whether the type of heater matters or not is still in question.

It is less common. The fact that it is less common means that it is harder to find and try, at least for a moment of writing of this overview.

It is easy to fall asleep in there. Generally it is not recommended to sleep in an infrared sauna, but lying position makes it more probably that you will fall asleep accidentally.

An infrared sauna dome looks more appealing to me than an infrared sauna tent as an alternative to an infrared sauna cabin. It is clearly more comfortable if you don’t mind lying down for a 30-minute sauna session and do not want to pay high price for a sauna cabin. But as always I recommend you to try it before purchasing.

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