Guide to Buying an Infrared Sauna

Buying an infrared sauna can be quite overwhelming and confusing for someone who doesn’t know much about them. There are a lot of sauna manufacturers out there and there are too many models floating around to make a good choice. Furthermore, all of them almost look the same which adds to the confusion. In this article, I will help you out as much as I can so that when the time comes for you to buy, you can make an informed decision that you won’t regret later on.

Types of Saunas

There are various types of saunas and they are differentiated by the type of heater that they use. Each heater will have their own pros and cons and really, all of them do a good job of providing the necessary heat for you to sweat, whichever you choose will largely depend on your budget and your preferences as well.

Some of the heaters that are available are infrared, electric, gas and wood powered heaters. Infrared is the one that I recommend the most because it is the most convenient and the most budget friendly. Infrared saunas have been gaining popularity and because of this, there have been ample supply so naturally, the prices would go down because of competition. However, don’t just buy the cheapest one because there are other factors that you need to consider and sometimes, cheap prices mean cheap quality. For the best infrared saunas, you can go to for reviews.

Sauna Construction

The wood is an important factor when buying a sauna. Remember, the sauna room will be subjected to high temperatures and low quality wood will not be able to endure for too long and it will eventually bend or break, leaving you with a useless sauna room and getting it fixed can be a huge financial burden, especially if you are out of warranty.

The most common type of wood used is hemlock and it is a good option. A lot of good manufacturers choose this type of wood because it is on the cheaper side without sacrificing quality. This allows them to give you a sauna kit with a good quality build that will not break the bank.

The wood used in a sauna should be kiln dried, it should not be cheap quality and more importantly, it should not be treated with chemicals. Wood that has been treated with chemicals will be detrimental to your health because they outgas during the course of your ownership and you will be exposed to toxins and chemicals instead of getting rid of them, which a sauna is good for. Good quality wood will not bend, break, splinter or degrade and you should choose a sauna kit that has it.


Warranty is very important when it comes to saunas because these are not cheap purchases. In some cases, thousands of dollars are spent to have one installed in the house. If the warranty is shady, you should immediately remove that manufacturer from the list of companies that you should consider buying from. Another thing to note is the length of time the manufacturer has been in business.

You should not be swayed by an unproven manufacturer offering a lengthy warranty because in this industry, there are a lot of manufacturers that fold within 5-10 years. A lengthy warranty from a company that may go out of business will not be worth much in the long run. Always go for warranties that may be shorter but offered by reputable companies.

The warranty should also cover everything, not just different parts. For example, there are manufacturers out there that will state that they have a long warranty for the wood and heaters, however, since the wiring/circuitry is not covered, if that’s the one that should fail, you are not covered. Always read the fine print and make sure that everything is covered so that you won’t be hassled if the time comes to claim warranty.

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