Ceramic Heaters vs Fiber Carbon Heaters

Carbon Fiber vs. Ceramic Heaters Comparison

FeaturePureCarbonCarbon FiberCeramic
Heating Surface Area up to 960 square inches
PureCarbon Infrared Heater
up to 620 square inches
Carbon Fiber Heater
12 to 56 square inch
Ceramic Heater
Lifetime Expectancy 100,000 hours 20,000 hours 5,000 hours
Cold Spots No No Yes
Commercially Tested Yes No No
Emissivity Rate 96% 94% 85% - 94%
(rate will drop as
heater get hotter)
Wavelength Range 6-14 micorns 4-22 micorns 3-18 microns

Carbon heaters have the largest surface area, lower temperature and emit rays closer to far-infrared.

Benefits of Carbon Fiber Heaters vs Ceramic Heaters :
  Even Heat Distribution: Carbon Fiber heaters are composed of thin carbon plates and have an even heat distribution area, thereby eliminating hot spots that are typically experienced with Ceramic Heaters
  Lower Surface Temperature:  The surface temperature of a Carbon Fiber heater is much lower than a Ceramic heater, therefore, they are safer and a person can withstand longer therapy sessions.
  More Heat Coverage: Carbon Fiber heaters provide more heat coverage than ceramic heater saunas.
  Infrared Rays: Carbon Fiber heaters emit rays that are closer to far infrared which is most beneficial for health and healing.
  Deep Tissue Penetration: Carbon Fiber heaters Infrared heat penetrates deeper into the skin tissue than with Ceramic heaters.
  Lower Energy Cost:  Carbon heaters are energy-efficient

Some ceramic heaters can make it difficult for an individual to lean against, as opposed to Fiber Carbon heaters, which have a lower surface temperature. 

It is not recommended to have the sauna temp at more than 130, as it is not necessary and for health safety reasons. You can can start sweating at temperatures of 115 or more in an infrared sauna as your body is being heated directly instead of just heating the air around you like a traditional sauna.

If you want the benefit of more infrared then Fiber carbon is a good choice. The infrared emission are lower on the ceramic heaters. Fiber carbon heaters are also more energy efficient. Please note that are fiber carbon saunas use 100% carbon sheet (not plastic and not sprayed)

Carbon Fiber Heaters

Carbon fiber heaters were recently developed as a solution for ceramic heaters issues. Carbon fiber heaters are thin and have a large surface area which heats at a lower temperature. Carbon fiber heaters are created by impregnating carbon ink (carbon in nanometer form) into a fiber glass sheet, which is sealed between two fiber glass sheets to eliminate any gases. The heaters do not use any glues or plastics.
Pros: Low surface temperature, even heat and infrared wave distribution, large heating surface area 

Commercial Grade Carbon Fiber Heaters

Commercial grade carbon fiber heaters are similar to carbon fiber heaters except they are built to work continuously for a long period of time (between eight to ten hours). Regular heaters -carbon or ceramic- must be turned off after 90 minutes of use for at least an hour, which make them unsuitable for commercial use.