Having a sauna at home is today within the reach of anyone who has a small space to place it, be it a basement or a large room.
Ideally, you have already tried the different types of saunas on the market before deciding to install your own sauna, since there are different types and the choice is generally based on the tastes of each user.
In fact, there is not one type of sauna better than another, although you should know that, in case you suffer from any illness, it is possible that one type of sauna will be recommended to you more than the other, due to the benefits it entails.
Whether you are an expert user in saunas, or if you are thinking of installing a sauna at home without having much idea, in this post we will clear up the main doubts of sauna users, its characteristics, benefits and differences.
Índice del post
- Dry sauna
- Wet sauna
- Semi-humid sauna
- General benefits of the sauna
- Conclusion: Which sauna is better?
The dry sauna, also called the Finnish sauna, is the most popular sauna.
In fact, most people who refer to the sauna, in a generic way, refer to this type of sauna.
What is dry sauna
The dry sauna is characterized by having 0% humidity. This humidity is not adjustable, as in other types of saunas, but always goes to 0%.
This type of sauna works with an electrical resistance and its temperature can range between 80º and 110º, although the ideal average temperature is 90º.
Benefits of dry sauna
The dry sauna is especially recommended for those who suffer from diseases that are aggravated by humidity, such as arthritis.
How does the dry sauna work
The dry sauna works with an electrical resistance, in which rocks are heated to high temperatures.
You can find dry saunas covered in many different ways:
- Entirely covered in wood
- Wooden seats and natural stone walls and ceilings
- Entirely clad in stone. In this case, porous limestone is used for the seats, which dissipates heat well and does not burn when sitting.
At GodoPools we have an extensive catalog of natural stone ideal for saunas. Ask us!
The wet sauna is also known as a Turkish bath and is characterized by having a very high relative humidity.
What is a wet sauna
The humid sauna has the peculiarity that the humidity is always at 100% and it is not adjustable. Regarding the temperature, it is usually around 55º.
Benefits of the wet sauna
The wet sauna is especially recommended for people suffering from circulatory problems, asthma, allergies and / or >chest or nose congestion.
How does the wet sauna work
The wet sauna works by means of steam generators that heat the water.
You will usually find it covered with natural stone or acrylic material.
A peculiarity to take into account in the operation of the wet sauna is that the higher the humidity, the lower the temperature you will need, since it works with “thermal sensation”.
In addition, the sensation of heat is the same in both dry and wet saunas, even when the two types of saunas have different temperatures . In other words, in the wet sauna with 55º and 100% humidity you will feel the same heat as in the dry sauna at a much higher temperature.
The semi-humid sauna could be said to be a hybrid between the dry sauna and the wet sauna. It is advisable to choose the semi-humid sauna when the sauna is going to be used by different users, with different tastes.
This type of sauna is very successful among people who want a dry sauna to which they can add some humidity in certain situations, without becoming overwhelming.
What is the semi-humid sauna
The semi-humid sauna has the advantage that both temperature and humidity can be regulated.
The humidity range can range from 0% to 70%.
On the other hand, the temperature could reach 110º if the humidity was at 0%, although the maximum recommended temperature is always 90º.
Benefits of the semi-humid sauna
This type of sauna can be used by all kinds of people, with all kinds of conditions, since the humidity and temperature are regular.
In this sense, if a user suffering from arthritis wanted to use the semi-humid sauna, he should set the percentage of humidity to 0%. Or if, on the other hand, the user were a person with asthma, he could raise the humidity to the maximum range of 60-70%.
How does the semi-humid sauna work
In this case, the sauna has an electrical resistance as well as a small steam generator. It is very simple to use and adapts to all types of users.
General benefits of the sauna
If you are hesitating between the three types of saunas that we have mentioned, you should know that, unless you suffer from an illness and your doctor recommends a specific type of sauna, in general, the sauna has endless of benefits:
- It is excellent for improving circulation. This happens because the number of red blood cells increases, which activates circulation, achieving relief in pain related to poor circulation.
- Helps regulate metabolism.
- Helps relieve rheumatic pain and improves joint flexibility.
- It has a great detoxifying power due to the excessive sweating that occurs. When toxins are released, the appearance of the skin significantly improves and even bad body odors are eliminated. Ideal for people who suffer from acne or blocked pores.
- Helps combat respiratory conditions such as asthma, nasal congestion and even the most severe sinusitis.
- Improves muscle recovery after training sessions and produces a feeling of being more rested.
- Provides immediate well-being, ideal for people suffering from stress, anxiety and insomnia.
Conclusion: Which sauna is better?
When choosing a sauna, we recommend you analyse:
- How many users are going to use the sauna (a private sauna at home is not the same as in a beauty center or gym with a spa)
- Users’ tastes and interests: Do they find dry or humid air more pleasant?
- If you suffer from any type of condition or disease
Based on this data, you can make a decision based on your needs and tastes.
In general, the dry sauna is the most widespread commercially. However, the semi-humid sauna is the one that best suits all needs.
If you are sure that you would like to include a sauna at home but you need advice, at GodoPools we can help you. We are installers of all types of saunas and we can advise you on the choice of sauna, on the type of coating to choose and on the small details and extras that you can add to a sauna to make it 100% personalized.