My Richway Biomat Review
Table of Contents
What Is Biomat
This article will review Biomat, its health benefits, and the pros and cons of this particular mat.
First things first, I should tell you that this is not my first experience with FIR (Far-Infrared) mats.
I’m well-acquainted with this type of healing treatment.
After I reviewed Inframat Pro, several readers contacted me to ask how the Inframat compares to Biomat.
Thanks to their requests, I’ve decided to take a closer look at Biomat so that I can help others understand how these FIR mat products compare.
Frankly, I was really surprised by my experience with Inframat Pro, so I was excited to test drive the Biomat — especially since Biomat is so often called the “gold standard” of FIR mats!
But now I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s rewind.
Biomat is a mat with healing properties, manufactured by Richway International, founded in 1997 and based in Honolulu, Hawaii.
(However, according to official FDA correspondence found here, the company is actually based in Seoul, South Korea.
They have only a small office in Hawaii, which they maintain for legal purposes.
Sounds a little odd, but okay…)
The founders of the company owned an amethyst and jade mine in Korea.
They noticed that individuals who spent time in the mine were experiencing healing effects.
To better understand what was happening, they partnered with scientists to assess the situation.
According to the scientists’ findings, the healing effects were a direct result of the infrared emitted by the crystals.
After conducting their research, the founders wanted to replicate the healing effects observed in the mine through the creation of a heated crystal mat.
Initially, they selected jade as the primary crystal, but later decided to substitute it for amethyst, which they discovered was superior thanks to its higher infrared transmissivity.
Biomat’s main heat source is infrared.
But there are all different forms of infrared – which one is most beneficial for your body?
Initially, the company’s plan was to produce infrared within the human infrared spectrum, which is between 3 and 50-micron wavelength, with a peak of around 9.4 microns.
Then, they had a “Eureka” moment.
They came across a study comparing the healing properties of pain medication versus a mother’s touch for children.
The study’s results were incredible.
A mother placing her hand on her child was more effective for treating pain than the most current pain medications.
The Biomat founders realized that mothers hands were quite literally healing their children with the emission of 6.5-micron wavelength infrared from the palms of their hands.
This finding totally transformed the company’s thinking about how to maximize Biomat’s effectiveness.
The moment they tuned the output to a 6.5 micron wavelength, the Biomat’s healing effects shot up dramatically.
This uniquely human and comforting infrared frequency emitted by Biomat is what makes it special and sets it apart from other infrared mats and saunas.
The Biomat emits a comfortable heat that resonates naturally with the body, much like a mother’s soothing touch.
How FIR Works
Now we’re going to go deep into some science.
I apologize in advance for getting a little geeky about this!
So how and why, exactly, does FIR work?
The sun, that wonderful source of life-sustaining power, is our answer.
On a clear, sunny day, the comforting warmth you feel on your skin is far infrared radiation.
Unlike ultraviolet radiation, far infrared light is completely safe and does not cause sunburn or skin damage.
Generally, far infrared light waves have proven to be extremely beneficial to overall health because of their safe, natural thermal properties.
Infrared light waves are electromagnetic waves located between visible light and microwave.
With a wavelength range between 0.76 to 1000 um, infrared is divided into three wave types: Short, Near and Far Infrared.
FIR light waves, found within a frequency of 8-14 um, are most optimal for improving overall health because of their thermal properties.
Far infrared energy causes the molecules of the body to vibrate at the same frequency used for therapeutic purposes.
When applied to the human body, only the FIR rays have biologically beneficial effects.
These warming “far infrared rays” have a wavelength compatible with the human body and can be easily absorbed.
Heat Transfer and Electromagnetic Radiation
You’re probably wondering how all this healing energy gets transferred from the mat to your body.
Energy can be transmitted through three phenomena: electromagnetic radiation, conduction, and convection.
Most FIR mats include all three energy forms, but the primary form utilized is electromagnetic radiation.
While conduction and convection require a material medium for transmission, electromagnetic waves operate without any medium.
As with the electromagnetic radiant energy of the sun, which travels through the atmosphere to warm the earth, the radiant energy emitted by FIR mats is absorbed by the body through a natural process.
All of the components of the electromagnetic spectrum, regardless of frequency, share the typical properties of wave motion.
The wavelengths range from millionths of a centimeter to many kilometers.
The wavelength and frequency are important in determining the heating effect, penetration, visibility and other characteristics of the electromagnetic radiation.
Before we can fully understand infrared, we should get to know the meaning of radiant heat.
Radiant heat, also known as infrared energy, heats objects through a process known as conversion (in other words, without heating the air space in between the objects).
Infrared is the emission of energy as electromagnetic waves in the portion of the spectrum just beyond the limit of the visible spectrum.
The infrared light is measured in microns or micrometers and is divided into three segments by wavelength:
0.076 – 1.5 microns = Near Infrared (NIR);
1.5 – 5.6 microns = Middle Infrared (MIR);
5.6. – 1000 microns = Far Infrared (FIR).
Health Benefits of Far Infrared Radiation
Far Infrared Radiation has come a long way in terms of therapeutic and medical effects on the human body.
Technological advances have provided new techniques for delivering FIR radiation in healthy, natural ways.
For that reason, far infrared radiation has become safe, effective, and a widely used source for healing (1).
Here are 10 science-backed health benefits of far infrared radiation:
Treats Allergic Rhinitis
Allergic rhinitis – one of the most common chronic illnesses in the world – has a dramatic impact on patients’ quality of life.
The staggeringly high cost of treating allergic rhinitis necessitates alternative methods of treatment.
Allergic rhinitis is a nasal inflammation. Symptoms are likely caused by increased vascular permeability.
In many cases, conventional therapeutic options such as immunotherapy, allergen avoidance, or medication are ineffective in the treatment of this chronic illness.
Therefore, researchers seeking out alternatives have discovered far-infrared therapy can successfully treat different vascular diseases caused by increased blood flow.
According to a 2007 study conducted and published by the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, FIR therapy can alleviate symptoms including nasal itching, eye itching, nasal stuffiness, sneezing, and rhinorrhea.
The researchers also concluded that FIR therapy may play a role in alleviating overall symptoms of allergic rhinitis, and can be considered a novel treatment modality for allergic rhinitis (2).
Helps in Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases
There is increasing evidence to suggest that FIR rays are beneficial to the health of patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and chronic kidney disease.
In 2015, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine published a review suggesting that FIR therapy may play a significant role in treating some chronic diseases that yield no adverse effects (3).
Aids in Treatment of Arteriovenous Fistula
An arteriovenous fistula is an abnormal connection between an artery and a vein, which causes blood to directly flow from an artery into a vein, thus bypassing some capillaries and causing a reduced blood supply to the bypassed capillaries.
It usually occurs in the legs, but can develop anywhere in the body, and is surgically created for use in dialysis in people with severe kidney disease.
Based on evidence from a 2014 study conducted at the Department of Nursing in Taiwan, far-infrared therapy has had incredibly beneficial effects in the treatment of arteriovenous fistula in hemodialysis patients.
Moreover, the findings of this systematic review revealed that FIR therapy improves blood flow to and from the arteriovenous fistula, not to mention reduces the risk for arteriovenous fistula malfunctioning (4).
Suppresses Vascular Inflammation and Vascular Diseases
Vascular inflammation often occurs in patients diagnosed with an arteriovenous fistula.
So, a group of ingenious researchers realized that FIR therapy may be useful in treating vascular inflammation.
A 2008 study conducted at the Institute of Clinical Medicine in Taiwan made a remarkable discovery on this topic.
Researchers were working on evaluating the interaction between FIR radiation and HO-1 in regulating vascular inflammation.
The study’s results suggested that FIR radiation is the main inhibitor of vascular inflammation—which means it can have incredible benefits from those suffering from symptoms of inflammation.
In addition, FIR radiation has an anti-inflammatory effect on patients undergoing hemodialysis.
Because FIR therapy inhibits inflammation, it can preserve blood flow in hemodialysis patients (5).
FIR also treats vascular-related diseases.
In 2012, the Department of Internal Medicine in Taiwan found in a study that that far-infrared therapy reduces the risk of vascular-related diseases.
The researchers found evidence to demonstrate that FIR improves the function of vein cells (6).
Improves Motor Functions
In a study conducted in 2015 at Taiwan’s Department of Radiology, researchers investigated the effects of postoperative low-power far-infrared radiation therapy on nerve function.
The evidence suggests that FIR treatment is beneficial, noninvasive, and effective when it comes to improving motor function and enhancing nerve regeneration.
The study laid the foundation of FIR as a novel treatment for a wide variety of peripheral nerve injuries and diseases (7).
Here is a very interesting video about how FIR can help with your fitness routine.
Relieves Symptoms of Menstrual Cramps
Ladies, I know you know “dysmenorrhea” – those painful cramps that usually occur right before or during the menstrual period – all too well.
In 2012, researchers at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Taiwan investigated the beneficial effects of using a far-infrared belt on patients with primary dysmenorrhea.
The study included a group of fifty-one women diagnosed with severe dysmenorrhea.
During their menstrual period, half of the women wore the FIR belt, while the other half did nothing different.
The women who wore the FIR belt experienced an increased abdominal temperature of 0.6°C and a 3.27% increase in abdominal blood flow, which led to considerable pain reduction.
On the other hand, the group who did not wear the FIR belt showed no improvements.
These results indicate that the use of a belt made of far-infrared ceramic materials can relieve the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea (8).
That’s a breakthrough I can get behind!
Relieves Symptoms of Back Pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common health issues in the world Managers, take note: it is also a significant cause of lost workplace productivity.
There are many different strategies for back pain relief that don’t involve drugs.
One of the best strategies is FIR therapy.
In 2015, Dr. Gaze and her team conducted research on far-infrared therapy and its effects on chronic back pain.
They gathered 50 people with lower back pain, who were told to have a FIR pad placed in their chairs.
The researchers observed statistically significant changes in a physical and mental health of the patients, including reduced pain in the lower back area.
And of course, there were no reported adverse events (9).
Treats Some Types of Cancer
Far infrared radiation suppresses the proliferation of some cancer cells due to the changing effect of body temperature range.
According to Medical Oncology in London, FIR therapy suppresses the growth of cancer cells, thus reducing the risk of various types of cancer, including lung, breast, and tongue cancer (10).
Accelerates Wound Healing
One of the benefits FIR is best known for is its ability to promote growth and modulate sleep.
This led many cutting-edge scientists to ask whether it would have similar effects on wound healing.
So, in 2010, for the journal Experimental Biology and Medicine, researchers evaluated the impact of FIR exposure on tensile strength.
After two weeks, results showed that FIR may induce inflammatory changes and enhance skin tensile strength, thus accelerating wound healing (11).
Another study investigated the effect of FIR on collagen.
Dr. Ju Hee Lee and his team conducted tests on 20 females between ages 35 and 61, and results were quite surprising.
All females experienced moderate to major improvements with small wrinkles, skin tone, brown spots, and skin elasticity. (12)
FIR therapy has been used to stimulate and increase blood flow to the breasts to enhance lactation in women.
According to a study conducted in 1990 by the Annals of Physiological Anthropology, FIR therapy has far-reaching effects on enhancing lactation for women with poor lactation (13).
My Experience with Biomat
Here’s the deal: there are many different options for FIR mats on the market right now.
My first exposure to this entire concept came through Inframat Pro, but I’ve heard from so many friends and readers that the best brand is Biomat.
So, of course, I was excited when a friend of mine offered me her Biomat so I could give it a try.
I’ve done some research into other brands, and some of them seem decent, but I never had hands-on experience with them, so this review will focus on comparing Biomat with Inframat Pro. (If you have personal experience with other brands, I’d love to read your insight in the comments section.)
October 2020 Update: It has been almost 5 years since I’ve written this review and I’m very happy with my experience.
However, Healthyline came out with much better product this year and even though I love my soft, double sided Inframat Reverse AJT model (which I compared Biomat to in my original review), this new model is much better.
So for comparison purpose I will use Inframat Pro Platinum mat, which I had please to use for the past 6 months.
The main difference of this new mat comparing to the older model that I had is that it also includes advanced PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) functionality.
If you would like to know more about PEMF benefits, I’ve written this article that lists 10 evidence-based benefits of PEMF and explains what it is and how it works.
Pure PEMF mats usually start at $1500 and those are budget models. It is not uncommon to see PEMF brands that cost $4,000-6,000 and medical grade units can cost up to $40,000.
Also these PEMF mats/devices are just that, they don’t include any other features.
Inframat Pro Platinum mat, on the other hand, is FIR mat similar to Biomat, AND it also includes advanced PEMF.
What I like about Inframat Pro Platinum model is high-end PEMF features.
Some of the features that Inframat Pro Platinum has you can find only in high-end PEMF devices and those can cost up to $15,000.
Features like multiple waveforms, adjustable frequency levels and different levels of PEMF intensity are not available in “entry level” PEMF devices that can easily cost $5000 or more.
Please keep in mind that Biomat doesn’t have any PEMF at all.
Notably, it is a little more expensive than Inframat Reverse AJT model.
However, Inframat Pro Platinum is still cheaper than Biomat (my Inframat Pro cost me about $1,440 ($1,600-10% off) and a similar Biomat is about $1,600).
(Bargain Alert: If you’re excited about the Inframat, you can use the coupon code “deal10s.” You’ll get free shipping and $10% off your mat – that $200 savings isn’t too shabby).
Since it is very difficult to differentiate these two products when they’re side-by-side, I want to compare them based on important criteria like quality, warranty, certifications, shipping policy, etc.
I’ve done a lot of research on both brands – like I said, I get geeky about this stuff! – and I’m thinking there are lots of tidbits of information here that you won’t find anywhere else.
First, and foremost, both products are great.
We first purchased Inframat Pro to relieve with my husband’s back pain and it did this job perfectly.
Biomat also dealt with back pain efficiently — probably as well as Inframat Pro.
The Biomat also helped me with various minor issues like muscle pain, flu, insomnia and joints pain.
So if you’re wondering whether either of these products work and the research didn’t convince you, I can say from personal experience that FIR can be a transformative solution to many health issues!
The goal of this review is to compare the nitty gritty features of Biomat and Inframat Pro, the two leaders on the FIR mat market.
Both products are very good, however, my new Inframat Pro Platinum model feels much better than Biomat because it has PEMF.
Once I learned about this interesting feature I decided to do some research and I found at least 10 more science-backed benefits of PEMF therapy which you’ll get on top of regular FIR therapy benefits.
Here is a list of those additional benefits:
- Treats Arthritis
- Promotes Cell Regeneration
- Improves Circulation
- Relieves the Symptoms of Depression
- Decreases Diabetic Factors
- Promotes Bone Healing
- Treats Migraines
- Induces Nerve Repair
- Relieves Pain
- Increases the Range of Motion
Here is very interesting video from Healthyline that shows their PEMF in action;
Now let’s go over all main features of these products!
First of all, both Inframat and Biomat use top-quality real stones in their mats.
What makes them different in this respect is the variety of stones used in mats.
The Inframat Pro has a greater diversity of stones in its mats, while Biomat relies only on one stone: amethyst.
Inframat Pro mats, on the other hand, use amethyst, tourmaline and obsidian stones in their mats.
This means the mat has immense potential for stone combinations.
Some people say that amethyst is the superior stone for FIR therapy, which is partially true.
The problem is that these stones are genuinely different, and health benefits they bring to the table are not identical.
For example, obsidian has high output of negative ions, amethyst has a higher level of FIR, and tourmaline is very good for blood circulation and anti-bacterial treatments.
So, ideally, you would want a mat that has all 3 stones in order to get the most bang for your healing buck.
BTW, while doing my research, I stumbled upon this gem on the main Biomat website:
“The larger mats do not contain Tourmaline because it would greatly increase the cost and the company determined that they feel customers would not pay the increased price.”
I would like to ask Biomat manufacturers how come other brands use tourmaline and their mats are still cheaper and better?
Now, let’s get back to the Inframat Pro I use.
The mat is carefully designed to maximize health benefits.
It uses crushed stones that are enclosed in special tubes, very similar to Biomat.
The difference comes from variety of stones. Biomat has only amethyst and Inframat has amethyst, tourmaline and obsidian.
On this image you can actually see different stone types (purple for amethyst and black for mixture of tourmaline and obsidian)
Both Biomat and Inframat Pro have 12 functional layers, which gives them a luxurious, premium feeling.
The Inframat Pro comes with a cotton waterproof cover, while with Biomat you’ll have to pay an extra $100 for a cover – and the cover isn’t even cotton, it’s polyester.
One major difference between these products is the controller.
Biomat’s controller is digital and looks more like a tablet.
This design has pros and cons, depending on your perspective.
The friend who loaned me the Biomat told me that it could be glitchy sometimes and that she had to return the first controller after it totally stopped working.
Luckily, she still had a warranty.
After the initial warranty runs out (one year if you purchased from an official dealer), you have the option to either buy a new one or pay for repairs.
The new one will cost you about $270.
Inframat Pro, on the other hand, has a very simple controller with two knobs to regulate temperature and time.
Plus, its replacement is always free.
And yet, I have to admit that I really do like Biomat’s controller much more.
However, I’m not sure if I’ll be happy to pay a pretty penny for a replacement every year or so…
Another huge difference between these products is the range of models offered.
Biomat has 5 models: Mini, Pro, Single, Queen, and King.
The only difference between these models is size.
Inframat Pro, on the other hand, has about 100 very different models.
They a wide variety of designs and stone combinations, which can feel quite overwhelming when you aren’t sure what to buy.
I do appreciate the array of options, though.
It shows me that Inframat is dedicated to innovation and improvement.
Both Inframat Pro and Biomat don’t have harmful levels of EMF.
Here is a video that shows Inframat Pro EMF test and comparison to a regular heating mat.
I’ve seen a video online where the same test was showing quite different results.
So I’ve reached out to Healthyline’s support for comment and this is how they explained this.
Up to 2 years ago some Healthyline’s mats didn’t have build-in EMF protection.
In order to enable it you would need to have special controller that has a special button “Eliminate EMF”.
When you’ll press that button, EMF will be blocked. If you use regular controller that doesn’t have “Eliminate EMF” button, you will see dangerous levels of EMF.
Fortunately, all Healthyline’s current mats have automatic built-in EMF protection, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
If you are still cautious, you can buy a cheap EMF meter on Amazon and test your mat by yourself.
If you’ll not be happy with EMF levels, you can always return your mat to Healthyline’s, since Inframat Pro has 45-day no questions asked trial period.
Shipping and Returns
Most savvy shoppers are very cautious about shipping and return policy, especially when making a significant health investment.
After digging into these policies, I’ve found that both products offer affordable services with slight differences for shipping and returns.
Most notably, Inframat Pro offers a 45-day trial, while Biomat has a one-month trial.
From what I’ve read on various forums, Biomat is not always in stock, and sometimes it might take a few weeks for you to receive your purchase.
But if that delay happens to you, don’t fret about returning the mat on time.
Both companies will honor your return request without any issues.
Certification is essential, and both products claim to be certified.
However, you do have to be very careful when you hear such claims.
The issue is that the product can be both “Certified by FDA” and “Approved by FDA”.
For a product to be certified by FDA, has all the company has to do is file 510(K) Class I online form and wait.
FDA will do a very light review and most likely give the product the green light.
To become “Approved by FDA”, on the other hand, the product must go through multiple clinical tests.
These tests are reserved for high-risk products like new drugs.
Both Biomat and Inframat Pro are “Certified by FDA”.
The problem that I came across is that there are some unusual issues with Biomat’s certification.
Here is a link to their official 510(K) form. If you read through the first page, you might be able to spot a couple of issues.
First, this form is filed for Bio-mat 2000 model, which doesn’t exist.
Yes, you read that right! There is no such product available for purchase anywhere. That seems a little…unusual.
At some point, the story goes, the Bio-mat 2000 was discontinued, and Richway (the parent company) never bothered to refile paperwork.
Another off-putting issue?
This form is filed under the “Lamps” section, which is kind of a strange classification for a mat.
But wait – there is an even larger issue with this paperwork.
According to official FDA records, Richway was issued an official warning in January 2013, and it doesn’t look like the company ever took care of it.
You should read the letter for yourself. Some of the claims are quite alarming.
However, despite some of the unsettling points mentioned in that letter, I still think the Biomat product is decent.
All products malfunction sometimes. It happens.
But when the unexpected does happen, you need to know what you have agreed to upon purchase.
In the case of Inframat Pro, you have a one-year free instant exchange (so you’re getting a totally new product), while Biomat offers free repair within one year.
The Inframat Pro controller will be replaced for free for as long as you own the product, while Biomat requires extra $200 to repair it.
What I do appreciate about these products is the fact you have the option of extending the warranty period.
What I find interesting about Inframat Pro is that in order to extend your warranty period beyond the first year, all they ask is that you write a review or record a video review of their product.
This offer shows me that they are very confident in the quality of their products – a good sign, in my opinion.
With an extended warranty, you can replace your Inframat Pro totally free five years.
Biomat will gladly repair your mat within 30 years, but those repairs will cost you a considerable amount of money.
One crucial aspect some consumers forget to consider when making their purchase is distribution.
This category is where Inframat Pro differs dramatically from Biomat.
I’m not sure what your opinion is about multi-level marketing companies.
I, personally, got burned when I participated in one during college. I ended up losing $300!
Since then I’ve been very skeptical about all MLM companies, even though I know there are many legit ones.
Biomat is one of those legit companies.
The only way you can buy a Biomat is through a distributor – a.k.a. a participant in Biomat’s MLM.
Once you buy the Biomat, you can become a distributor yourself.
It doesn’t cost a lot to become a distributor, so a lot of people do.
The problem with legit MLM companies is that they tend to use aggressive over-selling.
Not only is this tactic annoying – it can also be misleading.
If you look for other Biomat reviews online, you’ll see that they are 99% positive.
Why? Simple human psychology, really.
When people buy a $2,000 item, they aren’t worried about dropping an extra $65 to become a distributor.
Once they’re official, they can sell the product to relatives or neighbors and make some money themselves.
This is the ingenious way Richway transforms the majority of their customers into brand ambassadors.
As I mentioned earlier, the MLM strategy results in a lot of these distributors pushing Biomat products all over the Internet, which makes tracking down unbiased opinion almost impossible.
Another problem with this system is that Biomat doesn’t have official distributors.
All Biomat distributors have to order their products from the official website, and of course, this website doesn’t always have items in stock.
Healthyline’s Inframat Pro, on the other hand, uses the conventional distribution model.
You can purchase their products on the official website as well as from official distributors.
You’ll never have to worry about working with a distributor if you’re interested in the product – you can purchase it directly all on your own.
Comparing these products turned out to be something of an interesting experience.
Both of these products are of a very high quality, and choosing the right one for you comes down to details and preferences.
My main complaint with Biomat is its price.
A better Inframat Pro Platinum cost me $1440, while Biomat of the same size goes for $1600.
The Biomat is the same size and more expensive than the Inframat, but ultimately it is an inferior product, as it doesn’t have good stone variation and doesn’t offer PEMF at all.
Earlier in this post, I quoted RichWay’s official website, where they stated that adding tourmaline will raise the price considerably.
Obviously, this claim is not true.
On Healthyline Inframat website, you’ll see that their price range is between $99 to $2,000, while RichWay’s Biomat sells for $550 to $4,000.
(And don’t forget! You can use this discount code I found, “deal10s”, to make Inframat’s price even lower. You’ll get 10% off and free shipping, which comes out to around $80-$200 of additional savings on top of an already low price.)
Plus, some of the Inframat Pro mats come with another incredible perk: PEMF.
PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, a therapeutic method that can be used to treat non-union fractures, failed fusions, congenital pseudarthrosis and depression.
Most companies sell PEMF mats on their own – without any stones – at prices of around $4000.
With the Inframat Pro, you get FIR therapy and PEMF at once for under $1,400.
I can’t complain about bonuses like that.
Here is a link to Healthyline’s PEMF products, in case you are interested in PEMF mats.
I do like Biomat’s controller, but that’s probably because it hasn’t broken on me yet.
When it does, well, I won’t be thrilled to pay a minimum of $200 to fix it.
The Biomat’s MLM scheme is also somewhat worrying; it took me hours to dig through dozens of websites to form an objective opinion about the product
If I didn’t have my Inframat Pro to compare to Biomat, I would probably assume that Biomat is the best FIR mat on the market.
Inframat Pro’s line up of 100 diverse models is much more impressive than Biomat’s five identical models.
Biomat’s issue with the FDA is also somewhat worrisome.
I understand that the company is based in South Korea, but it doesn’t take that much effort to get your paperwork in order, right?
Especially when you have so many distributors in the USA and all of them claim that Biomat is FDA certified.
Some sites even claim that Biomat is a Class II APPROVED medical device, which is not true and could get Richway in even more trouble with the FDA.
Inframat Pro, on the flip side, is based in NYC, has all its paperwork in order, and has been tested in a US-based laboratory.
I can’t say the same for the Biomat.
In short, although the Biomat is a solid product, I really do prefer the Inframat Pro to the Biomat.
Inframat is lower in price, similar in quality, and comes with amazing perks that really do the trick for me.
My whole family is thrilled with Inframat Pro. Every time I loan a relative my Inframat Pro for a test drive, they love it so much that I have to buy them a new mat for their birthday!
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Thank you so much for this extensive review. You have saved me countless hours of research. I truly appreciate your hard work.
You are very welcome. These mats are great, especially during winters. 🙂
Hey Rebecca! Did you by chance use an EMF meter to compare the amount of EMF emitted by the healthy line mat and the biomat?
You can see Healthyline EMF test in this video
Thank you for your thoughtful, thorough review! I have tried the Richway Biomat myself, and with clients when I had it on loan from a distributor and loved it. However, it is so expensive, and I also am weary of MLM companies. I know I want to purchase a mat, but want to be 100% sure before I do. I am so glad I stumbled upon your article! I will be looking into HealthyLine’s InfraMat Pro. It’s nice to know that it less than half the price, based out of the US, gives more options, and is also high quality. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
You are welcome!
Biomat is a good product, but MLM scheme really turns me off. Try purchasing Inframat Pro, I’m sure you will love it. And if you’ll have any concerns, you can always return it for a full refund without any issues.
Nothing wrong with mlm. Instead of having retailers selling it Richway gives opportunity to people who becomes Independent sales agent to showcase n allow customers to use the biomat b4 buying it. In a way we are like retailers or wholesaler too. The difference is customers get to use it for a week or 2 b4 deciding to buy or not. No hard/pushy sale. Comfort n be convinced that it is a product that has amazing health benefits.
MLMs usually have higher prices, since these companies have extra cost for commissions that have to be distributed between MLM participants. So, if regular company just needs to make sure that it covers it’s costs and earns a certain profit margin, MLMs need to account for commissions that need to be distributed between various participants as well. This is why MLM products are always slightly more expensive, and Biomat is a great example. It is a great product, though; just grossly overpriced…
Great to see an unbiased refuew.
Any idea on if both products are EMF shielded or “free”?
Was there ever a response to the EMF shield? I think there are layers just like the biomat but a good question. Thank you for asking the question!
All current Healthyline’s mats have built in EMF protection. However, there are some old models that didn’t have built-in solution and instead used special button on controller to eliminate EMF.
Thank you, this was a fabulous review. Very helpful!
You are very welcome, Carley!
Thank you for the great review! I have been wanting to buy one for my daughter but not impressed with the cost. Do you have any thoughts on the EMF?
Thanks a lot! I’m glad you’ve found it useful :). These mats are completely free of EMF.
I have the biomat 7000 …the portable model and have been using it on my clients and my self for over 7 years. I love it in fact I call it my medical insurance. Ithe smaller biomat is portable and can be laid over Chou under you …has all of the same benifits as the pro …it also heals ( despite , that you aren’t suppose to claim heals, actually no doctor or anyone should use that term) all of the same things on the list the newer Inframat Pro does , also is backed up by a lot of medical research… I can say I’ve seen it actually get rid of infections , Lymes disease, bladder and kidney infections , Sciatica, some cancers, back pain, nnueropathy, helps relieve arthritis…I could go on, the main thing is that it helps to detox and rid the body of inflammation , which causes may disease… I can also say that Richway has been great to deal with if you have any problems with your mat … the only problem can be sometimes with the salesperson , so go directly to the company if you aren’t happy with the sales person you bought it from . Don’t buy one from amazon or a second hand one not from the company , … the company of biomat ( Richway) stands behind their products and has a good warrantee.
Thank you so much for the helpful review. I didn’t know that tourmaline and jade had different beneficial properties.
Do you know what model Inframat Pro you have? They have so many of each size.
You are welcome, Lara!
My favorite model is this one http://healthyline.com/product/018/ , since it is very comfortable. However, since I purchased mine, they came up with PEMF models http://healthyline.com/product-category/mats/pemf-pulse-magnetic-therapy/ , which have additional benefits. From my understanding, there is no one else on the market who has such mats for this price. Other PEMF mats cost $4000+ and they only have PEMF, comparing to HealthyLine’s FIR, negative ions and PEMF. So it is a complete package. They are slightly more expensive and comfort level is slightly worse than my favorite model. I did purchase PEMF mat for my mother, and she is very happy with it, however, I still prefer my favorite model. I’ve been using it almost every day since winter came and I can’t imagine winters without it :).
If you’ll decide to purchase, make sure you’ll use this code -“deal10”. It will give you free shipping and 10% off. Other coupons codes I’ve seen online only give 10% off without free shipping.
Also, if you’ll decide to purchase, I’ll be happy if you share your experience here :).
Thanks for a detailed review on these mats.
Can you tell me if the Inframat Pro is emf shielded? Thank you.
You are welcome! Yes, it is shielded from EMF.
Sorry I may have replied on the wrong link. I know they claim to be EMF free but did you test either one of them. Healthyline has an EMF button that you push if it turns green. This is to make the EMF go away. If it is EMF free why is there a button?
Those are older models which are not being manufactured anymore.
Huge thanks for your review, Helen!
I’ve purchased one of PEMF Inframat Pro and I am very happy with my purchase. There were some issues with the controller, but it was quickly exchanged for free by Healthyline’s support. I am very surprised by the quality of their support and how important it was for them to make sure that I’m 100% satisfied. The mat itself is also very nice. My mom has blood circulation issues and my father has arthritis, surprisingly, Inframat helps them both. What a wonderful product! Thanks a lot for introducing me to this brand!
You are very welcome! I introduced my family to Healthyline’s products and now every household has it’s own mat :).
Is there a duo side mat with PEMF?
No, all PEMF mats are one sided.
Can you tell me if your mother is still happy with her pemf mat. I’m trying to decide between that and the more comfortable inframat pro. The one you prefer seems more versatile with the ability to put it on a recliner where as the pemf is stiff and must be placed on the floor or a bed, but with it’s added health benefits it may be better although a little more uncomfortable. Decisions, decisions. Thank you.
My mom loves it. However, if it was up to me, I would still pick flexible, double-sided model that I have. On the other hand, PEMF has so many more health benefits… So, it is up to you. I’ve recently written an article about science-backed health benefits of PEMF https://www.well-beingsecrets.com/pemf-therapy-benefits/ . Check it out. If there are some health problems that PEMF can help you with, pick PEMF, if not, I would go with cheaper, flexible model.
Don’t forget to use coupon “deal10” if you’ll decide to buy.
I hope this helps.
Thank you so much for a non-biased point of view! I have been considering the BioMat for my esthetic bed, but I’m not a fan of supporting the MLM business model. I’ve been searching for reviews, and this was very helpful. Now I just need to decide which mat is the best choice for my clients–yikes!
Hello, Krista! It’s very important for me to know that I helped you with my review! Thank you for your feedback!
Thank you so much for this detailed and enlightening review of these products! I’ve been looking into getting one of these mats for a couple months now, and it has been a challenge to find authentic reviews. This has been very helpful.
Much love and light to you!
You are very welcome! 🙂
Thank you so much for your post. I would like to ask the emf question again. I saw some videos showing emf readings on the jade tourmaline mat. Do you have some insight on this?
I’ve reached out to HealthyLine and they told me that in those videos they show the old, discontinued model of Inframat Pro. That particular model doesn’t have automatic EMF elimination. In order to eliminate EMF, you would need to press special button “Eliminate EMF”. However, if you use standard controller, there is no “Eliminate EMF” button, and as a result it is possible to show higher levels of EMF during a test. Those models are discontinued and right now all HealthyLine’s models have automatic build-in EMF elimination. Check out this video where they test it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgGPYtfOr5E&t=19s .
I hope this answered your question.
Could you help recommend a model that most closely resembles your review that has PEMF? Do these have cotton covers? Can you add a natural fiber cover to make more padded without compromising results? Do they come in queen sizes? Can you sleep on them or just for sessions? How long does a typical session last?
My favorite model is this one, since it has jade, amethyst, tourmaline, PEMF and photon therapy. You can get cotton covers here. As for adding natural fiber, sure. I always cover my mat with a comforter and it feels great. You can sleep on it whole night, but before you do that you need to try sleeping on it for a few hours and see how it will make you feel. Also, there is a timer which you can setup based on your preferences.
Hope this helps,
I am Stephanie from The Netherlands and would have really preferred to talk to you in person
I am in wheelchair not able to walk. Legs are very stiff due to Lyme
I am not paraplegic but it seems the lymphatic system doesnt perform
I have been advised after a holistic treatment in US to purchase a biomat to improve my bloodcirculation etc but am not sure whether to take a Jade or Amethyst
Could you advise please
With kind regards Stephanie
Jade and amethyst have slightly different healing properties, so ideally you want your mat to have both. What Biomat distributors would never tell you is that even better combination than jade and amethyst is jade, amethyst and PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy), since Biomat doesn’t have PEMF. If you’d like to learn more about PEMF, here is a link to an article where I explain what it is and how it works. Healthyline is the only brand that has build-in PEMF (they own a patent for this technology), so if your budget allows, I would highly recommend to get FIR mat that has build-in PEMF. Here is a link to all HealthyLine mats that have PEMF. And I think this particular model would fit all your needs, since it has jade, amethyst, tourmaline, photon therapy and PEMF. If your budget doesn’t allow to buy one of PEMF models, get one of my all time favorite non-PEMF mats – Reverse-18JT-SideA InfraMat Pro™. It has all 3 stone types you want in your mat – jade, tourmaline and amethyst. It is also reversible, so one side has a combination of tourmaline and jade, and the other side has crushed amethyst very similar way to Biomat.
Hope this helps,
THank you so much for the valuable information you were willing to share with me
It is admirable so much knowledge you have, thanx again
I know what choice to make now and together with a special raw fruit and veg detox diet I am planning on starting and try and reverse my condition the mat will help with that process in getting my lymphsystem going again as well as the bloodflow
I will let you know how I am doing in the time to come to come
Thank you Helen for your comprehensive review.
I have no doubt that the Inframat Pro is the better choice and the best mat on the market. However, I keep wondering why there is no near infrared mat. Near infrared emits very little EMF, it is cooler and penetrate deeper.
If you have looked into this issue I would appreciate sharing your findings with us.
I bought a professional HealthyLine mat and it has already broken. I am contacting the company as so far the support has been excellent, but I’m wary even getting a replacement that will likely have the same issue, maybe this time just beyond the trial period! Maybe I could ask them for a longer trial period this time ….
I’m sorry to hear about your broken mat. You should get in touch with support and figure out a solution. All mats that my family purchased work fine after about 2 years of use. However, a friend of mine had an issue with her mat and she got replacement without any issues or having to jump through hoops. Let me know how was your experience with HL customer support.
Thank you for the very helpful information. I used the discount code.
You are very welcome!
This is a fantastic and truly helpful review. I have a couple questions: Did you ever compare or consider the difference between Biomat’s Healing Mother’s Touch frequency and the frequency of the HealthyLine mat? As you write in your intro, Biomat discovered the healing capabilities greatly increased when they tweaked the frequency in that way. My other question is, have you any idea how the quantity specifically of amethyst crystal in your mat compares with the quantity of ameythst crystal in the Biomat? It would seem that The Healthyline would have less. These are the questions that arose for me in trying to determine which mat would be most healing especially if it turned out Amethyst worked best for me.
I am also wondering about Biomat’s ‘mothers touch frequency’ mentioned in the article and if that is utilized in the Healthyline mats? Thanks
Wow, excellent review and follow-up Q&A! I am interested in this question about the “Mother’s touch” frequency as well. I’ll check the Healthline website to see if the IR frequency is disclosed. Nice work!
Have you ever compared or reviewed the Bemer mat product?
I had a chance to test Bemer 3000 and I wasn’t impressed at all. In a nutshell, it is just a PEMF heating mat that has fewer features than Inframat Pro and costs more.
What’s the level of internal warming (deg. F) if used for (say) one hour at top radiation level (2 red lights on Biomat full mat, plus 1 red light on Biomat smaller covering upper body mat)?
Cancer cells are more sensitive to heat than normal cells, starting to weaken or die at 107F.
Have you looked in the magnetico sleep pad. I am considering buying either a magnetico or an Inframat. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you so much for your time & energy 😉 in this
People will believe anything. They want so much for a cure that they will manufacture one from non-existent technology.
This is a heating pad. For 1700 dollars. They sell heating pads at Walmart. If this is so effective, why don’t pain management clinics use and recommend them? Why hasn’t the FDA actually examined them for their effecacy? Because no one will waste their time on such fluffy new age science and medicine. Total placebo effect past the obvious heating pad and its soothing. Save your money. Go to Walmart. If you feel wealthy, go to Target. Get their best heating pad. Go fo it.
Believe it or not, but this product really helped my husband as well as few of my friends. Also, there is actual research that supports claimed benefits. I’ve done a lot of research about this topic and I’ve written this article about 16 research-supported health benefits of far infrared therapy. Also, I’ve spoken with HealthyLine support not that long ago and they told me that there are discussions with FDA about getting FDA approval, which is very lengthy process and might take a while. Once this type of therapy gets FDA approval, you’ll start seeing it in conventional clinics as well. Until then all I can do is just to ask you to be more open minded, and if you do have health issues that research says FIR therapy can help with – give it a try. Especially when companies like HealthyLine offer 45 days free trial…
Thanks so much for this review. I checked Healthyline’s website and they say there is a 30 day period in which the mat may be returned and there may be a 20% restocking fee. Also it says they do not have a warranty-I have sent them an email and am waiting for a response bu twas confused and wondered if you had any insight.
Did you check this Warranty page on HealthyLine’s site? It states very clearly that all products have 365-days warranty and there is nothing about any restocking fees. If you found a page on HealthyLine’s site that says otherwise, please share it with me.
I’ve been looking into getting one of these for my girlfriend for her birthday, and it’s kind of been stressing me out, lol. This is the most helpful, and thorough review I’ve ever seen. Thank you so much for your work! I was already leaning more towards the Inframat Pro, and now feel much more confident in my decision.
Thanks a lot, Chris!
I’m very happy that you found my review useful :).
Thank you so much for in depth analysis of the products. I am wondering if you know if you receive the same amount of stones in the Inframat Pro as you would in the Biomat. I was trying to account for the difference in pricing. Also, I have lyme and chemical sensitivities, so I would like to know if you feel the PEMF would be appropriate or useful for lyme. Thank you again for this informative article.
I would say that weight-wise mats feel about the same. Difference in pricing comes from different business models. Just like any other multi-level marketing product, Biomat is overpriced to account for “passive” bonuses that go up the chain. Also, I don’t consider Biomat a direct competitor to HealthyLine mats any more. 5 years ago that was true, but HealthyLine has been improving their products with multiple patented features, while Biomat stayed same ol’ Biomat. It is still a good product, but a very similar HealthyLine products are about $1000 cheaper and similarly priced models just beat Biomat on every feature.
As for lyme disease, there is scientific evidence that PEMF can help alleviate it.
I have been looking at the Inframat website and there are many PEMF mats from which to choose! Have you looked at the Chakra one? Would it be as beneficial as the one you bought for your mom? Also, the bracelets?? Thank you so much!
I used Rainbow mat as well and it is a good product, but I think it is a little gimmicky for me. It is great for people who practice yoga and meditate, but I prefer a mat with highest quality stones and the best PEMF features.
That’s a question that I have. How does the consumer know that they are getting the “highest quality” of stones?
Did you ever compare the Inframat with the Rainbow mat?
I like Platinum model much more because it has higher quality stones and high-end PEMF. Rainbow is a great product as well, especially if you meditate or practice reiki.
Wow, what wonderful information. I was diagnosed nearly 3 years ago with colon cancer, metz to liver and lungs. Everything on the bio mats was so confusing until I found your review. Thanks so very much.
You are welcome! Hope you are felling better now!
Are saunas better than the mats, since the whole body is getting the exposure? Thank you
I like both. We have indoor sauna at home and I use it all the time. However, it is not the same as using FIR/PEMF mat. I can’t lay in sauna for 2 hours in a semi-trance state like I sometimes do on my mat :).
Hi, I just bought a Tao Mat with PEMP from Healthyline, but haven’t tried it out yet. My brother just sent me a video from youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch2v=Wo19MRSCtEU that measures the EMF’s coming from a Healthyline mat and the Richway biomat. They got a reading of 100 EMF’s on the Healthyline mat and 0 on the Richway biomt. They said the reading should be below 3.
This is concerning to me.. Is the reading this high because of the PEMF that is in the mat? The PEMF is supposedly 7.8 HZ, which is supposedly the same as the earth outside.
This video shows discontinued model that needed special remote with EMF button for EMF to disappear. Without such remote it will emit harmful EMF. However, you shouldn’t worry. As far as I know this model hasn’t been sold for at least 2 years and all new models come with build in EMF blocker, so there is no EMF at all. If you want to be 100% sure, order EMF meter on Amazon and test your mats. Just keep in mind that you can always return your Healthyline mat…
Hope this helps,
While I was suspicious, I was finally convinced and at the end I was about ordering g the inframat. But believe me, the comments are so arranged and”prepared ” that I have to thank you for that fi al job that definitely convinced ne to buy the BIOMAT !!
Enjoy your overpriced Biomat :).
I’ve gotten “toasted skin syndrome” from heated car seats and heating pads by using them for at least 60 minutes. Can this occur on these types of pads? My massage therapist is a dealer for Biomat and wants me to try it out. I also have Multiple Sclerosis and fear an adverse reaction. Any thoughts?
Try it out and see if you feel any side effects.
I really, really appreciate this review. The Biomat sounds wonderful and was recommended by a very knowledgeable and trusted nurse practitioner. But the cost is so very high and I didn’t know if I should invest in a mat or sauna. After learning so much from this article, the mat appears to be a better choice. And now I understand the difference between these mats and several others I’ve looked at and owned. A BIG thank you! I know this article took a great amount of time and energy to compose.
You are very welcome! Sauna is much more expensive and with some mats you can create sauna effect. I’m quite sure that you can create similar experience by using simple survival blanket on top of your mat.
There are at least 12 of these in my family. We swear by the biomat although I’ve not tried the other, I would not even consider. We may all get sick with cancer etc tomorrow but sickness, even a cold is rare in the ones who own one of these and actually use it. We mostly have the mini, but my sister has a twin for massage table and clients love it. It may be a mind over matter but I am on mine as I am responding. As for warranty, although lifetime, the longer you own, the less they will cover at full price. I’ve had mine since 9-10 yrs and no issues. I am not a fan of MLM but I do love the BIOMAT! If it died and they wouldn’t cover, I would still only order the BIOMAT.
I’m happy that you love your Biomat. My whole family uses FIR mats now and everybody loves them.
Thank you so much for your review. I am on my third Biomat (each lasted approximately 3 years) with the controller being the primary issue (the first one smelled like it was starting an electrical fire every time I turned it on in the end). Although each Biomat I owned has had a lifespan of approximately 3 years I have absolutely loved the effectiveness for just about anything that ails me and lay on mine every day. Every time one went bad I would look at the other mats but just wasn’t sure if they would work as well. So when my third one died completely today I was ever so grateful to read your review. I will be purchasing this mat instead.
Thanks for the article. I recently was told by my natural health practitioner that I’m suffering from EMF pollution. I’ve slept on a Biomat Pro for 7 years. After purchasing an EMF detector, I found that my Biomat is not producing EMFs, but the controller for it (under my bed) is producing so much electromagnetic pollution that the meter couldn’t even measure it. Good to know.
Thank you for your review. Just found out husband has AML and was looking for ways to combat the chemo he is about to undergo. Was looking for infared device however getting both the FIR and PEMF is great.
I think this is a very interesting and useful comparison by someone who with their family has road tested several of the Healthyline Mats for some years.
I do think you should take the time to actually leave a review on their website for the latest mat you road tested for them: what if find disappointing about this company is that they have apparently sold over half a million devices and yet there are only a handful of testimonials on their website.
Most people will not find their way to your site to see your detailed review: so it would help me and all the people who want to buy a device like this; to read it on there.
Can I add too: that I typed in the DEAL10 and it deducted some money from the original price but not 10% and not surprisingly (since I live in England): the postage was not free but quite considerable! Road testing one for 45 days is only for those resident in America I think…
Hello – I am probably purchasing a TAJ infrared mat – thanks in large part to the information you’ve provided! Is “deal10” still the discount code to use?
It is very interesting, because I was looking for an infrared cabin, but I don’t have enough place for it. so I am very interested, but I live in France – is it possible to get it delivered there also for free? And what when there are any problems with returning the mat?
Maybe you know!
Thanks a lot in advance!
I purchased 2 biomats about 7 years ago. I loved them. Gave one to a dear friend after learning of her illness. Both are disintegrating! The plastic covering the stones are cracking. For 7 years of worth I do not find this product yields an adequate length of return for the money outlaid. Consider very carefully whether the $2000 spent on each is worth 7 years of service especially with infrequent use.
You claim that the Biomat company is walking on thin water because of the FDA. Maybe you’re the one walking on thin water. You should do your research a little bit better !
Thanks for posting this link again. It is included in the article where I go over certifications issues.
Hi, are there any negative effects of the Bio Matt. I have used mine for the last 5 yrs and spend time on it every night. Lately, I have noticed that one of my legs sometimes starts vibrating and shaking for a few seconds when I yawn as I wake up and stretch. It happens in the left or right but never at the same time. Only one. Could the constant use of my Matt be triggering that? I have taken it off my bed for four nights now and the morning shaking in my legs has decreased. I love my Bio matt but the Morning shaking in my leg which is kind of like a spasm I guess and only last for a couple of seconds concerns me. Thanks for your feedback
Great review! Do you recommend the extended warranty?
Which mat works best for breast cancer? Would the PEMF mat be best or the more comfortable model? I’m enjoying your reviews as I was looking at buying a biomat and hadn’t heard of this other product. Thank you!
Thank you so much for writing this article. I learned a lot, and am so looking forward to receiving my mat.
As of today which mat/ brand/ type do you think is the very best with the most healing benefits?