Buying Guide

How to Buy a Home Sauna

Infrared Sauna Sizes
a sauna on a back patio

Consider how many people will be using the sauna simultaneously. Most home saunas are made to fit one to five people, but there are larger options available. 

The size of a sauna describes not only the number of people it can fit but also the number of people it is equipped to adequately heat. 

Most saunas are at least seven feet tall with at least one wooden bench. Saunas with benches of varying heights allow the user to choose the temperature level in which they're most comfortable - since heat rises, lower benches offer a slightly lower temperature.

Tip: No matter the total number of people who will use the sauna, save money and energy by installing a smaller sauna if it will only be used by one or two people at a time. The larger the sauna, the higher the cost of operation.

Infrared Sauna Heater Types
a small sauna with a seating area

Ceramic infrared heaters are the most efficient at producing heat across smaller surfaces. While they are often the hottest heaters, they are available in smaller sizes. Here are the things to consider:

  • Lower upfront cost
  • Heat up quicker than carbon heaters
  • Heat is concentrated in spots closest to heaters

Carbon infrared heaters are larger in size than ceramic infrared heaters, so they don’t produce temperatures as high or as quickly, but they heat a larger surface area. Here are the things to consider:

  • Even heat distribution throughout whole sauna; not just near heaters
  • Slower to heat up than ceramic heaters
  • Slightly more durable and energy efficient than ceramic heaters
Infrared Sauna Features and Accessories
the exterior of a sauna in a backyard

Plug-in: Most infrared saunas are 110V and can plug into a typical outlet rather than being hardwired, saving you the trouble of calling an electrician during installation.

Windows: If you dislike small spaces, a window in your sauna may allow you to escape the confined feeling. Look for energy-saving windows that prevent heat from leaking out and unintentionally raising your electric bill.

Music players: Listening to music can be a great way to enhance the relaxation that comes with a sauna. Some saunas feature a built-in radio or other music players. 

Chromotherapy: Like music, therapeutic lights (known as chromotherapy) can enhance the sauna relaxation experience.  

Touchscreen controls: Adjust the temperature of each heater with an easy-to-use touchscreen.