As people continue to raise awareness of the health and longevity benefits of regular sauna use, it’s important to be informed of various types of saunas if you are beginning your research on purchasing one in 2023.
Before we dive into some key tips around purchasing an infrared sauna we want to take a step back and outline the key elements people generally weigh up when deciding whether to purchase a Traditional Sauna vs. an Infrared Sauna.
Pros of an Infrared Sauna
- Budget: Infrared saunas are much cheaper compared to a traditional sauna. People with a limited budget who mostly prioritise relaxation benefits of a sauna often favour an Infrared (IR) sauna.
- Space: Infrared saunas can take up a smaller space and less electricity so have more flexibility for those wanting the convenience of a sauna but don't need the full range of health outcomes.
Cons of an Infrared Sauna
- Relaxation vs. Health: to date, infrared saunas do not have any significant scientific evidence or widely accepted studies on their health outcomes compared to that of traditional sauna. Chiefly: gains in cardiac health, delay in Alzheimer's onset and overall decrease in chance of death are not evident. The reason for this is IR saunas do not get hot enough for the outcomes proven over a two decade long study in Finland. IR saunas aide in skin cleanliness via sweating, muscle relaxation and assist in mental health and mindfulness.
- Dry Heat & Skin: most commonly infrared saunas only offer dry heat vs. a traditional sauna that allows for water to be poured over the heater. This dry heat can be difficult for some people and often can lead to dry skin with regular or over use
- Sauna Time: since infrared saunas are often between 45-55c (rarely over 65c) people can become acclimatised to the temperature quickly meaning you must spend a long period of time to achieve your relaxation gains from your sauna.
We’ve been working with one of our manufacturers on an IR sauna for over 12 months but, to date, we haven’t got a quality product we’d be comfortable selling. We follow the science when it comes to sauna use so a minimum temperature of 80C is required for any infrared sauna we’ll ever put out ourselves.
So, if you are choosing to purchase an infrared sauna in New Zealand. Here’s what we would recommend you keep in mind so your purchase is an informed one:
8 Tips If You Want To Purchase and Infrared Sauna
1. Type of heater:
Infrared saunas use different types of heaters, including ceramic and carbon heaters. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to research and understand the differences before making a decision.
2. Quality of materials:
Look for saunas made with high-quality materials, such as durable woods like cedar and well-constructed frames. This will help ensure your sauna will last for many years to come.
3. Temperature control:
Make sure the sauna you are considering has accurate and adjustable temperature control, so you can set the temperature to your liking. Ideally get one that can get into at least the 60s so you can gain the relaxation benefits of sweating and hopefully don’t become acclimatised to your sauna.
4. Safety features:
Ensure any sauna you are considering has safety features such as an automatic shut-off and low-EMF heaters.
5. Brand reputation and customer support:
Research the brand, its reputation and quality of customer support of the company you are considering purchasing from. We would recommend purchasing from a New Zealand registered company also.
Compare prices for similar models and features, it's important to consider the cost-benefit of the sauna you are considering.
Confirm that the sauna you are going to purchase has been electrically certified to meet our safety and emission standards, in New Zealand to ensure the safety and compliance of this sauna you can ask for the SAA certification number.
8. Size and space:
Lastly, consider where you will be placing the sauna, and make sure you have enough space to accommodate the size of the sauna you are considering. It is also important to think about how many people might be using the sauna at one time and find a size and design that can ideally accommodate this.
By keeping these factors in mind, you should be able to find an infrared sauna that is the right fit for your needs, budget and space. And don't hesitate to ask for testimonials or customer references from the sauna provider.
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About the Author: Will Stewart is a Cofounder of Cedar Spring Recreation. He has a strong background and appreciation for the scientific health and wellness outcomes associated with regular heat and cold exposure.
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Disclaimer: Neither the material shared in this article, not any links to external resources are to be considered medical advice. Always check with medical professionals prior to engaging in new activities that carry potential health risks.