Close your eyes and imagine climbing into a sauna. You probably pictured people bathing in a steamy wood room. But you’re only half right! In addition to traditional steam saunas, infrared saunas are gaining popularity. Both versions offer incredible relaxation and self-care. Learn about the difference between traditional and infrared saunas.
Traditional saunas use heated rocks and water to produce steam. This humidity envelops bathers in a layer of warm air. Many people enjoy this type of humidity, with temperatures ranging from 150-185 degrees. Note that it can take 30-40 minutes for a traditional sauna to reach your desired temperature.
Infrared saunas emit infrared light, which is a type of radiant energy. These wavelengths produce heat that our bodies absorb. Unlike steam saunas, this is a completely dry heat. Infrared operates between 120-140 degrees, which penetrates the body’s core and promotes sweating.Infrared saunas are also having a celebrity moment right now – Lady Gaga uses them to manage chronic pain and Jennifer Aniston uses them for skin care.
Both traditional steam and infrared saunas provide numerous health benefits, including:
- Reduced muscle soreness
- Lowered risk of high blood pressure
- Relief for chronic pain
- Decreased stress
- Cleansing for skin
Saunas are also good for your social health! Especially for couples or small groups, a sauna is a great way to spend quality time with each other. Not to mention that we can all benefit from slipping away for some alone time. Either way, a sauna encourages us to put away our electronics and connect with others and ourselves. Who doesn’t need time to sit and relax?
The similarities between infrared and traditional saunas don’t stop there. Both have plug-and-play options that are easy to install. Maintenance is virtually identical and only requires mild cleaners once a month.
Both infrared and steam saunas have a traditional design with a wood-lined cabinet. But you can also customize the look of either version. Use your creativity and select size, door styles, window options, bench configurations, wall finishes, and recessed lighting.
But the best thing they have in common? Cost! Both have a comparable price depending on size and features.
The only notable difference is that you don’t have to wait for an infrared sauna to heat up. You just turn it on and step inside to begin bathing. Some people appreciate adjusting to the temperature as it gradually rises.
Otherwise, choosing an infrared or a traditional steam sauna comes down to personal preference. Do you enjoy wet or dry heat? Do you mind waiting for your sauna to heat up or do you want to use it at any moment? And if you really can’t decide, there are even hybrid saunas that combine both options!
Splash Pool & Spa proudly offers several models from Finnleo. We’d love to help you find your perfect sauna.