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Every fitness lover needs to optimize their recovery so that they can do more of what they love: fitness. One of the best muscle recovery tools to help optimize performance is the sauna. With health benefits ranging from improved muscle recovery and cardiovascular performance to brain health and reduced inflammation, there are a lot of reasons to sauna.

For those looking to invest in a home sauna, our team of certified personal trainers, athletes, and coaches have done our due diligence and research to provide you our picks for the best home saunas. We’ve personally consulted with consumers who own and use these products. Furthermore, we talked to Thomas Barbeau, CSCS, SCCC, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Carolina Panthers, about real sauna benefits for elite athletes. Our expert product testers look at the following factors when researching and testing home saunas:

  • Construction: We make sure the saunas are made from high-quality wood, such as hemlock, cedar, or aspen. We also ensure there are no holes (aside from the purposeful ones used for ventilation).
  • Performance: We time how long it takes each home sauna to get up to temperature and whether it stays there until adjusted.
  • Features: Saunas should have an adjustable thermostat to determine and set the temperature.
  • Delivery and setup: Where does the company drop the sauna? Are the assembly instructions clear and easy to follow?

From traditional saunas to infrared and portable saunas, we’ll provide you with a variety of options to help you find the sauna that best suits your needs, based on cost, construction, performance, and assembly.

10 Best Home Saunas for 2024 

Best Overall Home Sauna: Sun Home Luminar Outdoor 2-Person Infrared Sauna

Good for: Those wanting a durable outdoor infrared sauna

Best Overall Sauna

Sun Home Luminar Outdoor 2-Person Infrared Sauna

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Outdoor full-spectrum infrared sauna
  • Only need a screwdriver and included Allen wrench for assembly
  • Grade-A carbonized wood exterior to prevent warping and cracking
  • Cedar interior
  • Panoramic glass windows for view of outside
  • Requires 240V outlet

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • Minimal tools for assembly
  • Outdoor infrared sauna
  • Full-spectrum infrared
  • Grade-A carbonized wood

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Requires 240V outlet

Bottom Line

The Sun Home Luminar Outdoor Infrared Sauna has a sleek aesthetic to its design, while also being functional. One of the only infrared saunas that are able to be set up outdoors, this sauna has an exterior built from Grade-A carbonized wood to prevent warping, cracking, and shrinkage of the exterior. This sauna is a full-spectrum infrared sauna, providing near, mid, and far infrared heat in the sauna.

The Sun Home Luminar Outdoor Sauna is built to last year-round, through different seasons and different weather conditions, making it our pick for the best overall home sauna. This infrared sauna has a sleek but functional design for the outdoors and has grade-A carbonized wood on the exterior, preventing the wood from warping, shrinking, or cracking.

“Overall I enjoyed this sauna a lot,” says Linday Scheele, lead product reviewer for Garage Gym Reviews Everything. “I would for sure take this home with me.”

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This is a full spectrum infrared sauna, providing near, mid, and far infrared heat at the same time from carefully-placed heating panels. Along with this, the Luminar boasts mobile-app control capabilities, Bluetooth premium surround sound, and LED lighting.

“You can feel it heating up in seconds,” Lindsay says, which was more than enough for it to earn a 5 out of 5 for its performance.

As is the case with many outdoor saunas, the Sun Home Luminar will require 240 volts for power. Also, this is pricey, costing over $7,000 for the 2-person home sauna. Still, assembly is minimal, as the website says you’ll only need the included Allen wrench to attach glass to the frame, and a screwdriver (not included) to attach the door handle, making it a solid choice for an outdoor sauna, with minimal hassle.

The charred, carbonized wood exterior and cedar interior gives the sauna a sharp look, along with the large dura-glass exterior, which provides a nice panoramic view of the outside while in use.

Read our in-depth Sun Home Sauna review.

Type of saunaInfrared
Exterior dimensions57” W x 51.5” D x 82.7” H
Weight1,870 lbs
Number of people2
FeaturesFree shipping, mobile-app enabled control system, Bluetooth surround system and speakers, chromotherapy LED lighting
Warranty6-year limited

Best Outdoor Sauna for Home: Redwood Outdoors Thermowood Cabin Outdoor Sauna

Good for: People looking for a traditional sauna experience with a solid, durable design

Best Outdoor

Redwood Outdoors Sauna

GGR Score: 3.8 starstarstarstarstar
Community Score: 5 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Outdoor sauna kit
  • Designed to stand up to the elements
  • Traditional Scandinavian design 
  • Constructed from ultra-dry Thermowood timber
  • Comes with a Harvia heater
  • Includes bucket and ladle, backrest, sauna rocks, light fixture

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Ability to relax and recharge from your backyard
  • Interlocking lumber for streamlined assembly
  • Powerful electric heater
  • 2-level seating

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Short 1-year limited warranty
  • Requires 240V for electric heater
  • Some drilling required for assembly

Bottom Line

Redwood Outdoors is a brand that offers a dozen different outdoor saunas. The Thermowood Cabin is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a four-person sauna that will offer a straightforward assembly with interlocking ultra-dry timber. The sauna features 2-level seating, which is the traditional Scandinavian design so you can choose between low- and high-heat options. The Thermowood Cabin comes standard with a Harvia electric heater, bucket and ladle, backrest, sauna rocks, and an internal light fixture.

If you’re looking for a traditional sauna designed to withstand the outdoors and extremes in weather, look no further then the Redwood Outdoors Thermowood Cabin Outdoor Sauna. We like its relatively compact design for a four-person sauna and its durability for the outdoors. It’s easy enough to hop in after some outdoor training.

The sauna is made of Thermowood, created by heat treating Scandinavian softwood to temperatures between 180 and 230 degrees in kilns for days at a time. This helps reduce the risk of wood swelling, cracking, or warping over time. Thermowood is also resistant to rot and fungi, and can provide increased longevity and insulation to your sauna.

Woman pouring water over sauna rocks in the Redwood Outdoors Sauna

Our lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele of Garage Gym Reviews Everything was impressed with how well the sauna performed, getting up to 190 degrees within 35 minutes. “It kept the temperature at the level and humidity that we wanted without issue,” Lindsay says, rating the performance of this home sauna a 5 out of 5.

If you want to adjust the temperature, there are two knobs for manual control, or you can control it through WiFi, either through the wall pad or your smartphone or tablet. You can also move from the lower to upper bench, where hot air rises, and vice versa.

The assembly is where the team ran into some issues. While the sauna is designed with interlocking pieces for easy assembly, the instructions were for an older model and not helpful. “This ultimately resulted in us having to troubleshoot,” Lindsay recalls, “as we were going with somewhere around 300 different pieces to work with.”

The screws provided were on the cheaper side as well, so our team had to purchase higher quality screws to ensure the base was secure and solid. Make sure this is built on very level ground, or else pieces may not fit properly, including the sauna door.

Additionally, the electric heater will require 220 volts, which is a less common voltage; we had to get ours installed by an electrician. However, if you can afford the nearly $6,000 price tag plus any electrical installation, you’ll have a sauna designed to last years to come outdoors.

Learn more in our full Redwood Outdoors Sauna review.

Type of saunaDry or steam
Exterior dimensions78.75” L x 59” W x 96.75” H
Weight800 lbs
Number of people4
FeaturesManual or WiFi heater control, Harvia sauna heater, light fixture
Warranty1-year limited

Best Affordable Home Sauna: Sweat Tent Outdoor Sauna

Good for: People needing an affordable sauna that can also travel.

Best Affordable Sauna

Sweat Tent Outdoor Sauna

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Outdoor sauna that can travel
  • Made with weatherproof insulated Oxford 210D fabric
  • Heated by wood-fired,stainless steel stove
  • Can reach 200 degrees in any weather

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Affordable price
  • Portable enough to travel with
  • Carry bag
  • Weatherproof insulated fabric

Cons

  • 80 lbs of material makes it less portable than other options
  • Not for indoor use

Bottom Line

The Sweat Tent Outdoor Sauna is a durable, heavy-duty tent that is both an affordable and portable option for outdoor saunas. With the ability to collapse into a carry bag, and weighing around 80 pounds total, it is easy to load into a car for traveling. With a weatherproof insulated exterior, the Sweat Tent can reach 200 degrees in any weather with its wood-fired stove.

If you didn’t know already, you’re probably noticing from our list of the best home saunas: they can get expensive. With many saunas costing more than a few thousand dollars, it’s hard to commit to such an expensive cost. Fortunately, there are more affordable options available. Our pick for the most affordable home sauna is the Seat Tent Outdoor Sauna.

“I am literally not giving it back to Garage Gym Reviews unless they force me to,” says Lindsay Scheele of Garage Gym Reviews Everything. “I love the overall aesthetic of the product, it felt very cool tucked away in the woods, and it worked well and was really hot in the tent once we got the fire going.”

Lindsay says the assembly was simple: You take the tent out of the bag and use the straps to pull the tent apart and it pops into place,” she says. “Then once the tent is set up you just need to assemble the stove, which again is really easy to do. “One person could do this, but I think having two people is the best option.”

Constructed with a lightweight, weatherproof insulated Oxford 210D fabric, this sauna tent is built for the outdoors. Unlike most modern saunas, the Sweat Tent is heated through a wood-fired stove which pumps out smoke through a chimney projecting from the tent. Along with the stainless steel stove, the sauna also comes with 20 pounds of sauna rocks.

Lindsay was skeptical of the Sweat Tent at first because of the lightweight materials used, but she quickly learned this is a 5-out-of-5 portable sauna. “Took about 30 minutes to heat up to where we were all sweaty,” she says. “The stove didn’t feel hot to the touch and the sauna rocks heated up in about 30 minutes and we were able to create a lot of humidity by pouting water onto the sauna rocks.”

The tent can be brought just about anywhere, but keep in mind you’ll have to carry the 50-pound stove and a couple of sauna rocks to your destination.

With that said, the Sweat Tent Outdoor Sauna is a much more affordable investment, at a cost of only $1,399. Additionally, it claims to reach 200 degrees Fahrenheit in any weather, making it a very efficient sauna.

Learn more in our Sweat Tent Outdoor Sauna review.

Type of saunaPortable, dry or steam
Exterior dimensions72” L x 72” W x 84” H
Weight30 lbs (tent), 50 lbs (stove)
Number of people3
FeaturesWooden thermometer, wood-fired stainless steel stove, sauna rock basket
Warranty1-year limited lifetime

Best 2-Person Sauna for Home: Sunlighten Amplify II Infrared Sauna

Good for: Homeowners wanting a full-spectrum infrared sauna for recovery and relaxation

Best 2-Person Sauna

Sunlighten Amplify II Infrared Sauna

GGR Score: 4.2 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Infrared sauna
  • Durable eucalyptus or aesthetic hypoallergenic exterior
  • Plugs into standard 120V outlets
  • Built-in sound system

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Two wood choices
  • Built-in stereo
  • Uses 120V outlets
  • Full spectrum, infrared heating

Cons

  • Must call to get pricing

Bottom Line

The Sunlighten Amplify II is a full-spectrum infrared sauna with a built-in sound system and color therapy features

Our favorite two-person sauna goes to the Sunlighten Amplify II Infrared Sauna. This full-spectrum infrared sauna also comes as a single-person or three-person sauna, with a similar structure and features. Although we have not tested out the Sunlighten sauna yet, we like several of its features.

For one, this indoor sauna is customizable in the type of wood used: eucalyptus or basswood. Each has its pros and cons, but eucalyptus is heavier and more durable, while basswood is hypoallergenic.

Additionally, this indoor sauna is compatible with 120-volt outlets, meaning you won’t have to get any electrical work done for your sauna to run properly. The sauna uses full-spectrum infrared heat across two heaters and far-infrared heat in four heaters, used to help heat the body from within and safely raise your heart rate. Extra features include chromotherapy lighting, a built-in sound system, and an LED control panel to adjust temperature and timers.

Due to the customization and choice of wood for the sauna, you’ll have to request a quote from Sunlighten for the exact price of the unit. Suffice it to say though that it’ll be one of the pricier options for a two-person sauna. Still, with the added features and convenience of a 120-volt plug, it could be worth the cost.

Type of saunaInfrared
Exterior dimensions45.4″” W x 39.9″” D x 70.3″ H
WeightBasswood: 456 Lbs.
Eucalyptus: 541 Lbs.
Number of people2
FeaturesChromotherapy lighting, built-in sound system, control panel
WarrantyLimited lifetime

Best Infrared Sauna for Home: Sun Home Equinox 2-Person Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna

Good for: Those wanting an infrared home sauna with safe and low EMF

Best Traditional Sauna

Sun Home Saunas Equinox 2-Person Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna

GGR Score: 4.3 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Full-spectrum infrared sauna
  • 500W infrared heaters
  • Kiln dried eucalyptus wood
  • Requires 120v outlet
  • Includes medical-grade chromotherapy LED lights
  • Includes Bluetooth surround sound

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • No power tools required for assembly
  • Full-spectrum infrared
  • Kiln dried eucalyptus wood
  • Only requires 120v outlet
  • Limited lifetime warranty (7 years) on cabinetry and heaters

Cons

  • Expensive
  • 2-person capacity might be a tight fit
  • Heavy

Bottom Line

The Sun Home Equinox Sauna is a full-spectrum infrared sauna, providing near, mid, and far infrared rays during a sauna session. With a controlled temperature adjustment, the sauna also features medical-grade chromotherapy LED lights and Bluetooth or auxiliary enabled surround sound.

There are two reasons we named the Sun Home Equinox 2-Person Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna as our best infrared sauna. The first can be found in the name—it utilizes full-spectrum infrared heating, as opposed to most home saunas that just use far infrared heating. What’s the difference? Far infrared heating penetrates deep into the skin, which is good because it can help you sweat out toxins and provide other benefits. Full-spectrum, on the other hand, provides three levels of heat for complete penetration.

The second reason is the use of high-quality shielding to limit your exposure to potentially dangerous ELF/EMF levels (low frequency electric and magnetic fields).

To be honest, we haven’t tested this infrared model but the GGR team has experience with other Sun Home products, so we’re confident in naming this our top choice, and just by looking at its materials we can rate it a 4.5 out of 5 for durability. Sun Home also claims their infrared saunas are the only ones capable of reaching temperatures up to 165 degrees.

Remember how your mother said too much of a good thing is bad for you? Well, there are some infrared sauna dangers, so it’s important to limit your exposure to 15 minutes per session.

It also comes with a Bluetooth-connected surround sound system and medical-grade chromotherapy LED lighting, though all those features come at a cost—$6,399, to be exact. A limited lifetime warranty makes that price a little more digestible, as does the ability to finance the purchase.

Type of saunaInfrared
Exterior dimensions50.9” W x 45.9” D x 77.7” H
Weight520 lbs.
Number of people2
FeaturesFull-spectrum infrared heaters, Bluetooth surround sound system, medical-grade chromotherapy LED lights
WarrantyLimited lifetime warranty on cabinetry and heaters, 3 years on controls

Best Traditional Sauna for Home: Plunge Sauna

Good for: Those wanting a versatile sauna space for standing, stretching, or sitting with friends

Best Traditional Sauna

Plunge Sauna

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Available in standard and XL sizes
  • Traditional steam or dry sauna
  • Can seat 5 people (7 in XL)
  • Slanted wall provides ergonomic backrest
  • Benches can fold up to open sauna for stretching or standing
  • Incense cedar exterior with pine and hemlock interior
  • Waterproof roof provides outdoor protection
  • Requires 240V outlet

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Slanted wall for ergonomic backrest
  • Foldable benches
  • Can seat multiple people
  • Good for indoor or outdoor use
  • High top temperature

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Requires 240V outlet

Bottom Line

The Plunge Sauna is a versatile take on a traditional Finnish sauna. With a slanted back wall, the Plunge Sauna provides an ergonomic backrest to add comfort to your sauna session. Additionally, the benches fold up to allow more space for standing or stretching. The electric heater is able to let the sauna reach temperatures up to 230 degrees, according to the company.

Although it’s still on pre-order, we like the unique design of the Plunge Sauna, bringing a modern take on a traditional sauna. A slanted back wall with an attached upper and lower bench provides an ergonomic backrest as well as space to seat up to five people (seven with the XL version). However, to stand or stretch in the sauna, the foldable benches can be flipped up to provide more space.

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Interior or the Plunge Sauna
Photo Credit: Plunge

The exterior and benches are constructed with an incense cedar, providing an aromatic wood smell. The interior has a blend of pine and hemlock. This high-quality sauna also has a waterproof roof, allowing it to work inside or outside of your own home.

The Plunge Sauna has a WiFi controller that can be controlled through a mobile app, along with customizable accent lighting. The heater is made by Huum, and is a wall-mounted sauna heater, keeping extra space for the sauna. The sauna also comes with 121 pounds of sauna stones, perfect for heat or steam.

Both the standard and extra-large versions of the Plunge Sauna will require a 240-volt outlet, and you should consult an electrician to install a dedicated outlet for the sauna. Additionally, this is an expensive sauna, at $10,990 for the standard size sauna. Still, Plunge does offer financing options. With its unique design, this sauna may be worth the cost.

Type of saunaDry or steam
Exterior dimensions60” W x 67” D x 95” H
WeightNot disclosed
Number of people5 (XL size can seat 7)
FeaturesWiFi controller, Huum sauna heater, sauna stones, customizable accent lighting
WarrantyNot disclosed

Best Portable Home Sauna: SereneLife Full Size Portable Steam Sauna

Good for: Those wanting a compact single-person room for steam sauna sessions

Best Portable Sauna

SereneLife Full Size Portable Steam Sauna

GGR Score: 3.8 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Collapsible, lightweight steam sauna with a compact design
  • 35.4” L x 35.4” W x 70.9” H
  • 4-liter steamer included reaches a max temperature of 122 degrees
  • Can stand or sit with included sauna chair
  • Includes hand-access zippers for easy access to phones, books or magazines

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Portable and lightweight
  • Energy-efficient
  • Hand-access zippers
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • Too short for taller people to stand
  • A low maximum temperature

Bottom Line

The SereneLife Full Size Portable Steam Sauna is an affordable option for a home sauna. Being lightweight and collapsible, you can easily move the steam sauna around your house from room to room. With enough room for most people to stand in, the sauna includes a chair to sit in as well. A 4-liter steamer is included, bringing the sauna to a maximum temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Available on Amazon, our pick for the best portable home sauna is the SereneLife Full Size Portable Sauna, which is available as a steam or infrared sauna (we reviewed the latter). This is lightweight at around 30 pounds and folds out into a nearly 6-feet tall portable sauna that the manufacturers also call a home spa.

Certified personal trainer and Garage Gym Reviews Everything lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele says it gets pretty hot, though it struggled with holding its temperature, earning it a 4 out of 5 for performance. “It’s been ranging from 125 to 135 degrees and it has not held at 140 degrees for an entire 20-minute session since bringing it home,” she says in our SereneLife Portable Sauna review. You use a remote control to set the temperature to your liking.

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Woman looking out Serene Life full size sauna

Folded out, the spa’s dimensions are nearly 3-feet by 3-feet by 6-feet, but it can be folded away easily to move to another room, or just for storage. The steam option comes with a 4-liter steamer, used to increase the humidity and temperature of the interior of the sauna. It’s tall enough for most people to stand, but a sauna chair is included to sit in while in the steam sauna.

With the steam sauna, the interior will only get so warm, with a maximum temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit. So if you’re looking for a sauna to get warmer, you may want to go for the infrared option Also, with a height of 70.9 inches, it may be difficult for taller people to stand in. With that said, this is one of the best budget options available for saunas, and its portability makes it a great choice for a home sauna.

Type of saunaPortable, steam or infrared
Exterior dimensions35.4” L x 35.4” W x 70.9” H
WeightAround 30 pounds (exact weight depends on type)
Number of people1
FeaturesSauna chair, remote controller
WarrantyNot disclosed

Best Sauna Blanket: HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket

Good for: Those who want to be engulfed in a warm sauna blanket

Best Indoor Sauna

HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket

GGR Score: 4.6 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Portable sauna blanket
  • Sleeping bag-style design
  • Powered with far infrared rays
  • Additional blanket inserts available

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Promotes circulation
  • May aid muscle recovery
  • Portable design

Cons

  • Takes 10 minutes to preheat
  • Costs extra for blanket inserts
  • Designed for one person at a time

Bottom Line

The HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket offers a portable and affordable alternative to installing a sauna in your home. The sauna blanket uses far infrared technology to provide heat stimulation to your entire body while you’re inside the sauna blanket.

Capable of heating up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit, the HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket provides all-around heat and comfort in a portable and easy-to-use package. “If you love sauna sessions and need a more portable option I think this is great,” says certified personal trainer and Garage Gym Reviews Everything lead reviewer Lindsay Scheele in our full HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket review. “I felt super relaxed and enjoyed using it.”

Woman using HigherDose infrared sauna blanket

While it’s still a little pricey, it’s much more affordable than larger at-home saunas. It works just like the sleeping bags you use at camp or during childhood sleepovers—with some twists.

It takes about 10 minutes to preheat and you’ll need a heatproof surface to lie on. Once it’s at your desired temperature, you hop in and set a timer for as long as you want to remain in the blanket. Fair warning: You’ll get very sweaty and if you don’t have an insert or blanket inside, cleanup can be a bit of a hassle. Lindsay says the $89 inserts are worth the extra price because your sweat could cause the sauna blanket to break down faster, which is why she rated it a 3.5 out of 5 for durability.

It received a 4.5 out of 5 rating for portability because it’s 71 inches long and wide, compact enough to be thrown in the back of a car during a vacation.

Although HigherDOSE says on its website that its blanket can reach up to 158 degrees, the programmable thermostat only reads settings from one to eight so it’s hard to tell exactly how hot it is at any given moment.

Type of saunaInfrared
Dimensions71” L x 71” W (unfolded) 
Interior Circumfrence65″
Number of people1
Warranty1 Year

Best Indoor Sauna for Home: Healthmate Enrich 2-Person Infrared Sauna

Good for: Those who want to keep their saunas indoor

Best Indoor Sauna

Healthmate Enrich 2

GGR Score: 4 starstarstarstarstar

Product Highlights

  • Full-spectrum infrared sauna
  • Seats two people
  • Includes Bluetooth speakers, towel rack, and chromotherapy lighting
  • Latch-buckle system provides easy assembly
  • Sustainably sourced eucalyptus planks
  • Uses standard 120V outlets

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Easy assembly
  • Full-spectrum infrared heating
  • Ultra low EMF that is third-party tested

Cons

  • Not for outdoor use
  • Pricier infrared sauna

Bottom Line

The Healthmate Enrich 2 is a two-person infrared sauna that is easy to assemble and control. With a control panel outside of the sauna, you’re able to set a timer and temperature and use it at your convenience. Healthmate also ensure a low EMF, and use third-party testing to ensure quality on low emissions.

Our pick for the best indoor home sauna is the Healthmate Enrich 2 Infrared Sauna; while we have yet to test this product, we like the convenience provided by this sauna, through features and an easy assembly. One thing that best demonstrates its convenience is that it can plug into a standard 120-volt outlet, which is the standard voltage and outlet in American homes.

Additionally, the setup and assembly appears to be relatively easy, using a latch-buckle system that connects all walls and panels in under half an hour with two people, according to the manufacturer. The wood is made of pure eucalyptus planks that are sustainably sourced.

The Enrich 2 provides some added amenities, such as built-in speakers and exterior lighting—even a magazine rack. The sauna also contains a 96-diode near-infrared LED panel, capable of choosing between nine colors, including red light therapy. The different colors are supposed to provide different health benefits and enhance meditation. The temperature and timer can be controlled by an LED control panel on the front of the sauna.

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The full-spectrum infrared sauna features low EMF (radiation) from the eight infrared light heaters, controllers, and electrical outlets as well. To ensure low EMF, Healthmate gets their saunas third-party tested, and provides full transparency on their technology.

To get exact pricing and availability, you’ll have to contact the manufacturer for a quote. However, this will be a fairly expensive indoor infrared sauna for its size. Still, with its easy assembly and ability to plug into any standard outlet, it may be well worth its price.

Type of saunaInfrared
Exterior dimensions47.25” W x 43.5” D x 77” H
WeightNot disclosed
Number of people2
FeaturesBluetooth speakers, towel rack, exterior lighting, chromotherapy lighting
WarrantyLifetime for Tecoloy heaters, 5 years for wood panels, benches, power supplies, and controllers

Best Dry Sauna For Home: Polar Monkeys Barrel Sauna

Good for: Households wanting a hot traditional sauna experience

Best Dry Sauna

Polar Monkeys Barrel Sauna

Product Highlights

  • Barrel sauna that can be used indoors and outdoors
  • Heats up to 180 degrees
  • Delayed heat function
  • Holds up to four people

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Indoor/outdoor sauna
  • Delayed start function
  • Holds up to four people

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Takes more than a month to ship

Bottom Line

Polar Monkeys barrel sauna has a classic design with modern features, allowing you to schedule when you want it to turn on. It can be used indoors or outdoors and can hold up to four people.

Our choice for the best dry sauna for your home is the Polar Monkeys Barrel Sauna. While we haven’t tested this unit out, yet, we’ve used several products from Polar Monkeys and know they’re a reputable brand that makes top-notch recovery products (we’ve used many of their cold plunge tubs).

The unique barrel design of Polar Monkeys sauna allows heat to circulate around the entire sauna, leading to a more thorough heat throughout the barrel. It’s capable of heating up to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, and one of the cool features is you can delay the start for up to eight hours. Meaning you can set it to start warming up by the time you’re home, and you’ll have a pre-heated sauna ready for you after work.

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Unlike some dry saunas that can only be used indoors or outdoors, the Polar Monkey sauna can be used wherever you want. It holds up to four people and is made with aesthetic red cedar.

The only downside is this expensive sauna only comes with a one-year warranty, though you can purchase additional coverage before checking out.

Type of saunaDry
Exterior dimensions72″ W x 59″ D x 75″ H
WeightNot disclosed
Number of people4
FeaturesDelayed start function
WarrantyOne year

Other Home Saunas We Researched

We took a look at quite a few other saunas before coming to our final list. Here are some that didn’t quite make the list.

  • Dynamic Andora Low EMF Far Infrared Sauna: This affordable infrared sauna on Amazon uses far infrared heat to keep EMF levels very low, but the two-person capacity might be a bit of a stretch; the 43-inch-wide bench is a tight squeeze according to our testing. You can get all of our thoughts in our in-depth Dynamic Infrared Sauna review.
  • Maxxus Saunas Seattle Carbon Far Infrared Sauna: Built from Canadian hemlock wood, this Maxxus Sauna is a more affordable infrared option, but some reviews talked about a difficult assembly, from hard instructions, to missing screws.
  • Radiant Sauna 2-Person Hemlock Infrared Sauna: With six carbon heaters, this sauna is a more affordable option, but some reviews complain about it not getting hot enough.
  • LifePro Portable Far Infrared Sauna Blanket: Another budget-friendly option for those looking to use a sauna, we went with other portable saunas, since this sauna blanket doesn’t allow your head and arms to be covered as well.
  • SereneLife Portable Infrared Sauna: This portable infrared sauna from SereneLife might be a little too compact for larger people.
  • Durasage Oversized Portable Personal Steam Sauna: While a larger option for portable saunas, this steam sauna only allows for sitting.
  • Sunray Heathrow 2-Person Infrared Sauna: Available on Wayfair, this two-person sauna comes with quite a few features, including Bluetooth audio, an LED control panel, and LED lighting, but it still didn’t quite make the list.
  • Sun Home Infrared Sauna Blanket: This sauna blanket is super similar to the HigherDOSE sauna blanket in price, size, and heat capacity.

How We Picked and Tested Home Saunas

When testing out saunas, we look at the construction of the sauna, as well as the assembly process. Additionally, we look at the performance of the sauna—its maximum temperature, how quickly it gets to that temperature, and how well it maintains the temperature.

Then we took a look at amenities, things like WiFi controllers, lighting, and other features that would enhance the user experience. Afterwards, we determined if the value of the unit was worth the cost, which narrowed our list down to the saunas you see before you.

Benefits of Home Saunas

There are quite a few benefits you can get from home saunas, but a lot depends on the heat of the sauna and the time spent in the sauna. I talked with Thomas Barbeau, CSCS, SCCC, an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Carolina Panthers, about his use of saunas for his athletes’ performance and recovery.

On the optimal conditions of sauna use, Thomas says, “A lot of the research suggests that the ideal temperature for sauna usage is above 176 degrees, and a session should be about 20 minutes long at that temperature to reap the full benefits of a sauna. Higher temperatures, though, can reduce the time needed in the sauna, whereas at about 200 degrees, you’d only need a 15-minute session.” 

Interior of the Morgan Barrel Sauna by Almost Heaven

A higher frequency of use tends to increase the benefits, too, he adds. Because of this, Thomas tends to prefer traditional dry saunas for the higher temperatures they can reach, as steam and infrared saunas reach about 120 and 150 degrees respectively. 

With that said, there are still plenty of benefits to have from an infrared sauna or steam sauna, such as reduced inflammation, increased recovery, and cardiovascular health, but the higher temperatures of a dry sauna have been shown to have unique benefits that can improve brain health as well. Let’s get into the benefits of home saunas.

Reduced Inflammation

One of the most well-known benefits of saunas is their ability to help reduce inflammation in the body.

A 2018 study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology1 measured the C-reactive proteins (CRP) of over 2,000 Finnish men. CRP is a blood protein that is used in inflammatory responses. Those who used saunas had lower CRP levels, and the correlation seemed inversely related to the frequency of sauna usage. Those who used the sauna over four times weekly had lower CRP levels than those who used it two or three times weekly.

Additionally, some anti-inflammatory proteins (such as IL-10) have been shown to increase with sauna usage. Another study from 20182 showed a significant increase in anti-inflammatory proteins after four weeks of consistent sauna usage.

Increased Recovery

Something vital to Thomas as an assistant strength coach for the Panthers is a sauna’s ability to aid in recovery after long football practices. Research shows that sauna use after exercise can help aid in an athlete’s recovery, with one study from 20193 even suggesting that resting heart rates were lower after sauna recovery than prior to sauna usage.

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Infrared saunas can help improve recovery as well. A small study from July 20234 showed that athletes who had a single infrared sauna session post-workout showed greater perceived recovery and less muscle soreness. Faster recovery leads to being able to train more efficiently the following day.

Cardiovascular Health and Performance

Saunas are a relatively safe way to train and increase your cardiovascular fitness and health. With the increased heat of a sauna, it can raise your heart rate5, up to levels comparable to moderate or vigorous levels of exercise.

One small study from 20196 measured the blood pressure and heart rate of 19 individuals during and 30 minutes after sauna use. In this study, participants’ blood pressure and heart rates increased significantly while under heat stress, but reduced to numbers below baseline after use.

Brain Health

One of the unique benefits of dry saunas (due to the increase in temperature) is their ability to help with brain health.

According to a 2017 study7, heat stress and exercise have been shown to increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein in the central and peripheral nervous systems. BDNF can have a ton of benefits, from helping with anxiety and depression8, as well as memory functions.

Preventing Muscle Waste

As an assistant strength coach, Thomas uses saunas to help maintain muscle mass on injured athletes, as muscular atrophy can occur leading to strength losses in the first week due to reduced protein synthesis9.

However, heat stress from saunas have been shown to prevent protein degradation from lack of activity. A study from 200710 suggests that intermittent heat stress can enhance skeletal muscle regrowth, which is a fantastic tool for a professional athlete recovering from injury—or a gym-goer with a pulled muscle.

What to Look for in the Best Home Saunas

There are a lot of factors determining what the right sauna is for you. Here are a few things to consider before making your purchase.

Type

When looking into saunas, the first thing to decide is the type of sauna you’re looking at. Typically this is a debate between infrared and traditional saunas, or wet and dry saunas. Both provide similar benefits to muscle recovery and reduced inflammation, but traditional saunas have some unique benefits on improving brain health that occur at much higher temperatures.

Additionally, you should consider where you’re wanting this sauna: indoors or outdoors. Either way, it’s smart to consider the space you have to work with, and find a suitable option. If you don’t have a lot of space, a portable sauna or sauna blanket may be a viable option, then.

Performance

What is the sauna’s maximum temperature, and how quickly does it reach that temperature? The answer will depend on the type of sauna, but you’ll want to make sure the sauna reaches those ideal temperatures.

  • Dry saunas can reach a maximum temperature of 195 degrees Fahrenheit, and typically hotter, generally within a half-hour.
  • Steam saunas won’t get as warm, relying on the humidity to warm you up. They have a maximum temperature of about 120 degrees, and take about the same time to warm up.
  • Infrared saunas can heat up in about half the time to a max temperature of about 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Electrical Compatibility

Some saunas will use a standard 120-volt plug, making installing the sauna a breeze. However, many outdoor saunas (and some indoor ones) will use 240 volts, meaning a 240-volt outlet will need to be installed if you don’t have one. It’s best to have an electrician do this if you don’t have experience with wiring.

Features and Amenities

What other amenities are available to you while using the sauna? While the main goal is recovery, it’s nice to enjoy your time in the sauna. Common features include Bluetooth audio, lighting, and a WiFi controller for ease of access in controlling timers and temperatures.

Almost Heaven Barrel Sauna Thermometer

Some traditional Finnish saunas may keep the features minimal, but they should at least come with a thermometer and bucket and ladle, to pour water over sauna rocks to help maintain or adjust the temperature.

Cost

Saunas can be expensive, even if they’re affordably priced. After looking at all of these factors in a sauna, make sure to check the price and see if the sauna brings enough value to justify the home sauna’s cost.

Best Home Saunas: FAQs

What is the best sauna for home?

The best sauna for your home will depend on your needs, as well as the space you have at your house. Here are our picks for the best home saunas:

Best Overall Home Sauna: Sun Home Luminar Outdoor 2-Person Infrared Sauna
Best Outdoor Home Sauna: Redwood Outdoors Thermowood Cabin Outdoor Sauna
Best Affordable Home Sauna: Sweat Tent Outdoor Sauna
Best 2-Person Sauna for Home: Sunlighten Amplify II Infrared Sauna
Best Infrared Sauna for Home: Sun Home Equinox 2-Person Full-Spectrum Infrared Sauna
Best Traditional Sauna for Home: Plunge Sauna
Best Portable Home Sauna: SereneLife Full Size Portable Sauna
Best Sauna Blanket: HigherDOSE Infrared Sauna Blanket
Best Indoor Sauna: Healthmate Enrich 2-Person Infrared Sauna
Best Dry Sauna for Home: Polar Monkeys Barrel Sauna

What’s better, infrared or steam saunas?

The type of home sauna that’s better for you will depend on your wants and needs. An infrared sauna will get warmer than a steam sauna, although the humidity in a steam sauna will make it feel warmer. Additionally, infrared saunas can be easier to operate than a traditional Finnish sauna.

However, a dry sauna will operate at higher temperatures, which can provide health benefits in a shorter time frame than an infrared sauna. But they can be a little more difficult to operate with their electric or wood-fired heaters.

What are the benefits of a home sauna?

Saunas have a myriad of benefits, stemming from an increase in heart rate due to raising the body’s core temperature. Saunas can help improve cardiovascular health, reduce inflammation, and improve muscle recovery post-exercise.

What’s the best steam home sauna?

Our choice for the best steam home sauna goes to the Renu Therapy The Rusticus 2-3 Person Indoor Sauna, which comes with WiFi and smartphone compatibility.

References

  1. Laukkanen, J.A., Laukkanen, T. Sauna bathing and systemic inflammation. Eur J Epidemiol 33, 351–353 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10654-017-0335-y
  2. Żychowska, Małgorzata, Nowak-Zaleska, Alicja, Chruściński, Grzegorz, Zaleski, Ryszard, Mieszkowski, Jan, Niespodziński, Bartłomiej, Tymański, Roman, Kochanowicz, Andrzej. Association of High Cardiovascular Fitness and the Rate of Adaptation to Heat Stress. BioMed Research International 2314-6133 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/1685368
  3. Laukkanen T, Lipponen J, Kunutsor SK, Zaccardi F, Araújo CGS, Mäkikallio TH, Khan H, Willeit P, Lee E, Poikonen S, Tarvainen M, Laukkanen JA. Recovery from sauna bathing favorably modulates cardiac autonomic nervous system. Complement Ther Med. 2019 Aug;45:190-197. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2019.06.011. Epub 2019 Jun 22. PMID: 31331560.
  4. Ahokas EK, Ihalainen JK, Hanstock HG, Savolainen E, Kyröläinen H. A post-exercise infrared sauna session improves recovery of neuromuscular performance and muscle soreness after resistance exercise training. Biol Sport. 2023 Jul;40(3):681-689. doi: 10.5114/biolsport.2023.119289. Epub 2022 Sep 15. PMID: 37398966; PMCID: PMC10286597.
  5. Taggart P, Parkinson P, Carruthers M. Cardiac Responses to Thermal, Physical, and Emotional Stress. Br Med J 1972; 3 :71 doi:10.1136/bmj.3.5818.71
  6. Ketelhut, S., Ketelhut, R.G. The blood pressure and heart rate during sauna bath correspond to cardiac responses during submaximal dynamic exercise. Complementary Therapies in Medicine Volume 44, 218-222 (2019). ISSN 0965-2299, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2019.05.002.
  7. Hiroshi Ohko, Yasunori Umemoto, Yuta Sakurai, Shouhei Araki, Daisuke Kojima, Yoshiichiro Kamijo, Kota Murai, Yoshinori Yasuoka, Fumihiro Tajima. (2021) The effects of endurance exercise combined with high-temperature head-out water immersion on serum concentration of brain-derived neurotrophic factor in healthy young men. International Journal of Hyperthermia 38:1, pages 1077-1085.
  8. Maniam, Jayanthi, Morris, Margaret J. Voluntary exercise and palatable high-fat diet both improve behavioural profile and stress responses in male rats exposed to early life stress: Role of hippocampus. Psychoneuroendocrinology Volume 35, Issue 10 1553-1564 (2010). ISSN 0306-4530. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2010.05.012.
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