Traditional Saunas versus Infrared Saunas

Posted on 02 September 2021

traditional wood burning sauna heaterSaunas have been used for various purposes, including relaxation, detoxification, and more recently, to help treat and prevent various ailments. Studies have proven that regular sauna use can improve your mood, minimize chronic pain, and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and heart disease. This article will explore the difference between infrared saunas and traditional saunas, including the difference in the type of sauna heater used. 

Imagine reaping the above benefits in the privacy of your own home. Regular sauna use has so many positive effects. Different sauna heaters will provide differing experiences. An infrared heater is different from a wood-burning sauna heater. Reach out to our team at SaunaFin to find out more about why we love wood-burning sauna heaters for our traditional home saunas.

The Main Difference Between Traditional and Infrared Saunas

Temperature and Heating Method:

Traditional saunas are heated by either gas, electricity, or wood-fire. Electric heaters are the most common and take about 30-60 minutes to reach peak heat. On the other hand, infrared saunas use radiant heat, which is quickly absorbed by the skin. If an infrared heated sauna gives you sensory or thermal stress, opt for the traditional choice.

Heat Up Time:

Traditional saunas take 30-40 minutes to properly preheat the rocks, so bathers should expect a wait time before thoroughly enjoying the sauna experience. An infrared sauna uses infrared light to penetrate the skin and uses less heat. 

Amount of Energy Used for Typical Sized Room:

A traditional two-person sauna is usually 5x6 or 5x7 feet. A two-person infrared sauna is usually physically smaller than a conventional sauna. The infrared sauna heats up more quickly, using less energy than its traditional counterpart. However, the type of heat used in a traditional home sauna is more beneficial for your skin.

Social Experience:

There is a difference in the social experience of a traditional sauna versus an infrared sauna. Traditional sauna experiences can lead to family bonding, strengthening intimate relationships, and having small sauna parties. Traditional saunas are larger in size and allow for multiple users at once. An infrared sauna is smaller and can be uncomfortable to share with others.

Now that you know the differences between a traditional sauna and an infrared sauna, you may feel better equipped to decide which sauna best suits your needs. Other considerations might include varying health benefits, heating times, available space, and budget. 

The proper sauna for you is the one you will use the most. Regardless of what is popular or what is even considered a “sauna” by sauna purists, choose the sauna with the most personal payback. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our SaunaFin team, who have all the expertise you need to begin your journey to sauna ownership.

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