Infrared vs. Traditional: A Sauna for All
Both an IR sauna and a traditional sauna provide heat therapy with associated health benefits, but their heating methods differ.
A traditional sauna:
- Has a wood-burning, electric, or natural gas heater.
- Can reach decidedly high temperatures. (For example, here at Almost Heaven Saunas, we aim for our sauna rooms to hit upwards of 185F.)
- Has a cavity somewhere in or on the heater to stack a collection of sauna stones.
- Can be enjoyed as either wet or dry, “dry” meaning that you simply get the heater going and leave it as is and “wet” meaning that once the room is good and hot, you sprinkle water over the heated stones to generate a burst of steam. Once the steam dissipates, you can either go back to enjoying a dry sauna or you can keep adding water periodically to keep things humid.
An infrared sauna:
- Uses radiator elements to generate heat.
- Heats the body directly without making the sauna room itself very hot, which means it produces a much milder temperature.
- Is used exclusively as a dry sauna.
So what type is better? That all depends on what you expect your sauna to be able to accomplish.
If you’re looking for a sauna that will give you that extreme heat or if you want the ability to control both the temperature and humidity inside your sauna, then you’re in the market for a traditional sauna.
On the other hand, if you want something that remains dry so that you can place it on a carpeted surface or if you don’t or can’t enjoy such high temperatures yet still want a heat therapy option, you would want to go with an IR sauna.
There are dedicated enthusiasts that back up both the traditional and the IR sauna experiences, but what matters most is what will serve your wants and needs the best. Here at Almost Heaven Saunas, we have saunas that can accommodate traditionalists and infrared lovers alike. Right now, all LX Infrared Saunas are available for 30% off the MSRP price! (Click to learn more.) To speak to someone here directly, give us a call at 888.355.3050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.