Review: Higherdose Infrared Sauna Blanket

I think my most loved #instagrammademebuyit is my Higherdose infrared sauna blanket. It was an extravagant impulse purchase at $599 before taxes but I am so glad that I did it. If you haven’t heard of infrared sauna blankets, then you are missing out. I’m here to share with you why.

I love saunas. Anytime I go to a spa or a gym that has a sauna, you can guarantee I am spending at least 30 minutes sitting in the hot small wood room. Now, those who know me know I don’t like hot climates. I mean if it gets over 80 degrees, I’m running to the air conditioner. So, it is quite hilarious that I love spending time in a sauna where the temperature is between 150 – 190 degrees fahrenheit (65 – 90 degrees celsius). Honestly there is something so relaxing about laying down on the wood bench, closing my eyes and resting in this hot room. It’s like sweating your worries away. 

This leads me into the Higherdose infrared sauna blanket. This blanket is bringing all the wonderful benefits of the sauna to my home, all the joys of being in a sauna, but in the convenience of a blanket. The blanket is a bit large, so plan to use it in an area that is both relaxing and large enough for the blanket to lay flat. I use mine in my bathroom I have converted into a home spa. The blanket measures 71 inches long and 35.5 inches wide. 

Higherdose doesn’t indicate the temperature range of the blanket, but there are 8 settings 1 – 8. They advise only using the 8 setting if you are unable to get a sweat at the lower settings, which led me to use the blanket at an 8 setting. I usually only stay in the blanket for 30 minutes, the recommended duration, but it’s so relaxing that I have fallen asleep in it. To make sure I don’t overheat or get too dehydrated, I set an alarm for 45 minutes. I did notice the blanket automatically shuts off at 60 minutes anyway as a safety precaution. 

I primarily use the blanket for relaxation but it also helps me reduce muscle tension I have received from my workouts. Of course this is my personal experience. I have also found articles here and here if you would like to learn more about sauna benefits. Of course, please don’t use the blanket or saunas without checking with your physician. Safety first. 

Even though I love this blanket, it does have some flaws. For example, with the size of the blanket, it is not exactly convenient to use or to store. Like I said earlier, you have to find a space to use it, so it can be challenging for city/apartment living. Once done, it is very bulky to store whether in the box it came in or their storage bag. It must be stored in a cool and dry place, ideally a closet. The only other drawback I find is that it takes time to set up and take down, so add 5-10 minutes for that.  Due to my full work schedule these days, I’m only able to use it one day a week. Would I like to use it more? Yes! The blanket makes me feel so relaxed, like I don’t have a care in the world. Thankfully whenever I have an extra day off I definitely use it a lot more. I gotta tell you, if these are its only flaws then it has to be a great product.

Now, if you take the plunge here are some of my suggestions while using the blanket. 

  1. Consider buying the blanket insert. This is useful if you want to use the blanket in nude. I have tried the insert. It’s not for me right now, so I like wearing long sleeve shirts, yoga pants and socks. 
  2. I do a dry brush prior to using the blanket. This really helps my skin to get a little extra glow by unclogging the pores and helps increase blood circulation. For more benefits about dry brushing check out this article here.
  3. Prior to going into the blanket, I create a lukewarm bubble bath so it’s cool by the time I get in. The jump from hot to cold helps boosts energy levels as well as other wonderful benefits. You can explore more here
  4. While in the blanket I listen to a 30 minute meditation on the Peloton app. It truly helps the relaxation benefits. Also, when I start to get a bit uncomfortable from the heat, meditating helps me to keep my focus on relaxation.

Let me know below if you get yourself a Higherdose blanket. I would love to hear your thoughts on your experience or if you have any questions. Until next time, have a joy filled day.

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