Infrared vs. traditional sauna what is better solution?

We will take part in a never-ending debate, which sauna is better choice infrared or traditional sauna? The aim is to compare these two types of saunas, not to compare which is better. Choice of the best sauna is individual and very subjective.


Infrared Sauna:

The temperature for a far-infrared sauna is usually between 120 and 140º F. In an infrared sauna the bather will feel hot and will sweat profusely but at much lower temperatures. This sauna is good choice if the goal is to spend more time in the sauna.

Traditional sauna:

 According to Underwriters Laboratory (UL), the maximum temperature at ceiling level is 194º F (90º C). The hottest point in the sauna is typically between 185° and 190º F.



Infrared Sauna:

Bathing may begin when the room is turned on since the infrared energy is being emitted by the heaters; however, many bathers would prefer to wait until the room is 110º F or hotter. However,  a pre-heated room is more comfortable, and an elevated starting temperature is necessary to begin sweating.

Traditional sauna:

 A well-constructed sauna will typically achieve a temperature of 150-160º F in about 30-40 minutes. For hotter temperatures, the room may need to heat for a longer period.


 Usually, traditional saunas are larger than infrared saunas.

Infrared Sauna:

 Usually, for two people, favorite is 4x4, even smaller saunas.

Traditional sauna:

 The most popular size for two people is 5x7.


Infrared Sauna:

 Humidity is on the average level, as an ordinary house.

Traditional sauna:

Level of humidity in the traditional sauna is very low, not higher than 15 % until somebody throws the water on the stones.

Economic standpoint

 Neither room will cause a substantial increase in a household electric bill, but I will compare one of the most common traditional sauna sizes to one of the most common infrared sauna sizes.


 The aim in both types of sauna is the same: to relax the body and the mind, to feel relief.

Lenght of using

Recommended length of use for both types of sauna is 10-15 minutes. The maximum is 20 minutes, but for people with long sauna experience. Regardless of which heat system is used, the bather must carefully monitor how he feels while using the room, and he must be sure to drink plenty of water during the break between sessions.