Infrared vs Traditional

Which Sauna?

Ceramic Infrared Vs Traditional Saunas 

Saunas are a common fixture in many fitness centers, spas and other health-related facilities across the UK And now saunas , steam rooms and hot tubs are finding themselves being installed in the home.  This is due to them being easily installed through build it yourself kits but also, many people are realising the benefits of having a sauna in the home.  Its no longer seen as a luxury for the super rich. A home sauna is simply viewed as part of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

When choosing the type of sauna to have in your home, you have two main chaises, traditional log or coal heated saunas or a modern infrared ceramic sauna. 


One of the main differences between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna is the heat involved while inside the unit. Traditional dry saunas use temperatures as high as 185 to 195 degrees F, which can overwhelm those who are more sensitive to the heat. Infrared saunas use a much milder temperature environment of between 120 to 150 degrees F. However, because the heat of infrared saunas travels much deeper into the body, they are able to cause a more vigorous sweat at lower temperature.


When comparing an infrared sauna to a traditional steam sauna, it’s important to look at humidity. A steam sauna is going to have a lower temperature than a traditional dry sauna, but it is also going to employ large amounts of heated steam, which creates a humid experience. Infrared saunas do not use steam and rely fully on the heat from the infrared heaters for overall effects.

Power Needs

Another difference between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna is the amount of power required to operate each unit. Traditional saunas require more overall power to run, with a typical sauna taking up 6 kw of power in comparison to the typical 1.6 kw needed for the infrared sauna. This means that a traditional sauna is almost three times as expensive to run as an infrared sauna. This can make a difference, depending on how often you use the unit.



A traditional dry sauna uses a stove to heat the air. As the temperature of the air increases around you, the temperature of your body increases as well due to absorption by heat convection. This causes your body to start the cooling process by transporting blood closer to the surface of the skin and opening pores through sweating. Infrared saunas also heat the surrounding air but to a lesser degree. Instead, infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit a specific wavelength of infrared light. Your skin absorbs this wavelength, causing your body’s temperature to rise. This elicits the same effects as a traditional sauna with less overall heat needed.

We hope you now have a better understanding of the best sauna for you.  Click here to see our full range or contact us to discuss your requirements.  

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