How to choose the right sauna for your home

Buying a sauna for the first time can be daunting, you may find yourself stuck with fine tuning the details of owning your own sauna. What questions do you ask? What options do you have? Here are a few points to think about when choosing the right sauna for your own home.  

Sauna size.

When you are choosing the right sauna for your home, you will obviously want to consider where it will be best situated in your home or property. You can narrow down the size once you know where you would like the sauna to go. You may also want to consider how many people will be using the sauna at a given time. If you are hoping to enjoy the sauna with friends and/or family members, take this into account when choosing the sauna size. Would you like enough space to lie down all at once? 

If you intend to use the sauna alone or with one other person, then a smaller sauna such as the BE181 traditional outdoor barrel sauna or the PVS181 are great options for 2 people to enjoy the sauna comfortably. Keep in mind that you may need extra space for people to lie down when you choose your sauna.  

What kind of heater do you want?  

Choosing the type of heater all depends on personal preference. Do you want a traditional sauna or an infrared sauna?  

A traditional sauna is usually heated up with electric heaters. If you are looking for a typical sauna experience where the room is heated to high temperatures, this is the sauna for you. The electric heater is filed with rocks and you can pour water over them and create steam to your liking. Our saunas come with the Harvia Cilindro which is an electric heater and can get to 100 degrees Celcius in less than 30 minutes.  

We also offer the option of a wood-burning stove, this gives an even more traditional sauna feel. Since wood-burning stoves don’t run on electricity, you will not need to hire an electrician to wire your sauna space. However, with a wood-burning stove, it is more challenging to control the temperature and would take a lot longer to heat than an electric heater and while they are initially less expensive, if you live in the city, the cost of wood is not always cheap.  

There is also the option of installing an infrared sauna. 

What type of wood?  

Choosing the right type of wood for your sauna is arguably one of the most important choices when choosing the right sauna. The right type of wood can determine how sturdy your sauna is, how long your sauna will last and even determine how at risk you are from getting splinters! We use Grade A Canadian red cedarwood. You can find out more about the types of wood available here.  

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