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The Best Red Light Therapy Body Panel For 2019

As more and more people want to enjoy the benefits of red light therapy the market becomes populated with more and more red light panels.

Every few months another red light company enters the market, each with a big promise how it is more powerful, or lower in EMF or better priced.

This is great for the customer - competition brings out more options, lower prices and faster innovation.

But at the same time it can be very confusing. What red light panel is the best? What red light panel is the highest powered? Or has the lowest EMF levels?

Deciding where to spend your hard earned money has been difficult, until now!

With over 3 years experience using and researching red light therapy I have gone out and spent thousands of dollars sourcing the worlds leading red light body panels and also various meters to test these units.

And today, I share my results in my 2019 Red Light Therapy Body Panel Showdown! 

*** Affiliate Disclosure ***

I am affiliated with all 6 of these red light panels. That means if you purchase any of these products by clicking any of the links in the blog below OR use discount code ALEX then I receive a small commission. There is no cost to you - it is a win win (you get a discount and ai get a small commission). This commission helps me fund reviews like this one. Also, I wanted to be affiliated with all the companies to remove any review bias. We know Red Light Therapy works, my goal is simply to help you make an informed decision when buying a red light panel. 

The 6 Panels: Joovv vs PlatinumLED vs MitoRed vs Red Therapy vs Red Light Rising vs MitoHQ

For this comparison, I have focused on the full sized red light 'body panels'. These are typically 30-40inches tall, and 6-10 inches across and cost anywhere between $700 to $1200.

Note - later on I will also be comparing the smaller 'mid sized' panels, and also hand held red light devices. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter for more on these.

I have chosen 6 of the most popular red light body panels for this comparison. The panels reviewed are (ranked in no particular order):

The Comparison 

There is so much to cover when comparing these panels. So I have broken up the comparison review into 6 rounds. Each round will rank and score the panels on specific criteria. 

I will then announce a 'winner' for each round, before combining all these scores together to find the overall winner.

The 6 rounds are as follows (you can click each round to jump straight to it)

Finally, I will announce the top panels for various purposes and declare the best overall red light therapy body panel for 2019!

A quick note on the scoring system used in this showdown - I will rank each panel from 1st place to 6th place for each category.  I will then convert this ranking into a score. Lower scores are better. I will then tally up these scores to find the best red light body panel for 2019.

Remember - the lower the score the better!

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Round 1: Price & Shipping

Let's get this show on the road!

For the first round I compare price and shipping costs.

Let's look at price first.

I have been given a discount code to share with you for 5 of the panels below. This code is ALEX and it knocks anything from $25 to 10% off the purchase price.

Because of this extra discount, I will score this catergory using the discounted price of each panel.

Note - Joovv do not have a discount code. Instead code ALEX gives you a free gift at the checkout screen.

Let's breakdown the prices, the first line shows the retail price, the second line (what i will use for scoring) shows the price after discount applied:

Round 1 - Part A - Price 

 * Note - The MitoHQ & Red Light Rising panels are priced in AUD & GBP respectively, so I have converted them to USD based on the exchange rate at the time of writing.

All but one panel came in under the $1000 mark (after discount). This one panel was the Joovv solo. Not only was it well above the $1000 point (coming in at $1195!) but Joovv were also the only company not to provide a discount code. 

The MitoHQ panel was also priced over $1000 ($1026) but discount code ALEX saved 10% off the purchase price, dropping it down to $923.

At the other end of the spectrum, MitoRed's MitoMax had the lowest price at $711. The RedRush 720 was in close second at $754 with PlatinumLED's BioMax 600 and RedLightRisings Full Stack coming in at 3rd and 4th around the $850 price point.

Final rankings for the first part of this round:

  • 1st place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 2nd place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 3rd place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 4th place - Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 5th place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 6th place - Joovv Solo

Next up we look at shipping.

Round 1 - Part B - Shipping

There is a clear winner here - Red Light Rising offer free worldwide shipping for their Full Stack.  

On the other hand, MitoHQ take out last place as at the time of writing (November 2019) they only ship to Australia (though it is free shipping within Australia). They are planning to offer international shipping in the near future.

That leaves the 4 other companies who all offer free USA wide shipping. They all place 2nd equal.

Final rankings for the shipping scores:

  • 1st place - Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 2nd equal - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 2nd equal - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 2nd equal - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 2nd equal - Joovv Solo
  • 6th place - MitoHQ Mito Panel

We can now combine these scores and get our final rankings for round one:

MitoRed's MitoMax is out on top due to their low price point and free USA shipping. Red Therapy are only a point behind on second place with Platinum LED and Red Light Rising sharing 3rd place.

Joovv and MitoHQ are bottom of the table at the end of round one. Joovv because of their high price and MitoHQ because of their limited shipping options.

Next up we look at the EMF levels of these panels.

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Round 2: nnEMF Levels

Next up we look at the EMF levels of these red light body panels.

I use a Cornet ED88t emf meter for testing. No this isn't a $10,000 professional meter, but I have compared the results to such a device, and the readings were very similar!

I will be testing the panels on 3 different EMF ranges:

  1. Microwave
  2. Magnetic
  3. Electric

Below I share the exact values for each EMF reading, but I also made it easier by programming my Cornet meter with the Building Biology EMF Safety Standards.

This way the meter uses a traffic light system to determine how 'safe' the EMF reading is.

Green meaning safe, yellow meaning limit exposure and red meaning avoid.

Let's get testing!

Round 2 - Part A - Microwave Fields

All panels had no detectable reading for microwave EMF fields (the meter showed green and their was no difference in readings when I turned the panels on), so I will not score or rank the panels for this part.

Round 2 - Part B - Electric Fields

All electronic devices emit some electric fields, but with good engineering practices, these fields can be dramatically reduced and or shield.

I tested the electric field readings at 6inches from the panel:

** Color codes (green, yellow red) show the EMF level in the ‘risk bands’ set out by the building biology institute. Green is safe for human exposure. Yellow exposure levels should be limited and red avoided. Also, please note the background levels for the V/m electric field were 10 V/m and 0.3mG for the magnetic field.

As you can see, only one panel wasn't in the green zone and that was the RedRush 720.

All of the rest had no or very little detectable electric fields at 6inches.

Because the MitoRed and RedLight Rising were only 2 V/m above the baseline figure (of 10 V/m) and because this 2 V/m was extremely low and still very safe, I decided to award all of these units first place.

Redrush with their 80 V/m took last place given the yellow zone score.

Final rankings for the first part of this round:

  • 1st place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 1st place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 1st place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 1st place - Joovv Solo
  • 1st place - Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 6th place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720

Next we test the magnetic fields.

Round 2 - Part C - Magnetic Fields

Magnetic fields are harder to reduce and nearly impossible to shield. This was a test that was sure to be interesting. 

** Please note the background levels for the magnetic field was 0.3mG

I do have to say that overall I was impressed with these figures. Sure a lot are in the yellow zone - which is not ideal, but they were only just in there.

And like I said before, magnetic fields are really hard to mitigate, especially for an electronic panel with 150+ high powered LEDs and spinning fans.

Nevertheless, only two panels were in the safe zone, and these were the Joovv Solo and Platinum LED.

Because Jooov was slightly lower than the Platinum, I awarded Joovv first place and Platinum second. Though in hindsight I probably should have given them both first place. Especially because the BioMax 600 tested at 0.6mg in my dedicated review (which you can read here).

Anyway, whats done is done. I just want to make it known that these results don't mean that Joovv is the superior panel for low EMF readings. They both have incredibly low (and safe) output levels, and my $200 meter is not perfectly accurate!

The RedRush took out 3rd place (which is surprising as they had the worst electric field score), followed by the MitoHQ and then MitoRed and finally Red Light Rising.

Final rankings for the first part of this round:

  • 1st place - Joovv Solo
  • 2nd place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 3rd place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 4th place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 5th place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 6th place - Red Light Rising Full Stack

Leading to combined round scores of:

The Joovv comes out on top, but only by a fraction of a hairs width!

If you are extremely worried about EMF levels on your red light panel, then go with Joovv or Platinum BioMax - as these were the only panels that had safe output levels for electric and magnetic fields.

All the rest had one yellow zone score.

So that brings us to the end of round 2. We can tally up the total points and see the new standings.

Joovv and Platinum have both shot up the leaderboard after their awesome performance in the EMF round.

Joovv - who were last place going into this round are now in 3rd, and Platinum LED who where in 3rd place are now in number one spot, pushing MitoRed down a place to 2nd. 

MitoHQ was the only panel to not change positions - staying at 5th.

With 4 more rounds to go, it's still anyone's game - only 2 points separating 1st and 3rd and 5 points between 1st place and last.

The next round tests for power. Will Platinum hold on to their lead or will some of these other panels leap ahead? 

It will be interesting as all these panels claim to have amazing power outputs!

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Round 3: Power Output (Irradiance)

In round 3 I test the power output (also known as irradiance) of these 6 red light panels.

Now before we get into the data, I have make a few things clear.

  • This is by no means a scientific test. 
  • The meter I use for this is the Hopoo Color OHSP-350F meter
  • There is an argument that more power is not necessarily better for red light therapy benefits. I am not getting into this conversation in this series, but I will be scoring the panels based on their power levels (higher levels leading to a higher ranking).
  • There was a fluctuating range when I was measuring the power levels of the LEDS - it was probably a 5-10% fluctuation. I don't know whether this was due to the meter or the LED - but it happened with all the panels. I took the middle figure and used that for the scoring.

How I Measured Power

I explain this in great detail in the video below, so I recommend watching that for a full explanation. But in a nutshell, I decided that measuring power at 6 inches was not going to work for the following reasons:

  1. All the panels had 'hot spots' some points were much higher than others. I guess this is from light overlap. 
  2. The LED's all had different beam angles - some panels dispersed the light over a wide angle, others focused it in on a smaller spot.
  3. Every panel had different LED spacing, and a unique shape and size. 

All this meant finding the exact 'power' from each panel - and then comparing them in a fair way - was impossible with the tools I had.

For these reasons, I decided to measure the power right at the LED. At 0 inches. 

Effectively I would test the power out of one LED. Instead of the entire panel.

I know this is not perfect, but it's the best solution I could come up with.

Now since all the panels used multiple wavelengths, I decided to measure the 660nm (red) LED's and then the 850nm (NIR) LED's. And score each panel on two different wavelengths (note, I had to get the calculator out for the BioMax as they have 5 wavelengths - again though, I cover all of this in the video below).

Now you know all of this, we can get into the results:

Round 3 - Part A - Red Light (660nm)

One quick look at the table above reveals two things: First, there is a clear winner and secondly, a clear loser.

Everyone else was in the middle.

At the bottom was Red Light Rising with 163mw/cm2.

Then there were four panels with figures ranging from 275 to 391.

But the clear winner was Joovv - their LED's emitted a whopping 655mw/cm2 in the red light spectrum!

Thats four times higher than the Red Light Rising Full stack! And twice as high as the third placed Red Rush!

Very impressive.

Given all of this, the final rankings ended up:

  • 1st place - Joovv Solo
  • 2nd place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 3rd place -  Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 4th place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 5th place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 6th place - Red Light Rising Full Stack

Let's now take a look at the NIR data.

Round 3 - Part B - Near Infrared Red Light (850nm)

Again, Joovv came out on top, and again they were well ahead of the rest of the pack!

Platinum comfortably held second place, though I do need to mention that Platinum had 3 different NIR LEDs. I counted the total number of each type of LED, measured the power of each and then calculated a weighted average to come up with the 276 figure.

MitoHQ had the lowest NIR LED.

Interestingly enough, RedLight Risings NIR LED had the exact same power output as their red LED. A lot of these panels are marketed as being 50% red and 50% NIR, but based on my own (un-scientific) testing, Red Light Rising is the only panel to have a perfectly balanced panel.

Final rankings for the NIR power are:

  • 1st place - Joovv Solo
  • 2nd place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 3rd place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 4th place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 5th place - Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 6th place - MitoHQ Mito Panel

We can now combine these points to get the final scores for the power output round:

Joovv easily come in at number one with the Platinum BioMax in number two. This is certainly going to make the overall leaderboard interesting!

Points To Note: 

I have to reiterate that the power output numbers above were not tested in a lab and are simply the numbers I found using my Hopoo Color meter.

I also need to remind readers that my method of testing (at the source) is not typically used for testing power output and that the levels at the source of the light may not be an accurate way of determining the total energy emitted from a panel.

This data, and all of the data in this 'review' is purely shared for entertainment and self interest reasons. If you are super serious about finding the exact power output from these panels, I would suggest sending the panel to a specialised independent testing laboratory.  

I also don't know if you can have too much power, or if the therapeutic effects of red light are lost at certain intensities. For instance, does a Joovv mean you will get better results than a lower powered MitoHQ? I don't know. But for the purposes of this 'comparison game', I am going to reward higher powered units with better scores.

Ok so let's update the overall leaderboard after 3 rounds:

Amazing, we know have a tie for first place! Joovv have jumped up two spots to sit at first equal alongside Platinums BioMax!

MitoRed have been bumped down to 3rd and Red Therapy have moved up another place to 4th.

With 3 more rounds to go, the winners spot is still anyone's game!

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*** Round 3 Update - Controversy, Concerns & Clarification ***

As I covered in my youtube video for round 3 (please watch that HERE if you haven't already) measuring the power output for these panels was very tricky. There are many limitations involved in my setup (and thus my numbers) and it is far from a perfect test.

Since publishing these results I have received a lot of emails and questions asking why I the test the way I did, and voicing potential limitations with the results. I've also received heat from some of the red light companies whose panels are included in this showdown!

So, I wanted to address these questions and concerns publicly, and I also want to share any responses, data, videos, or other tests that companies have done on their panels that may not line up with my findings.

As I have stated before - I am affiliated with all 6 of these companies, I don't have favourites, I didn't go through this whole process to put any company or a bad light or to make a particular panel stand out from the crowd. I did this review (at great expense I should add) to help people make an informed decision when buying a red light panel.

I literally get dozens of 'help me buy a red light panel' emails a day, this review series is meant to help people seeking assistance in a confusing, unregulated, rapidly changing space.

Spending $1000 on a device is a big investment, therefore I wanted to share some of my own findings so people can compare that with the manufacturers data and also the other reviews and comparisons on the web. 

My results are not meant to be the be all and end all. I'm not a light engineer, I don't have access to professional grade equipment, and I'm not controlling for all variables. 

There are so many limitations and flaws with this entire process it should simply be viewed as an entertainment piece! For instance, my scoring system was literally developed on a piece of paper while sitting in a sauna. It is far from perfect - for instance the scoring system I used simple rewards ranking, not performance. If panel X was 1000% better than panel Y and panel Y was only 2% better than panel Z, and the final rankings were Panel X, Panel Y, Panel Z - Panel X would get the same point difference over Panel Y as Panel Y would get over Panel Z.

Is this fair - hell no! It is a horrible scoring system. But it's simple and it's fun, and it does show some insight as to what is the better panel.

I could go on and on with my criticism of my own testing. But you're not silly, and you shouldn't blindly follow my results without questioning them and doing further research. Especially when it comes to making a $1000 purchase!!

Anyway, thats enough of my ramble, let's get into these questions about the power testing.

1. Why did you test at 0 inches at not 6 inches as is the norm?

Originally I wanted to measure irradiance at 6 inches (as this is the recommended distance from the panel when using these products) and see how much power was applied. But I soon realised this measurement was not possible. 

I explain this in detail in the youtube video, but I'll do it again here. There are a couple of reasons why I went with 0 inches:

Hot Spots

I found that all these panels had what are known as 'hot spots' at 6 inches. This is a concentration of light (power) that is much higher than another point in the same plane (i.e. 1 point at 6 inches could measure 50mw/cm2, and then a fraction to the side - but still at 6 inches - could measure 10mw/cm2).

This happened on all panels.

I took a few photos where I held a envelope a few inches from various panels. You can clearly see these 'concentrations' of light:

This meant testing the irradiance at 6inches and getting a fair and comparable result was impossible with my meter (that has a measuring lens of 1/3 of an inch). 

If my sensor was measuring right in the middle of one of these hot spots, the number would be dramatically higher than the point just off the side. What if one panel had a measurement taken from a hot spot, and another panel had a measurement taken from a 'cool' spot? The comparison would not be fair at all.

I wasn't aware of hot spots until I started testing the light with my meter - I couldn't figure out why the numbers varied so much despite using the same panel and sticking to the 6 inch distance. I even thought I had a faulty meter at one point. And then I learn about hot spots, and everything made sense.

Now I should mention - hot spots are a concern. Ideally you don't want all this light focusing on one point, you want it spread out evenly. But it's clear that this capability is not yet present. Hopefully soon companies will figure out how to get a perfect balance and my meter will show the same power output at different locations.

I should also note that I saw hot spots right out to 12 inches for some panels. Meaning even a measurement at 12 inches would be flawed.

By testing at 0 inches I removed any issues from hot spots - instead I saw the power being emitted right at the source.

Beam Angle

Another issue with measuring at 6 inch and comparing these panels was because of beam angle. All these panels used LEDS with different beam angles. Some panels concentrate their light in a narrow 'zone' other's spread it out over a large angle.

Personally, I don't buy into the wide angle 'larger treatment' marketing pitch. Most people stand a few inches away from the panel and want to do their treatment in as short of a time frame as possible - so why not focus the energy into a smaller zone, rather than losing it all to the side.

Anyway, because of all this, it meant a single number would not be a fair representation of the panels power output. Some panels may have a wide angle and thus a larger treatment area. They could have a total power output of say 100 joules, but my meter may show a low power output (as this energy was spread over a large area).

Another panel could have a tight beam angle, and still have a total energy output of 100 joules, but my meter would show a much higher power output (as this energy is focused on a smaller area).

Can you see why testing this at 6 inches would this be not fair and comparable?

By testing at 0 inches I removed any variability from beam angle and see the power output right at the source.

Inversion Square Law

Finally, there is a law now as 'Inversion Square Law'. This law states light intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source. 

Pretty much it means if you know the light intensity at a certain point, you can then calculate the light intensity at a distance from this point.

Knowing what we now know about beam angles and hot spots, I figured readers can go out and calculate the power intensity at any distance they wish.

I didn't do these calculations because it's simply a theoretical result and doesn't account for beam angle and the overlapping hot spots etc.

I hope now you can see why I went with the measurement right at the source of the panel. 

2. Why did you not use a solar meter for testing irradiance?

Solar meters (or PAR meters) are designed to measure visible light. These are known as 'photometric meters'. Commercially they are used for determining optimal positioning for solar panels and for measuring the power output of grow lights.

They are also reasonably cheap to purchase - you can pick one up for a few hundred dollars.

These meters only show light output across ALL visible wavelengths.

I wanted something more accurate than a solar meter, and also I wanted to be able to see the total power out at specific wavelengths.

So I went with the Hopoo Color OHSP-350F spectrometer. This measures visible light and invisible light (so I could get accurate readings for the NIR wavelength).

It also shows you the power irradiance at specific wavelengths. So i could see how much power was being emitted at 660nm and how much was being emitted at 850nm. Solar meters don't do this.

My meter cost me $2500 to buy. Sure it's not the best (you can spend ten's of thousands of dollars on light meters), but its far superior to the solar meters.

Alex Tarris has a great video on the issues with Solar Meters for red light therapy. You can watch that HERE (start at 4minutes).

3. What about some of these independent tests that various red light companies have done?

The best way for me to test power would have been by sending all 6 of these panels to a lab and getting them tested there by professionals with professional equipment.

Unfortunatley I simply couldn't do this due to the astronomical expense involved. But yes, that would be the best way.

My only concern with their results is around how they account for things like beam angle and hot spots? Do they just test one point? Do they test each LED individually and then combine the results? Or do they have a fancy machine that tests light across a large surface? 

Anyway, if any companies have done independent testing on their panels I would be happy linking to these results in this section. So company owners, if you are reading this, please leave a comment below with the file or the link and I'll publish it in here for readers to see.

4. Why did you not account for the number of LEDs on the panel, and instead simply rank each panel based on the power out of one LED?

Good point.

In the overall scheme of things I do account for total LEDs. In round 5 I score each panel based on the total LED number. So the end result (end score) does factor in LED numbers.

I also didn't want to get too fancy taking numbers and modifying them - I thought I would keep it as simple as possible and then let the reader do what they want with this data (though I had to do some calculations with the BioMax panel as they had multiple types of LEDs).

Now, in hindsight I should have included the LED count in this round - not later on. I get that now. 

Though the LED number ranges from 150 (for the Joovv) up to 252 (for the MitoHQ). I did receive a comment saying that if the Joovv only had 1 LED it would have still won on the power points system. And yes, that is true. But then it would have got dead last on the LED count system in round 5.

Also - It needs to be remembered that this is a Body panel review. There is a reason why I haven't included handheld devices (with 10-30 LEDS), or even mid sized devices (with 50-100 LEDs). All of the panels in this review are similar sizes with similar LED counts. 

And the purpose of this round was to test the power of the LED. So in that sense I do stand by my scoring system. Though not perfect, I have made it clear what is being tested and the limitations of these tests. 

Anyhow, I do see the benefit in the power x LED count calculation. Though it's too late to change it for my final figures, I thought I would crunch the numbers anyway to see where each panel would rank.

I do need to thank Andrew LaTour from GembaRed for this. Before I had even got my calculator out, he had taken my data and the data from each companies website and done the math himself - sending me the final results (and this is what I always intended to see happen with this review - people taking the figures and information and using for to help them with their own questions).

Andrew multiplied the power of the red LEDs by the number of red LEDs, and did the same for the NIR data and then combined these two figures ending up with, what he calls 'Total Intensity Factor'.

Now, interestingly enough, Joovv - despite having only 150 LEDs, still take out number one position (but not by as large of a margin). And Platinum BioMax still hold second place.

There is some change with the other positions however. MitoRed being the clear loser here (dropping from 3rd down to 5th) and MitoHQ being a big winner (jumping from last to 4th).

The 'Alternative Power Scores' look like this:

  • 1st place - Joovv Solo
  • 2nd place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 3rd place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720 (was 4th)
  • 4th place - MitoHQ MitoPanel (was 6th)
  • 5th place - MitoRed Mito Max (was 3rd)
  • 6th place - Red Light Rising Full Stack (was 5th)

As I mentioned, it's too late for me to  use all this data as I have finished filming and editing the other rounds. But you can always use this data to help you make an informed decision and even use this if you want to do your own calculations and come out with your own 'body panel winner'.

I really hope this update answers a lot of questions. I also hope that you see I'm trying to do my best with the tools I have. I don't care who wins or who loses. I just want to find the best panel for my own needs and then I will know what panel to recommend to the 100's of people that ask me for advice.

Also - if people want to see it, I will happily do a 6inch irradiance test and upload the results. Just let me know if you want me to do this?

If you have any other thoughts or would like to bring further information to the table, please share it in the comments section below. I'm open to all insights and I'm doing this for the benefit of all. 

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Round 4: Flicker & Sound

In this round we look at flicker and sound levels.

In my opinion, this round is the least important when factoring in what red light panel to buy.

Sure sound can be a stressor, and some people are highly sensitive to flicker. But most people aren't bothered by suck things.

If you are new to light flicker, have a read of this article - Everything You Need To Know About Light Flicker & Health.

Round 4 - Part A - Flicker

For this section I use my Hopoo Color Flicker meter to test flicker frequency (in hertz) and flicker percentage. Again, if you need to learn more about flicker, check out that article above.

As you can see - only one panel was completely free from flicker - and that is the Red Light Rising full stack. 

Everything else at a flicker frequency of 100hz. MitoHQ with the lowest (best) flicker %, Joovv not far behind, then a bit of a jump to Platinum Biomax with MitoRed and Red Therapy at the back.

Given all of this, the flicker rankings are:

  • 1st place - Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 2nd place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 3rd place - Joovv Solo
  • 4th place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 5th place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 6th place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720

Round 4 - Part B - Sound

Next up, I tested the sound levels at 6 inch using my decibel meter:

There was a 5.1db spread between first and last. Red Light Rising again picked up top spot, with 51db. Platinum BioMax wasn't far behind with 51.5db

At the bottom of the pack was Joovv with 56.1db

That meant the sound rankings look like this:

  • 1st place - Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 2nd place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 3rd place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 4th place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 5th place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 6th place - Joovv Solo

Combining the flicker and sound scores see's the following round 4 points table:

Red Light Rising are the clear winner for this round! I don't know what the British boys have done with the electronics inside the Full Stack, but whatever they have done has worked!

Not only is it free from any light flicker (and the only red light panel tested to achieve this status) it's also the quietest panel.

Interestingly, our two leaders have performed rather averagely. Platinum Biomax being the better of the two (due to the slightly better flicker rates and much quieter fans).

MitoHQ have done well and this round will see them move off the bottom of the table. 

Speaking of which, let's see the updated points table after 4 rounds:

Platinum BioMax has held 1st place while Joovv has slipped 3 points into 2nd place.

There is still a big gap between the leaders and the rest of the pack, with Joovv having 4 points over 3rd place - which is shared by MitoRed and RedLight Rising.

MitoHQ and RedTherapy continue to fight it out on the bottom, but Red Therapy has slipped back a few places now.

So, thats all for round 4. What are your thoughts? I'd love to hear them below.

Next round we look at wavelengths and LED count. We're getting pretty close to the end now. The gap between first and last is widening, but there are still 4 panels in serious contention for the overall title!

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Round 5: LED's & Wavelength

Next up we look at the number of LEDs in each panel and the wavelengths the panel emits.

Round 5 - Part A - Number of LEDs

Back in round 3 we saw that the Joovv had the best power output numbers, but today we see that even though they had high powered LEDs, they don't have that many of them.

Joovv came in at last place for this round, with only 150 LED's in their Joovv Solo. With a purchase price of $1195 (Discount code ALEX doesn't save you anything on the Joovv, instead you get a free gift) that works out to be nearly $8 per LED.

To put that in perspective, MitoReds MitoMax has 200 LEDs and costs $711 (after using discount code ALEX) so that works out to be $3.50 per LED!

very big difference indeed.

MitoHQ with their Mito Panel had the most LEDs out of these 6 panels - with a whooping 252 LEDs.

Red Therapy's Red Rush 720 was in second with 240, MitoRed, Platinum and Red Light Rising all had 200.

This means the ranking for LEDs were:

  • 1st place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 2nd place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 3rd = place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 3rd = place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 3rd = place - Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 6th place - Joovv Solo

Round 5 - Part B - Wavelengths

Next up I test the wavelengths emitted from each panel.

As you can see, 5 panels emit only 660nm and 850nm light, but the BioMax 600 emits 5 wavelengths - 630, 660, 810, 830 and 850nm.

80% of power is going to the 660nm and 850nm wavelengths, with 10 going to 630nm and the remaining 10% split between 810 and 830nm.

You can see the breakdown of this light from my spectrometer:

Red light emitted from the BioMax 600

NIR emitted from the BioMax 600

The benefits of red light and near infrared light at wavelengths beyond 660 and 850nm are very clear. I have covered these benefits in my in-depth review of the platinum BioMax 600 that you can read HERE

For these reasons, I've rewarded Platinum LED Therapy's BioMax 600 with 1st place for this round.

I have given Joovv second place because their data on my spectrometer revealed some interesting numbers.

Joovv market their panel has having 660nm and 850nm light. 

The 660nm light shows up on my meter with a evenly balanced spike like in the photo below (which shows the red light emitted from the MitoRed MitoMax):

But when we look at the graph from the Joovv Solo we see the following:

You see that the 'spike' is a lot thicker than the spike in the first photo.

Sure it's not as wide as the spike in the BioMax photo above, but there is definitely more than 660nm light being emitted (at high levels) in the Joovv.

It appears to have a decent amount of energy in the 640-660nm range.

For this reason I gave Joovv second place, all the other panels (BioMax the exception) had those thin spikes at both 660nm and 850nm.

I awarded 3rd place to Red Light Rising. The reason here was because you can customise the wavelengths your panel emits when placing your order. There is a $130 cost for this however, but it's an option that no other company offered and I thought it was a neat idea.

Everyone else ended up in 4th place.

Final rankings for the wavelength section of this round are:

  • 1st place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 2nd place - Joovv Solo
  • 3rd place- Red Light Rising Full Stack
  • 4th = place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 4th = place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 4th = place - MitoHQ Mito Panel

Combining the LED and wavelength scores shows the following:

The first thing you will notice here is Platinum in first place and Joovv in last place! That is going to shake up the leaders in the overall standings!

MitoHQ have placed 2nd in consecutive rounds, that will surely help them up the leaderboard.

MitoRed, who were sitting in 3rd will drop a spot with their 5th placing here.

Let us take a look at the overall standings now:

Surprisingly there were only 2 changes in the leaderboard - Red Light Rising continuing their surge up the table now in 3rd place on their own, and MitoRed dropping down to 4th.

A quick glance at the top of the table shows Platinum LED's BioMax 600 moving well out in front, now with a 7 point margin over second placed Joovv.

Meanwhile the gap between 2nd place and 4th is only 3 points.

RedTherapy remain at the bottom trailing MitoHQ by 3 points.

With one more round to go, there is still potential for a lot of movement! Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the next round email notification - as I'll be announcing an exclusive one time only discount code for some of the top scoring panels!

Remember, discount code ALEX works on all of these panels. You will either save cash or get a free gift!

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Round 6 - Warranty & Everything Else

In this final round we look at warranty and I cover other 'pros and cons' of each panel.

Round 6 - Part A - Warranty

 Scoring this was easy.

Platinum LEDs' BioMax came out on number one with their 3 year warranty. Platinum have been in the high powered LED space for 9 years now, so they obviously know their products are high quality, long lasting and reliable.

2nd place was shared between MitoRed, Red Therapy, MitoHQ and Joovv. They all offer 2 year warranties.

Red Light Rising came in at 6th place with their 1 year warranty.

Rankings for the warranty round:

  • 1st place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 2nd = place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 2nd = place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 2nd = place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 2nd = place - Joovv Solo
  • 6th place - Red Light Rising Full Stack

Now for the very last scoring round!

Round 6 - Part B - Everything Else

Here I look at 'Everything else'. This category looks at things like modular design, ease of use, appearance and anything else that I picked up on when reviewing these panels.

I will admit - scoring this round was hard, there was no easy way to quantify these things!

Ok so there is a lot to cover here. I highly recommend watching my youtube video for an in-depth breakdown.

But let's run through things really quickly.

I awarded Joovv first place here - they have plenty of experience in the red light space, offer financing, their panel has modular capability and a built in timer. This is all very similar to Platinum  - who I placed 2nd for this round.

However, Joovvs' panel is FDA approved. Does this mean it's better than the others, of course not. It just means Joovv have done the work to get FDA approval and perhaps the other's haven't.

But, for some people, this is a gamechanger. Especially because red light therapy seems to good to be true to begin with.

Platinum came in second and have actually been in the high powered LED space for a lot longer than Joovv. 

Joovv and Platinum were the only panels that had built in timers and modular capability, as well as plenty of years experience in this space. So they were clear first and second. Everyone else ended up on 3rd. It was too hard to seperate these other panels, they all had their pro's and cons.

Again, please watch the video were I cover this topic in great detail.

So rankings for 'Everything Else' are:

  • 1st place - Joovv Solo
  • 2nd place - Platinum BioMax 600
  • 3rd = place - MitoRed Mito Max
  • 3rd = place - Red Therapy Red Rush 720
  • 3rd = place - MitoHQ Mito Panel
  • 3rd = place - Red Light Rising Full Stack

We can combine these to get our total Round 6 scores:

Platinums BioMax and the Joovv solo dominate again! 

We can now update our overall leaderboard with the round 6 figures to see the final scores.

And there it is! The final rankings after 6 rounds of testing.

The Platinum LED Therapy BioMax 600 takes number 1 spot by a comfortable margin!

Joovv hold second spot and MitoRed has a last minute surge to finish in 3rd.

MitoHQ ended up in 4th as Red Light Rising dropped a few places to 5th after their weak performance in the warranty round.

Red Therapys Co Red Rush 720 ended at the bottom of the table.

Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter as I'll be releasing a summary video, plus announcing awards for 7 different categories and I will also be releasing a video sharing power irradiance measured at 6 inches (and I can tell you now Joovv performed very poorly in this new test. MitoRed and Platinum Biomax scored on top).

Limited Time 10% Off BioMax Code!

Also - to celebrate their victory, PlatinumLED Therapy are issuing a limited time only 10% off all their red light panels! Simply enter discount code ALEX when buying your panel over at PlatinumLED Therapy.

It took a fair amount of sweet talking to get this 10% discount for you folk, so make the most of it. As one of the conditions of this extra discount is that it's only available for a few days! After which it returns to the normal 5% discount.

So, if you're wanting to buy the best Red Light available on the market, be sure to head to, find the BioMax panel you're after, and enter discount code ALEX at the checkout screen.

And don't forget to jump on my email list, as I will be sharing 2 more videos - 1 a summary video and the second the results of my 6 inch test.

Plus, later in the year I will be doing a BioMax 900 vs Joovv Solo head to head and and a similar series comparing the smaller mid sized panels!

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Top Panels & Overall Winner!

It's official, Platinum LED Therapies BioMax 600 is the best red light therapy body for 2019!

Your new BioMax range leads the body panel space with it's innovate 5 wavelength technology, low sound, flicker and EMF levels, modular expansion capability, amazing support and market leading 3 year warranty and of course all of this is available at an excellent price (discount code ALEX saves you 5% on the price as well).

Congratulations PlatinumLED - it was a well deserved, and in the end, a rather comfortable victory!

If you are looking for the best panel at a great price, then the BioMax 600 is clearly the preferred choice in 2019. You can order the BioMax at

Minor Awards For 2019

Though the BioMax was clearly number one, there were some great panels in this test. And some panels excelled in one or two areas.

I thought I would share a few minor awards based on various categories.

  • Best Low Flicker Panel

This award goes to Red Light Risings' Full Stack. Their panel dominated this field, being the only panel to have 0 flicker!

  • Best Low nnEMF Panel

This award is shared between Joovv Solo and the BioMax 600. Both panel's having safe EMF exposure levels at the 6 inch distance (as determined by the Building Biology Institute safe levels).

  • Best for Warranty

There is only one winner here, and that is the Platinum BioMax 600. The BioMax comes with a 3 year warranty (all the rest were 1 or 2 years). Even better, PlatinumLED have been in the high powered LED space for 9 years now, so you know you are buying from a reputable company.

  • Best for those on a Tight Budget

If you are penny pinching and can't quite afford the BioMax (even after taking 5% off with code ALEX) then the cheapest panel int his mega review was the MitoRed Mitomax. Even better, discount code ALEX also saves you 5% on their already low prices!

  • Best for a wide range of Wavelengths

The BioMax 600 again takes the cake here, offering a market leading 5 wavelengths (630, 660, 810, 830 and 850nm). All other panels only offer 2 wavelengths.

  • Best for Australian customers

Well the best panel by far is the BioMax 600, but for those living in Australia (and I know there are a lot of you reading my site!) then the extra shipping and import duty costs can hit hard.

Fortunatley, you can still get a decent red light panel without having to pay for shipping or import duties - and that is with the MitoHQ Mito Panel - which is an Australian based company offering free shipping. Discount code ALEX also saves you 10%.

Don't Forget To Save With Discount Code ALEX

Remember, if you do purchase any of these red light panels, be sure to use code ALEX at the checkout screen!
You will save anything from $25 to 10%.

Yes I do earn a small commission from these sales, but it is a win win - you get a cheaper price, and I earn some cash to help fund these sort of reviews.

Next up I want to do a similar showdown looking at:

  • Handheld devices (such as the Joovv go and Red Light Rising Target light)
  • Mid sized panels (such as the Red Rush 360, BioMax 300 and Joovv Mini)
  • Low powered devices (such as the Redjuvenator, GembaRed and TrueLight)

And of course I'll be back here in 2020 with a updated body panel review!

Make sure you jump on my email list to be the first to hear about these new reviews and comparisons!

Until then, I thank you for coming on this journey with me and I hope that this resource has helped you find the best red light therapy body panel for your needs.

Of course if you have any questions, please leave them below. 

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