Buying your first sauna is exciting, but can also become overwhelming pretty quickly. It is a big decision, and there are lots to consider. Having a sauna in your home has many great benefits, but it is also important to make sure you are making the right choice. Finding the right sauna that fits where you want it, is in your price range, and has the benefits you are looking for is easy with this beginner’s guide. Here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about purchasing a sauna.
First, let’s start out by discussing why you might want to get a sauna in the first place. There are many great benefits to having unlimited access to a sauna in your home.
Saunas can be beneficial for stress as the time spent relaxing can reduce tension and anxiety levels. In addition, it can help to lower blood pressure, prevent depression, help with skin conditions, and even reduce chronic pain.
Spending time in saunas can also help to detoxify the body of free radicals, improve cardiovascular health, and lower your risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
One of the most important things you need to ask yourself early on in the buying process is where your sauna will go in your home. Part of the location decision you will have to make is whether you might want to have an indoor or an outdoor sauna. Of course, it will depend on the space you have in your house or yard.
For our outdoor saunas, you can have them installed in different locations throughout your yard. It is even possible to turn your shed or pavilion into a sauna if you desire. The possibilities are endless. However, some questions you might want to consider are:
- How much room is needed for setup and performance?
- What surface should the sauna be set on?
If you have more space in your yard, outdoor saunas can be built as big or as small as you would like. It is also out of the way and doesn’t take up any space inside your house.
Outdoor saunas can be set on concrete slab, gravel, concrete blocks, or on a wooden terrace.. There should also be adequate drainage so as not to allow the water to pool around the base.
A traditional sauna is one that uses heat and convection to make a room cozy. This is the most popular type that you might find at a gym. A wood-burning sauna is the traditional Finish type sauna where wood is used to heat it up using a stove.
Electrically heated sauna is another type. It is efficient, easy to use, and safe. There are heaters for different kinds of saunas, and they are usually controlled by a remote and mounted on the floor or wall.
A lesser-known type is the smoke sauna. It doesn’t carry a chimney like the other types and it has to be heated up for many hours by burning wood before it can be used. After heating and ventilating, the sauna is ready to be used.
When considering a sauna outdoors, you should also think whether you would like a cabin-style sauna or barrel sauna. Barrel saunas have become more popular for its smaller footprint and its cylindrical shape that lets the air circulate naturally.
Cost is another factor to consider. When making any big purchase, considering how much you are willing to spend is important. Just as if you were buying a car, you likely have a budget. The type and size of the sauna will also affect your cost.
The significant price will depend on the type and size of sauna you choose. A family-sized six-person sauna will cost around $10000 whereas a smaller sauna will run from $3000 to $6000.
Quality is important as well. Getting the most for your money means you want to find a quality that suits your needs. It is also important to find a reputable company that you can buy your materials or kit from, so that the sauna will last.
As you are shopping around, consider warranties and find referrals from people in your area that have experience with different types of saunas.
Depending on the location and how much space you have, size is going to also be an important factor to think about when planning to get a sauna. You want to consider how many people are going to be using it at one time and where it will be in your home.
Larger saunas require larger heaters. There are many different sizes to fit all sorts of places and preferences. Choose one that will comfortably fit into your space and leave enough room for the heater.
Build It or Do It On Your Own?
This is a very important question to ask. Getting a sauna kit is certainly an option, but so is building one on your own. Of course, you have to keep in mind what your experience is with building.
If you do not have a lot of experience then go for a kit! If you are looking for something challenging to plan and build, building on your own.
Kits might be easier for those who are not so handy with wood and tools. You might have had a good experience with kits for your gazebo or shed, so getting a kit might be the right choice.
When buying a sauna for the first time, there is a lot of overwhelming information out there. Be sure that you do your research and go with a sauna that fits your needs and your price range and also will be a positive addition to your house or property. After all, it should be something enjoyable for you and your family for a long time!