10 FEATURES TO LOOK FOR IN A TRADITIONAL HOME SAUNA
You have made the decision to enjoy steam therapy with a traditional home sauna. Of course, this leads to curiosity about the features you need for the best experience.
With the use of aromatherapy, you will enjoy hours of muscle soothing. You will also enjoy long-lasting mood boosts. With a new floor kit, your whole sauna will have an appearance that wows anyone who steps inside. By changing the lighting in your sauna, you will enhance the calm ambiance. You will also promote tranquility as you relax. For a closer look at what you need for the ultimate relaxation experience, here are 10 features to look for in a traditional home sauna.
WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A TRADITIONAL SAUNA
1. THE CORRECT SAUNA SIZE
The size of your investment is one of the most important features of a sauna that you should consider. If you like to include family and friends in the fun, you need one that is big enough to seat everyone with ease. If you are more into solo relaxation, a smaller steam therapy tool will certainly be better for saving space and energy.
Smallest sauna size available
Good for tight corners and saving space in your home
Can be put together easily by 2 people
Example: Almost Heaven Logan 1-Person Indoor Sauna
Perfect for steam therapy with one other person (your spouse, close friend, or a family member)
Example: Almost Heaven Hampton 2-Person Hybrid Sauna
Can work as an infrared sauna or an indoor traditional sauna
Comes with Bluetooth audio & soft, inviting LED lighting
2-3 Person Sauna
Saves space while also allowing you to include a few friends and family members
Gives the feel of traditional indoor sauna bathing
Example: Almost Heaven Madison 2-3 Person Indoor Sauna
Taller than standard sauna design
Stands as a beautiful focal point
Provides plenty of room for comfortable movement and standing
Example: Almost Heaven Cascade 4-Person Indoor Sauna
4-6 Person Sauna
Comes with multi-level seating and a retractable bench
Allows you to relax with a small group
Balance of horizontal & vertical lines gives an aesthetically pleasing effect
Example: Almost Heaven Denali 6-Person Indoor Sauna
6-8 Person Sauna
Largest sauna size available
Allows up to 8 people to comfortably move around and relax
Lower platform can also serve as a “cool-down” area
Example: Almost Heaven Olympus 6-8 Person Indoor Sauna
2. THE BEST SAUNA HEATER
Many sauna fans like using the traditional sauna because of the more authentic feel it provides during sessions. You might also hear someone refer to them as “wet saunas,” or “steam saunas.” Here’s what happens from a heating perspective:
Place the sauna stones on the sauna heater in a manner that allows them to breathe freely. The stones will eventually get hotter. Then, they start to absorb heat.
The next step is to gently sprinkle water on the stones. This process makes steam.
The steam begins to flow throughout the sauna. The temperature and humidity both rise. As this process happens, your body starts to sweat.
You can create heat in your sauna using one of two methods: a wood-burning heater or an electric heater.
There is no wiring needed for the heater to work properly.
You will have to install a chimney in order for the heater to work safely.
Works with the use of electricity to operate the electric heater
Heats sauna rocks with no firewood required
This selection is the standard option for Almost Heaven saunas.
With this stove type, you will notice that your sauna heats up faster.
Changing temperature is easier with this heater type.
THERAPEUTIC SAUNA PARTS & ACCESSORIES
Some sauna features make your experience better as a whole. Your sauna is great for helping tense, tired muscles. Steam therapy also helps your immune system and heart. Sauna fans and experts prove that using the right tools gives you the chance to see these benefits.
3. AROMATHERAPY ESSENTIAL OILS
In 1937, the U.S. began using essential oils for burn victims. The term ‘aromatherapy’ was born. Here are a few benefits of using these healing oils:
Here are a few of the essential oils and how they can benefit your health:
Known for relaxing properties
Assists with insomnia
Lowers stress levels
Soothes tense muscles
Offers a sweet, gentle floral scent
Known for being a natural stimulant
Perfect for helping you start your day off feeling better
Gives small bursts of energy
Great for assisting with breathing issues
Provides a refreshing, minty scent
Similar to eucalyptus oil
Known for helping with awareness and focus
Fights swelling when combined with eucalyptus and lemon oils
Fights bacteria and enhances your mood
Has a fresh, outdoor scent
Known for cooling and soothing
Also energizing and ideal for morning relaxation
Great for pain relief and reducing inflammation
Relieves headaches and tension within your neck, back, and shoulders
Gives off a minty scent
Known for helping with good skincare
Behaves as an antiseptic and natural detoxifier
Works wonders for opening pores, making skin tighter, and getting rid of wrinkles
Use white vinegar and water to help clean your sauna
Leaves the scent of citrus behind
Known for boosting your mood
Helps with stress & pain relief
Reduces sadness & depression
Acts as a natural antiseptic
Has a flowery, springtime smell
Known for stress relief
Soothes & reduces anxiety
Works well for curing irritation of the skin
Acts as a natural detoxifier & astringent
Leaves a g balsam scent lingering
Wonderful for helping respiratory health
Clears airways & improves lung capacity
Assists with cold & flu symptoms, as well as allergies
Works to make your immune system stronger
Fragrance offers a mixture of sweet citrus & pine
One of the best oils for getting rid of troublesome infections
Helps to boost your immune system
Has antiseptic properties that are great for assisting with breathing problems & the flu
Also works wonders for treating dandruff, athlete’s foot, and other fungal skin issues
Strong oil - do not place on the nose or in eyes directly
4. ALMOST HEAVEN HIMALAYAN SALT WALL PANEL
Pink Himalayan salt works for therapy because of its minerals and properties. Even used for decoration, Himalayan salt is effective because of its purity. It has 84 different minerals present that will benefit your mind and body. Here are some of them:
Strontium - amazing for building bone density and forming new bones
Molybdenum - gets rid of toxic sulfites through your enzymes & prevents the buildup of toxins
To enhance your relaxation, consider adding the Almost Heaven Himalayan Salt Wall Panel to your sauna. Here are a few ways that your body will benefit from the soothing relief:
Works wonders for your respiratory system
Has mood-boosting properties
Makes your immune system stronger
Helps you sleep better
Works to relieve pain and soothe tired muscles
FUNCTIONAL SAUNA PARTS
There are also sauna parts on the market that make handling simple tasks while in your sauna easier. Want to tell yourself that your session has come to an end without your alarm bringing you back to reality? Looking for a spot to put your bottled water to get rid of spills or a place to sit your keys? These accessories make your session painless and easier to enjoy.
5. BUCKETS, LADLES, & THERMOMETER
If you like to embrace the real sauna experience, having a bucket, ladle, and thermometer is a must. Fill the bucket with water and drizzle it over your sauna stones. Create a comforting loyly that is all on your own. Here are ways that you will benefit:
You can mimic sauna goers of the past for a session that brings on authenticity.
Also included is a chrome sauna thermometer that works as a hygrometer.
Enjoy easy access to temperature and humidity levels at all times. Both Fahrenheit and Celsius readings are available.
The thermometer has a sturdy metal frame and glass designed to withstand high heat. You can relax without worrying about a malfunction.
6. BALTIC LEISURE SAND TIMER SAUNA ACCESSORY
A loud, obnoxious alarm will bring your sauna session to an end on the wrong note. For a better way to keep track of time, try using a sand timer. The Baltic Leisure Sand Timer Sauna Accessory will quietly help you stay aware of timing. Every 15 minutes, you can decide how to continue. You can keep going or leave after feeling completely refreshed.
7. DUNDALK LEISURE CRAFT CEDAR BOTTLE SHELF
Having to leave your warm, inviting sauna to grab another bottle of water after a spill is a headache. To keep from spilling drinks, consider adding a Dundalk Leisure Craft Cedar Bottle Shelf. The stylish design blends perfectly with any sauna model. The bottle shelf is also great for holding other small items as well, like your guest’s keys or sunglasses, if needed.
SAUNA PARTS FOR BETTER APPEARANCE
8. SAUNACORE SAUNA DOOR
The entryway to your place of paradise will be the first aspect to make an impression. Whether alone or with others, the first aspect of your sauna that greets you is the door. You can change your standard sauna door to a stately masterpiece that makes a difference. Here is why you should consider upgrading to a Saunacore Sauna Door:
Great for replacing an old, worn door if needed
Made specifically using red cedar wood for a durable door that is able to withstand wear and tear
Features bronze tempered glass for your safety and the well-being of your guests
Able to match and blend in well with any sauna design
Showcases beautiful visual patterns and designs
9. ALMOST HEAVEN LED LIGHT BAR
Frequent sauna users know that the ambiance you surround yourself with as you relax is just as important as other aspects. To truly enhance mood-boosting benefits, you should also consider lighting customization. If you want a gentle glow beneath your sauna benches or brighter lighting on the wall, the Almost Heaven LED Light Bar can function both ways. Here are a few of the benefits:
You have the option to choose either 30” or 52” in length.
The light bar comes mounted. A cedar, removable deflector frame helps direct the light in the position you want it.
You can easily access the on/off dimmer switch. It comes mounted on a 24” cord for your convenience.
This light can be used in any typical 110v outlet.
The power supply is waterproof and offers 12v.
You can place the light bar outside of the sauna as well.
You will enjoy the warming glow of this LED bar for up to 10,000 hours worth of sessions.
10. ALMOST HEAVEN INDOOR SAUNA FLOOR KIT
You can in fact place your sauna on tile, concrete, laminate, or vinyl. When finished, you might not like the appearance because of the difference. If you want your sauna to look nicely built, add an Almost Heaven Indoor Sauna Floor Kit. Your investment will transform into a full red cedar sauna with a floor that matches the walls. Each section has a custom fit. The sections are also durable and free-standing. You can easily place them inside your sauna whether brand new or if it is already standing. For a gorgeous finish, this floor kit is a no-brainer.
There are several features that will improve your traditional home sauna experience. First, decide on the best size sauna for your personal needs. You will be grateful for comfortable and free movement. Adding aromatherapy oils will leave you with tighter skin. You will have refreshed lungs and feel better as you exit your session. No matter how you decide to relax, there are more than enough options available to choose from. Keep this information in mind as you choose the add-on features for your needs.