Used recreationally or therapeutically, saunas provide a high heat and low humidity environment ideal for relaxation. Constructed of soft, close grain woods (like cherry and maple), most feature a wooden bench for seating or reclining.
When shopping for a sauna, choose from two main types of saunas: traditional and far infrared. Though both can be installed indoor or outdoor and use heat to relax muscles and soothe joints, each uses different heating elements. We examine the difference between the two so you can find the best option.
1. Traditional Sauna
- The heat in a traditional sauna is created by a pile of hot rocks that can reach a maximum of 195 degrees.
- Takes up to 20 to 35 minutes to heat.
- Uses more electricity than an infrared sauna.
- Moisture can be added to the sauna by sprinkling water over the rocks.
- You will perspire more than you would in an infrared sauna.
- Electric heating element that generates radiant heat lights.
- Reaches a maximum of 140 degrees.
- Heats up in half the time of a traditional sauna.
- Less perspiration than a traditional sauna.