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.
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):
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!
I'll be updating this review blog every few days as I release a new video for each round.
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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:
* 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:
Next up we look at 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:
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.
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:
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!
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.
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:
Next we test the 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:
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!
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.
I used a spectrometer by Hopoo Color Technology (model OHSP-350F testing wavelengths from 350nm to 1050nm).
I set the device to take measurements in 350micro seconds and I held the device 6 inches from the panel (using a ruler taped to the meter) as I moved the meter across the surface of the panel with all lights (red and near infrared) on.
I then recorded the peak power irradiance number (measured in mw/cm2) that the meter measured during this test.
I also measured total power - i.e. the combined red and near infrared power output readings - instead of splitting them up. For future tests I will do seperate tests.
Also I will issue double points for this round. Again I should have measured and scored the panels on their red light power and then again with their NIR power.
Ok, let's look at the results:
Interestingly, MitoRed's MitoMax - the cheapest panel in this roundup series - have the highest power output with a peak of 71mw/cm2.
Not to bad if you're looking for the best bang for your buck!
Platinums BioMax was in close second with the Red Rush 720 in 3rd place.
Forth went to Red Light Rising at 58 mw/cm2 with fifth place going to Joovv - though they were some distance behind at 48mw/cm2 and only 2 points above last place MitoHQ.
Remember though, I don't think there is a perfect way to test the power output of these panels.
Originally I decided to test at the light source (0 inches) and you can still see the video of that test - but the results were all over the place. Some panels were extremely high, others really low.
Plus not all panels had a flat surface to take the 0 inch reading - so it was a flawed test.
Anyway, this test is the best I could do and should help show what panel is emitting the most power overall.
Later in the series I do score these panels on total LEDs - so that factors in the size component of the the panel.
Given all of this, the final rankings ended up has follows (remember this was a double points round:)
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.
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 MitoRed 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:
Red Therapy have also jumped up 2 spots up to 3rd place while Joovv has slipped down to share 4th place with Red Light Rising.
Mito HQ remain in last place.
With 3 more rounds to go, the winners spot is still anyone's game!
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.
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:
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:
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 maybe 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:
RedLight Rising, the who dominated this round, have now shot up into the top 3 and are only 4 points behind the leader.
There is still a big gap between the leaders and the rest of the pack, with Joovv holding 4th place but 11 points behind the leader and then 5th place shared with MitoHQ and RedTherapy.
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!
Next up we look at the number of LEDs in each panel and the wavelengths the panel emits.
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 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!
A 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:
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:
Combining the LED and wavelength scores shows the following:
MitoHQ have placed 2nd in consecutive rounds, so they are surely going to move up the ladder.
MitoRed, who were sitting in 2nd may drop a spot with their 5th placing here.
Let us take a look at the overall standings now:
Interestingly there were no changes in the top 3 positions. Though Platinum LED's BioMax 600 has extended it's lead over the pack with a 5 point buffer over 2nd place going into the final round.
MitoHQ with their consecutive 2nd place are now in 4th place, but still a long way from the top - trailing 13 points from the BioMax.
Joovv have slipped down to bottom position after this round meaning RedTherapy are in 5th place. Though there are only a few points separating 4th and 6th position.
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!
In this final round we look at warranty and I cover other 'pros and cons' of each panel.
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:
Now for the very last scoring round!
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:
We can combine these to get our total Round 6 scores:
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 did jump up the table to finish at 4th place, sharing it with MitoHQ.
Red Therapys Co Red Rush 720 ended at the bottom of the table.
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So, if you're wanting to buy the best Red Light available on the market, be sure to head to www.PlatinumTherapyLights.com, find the BioMax panel you're after, and enter discount code ALEX at the checkout screen to save 5%
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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!
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!
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.
This award goes to Red Light Risings' Full Stack. Their panel dominated this field, being the only panel to have 0 flicker!
MitoRed Mitomax take out this award with a peak power of 71mw/cm2.
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.
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!
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.
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%.
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:
And of course I'll be back here in 2020 with a updated body panel review!
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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.
Once I got access to the PlatinumLED BioMAX 900 I got the chance to compare it to the Joovv Solo. So here's another review video for you:
Hope you enjoy that review!
This blog post was written by Alex Fergus. Alex is a ISSN Sports Nutrition Specialist, Fitness Professional and certified Superhuman Coach who continues to expand his knowledge base and help people across the world with their health and wellness. Alex is recognized as the National Record Holder in Powerlifting and Indoor Rowing and has earned the title of the Australian National Natural Bodybuilding Champion. Having worked as a health coach and personal trainer for over a decade, Alex now researches all things health and wellness and shares his findings on this blog. Learn more about Alex's Credentials HERE.
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