The health benefits of regular sauna use are well known. However, access to saunas isn’t always easy to come by and home saunas can be pricey and take up a lot of space. Enter the sauna blanket. While you may be familiar with other forms of portable saunas, the blanket is arguably the most compact option and folds up easily for storage in a closet, under a bed, or behind a couch when not in use. It’s also less awkward than sitting in a sauna tent with your head sticking out and it’s an affordable way to add sauna time to your health routine. Even so, it can be hard to figure out what to look for in a sauna blanket or to know which online companies can be trusted when making a purchase that’s so connected to your health.
Thankfully, Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps, co-founders and co-CEO’s of HigherDOSE were willing to weigh in on what to look for in a sauna blanket and what sets HigherDOSE’s Infrared Sauna Blanket apart from the competition. HigherDOSE was founded in 2016 with a focus on retail infrared sauna spaces but has since shifted to a direct-to-consumer model that includes sauna blankets. The company first started using sauna blankets at pop-up events because they were easy to transport but customer interest for home use sparked the addition of sauna blankets to HigherDOSE’s online offerings. Here’s what Berlingeri and Kaps had to share about finding the right sauna blanket.
Olivia O’Bryon: What should shoppers look for in a quality sauna blanket and why are these features important?
HigherDOSE: When you are shopping for a Sauna Blanket, it’s important to look at both the technology and the design. We’ve spent years perfecting the infrared technology in our devices, which mimics the healing energy of the sun – raising your core temperature and increasing blood flow and circulation. The HigherDOSE blanket ranges from 68 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit – but your experience is fully adjustable with a handheld controller, which is programmed for 60 minutes, but can be shut off at any time.
You’re going to get hot and sweaty in there, so a spacious design is important. Comfort is key in creating a zen experience. As we upgraded our device over the years, we swapped velcro for an industrial zipper – creating a roomier experience, an easier exit, and added comfort for those who might have a weakened immune system. You’ll also want to be sure you’ve invested in a blanket that’s easy to use and to clean (so nothing holds you back from jumping in often!).
OO: What sets HigherDOSE apart from other sauna blankets on the market?
HD: The HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket has been the hottest at-home infrared device on the market for years. Our best-selling, portable device is perfect for living room sweat sessions or on-the-go wellness. It combines an innovative design with layers of nature-inspired technologies — including infrared heat, charcoal, clay, and crystal therapy — that help you get high on your own time.
Infrared’s deeply penetrating heat promotes full-body detox, improved circulation, reduced inflammation, and inside-out healing. This technology is the star of the show, but the other layers give our blanket an extra edge. A layer of amethyst and tourmaline crystals deepens the benefits of infrared and naturally generates negative ions, which fight free radicals. A charcoal layer binds to pollutants, helping to flush out impurities and deepen your detox. A clay layer emits negative ions (think: antioxidants in the air) and balances the heat. And a medical-grade magnetic strip grounds the body and improves blood flow and circulation. Ready to turn up the heat? The HigherDOSE Sauna Blanket’s innovative design is low in EMF (Electromagnetic Field) and in ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) currents, so you can soak up the benefits of these powerful technologies safely. This is your best wellness investment yet.
OO: Is there anything shoppers should avoid in sauna blankets?
HD: Be wary of blankets that are high in EMF (electromagnetic field) currents and take a second look at the materials that the device body is made from. It gets hot in there, so you want to make sure that all the materials you are surrounded by are as safe as can be! Our device is the only sauna blanket on the market that is low in Electromagnetic Field (EMF) and Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) currents, setting the standard for healthful and safe at-home infrared experiences everywhere. We also recently upgraded our device’s body to use an elevated vegan leather material that is better for you and the environment, while remaining water resistant and high resistance to heat making it melt proof.
OO: Can you share some of the health benefits of using a sauna blanket?
HD: The Infrared Sauna Blanket V4 detoxifies the body, relaxes the mind, boosts your mood, promotes glowing skin, and ignites a healthy DOSE of your brain’s feel-good chemicals (Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins). After just one session you’ll feel blissed, buzzed, and beautiful – like you just spent a day in nature.
But the long-term wellness benefits are pretty hot, too. Infrared therapy stimulates healing on a cellular level. Far infrared waves are the safest segment of the sun’s energy and these powerful rays penetrate deep beneath the skin, where they are known to assist with detoxification, relaxation, burning calories, pain relief, rapid exercise recovery, anti-aging, skin purification, cell health, and improved circulation. We believe infrared to be the number one wellness hack to incorporate into any lifestyle. We’re addicted and you will be, too.