There are several differences between traditional ceramic heaters and carbon fiber heaters. Ceramic heaters have been around for many years compared to carbon fiber heaters. Carbon fiber heating technology is more recent and therefore, more advanced. Carbon heaters operate at lower temperatures due to the heating wavelength of infrared technology. Traditional ceramic heaters heat up over 150 degrees to heat the entire sauna. Sweating occurs at around 115 degrees, so it is not recommended to sit inside a traditional ceramic sauna for very long. With the use of Carbon fiber infrared sauna heaters, the risks are reduced. Lower temperatures and longer wavelength infrared rays allow bathers to tolerate longer therapy sessions. Carbon fiber heaters have a more even distribution of heat. Bonus: the infrared heat from carbon fiber heaters penetrates deeper into the skin tissue which allows the body to absorb more energy, and you experience a more intense sweat!
The surface area of ceramic heaters tends to be smaller. This can intensify the heat in that particular area and can make it difficult for an individual to lean against, as opposed to carbon fiber heaters, which have a lower surface temperature. Saunas with ceramic heaters heat up quickly allowing you to enjoy the sauna at your desired temperature typically within 8-10 minutes. Carbon fiber heaters are thin and have a large surface area which heats at a lower temperature. They heat disperses more evenly over larger surface areas making them more suitable for full body therapy. Carbon fiber heaters are also more energy efficient than ceramic heaters. One major drawback to ceramic heaters is that they tend to be more fragile. With repeated use, ceramic materials may crack, crumble away, and eventually shatter. Carbon fiber heaters tend to be more durable than ceramic heaters and will often last longer, although both heat types should provide you with years of service.