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Sauna Shopping Guide

We want you to find the perfect sauna—even if it’s not from SaunaSpace. Here’s what you should consider before you buy.

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What should I look for in a Sauna?

Not all saunas are created equal, and not all of them are right for your specific needs. Sorting through your options can be difficult, so keep these ideas in mind to help focus your search.

Size

Measure the space you have to dedicate to a sauna precisely—every inch counts! The options can change dramatically based on the area you choose, whether it’s the corner of a room or a dedicated section of the basement.

Are you limited on space? How many people would you like to fit in the sauna? Do you prefer to sit or lay down? Answering these questions will help you accurately select a sauna that suits your space and preferences perfectly.

Indoor/outdoor use

Although installing a sauna outdoors usually gives you more flexibility on size, it can come with extra requirements. You’ll likely need to build a foundation, insulate, and create access points for power and water—which can add a sizable amount of labor and cost to the project.

Even indoor saunas can come with requirements. Check the specifications to find out if the sauna you are considering requires access to the water line, a special power supply, or a draining system. In the case of SaunaSpace, all you need is a regular grounded outlet.

Property restrictions

If you don’t own your property, your options for getting a sauna can be more limited. Condos and apartments, for example, often prohibit residents from making major alterations. Fortunately, there are portable saunas (like the Luminati and Faraday) that work well in these spaces.

Even if you do own a home and the property it sits on, you should refer to your area’s building and electrical codes to learn about any permits or restrictions that apply.

Materials

What your sauna is made of matters. If you choose poor quality wood, your investment may not hold up to regular use. If your sauna includes other unnatural materials like synthetic fabrics or glues, it may offgas, releasing gasses and chemicals into the air.

Trust us, it won’t feel like you’re detoxing if you’re breathing in poor quality air. Take extra care to ensure that your sauna is built with your safety and long-term satisfaction in mind.

Warranty

Purchasing your sauna is just the beginning. If something goes wrong, you’ll want to know that you have the support of a company that stands behind their products. A solid return policy may be useful if your sauna arrives damaged or if there’s trouble during installation, but a warranty is the only way to be sure you’ll be covered past the honeymoon phase.

Read the fine print and, if you still have questions, contact the company. You should feel confident that your warranty will cover common problems for a reasonable amount of time. It can also offer peace of mind to know if a company has quality customer service before you buy.

Cost to operate

Operating your sauna can feel like a hidden cost that’s hard to calculate, but most companies have estimates they can share. If your sauna takes a while to warm up, or includes a lot of electrical features (lighting, sound systems, etc.), this can add up to higher utility bills.

Extra features

It may sound luxurious to have a LED light show and immersive speakers in your sauna, but it may be doing more harm than good. In fact, all of these electronic extras contribute electromagnetic fields, or EMFs, that act as an environmental stressor. To experience the ultimate escape and rejuvenation, consider minimizing distractions and EMFs.

Types of Saunas

Sauna Type Traditional/Finnish Sauna Far Infrared Sauna Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna
Light Therapy None Varies by model. Requires added LED panels. Built in
Footprint Typically Larger Small to large Small to large
Portability Permanent structures Permanent and portable options Permanent and portable options
Session Length Longer Longer Shorter
Operating Costs High Medium Low
Heating Component Electric heater or wood burning stove with hot stones Ceramic FIR emitter or carbon-panel FIR emitter Incandescent light panel
Heating Mechanism Heats the air to high temperatures Heats only the surface layers of the body Heats the body directly and deeply
Air Temperature 176 to 194 °F (80 to 90 °C) 110 to 130 °F (43 to 54 °C) 110 to 130 °F (43 to 54 °C)
Humidity Dry or humid Dry Dry
Warm-up Time Longer Shorter Shorter
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Why Choose SaunaSpace?

Our saunas combine science, nature, and simple luxury in a compact design that can go almost anywhere. You’ll love getting all the benefits of heat and light therapy in less time with our sun-centric spectrum. Discover what makes our products one of a kind.

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Technology Meets Nature

We’ve spent years perfecting our spectrum for an infrared sauna that’s unlike anything you’ve tried before.

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Discover the Benefits of Full-Spectrum Infrared Therapy

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Detoxification
Immunity Boosting
Stress Reduction
Mental Performance

What Are EMFs, and Why Should You Care?

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are an invisible part of our environment that impact our experience of calm and relief. Find out how they work, and how our products help you block them out while you sauna.

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