Choosing the right sauna for your needs doesn't have to be overly complicated. This guide is designed to help you narrow your focus down to just the right style for you. We are really proud of our sauna catalog. It represents the leading brands in North America today, and they're just about every variety available. Given the variety of brands and saunas, we have at all price points, and some key questions to ask yourself, outlined below, we are confident that you will find a perfect home sauna in no time.
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What price do you need?
Buying a home sauna is an important investment in your well being and obviously calls for a little bit of forethought. That said, getting one doesn't have to break the bank.
As you'll discover some important features that might be relevant to your needs, sometimes more expensive models offer more value. However, that really depends on your specific situation, and a lower-cost model could be a perfectly fine choice as well.
What style of heating do you prefer?
When it comes to heating up, saunas come in two different styles: traditional & infrared. The former is more modern, while the latter has existed for ages. Both have their own sets of pros and cons to consider, with some overlapping benefits. As such, you might lean towards one or the other based on your preferences. Here are the basics about each to keep in mind:
Traditional steam. Keeping with ancient Finnish tradition, our traditional saunas use hot rocks to emit steam. For example, traditional saunas such as those from Sunray use high output Harvia heaters and hot rocks. Once heated, the stones will put out a cozy burst of steam as you pour water over them.
A traditional sauna will achieve some similar benefits of infrared styles but with some key distinctions, you might enjoy. Primarily, the difference is moisture. If you are someone with any kind of regular congestion or other respiratory issues, the steam could be just what you're looking for. Steam is gentle and soothing on the nasal passages, giving the user some welcomed relief especially when the weather is dry and cold. Another reason some people may favor a steam sauna is the use of aromatherapy. The steam offers a nice way to diffuse beneficial, relaxing essential oils. As with other forms of heat therapy in general, users can enjoy relief from muscle soreness and improved circulation.
Infrared heat. Typically using either carbon or ceramic heating panels, infrared saunas emit low EMF (electromagnetic frequency) infrared light. Infrared is a safe, invisible form of light that heats up the sauna relatively quickly and efficiently penetrates the skin. You don't have to wait as long to get the desired temperature, and it's generally easier to maintain the temperature once it's reached. Regular infrared sauna bathing is celebrated for the myriad of health benefits, including relaxation, ease of muscle soreness, improved circulation, and improved respiration, just to name a few. Users who might be sensitive to steam output or would simply rather not use steam appreciate the convenience & comfort an infrared sauna provides.
With infrared saunas, you can also consider the difference between near and far infrared. They're both infrared heat, but they have different wavelengths and different places on the light spectrum. The near and far IR light produced by our selection of home saunas is safe, with low to no EMF output. Both have been
shown to offer benefits to the user, but they do have some subtle differences.
FAR infrared heat has a wavelength of about 9.4 microns. This happens to be the wavelength of the heat produced naturally by our bodies. Among the different kinds of infrared, FAR wavelengths can best penetrate the skin and induce sweating, thereby helping to eliminate toxins. So if you wanted to have the benefits of sweating, but also want your sauna to heat up faster than a traditional style, a FAR infrared sauna is for you.
Near infrared heat also offers special benefits. Every day the sun emits much of its beneficial energy in the form of near infrared light. Naturally, we thrive on it. Users might favor near IR to help ease soreness and muscle pain, to rejuvenate the skin, comfortably raise body temperature, boost metabolism, and more.
So, which saunas produce which kind of infrared heat?
Most saunas focus on either near or far infrared primarily. Golden Designs & Sunray Saunas are very well known for their high efficiency, high output far infrared waves thanks to their robust heaters. Likewise, TheraSauna models also have a high emissivity of FAR infrared heat. Though some of their saunas take this a step further, giving users the option to cycle through near, mid and far wavelengths during the entire session. By going through the whole spectrum in one session, you can enjoy the best of everything!
What size of home sauna do you need?
Our selection of premium home saunas spans user capacities from 1 all the way up to 6 people. You can refer to the chart above for a look at the different sizes, or you can search by subsection: 1, 2, 3 or 4+ person saunas.
The primary considerations here are simple. Do you need to accommodate multiple people at one time, and do you have the floor space for the assembled sauna? The assembled dimensions and any other pertinent specifications you need to determine how well a sauna will fit are all readily available. Fortunately, if you do have the room for it, getting and setting up a larger sauna is not much more difficult than setting up a smaller sauna. The panels & parts can be moved up nearly any stairs and through any standard sized door. Saunas can be assembled with ordinary tools by one or two people.
Considering the wood type and aesthetics
All of our saunas are carefully crafted using optimal wood. No matter which kind, the wood is high-quality and serves important purposes. The wood not only makes for superior saunas but is stunning to look at. We are also proud to source wood from sustainably sourced, reforested trees, which is better for the environment.
You can count on excellent material for any of our saunas, but there are some subtle differences between specific wood types.
Canadian hemlock & red cedar. These trees are hearty and their trunks are dense, able to endure the cold climate. It is a popular choice for sauna manufactures for its ruggedness, thickness and heat retention. The look and feel of hemlock are dark and rich, with a hearty feel. Similar to hemlock, red cedar is robust but has a bit bolder, more reddish hue. One of our premier brands, Maxxus, features infrared saunas in either hemlock or red cedar.
Aspen & mahogany. Among our manufacturers, the TheraSauna line of infrared saunas uniquely features Aspen wood, which you may want to consider. As far as color, compared to hemlock, aspen wood is lighter and vibrant. Some of the models from TheraSauna can come with either aspen wood (by default) or mahogany, which has a rich deep color and unique grain.
Besides the wood and finish, there are other aesthetics you might want to consider. The overall shape of the frame, the roof style, the size, number and tint of the windows, and the seating arrangement inside are a few examples. The great news is that you have a tremendous variety of stylish, modern saunas here at our store, and we strive to have just the one for you!
Do you need an indoor or an outdoor sauna?
For many of our customers, especially those located in colder climates with snow, freezing rain and other elements, an indoor home sauna is preferred. Indoor models are available every size and can be placed nearly anywhere if you have the space for it. They can be set up in bedrooms, fitness rooms, garages, basements, bathrooms, living rooms and more. The electrical requirements are standard and don't require renovation.
Still, others would like an outdoor sauna, especially when using traditional hot rocks. There's just something special about having a sauna set up and available in the middle of the cold, frosty outdoors. Walking into a hot sauna from the cold, and then back outside after a session feels absolutely amazing.
Please note that only those saunas specifically designated as an outdoor sauna should be used outdoors. They are properly equipped to handle the elements. The roofs are pitched to help keep off water and snow. Our outdoor saunas also come with custom water-resistant covers to protect your sauna when it's not being used.
Top Saunas for Home: Recommendations
There's no best sauna for every person, but we're confident the right model is waiting for you here at our store. With the above considerations, you should be able to buy the right sauna for your needs.
That said, here are some recommendations in a couple of categories. These models are particularly well-established and popular models.
Best Introductory Home Sauna
If this is your first time ever owning a sauna, or if you aren't considered with some of the so-called "bells and whistles", then there are some great options for you. If this is you, then it's likely a model from the brands Golden Designs, Maxxus or Dynamic would be great choices. While there aren't as many advanced controls, you will still get what's most important: the fundamentals. With modern carbon heaters, the infrared heat output achieved has high efficiency and reliability. It's hard to settle on just one sauna in this category, but the Maxxus MX-K306-01 3 person sauna is a high-quality, popular choice right now. Like the others in this family of brands, the wood is sturdy and double paneled. It's a refreshingly affordable price tag for a lot of people. However, it's not without some niceties, including FM radio, CD, Bluetooth, and MP3 auxiliary connection with speakers, not to mention interior color therapy lighting.
Best Traditional Home Sauna
The Sunray Westlake 300LX traditional sauna uses a high output 3kW Harvia heater & stones to deliver an authentic sauna session true to Finnish tradition. Behind the tempered glass, users enjoy complete control over humidity levels and comfort. The crystal culture stone back wall is uniquely stunning, and the 18 Interior LED Lights & the stereo system with a built-in MP3 player can set the ambiance like nothing else. Its capacity is 3 individuals at a time, which is a very popular size. All things considered, for this price the Westlake 300LX has truly exceptional value.