The benefits of using a sauna are numerous, including boosting your immune system and protecting your heart. Plus, your body will work much better after getting rid of all toxins piling up in it.
The sauna is a remedy well-known to humankind since the ancient times of the Roman Empire and the Ottoman Empire, as well. For centuries, the almighty sauna is a part of Scandinavian culture, and now, it is available to you.
Different Types of Saunas
It is not hard picking the model to your preferences, but you should also consider some other issues. First of all, you should determine the desirable features of your new sauna. Also, unless you can make the one by yourself, you need to calculate how much money you need for the particular one you want to purchase.
Nowadays, there is a variety of saunas in the market, but I will focus here on saunas that you can implement at your home. The most common and practical saunas for the households and beauty salons are the traditional and the infrared sauna.
There are two types of traditional saunas:
- Traditional rock sauna
- Traditional steam sauna
The infrared sauna can be:
- Far-infrared sauna
- Near-infrared sauna
Since the size of your future sauna matters, you may choose the portable sauna for one person. It comes in two essential types:
- Near-infrared portable sauna
- Steam portable sauna
On the other hand, you can choose to purchase a bigger sauna for two to six people. It’s up to you.
Traditional Steam/Rock Sauna
These types of sauna provide the possibility of relaxing and detoxifying in steam. The temperature inside is not too high. It implies a pleasant 110 to 120 F (40 – 48 C), while the level of humidity is approximately 70 to 100%.
The essential part of this particular model is a steam generator producing wet steam. Let’s calculate all the costs for the purchase of this sauna.
1. Initial costs
If you are skillful, you can get this sauna for $1800. That means you can buy Steam traditional kits for saunas and save money by installing the DIY, indoor type of sauna. The kit includes all parts for the sauna, including woodwork, hardware, door, flooring, and heater.
There is also the pre-assembled kit for the indoor sauna that you can purchase by the lowest price of $4200. It is a practical solution for you if you are not skilled enough, or you don’t have time to put up the sauna by yourself.
If you have a garden and prefer having an outdoor steam/rock sauna, the price for the pre-assembled sauna kit is approximately $5600. However, you can choose a cheaper version of the DIY kit for just $2600 if you want to invest your skills and knowledge of woodcraft for ultimate pleasure.
No matter which type of sauna you choose, it is a wise idea to call an expert to install it at your home. The installation will cost from $700 to 1500. In some cases, you should count on additional hardware, such as a dedicated circuit, which may require an extra $1500.
3. Replacement parts
You should also count on some extra costs for general repairs and replacements for your steam sauna in the next ten years. All in all, it can cost you about $1500 for the heater, stones, and other necessary parts you need to replace.
Traditional rock/steam sauna uses from 3000 W to 9000 W if you use it regularly. That will cost you about $25 to 60 per month. Comparing to other types of saunas, it uses more energy and costs more money.
The warranty for the traditional steam/rock sauna depends on manufacturers and brands, but it is five to six years on average.
Nowadays, far-infrared sauna has become popular all around the globe. The reason is the new technology connected to infrared heaters, which makes this type of saunas long-lasting. Plus, they heat the body without heating the space.
Therefore, there will be no steam or fog like in the traditional sauna. Far-infrared sauna comes in two different styles, and you can buy the indoor or outdoor model depending on your needs.
1. Initial costs
The cost of this type of sauna will depend on its brand and materials. Basically, you can expect to pay about $1500 to 5000 for the sauna for two to six people. It is a bit higher price comparing to the traditional sauna, but it is worth every cent.
2. Installation and replacement
The costs of the installation will vary from $0 to 700. If you are not highly skillful, you should find a specialist to install it.
If the sauna is for three or more people, you will need a 120 V/20 amp dedicated circuit, which will require an extra $500. The excellent news is that this sauna won’t need any replacement in the next ten years.
The far-infrared sauna will use 1450 to 4225 W, on a monthly level. Overall costs will be approximately $11 to 27, which makes it cheaper in the long run than the traditional sauna.
Most manufacturers give a lifetime guarantee for this type of sauna.
Steam portable sauna
You can use this sauna anywhere in your home. There is no need to install it, which will save you a lot of money. The initial price is from $200 to 800.
The replacement parts for this particular model are approximately $1500. That means that buying the new sauna is a better option than repairing the old one if it stops working correctly.
Usually, the manufacturers offer a year warranty for it. The Steam portable sauna doesn’t use much electricity (about 1050 W), which will cost you approximately $10 per month.
Near-infrared portable sauna
Unfortunately, this type of sauna is not cheap at all, but it is convenient and durable. Initially, it will cost from $1100 to 5000, plus about $1100 for replacement parts.
The amount of electricity it uses is 1050 W or $10 per month. The warranty is up to three years, depending on the manufacturer.
Which sauna is the best option for you will depend on your preferences. I have tried to help you to gain the idea of the best models available on the market and their average costs. However, remember that ‘One cannot put a price to health’ and make the right choice for you and your family.