Recently Hydragun reached out to me to give their HeatPod Sauna Blanket a try for my aches and pains. I live with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and endometriosis, a fair amount of conditions that cause pain so I am always interested in products that can help me manage my pain.

What is the HeatPod Sauna Blanket?

The HeatPod is an infrared sauna blanket that delivers full-body infrared heat therapy for improved recovery, better heart and systemic health, and stress relief. The perfect companion to help you relax and recharge post-workout, before bed, or at any time of day.

Why I love the sauna and the HeatPod Sauna Blanket is perfect for me:

The sauna is something that I regularly go to and have been since my diagnosis of RA in 2015. The sauna is my happy place. I go 5-6 times a week. I enjoy it so much and find that much relief from it. However, being that I live with an autoimmune disease that causes chronic fatigue I can’t always get myself over to the sauna and I have long since dreamed of having one at home, especially on the bad days and the really cold days here in Canada. 

Not only that, as a single mom, carting myself to the sauna or gym everyday can be a hassle. I know having my own home gym and sauna helps me combat my disease easier.  I can save a ton of time and energy with the HeatPod Sauna Blanket which is great because self management of a chronic disease is a full time job! 

Another factor in why I love my HeatPod Sauna Blanket is that rheumatoid arthritis and my medications do make me immunocompromised so exposing myself to other people’s germs can be a big deal for me, the HeatPod gives me the benefits of the sauna without anyone else germs. I can stay safe and not miss out on one of my favorite therapies if another pandemic hits us. 

I love the sauna because it makes me feel refreshed, looser, lighter and just generally better. It is easy to use, clean and store. I can sauna in the comfort of my own bed, with my cats and my favorite podcast or program on the TV and relax. Best of all, I don’t have to tell anyone that the sauna is a quiet zone. The HeatPod Sauna Blanket is like laying in a sleeping bag that cocoons my body in heat and comfort, what more could an arthritic girl love!

How is it different from a regular sauna?

Well, the thing I noticed the most is the sauna targets my breathing deeper. I also do not get the benefits of a regular sauna as much on my face skin, which is something I do like because I am someone with oily congested skin. It still makes me sweat but doesn’t give me that fresh glow that sitting in a sauna would give me. 

Sometimes I miss the social aspect of sitting in a sauna with other people. I however can’t bring my cats to the sauna with me but they love to lay on me when I use the blanket to steal some of the warmth, so they both have benefits. 

For these reasons, I find mixing up throughout the week going to my community center and using their sauna plus the HeatPod Sauna Blanket the perfect routine for me. 

Do you need the insert and is it safe for RA?

I recommend using it with the towel insert so you are not applying as much straight heat on inflamed joints. If you have an overly swollen joint it is best to go with ice over heat or limit how long of a session you do to avoid creating heat induced inflammation.  The great thing about the HeatPod Sauna Blanket is that it has a timer so you won’t be going over an hour without it automatically turning off, so if you fall asleep using it, that’s ok. 

Information about HeatPod Sauna Blanket by Hydragun: 

Cost: $759 CAD  or $549 USD and includes:

  • 1 HeatPod Sauna Blanket
  • 1 remote control
  • 1 canvas storage bag
  • 1 product manual
  • 1 towel insert

About HeatPod Sauna Blanket:

  • Modality: Far-infrared heating that reaches temperatures: 86-176°F (30-80°C)
  • Timer: 5-60 minutes, so you can relax without going over
  • Electrical: 100-120V, 550-600W, 4-5A
  • Zero-EMF carbon fiber infrared heating coils and triple protective cotton lining. 
  • Dimensions:
    • 71×71” (180×180cm) unfolded
    • 65” (165cm) interior circumference
  • Weight: 15.4lbs (7kg)
  • Materials: Premium SGS-certified water based vegan leather, sweat resistant and odor safe. 

Simple setup and operation

The HeatPod is plug-and-play and is ready in minutes. Get in, select your settings, and relax.

Easy maintenance

Made of waterproof and sweat-resistant materials so a quick wipe-down is all you need.

Facts you can’t ignore about regular sauna use, including the HeatPod Sauna Blanket 

Improves systemic health and recovery

  • Cardiovascular health: Improves blood circulation and function, increases cardiac index and decreases systemic vascular resistance
  • Cellular health: Activates heat shock proteins to help inhibit inflammation and protect cells against stress and injury
  • Immune system: Aids the body’s adaptive reaction to stress by activating antioxidant protection

Boosts recovery and enhances performance

  • Reduces post-workout aches, soreness and stiffness by increasing growth hormone production
  • Helps the neuromuscular system recover from maximal endurance performance

Lowers stress and increases wellbeing

  • Lowers cortisol levels to reduce stress and tension and improve sleep quality
  • Boosts production of “happy hormones” (dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins) to improve mood and increase wellbeing


How often should I use the HeatPod

  • On average, it is recommended to use the HeatPod about 4 to 5 times a week, however the HeatPod is safe to use once daily. Each sauna session should be between 45 to 60 minutes.

Is there a difference between the HeatPod and a regular infrared sauna?

  • Yes. The HeatPod uses the same infrared heating technology as infrared saunas, making it just as effective, but is more convenient, smaller, lighter and cheaper than infrared saunas.
  • The HeatPod is made of premium SGS-certified, water-based and sweat-resistant vegan leather. We recommend wiping it down with a soft cloth or towel after each use. You may also use a non-toxic cleanser, gentle soap, or cleaning wipes. Avoid strong, corrosive cleansers or alcohol when cleaning your HeatPod. Do not machine wash, dry clean, or submerge in water.

Is the HeatPod low EMF?

  • The HeatPod is a zero-EMF blanket. It uses faraday-shielded heating coils emit zero EMF for greater safety and peace of mind.

How long does the HeatPod take to heat up?

  • It takes about 5-10 minutes for the HeatPod to reach full temperature. You can enter immediately and let it gradually heat up. Remember to use it on a heat-proof surface.

What are the measurements of the HeatPod?

  • The HeatPod is 71×71″ (180x180cm) unfolded. Maximum interior circumference when in use is approximately 65″ (165 cm).

What should I wear when using the HeatPod?

  • Wear comfortable, loose, and breathable attire while using the HeatPod. As your feet need to be covered, you should also wear socks.

Want to know more about The HeatPod Sauna Blanket? Visit the Hydragun store today!

HeatPod Sauna Blanket Canada Official Store

HeatPod Amazon CA 

HeatPod Sauna Blanket US Official Store

HeatPod Amazon US