Clearlight Saunas Vs. Sunlighten Saunas: Which is better in Australia?

A Detailed Review: Clearlight or Sunlighten Saunas?


Clearlight would like to remind users that this should not be taken as direct medical advice, and you should always consult a licensed health practitioner before making any significant changes to your lifestyle or existing pain treatment regimen. Before we dive in, we want to be honest that we’re part of the Clearlight Saunas team for non-US regions. We nevertheless aim to be as transparent and objective as possible in my analysis of these different saunas. Based on these facts and analysis, we believe Clearlight is the superior sauna.

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Comparison Highlights: Clearlight Saunas Vs Sunlighten Saunas

When it comes to finding the ideal infrared sauna for your home, two brands stand out from the rest: Clearlight and Sunlighten.

Both offer high-quality products that provide excellent value, but a comparison between their respective features can help you decide which is best for you.

Clearlight® Saunas stands out with its low EMF and ELF sauna technology and ongoing new features that make it a top choice for those looking for the best-infrared sauna in Australia.

In this blog, we're going to compare these two side-by-side to show once and for all which is the best-infrared sauna available.

Before we dive in, we want to be honest that we’re part of the Clearlight Saunas team for non-US regions. We nevertheless aim to be as transparent and objective as possible in my analysis of these different saunas. Based on these facts and analysis, we believe Clearlight is the superior sauna.

How to Decide Between Clearlight and Sunlighten Saunas

Deciding between a Clearlight and Sunlighten can be tricky.

Both offer some attractive benefits like the ability to enjoy a highly effective infrared sauna detox, making it not only an enjoyable recreational activity but also an effective foundational wellness tool.

Also, with the added choice of some features like; sound therapy, sonic technology, pre-installed health programs, and choices of coloured lighting, its no wonder why these two brands stand above the rest.

Ultimately, you'll need to assess both sauna brands carefully before making a decision, and while both brands might be near-perfect, they do differ in some aspects which may be the deciding factor for your own personal and individual needs.

Let's take a quick look at both sauna brands:

Introducing Clearlight® Saunas

Clearlight® Saunas is the leading manufacturer of premium infrared saunas, having been on the market for over 20 years.

They offer products that deliver superior performance in terms of far-infrared and full-spectrum infrared heating technology, as well as comfort and safety.

The major selling points are:

  • Ultra-low EMF and ELF Saunas (all of which are certified by third-party testing)
  • True Wave® Infrared Technology (endorsed by the likes of Ben Greenfield)
  • Infrared Sauna Accessories and Upgradable Features (Halotherapy, Red light Therapy, Aromatherapy, Resonance Therapy, Chromotherapy)
  • 360º Infrared Sauna Cabin Heat (specifically designed to target the therapeutic areas of the body and NOT the head)
  • Tech Features (App control, Charging station, Cool box, Bluetooth, Sound System)

These features are what makes Clearlight stand out from the other sauna competition and provide the most holistic wellness experience. If your top priority is wellness, Clearlight is unmatched.

Introducing Sunlighten Saunas

Sunlighten has also been on the market for nearly two decades, offering a range of far-infrared saunas.

The major selling points are:

  • Low EMF Heating Technology
  • Solocarbon® Infrared Technology
  • Infrared Sauna Accessories and Upgradable Features (Aromatherapy, Sound Therapy, Chromotherapy)
  • Tech Features (Bluetooth, Sound System, Pre-installed sauna programs)

There patented Solocarbon® heating technology is a three-wavelength infrared system. This is different to full-spectrum infrared heaters, as the Solocarbon® uses three seperate heaters, one near-infrared heater, one middle-infrared heater, and one far-infrared heater, that are controlled individually.

These features make Sunlighten a popular choice for a high-end and luxury infrared sauna for home or business.

Let's take a closer look at some sauna product comparisons.

2-Person Far Infrared Comparison

Let's take a look at the the Clearlight® Premier 2-Person Far Infrared Sauna and the Signature II far infrared from Sunlighten.

Product Comparison

Sunlighten Signature vs Clearlight Premier

Features Sunlighten Signature II Clearlight® Premier Far Infrared Sauna
Size 197 x 129 x 116 cm 193 x 127 X 112 cm
Heaters SoloCarbon® Ceramic Heaters emitting 1,650W at 230V True Wave™ carbon emitting 1,750W at 230V
Heater Placement Targets the entire body, including the head Focus on the body and extremities only
Infrared Spectrum High-quality far infrared High-quality far infrared
Wood Type Basswood or eucalyptus Western red cedarwood
Sauna Accessories Vibrational resonance therapy Salt therapy, vibrational resonance therapy, red light therapy tower, chromotherapy

As you can see, the core difference between these two 'entry-level' far-infrared saunas are:

  1. Sunlighten is slightly larger in sauna size
  2. Clearlight has higher energy-output heaters
  3. Clearlight heater placement is more efficient
  4. Clearlight uses premium timber
  5. Clearlight has the potential for more sauna add-ons

4-Person Infrared Sauna Comparison

Now let's take a closer look at both sauna brands high-end and premium infrared sauna models, the Clearlight® Sanctuary Yoga 4-Person Full Spectrum Sauna and the Sunlighten mPulse Discover.

Product Comparison

Sunlighten mPulse Discover vs Clearlight Sanctuary Yoga

Features Sunlighten mPulse Discover Clearlight® Sanctuary Yoga Full Spectrum Sauna
Size 199 x 179 x 179 cm 193 x 196 x 153 cm
Heaters SoloCarbon® NIR, MIR, and FIR emitting 4,200W at 230V True Wave® carbon / ceramic and two 2 x 500W Full Spectrum Heaters emitting 3,360W at 230V
Heater Placement Target entire body including the head. No 360° coverage of body and extremities Focus on body and extremities only - covering them 360°
Infrared Spectrum Good far and middle infrared coverage but only a tiny part of near-infrared Covers entire near, middle, and far infrared spectrum
Wood Type Eucalyptus, basswood, or eucalyptus/cedar combination Western red cedar
Sauna Accessories Vibrational resonance therapy Salt therapy, Vibrational resonance therapy, Red light therapy tower

Again, the core difference between these two 'top-tier' infrared saunas are:

  1. Sunlighten is again slightly larger in sauna size
  2. Sunlighten has higher energy-output heaters
  3. Clearlight has more heaters
  4. Clearlight uses full-spectrum infrared wavelengths
  5. Clearlight heater placement is more efficient
  6. Clearlight uses premium timber
  7. Clearlight has the potential for more sauna add-ons

Whether you're looking for the best infrared sauna for a deep cellular detox, to improve your maximum physical benefits, or simply all of the health benefits infrared saunas provide, both the mPulse and the Sanctuary Sauna are top-tier choices when it comes to infrared saunas.

mPulse saunas are a Sunlighten infrared sauna that utilises far infrared heat, as well as near and mid-infrared heat in the sauna cabin.

However, it is not a full-spectrum sauna as it uses a different light combination than a full-spectrum sauna.

Sanctuary Saunas are a full spectrum sauna, utilising innovative technology of carbon and ceramic fusion for far infrared heat, and halogen heaters that distribute an even amount of far, mid and near infrared from the same heaters for more intense heat.

Because of this, Sanctuary Saunas have a hotter cabin temperature, ensuring the hotter heat amplified in the full spectrum infrared sauna provides a therapeutic sweat.

Next up, we're going to take a closer look at comparing the individual features that Clearlight and Sunlighten offer.


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Comparing Sauna Features

We've outlined 4 key features we believe are critical when comparing which infrared sauna brand is right for you:

  1. Type of Infrared heaters
  2. Upgradable add-ons and sauna accessories
  3. Safety: Ultra low EMF and ELF exposure
  4. Sauna Warranty Details

1. True Wave® Vs Solocarbon®: Battle of the Heaters

Clearlight's True Wave® heaters and Sunlighten's Solocarbon® heaters are both offered in the signature far infrared sauna and fill spectrum sauna equivalents. The major differences between them are:

  • Heater Material
  • Infrared Wavelength
  • Electromagnetic Frequencies and Extremely Low Frequencies

In this section, we will compare each of these components that are essential for the highest-quality infrared heater.

What Heater Material is Better?

Here's a brief understanding on the different infrared heater materials available:

  • Carbon heaters use a combination of carbon fibres and other materials to generate long-wave infrared energy of far infrared. Carbon heaters are more efficient but do not provide as much concentrated heat on the body.
  • Ceramic heaters, are made of quartz tubes that concentrate more intense amounts of infrared light that the body absorbs more readily. This type of heater produces a higher output than a carbon heater, essentially making more infrared energy of a specific wavelength.

Clearlight® Infrared Sauna Heater Material

Clearlight's True Wave® heaters use a fusion of ceramic and carbon elements to utilise the best attributes of both types of heaters.

This allows Clearlight heaters to be extremely energy efficient while still producing more energy than any other material.

Clearlight also offers a True Wave® full-spectrum heater that disperses an equal amount of Near, Mid, and Far-Infrared wavelengths for a more therapeutic application of the entire infrared spectrum.

They are also the lowest EMF and ELF-outputted heaters available due to patented technology.

Sunlighten Infrared Sauna Heater Material

Sunlighten's Solocarbon® heaters feature carbon fibre heating technology for efficient energy consumption at the expense of the amount of energy.

Their far infrared panels are painted to produce an accurate wavelength using patented technology.

Sunlighten also offers 3-in-1 infrared heating technology, providing all three wavelengths - near, mid and far infrared - from different heaters. This allows for individual control over each wavelength, however, the therapeutic application is different to a full spectrum heater. In a full spectrum heater, you have all 3 wavelengths targeting one are of the body, while the 3-in-1 cannot do this.

Therefore, we believe Clearlight® Saunas offers more advantages when it comes to infrared heater's as they produce more energy and allow for full spectrum heating.

2. Infrared Sauna Accessories

When it comes to sauna accessories or add-ons, there really isn't any comparison.

While both sauna brands off medical-grade chromotherapy as a standard inclusion in their respective premium models, aromatherapy, and acoustic resonance therapy, Clearlight continues to offer a wider range of products.

This includes:

  • Red Light Therapy
  • Halotherapy

Again, if you want a holistic sauna experience with the latest and greatest cutting-edge health and wellness technology, Clearlight takes the cake.

3. Low EMF and ELF Saunas

The importance of a low EMF sauna cannot be understated.

EMF (ElectroMagnetic Field) radiation is a form of energy that occurs naturally but it can also be man-made, and high exposure to it through everyday devices, appliances, and even saunas can put your health at risk.

That's why it's essential to invest in an infrared sauna with low EMF levels - like Clearlight® Infrared Saunas which boast EMF readings far below 1mg when tested on the heater, and 0mg when you are seated in the sauna.

Sunlighten has recently started implementing EMF testing in 2021 with the same third-party testers used at Clearlight® Saunas.

Clearlight has long been the standout for low EMF and ELF exposure, with Sunlighten now actively looking to minimise this exposure.

Nonetheless, choosing an infrared sauna with low EMF levels ensures your well-being and peace of mind every time you step inside.

4. Sauna Lifetime Warranty Comparison

Having a sauna lifetime warranty is often the best option when it comes to purchasing products.

While limited warranties may appear to offer peace of mind, they only cover a product for a certain period of time and don't provide protection if something occurs after the warranty has expired.

On the other hand, a lifetime warranty provides coverage no matter how long you’ve owned the product and gives you the assurance that you won’t have to worry about costly repairs or replacements in the future.

For consumers looking for a sauna, Clearlight Saunas and Sunlighten Saunas offer two very different warranties.

Sunlighten’s 5-year warranty provides coverage for only a limited period of time, while Clearlight’s lifetime warranty offers more comprehensive protection that is valid no matter how long you have owned the product.

For those who want peace of mind knowing their purchases are covered both now and in years to come, Clearlight's lifetime warranty is ideal.

Investing in a product with a lifetime warranty is an excellent way to protect your purchase for years to come.

We should mention here that Clearlight's lifetime warranty is also transferrable if you were to resell your sauna, a great option to add value for any next buyer!

Now that we've compared 4 of the most important features of an infrared sauna, we want to direct you to some of the other resources that might help you in deciding which infrared sauna is right for you:

How-to Choose the Best Infrared Sauna for Home

Deciding which infrared sauna is the best for your home can be a difficult decision, especially when confronted with the wide range of options available.

Of these, Clearlight and Sunlighten are two of the top contenders. Both offer an impressive selection of models that come with advanced features such as their proprietary infrared heating technology, touchscreen control panel, and other innovative technologies.

The Sunlighten signature home sauna is the mPulse, while the equivalent for Clearlight is the Sanctuary Sauna.

Sunlighten also has the Amplify full spectrum sauna and the solo system portable infrared sauna.

Ultimately, you must decide which brand best suits your individual needs, budget, and preferences.

When it comes to warranties, however, Clearlight's lifetime coverage beats out Sunlighten's 5-year warranty every time – making it a great choice for those who plan on using their sauna in the long term.

Sunlighten Sauna Products

Sunlighten has four product ranges: the premium mPulse, the Amplify series, the Signature far infrared series, and a portable infrared sauna called the Solo System.

All these saunas are indoor saunas, not for outdoor use. Only the mPulse and Amplify series use full-spectrum heating technology. 

The stated goal of these sauna series is different:

  1. The mPulse series is aimed at maximum overall health improvement and luxury
  2. The Amplify series is affordable yet offers maximum heating - which can be helpful to athletes
  3. The Signature series is the basic far infrared offering
  4. The portable Solo System is affordable and transportable

Which Sauna Brand Offers More Value for Money

If you’re in the market for the best-infrared sauna, two great options to consider are Clearlight and Sunlighten.

Both companies have been on the market for over 20 years and offer products with superior performance in terms of far infrared heating technology, full spectrum infrared technology, comfort, and safety.

However, Clearlight can further help you to customise your sauna experience according to your own needs or a specific health benefit.

With a lifetime warranty, the sauna that offers the most value for money is the Clearlight® Saunas.

If you would like more information on which Clearlight® Sauna is right for you, take a look at our Premier Far Infrared Sauna Vs Sanctuary Full Spectrum Sauna Comparison.

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