how hot do infrared saunas get?

How Hot Does An Infrared Sauna Get?

What I like about the infrared sauna is the gentle and consistent heat they provide, compared to the traditional sauna heat which is much hotter and usually runs at a higher temperature than the infrared sauna does.

Today I want to cover the temperatures of the infrared sauna, as you are here because you want to know how hot an infrared sauna gets. 

However for me to do this I really need to compare the infrared sauna temperature against a traditional sauna. This is just to give you an idea of the different heats and temperatures both saunas can reach.

For some, not all, the heat from a sauna of any kind can be a little overwhelming, especially if you’re new to sauna therapy, you can struggle to actually stay in the sauna for long periods of time at first. Hence why the infrared sauna seems to be a better option. 

Don’t get me wrong, the infrared sauna can still get quite hot, especially if it’s a heat you are not used to, as I said, It can take some time to adjust.

So how hot does an infrared sauna get? The top temperature sits around 150F. As opposed to a traditional sauna which maxes out at around 180-200F.

It’s not often you’ll need to go that high if at all. The ideal temperature for an infrared sauna for you to get the maximum health benefits and results is a lot lower than that, around 110F-130F is ideal.

Another benefit of using the infrared sauna that I like, is you don’t need to wait very long for the sauna to heat up. You can even jump into it while it’s heating up. 

This is actually a good way to help acclimatise yourself to the heat while it’s getting to the right temperature. 

Once you turn on the infrared sauna it’s already emitting heat, so if you’re experiencing the joys of using an infrared sauna for the first time, this is a great way to adapt to the heat while you work your way up.

Yes, it will take a little while to get to the right heat, but there’s no harm in getting in there while it heats up. 

Note. Infrared saunas can allow you to have longer sessions than using a traditional sauna. This can be due to the lower heat which lowers the risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration that can come with using a higher temperature sauna.

The Infrared Sauna Ideal Temperature. What Is It?

This can be an open question as it will vary depending on your level of experience and your ability to handle the heat. 

It also comes down to your fitness and health levels. For example, if you are a fit person that exercises regularly, your tolerance levels will be different from those who do not exercise.

Having said that, this is again one of the many benefits of using an infrared sauna. You can adjust it to your tolerance levels then work your way up from there.

The Ideal Temperature Setting.

So if you were to ask me how hot does an infrared sauna get and what is the ideal temperature for me. We would need to look at a few things but to be fair it’s how hot do you want to go and what are you trying to achieve.

As I’ve said already the ideal temperature setting for an infrared sauna is around 110-130F. This is where you want to be in that range.

If you’re looking for more of a detox session, you can have the temperature a little lower and if you want to have a good sweat session feel free to turn the sauna up.

Remember to consider your health and fitness level. what might sound good for one person might not be the best idea for another. And remember to look out for any signs of overheating. 

Infrared saunas allow you to have a little more control over your temperatures than the traditional sauna does. Which you can use to your advantage especially when you first get started. 

What Is The Best Way To Use The Infrared Sauna?

Infrared and dry saunas generally provide a bit more control over the precise temperature than wet or steam saunas. Humidity remains more consistent in the dry or infrared saunas, so the overall temperature is easier to control.

With regards to heating up your infrared sauna, it can take around 10-15 minutes, depending on the heat level. 

As I mentioned above, don’t wait for the sauna to heat up completely before you jump in, feel free to get in there while it’s in the pre-heat stage, this gives you a good opportunity to get used to the heat if you are new to the infrared saunas.

If for any reason your sauna is getting too hot for you, a quick tip to cool it down is to open the door. And remember to look after yourself in the process.


I hope I’ve been able to clear a few things up for you and answer your questions on how hot an infrared sauna gets. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Here’s to your health and happiness.

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