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IT DOES WORK- some TIPS and INSTRUCTIONS
Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2017
I received no money/discount etc for the purchase or use of this product.
THIS REALLY DOES WORK and for $177- fully worth the money to me.
Yes there are a few things that could be better with the design, so I included some silly tricks that really help trap heat and make me sweat.
It is a little disappointing to have to do them, but face it- you are spending NO MONEY for a sauna and it DOES WORK.
Below is my experience with the unit, some TIPS that helped me, and some INSTRUCTIONS since other reviewers seemed to have some trouble. :)
I felt a little silly purchasing this, because it seemed like a gimmick but it was getting good stars. When I opened the box I had my doubts.
The product is light weight (so yes portable) and is basically a sturdy 1 man tent. It was easy to set up and use (even though the instructions are lacking). I had already read some reviews, so I let it warm up for 10 mins before I got in.
So I get in the unit, sat there about 10 mins feeling a little silly. The unit got warm, and I had some glisten sweat, but nothing was really happening. My hubby was teasing me about my purchase while I pouted about how I had been had and would return it.
Then at about 15 mins in I started to trickle sweat. And I thought, "Ok so it does something. But I dunno this is worth the money".
At 20 mins the sweat was running down my arms, and I was grinning like a fool while I got to HAHA to hubby I was right!
After that I was continuously having sweat RUN/POUR from my chest, arms, back, etc.
I stayed in 40 mins total and the foot pad, chair, neck cuff were wet. I was covered in beads of sweat all over that still ran down while I got out! When I got out and hubs saw me, he immediately wanted to take a turn-- he got the same results!
NOTE: Even though I had just used the unit, it still took about 15 mins for him to heat up enough to start to sweat but once he did he drenched the bottom - REALLY GROSS lol. But it works great!
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE PRODUCT:
-The heating panels are on the sides and back only-NONE in the front.
-There is a heating pad for your feet to help warm you up- it never gets so hot that you cant comfortably keep your feet on it.
-The chair is a little narrow for your legs and can get uncomfy; Im thinking about getting a stool. I am 5 ft 7 and hubs is 6ft.
-Your knees do tend to touch the front of the tent depending on how you sit or if you're leaning back in the chair.
-A lot of the heat can escape through the neck hole even with the cuff if you move around. I wouldn't really put my hands out the front zippers as again the heat escapes pretty fast. The front of the unit isn't as warm- but I figured out a trick to help with that (see below)
TIPS THAT HELP ME SWEAT FASTER:
-Drink at least 8 oz of water before using. I drink water after as well.
-Wear a shower cap or sauna cap to trap your body heat in. HUGE difference
-Wrap a bath towel on the outside of the unit and around your neck to cover the cuff, let it fall down over the arm zippers to hold in heat. It makes the whole unit warmer.
-Once you figure out just where you want your chair to normally sit, mark the bottom with little pieces of duct tape. It is a pain to move your chair every time to get your head under the neck opening the way you want.
-Put a bath towel on the floor to catch your sweat so you don't have to clean it out like crazy every time. I also put a smaller towel on the chair.
-I put the reflector panel (with the shiny metal side facing inwards) IN FRONT of me instead of on the floor (like the instructions say to do).
The reflector panel can fit in between wooden front brace and the wall to hold it up. It really helps trap heat in and reflect it onto the front of you.
-I sometimes wear neoprene bands just to get an extra sweat on, although this would likely block the infrared in those areas
Take the unit out of the box. Take the chair and the reflector mat out of the unit. Lay it on the floor with the back on the floor and the sides in the air. Zip the bottom up and the front up about mid way. Put your bath towel in the bottom. Place the foot warmer on top of the towel. Position your chair inside the unit. Put a smaller towel on your chair to catch sweat. Zip it all the way up and cover the top. Zip the arm holes too.
To use the controller: Push Power, Push Start, Push Heat Foot warmer. The "+" under temp goes only up to 150- I always have it at 150. The panels may get that hot? But I don't think the air actually gets that heat. The "+" under the timer only changes the minutes in 5 minute intervals.
Let the unit heat up 10 mins or so. Drink at least 8 oz of water and put on your shower cap/sauna hat and any neoprene bands etc that you want to wear.
Once the unit is heated, up the timer to 30 mins again. (Make sure Power is still on and you MUST RE-PUSH Start button for heat and foot pad).
Get your reflector mat in hand. (Have your bath towel draped around your neck if you want one to have available to put ontop of the unit to cover your neck hole). Get into the unit. On the top right there is a wooden bar, you raise it across the front and connect it into a holder on the top left. This keeps the front of the unit off of you. Put the reflector (shiny side facing in) in between the wooden rod and the outside wall. This helps trap heat in the unit and reflect the light back on you. Sit and wait.... sweat and relax!!