Featured in our Best Far Infrared Mat Reviews, Biomat is perhaps the most famous healing mat in the world. Established in 1997 Biomat is owned by Richway International who own other health related products such as the Alkal-Life Water Ionizer, Bio-belts, Detoxi Salt and more. In this article we review the Biomat 7000mx mat.
The Amethyst Biomat 7000mx is the most popular line in the Richway Biomat family and has been the benchmark for healing mat companies for many years. The Biomat was also one of the first crystal mats that has research and development that is NASA approved. It has also has been the subject of several research studies for Evaluating Thermotherapy , Effects of Repeated Thermal Therapy for Patients with Chronic Pain, Biomat Skin Temperature Test Protocol and Far Infrared Rays Radiation and its biological effects and medical applications. in this review it is compared to the Healthy Wave Mat and Erearda Mat.
What is a Biomat and Who is the Biomat 7000mx for?
The Biomat 7000mx crystal mat can be used for personal use or professional use if you have a health practice. It is ideal for people who have a pain point or pain points throughout their body. Common uses for the Infrared Biomat are:
- For muscle pain
- Muscle spasms
- Stiffness and joint pain
- Various different strains
- Arthritis and associated joint pain
- Muscular back pain
- Muscle Relaxation
- Increased Blood Circulation
There are also claims from practitioners that they have found that the Biomat has helped with their patients stress, improves sleeping patterns and reduces inflammation.
I’ve Read Conflicting Reports on Biomat
Is Biomat a scam? I would not say so, no. They do have a decent product when it comes to Infrared Therapy and there are many different customers who swear by the mat including some family friends of mine. Having said that I do believe there are much better options out there that give you more healing properties, better access to information and most crucially better warranty and return periods than the Biomat provides. We will get more into this below.
Another thing to note is the Biomat business model. It runs on an MLM (Multi Level Marketing) style business model. For those unfamiliar with this type of model basically a distributors income is sales and a straight percentage that is based on how many people they actively recruit. This actively inflates the price of the Biomat to be so and not because it is the most superior product, but rather it needs to keep healthy profits by raising the price so that it can actively support this style business model.
Where it Rates: Biomat Reviews Rating
While the Biomat crystal healing mat did make it into the Top Far Infrared Mat, it is no longer the best product nor does it even have the best price. If you look at the table you can see that both the Healthy Wave Mat and Erearda Mat have eclipsed the Biomat in all of our categories.
Healing Properties: The Amethyst Biomat only features three healing properties compared to the 5 done by Healthy Wave and Ereada. What the Biomat therapy is missing is the fact that it has not come up with PEMF technology and Photon Light Therapy. The three healing properties that this amethyst mat does have is not as impressive as the top pick. Healthy Wave Pro Mat Includes more Crystal Therapy varieties to choose from.
Ease of Use: Biomat does include an ample amount of instruction but lacks the full depth information done compared to the other top mats. In a few pages Biomat repeats itself with the same benefits worded in many different variations. What I did like though is the fact that the Biomat company linked to Peer Reviewed research done by doctors and it shows it’s Safety test reports which means that it had some criteria it needed to pass before the product could be sold to the general public.
Warranty: The 3 year warranty on manufacturing is among the best but it’s 7 day return policy is exceedingly harsh in our opinion. Most companies have at least a 30 day money back guarantee so that the customer has time to acclimate to their product. How the Mat affects the person depends on each individual’s unique reaction to the mat. For some people the pain relief is instant while others it takes weeks to start feeling a difference. In our mind they are not doing themselves much benefit with such a short money back period.
Starting Price:This is where biomat lost the majority of its points simply because there are better mats out there at a better price! Take the #1 rated mat and it’s starting price is $1015 cheaper! As mentioned above in detail the inflated price is due to the fact that they have to pay their distributors a handsome price for referrals. As a result they have to charge the paying customer more money. This may have been a great model from them 10 years ago, while being one of the first movers but now they have a lot of competition in that space that offer better products at a much more reasonable price.
How much does Biomat cost?
The Biomat Professional Starts at $1695
How it Works: Do Biomats Really Work?
Far Infrared Heat Therapy
Far Infrared Heat Therapy is made possible by heating up of the amethyst and tourmaline crystals in the 7000mx and produce FIR wave lengths of 6.5-12 microns which penetrated the mid to upper range of the body.
In this particular scenario the biomat does not have the best Infrared Heat Therapy because it uses a maxium of two different healing stones. It is loosing out on potentially high ion conductors like Jade which produces negative ions both when heated (1,500) and not heated. Mats like Healthy Wave use four different types of crystal therapy to deeply penetrate the body through multiple layers that go further than the biomat.
Negative Ion Therapy
The negative ions produced from the biomat 7000mx are a by product from the Far Infrared Rays. The Far Infrared rays are produced by tourmaline and amethyst to a lesser degree. In the past biomat used to have alternating rows of tourmaline and amethyst but not Biomat uses a TOCA layer. TOCA (Tourmaline Catch Power) layer is made of an ionized fabric layer and uses powered tourmaline. How much of an effect this had made on the negative ion count remains to be seen. One would draw the conclusion that there is not as much tourmaline in the newer models than the older models as the newer models use the layer of ionised fabric WITH tourmaline. Tourmaline is the most conductive stone that produces the most negative ions.
Other mats such as the Healthy Wave Mat give you the ability to get all four crystal therapy stones or the ability to choose ones you want included in your mat.The Biomat uses a combination of two different types of crystals. The Biomat 7000mx relies on amethyst and tourmaline crystals for these two types of therapies to come to fruition. Other Biomat models only have amethyst in them so be wary which mat contains which crystals. The Biomat 7000mx (now called the Amethyst Biomat Profesional) features 17.63 lbs of amethyst with each stone bring aproximatly 5-12 mm in length.
Besides Healthy Wave providing more crystal varieties it actually has more crystals inside the product as well.
Healthy Wave has:
- 20 lbs of Crushed Amethyst
- 48 Jade Stone Pieces
- 40 Tourmaline Pieces
- 17.5 lbs of Crushed Amethyst
- TOCA Layers (Which is a crushed tourmaline layer woven into the fabric)
- Has it’s own magnetic field
- Provides 1500 negative ions
- Activates Heart Chakra
- Used for Centuries
- Produces 1500 negative ions when heated
- Still produces negative ions when not heated
- Produces energy that mimics out alpha brain waves
- Great Grounding Stone
- Grounds your base chakra
- Great heat absorber
- Produces 700 negative ions per cubic centimeter when heated
- Opens the heart chakra which promotes love, compassion and forgiveness
- Removes negative energy on a physical level as well as an emotional level
- Blocks stress
- Grounds you through the base chakra
- Repels unloving thoughts
- Smaller Negative Ion readings
My Amethyst Biomat Review (Professional/7000 Mx)
I pressed a little bit about what I thought on the Biomat vs Healthy Wave mat but I’ll go into more detail about what I thought after trying the Biomat 7000 mx.
I found the amethyst Biomat benefits less effective than the Healthy Wave Mat in strict terms of healing capability. When trying both mats I tested them both for a half hour period at a medium temperature setting. In these cases I used it right after I played some pick up hockey. Often times coming back from the rink my back gets sore because I make stretching movements to retrieve the puck I would not otherwise make. This would trigger deep pain in my lower back that I would normally have to knead out with a message ball.
The Biomat 7000mx was comfortable to lay on and it did give me temporary relief of back pain for the first few hours. Unfortunately my back pain would start nagging me after that first hour had passed. Compared to the Healthy Wave Pro Mats that had two more different kinds of crystals (Jade and Obsidian). This made Negative Ion, Far Infrared and crystal therapy more effective., Healthy Wave also gave me two other therapy options found in PEMF and Photon Light Therapy.
The difference between the Healthy Wave Pro and the Biomat was that when using the Healthy Wave mat it actually felt more soothing on my back. The hockey injury did not cause nearly as much pain and discomfort after I used the Healthy Wave mat.
With the Biomat I found that I didn’t have as much pain and discomfort but it would reappear after a few hours had gone by. This could of been because there were more crystals and crystal combinations in the Healthy Wave Pro mat.
I did some research and I found out that some of the crystals that are missing from the biomat are actually some of the bigger ion conductors. Jade is able to produce more negative ions in both heated and non heated environments.
In terms of the controller I actually liked Biomats setup as the controller looks more modern and is in a tablet form which I found was a nice touch. I had few problems with it and thought it was user friendly but I have heard other people have problems with it saying it either did not work or it was glitchy. You will have one year to replace this controller otherwise you have to pay $270 if it is outside the warranty period.
My only qualm with the Biomat controller (as stated in the video) is that it does not tell you the current temperature that the mat is currently up to, it just shows the temperature setting that you set it at which can be annoying for some more impatient people such as myself.
The biggest issue that I underlined is that the Biomat runs on the multi-level marketing model which means that the price is jacked up for the customer. Compare the Biomat 7000mx price of $1695 to The Introductory Healthy Wave price of under $700 for the same types of therapies.
Besides the Biomat 7000mx there are a range of 5 different sizes you can choose from (Excluding the Biobelt)
The Professional Biomat (7000mx)
This is the full length mat that is the best biomat out of all the biomat products. Because of it’s size you get more negative ions and the benefits from infrared heat.
Biomat Professional / 7000 Mx Specifications: 28” x 74” x 1” – ($1,650 for people that are Health and Wellness Providers) Otherwise the price is $1750 USD
Amethyst King Biomat:
An outdated Biomat that includes mostly amethyst Crystal composition
Amethyst King Biomat Specifications: 70.87 x 78″ x 1″ – $4,000
Amethyst Queen Biomat:
An outdated Biomat that includes mostly amethyst Crystal composition
Amethyst Queen Biomat Specifications: 55.12” x 78″ x 1″ – $3,500
Amethyst Single Biomat:
An outdated Biomat that includes mostly amethyst Crystal composition
Amethyst Single Biomat Specifications: 39.37” x 78″ x 1″ – $2,600
Amethyst and Tourmaline Mini Biomat
Amethyst and Tourmaline Mini Biomat Specifications: Size 33″ x 17″
Amethyst Weight: 2.4 lb / 1.2 kg
Tourmaline Weight: 2.2 lb / 1.0 kg
Total Weight: 8.2 lb / 3.8 kg
Biomat Mini $700
Of the different sizes only the Biomat Professional (7000 mx) and the Biomat Mini have the Amethyst Crystals and “TOCA Layer” within them that gives you more negative ions. These two mats are the most popular because they are the most transportable because of a) their size and b) the fact that they come in a purple suitcase.
The other sizes shown above are Biomats that are no longer sold by the parent company. You may still be able to find some distributors that have them. Essentially they are bigger Amethyst mats that are meant to be put on your bed.
Biomat also sells the Biobelt (a belt that you wear around areas affecting your waist and back) as well as BioAcoustic Mats. The BioAcoustic mats are basically mats that allows you to hear and feel musical vibrations throughout your body to try and relax you.
What is Included with the Biomat?
There are a few different mats that you can buy from Richway International. The Biomat Professional (Also previously known as the Biomat 7000 mx) and the Biomat Mini as well as the bed sizes. In this review we will go over the more popular 7000 mx and Biomat Mini. Both come with the same items, just different sizes which we will summarize below.
Biomat and Biomat Mini Comes With
- The Biomat
- The Controller with Cords
- The Biomat 7000mx has a Tablet style Controller (As seen in my video above)
- The Biomat Mini has a large Iphone sized Controller
- General Information and instructions on how to use the device
- Cotton cover that you can wash
- Hard shelled purple suitcase for both mats for easier transportation.
Where can You Purchase a Biomat?
There are several different ways to buy a Biomat but the best way would be through the official website or purchasing a used Biomat Professional or Biomat Mini on Ebay to get their longer return policy. The problem with buying from Biomats Website is the Tiered Return Policy.
Biomat has countless different vendors and distributors around the globe. You can buy from them as well but be wary of their terms and conditions as well as where they distribute their mats from. As mentioned above also take a quick look at the return policy of these distributors in the “Terms and Conditions” section.
How long Does the Biomat take to Heal?
This answer depends on the person ultimately. It can range from 10 minutes after lying on the mat to weeks. And this is my number one issue with the Biomat. The company only gives you 7 days after delivery to get a full refund back. For many people it can take weeks to figure out if they are receiving benefits from the mat and Biomat is essentially hurrying you to make a decision. Often times people don’t even know that they only have 7 days to figure out if they are happy with the product.
The same time frame for expected benefits would be the same with our top rated mat the Healthy Wave Pro. The difference being that you get 45 days ( 6 weeks) to figure out if the mat is right for you. Since you are spending some significant money on a product wouldn’t you like to know that the mat is actually helping you before you committed to it?
The Mat and Controller
Biomat 7000mx comprises of 17 layers of construction and weighs 11.11 kg/ 24.49 lbs. The most important layer in the mat is amethyst layer which is the majority of the weight of The mat at 8 kg/ 17.63 lbs and 5- 12 mm of thickness throughout the biomat. It’s temperature ranges from 35- 70 C / 95- 158 C
I will say that the Biomat has the most advanced looking controller of the healing mats and has the following features on it. It features a full screen indicator which is easy to read and interpret.
EMF Interception Light: Indicator lights up to show the active reduction of electromagnetic waves
FIR Indicator: indicates when Far Infrared Therapy is being implemented, the light comes on when you first set the temperature and turns off when the temperature is reached. From there an EDN light will begin to flash
Alarm Light: A light will flash if there is any malfunction within the device, often times it is connection related.
Other lights include the Temperature Indicator, Temp up, Temp Down and the Power Switch
The main Certifications that matter is ones that are certified by the FDA. The FDA is the go to governing body when it comes to medical devices for consumers, patients health professionals and scientists.
There are two different types of forms that you can fill out for the FDA. “ Certified by FDA” and Approved by FDA. Certified by FDA requires minimal testing and all that is really needed to to have a form filled out called a 510 (K) Class online form. “Approved by FDA” a product and medical device must go through rigorous testing. This is for higher risk products that is not entirely necessary for something like healing mats.
Where things become interesting is that the 510 (K) form is for an older Biomat product, not the Biomat Professional /7000mx which is their flagship product from Richway International. What they have done though, is they made a EMF and EMC Saftey Saftey Test Report.
Warrany and Guarantees
Biomats return policy is not very good compared to the Top Rated Far infrared Mat, it even more confusing by the fact that it’s tiered. Here it is in full:
RETURN INQUIRY FALLS WITHIN QUALIFIES FOR
0-7 days from date of delivery 100% refund*
8-14 days from date of delivery 70% refund*
15-30 days from date of delivery 50% refund*
31+ days from date of delivery no refund*
In my humble opinion 7 days for a 100% refund is harsh, especially if it takes some time to start feeling the biomat work. The 7 Day 100% Money Back guarantee falls behind all of the mats that all have at LEAST a 30 day guarantee.
The good news in all of this is that Biomat has a 3 year warranty on defective materials which is the best offered of the other reviewed Mats.