Buyer’s Guide

How to Choose the Right Sauna for you?

With our fast-paced life, it is very hard to keep track of our health. More often than not we tend to take our health for granted.  We forget that health is wealth.  As cliche as it may sound, we need a sound mind and body so we can carry on our day to day tasks and make the right choices.

Realizing how important it is to stay healthy, you have decided to buy your very own sauna.  Sounds fun right? However, there are just so many choices in the market.  Choosing the sauna that best fits your home and your lifestyle is a tricky business.

Keeping your best interest in mind, My Sauna World has compiled a list of questions to ask when buying your very own sauna.

Which is best a traditional sauna or an infrared sauna?

In choosing the sauna type, it best to consider how much heat do you want.

Traditional saunas often have electric and wood-burning heaters.  These heaters can provide a maximum temperature of 195 degrees within 25 to 35 minutes.  The heat of a traditional sauna will loosen tight and tensed muscle and help you lose some weight.

Infrared, on the other hand, mimics the sun’s heat. Carbon and Ceramic Far Infrared can generate heat up to 140 degrees in just ten minutes.  Infrared heat travels deeper into our skin which leads to better blood circulation and cell regeneration.

If I choose a TRADITIONAL sauna, which better? An electric heater or a wood-burning heater?

If convenience is what you are after, then an electric heater is the best way to go.  It can be installed in a corner in your basement or even hung it on the wall.  With a flick of a switch, an electric heater will automatically heat your sauna. Some electric heaters in the market can heat up your unit in a matter of minutes.  And if you are after a little bit of steam, splashing water on the rocks will give you a satisfying sizzle.  

Now if you are the type who wants relaxation while entertaining friends then a wood burning stove is the best option.  These wood burning heaters are made to heat up larger space like an84” barrel sauna.  Wood burning saunas may take some time to heat up but the result it delivers is definitely worth it.  

Another consideration in choosing a wood burning sauna is the installation kit.  An installation kit is an important component in fully enjoying your wood burning heaters.  It makes your sauna experience safer and protects you from hazardous smoke.  It also helps maintain a properly working heater.

An outdoor or an indoor sauna?

Well, it all depends on the space that you have.  An indoor sauna can easily fill a corner in your house or inside your bathroom while outdoor saunas are best if you have a patio, backyard or pool area.

Do I purchase a pre-cut or pre-built sauna kit?

A pre-built sauna is perfect for people on the go. They come in an easy-to-assemble kit, portable and easy to relocate.  It is a little bit more expensive than a pre-cut sauna but it is labor efficient.  

Now, pre-cut saunas, on the other hand, are very much ideal if you have a room, a closet or a shed that you wanted to convert into a sauna hence this sauna has a fix location.  If you are the type who wants to engage in home improvement projects then a pre-cut sauna is perfect for you. They are labor intensive and would need you to install the pre-cut pieces such as ceiling boards, benches, pre-hung door, sauna heater and insulation.   

What type of wood finish should I pick?

Most saunas in the market offer a variety of choices when it comes to wood finishes. Most popular ones are the following:

Hemlock Wood: This wood is light reddish brown in color with lines and edges that are perfect to make your sauna elegant.  Hemlock is a popular manufacturer çhoice because it toughens with age. It is very durable and resistant to stains and mildew

Cedar: This wood is also one of the most sought-after wood due to its aromatic properties.  It is also natural repellant in stains, mildew, and moths.  It has a reddish - brown color making it a stylish addition to your home.

Nordic Spruce: This wood comes from one of the oldest trees in the world.  It is known for its durability and resistance against stains.   It is ideal for people with wood sensitivity because of its hypoallergenic properties.

Do I want a steam shower or just a sauna?

The main difference between a sauna and a steam shower is the heat they produce.  Saunas have very low humidity and produce dry heat while steam showers generate moist heat.  While both provide excellent health benefits and ideal for relaxation, adding a steam shower to your home spa will help you achieve full detoxification.  Steam opens your pores and toxins are flushed out through your sweat.

 

What other features do I want?

Another important consideration in purchasing your sauna are the features that come along with it.  Here are some of the features we thought are noteworthy:

Control Panels: This is a sauna essential.  Having control panels inside and outside of your sauna allows fingertip control of sauna operation, audio system, fan, and lighting.  

Entertainment features such as Bluetooth speakers allow you to listen to your favorite music while you relax.

Vapor-proof light fixtures: Having these light fixtures makes your sauna experience safer.  These fixtures safeguard you from short circuits and accidental electrocution.