Saunas and Steam Baths

Hard day at work? No problem! Not when you come home to a lavish dry sauna. Basically, you should take into consideration what type of sauna you usually frequent and which style you prefer since they are quite different. A dry sauna, also known as a Finnish sauna, may get up to 180°F while remaining bone dry. They are usually built from cedar and stainless steel. A steam sauna, similar to a Russian sauna, steam bath or hammam, maintains a constant 100% humidity level. These look more like showers.


* The larger the sauna, the more people can sit in it at once. If you have a large family interested in spending time in the sauna, you should look for one that can accommodate at least four people. For just yourself and maybe a partner, a two-person sauna is adequate. Also consider the placement of the sauna. Since they take up quite a bit of room always do your measurements before purchasing and don't forget about the door (they always swing outwards). Smaller saunas are most suited for indoor use while the larger variety might be best for use poolside. Note that the larger the sauna, the longer it will take to heat up and the more energy it will require.


* Saunas aren't exactly portable. Once you invest in a sauna and have it installed in your home, it's usually there to stay. There is one exception though, and that is for backrests, exterior LCD screens for temperature and timing controls.

Infrared Option

* These are especially useful for providing allergy relief and are suitable for users who dislike the extreme heat of a dry sauna. Unlike traditional Finnish style saunas mentioned above, this style has only recently been introduced to the market. It is different because instead of using hot rocks to heat the sauna, it uses infrared technology. What this means for the user is that they don't have to adjust the humidity level in the sauna by splashing water onto the rocks. Also, infrared heats up the body core directly and not the surrounding air, so it keeps the sauna environment cooler. This means you can then stay in the sauna longer. Ultimately, these sauna types will hold up longer than their Finnish counterparts. For even more convenience, try a self-cleaning model.

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