Before buying an indoor sauna, you will want to make sure that you are purchasing the best option on the market for you, your home, and your needs.
Before you begin your search, think about your unique situation - where will the sauna need to be placed; what renovations, if any, will need to be made to accommodate your new sauna; which type of sauna do you prefer; and how many people will regularly need to use it?
To help you understand your options and which specifications might work best for you, here is some information on indoor saunas and the 6 best choices on the market today.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HOME SAUNA FOR YOU
You will want to be sure that the sauna you choose is one of the best options currently available, but you must realize that saunas are not “one size fits all.” While one person might choose a small infrared sauna for their personal therapeutic needs, another may prefer a large traditional sauna they can share with their friends.
No matter which option you are choosing, going with an electric installation is generally the easiest option for indoor saunas. Here is some information on the best home sauna types to help you make your purchase.
To choose the best home sauna type for you, you will need to figure out what you want to accomplish during your sessions. There are three main types of saunas: traditional, infrared, and hybrid, and each has its own set of advantages (and possibly a few disadvantages) that will influence your decision.
With the option of steam therapy, like the saunas of the past, the traditional sauna is a favorite for old-school sauna fans.
Users create steam by sprinkling water onto hot sauna rocks.
There are two ways of heating traditional saunas: wood-burning stove or electric heater.
A wood-burning stove creates heat when firewood is burnt in it. An electric heater simply needs 220 volts of electricity to operate.
Clear lungs and better breathing are just some examples of the many health benefits of traditional saunas
Due to the steam output, traditional saunas require good ventilation, which can make installation in the home more complicated. Wood burning saunas require a chimney for smoke release.
Rather than heating the sauna interior, this sauna type uses infrared rays to warm your body from the inside out.
Infrared rays penetrate the skin, raising your core temperature and increasing your heart rate. This option is popular with sauna goers who suffer from heat sensitivity.
If you aim to rid yourself of toxic chemicals through detoxification, this is a great option.
You will experience weight loss benefits as well, due to an increase in your metabolism.
Infrared sauna sessions fool your body, as it experiences the same benefits as those caused by a light workout, which causes the body to burn calories faster.
Installation of infrared saunas is very simple, as there is no need for a chimney or extreme ventilation, and these saunas simply plug into a wall socket.
If you are uncertain about which of the above sauna types is best for you, or you happen to be a fan of both styles and would prefer not to have to choose, there is always the option of getting a hybrid sauna. Although you cannot use both settings at the same time, these versatile saunas allow you to benefit from the advantages of both the traditional and the infrared sauna, alternating between the two at will.
Once you have chosen a sauna type, you will need to figure out how big your sauna should be. If the sauna you choose is too small, you and your guests will not be able to relax comfortably during your sessions. If you select a sauna that is too large, you run the risk of using unnecessary power to heat the space. Use this guideline to help you pick the correct size.
1 Person Sauna: This option is for solo relaxation, though some 1-person saunas may fit a second person in close quarters. Fits easily into small spaces - perfect for a single person living in a small home.
2- to 3-Person Sauna: This option allows you to relax comfortably with one or two close family members or friends - a great option for a couple or a small group of friends.
4- to 6-Person Sauna: This option is great for including a few friends or family members, but should only be considered if groups will be using the sauna more often than a single person or couple.
8-Person Sauna: This is the biggest sauna size on the market. If you think you will regularly enjoy hosting multiple guests or family members, this size is perfect. It will use more power, so be sure of your common group size before purchasing.
Ideal for slipping into pure bliss, alone or with a spouse.
Features tongue-and-groove lumber sections with 1-⅜” thickness for a congruent look.
Roof and wall sections are pre-assembled for your convenience.
Can be used on almost any type of floor except carpet (eg. concrete, vinyl, laminate, tile).
Showcases a tempered glass door and stainless steel heater, hinges, and fasteners.
Easily assembled by 2 people.
The interior LED light functions with only 110 volts of electricity.
Features a wide horizontal slat bench for comfortable seating.
Hand-crafted construction provides excellent details (made in the USA).
Coming a close second is the Auroom Baia Cabin Sauna, which only narrowly misses first place due to its higher price tag, which is well-earned considering the beauty and ergonomic perfection of the design.
Very compact - perfect for small apartments and home gyms. Folds up to half its size for storage.
High-impact, featuring low-EMF from 7 heat pads which are connected to 2 heat sources.
Has separate controllers for time and temperature.
Comfortable, contoured cushion padding and a memory foam headrest.
Easy assembly and speedy heating time.
Very affordable price.
A close runner-up for best home infrared sauna is the Health Mate Essential Lounge, which is a low-EMF, portable, semi-reclining sauna that will fit into just about any space.
4. BEST SMALL INFRARED SAUNA
The Golden Designs 2-Person Full Spectrum Sauna comes with an integrated Himalayan Salt Bar, and features a Nakamichi FM radio with Bluetooth and MP3 auxiliary connection. Here are a few more features that make it one of the best home infrared saunas available:
Has a user-friendly interior and exterior LED control panel.
Has an oversized interior reading or chromotherapy lighting system, as well as exterior ambient lighting.
Built from natural reforested Canadian hemlock lumber.
Easy to assemble with simple, clip-together design.
Contains 3 Carbon PureTech™ near-zero EMF heating panels, as well as 3 full-spectrum near-infrared red heat emitters.
Features a bronze privacy door with tempered glass, and a roof vent.
5. BEST LARGE INFRARED SAUNA
The Golden Designs La Sagrada 6-Person Ultra-Low EMF Far Infrared Sauna and its larger cousin, the Catalonia 8-Person Sauna, are the best choices for large infrared saunas. They share many features, but there are a few extra benefits to the larger Catalonia. Read below for more info:
Both have new models that came out in 2020.
They feature custom designed portable comfort benches.
Both have Bluetooth and MP3 auxiliary connections.
They share the same interior and exterior LED control panel.
Built from environmentally friendly natural reforested Canadian hemlock.
Both have interior reading or chromotherapy lighting systems.
Both offer easy assembly with their clasp-together systems.
Both have bronze privacy tempered glass doors, and roof vents.
The Catalonia has the added advantages of being wheelchair accessible with an extra-wide door, and convertible into a hot yoga space when the benches are removed.
6. BEST HYBRID INDOOR SAUNA
The Almost Heaven Hampton 2-Person Hybrid Sauna offers a myriad of advantages, not least of which is the opportunity to choose between a traditional or infrared sauna for each session. Note that under no circumstances can both be active at the same time.
Gives you the option to alternate between using infrared heating panels and a traditional electric heater.
The infrared panels operate at the penetrating, low-temperature infrared heat, while the traditional electric heater offers a higher temperature and the option of a steam sauna when water is sprinkled over the hot sauna stones.
Features clear Red Cedar woodwork, accents made of stainless steel, and a full glass front.
Comfortably seats two people for an enjoyable therapeutic experience.
Has a backrest over the rear infrared panels for maximum comfort, and more panels are situated on the side walls and floor.
Showcases soft LED lighting in a variety of vibrant colors, and has a Bluetooth audio system so you can hear your favorite tunes while you relax.
A digital control panel is included for easy temperature adjustment of the infrared panels, and the electric heater is equipped with dials to adjust temperature, and start or delay functioning.
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By deciding in advance which size and type of sauna you want, you will make the process of choosing the best home sauna quick and painless. Choosing the correct sauna size will mean you can relax comfortably during your sessions, and selecting the sauna type that is best suited to your health goals will ensure success as you slip into therapeutic bliss.
Almost Heaven undoubtedly offers some of the best home saunas currently available, and there are a number of other wonderful options to choose from as well. As you browse our selection of indoor saunas and try to decide which one is perfect for you, be sure to use the information in this guide to help you make the best decision.