If you’re the kind of person that loves to spend some time in the sauna to relax then sure enough the thought of buying one for your home has more than likely crossed your mind. What’s holding you back? Is it price? Is it the space requirements? Perhaps in reality there isn’t anything holding you back and you just haven’t gotten around to it for one reason or another.
That’s OK, we won’t judge. Promise. Plus, if you’d already gone ahead and bought a sauna for your home then this article would probably be useless to you anyway. In that light, we’re glad you haven’t bought on yet.
There are quite a few things you can consider when you’re making a purchase that can leave you more or less satisfied with the outcome.
Indoor or Outdoor?
Many people might not even realize that this is an option, but you can actually choose to go with either an indoor or an outdoor sauna. The benefits of going with an outdoor model? Well, it won’t take up extra space in your home for one thing. At the same time and in the same vein, you can accommodate a much larger sauna by keeping it outdoors. Barrel saunas become an option too.
If you’re someone who likes to keep things traditional and you like to have friends over for a sauna from time to time then an outdoor sauna may just make sense for you. If you like a little more convenience and you can spare the room in your house, indoor saunas will often make a lot more sense. They’ll see less wear and tear and you won’t have to bear the cold when you go to use it in the winter months.
What About Infrared?
There’s a new kid on the block these days, and it goes by the name of infrared saunas. But why is there a new kid on the block? Haven’t we been using this technology for millennia without any issues? You’re darn right we have. There’s evidence of Finnish saunas over 2,000 years ago as of this writing.
There are some benefits to infrared saunas though, namely in price and energy requirements. They’re generally much more within reach for the average person. They also operate at lower temperatures while still warming you from the inside using the infrared energy waves, which some argue may be better on your body. There is some discussion as to whether or not they are safe, but generally speaking, they seem to be just fine.
What Size Do You Need?
One more thing you’ll want to consider before you go ahead with your purchase is how big you’ll need the sauna to be. As mentioned earlier, if you’re the type that wants to have large groups of friends over for sauna sessions you might be best off going with an outdoor barrel sauna. There are also some larger sized saunas you can get for your home too though.
It’s generally recommended that you go with a sauna that’s a bit bigger than you expect to need, if you can spare the space. There’s something to be said for the comfort the extra space lends, especially when the main purpose of the sauna is for relaxation. You’ll also want to pay attention to the size of the heater. Small heaters can take a long time to heat up the small space to such a high temperature, so if you can afford for a slightly higher powered heater it’s certainly worth the money.