Buyer’s Guide: Best Red Light Therapy Panel for 2022-2023

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Based on price, power, surface area, LEDs, warranty and return policies, what is the best red light therapy panel for 2023?

The best full body red light therapy panel is the Mito Red Light MitoMEGA. The MitoMEGA has 300 LEDs, a massive 432 sq. in. treatment area, a 2-year warranty, a 60-day trial period with no restocking fee, and a certified fluence value.

The certified Mito Red Light “fluence” values make it easy to get an accurate dose of light.

What are Red Light Therapy Panels?

Red light therapy panels are standalone boxes you hang from a door or a dedicated stand.

Red light therapy panels come in these sizes:

  • full body
  • half body
  • tabletop

Panels emit red and infrared light, while there is one or two that also include blue light.

Final Comparison of Red Light Therapy Panels

In this article, I compared 8 red light therapy panels on wavelengths, treatment area size, number of LEDs, price, dosing information, warranties, and return policies.

The Mito Red Light MitoMEGA came out on top with a final score of 17.

The LightpathLED Pro Large and the EMR-TEK Inferno took the #2 and #3 spots.

  TABLE: Best Red Light Therapy Scores
Rank Red Light Therapy Panel Coupon Score
#1 Mito Red Light MitoRED MitoMEGAOpens in a new tab. RED 17
#2 LightpathLED Pro LargeOpens in a new tab. RED 15
#3 EMR-TEK InfernoOpens in a new tab. RED 11
#4 TIE Bestqool (Amazon Y-200Opens in a new tab.) or Bestqool Y-200Opens in a new tab. RED 10
#4 TIE Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0Opens in a new tab. 10
#5 TIE Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900Opens in a new tab. RED 9
#5 TIE CytoLED PentaplexOpens in a new tab. RED 9
#5 TIE Solbasium Optix 210Opens in a new tab. 9

Why Use a Red Light Therapy Panel?

The red light therapy panel accelerates healing because it treats the most cells per session.

The red light therapy panel design excels at delivering the most light to the largest area.

A full-body panel treats the entire front or entire back of your body all at once.

In as little as ten minutes, the panel energizes billions of cells containing trillions of energy-creation factories.

Who Should Use a Panel?

If any of these sentences sound like you (or someone for whom you need to buy a gift), then the red light therapy panel is the right device to buy:

  • “I am so tired.”
  • “My muscles are so sore.”
  • “My face and neck have wrinkles.”

The panel design makes it ideal for large-area treatments including:

  • faster exercise recovery
  • tired muscle and arthritis pain relief
  • reduced and eliminated delayed onset muscle soreness
  • better sleep and more energy
  • faster and more complete wound healing
  • wrinkle reduction
  • skin rejuvenation
  • acne relief
  • natural collagen production to support the skin
  • natural elastin production to tighten the skin

Why Treat with Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy supports health. The more light you can expose yourself to per session, the faster you will see results. Panels expose you to the most light every session.

Red light shining on man in front of MitoRED MitoMAX red light therapy panelRed light therapy has many healthy effects. The underlying processes that yield tighter skin and less pain include three major cellular changes:

  • reduces antioxidant damage
  • increases blood flow
  • gives cells the ability to make more biological energy

A small red light therapy does that for some cells.

A panel does that for a whole body’s worth of cells.

Red light therapy panels produce more antioxidant activity, more blood flow, and more energy-creation than other therapy device designs.

Panels Put Out More Free Radical Fire

Our cells have thousands of energy factories to make ATP, which act like trillions of batteries to power our movement, thinking, and the work our organs do.

Red light therapy stops free radical damage
Red light therapy stops free radical damage

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) provides 90% of our biological energy.

The electron transport chain is like a pinball game using electrons.

Electrons from food go in one end, and packets of ATP come out the other.

A sloppy and unfortunate side effect of our energy factory work is the production of free radicals.

A free radical is a dangerous molecule missing an electron in its outer orbit. Free radicals are unstable. They rip up DNA, cause mutations, and injury cells.

Aged mitochondria make more free radicals than younger ones.

Red light therapy turns back the clock on mitochondria so that we make fewer radicals after therapy.

The light from red light therapy targets the electron transport chain in the mitochondria.

The light allows us to make MORE energy with fewer free radicals produced.

Red light therapy reduces free radicals by:

  • triggering antioxidant defenses
  • repairing the energy factory tissue so it operates more efficiently

With red light therapy, energy-creation produces fewer free radicals and more antioxidants.

The more of your body that receives this healthy light, the more energy you will get from each session.

Panels prevent more free radicals because they send more light to the body’s surface.

Panels Energize More Cells

Red light therapy gives the body light energy to help turn food into biological energy.

The more light the body receives, the more biological energy it can make.

Panels give bodies the most light, so panels help create the most biological energy.

The aging process that creates free radicals also takes the energy-factories (mitochondria) offline.

MitoRED MitoMID
Panels energize more cells because they have a larger treatment area

The mitochondria that produce energy absorb the photons of healing light.

With the light’s electrons, the electron transport chain carries more electrons and then produces more ATP.

The more light the body receives in a session, the more of these mitochondria absorb photons (packets of light) that heal the energy-creation process.

We have trillions of cells that host hundreds to thousands of mitochondria.

That means red light therapy panels can energize trillions of energy factories every session.

Panels Relieve Pain in More Muscles

Red light therapy triggers collagen creation, reduces inflammation, and blunts pain.

Large red light therapy panels deliver more light to replicate protein and reduce inflammation and pain.

Red light therapy relieves soft tissue soreness
Red light therapy relieves soft tissue soreness

Exercise depletes muscle oxygen and causes lactic acid buildup.

Red light therapy re-oxygenates the muscles with improved blood flow.

It does this by moving nitric oxide from the energy factories in the cells to the arteries.

Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator that opens the blood vessels.

Flowing blood brings oxygen and nutrition to tired muscles.

The muscles repair faster and with less soreness, because they have the oxygen and nutrition they need.

Red light therapy also has an effect similar to Ibuprofen by reducing inflammation.

In addition, it acts like aspirin in blocking the pain signals.

What Features Make the Best Red Light Therapy Panel?

I am looking at these features when deciding which red light therapy panel is best:

  • a BELIEVABLE dosing specification of irradiance, fluence, or time
  • a good price
  • treatment area: the wider and taller devices treat more of you at once
  • red wavelengths in the 630 nm to 660 nm range
  • infrared wavelengths in the 810 to 880 nm range
  • a two-year or more warranty
  • a 60 day or more return window

A Believable (Hopefully Verified) Irradiance Value

Red light therapy works, but not if you get the wrong dose. Too little and too much light are useless.

Vendors work in the commercial world where marketing psychology tells them to claim MORE POWER than their competitors.

Irradiance values
Vendors almost always make irradiance charts using solar meters that vastly overstate real photon delivery

Red light therapy is the low energy delivery of light.

We usually assume that more energy is better.

Vendors compete with one another to brag about their powerful devices.

If you use the stated power to determine your session time, you will not get enough light.

Most lights are much weaker than stated.

You can learn how Mito Red Light found a way to stay competitive and still give us accurate power by reading my article: How Mito Red Light Solved the Thorny Problem of IrradianceOpens in a new tab..

Less than a handful of vendors give us accurate dosing information in the form of irradiance, fluence, or time per session at a specific distance.

  • Mito Red Light MitoMEGA: verified fluence (excellent)
  • CytoLED: verified irradiance (excellent)
  • Bestqool: Time (good)
  • LightpathLED: Time (good)

What do these values mean?

There are three possible ways to calculate treatment time.

  • irradiance
  • treatment time at a given distance
  • fluence

Only one vendor gives proper irradiance.

The majority offer inflated irradiance values to look competitive to uninformed consumers.

Bigger irradiance is not better, but people think it is.

Vendors overstate the irradiance of their devices. Therefore, we are not even going to discuss irradiance.

Time per session at a given distance tells us a recommended treatment time, but not the dose received during that session.

Use red and infrared for wrinkle therapy. Infrared is mostly invisible to the human eye.
Bestqool Y-200

Bestqool and LightpathLED tell us 10 minutes at 6 inches.

We do not know the dose delivered during those 10 minutes.

So it is helpful, but not overly so. Is that a small or a large amount of light delivered? We do not know.

CytoLED use a proper spectrometer to measure their device’s irradiance. While you need to do a little bit of math to calculate session time, kudos to CytoLED for having the bravery to state real rather than inflated irradiance values.

A CytoLED Pentaplex’s 6 inch irradiance is about 39 mW/cm^2, which translates to 2.34 joules per minute.

Notice that the MitoMEGA offers 2.8 joules per minute.

This shows how close these panels are in light output.

Mito Red Light gives us the fluence at 6 inches. That is, 2.8 joules per sq. cm. every minute at 6 inches.

With CytoLED’s 2.34 joules and Mito Red Light’s 2.8 joules, we can calculate treatment times based on how many joules we want.

Most of the science says to treat between 5 and 60 joules.

There are successful studies using fractions of a joule, and successful studies using a few hundred joules.

Those are outliers, so let’s go with the values that repeatedly create healthy responses.

For CytoLED, here are the treatment times at 6 minutes using the 2.34 joules fluence:

  • On the short side, a 5 joules dose is 5 (joules) / 2.34J/minute = 1.79 minutes at 6 inches
  • On the long side, a 60 joules dose is 60 (joules) / 2.34J/minute = 25.6 minutes at 6 inches

For Mito Red Light, here are the treatment times at 6 minutes using the 2.8 joules fluence:

  • On the short side, a 5 joules dose is 5 (joules) / 2.8 J/minute = 1.75 minutes at 6 inches
  • On the long side, a 60 joules dose is 60 (joules) / 2.8J/minute = 21.42 minutes at 6 inches

The competing panels do not include dosing info on their web pages:

Panel Dosing Information  
Red Light Therapy Panel Dosing Information Score
Bestqool Y-200 time/distance (good) 2
Care Lamps  not stated 0
CytoLED Pentaplex verified irradiance (excellent) 5
EMR-TEK unverified irradiance 0
MitoRED MitoMEGA verified fluence (excellent) 5
LightpathLED Pro Large time/distance (good) 2
Red Light Man unverified irradiance 0
Solbasium  not stated 0

A Good Price

The prices in this review range from $569.05 (after discount) to $1937.38.

The difference between cheapest and most expensive is $1,368.33.

The MitoMEGA panel I recommend sells for $949.50 after using the discount coupon RED for 5% off.

TABLE: Panel Price after Discount
Red Light Therapy Panel Price After Discount Using Coupon Code Score
Bestqool Y-200 $569.05 RED 4
Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900 $994.90 RED 2
CytoLED Pentaplex $1937.98 RED 1
EMR-TEK Inferno $639.99 RED 4
Mito Red Light MitoMEGA $949.50 RED 3
LightpathLED Pro Large $877.8 RED 3
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0 $750 4
Solbasium Optix 210 $1200 2

A Large Treatment Area

The larger the treatment area, the more of your skin surface receives light. That gives the light more opportunities to block free radical damage, open blood vessels and create biological energy.

The panel area sizes in this review range from 298 sq. in. to 432 sq. in.

The MitoMEGA panel I recommend has a 432 sq. in. treatment area.

The panels in this review have treatment areas as follows:

Panel Treatment Area  
Red Light Therapy Panel Treatment Area Score
Bestqool Y-200 298 sq. in. 1
Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900 not stated 0
CytoLED Pentaplex not stated 0
EMR-TEK Inferno 401 sq. in. 2
LightpathLED Pro Large 324 sq. in. 2
Mito Red Light MitoMEGA 432 sq. in. 2
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0 298 sq. in. 1
Solbasium Optix 210 325 sq. in. 2

Number of LEDs  
Red Light Therapy Panel Number of LEDs Score
Bestqool Y-200 200 1
Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900 300 2
CytoLED Pentaplex 350 2
EMR-TEK Inferno ? 0
LightpathLED Pro Large 216 1
Mito Red Light MitoMEGA 300 2
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0 200 1
Solbasium Optix 210 210 1

Red Light Therapy Wavelengths

Science supports using 630-660 nm and 810-880 nm wavelength ranges.

That is not to say there are no wavelengths outside these ranges that work.

It just means that the bulk of the research is within these ranges.

The panels we are comparing in this review have the right wavelengths for healing skin, brain and body.

LightpathLED’s 930 nm and Red Light Man’s 760 nm are interesting additions that biohackers will enjoy.

All panels have decent wavelengths for skin, pain relief and exercise recovery.

TABLE: Panel Wavelengths  
Red Light Therapy Panel Wavelengths Score
Bestqool Y-200  660 nm, 850 nm 1
Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900  630 nm, 660 nm, 830 nm, 850 nm 1
CytoLED Pentaplex  660 nm, 850 nm 1
EMR-TEK Inferno  630 nm, 670 nm, 830 nm, 850 nm 1
Mito Red Light MitoRED MitoMEGA  660 nm, 850 nm 1
LightpathLED Pro Large  620 nm, 660 nm, 810 nm, 850 nm, and 930 nm 2
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0  620 nm, 670 nm, 760 nm, and 830 nm 2
Solbasium Optix 210  630 nm, 660 nm, 810 nm, 830 nm, 850 nm 1

Red Light Panel Warranties

The panels in this review have one, two and three year warranties.

The MitoMEGA panel I recommend has a two-year warranty.

Warranties for the panels in this review are:

Panel Warranties  
Red Light Therapy Panel Warranty Score
Bestqool Y-200  2 years 2
Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900  3 years 3
CytoLED Pentaplex  ? 0
EMR-TEK Inferno  2 years 2
LightpathLED Pro Large  3 years 3
MitoRED MitoMEGA  2 years 2
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0  1 year 1
Solbasium Optix 210  3 years 3

Generous Return Window with No Restocking Fees

I understand that vendors sometimes charge restocking fees for healthcare items.

This makes sense if the user can gunk up a product with their DNA and skin cells.

Panels are pretty clean, as these things go.

You do not lean on them or put them on your head.

So long as you send back all pieces, the vendor can sanitize them and sell them again.

Customers are taking a risk buying red light therapy panels.

They are concerned whether the devices will work for their health issues.

I do understand, however, a restocking fee if not all the panel’s pieces return to the vendor.

Then a restocking fee could be in order.

Restocking fees in this review run from 0% to 25%.

Restocking and return policies for the panels in this review are:

Panel Restocking Policies  
Red Light Therapy Panel Restocking Window and Fee Score
Bestqool Y-200  30 days, 25% fee 0
Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900  30 days, 0% fee 1
CytoLED Pentaplex  ? 0
EMR-TEK Inferno 60 days, 0% fee 2
LightpathLED Pro Large  60 days, 0% fee 2
MitoRED MitoMEGA  60 days, 0% fee 2
Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0  30 days, 0% fee 1
Solbasium Optix 210  no returns if used 0

The Best Red Light Therapy Panel

The Mito Red Light MitoRED MitoMEGA is the best red light therapy panel I recommend.

The MitoMEGA has a huge treatment surface area of 432 sq. in. This treats more of your skin each second.

The MEGA stuffs 300 LEDs into that panel front, giving you a whopping amount of light energy every second you treat.

MitoRED MitoMEGA full body panel
MitoRED MitoMEGA full body panel

The wavelengths are standard 660 nm red and 850 nm infrared. These are perfect for skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, pain relief, exercise recovery, and preventing delayed onset muscle soreness.

The MitoMEGA specifications include fluence, the value that tells us exactly how to dose.

As I pointed out above, a certified fluence is the best value a company can give you to determine treatment times.

  • On the short side, a 5 joules dose is 5 (joules) / 2.8 J/minute = 1.75 minutes at 6 inches
  • On the long side, a 60 joules dose is 60 (joules) / 2.8J/minute = 21.42 minutes at 6 inches

The MitoMEGA warranty is two years, and the return period is 60 days.

There is no restocking fee for returns.

At $949.05, the MitoMEGA is in the Cheaper Bucket compared to panels in this review.

The Mito is the ONLY one of two panels in this report that gives you the info you need to create your own protocols.

Vendor Mito Red Light Score
Model MitoRED MitoMEGAOpens in a new tab.
Wavelengths 660 nm, 850 nm 1
LEDs 300 2
Dimensions 12 in. x 36 in.
Treatment Area 432 sq. in. 2
Dosing Fluence (Excellent) 5
Warranty 2 years 2
Restocking Window and Fee 60 days, 0% fee 2
Price $999
Discount Code RED
Discount Amount 5%
Final Price $949.05 3
Final Score 17

The Bestqool Y-200 Red Light Therapy Panel

The Bestqool Y-200 is the cheapest panel on this list at $569.05 after using coupon code RED for 5% off. It has a smaller but very doable 298 sq. in. treatment area and a respectable 200 LEDs.

Tall metal rectangular box with bright red lights
Bestqool Y-200 Panel

Bestqool gives a treatment time recommendation, which helps with dosing, but is not as good as a certified fluence that Mito Red Light gives.

The warranty is a respectable two years, but the restocking fee of 25% pushes it off the “best” list.

Vendor                                  Bestqool Score
Model Amazon Y-200Opens in a new tab. or Bestqool Y-200Opens in a new tab.
Wavelengths 660 nm, 850 nm 1
LEDs 200 1
Dimensions 8.3 x 36 in.
Treatment Area 238 sq. in. 1
Dosing time/distance (good) 2
Warranty 2 years 2
Restocking Window and Fee 30 days, 25% fee 0
Price $599
Discount Code RED
Discount Amount 5%
Final Price $569.05 4
Final Score 10

The EMR-TEK Inferno Red Light Therapy Panel

The Inferno has four wavelength peaks. If all other factors were equal, this feature might give this panel an edge.

Since LED lights are actually ranges of wavelengths, specifying multiple peaks gives a small advantage to biohackers looking for specific wavelengths, but it is not that meaningful to the average user.

EMR-TEK does not state the LED count.

The dosing information is time at 6 inches, which is useful but doesn’t tell us about other possible doses. Validated fluence or irradiance would give us that.

However, the company has an excellent reputation and a spectacular price at $639.99 after using the RED coupon code.

Giving the EMR-TEK a 30-day trial has no risk besides the cost to ship it back.

I know people who use EMR-TEK, and they are very happy with this brand’s devices.

Vendor                                   EMR-TEK Score
Model InfernoOpens in a new tab.
Wavelengths                                  630 nm, 670 nm, 830 nm, 850 nm 1
LEDs ? 0
Dimensions 11.8×34 in.
Treatment Area 401 sq. in. 2
Dosing unverified irradiance 0
Warranty 2 years 2
Restocking Window and Fee 60 days, 0% fee 2
Price $799.99
Discount Code RED
Discount Amount 20%
Final Price $639.99 4
Final Score 11

The Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0 Red Light Therapy Panel

Red Light Man is the most popular vendor in the United Kingdom, based on referrals from my website.

The Combo Bodylight 2.0 red light therapy panel has four wavelengths.

Normally, I do not put too much stock in multiple wavelengths, as all lights with red and infrared have ranges of wavelengths.

Tall box heading away from user's perspective with hundreds of lightbulbs on front
Red Light Man Bodylight

In this case, however, the 760 nm is unique amongst the competition in this review.

760 nm might have properties that red and infrared lower and higher in the spectrum do not have. This biohacker feature stands out with this panel.

Without a dosing specification, it is hard to say exactly how to use the Bodylight. Given a 30-day return period with 0% restocking fees, it is safe to try this trusted vendor.

Vendor                                   Red Light Man Score
Model                                                   Combo Bodylight 2.0Opens in a new tab.
Wavelengths                                        620 nm, 670 nm, 760 nm,,  and 830 nm 2
LEDs                                                    200 1
Dimensions 6.6×45.2 in.
Treatment Area 298 sq. in. 1
Dosing irradiance (unverified) 0
Warranty 1 year 1
Restocking Window and Fee 30 days, 0% fee 1
Price $750
Discount Code
Discount Amount
Final Price $750 4
Final Score 10

The LightpathLED Pro Large Red Light Therapy Panel

LightpathLED is a popular vendor for this website, and the Pro Large is a solid offering with a three-year warranty, a 60-day return period and no restocking fee.

The multiple wavelengths are a minimal advantage over other panel features, but I do respect the 930 nm outlier and recommend this panel for that feature. 930 nm sparks a different subset of healthy triggers in the cellular arena, giving the Pro Large an advantage over other panels. Biohackers should look at this panel for that reason.

Tall metal panel with hundreds of lights that are on
LightpathLED Pro Large

The Pro Large has 216 LEDs and a respectable 324 sq. in. treatment surface area.

The LightpathLED is about $50 cheaper than the recommended MitoMEGA after using discount code RED for 5% off.

Vendor                                   LightpathLED Score
Model                                  Pro LargeOpens in a new tab.
Wavelengths                                       620 nm, 660 nm, 810 nm, 850 nm, and 930 nm 2
LEDs 216 1
Dimensions 9×36 in.
Treatment Area 324 sq. in. 2
Dosing time/distance (good) 2
Warranty 3 years 3
Restocking Window and Fee 60 days, 0% fee 2
Price $924
Discount Code RED
Discount Amount 5%
Final Price $877.80 3
Final Score 15

The Care Lamps Derma Red Plus 900 Red Light Therapy Panel

The Derma Red looks like a good lamp in a crowded market. We are missing too much info to give it a proper review.

Vendor                                   Care Lamps Score
Model                                                   Derma Red Plus 900Opens in a new tab.
Wavelengths                                        630 nm, 660 nm, 830 nm, 850 nm 1
LEDs 300 2
Dimensions ? 0
Treatment Area ? 0
Dosing ? 0
Warranty 3 years 3
Restocking Window and Fee 30 days, 0% fee 1
Price GBP 929
Discount Code RED
Discount Amount 5%
Final Price GBP 882.55 ($994.90) 2
Final Score 9

The Solbasium Optix 210 Red Light Therapy Panel

The Solbasium is a trusted brand as I have interviewed the owner for my Pioneers series on my site EMFChannel.com. See the article here: An Endurance Enthusiast Discovers Red Light TherapyOpens in a new tab.

We need more information on the website to recommend this panel.

Vendor                                   Solbasium Score
Model Optix 210Opens in a new tab.
Wavelengths                                        630 nm, 660 nm, 810 nm, 830 nm, 850 nm 1
LEDs 210 1
Dimensions 8.6×37.8 in.
Treatment Area 325 sq. in. 2
Dosing ? 0
Warranty 3 years 3
Restocking Window and Fee no returns if used 0
Restocking Fee n/a
Price $1200
Discount Code
Discount Amount
Final Price $1200 2
Final Score 9

The CytoLED Pentaplex Red Light Therapy Panel

CytoLED is one of the few vendors that gets how important dosing information is to red light therapy success. The rest of the data is difficult to interpret.

Vendor                                   CytoLED Score
Model PentaplexOpens in a new tab.  
Wavelengths                                        660 nm, 850 nm 1
LEDs                                     350 2
Dimensions ?
Treatment Area ? 0
Dosing verified irradiance (excellent) 5
Warranty ? 0
Restocking Window and Fee ? 0
Price EUR 1999.99
Discount Code RED
Discount Amount EUR 30
Final Price EUR 1969.99 ($1937.98) 1
Final Score 9

Conclusion

The best panel is the Mito Red Light MEGA. If you were looking for a cheaper panel, I would consider the LightpathLED Pro Large or the EMR-TEK Inferno.

Remember to use coupons for discount prices. USE CODE RED for:

Caroline Bogart

I research the bloody hell out of everything that interests me, then translate it into blog posts to solidify my knowledge and share the information.

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