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4 Steps to Becoming a Confident Sauna Shopper

This blog post is for anyone who is fiddling around with the idea of buying a sauna but has little or no prior experience using one. Question: What first caught your attention, prompting you to dig deeper into what sauna bathing is and why it has been promoted as a rewarding activity for hundreds upon hundreds of years?

Maybe you read an article or watched a report about how regular traditional sauna bathing has been linked to improved heart health.

Maybe you know someone who visits the sauna frequently and they swear by it, describing how it helps them relax and sleep better at night.

Maybe you just walk past the sauna at your gym every day and over time it has engaged your curiosity: “Now what’s that all about?”

Whatever the case may be, you’ve become aware of the fact that saunas exist and you might benefit from using one. Now what? Well, now you begin your research.

Establish a General Knowledge Base

In its simplest form, a sauna is a wood room that contains an exceptional heater that can reach anywhere between 150-190F. The heater has a cavity that is filled with stones, and when those stones are good and hot, the bather has the option of ladling water over them to create a fresh burst of steam. This creates a humid environment that is called a wet sauna. A sauna session sans water is called a dry sauna. This distinction is key because being able to control both the heat and the humidity is integral to a genuine sauna experience.

In that regard, it differs from a steam room which is solely a wet experience. Traditional saunas are also distinct from infrared therapy rooms which use lamps that heat the body without heating up the surrounding air.

There are numerous sauna heater options, including wood-burning, electric, and natural gas.

Find Some Sauna Lovers and Pick Their Brains

Connecting with sauna lovers from all across the country and around the world has never been easier.

Connecting with sauna lovers from all across the country and around the world has never been easier.

Regular sauna bathers are often passionate about the sauna experience and are willing to share their first-hand knowledge. Find one or two or three such individuals and quiz them a little about why and how they take a sauna. Not sure what to ask? Here are some good points to hit upon:

  • When and why did you start taking regular saunas?
  • What’s your favorite time of day to take a sauna? Or following what activity do you find sauna bathing to be most rewarding?
  • What’s your routine before, during, and after taking a sauna?
  • Do you prefer taking a sauna with other people or by yourself, and why?
  • What are some health benefits that you’ve personally experienced from sauna bathing?

We’re sure you have lots of friends, but you may not have many who can answer these questions. Never fear. Here are a couple online forums for sauna lovers to express their unique culture.

Try It Out for Yourself

Take a look around your area and see what it has to offer. Check out local gyms, day spas, and hotels to find one with a sauna facility. (It being a public sauna might also help you determine if you’re the kind of person who relishes sweet solitude in the sauna or if you are absolutely going to be throwing a sauna party when you get yours up and running!)

One other thought: pop into some local pool and spa showrooms and see if they are displaying any sauna models. It seems that more and more pool and spa dealers are finding that owning a sauna is a perfect complement to a pool or hot tub, so your chances are better than ever for finding a dealer who has a sauna on display.

Settle on Your Wants and Needs

Now that you have a working knowledge of what a sauna room is, why other people like them, and if it’s an experience you’d like to introduce to your home, it’s time to think about what kind of sauna you should get. Do you want something more intimate that seats only one or two people, or do you want to get a big group of friends and family involved? What kind of a heater do you want – electric, gas, wood-burning? Consider where you’d like to position your sauna and how far it is from a breaker/a gas line/ a wood pile. Also, would a traditional sauna or an infrared therapy room best meet your needs? Good points to ponder as you arm yourself for this important and deeply rewarding decision.


Hopefully that helps guide you into a better understanding of what saunas are and how you can get one for yourself. If you’d like to bounce ideas off of someone and explore what home sauna model might be right for you, give us a call at 888.355.3050 or e-mail sales@almostheaven.com.

September 21, 2015 •