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The Top Home Sauna Picks of 2022

The Top Home Sauna Picks of 2022


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The Top Home Sauna Picks of 2022

A Comprehensive Home Sauna Analysis

Thinking about purchasing a home sauna? You have arrived at the right place. In this blog post, Audacia Home's team of experts answers common questions that arise when choosing a home sauna. We also discuss the health benefits of each home sauna type, and finally, we provide an in-depth analysis of the top home sauna brands and specific product choices of this year.

Audacia Home is comprised of a team of sauna experts with years of industry experience, and we would be delighted to assist you in finding the perfect sauna for your home. Enjoy!



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The Top Home Saunas of This Year

Before we get too far into the nitty-gritty of the various nuances to consider when choosing a home sauna, we understand that some people may prefer to see a quick list of the top home saunas of this year. For this reason, we will kickstart this post with a quick sneak peek at the top home sauna of each type (infrared, traditional, and barrel).

The Top Home Sauna of Each Type

Here are our expert picks of the home saunas of each significant sauna type, (i) infrared saunas, (ii) traditional saunas, and (iii) barrel saunas

The Top Infrared Saunas: The Clearlight Sanctuary Sauna Collection

Infrared saunas are the more sought-after sauna type for health-conscious customers. Infrared saunas get to around 140 degrees Fahrenheit, while traditional steam saunas can usually get much hotter. Clearlight has been a pioneer in the infrared sauna industry for many years. Since Jacuzzi acquired Clearlight in 2018, its popularity has taken off.

Many customers get confused by Jacuzzi and Clearlight, so let's clear that up first: Jacuzzi is the parent company, while Clearlight is their infrared sauna line. Now, you may wonder what makes Clearlight's products so unique: Clearlight saunas are exceptional and top our list in the category of infrared saunas for a good reason.

We chose the Clearlight Sauna collection instead of an individual product because other than size, all of the Sanctuary Saunas have the same features (the 1, 2, 3, and 4 person options.)


Clearlight Sanctuary C 4 Person Corner Infrared Sauna

Clearlight Sanctuary C 4 Person Corner Infrared Sauna

$8,899.00 USD

Clearlight Sanctuary C | Four Person Corner Infrared Sauna The Benefits of owning a Clearlight Sanctuary C With contemporary design and groundbreaking innovation, the Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas are unlike any other. They are the only true Full Spectrum infrared saunas… See Product Details


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What Makes Clearlight Saunas so Special?

  • Full Spectrum Heat: The Sanctuary Line uses full-spectrum infrared heaters;
  • Exceptional Warranty: Lifetime residential warranty on all components;
  • Add On Options: Exceptional add-on options - such as Halotherapy, Red Light Therapy, Vibrational Resonance Therapy, Aromatherapy, and more.
  • Chromotherapy: All Clearlight Saunas have built-in Medical Grade Chromotherapy.
  • Size Options: Clearlight saunas come in 1-5 person in their indoor lines, and there are also 2 outdoor infrared sauna options - a 2 person and a 5 person model.

Clearlight saunas come in both indoor and outdoor models, both of which use advanced near-zero EMF/ELF heating technology Above are just a few reasons why Clearlight Saunas top our list as the best-infrared saunas. For more details on Clearlight, see the second portion of the article or the individual product pages.


Clearlight Sanctuary Outdoor 5 Five Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna

Clearlight Sanctuary Outdoor 5 Five Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna

$9,099.00 USD

Clearlight Sanctuary™ Outdoor 5 With a contemporary design and groundbreaking innovation, the Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas are unlike any other. They are the only true Full Spectrum infrared saunas available offering advanced near, mid and far-infrared technologies. Our robust TrueWave™ Full… See Product Details


The Top Traditional Sauna: The Auroom Collection

Auroom Saunas are relatively new to the North American market as they are made and manufactured in Estonia. One glance at the picture below, and it immediately becomes clear why Auroom tops our list in traditional home saunas. They have aesthetics like no other.

One unique feature of Auroom Saunas is that they do not have a pre-fabricated heater. This means that you can choose the perfect heater for you - whether that be a wood-burning stove or an electric sauna heater. Auroom blends an exceptional aesthetic with a top-of-the-line traditional sauna experience. We cannot recommend them enough.


Auroom Cala Traditional Sauna | Glass

Auroom Cala Traditional Sauna | Glass

$8,195.00 USD

Auroom Cala Traditional Sauna   The Benefits of an Auroom Traditional Sauna A small sauna with a big heart, the Cala Glass home sauna boasts a true Finnish sauna experience and meticulous attention to detail. The 3-person Auroom Cala model… See Product Details


What Makes Auroom Saunas so Special?

  • Incredible Design: I'll say it - they are the best-looking saunas on the market, and it's not even close. The more prominent 3-person Auroom unit has a built-in ergonomic seat installed into the sauna wall - see here.
  • Heater Options: Auroom saunas do not come pre-fabricated with a heater, which allows you to add on any of your choices. We recommend the HUUM Drop or the HUUM Cliff (shown above).
  • Thermo Modified Aspen Wood: Not only is Auroom the only aspen wood sauna on the market (to our knowledge), but the wood is also thermally modified - which is essentially a heat treatment process that makes wood virtually indestructible. Auroom will soon have a limited lifetime warranty on all of its products, and it indeed makes sense as to why!

HUUM Drop

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It may now be abundantly clear why Auroom Saunas are the top traditional sauna. Their one drawback is that they are indoor only, so if you are set up an outdoor sauna, you may need to consider other options (such as the next one on our list!)


Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna

Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna

$8,495.00 USD

Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna Welcome to a luxurious new era for small home saunas! With its ergonomic design and special features, the Baia sauna is particularly attractive thanks to its curved seating.  Wavy benches can usually only be found in… See Product Details


The Top Barrel Sauna: The Thermory Collection

Thermory is also relatively new to the home sauna space. Traditionally, Thermory is known for its fantastic wood used for building decks, sheds, etc. Thermory decided to use its top-of-the-line wood on another industry-leading offering: a barrel sauna. Barrel saunas are unique in that they are only outdoor.

Some of their main benefits are the ability to easily use a wood-burning stove to heat the sauna up, which provides an authentic experience like no other, and they also have a unique look, providing a sauna experience that is much different from any other type.

See All Thermory Barrel Saunas


Thermory 6 Person Barrel Sauna | No. 62 & No. 63

Thermory 6 Person Barrel Sauna | No. 62 &  No. 63

$7,995.00 USD

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What Makes Thermory Saunas so Special?

  • Thermo Modified Wood: for a virtually indestructible sauna. Your sauna will withstand the weather no matter what climate you are in.
  • Lots of Space: Thermory saunas come with loads of space in six-person or four-person barrel sauna offerings.
  • Panoramic View: Thermory saunas offer a fantastic panoramic view (as an option) - as shown in the above photo.
  • Heater Options: Thermory saunas allow you to use either an electric heater or a wood-burning stove to heat up your sauna. While some have electrical circuits where they plan to use their sauna, others may not, making using a wood-burning stove necessary.

Now, if you are interested in learning about all of the most important considerations to take into account that will result in you choosing the perfecthome sauna for you - buckle up, and read on! We also go in-depth after the article on this year's top 5 infrared saunas and the top 5 traditional saunas. Enjoy!


The Top Home Saunas: Finding the Perfect Home Sauna For You

Audacia Home is here to make the decision-making process surrounding finding the perfect home sauna for you as seamless as possible. We recommend reading the full article, as it will inform you of all the various differences between in-home sauna types, provide the benefits and disadvantages of each class, provide some home sauna tips to maximize your sessions, and finally, we conclude with our top 5 infrared saunas and top 5 traditional saunas of the year.

The Top Home Saunas: Finding the Perfect Home Sauna For You

Buying a Home Sauna: The Most Important Considerations

A common issue when choosing a home sauna is differentiating amongst the various types of offerings. There are so many options, all with different features and benefits. Wouldn't it be nice to have to read through thousands of reviews to determine the best home sauna to purchase in 2022?

Well, Audacia Home is here to save you the work.

First: Why Buy a Home Sauna For Your Home?

Home Saunas provide numerous benefits, namely, a way to invest in your health and offer yourself easy access to a plethora of wellness benefits from your own home. Further, health benefits aside, saunas provide an incredible way to bolster relaxation and even offer a fun social activity with family or friends. Home saunas come in all kinds: traditional saunas, infrared saunas, sauna blankets, outdoor saunas, barrel saunas, and portable saunas, amongst many other home sauna types.

Why Buy a Home Sauna For Your Home?

Owning a home sauna has many fantastic wellness benefits, but it is no easy task to make a decision because of the different offerings. Below, we will take you through a step-by-step analysis that will get you thinking about all the proper considerations before making your home sauna decision.

Reason #1 to Consider a Home Sauna: Health and Wellbeing

In the tumultuous times since the pandemic, the importance of our physical health has never been greater. Busy lives and commitments can often provide a roadblock to prioritizing our physical health when it has become more critical.

Saunas have been around for hundreds of years, but like most technology, the features of saunas have been rapidly advancing in recent years. Today, it is becoming increasingly common to have a top-of-the-line home sauna to enjoy your own residence; no trips to the local sports club or spa are required.

Saunas offer numerous health benefits, all from the comfort of your own home When speaking with customers, almost always (about 80-90% of the time), most consumer questions surround the different health benefits that home saunas provide and how they can use a home sauna to better their own health and wellbeing.

As we have spoken to more customers, it has become increasingly apparent that home saunas are not simply "nice to have" items but something customers are purchasing for severe health reasons; most importantly, they want to increase their physical and mental well-being. Undoubtedly, the betterment of one's own health is the number one reason why one would want to own a home sauna.

Consider a Home Sauna: Health and Wellbeing

Reason #2 to Consider a Home Sauna: Bolster at Home Relaxation

In such busy times, many of our customers emphasize that time in their home sauna is "their" time - and while it can get hot and sweaty, it is the perfect way to relax and provide yourself a mental reset. Other customers enjoy having a sauna session with their entire family or group activity with friends.

There is a home sauna use case for any type of customer, and we are confident that owning a home sauna will provide numerous health benefits and provide you with a way to relax and socialize.

Consider a Home Sauna: Bolster at Home Relaxation

Audacia Home - Home Sauna Blog Post Summary

There are several different home sauna options on the market, so we wanted to provide you with an easy-to-read guide that will help you select the home sauna that will be most beneficial to you given your unique preferences with a number of the most important factors to consider.

Before getting into the home sauna recommendations, we want to provide a detailed analysis of what we believe are some of the most important factors to consider when choosing a home sauna, along with some fundamental home sauna concepts to have you on your way! Anything below is NOT medical advice. All facts are taken from health studies.

Home Sauna Consideration #1: Infrared Heating Sauna or Traditional Sauna

The first and most important consideration when choosing a home sauna is deciding what type of sauna to buy. Traditional and infrared saunas provide drastically different sauna experiences, so it is essential to understand and be aware of the differences.

The Four Main Differences: Infrared versus Traditional Saunas

  1. Temperature: Infrared saunas do not get nearly as hot as traditional saunas. Some traditional saunas can get as hot as 200 degrees Fahrenheit, while many infrared saunas do not get above 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Home Infrared Saunas do not get as hot, but they can actually make you sweat morethan traditional saunas because of the infrared waves. This often confuses customers. However, infrared saunas are not supposed to get that hot and only really need to reach about 115-120 degrees to provide maximum benefit.
  2. Mechanics: Traditional saunas heat up the environment around you. Your body begins to sweat because the climate is so hot, thereby cooling your body down. On the other hand, infrared saunas release waves that permeate into your skin and heat you up from the inside out. This is why infrared saunas do not get as hot as traditional saunas, but they actually cause you to sweat significantly more.
  3. Wellness Benefits: there are many potential health benefits of owning a home sauna. Infrared saunas are usually purchased by more wellness-conscious customers because infrared waves can offer additional benefits not present in a traditional sauna, such as metabolism stimulation, and white blood cell production, amongst many other benefits (discussed in depth later!).
  4. The Type of Heat: Infrared saunas always use dry heat. If you've ever been to Las Vegas in the summer, this is the kind of heat that these home saunas use. While there are traditional electric saunas that use dry heat, there are also "steam" saunas that create heat through the use of humidity. If you've been to the midwest on a hot summer day, this is the kind of heat these saunas use.
Infrared Home Saunas Traditional Home Saunas

This latter type, usually known as a "steam" sauna or "Finnish" sauna, is the type where you pour water over rocks to heat the sauna up. Further yet, some traditional sauna owners heat their sauna with a wood-burning stove - which is surprisingly the hottest type of sauna heater.

The one downside of using a wood-burning heater is the inability to control the exact temperature, but the authenticity and experience are nevertheless worth it for many customers. As may now be clear, while traditional and infrared saunas are both technically home saunas, there are many significant differences that you must consider before making a decision.

What Exactly is an Infrared Sauna?

Considering a home sauna that uses infrared heat? Infrared saunas are wood-based; they use a wooden room to heat your body up from the inside out(rather than the outside) by releasing infrared rays that permeate your skin.

Essentially, an infrared sauna operates by heating up your internal body temperature rather than the external environment surrounding you. The result is that the external air does not get extremely hot (it still gets between 120-140 F) but where the actual heat lies is internally within your body. You may sweat twice as much during an infrared session, even though it is not as hot as a traditional sauna!

Home Sauna Purchase Consideration: Is a home infrared sauna right for you?

If owning a home sauna that does not reach scorching temperatures but will nevertheless provide you with a plethora of health-related benefits is appealing, owning a home infrared sauna may be the perfect fit for you! One nice thing about infrared saunas is just how convenient they are. Because they do not get overly hot, usually, you just need a plug without any additional ventilation or plumbing requirements.

Additionally, you can put them pretty much anywhere. As they do not get overly hot, many customers even put them on their carpet (though we would not recommend this if there are other options as the carpet beneath may be damaged). Another nice thing about infrared saunas is that they are relatively easy to maintain. There will be minimal moisture-caused damage within your sauna without any moisture in the air.

We have seen a trend that more and more home sauna customers are now going with infrared saunas. We believe that this is due to various factors, including the additional wellness benefits and their added convenience. We predict that this trend will continue into 2022!

Note: In our opinion, the best home infrared sauna is the Clearlight Sanctuary Sauna.


Clearlight Sanctuary Retreat (ADA Compliant) Four Person Infrared Sauna

Clearlight Sanctuary Retreat (ADA Compliant) Four Person Infrared Sauna

$9,199.00 USD

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What Exactly is a Traditional Sauna?

Rather than heating up your body through infrared waves, a traditional sauna heats up the sauna room, and because of the increased temperature, your body sweats to cool your body down. Usually, traditional steam saunas can heat up to between 170-190 degrees F, while infrared saunas operate in the 120-140 F range.

As alluded to earlier, wood-burning stoves inside a traditional sauna can reach the hottest out of any sauna type, even temperatures above 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

Traditional Home Sauna Essentials

Traditional Saunas: Dry versus Wet Heat

As an aside, traditional saunas themselves will use one of two different types of heat: (i) dry heat and (ii) wet or steam-based heat. Have you ever been outside on a muggy day, and while the temperature gauge says it's 80 degrees, you swear it feels like 125? That is "wet" or "humid" heat.

On the other hand, Dry saunas use a combination of the conductivity of wood and electric heat to heat up the sauna. Have you ever been to the desert in Vegas or Arizona on a hot summer day? This is a dry heat.

Both dry and wet traditional saunas provide their own detoxification benefits, but the heat is significantly different in each type. This is an essential consideration if you go with a traditional sauna. Below, we will briefly discuss the variations and types of traditional home saunas.

Traditional Home Saunas: Different Types & Health Benefits

If you are considering a traditional sauna for your home, you must ask what type of traditional sauna you are interested in. Any discussion of the top home sauna options without discussing variations of traditional saunas would be cut short. Traditional Saunas have many of the same health benefits discussed above.

Significantly, because of the increased environmental temperatures in traditional saunas, some of the benefits of infrared saunas are further exacerbated. Below, we will analyze some of the top health-related benefits that traditional saunas can provide:

Traditional Saunas Can Aid Respiratory Relief

Respiratory relief benefits are increased because of the amplified heat in a traditional sauna (180-200 degrees), instead of 120-140 in an infrared sauna).

For example, for those with sinus congestion, allergies, and cold/flu-like symptoms, a traditional sauna may be advantageous simply because the intense heat in the air will more expediently clear up your airways. While you will get these infrared saunas to a lesser extent, this health-related feature will be maximized in a traditional sauna.

Traditional Home Saunas: Different Types & Health Benefits

Traditional Saunas Can Help Release Toxins

Like infrared saunas, the sweating caused by the extreme heat will help release toxins from your body and provide incredible detoxification benefits. Above, we have discussed the two primary benefits of traditional saunas.

When choosing a traditional sauna, the next most important consideration is deciding upon what type of sauna heater to use to warm your sauna up.

Traditional Home Saunas: Different Types & Health Benefits

The First Type of Traditional Home Sauna: The Dry Sauna

Dry saunas get the hottest out of any sauna - getting up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If you've been in Nevada or Arizona on a 105F degree day - you'll know the exact feeling of dry heat. With dry heat, humidity in the air is often at its lowest, with humidity levels usually below 20%.

Dry saunas take advantage of the heat conductivity present in wood and use electricity to heat up the room while the wood retains the warmth. Most of the health-related benefits afforded by traditional saunas directly result from the significant heat present.

Is a Dry Home Sauna Right for you?

If your favorite part of a home sauna experience is the intense heat and relaxation from the scorching temperatures, then a dry sauna may be ideal. You will be getting numerous fantastic health benefits.

However, it is essential to note that while the temperatures will be hotter, there are a few health benefits that you will be missing out on that infrared waves provide. This will be discussed in further detail

Traditional Home Saunas: A Conclusion

If you have sauna sessions that reach extreme temperatures approaching 200 degrees F, then a traditional home sauna is likely the better fit for you. They are what most people think of when they hear the term "sauna", however, there are certain health-related benefits that are idiosyncratic and unique to infrared saunas.


Home Sauna Health Benefits: Infrared Saunas versus Traditional Saunas

While both infrared and traditional saunas have unique wellness-related benefits, they are considerably different. Above, we discussed the top two benefits of traditional saunas (detoxification and cardiovascular congestion relief); we will now discuss the benefits of infrared saunas.

Home Infrared Sauna Wellness Benefit #1: Detoxification

Infrared Saunas are likely the superior option for detoxification because you sweat significantly more due to the permeation of the infrared waves into your skin. The infrared wavelengths facilitate increased blood flow, making for easy release of harmful toxins. While traditional saunas do help with detox, it is not nearly as effective as infrared saunas.

Home Infrared Sauna Wellness Benefit #2: Metabolism Stimulation

In addition to detoxification, infrared saunas are also linked to weight loss - as the infrared wavelengths increase your basic metabolic rate, which can often burn more than 300 calories per hour during a session.

Since the heat is lower in an infrared sauna, you can have longer sessions - often up to 40-45 minutes. This is significantly easier on your body than traditional steam sauna sessions, which are usually just 15 minutes. A more detailed analysis of the benefits of infrared wavelengths will be discussed next.


Clearlight Sanctuary 3 Three Person Infrared Sauna

Clearlight Sanctuary 3 Three Person Infrared Sauna

$7,099.00 USD

Clearlight Sanctuary 3 | Three Person Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna Why You Need a Clearlight Sanctuary 3 With a contemporary design and groundbreaking innovation, the Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas are unlike any other. They are the only true Full Spectrum infrared… See Product Details

While infrared saunas come on top regarding detoxification and metabolism stimulation, traditional saunas come out on top in some other categories.

Traditional Home Sauna Wellness Benefit #1: Respiration

Traditional Home Saunas that use steam can be more advantageous for respiratory-related relief because of the intense level of heat. While infrared saunas also help with these issues, for allergies, congested sinuses, and cold/flu-like symptoms, the traditional sauna is likely the premier option because of the increased heat.

Traditional Home Sauna Wellness Benefit #2: Skin Cleansing

Because of the intense heat of the air in traditional saunas, there is much more moisture present within it, making for a better skin cleansing experience. Because of the fierce heat of the traditional sauna, as soon as you step out, your internal nervous system begins rapidly working to cool your body down - which has been linked to a terrific night's sleep. This is not to say you will not get all of these benefits with an infrared sauna; you will, just to a lesser extent.

Home Sauna Health Comparison Conclusion: Infrared versus Traditional Saunas

Both sauna types have many fantastic health benefits, but from purely a health consideration standpoint - the infrared sauna, in our opinion, reigns supreme because of the unique benefits that are idiosyncratic to infrared waves.

Infrared Saunas: Health Benefits and What to Buy

As briefly discussed above, infrared saunas reign supreme over traditional saunas in at least two health-related categories (detoxification and metabolism stimulation); however, those are only two benefits of an extremely long list. See below for a discussion of the remainder of the fantastic health-related benefits that infrared saunas provide.

The Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

Infrared Saunas have been growing rapidly in recent years and are quickly becoming the most popular home sauna option. After speaking with numerous infrared sauna customers, usually, the majority of infrared sauna questions relate to the health benefits that they will provide. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the most often cited health benefits include:

  • better sleep
  • relaxation
  • detoxification
  • weight loss
  • relief from sore muscles
  • relief from joint pain such as arthritis
  • clear and tighter skin
  • improved circulation
  • help for people with chronic fatigue syndrome

Some of the most commonly asked about infrared sauna health benefits will now be discussed.

Infrared Home Sauna Benefit #1: Infrared Heat May Aid in Weight Loss

Many customers use infrared saunas as a foundational piece in their overall health and nutrition routine. Unsurprisingly, many customers purchasing an infrared sauna are doing so as an add-on item to their already well-established home gym or spa. An infrared sauna provides a fantastic way to relax and unwind after a workout or cardio session.

Regarding weight loss: many individuals will often have a sweaty sauna session, jump on the scale, and think they have lost 5 pounds. Unfortunately, weight loss is not so simple. Many of the immediate weight loss is simply water weight that was sweated out, which will be added back on when the individual rehydrates.

However, studies have shown a link between infrared saunas and weight loss. These studies have shown that infrared heat permeates your skin and, by implication, raises your basal metabolic rate and can help the body burn anywhere from 200-to 600 calories in a half-hour session. 1 pound of body fat contains 3600 calories, so hypothetically, you wouldburn 1 pound of fat for every six 1/2 hour session.

Now also presume that you have 1 half-hour session a day - that adds up to 5 pounds over a month! Furthermore, simply going inside of an infrared sauna is, in a sense, a workout itself. A study in 2019 compared the heart rates of individuals in a sauna versus those on a bicycle. The study found that an infrared sauna session is like a moderately difficult bike workout - or "passive cardio".

This, of course, has a significant benefit to the cardiovascular system. The best part is that you do not even have to move. Who would have thought you could get a good cardio workout in without moving? Lastly, studies have also shown that infrared sauna use can help release harmful toxins that remain stuck in your tissue, which acts as a plateau in weight loss. Toxins such as PCBs, PBS, and HCBs can trigger an inflammatory response, making weight loss very difficult. When these harmful toxins are finally released, it helps help detoxify the body at a cellular level, increasing weight loss.

Infrared Sauna and Weight Loss | Conclusion

Owning an infrared sauna will not automatically have you looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is also not a substitute for a strength training regimen or a healthy diet. An infrared sauna is insufficient to provide you a well-balanced fitness routine. However, it is an exceptional tool to add to your current practice that has an excellent chance of bolstering your wellness success and making for an all-around, more enjoyable physical care routine.

The Health Benefits of Infrared Saunas

Infrared Home Sauna Benefit #2: They Can Help Treat Sickness

During the recent pandemic - safeguarding yourself against illnesses has never been more critical. Luckily, infrared saunas can work wonders when fighting these sorts of sicknesses. Infrared saunas stimulate energy at the cellular level. This, by implication, increases the body's production of white blood cells - the soldiers of the immune system, which act as the first line of defense when an infection strikes.

A study of athletes found that those who used an infrared sauna regularly had a statistically significant number of white blood cells compared to those who did not. In addition to the incredible benefits of immune system stimulation in guarding against viruses and colds, an infrared sauna can also help you sweat out currentillnesses. Have you ever been congested with a stuffy nose and had a nice and sweaty sauna session? It is likely that a sauna session would greatly help.

Given this, infrared saunas not only strengthen your immune system in guarding against infections but also helps relieve the symptoms and effects of a current infection that you may already have.

In addition to the incredible benefits of immune system stimulation in guarding against viruses and colds, an infrared sauna can also help you sweat out currentillnesses. Have you ever been congested with a stuffy nose and had a nice and sweaty sauna session? It is likely that a sauna session would greatly help. Given this, infrared saunas not only strengthen your immune system in guarding against infections but also helps relieve the symptoms. 

Conclusion: Infrared saunas Treating Sicknesses

Infrared saunas are exceptionally beneficial for guarding against future illnesses and relieving current ones. They stimulate white blood cell production and increase your immunity - but they also help to release harmful toxins by permeating infrared waves deep into your skin which has a tremendously beneficial effect on your overall well-being.

The Infrared Saunas with the Lowest EMF

The EMF level is one of the most often asked about factors when purchasing an infrared home sauna. If you do not know what EMF is - do not worry; many of our infrared sauna customers are asking the same thing. In short, EMF stands for the electromagnetic field. Exposure to high frequencies of EMF is known to damage human DNA and cells.

It is doubtful that you would be exposed to enough EMF to cause damage in daily life, but prolonged exposure over 0.5 Mt can be worrisome. Some older saunas do have levels of EMF that would reach the level of concern, especially for health-conscious infrared customers.

At Audacia Home we carry Clearlight Saunas, which have the lowest EMF in the entire infrared sauna industry. Clearlight saunas were actually designed by a medical doctor (Raleigh Duncan) - so you can be sure that the person creating these products, in particular, had a health-conscious focus.

What is the difference between far and near-infrared heat?

As mentioned earlier, far and infrared heat each have their own unique benefits. Most saunas on the market use only far-infrared heat, while a select few offer infrared heat from the full infrared spectrum (near, medium, far). Below is a chart that outlines some of the benefits that are unique to that particular type of infrared heat:

Near-Infrared Heat  Far Infrared Heat
  • Metabolism Stimulation
  • Mitochondria Regeneration
  • White Blood Cell Production Stimulation
  • Reduction in Body Fat
  • Improved Circulation
  • Reductions in Inflammation
  • Improved Blood Circulation
  • Strengthened Cardiovascular System
  • Detoxification
  • Wound Healing
  • Immunity-Boosting
  • Reductions in Muscle Pain
  • Increased sweating and removal of toxins from the body

What are the Pros and Cons of Infrared Home Saunas? You can probably pick out some of the pros of using an infrared sauna from the discussion above; however, any of the cons must also be discussed to give a complete account.

Pros:The numerous physical health benefits discussed above - include weight loss, a boost to your immune system, and more wellness-related benefits.

Cons: There are, however, some other essential factors to consider that may point towards an infrared sauna not being an excellent option for you. Some of these include the following:

  • Those with Pre-Existing Cardiovascular Conditions: because using an infrared sauna can be a workout, those with cardiovascular-like conditions should speak with a doctor before using one. In addition, those with heart conditions must be especially careful, as extreme heat can often worsen your condition. Because saunas lower blood pressure, they can cause other symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, and nausea if you do not stay adequately hydrated.
  • Infrared Saunas Temperature: Many individuals wonder why their infrared sauna will not get hot enough. This is valid and likely because people are used to traditional saunas getting up to 190 degrees while infrared saunas only get up to around 140 degrees. However, while there are detoxification benefits in such heat - it is very hard on your body, and you are not getting nearly as many health benefits as you are when using an infrared sauna.
    • Also, it is crucial to keep in mind that while you may not "feel" as hot during your infrared sauna session, you will actually be sweating morein an infrared sauna. This will help detoxify you just as much as a traditional sauna.

Is it Safe to Use an Infrared Sauna Every Day?

Infrared saunas are extremely safe, however, there are always caveats to keep in mind. In fact, the more often you use your infrared sauna, the more benefits you will see. There is one crucial caveat to this, however - if you are going to use the sauna every day or even twice per day, you must stay adequately hydrated.

You can become dehydrated and harm your body if you use an infrared sauna too much and don't replace the fluids you lose through sweating. Rather than water, if you have access to a sugar-free electrolyte beverage - this will aid in the rehydration of your body to an even greater degree.

When and How Often to Use an Infrared Sauna?

This is very much a matter of personal preference. As mentioned before, the more often you use your infrared sauna, the more benefits you will get from using it.

The most important thing is that you create a schedule and get in the routine of using your infrared sauna consistently, however often that may be.

For example, it would be better to have 3x 20-minute sessions per week consistently for the next 3 years than to try to do it twice per day and flame out next week! Consistency is always the most crucial factor - so please, pick something that you can commit to, and stick to it!

3-to 4 sessions per week in your infrared sauna is an ideal starting point for most people.

Always listen to your body - and to emphasize, only use this as a starting point. You can test 5-6 days a week and see how you feel; if you feel great, then stick with it! If you cannot adequately hydrate yourself and recover, then perhaps 3-4 is best. Do not internally judge yourself, it is most important to listen to your body and choose what you feel is best!

Where to Find an Infrared Sauna Near Me to Buy?

As the world has become more digital, most premium infrared sauna dealers are moving to exclusively online sales. This does not insinuate that you are expected to make such a large purchase without first trying it out. This is what I would recommend:

Home Sauna: Recommended Buying Process

  1. Let us (or another dealer) know which product you are interested in, and ask where you can try it out;
  2. The dealer most likely has a list of commercial gyms/spas etc. in your area that has the exact brand that you are looking to buy;
  3. You can then go try it out, and usually, the dealer/distributor will give you a rebate on your purchase for whatever amount you paid to test the sauna out.
  4. Then, you can place your order online, and everything will be shipped directly to your address!

In our experience, instead of thinking, "where can I buy an infrared sauna near me?" the correct thought should be: "what is the best-infrared sauna?". Whatever the answer to this second question is, you can most likely have it shipped right to your doorstep after trying it at a local commercial location!

Another important consideration once you have decided upon an infrared or traditional sauna is deciding whether you want an indoor or outdoor sauna, which we will now discuss.

Home Sauna Primary Consideration #2: Should I Choose an Outdoor Sauna or Indoor Sauna?

Once you have decided whether you want your home sauna to be traditional or infrared, the next most important question is whether you want your home sauna to be located indoors or outdoors. Below, we will discuss some of the most important considerations when making this decision.

Home Sauna Consideration #1: Access and Convenience

One important thing to consider is how convenient it will be to access your sauna. To truly enjoy your sauna and potentially see wellness benefits, you must stay consistent in your use of it.

Because of this, it is essential to have your home sauna in a location that will be readily accessible. If you plan to use your sauna early in the morning or late at night, how will you feel about a trek out to the backyard?

Of course, a significant factor in this will also be your climate. A late-night backyard trek is much different for a Minnesota native than for someone in Arizona!

Additionally, if you envision using your sauna for more social-related activities, maybe an outdoor sauna in the backyard where your related social furniture is set up will make sense.

Home Sauna Consideration #2: Aesthetic Considerations

For some customers, the look of their home sauna will be of paramount consideration. If you are spending the money on a beautiful sauna, how will you feel about being in your basement? Instead, would you prefer it in your backyard for your friends and neighbors to see? If it's the latter, then an outdoor sauna may be the best decision.

Home Sauna Consideration #3: Electrical Requirements

Many customers prefer an indoor sauna because the electrical setup is vastly more accessible. Rather than hiring an electrician to run a new power line into your backyard, you can simply set it up with an existing outlet. This considered many customers may also have outlets pre-configured outside that will meet your saunas needs.

Home Sauna Consideration #4: The Home Sauna Experience

Many customers prefer to enjoy their home sauna experience in a natural environment outdoors. Some may find it much more relaxing to have their sauna in a natural setting, rather than inside, precisely because of the feeling they get during the sauna session. There is no right or wrong answer to this consideration, as it is entirely dependent upon the individual.

An Outdoor Sauna: Is it for you?

If you are okay with going outside to access your home sauna, envision using it often with friends and family, or want to experience your sauna session in a natural environment, then an outdoor sauna may be perfect!

Barrel Saunas

So far, we have discussed different types of saunas to traditional versus infrared. However, a specific type of traditional sauna is becoming increasingly popular: the barrel sauna. Barrel saunas are beautiful looking and will look amazing in almost any backyard!

They come in all different types and provide many of the same benefits as the other types of saunas; they just have a much more unique look!


Thermory 6 Person Barrel Sauna | No. 62 & No. 63

Thermory 6 Person Barrel Sauna | No. 62 &  No. 63

$7,995.00 USD

Thermory 6 Person Barrel Sauna Thermory Barrel Sauna: It all starts with stunning Spruce. Our Nordic spruce is harvested exclusively in Scandinavia, a region known for the most responsible forestry in the world. This spruce offers impressive rot resistance and… See Product Details

See Audacia Barrel Saunas


Indoor Sauna: Is it for you?

If you are primarily purchasing your sauna for wellness-related reasons, and envision using it by yourself or with family members in your household, then an indoor sauna may be the best fit for you. An indoor sauna provides the most accessible access, (usually) set up, which traditionally leads to customers using these the most.

And hey! While it may not be as beautiful as a beautiful cedar backyard sauna - you can make an indoor sauna look pretty nice looking as well. Check out the Auroom Baia Below


Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna

Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna

$8,495.00 USD

Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna Welcome to a luxurious new era for small home saunas! With its ergonomic design and special features, the Baia sauna is particularly attractive thanks to its curved seating.  Wavy benches can usually only be found in… See Product Details


Home Sauna Tips

Now that we have discussed many of the most common questions and concerns when purchasing a home sauna, we will discuss each type's top home sauna options. First, please see below for a list of our most important home sauna tips to keep in mind.

Unfortunately, when using your home sauna, you have to consider many more things than simply turning on the sauna and stepping in! Here are some of our most helpful tips below:

The Optimal Home Sauna Session Length

As mentioned earlier, infrared home saunas heat up between 120-140 F while traditional saunas get hotter. We recommend turning your sauna on about 20 minutes before you go in. At the 20-minute mark, the temperature should be in the 120-degree range (this is a ballpark and depends on the particular infrared sauna).

This way, you can go in when it is not yet at its hottest point, and your body can warm up with the infrared sauna throughout your session. The infrared sauna should be at the highest temperature about 20 minutes later (40 minutes total), where you can then stay for an additional 20 minutes or finish up! To start, we recommend doing 20-25 minute sessions.

From this point, you can experiment in 5 minutes longer increments to determine the optimal length for you. We would seldom recommend an infrared sauna session for longer than 45 minutes, as this makes it increasingly difficult to properly rehydrate yourself.

The Best Time to Have a Home Sauna Session

Whenever you want to have a chance to unwind and give yourself a few minutes without feeling stressed. Many customers do it in the early hours of the day before their workday begins, while many other customers prefer to wait until the evening and have a sauna session before they go to bed. A sauna session before bed is known to ease falling asleep if you experience sleeping issues.

When to Eat - Before or After a Home Sauna Session

We recommend having a home sauna session on somewhat of an empty stomach - at the minimum, avoid eating dense or heavy meals in the 1-2 hours immediately prior to your session.

The Importance of Hydration Before Enjoying your Sauna

At a minimum, aim for a glass for every 20 points of body weight (i.e. 200 pounds - 10 glasses, 140 pounds - 7 full drinks). This is a minimum, and we would recommend, if possible, aiming for close to double this!

What to Do During a Home Sauna Session

Many people meditate, others listen to music, while some chat with family members or friends. These are just a few ideas - the correct answer for you will depend on what you are looking to get out of your infrared session.

What to Wear During your Home Sauna

We recommend athletic clothing or a bathing suit. Ideally, you will want to wear something loose-fitting and will allow you to feel comfortable. You can also place a towel beneath you to help absorb your sweat!

Establish a Post Sauna Session Routine

Because it is so important to rehydrate yourself after your home sauna session, we recommend creating a post sauna routine for yourself. It could look something like this: before your infrared session, put a lovely cold jug of water in the fridge. As soon as your session is done, grab it and enjoy it in a nice warm shower to clean yourself off and hydrate simultaneously!

Consider Home Sauna Delivery and Setup Process

This will vary significantly depending upon the brand. We recommend asking these critical questions:

  • How will my sauna arrive? The sauna will usually be brought to your driveway if it is free standard delivery. It is essential to ask whether the sauna will be on a pallet in individual boxes transported by 1-2 people. If not, you must ask how you can move your sauna to the place you would like it to be set up.
  • How to assemble the Sauna: Some saunas are meant to be assembled by the customer in 1-2 hours, often requiring the assistance of one or two other people. However, other brands need more complex installation processes that would be very difficult for your everyday person without many handy skills.
  • (Optional) Availability of upgraded delivery options such as white glove or installation services: some customers may be unable to set up or move their sauna independently. Some companies, like us, offer upgraded delivery services and the complete installation of your sauna product if needed. Please think about this before placing your order!

The Top Home Saunas of 2022: The Rankings


The Top 3 Home Sauna Picks: Infrared Edition


What is the Best Infrared Home Sauna to Buy? Most Important Considerations

See below for an analysis of the most important considerations, along with the top 5 home infrared saunas to purchase for your home in 2022.

Out of the near-endless factors to consider when choosing your home infrared sauna - we have narrowed it down to, in our opinion, the most important 10. We have then rated each on a 1-10 scale, giving a total Sauna score out of 100:

Home Sauna: EMF/ELF Levels

As discussed earlier, Extremely Low Frequency and Magnetic (ELF/EMF) fields occupy the lower of the electromagnetic spectrum and can be harmful if a person is subject to prolonged exposure. Any readings above 5 Mt are considered harmful and expose you to harmful radiation.

Home Sauna: Spectrum of Infrared Heat

There is near, medium, and far-infrared heat - each with its own unique health benefits. It is important to analyze the health benefits of each discussed earlier and to tailor your sauna selection in line with the type of benefits that you are looking to receive.

Home Sauna: Additional Health Benefits

Whether the sauna has other features such as built-in chromotherapy, and if so, the quality of it. Any other medically beneficial add-ons that are not "standard" to every infrared sauna were also considered.

Home Sauna: Tech Add Ons

Add-ons such as controllability through an IoS/Android App, and pre-installed Bluetooth speakers are welcome add-ons to any sauna.

Home Sauna: Look/Design

Let's face it - even if you are purchasing your sauna for health-related reasons, you want it to look nice and not be an eyesore in whatever room it's in.

Home Sauna Warranty

With such an expensive purchase - you want something that is going to be operable for a number of years. Should anything go wrong, you want to be covered.

Home Sauna Ease of setup

It is one thing to purchase a sauna, and it is a whole different matter setting it up. Ideally, you will not only want an exceptional sauna but one that is easy to set up on your own without any headaches.

Home Sauna: Variety of Wood Options

The choice of wood for your sauna will make a difference for the longevity, as well as the sauna experience itself (whether the sauna will have a smell).

Home Sauna: Variety of Sizes

Some customers prefer to use their sauna alone in the morning as a time to relax, while others may want to have the entire family using the sauna at once.

Home Sauna: Price

Not only is what you get important, but also what you pay for it! Everyone wants to get good value for their money. However, it is also important to remember that you very often do get what you pay for. ___________

The Top Infrared Sauna: Clearlight Sauna: The Sanctuary Sauna Line

The reason that we exclusively carry Jacuzzi Infrared Saunas is that we believe that Clearlight Saunas are clearly the leader in the space (Clearlight Saunas are the sauna line of Jacuzzi). The Clearlight Sanctuary Infrared Saunas combine exceptional health benefits with a modern, aesthetically pleasing design to plant themselves at the top of our list. Here is their report card: (if you want more information on Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas - check out our Jacuzzi | Clearlight Infrared Sauna: Definitive Buyer's Guide )


Clearlight Sanctuary 1 One Person Infrared Sauna

Clearlight Sanctuary 1 One Person Infrared Sauna

$6,299.00 USD

Clearlight Sanctuary 1 Person Sauna Why You Need a Clearlight Sanctuary 1 With a contemporary design and groundbreaking innovation, the Clearlight Sanctuary™ Saunas are unlike any other. They are the only true Full Spectrum infrared saunas available offering advanced near, mid, and… See Product Details


Clearlight Home Sauna: Key Features and Scorecard

In our opinion, the top home sauna is also our top infrared sauna. The Clearlight Sanctuary line is top in all respects, and what we would recommend to any of our customers if they have the budget to afford one. This Clearlight Sauna comes in many different sizes from 1 person-4 person, with a 4 person corner unit, a 4 person yoga unit, and a 4 person ADA compliant unit.

Clearlight Home Sauna: Quick Facts
  • Sauna Type: Infrared Sauna
  • Climate: available in indoor or outdoor (only 2 and 5 person)
  • Full Spectrum of Infrared Heat: (near, medium, far).
  • IoS/Android App Compatible
  • Built-in Medical Grade Chromotherapy
  • Available in Cedar or Basswood
  • Available in 1-4 person options - with yoga, corner, and ADA units available.
  • Modern design: completely glass front with 1/2 glass roof.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Numerous amazing add-ons: Red light therapy, Halotherapy, Vibrational Resonance therapy, and more!
  • Easy installation
Clearlight Home Sauna Scorecard

Factor

Score

Comments

EMF/ELF Levels

10/10

Lowest in the industry. Simply, Clearlight cannot be beat in this area.

Spectrum of Infrared Heat

10/10

Full Spectrum (Near, Medium, Far). Again, Clearlight stands at the top.

Other Health Benefits

10/10

All Clearlight Sanctuary units come with pre-installed medical grade chromotherapy. There is 96 different chromotherapy lights that provide exceptional health benefits very similar to infrared heat itself.

Tech Add Ons

10/10

Fully controllable through an IoS/Android App, and fully functional with Bluetooth speakers.

Look/Design

10/10

A fully glass front with 1/2 glass roof makes for an aesthetically pleasing design that will make a statement in any room.

Warranty

10/10

Limited Lifetime Warranty for all residential purposes. You are covered should anything go wrong!

# of Wood Options

5/10

Unfortunately, only 2 types of wood are available (Cedar and Basswood). Often times, customers ask about other options - this is an area for potential improvement.

Ease of setup

10/10

Clearlight makes it as easy as possible to set up their infrared saunas. Usually, it will take 2-3 people between 1-3 hours - depending on the handiness of the individuals, and the model of the sauna.

# of Sizes

10/10

Available in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Indoor models, 2 and 5 Person outdoor models, and even an ADA compliant wheelchair accessible option!

Price

4/10

All the great features listed above come with a cost. Clearlight saunas are pricey, but you definitely get what you pay for!

TOTAL

88/100

Clearlight Sanctuary: The Outdoor Sauna Collection

Interestingly, the Clearlight Sanctuary Line also has an outdoor infrared sauna collection . There are two options, the Clearlight Sanctuary 2 Outdoor, and the Clearlight Sanctuary 5 Outdoor.


Clearlight Sanctuary Outdoor 5 Five Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna

Clearlight Sanctuary Outdoor 5 Five Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna

$9,099.00 USD

Clearlight Sanctuary™ Outdoor 5 With a contemporary design and groundbreaking innovation, the Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas are unlike any other. They are the only true Full Spectrum infrared saunas available offering advanced near, mid and far-infrared technologies. Our robust TrueWave™ Full… See Product Details


What are customers about Clearlight Saunas?

"I bought the 4 person sanctuary full spectrum infrared light sauna in February and have since been using it almost daily for a full hour. As an entrepreneur, coach and young father running two start-ups this is the time where I relax and sweat, detox, read, breathe, meditate, do slow movement or listen to a podcast. The effects have been wonderful: improved skin and cardiovascular health, more relaxed, helped in winter time to stay on top of my endurance and athletic recovery. It was also fun to use it with my friends! Fantastic! The experience is truly superb and that's the main reason I give it five stars ⭐️"


The Runner Up Infrared Sauna: Clearlight Saunas: The Premier Collection

Is the Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas a bit out of your budget? Clearlight has you covered! The Clearlight Premier sauna line is the second-tier and most cost-effective option offered by Clearlight. They are significantly cheaper, but there are some of the premium features of the Clearlight Sanctuary saunas that remain missing. To briefly summarize the differences:

4 Differences: Sanctuary versus Premier Infrared Saunas

  1. Less Glass: rather than an entire glass front with a 1/2 glass roof, the Clearlight Premier saunas have a more wooden exterior, with a completely wooden roof.
  2. IoS/Android App Compatibility: The Premier saunas are not controllable through a phone.
  3. No Medical Grade Chromotherapy: the Premier saunas have only standard chromotherapy, rather than medical grade. However, if you are set on having medical grade but want to go with the most cost-effective Premier option, you can purchase Medical Grade Chromotherapy as an add-on !
  4. No near-infrared heat: The premier saunas have only far-infrared heat. However, like chromotherapy, if you are set on having the full spectrum of infrared heat (near, medium, and far), then you can also add this as an add-on to the premier unit!

While they are an excellent Clearlight sauna made by a top brand, they are missing some of the features that differentiate the Sanctuary line.


Clearlight Premier IS-1 One Person Infrared Sauna

Clearlight Premier IS-1 One Person Infrared Sauna

$5,199.00 USD

Clearlight Premier™ IS-1 | FAR Infrared Single Person Sauna The benefits of owning a Clearlight Premier IS-1 What differentiates Clearlight PremierTM saunas from all others? Craftsmanship and our True WaveTM heater technology! All of our Clearlight PremierTM far infrared saunas are made with… See Product Details


Home Sauna Features: Clearlight Premier Saunas
  • Sauna Type: Infrared Sauna
  • Climate: indoor only
  • Far Spectrum of Infrared Heat
  • Standard Chromotherapy
  • Available in Cedar or Basswood
  • Available in 1-5 person options.
  • Lifetime warranty.
  • Numerous amazing add ons: Medical Grade Chromotherapy, Full Spectrum Heater, Red light therapy, Halotherapy, Vibrational Resonance therapy, and more
  • Easy installation
Clearlight Home Sauna Scorecard

Factor

Score

Comments

EMF/ELF Levels
10/10
Clearlight saunas have the lowest EMF/ELF in the industry.
Spectrum of Infrared Heat 7/10 The Premier saunas have only far infrared heat, rather than full spectrum. However, you can add a full spectrum heater onto the products for $500.
Other Health Benefits 7/10 A solid standard chromotherapy system. It is not as good as the medical grade with the Sanctuary units, but it is still pre-installed.
Tech Add Ons 8/10 Bluetooth speakers, but not controllable through an phone app control system.
Look/Design 9/10 With less glass, it is not as modern looking and sleek as its Sanctuary counterpart, but still has a nice design.
Warranty 10/10 Lifetime warranty.
# of Wood Options 5/10 Available in two different types of wood: Cedar, Basswood.
Ease of Setup 10/10
Clearlight makes it as easy as possible to set up their infrared saunas. Usually, it will take 2-3 people between 1-3 hours - depending on the handiness of the individuals, and the model of the sauna.
# of Sizes 8/10 Available in 1, 2, 3, 3 corner, or 5 person options
Price 8/10 While less costly than the Clearlight Sanctuary line, the Premier saunas are still priced at a premium.
TOTAL

82/100

 

The Clearlight Premier Saunas are a favorite amongst first-time sauna purchasers. While there are a few features missing in comparison with the Sanctuary sauna line, they are nevertheless exceptional options and more than adequate for most first-time buyer's not buying for a specific health condition. They are of amazing quality, and are backed by a lifetime warranty!


Third Place: Sunlighten mPulse Line

Clearlight's closest competitor in the infrared space, and another excellent infrared sauna option, is the Sunlighten mPulse line. They are also beautiful saunas, with a number of amazing benefits.

Sunlighten Home Sauna Scorecard

Factor

Score

Comments

EMF/ELF Levels
7/10
While still relatively low and safe, they are not nearly as low as Clearlight.
Spectrum of Infrared Heat 10/10 Full spectrum - near, medium, and far infrared heat.
Other Health Benefits 8/10 A very good chromotherapy system. It is not as good as the medical grade with Clearlight, but still very good nevertheless.
Tech Add Ons 7/10 Bluetooth speakers, but not ap
Look/Design 10/10 Stunning design with 2 glass walls.
Warranty 7/10 Limited lifetime warranty of 7 yearas.
# of Wood Options 10/10 Available in three different types of wood: Cedar, Basswood, and Eucalyptus
Ease of Setup 8/10 Not quite as easy as a Clearlight, but still relatively simple to do with a couple of people.
# of Sizes 8/10 Available in 1, 2, 3, or 4 person options.
Price 6/10 Slightly less costly than the Clearlight options, and still an all around terrific product.
TOTAL 81/100

    Top Home Saunas: Infrared Edition - Concluding Thoughts

    Every infrared sauna that has made this list is an exceptional option, and one in which any buyer should consider. Many of the scores on the report card are based on the availability of woods and sizes, in addition to the inclusion of add-ons such as phone app functionality and chromotherapy. Many of these factors may not be important to some buyers - so it is important to not simply look at the score and draw a conclusion. When considering an infrared sauna, it is important to ask yourself some of the following:

    Infrared Sauna Purchasing Decision Questions to Ask Yourself:

    • Technology: How important is it that I can control my app through my phone, or can play music through a Bluetooth speaker?
    • Size: How many people do I envision using my sauna?
    • Additional Health Benefits: How important are things like the lowest EMF possible and chromotherapy to me? What about the ability to add a red light unit to my sauna?
    • Look and design: What is my preference in terms of sauna appearance? How important is this to me?
    • Set up: Are you a handy person? Do you know handle people? Keeping this in mind will help you determine how important set-up ease should be - and may save you significant headaches on delivery day.
    • Wood type: What type of wood do I want? and why?
    • Budget: What is my purchasing budget like? If I had to give up cost to get a cheaper product, what options discussed in the report card are non-negotiable that I would want to nevertheless prioritize?

    Please analyze each factor and assign your own importance to each based on your unique interests and situation. By analyzing the report card this way, you can come up with your own ranking system that is based on your needs, preferences, and desires - the summary above is very general in nature and is not meant to say one infrared sauna is better than the other. Rather, it is a holistic report card based upon numerous different considerations - many of which may not be important to some buyers.

    What Would I, the Author, Buy?

    I hope that this post has provided some insight into a number of the most important things to consider when purchasing an infrared sauna for your home, and I also hope that it has given you some options to consider in your search.

    For me, personally - without considering cost, my choice would be the Clearlight Sanctuary Y. It has an assortment of benefits, and is large enough to even do a workout in with a stationary bike or yoga mat!


    Clearlight Sanctuary Y Four Person Yoga Infrared Sauna

    Clearlight Sanctuary Y Four Person Yoga Infrared Sauna

    $8,199.00 USD

    Clearlight Sanctuary Y | Four Person Full Spectrum Yoga Sauna The Benefits of Owning a Clearlight Sanctuary Y  With a contemporary design and groundbreaking innovation, the Clearlight Sanctuary Saunas are unlike any other. They are the only true Full Spectrum… See Product Details


    The Top 5 Home Saunas: The Traditional Sauna Edition


    1. The Auroom Collection
    2. The Thermory Barrel Sauna Collection
    3. The Enlighten Sunrise Collection
    4. The Enlighten Diamond Collection
    5. The Sunray Tiburon

    The Top Traditional Sauna: The Auroom Collection

    The Auroom Collection is without question the premium traditional sauna on the market in all respects. From its design, features, aesthetic, and ease of setup, it deserves its number one spot on the list. Made in Estonia and imported into the US, these amazing products are still relatively new to the US Market.


    Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna

    Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna

    $8,495.00 USD

    Auroom Baia Traditional Sauna Welcome to a luxurious new era for small home saunas! With its ergonomic design and special features, the Baia sauna is particularly attractive thanks to its curved seating.  Wavy benches can usually only be found in… See Product Details


    Auroom Sauna Quick Facts
    • Incredible Design: In our opinion, the top designed sauna on the market.
    • Heater Options: Auroom saunas do not come pre-fabricated with a heater, which allows you to add on any of your choices. We would recommend the HUUM Drop or the HUUM Cliff (shown above).
    • Aspen Wood (Thermo Treated): For a virtually indestructible sauna.

    HUUM DROP Series Electric Sauna Heater

    HUUM DROP Series Electric Sauna Heater

    $836.00 USD

    HUUM DROP Series Electric Sauna Heater DROP heater is inspired by the purest element in nature – a water drop. Its round design softens and livens up the angular interior of a classic sauna, giving it a touch of elegance.… See Product Details


    HUUM Drop Heater - Perfect for an Auroom Sauna

    The HUUM Drop Heater is our choice for the top electric sauna heater in an Auroom Sauna. They fit perfectly with the aesthetic, look very unique, and get extremely hot to make for an exceptional sauna experience.

    The Top Barrel, and Runner Up Traditional Sauna: The Thermory Collection

    Barrel Saunas are a unique type of traditional sauna as they are exclusively outdoor. The number one traditional sauna on our list (Auroom), is exclusively indoor, so it only makes sense that we follow it up with an amazing outdoor option. In a segment of the market that is flooded with sub-par offerings, Thermory Barrel Saunas reign supreme. If you are considering a barrel sauna, look no further.


    Thermory 4 Person Barrel Sauna | No. 60 & No. 61

    Thermory 4 Person Barrel Sauna | No. 60 & No. 61

    $8,395.00 USD

    Thermory 4 Person Barrel Sauna With Porch  The Thermory Barrel Saunas: It all starts with stunning Spruce. Our Nordic spruce is harvested exclusively in Scandinavia, a region known for the most responsible forestry in the world. This spruce offers impressive rot… See Product Details


    Thermory Barrel Saunas: Quick Facts
    • Thermo Modified Wood: for a virtually indestructible sauna. Your sauna will be able to withstand the weather no matter what climate you are in. Further, Thermory saunas will soon contain a limited lifetime warranty, and it is easy to see why with thermo-treated wood!
    • Large Doorways and Space Thermory saunas have 6 ft' doorways and come in some of the largest sizes for six or four-person backyard barrel saunas.
    • Panoramic Window: If you live anywhere with a scenic view from your backyard, the back window is essential.
    • Availability to use Different Heaters: Some prefer the authentic experience that a wood-burning heater can provide. If you use a wood heater in your barrel sauna, you will not need any outdoor electrical circuit!

    HUUM Hive Wood Sauna Stove

    HUUM Hive Wood Sauna Stove

    $1,756.00 USD

    HUUM Hive Wood Sauna Stove   HIVE Wood has taken the ancient wisdom of building sauna heaters to a new level. The most sensitive component of the wood-fired heater, the flame tamer, is made of 5 mm thick stainless steel and… See Product Details


    HUUM Hive Wood Burning Stove - Our Top Choice for Wood Burning Heater

    If you are considering a barrel sauna, we would recommend looking no further than Thermory.

    Third Place: Enlighten Sunrise Sauna

    The Enlighten Sunrise Sauna is number three on the top traditional sauna list. The Enlighten Sunrise is a dry heat-based traditional sauna that has options for 2-5 people, any of which can be used indoors or outdoors. The Sunrise saunas are made of red cedar, which makes them a very aesthetically pleasing option. The sauna also uses the top electrical sauna heaters on the market made by Harvia.

    Enlighten Sunrise Collection

    Key Features: Enlighten Sunrise Saunas

    • Sauna Type: Traditional
    • Heat type: Dry
    • Sizes: 2-5 person
    • Indoor or Outdoor: Both - 2-5 person for all.
    • Chromotherapy
    • Aesthetically pleasing design with red cedar and lots of glass
    • 3-year warranty. 5, 7, 10, life options available as add-ons.

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    Key Features: Sunray Tiburon Sauna

    • Hemlock wood
    • Size: 4 person
    • Sauna Type: Traditional
    • Heat: steam
    • 7-year Structural Warranty

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    Fourth Place: Enlighten Diamond Sauna

    Really cannot make up your mind between an infrared and traditional sauna? That's okay! The Enlighten Diamond is a hybrid sauna - meaning that, it has both infrared and traditional heaters allowing you to get the best of both worlds. Its appearance is very much the same as the Sunrise, however, it is much more expensive because of the dual heaters.

    Enlighten Diamond Sauna

    Audacia Home can only list Clearlight Infrared Saunas on our website which does not allow us to include product pages for the Diamond saunas since they have infrared heaters. However, if you would like more information, contact the chat feature in the bottom right-hand corner, or email info@audaciahome.com

    Key Features: EnlightenDiamond Sauna

    • Sauna Type: Traditional & Infrared
    • Heat type: Dry
    • Sizes: 2-5 person
    • Indoor or Outdoor: Both - 2-5 person for all.
    • Chromotherapy
    • Aesthetically pleasing design with red cedar and lots of glass
    • 3-year warranty. 5, 7, 10, life options available as add-ons.

    Sunray Tiburon Sauna

    The Sunray Tiburon Sauna is the first steam/Finnish sauna on the list. The Sunray Tiburon uses both electric heaters and steam to heat up. The Tiburon is built out of strong hemlock wood, comes with an ergonomic backrest, and is an excellent all-around choice!

    Sunray Tiburon Sauna

    Home Sauna: Traditional Edition - Concluding Thoughts

    In our opinion, these are the top 5 home saunas that use traditional-based heaters. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call!

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    Choosing a Home Sauna: Concluding Thoughts

    Choosing a home sauna is a difficult decision for anybody. There is so much to research, and so many different things to consider. In this blog post, we have done our best to highlight the most important factors to consider and provided what is in our opinion the top 5 home infrared saunas and the top 5 traditional saunas of this year.

    To summarize the most important considerations when buying a personal sauna:

    • Home Sauna Type: Traditional or infrared
    • Home Sauna location: indoor or outdoor
    • Purchasing reasons: social or wellness related
    • Size: Number of people
    • Cost: your available budget
    • Setup: ease of putting everything together
    • Warranty: availability of coverage
    • Electrical requirements: are your requirements compatible?

    If you are still on the fence and not sure what to purchase, reach out to us, we recommend connecting with one of our home sauna experts who would be delighted to help you find the perfect home sauna for you. You can reach out to us at:

    • Phone: 725-888-8644. or;
    • Email: info@audaciahome.com

    We would be more than happy to help you find the perfect home sauna for your needs.

    By: Brook Hiddink

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