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  • What to Look for in a Home Sauna


    The sauna is becoming an increasingly popular home accessory, and many newly-constructed homes have saunas built in. If you are thinking about adding a sauna to your existing home, you want to make sure you get the most for your money.

    Although home saunas require an up-front cost, you will find that they are a great investment in your home. Having a sauna in your own home could mean you spend less on spa treatments and more time relaxing in your own back yard or bathroom oasis. Adding a sauna could even increase the resale value of your home, but only if you know how to be a smart sauna shopper. Here are some things to consider when you start sauna shopping.


    Quality Construction

    Your home sauna is only as good as the materials it is made of. If those materials are cheap and shoddy, the constant heat and steam of the sauna environment will quickly take its toll.

    Be sure to take some time to research which kind of wood you want based on look, price and quality. You want to buy the best quality sauna you can afford, keeping in mind that a good home sauna can last for decades.

    Also keep in mind things like hinges and door hardware. Those doors will be opening and closing a lot, and they will need to be able to stand up to lots of moisture and steam. Buying a sauna with top quality construction means you will be able to spend more time relaxing and less time repairing hinges and driving screws.


    Type of Wood

    The type of wood in your home sauna is entirely up to you, but it is important to realize that some types of wood are quite fragrant, especially when wet.

    Wood like cedar gives off a distinctive scent. That is great if you love that scent, but not so great if you find the scent rather strong. If you have a friend who owns a red cedar sauna, you might want to spend some time there and see if you like the scent. If so, go right ahead and order one for yourself. If not, you might want to consider a different kind of wood. You may find hemlock a more suitable option.


    Adjustable Seating

    This may seem like a small thing, but it can actually be quite important. If you plan to invite friends over to take a steam in your sauna, choosing a model with easily adjustable seating is a very smart idea. You want all of your guests to be comfortable as they relax and unwind in your little corner of paradise.


    Traditional vs. Infrared

    There are two types of saunas (traditional and infrared) and they both heat up in different ways, and can give you different experiences. The biggest difference between the two types of saunas is the intensity of the heat. A traditional dry sauna heats up to temperatures between 185 and 195 degrees, while an infrared model tops out between 120 and 150 degrees. A traditional sauna uses a stove to heat the air inside. When water is added to the coals on the stove, you boost the humidity inside the sauna. Infrared saunas, on the other hand, use infrared heating panels that emanate an even intensity of heat into the sauna. Keep these differentiating factors in mind when looking for a sauna for your home.


    Saunas & Stuff Canada, has a wide selection of saunas available in different wood finishes. Browse our selection here.




  • Top Twelve Ways to Customize Your Infrared Sauna

    outdoor sauna or indoor sauna

    Unless you’ve shopped for an Infrared Sauna lately, you likely don’t realize how many options are available and how you can customize your home sauna experience.

    Whether to accommodate one person or several; stand alone, installed, or for corner assembly, you can build the relaxation haven of your dreams.

    Here in Canada, Canadian Red Cedar has a rich aromatic scent and for most, it is the sauna wood of choice. However, certain people may have an adverse physical reaction to aromatic oils, shampoos with perfumes infused or certain herbs with natural aromas.

    Hemlock is another popular wood because it releases the soothing odor of the great outdoors.

    Whatever kind of wood you prefer, many amenities are standard, but you can adorn your sauna with a variety of upgrades.

    1. Movable Backrests – depending on where you want to sit and how you wish to recline – these are extremely handy
    2. Battery Powered Air Ionizers - these remove bacteria and odors from the air
    3. Internal Lighting – sets the tone and setting
    4. iPod and MP3 Input and Speakers– nothing’s better than selecting from your own list of favorites to add to the overall ambiance
    5. Cabinetry –beautiful woods and stunning designs make for infrared saunas that are essentially “furniture-worthy”!
    6. Reading Lights – whether something inspirational or the latest New York Times Best Seller – you can enjoy your book in the peace and quiet
    7. Wide Benches – for lounging
    8. Easy Electrical Connections
    9. Color Therapy Lighting with a Remote – set the stage with lighting that subtly changes or remains at a level most relaxing
    10. Accessory Shelves for decor or to hold Beverages
    11. Decorative Doors and Handles – create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece
    12. Ultra-Low EMF Carbon Fiber Panel Heaters

    The Canadian winters may be long and are sometimes brutal, but with the help of our custom and stock infrared saunas…you can weather the storms, and enjoy a charming respite year round.



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