Infrared Sauna Blanket Review.

How to Use the Infrared Sauna Blanket

This post was originally posted this summer but it’s REALLY COLD out right now and the HigherDOSE team just extended my discount code for another year, so I wanted to update it!

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, even though I loved it and really loved the results, I stopped going.

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. 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 at HigherDOSE, use code GRACE75! (This code will work through the end of 2020!)

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 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.

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. 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 pretty 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.

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 – it 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!!!) it is 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. 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 GRACE75. This offer expires 12/31/20!

HigherDose 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! 😀

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  2. Helen says 7.24.19

    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?

  3. Andrej says 7.24.19

    Did you measure EMF though?

    • Nicole Z says 7.25.19

      They say it’s low EMF 🙂

  4. Laura says 7.24.19

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

    • grace at the stripe says 7.25.19

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

  5. Louis Botha says 7.25.19

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

  6. Nicole Z says 7.25.19

    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

    • grace at the stripe says 7.26.19

      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. Wendy says 7.26.19

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

    • Todd says 10.17.19

      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’.

  8. Lisa Autumn says 7.27.19

    OMG this sounds dreamy!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  9. Tina | TBR etc. says 8.5.19

    Just bought one for my husband for Christmas!! I CANT WAIT!

  10. Pam Gaytan says 11.30.19

    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!

    • Diana Lacey says 4.16.20

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

  11. Diane says 1.17.20

    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?!

    • grace at the stripe says 1.20.20

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

  12. Gina says 1.28.20

    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

  13. Maria Picciano says 1.29.20

    Great review, thank you

  14. Rose Barrantes says 3.25.20

    I can’t get the code to work

  15. Emily Harper says 4.9.20

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

    • 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!

      • Emily E Harper says 4.10.20

        That worked! Thank you.

  16. Kira Miftari says 4.12.20

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

    • grace at the stripe says 4.12.20

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

  17. Karen says 4.29.20

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

  18. Aricha says 5.13.20

    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!

    • grace at the stripe says 5.13.20

      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!

  19. Mel says 5.19.20

    Does it feel uncomfortable sweating inside the sauna blanket?
    Thanks!

    • grace at the stripe says 5.20.20

      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!

    • Rose Barrantes says 5.20.20

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