Infrared or steam sauna?
Choosing which type of home sauna to buy depends on what you’re looking for and which sauna will best meet your wellbeing needs.
Certainly, the hot and steamy atmosphere of traditional saunas is a major drawcard for people seeking an authentic ‘Finnish’ sauna experience.
However, while traditional steam saunas provide what many consider to be a ‘true’ sauna experience – they tend to be more expensive, have higher running costs, and require more maintenance than infrared alternatives.
As explained above, the actual sauna experience between infrared and traditional steam saunas is quite different.
The high temperatures of steam saunas mean you can usually only tolerate short bursts of sauna time (around 15 to 20 minutes) before needing a break. Infrared saunas, on the other hand, have a lower heat so you can stay in for twice as long per session.
In terms of health benefits; while the hot air from a traditional steam sauna creates surface sweat, the gentle heat from infrared saunas raises the core body temperature - delivering a much deeper sweat, more intensive detoxification process and increased health benefits.
In summary, if like many people you can’t imagine a sauna without hot rocks, steam and high heat – then a traditional sauna could be the best option for you.
However, if you find the heat of traditional saunas a bit much, and health and wellbeing are a priority for you – then you might find an infrared sauna is an ideal option.
Regardless of the type of sauna you choose, we always recommend that you consult with your medical practitioner before buying any sauna.