Who Makes the Best Home Sauna?
When most people think of a sauna they have a very firm vision in mind. It usually involves wood panelling, layered benches, and heated rocks. However, sauna technology has evolved and there are now different types of saunas that may surprise people who haven’t been inside one for a long time. Deciding who makes the best home sauna will have a lot to do with what you’re looking for in your sauna experience, the amount of space you have to work with and the parts of your body you’re hoping will benefit most.
In the article below, we will highlight the two most common types of saunas so that you can decide who makes the best home sauna for your lifestyle and needs.
The Traditional Sauna
As mentioned in the introduction, many people think of the traditional sauna when they envision what a home sauna looks like. Traditional saunas are typically composed of wood paneling and produce heat through rocks that are heated by an electric heater. Saunas can be either wet or dry with wet saunas producing heat by pouring water over the heated rocks. Dry saunas are usually run at much higher temperatures with no steam produced. That said, traditional saunas have had some upgrades that may make them look unfamiliar to those used to an old school Finnish sauna.
Traditional saunas are now available with see through walls and lacquered aluminum frames. There are also versions that are quite small with two-person saunas of less than 20 square feet that easily fit in a bathroom being available. Parts are now even detachable for ease of cleaning.
Infrared saunas are the newest technology to hit the sauna scene. Rather than using heated rocks to create steam and heat, infrared saunas emit infrared light which is absorbed by the skin’s surface as radiant heat. The body is heated by convection and conduction as opposed to the steam and/or high heat of the traditional sauna. Infrared saunas run at a lower temperature and need very little time to warm up compared to the traditional sauna. Infrared saunas can come in even smaller sizes than traditional saunas with single-person saunas of less than 10 square feet which can even fit inside a closet or the corner of a bedroom.
Traditional Finnish sauna societies do not even consider infrared therapy as saunas. Whether you decide to choose a wet or dry traditional sauna or like the idea of the more modern infrared sauna really comes down to personal preference. As many people have never tried an infrared sauna it might be in the potential buyer’s best interest to try one out before writing it off as a novelty. To get the best of both worlds, there are now so-called infra-saunas which combine the elements of the infrared sauna with that of the traditional sauna.
It might take a bit of time considering what type of sauna will be best for you. But one thing is for sure, once you have your sauna installed in your home, you will most likely wonder what took you so long to buy it in the first place! Make sure to download this month’s promotions so that you can save on the perfect sauna for your home and lifestyle.