The Best Sauna Kits Indoor and Outdoor
Good for your health and peace of mind!
The benefits of sitting in the peaceful interior of your newly built sauna kit include melting away stress, opening your pores, and breathing in the warm steamy air while allowing all the toxins of the day to drift away. Even the Mayo Clinic, one of America’s premier medical research institutions, agrees that using a sauna will “cause reactions similar to those elicited by moderate exercise, such as vigorous sweating and increased heart rate.” Just a few minutes each day will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.
Once you choose your sauna from the best sauna kits, you can have these benefits delivered right to your doorstep!
What do I need to think about?
Now that you have decided to purchase a sauna kit, there are a number of options you need to consider before you can look at the best sauna kits available.
Indoor saunas offer the comfort and convenience of a sauna in the privacy of your own home. While finding space for an indoor can be a challenge, there are a number of saunas which can easily fit into a small room or even a closet. One of the best things about an indoor sauna is that many of them can be relocated within your house or even move with you to a new home.
One of the biggest benefits of choosing an outdoor sauna is that you are less restricted by space. Instead of trying to find or build a room in your house to place your sauna, you can place your sauna outdoors and have room for a 2, 4, or even 6 person one. Another benefit to having an outdoor sauna is that can complement and improve the value of your outdoor landscaping.
The most important factor in deciding between an indoor or an outdoor sauna is how close is the sauna to water and electricity supplies which are necessary to the functioning of a sauna. You must also decide how much prep work you are willing to do in order to install your sauna. For example, if you are adding a sauna inside your house, a level area on which to assemble your kit will already exist. If you are going to build a freestanding wooden building you will have to prepare the existing ground in order to ensure that you will have a sturdy freestanding sauna.
The second factor you need to consider is how much space you have to devote to your new sauna. The most common indoor sauna size is built to accommodate 2 people and typically measures about 47.3″ (width) x 39.5″ (length) x 75″ (height) while the most common outdoor sauna 48″ (width) x 48′ (depth) x 84″ (height). The size of your sauna will depend on how many people are going to use it at one time and how much room you have to devote to the sauna.
The third factor you will have to consider is whether you are going to build your sauna from precut wooden boards or if you assemble a prefab modular sauna. The nice thing about prefab indoor sauna or a prefab outdoor sauna is that they are easy for all skill levels to build.
The final factor you need to think about is your sauna heater. There are 2 basic types: traditional and infrared. The main difference between these two types of heaters that with traditional heaters you can control both the temperature and the humidity level in your sauna, while infrared heaters allow you to control only the temperature.
These are the most commonly used heaters and are powered by wood, gas. or, most commonly, electricity. The ability to control the humidity of your sauna by ouring water over the heater rocks allows you create a more comfortable environment for sensitive nasal passages and it also allows you add essential oils to the water creating a pleasant smell and employing aromatherapy.
A wood sauna stove has the advantage of adding a peaceful crackling fire and the occasional hiss of water over sauna rocks to your sauna experience. A sauna wood stove will add a little extra work, but they also add a lot of extra ambiance.
A gas sauna heater uses either liquid propane or natural gas. A propane sauna heater requires an external tank while, in most cases, a natural gas heater for your sauna is tied directly into your existing gas line.
Electric sauna heaters use heating elements to warm sauna rocks which, in turn, heat the sauna. They can heat in as quickly as 30 minutes or take up to an hour and your sauna will reach a temperature of 185-195 degrees. These heaters have built-in safety features which turn the heater off if the temperature gets too high and prevents fires. If you are looking for a more classical sauna experience, a kit with a traditional heater would be a great choice.
These heaters, also called a dynamic infrared sauna or far infrared sauna, produce radiant heat which is more easily absorbed by your body by using the entire light spectrum (both visible and invisable). In this way, they heat your body in the same way it is warmed by the sun unlike traditional saunas which use awrm air to riase your body temperature.
While the overall temperature of a sauna heated this way is lower (120 to 140 degrees), its effectiveness is very high and it can heat your body more efficiently in a shorter amount of time. Since they operate at lower temperatures, infrared heaters are very safe and a great choice for your sauna.
Additionally, infrared saunas often include colored lights, and sound systems to enhance your sauna experience and many have glass sauna doors which add a feeling of spaciousness to your sauna.
If you want a sauna experience that is easy and no-fuss with lower temperatures but with body-penetrating heat, an infrared heater would be an ideal choice for you.
All of that said, the best sauna for you is the one that you will use and enjoy!
Best Indoor Saunas
Best Outdoor Sauna
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