What is the best indoor sauna to include in your remodel project?
Sauna and Steam Shower Therapy
We have included saunas and steam showers as an extension of our bathroom component discussions. Saunas may or may not be installed as part of a bathroom remodel project, though a steam shower can also double as a regular shower.
We have included electrically heated and Infrared saunas, and steam showers in the context of Universal Design and aging in place and have written more about sauna benefits elsewhere.
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The best type of sauna? How to choose among them? It is totally a matter of personal preference and in our experience comes down to how and in what ambiance the individual wants the therapeutic heat delivered.
The infrared (IR) sauna produces a light wave at the low (and invisible) end of the light spectrum. This light wave penetrates the skin, warms the body, and produces sweating. But because it is light, it does not heat the surrounding air very much. The ambient temperature in the IR sauna is generally between 120 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This is much cooler than in the electric heater sauna.
Is the IR sauna better than the Finnish-style electric sauna? It is all a matter of personal preference. Many people like to raise a sweat in the cooler IR heat. Others prefer the full-on hot and steamy sauna.
Infrared saunas on Amazon
JNH Lifestyles MG217HB Joyous 2 Person Far Infrared Sauna
|47. 3″ (W) x 39. 5″ (D) x 75″ (H)|
Dynamic “Venice” 2-person Low EMF Far Infrared Sauna
|Interior dimensions (WDH): 43 x 37 x 70|
Radiant Saunas 2-Person Hemlock Infrared Sauna with 6 Carbon Heaters, Chromotherapy Lighting, Oxygen Ionizer
|Exterior: 49″W x 39″D x 75″H|
Wet or Dry Heater Sauna
These are straight electric (as opposed to infrared) saunas.
The air within the electric sauna is heated to between 150 and 185 degrees Fahrenheit with 10 to 20% humidity. The wooden interior of the sauna prevents skin discomfort at these temperatures.
However, almost all electric heater sauna heater designs include sauna rocks. So you have the option of creating steam by pouring water on the hot rocks. It’s entirely a matter of personal preference as to whether you want to take your sauna in a humid hot atmosphere or a dry hot atmosphere.
Wet or dry heater saunas on Amazon
|Wet or Dry
Canadian Hemlock Wood Traditional Swedish 48″ 1 or 2 Person Indoor Sauna Spa, with 6KW Wet or Dry Heater, Bluetooth, Rocks, and Water Bucket
|47.75″ W x 48″ D x 75.25″ H|
Canadian Hemlock Wood Traditional Swedish 60″ 2 or 3 Person Indoor Sauna Spa, with 6KW Wet or Dry Heater, Bluetooth, Rocks, and Water Bucket
|59.5″ W x 48″ D x 75.25″ H|
Canadian Hemlock Wood Traditional Swedish 72″ 4 Person Indoor Sauna Spa, with 6KW Wet or Dry Heater, Rocks, and Water Bucket
|71.5″ W x 48″ D x 75.25″ H|
Recognizing that there may well be insufficient space or budget for a permanently installed sauna or steam shower in a remodel or renovation, we have included portable single person use versions. They come in both steam and infrared..
Remember that even a portable sauna needs some planned storage space.
Portable saunas on Amazon
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