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How to choose the best Sauna type for me? Traditional or Infrared?

To start let us say: “The Sauna you will use the most is the best Sauna.”

Let’s explore the differences between the sauna types and why you might prefer one over the other.

The goal of Sauna bathing varies by person, but let’s assume your general goal is to enjoy the benefits of heat: relaxation and stress reduction, sweating (with the associated detoxification) and relieving aches and pains. Both sauna types provide these benefits. The benefits of heat bathing have much to do with the Sauna creating a self-induced fever. As Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, observed, “Give me fever and I can cure every disease.”

Both Sauna types will be relatively dry. The Infrared Saunas tend to be close to normal house humidity levels unless it has been on for extended periods of time. The traditional Sauna will be drier (10% or lower) until water is sprinkled over the rocks.

When you research your purchase, carefully read relevant information; consider for yourself how you plan to use your Sauna and what health benefits seems relevant. Carefully sort out claims by some manufacturers of superior health or safety benefits. The truth is, both types of Saunas have the benefits of heat bathing. Your goal is to find a Sauna that fits your wellness plan, your space available and your budget.

When should I choose Infrared Sauna ?

  • If you prefer lower temperatures but with body-penetrating heat
  • If the goal is to spend longer periods of time in the sauna
  • If you don’t have much time on hand
  • If you live in a condo and town house with limited space
  • If you need to move the Sauna without much headache

When should I choose a Traditional Sauna?

  • If you like hotter temperatures with enveloping heat
  • If you like to control both temperature and humidity
  • If you plan to lay down as this Sauna type is usually bigger in size
  • If you like pouring water or aromatherapy mixes on the heated stones to raise humidity levels
  • If you are looking for something socially rewarding as more people can fit into this Sauna type
  • If you want to heat your Sauna with wood


As you prepare to purchase your Sauna, please keep an open mind to both experiences. If you cannot decide which is best for you, consider an Infrared Sauna which combines both traditional and Infrared in one room—where you decide what type of Sauna you are in the mood for at “sauna time”.


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