Whatever your typical day consists of – whether that be a traditional 9-5 job, building a business, or you are enjoying the life of a retiree. There does not exist a person who would not readily welcome exceptional health benefits and relaxation from the comfort of one’s own home. With much of our lives transitioning to at-home living in the digital world, learning to provide ourselves these sorts of benefits and prioritize our health from home has become more critical than ever. One particularly unique way to prioritize one’s health would be to own a home sauna. Home saunas come in various types – infrared saunas, traditional saunas, portable saunas, barrel saunas, sauna blankets, and more!

While traditional and infrared saunas are what most people would think of when they hear the term “home sauna.” It’s a wood structure that heats up, and people enjoy sweat sessions in it. Portable saunas provide a far different experience because they are easily moveable and provide many of the same benefits as their larger counterparts. This blog post will briefly summarize each type of sauna, their differences, and what you should consider when making your selection.

What is an in Home Sauna?

A Home Sauna is a wooden structure that provides one health benefit from the comfort of their own home. As briefly alluded to earlier, a home sauna is a broad term that encapsulates many different types of other saunas. So, technically speaking, a portable sauna is a subset of home saunas. That said, for this blog post: let’s assume that the term “home sauna” means what most people think of when they hear the term sauna – a wooden structure with an electric or wood heater that is typically in a home spa or gym are (others put it in their basement, garage, or at times, bedroom or living room).

Variations of Home Saunas

Home saunas come in many different subcategories as well. For example, infrared saunas use lower heat. Still, they provide several health benefits not offered through their traditional sauna counterparts. On the other hand, traditional saunas get significantly hotter than infrared saunas (about 200 degrees Fahrenheit, opposed to about 150 degrees Fahrenheit for infrared saunas). This increased heat can provide greater detoxification and skin-related benefits not readily present in infrared saunas. Still, as mentioned, infrared saunas have many health benefits, including increased metabolism, immunity stimulation, improved blood flow, and cellular detoxification. These are why infrared saunas are the home sauna of choice for many health-conscious people-related individuals. In addition to sauna types, saunas can vary by location, for example, indoor saunas, outdoor saunas, outdoor barrel saunas, and more. These different sauna types will typically use infrared or traditional heat but with a specifically tailored design to the same environment where they are placed. For example, outdoor saunas may require additional heaters and roofing to combat the exterior weather, which is usually more expensive than indoor saunas.

Variations of Home Sauna Heaters

Infrared saunas use infrared heaters, but traditional saunas can use electric or wood-burning heaters. Interestingly, wood-burning saunas will get the hottest out of any sauna heater. Still, they lack the convenience and ease of electric sauna heaters that allow you to set a specific temperature. And still, turn it off when you desire (rather than waiting for burning wood to die down). The one downside of electric sauna heaters is that they require an electric circuit, requiring an electrician’s installation of electrical components. Both wood-burning stoves and electric sauna heaters each have their benefits. It’s worth asking yourself which one is a better fit for you. The decision is based on where you want to place your sauna, the importance of convenience, or if you would prefer the authenticity that a wood burning heater experience provides.

Overall, owning a traditional or infrared home sauna (which comes in indoor and outdoor options, by the way) is an amazing way to provide yourself with many unique benefits, including at home relaxation and health. Consider a home sauna an investment in yourself, your future life, and your future relationships, as your overall quality of life will significantly improve. We will now discuss portable saunas.

What is a Portable Sauna?

A portable sauna is very much how it sounds – a sauna that is easily moveable from room to room. While you may not be able to toss it in the trunk of your car and drive it over to your friend’s house (depending on the size of your car), they are very simple to move around your house, which can be very important for those with limited space. While exceptionally convenient, it should come with no surprise that a portable sauna will be missing many of the integral features that make home saunas so unique.

For starters, portable saunas are rarely wood. One of the features of home saunas that many customers get excited about (especially when purchasing a cedar wood sauna) is the wood aroma that arises when the interior of the wood sauna heats up. This benefit will not be present in a portable sauna. However, these considered portable saunas will have many of the same benefits as traditional saunas from a health perspective. For example, a portable infrared sauna – such as the Clearlight Dome Sauna – uses the same infrared wavelengths to heat the sauna, which will benefit from a health perspective as a sauna made entirely of wood.  

What are the benefits of a Portable Sauna?

A portable sauna has two main benefits – convenience and cost-effectiveness. As alluded to earlier, it will be easy for you to move it from room to room around your house with a portable sauna. If you have limited space at home, this may be exceptionally beneficial as it will allow you to enjoy the health benefits of a sauna from pretty much anywhere in your home.

Further, a portable sauna is cheaper than a standard in-home sauna. The cost savings come from the lack of wood used, which is becoming incredibly expensive, decreased shipping costs, and significantly fewer heaters are required to heat it, given the much smaller space.

Should I Choose a Home Sauna or Portable Sauna

To sum up the difference: if you are looking for a wooden room to take in the whole sauna experience, a home sauna is a right fit for you. Contrarily, suppose you are after the health benefits of a sauna but are pretty indifferent to the experience itself and want added convenience. In that case, a portable sauna is an excellent option for you.

Who Should Buy an In Home Sauna?

People who have a dedicated space in their home to put in their sauna and have the budget to afford one. A traditional or infrared sauna will take up lots of space, will require electrical capacity and possibly plumbing requirements (infrared saunas do not require plumbing, traditional saunas may). These sauna types are usually far more costly and much more of an investment. Still, in our opinion, it is well worth the increased cost. When purchasing a sauna, you very much get what you pay for.

Who Should Buy a Portable Sauna?

People are looking for health benefits but prioritizing convenience and cost savings. A portable sauna will allow you to enjoy many benefits that owning a sauna provides, but with missing features related to the sauna experience itself. You will save some costs as well!

Conclusion: Home Saunas versus Portable Saunas

We hope the above analysis has helped you consider the two types of saunas, in addition to providing you with some of the most important differences and things to think about when making your home sauna decision.

If you ever need any help selecting the perfect sauna for you, please reach out to our team of experts at 844-793-0403 or [email protected]. We would be delighted to assist you in finding the ideal home sauna considering all of your personal preferences, needs, and desires.