Infrared Sauna Blanket Review.

How to Use the Infrared Sauna Blanket

You might remember that about two years ago I got really into going to HigherDOSE for their infrared sauna, and also going to Shape House to lay in their infrared sauna blankets. I loved it so much but truth be told, it was expensive and also a pain in the butt, scheduling wise. After the sauna you are so sweaty that you really have to go straight home… it wasn’t something I could do before events or meetings and I don’t like making multiple trips in and out of the city in a single day. So like with many other awesome but inconvenient things (and now COVID), even though I loved it and really loved the results, I stopped going. A home sauna would be much, much more ideal.

Infrared Sauna Blanket Review

This past summer, HigherDOSE got in touch to see if I’d want to review one of their at home infrared sauna blankets and I was so excited – the idea of being able to do it at home, from the comfort of my couch sounded incredible. The blanket increases the body’s thermal energy and promote a temporary increase in blood flow like you are working out… without actually working out. Sweating while watching TV is basically the dream. Still, I had questions. Would it be as effective as going to Shape House or HigherDose? Would it smell bad? And, would it be easy to clean? Etc. etc. I was already sold on the benefits of using an infrared sauna blanket but the at home element was new to me.

For $75 off your infrared sauna blanket V3 at HigherDOSE, use code THESTRIPE75! (This code currently has no expiration date!)

Why I Love My Infrared Sauna Blanket

It gives you all the benefits of going to the sauna – but at home. I can lay on my couch and SWEAT (I put down a towel, don’t worry!) without leaving my home (no sweaty subway ride home afterward). Also, while it’s expensive, it will pay for itself in a month or two if you do it a couple times a week (a 10 pack at Shape House is $400!)

How to Use the Infrared Sauna Blanket

The blanket is a large rectangle that folds together sort of like a sleeping bag (velcro panels). It is pretty simple. You plug it in, lay it flat down (I take the back couch cushions off, lay a towel down underneath, and put on my favorite show), and SWEAT for an hour. The blanket is a high quality waterproof PVC with infrared technology and a remote control to control the temperature. I usually keep the temperature heat settings around a 7 (it goes up to a 9); that’s all I can handle!!! You can work up as you become more comfortable with it.

Infrared Sauna Blanket How To Use
wear a cotton long sleeve, loose pants, and socks!

When you are in the blanket, it’s recommended that you wear loose cotton clothing that you don’t mind getting really sweaty: a long sleeve tee, socks, and long pants. You’re going to get very hot, sweat a lot, and you may notice a slight increase in your heart rate. Be sure to drink a lot of water during and after your sauna session – I fill up a large mason jar or carafe of water and keep it next to me during my session… I try to drink the whole thing over an hour.

I put down a towel over my couch pillow, and another trick I like to do is take a wet wash cloth and wrap it around a couple ice cubes. About thirty minutes into your sweat you will be SO glad it’s there… so refreshing!

You will sweat a lot.

The clothing that you wear will be soaked and there will be sweat in the blanket. It does not leak though – it’s fully self-contained. I had been worried about cleaning it but it is actually very easy- immediately after my sweat I unfold the blanket, lay it flat, and just wipe it down with these cleaning wipes from 7th Generation. You just want to do it immediately! (Whatever you use to clean the blanket; I’d definitely be sure to use something natural/organic!).

I’ve had my blanket for six months and use it at least once or twice a month and it has been really easy to clean and does not smell bad at all. The key is to clean it immediately after sweating. The 7th Generation wipes are perfect!

Infrared Blanket Benefits

Infrared Blanket Benefits

There are so many health benefits to infrared sauna treatments (this post that I wrote last year is a great resource!) but here are a few of my personal favs. Infrared technology is really cool!

More energy

You will definitely notice more energy after you sweat, similar to getting a good workout. That increased blood flow!

Weight loss

I’m hesitant to include this as you do notice an immediate slimming effect but that’s all water weight. So you will of course temporarily lose water weight which is great in the short term. That being said, it does burn a lot of calories. According to Shape House, a single sauna session in the blanket burns upwards of 800 calories.

It’s great for your skin.

Sweating is great for your skin – the increase in blood flow helps you detoxify and boosts collagen levels. I notice that when I’m using the blanket 2-3x a week (or getting a good sweat at somewhere like Tracy Anderson), my skin is so much softer.

Reduced stress + anxiety.

While the blanket is not comfortable at times (you get really hot!!!) the infrared rays and heat are incredibly relaxing. It’s great when you are feeling anxious or stressed.

Infrared Sauna Blanket Review

I love my infrared blanket. It is just as effective as going to a sauna to sweat, but I can do it at home. I love how good I feel afterward: more energy, increased circulation, you just feel GREAT. This is big for me as I live in Brooklyn and am a bit of a homebody.

For a discount on the blanket….

HigherDOSE is giving my readers $75 off their purchase! Click this link to buy the blanket, and use code THESTRIPE75.

HigherDose blanket review Infrared Sauna Blanket Review

photography by Carter Fish.

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  1. I seriously applaud you for always trying out things for us! So interesting! 😀

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    7.24.19 Reply
  2. Helen:

    I’ve been thinking about getting a sauna blanket but the thought of wearing clothes in one makes me feel overly hot. Have you ever tried it without wearing clothes or is that not recommended?

    7.24.19 Reply
  3. Andrej:

    Did you measure EMF though?

    7.24.19 Reply
    • Nicole Z:

      They say it’s low EMF 🙂

      7.25.19 Reply
  4. Laura:

    Is this more like a sleeping bag or a blanket? Also, how compact does it get for storage?

    7.24.19 Reply
    • It’s a blanket that folds up like a sleeping bag with velcro. It’s big but compact enough to fit under my couch!

      7.25.19 Reply
  5. Louis Botha:

    What is the wavelength composition of the infrared produced by this blanket?

    7.25.19 Reply
  6. Nicole Z:

    Oh wow, I live in Los Angeles and just bought this blanket about a month ago! We have a place here called Shape House where you lie in a similar blanket (I refer to it as a sleeping bag), watch TV for an hour and chill. (They unfortunately don’t sell their proprietary blanket.) I have had some health concerns/struggles and a few different practitioners had recommended getting an infrared sauna at home. (My parents have a full box sauna at their house, but it is so big. I wanted something more compact.)

    I LOVE THIS PRODUCT SO MUCH! It is worth every penny. (And, when you compare it to a Biomat or other healing device, it is affordable.) I use it almost every day on my bed. It is so portable and compact.

    Glad you like yours as well. Happy sweating! xx

    7.25.19 Reply
    • Yes! I loved Shape House. It’s great but it was expensive and a hike to get to; so I’m really psyched to get to do it at home!

      7.26.19 Reply
  7. Wendy:

    Nothing detoxifies your body but your liver and kidneys. It’s bad science to say you can detox via your skin!

    7.26.19 Reply
    • Todd:

      While the Liver is the main detox organ of the body as current science understands it, there most certainly are not only two detox organs. Generally, the liver removes metals and metabolizes drugs, kidneys filter the blood, lungs handle airborne particulate matter, the lymph nodes filters viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens, the colon reabsorbs fluid and excretes waste, and the skin excretes waste as well via sweating. If you doubt the skins role in detox, search for ‘NIH sweat detox’.

      10.17.19 Reply
      • Phoebe:

        Thank you for this. People are surface level “educated” because they were taught once that the liver is the detox organ.

        12.15.20 Reply
  8. Lisa Autumn:

    OMG this sounds dreamy!

    x Lisa |

    7.27.19 Reply
  9. Just bought one for my husband for Christmas!! I CANT WAIT!

    8.5.19 Reply
  10. Pam Gaytan:

    I have one and I’m HOOKED! Love love my blanket. I feel the stress exit my body as it heats up! I started at 5 for 20 minutes and worked my way up!
    Just looking for ideas on how to store it! Right now its on my bedroom make up stool. Looking for creative iideas!

    11.30.19 Reply
    • Diana Lacey:

      Please email me the price of the “Higher Dose” sauna blanket. And is there one size only
      Diana L

      4.16.20 Reply
  11. Diane:

    I just saw this blanket today on an Instagram add, then was doing research and came across your review! Is there anyway you can extend that discount code?!

    1.17.20 Reply
    • Yes!!! The code is valid through the end of 2020. Hope you give it a try, I really love mine!!!!

      1.20.20 Reply
  12. Gina:

    Thanks for the recommendation! I bough it using your discount code and had my first session yesterday. I loved it.

    I’ve been having some muscular aches and pains and I really noticed a difference and it also relaxed me

    Look forward to using it a couple times a week

    1.28.20 Reply
    • So happy to hear that!!! Thanks for letting me know.

      1.28.20 Reply
    • Michelle:

      In so glad I came across your pin. I have been researching the infrared sauna blankets and wasn’t sure yet which one to get. I read you blog and was sold. I just ordered it today with the help of your code I got a great deal. I cannot wait to get it. I have Fibromyalgia and could need some help with losing weight. My husband can even use it also for his chronic back pain.

      10.25.20 Reply
  13. Maria Picciano:

    Great review, thank you

    1.29.20 Reply
  14. Rose Barrantes:

    I can’t get the code to work

    3.25.20 Reply
  15. Emily Harper:

    I’m not able to use the code at checkout! Do you know if it’s still active?

    4.9.20 Reply
    • Yes! It should work. I responded to another commenter with a customer service email if it doesn’t work! It is changing to GRACE75 as of 4/15!

      4.9.20 Reply
      • Emily E Harper:

        That worked! Thank you.

        4.10.20 Reply
  16. Kira Miftari:

    Hi, I am thinking to order this blanket, so I tried your discount code and it isn’t working… Is it invalid now? Thnx 🙂

    4.12.20 Reply
    • Hi! It was supposed to work through 4/15 but they may have already changed it to GRACE75 – give that a try!

      4.12.20 Reply
  17. Karen:

    I just got mine today and did a session and I loved it!!!

    4.29.20 Reply
  18. Aricha:

    Are you still using this? I was comparing it to the Sunlighten Solo, priced around $2,300. Are you still using these particular wipes to clean it?

    Hmmm… debating if this cheaper purchase will get me similarly good results.

    Thank you for your response!

    5.13.20 Reply
    • Hi! Yes, I am – I used it last night actually and posted to instagram stories! I haven’t heard of the Sunlighten Solo but absolutely love this! And yes, I still use those exact wipes!

      5.13.20 Reply
  19. Mel:

    Does it feel uncomfortable sweating inside the sauna blanket?

    5.19.20 Reply
    • A little, yes. I mean getting that hot and sweating that much is uncomfortable. But I like it? I had been going to places to do this (Shape House for example has these very blankets and gives you a cute room with a TV) so I was used to it!

      5.20.20 Reply
    • Rose Barrantes:

      Your body feels amazing afterwards. I can’t wait for mine to arrive.

      5.20.20 Reply
  20. Reagan:

    How do we know that the PVC doesn’t have phthalates or other endocrine disrupting chemicals in it? Most PVC has phthalates added to it to make it soft, but obviously there are plenty of other chemicals that can cause problems, they just aren’t as well known.

    6.2.20 Reply
    • Jessica:

      I agree Reagan. There could be fire retardants that are a chemical used on blankets like this to prevent them from catching on fire. Those are endocrine toxins. Grace do you know if the company tests for these chemicals or can say and provide info that it is free of chemicals?

      6.24.20 Reply
      • I don’t, but would recommend reaching out to the brand’s customer service with this question! Thanks!!!

        6.24.20 Reply
  21. Chelz:

    Do know the max degree temperature the blanket is capable of reaching?

    6.18.20 Reply
  22. Palma Paxton:

    I tried to order from your $75 off link but there is no discount.

    7.23.20 Reply
    • Hi Palma,
      I just tested it! When you get to the check out screen, there’s a place to enter a discount code. Just enter GRACE75 and it will work. If you still have issues, def reach out to their customer service team.

      7.23.20 Reply
  23. Huda dawud:

    Hi grace I just tried to use the code and it does not work. Please help

    8.19.20 Reply
  24. Pauline carey:

    I am thinking of getting one. But not to sure what type. I want a sauna blanket. I have heard people say they are good. Better than the steam tents. How true❓

    8.30.20 Reply
    • Nicole:

      My sister has the tent – I have the blanket. I think the blanket gets hotter. This blanket has been my saving grace in 2020. I wouldn’t hesitate buying – it’s so wonderful

      8.30.20 Reply
  25. Hello Grace I was also concerned about the EMS with the sauna blanket I wanted to purchase it but I added the code and it was denied so I wrote a note to them waiting back for a reply.
    I thought I would inform you of this because I followed what you had said and tapped on the link it brought me to the site however, I want to purchase but it wouldn’t allow your code.
    Sharon Van Ert

    8.31.20 Reply
    • Hey Sharon!
      I’m not sure why that’s happening – I just tested the code out from my computer and it worked perfectly. Did you try to apply it where it says “Add a discount code or a gift card” under your order summary?

      8.31.20 Reply
  26. Claudy:

    Thank you for your honest review and your discount code! I’m seriously considering ordering it 🙂 much health and blessings!

    9.6.20 Reply
  27. Amy:

    How different is this than say wrapping up in an electric blanket and wearing one of those plastic sauna suits?

    9.9.20 Reply
  28. By any chance do you know the temperature range for the HigherDOSE blanket and the EMF output? I’m very interested in purchasing the blanket (using your code). I sent HigherDOSE an email with these questions. They automatically replied that they would get back in 24 – 48 hours and it’s been 5 days. I really want the blanket. But I’m concerned that their lack of response may mean the EMF is higher than 4 mG’s. What do you think?

    9.11.20 Reply
    • I do not! I will ping their team but that’s weird – their customer service team is usually very responsive!

      9.11.20 Reply
    • Hey CC! I heard back from the brand, here’s the official answer! 🙂

      The blanket ranges from 68 to 158 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there are various ways to measure the temperature, such as interior surface, inside air, and more. It is fully adjustable with a handheld controller attached to the blanket and programmed for 60 minutes but can be shut off at any time. The blanket emits less than 1 milligauss EMF.

      9.16.20 Reply
  29. Aaaah, this sounds amazing! 😀 Do you know if they ship internationally?

    9.15.20 Reply
  30. Lindsey:

    I am not able to get this code to work! Please help!

    10.16.20 Reply
  31. Sarah:

    Thank you so much! This review helped me decide between Higher Dose & Gizmo – and your review totally clarified for me which is the right one. Plus the $75 off!! I immediately used it! Thank you thank you thank you! As a Shape House fanatic, with their rising prices even before COVID, I was thinking I needed to find an alternative that didn’t force me to sacrifice something that truly is my best form of self-care & just appreciate your post because it pushed me to get this shockingly “money saving” option 🙂

    12.18.20 Reply
  32. Wendy Sommer:

    Just purchased with code Grace100! This will be perfect as we approach the daunting colder weather of Chicago. Thank you for your review.

    8.12.21 Reply
  33. Trish Stypka:

    What is their return policy?

    1.7.22 Reply
  34. Kimberly:

    I am seriously thinking about getting one now that we are entering year 3 of this pandemic. Do you still use it?

    1.11.22 Reply