Portable sauna options

Portable saunas are gaining in popularity, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19 as people have been finding ways to maintain and indulge in self-care at home. Most people are familiar with the traditional saunas or steam rooms that have been available within gyms and spas. These group use facilities have been around for hundreds of years and have made the benefits of sauna use well-known and sought after. There are also portable steam saunas popping up for use at home.

We now have an option for a new type of sauna with infrared light. First discovered by Sir Frederick William Herschel and used by NASA, infrared falls under the dry sauna category and are also starting to pop up around the world in spas and wellness centers and also for at home use (as they are mostly portable saunas in nature).

Within the dry, infrared category, there are generally two types: far infrared (also referred to as FAR) and near infrared (also referred to as NIR) saunas. At Sauna Comfort, we focus exclusively on near infrared saunas as it utilizes half the energy and emits zero electromagnetic fields (EMFs) compared to FAR, while providing numerous health and wellness benefits.

Here, we provide an overview of the most portable to least portable (but still portable) near infrared solutions offered by Sauna Comfort.

Portable light arrays

Portable light arrays are used on their own or within an enclosure (which help trap heat). The Sauna Comfort light array options differ in the number of bulbs they offer: one, two or four bulbs.

The one or two bulb units are more commonly used to target specific spots within the body. They are also conducive to bringing with you on the go, as long as you’ll have a power source. Some customers have reported bringing these with them in an RV or using with a timer to help them wake up in the morning.

Used within our enclosures (see next two sections) or on their own outside of an enclosure, the four bulb options provide the most light intensity. This means they are most likely to get you sweating, especially when used within an enclosure.

Portable fabric enclosure

A portable fabric sauna enclosure provides a more traditional sauna experience and makes owning and using a sauna at home easier than ever. Here are four reasons we love fabric enclosures for near infrared saunas:

  • Ease of use: After initial assembly, it takes minutes to put up or take down.
  • Traps heat: The fabric enclosure heats up very similar to our basswood sauna enclosure.
  • Sturdy: Comes with a basswood frame and all seams are double and triple stitched.
  • Minimal profile: Its sleek design doesn’t make it an eyesore to leave up but also is easy to pack and store when not in use.

Portable wood enclosure

Wood enclosures arguably offer a more traditional or expected sauna experience yet are still considered a portable sauna. The time to set-up an all wood enclosure is considerably more than a fabric enclosure. Making the wood enclosure difficult to take down when not in use. However, it is possible to dissemble and move should you need to for a significant event, such as moving. Furthermore, the light array can be removed from the enclosure, creating a more “portable” element.

To learn more about using a near infrared sauna and its benefits, read why we love near infrared. To get set up with a near infrared light array and enclosure, shop Sauna Comfort.

Why near infrared saunas

Within the dry sauna category, there are generally two types: far infrared and near infrared. At Sauna Comfort, we’re exclusively focused on near infrared saunas. We love that near infrared utilizes half the energy and emits zero electromagnetic fields (EMFs) as compared to far infrared, while providing numerous health and wellness benefits.


For those considering near infrared and wondering if it’s right for you, we’ve compiled a simple list of the 12 reason to get a near infrared sauna grouped under two general themes.

Compared to other sauna types

  1. Heats your body directly, instead of the air around you, you can enjoy many benefits even without an enclosure
  2. Uses less energy by achieving results at lower temperatures
  3. Requires no pre-heating
  4. Emits zero electromagnetic fields (EMFs)
  5. Inherently portable, making saunas more accessible and affordable for an at home experience

Health and wellness benefits

  1. Rejuvenates skin as mitochondria soak up the energy from the near infrared light which aides cellular repair
  2. Similar to exercise, the heat increases blood flow and expands blood vessels leading to improved circulation
  3. Parasympathetic nervous system is activated leading to relaxation
  4. Natural and non-evasive way of promoting healing
  5. Induces sweating which has several benefits
  6. Improves circulation which promotes faster healing of muscles and relieves pain
  7. Promotes overall health and wellness as part of a consistent self-care routine, can help heal on a body-wide level

We also consider this a space to watch. Near infrared saunas are relatively new compared to traditional saunas. With infrared first discovered by Sir Frederick William Herschel and used by NASA, the benefits of light therapy continue to be researched and there are many other promising ways near infrared can support one’s overall health and wellness. We wish you luck in your journey and invite you to keep track of our articles on the Sauna Comfort blog or explore our near infrared sauna products.