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Compare the BioMat with other infrared heating pads. What is the difference between the infrared BioMat and a heating pad. Infrared heat from the BioMat is not even comparable to a heating pad as infrared is a light ray and the heat given off of a heating pad only heats the surface of the skin. Very little therapeutic benefit from a heating pad. The infrared BioMat is way more effective than most other mats on the market today.

BioMat Comparison Guide

How does the infrared BioMat compare to imitation heating pads and other infrared products?

                            The Infrared BioMat             VS.                 Heating Pad


Richway & Fuji Bio created the BioMat over 20 years ago. Through research, development and feedback from health professionals, Richway designed a wellness tool used by tens of thousands Worldwide. The BioMat continues to be the leader in far infrared and negative ion therapy.

Some textile factories have been producing heating pads, designed to look like the BioMat . They even use fake pictures of their staff with fake names. Importers buy these pads in bulk and stick their own "brand names" on them. Some importers mislead customers into believing their heating pads are made in the USA. In reality, their products are imported from China. 

Used By Professionals

No health & wellness professionals use imitation pads in their practice. Customers have informed us that the quality of these pads are not consistent, and they do not hold up over time.


Independent studies have been done using the BioMat over the years. The BioMat has also been featured in books, and other publications.

Manufacturers of imitation pads reference studies found online, however none of these studies were done using their actual product. there is no proof that their heating pads have the same effectiveness as the BioMat.


The BioMat is produced in our Korean medical supply facility under strict quality control and environmental standards. We do it all from research and development, design and to manufacturing. Every step of the way our products are inspected and exceed safety standards.

The importers of cheap heating pads are not involved in the research and development or the design of the final product. Textile factories copy our BioMat and persuade the customer into thinking they are getting something similar, however they do not last.

Top Surface

Since contact with skin is inevitable, the BioMat's top layer is constructed using thick natural cotton fibers and high-quality polyurethane. The outer surface is durable and can withstand wear and tear. No glues are used on our amethyst. The breathable fibers allow infrared heat to easily penetrate the body.

Imitation pads are made using various materials. Many tops contain synthetic fabrics, some wrinkle because of it's low tolerance to heat. Others contain mesh, which can snag and rip over time. Another style of pad uses stone discs glued onto the surface. Users have told us the discs can fall off since the glue is affected by heat and leaches fumes.

WaterProof Cover

Our waterproof cover is made of 100% polyurethane with proprietary coating to repel liquids while allowing far infrared and negative ions to pass through and reach the user. It's composition is hygienic and can be disinfected. New Germanium Waterproof Pad/Cover Available Now. Learn more

Some companies tout their "cotton waterproof pads". However, these pads cannot be sanitized due to the cotton and can stain because of it.

EMF Block Controller

The BioMat comes with a sleek and modern controller. It is simple and easy to understand. Temperatures are shown in Fahrenheit and Celsius. The controller features an auto step down timer for safety and a shutdown timer for convenience. Learn more.

Heating pad companies use confusing, dated looking controllers. Many of them feature temperatures that are only available in Celsius and not Fahrenheit. Many do not have clearly labelled buttons and settings leaving the user confused as to what temperature the pad is set at. Most do not have a step down temperature function for safety.

Functional Design

The BioMat has a dense thermal protection layer to maximize far infrared and negative ions that reach the user and protect the surface it is on. The serviceable life of a BioMat is 5 years. However, there are thousands of users who are using models over 12 years old.

Many knockoffs of the BioMat are flimsy. Some are even designed in a hazardous two-sided fashion (different stones on both sides of the pad). This causes wasted heat and negative ions to travel downward onto the surface the pad is on and away from the user. This can also be a safety issue as the pad may damage the surface it is on.

Pure Quartz Crystals

We only use natural amethyst and black tourmaline in the BioMat. After 20 years of research, development, and studies, we have concluded these are the best gemstones for the best results. Early versions of the BioMat used to contain other gemstones and materials. Over time the BioMat has evolved through research and now contains the finest materials for optimal results. Learn more

Imitators use a wide variety of inferior stones to cut down on cost. They like to tout the efficacy of having a variety of stones, but the truth is materials such as ceramic tourmaline is cheaper than natural black tourmaline and other stones are less effective and cheaper than amethyst.

Amethyst & Tourmaline Crystals

Richway uses natural, untreated amethyst and black tourmaline. Richway does not use ceramic fillers and all  the tourmaline is carefully inspected before being used.

Imitation heating pads may contain synthetically produced or chemically treated stones. This treatment will enhance the color but not the effectiveness. To cut costs, textile factories are using inexpensive "bio-ceramic tourmaline" balls with reduced negative ion output. Some importers of pads "certify" their stones hoping users will think this will improve the efficacy of their mats.


Imitation heating pads use generic materials available from fabric suppliers.

The BioMat contains two patented layers. The peach and grape seed layer provides additional natural infrared output. The TOCA Layer is made from black tourmaline. The BioMat emits more negative ions than other mats. Learn More.

Licenses & Certifications

BioMat is electrically certified in all of the countries Richway distributes to. The BioMat ships to Canada and is licensed as a class 2 type medical device through Health Canada and therefore there is no duty on BioMats coming into Canada from Richway's warehouse in Chicago, Illinois. 

Many companies tout their abundance of certificates. Many are worthless certificates that can be purchased by the imitator for show. If the licenses are true, it is for the textile factory and not the importer. Most are not licensed medical devices allowed to be sold in Canada, Australia and other countries.

FDA & Health Canada

Richway is US FDA registered and fully compliant. The BioMat has a 510 (k). Richway & Fuji Bio employs consultants and has full time staff to make sure they comply with FDA law. All of Richway's products are registered with the proper authorities in the countries in which they operate including Canada, as the BioMat is now licensed through Health Canada as a medical device. Insurance application form here.

The fly-by-night companies are not registered with the FDA properly. As importers, they are required to be. How they get away with selling their products remains a mystery. 


These companies buy from overseas textile factories that do not specialize in medical devices. The manufacturer may be registered, but they may not be compliant and the importer is usually not registered either. 

BUYER BEWARE: Check if the importer is registered with the FDA and/or Health Canada. All importers of medical devices are required to be registered on the FDA's and Health Canada's searchable database.

Richway BioMat Licenses & Certificates


Are you a health practitioner? Bill for your services rendered on the BioMat

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