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Sauna Buyer’s Guide

Sauna Buyer’s Guide

Welcome to Galaxy Home Recreation’s Ultimate Sauna Buyer’s Guide, where we delve into the world of relaxation, rejuvenation, and wellness. Whether you’re seeking a serene sanctuary to unwind after a long day or aiming to enhance your health and vitality, choosing the perfect sauna is an investment in your well- being. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll navigate through the diverse array of sauna options, from traditional steam saunas to cutting-edge infrared models. Get ready to explore the benefits, features, and considerations that will help you make an informed decision on your journey to creating your own personal oasis of warmth and tranquility. Let’s embark on this enlightening exploration together, as we discover the ideal sauna experience tailored to your lifestyle and preferences.

Brands to Know

Reputable brands often have stringent quality control measures, ensuring that their products meet high standards of craftsmanship and durability. This means you’re more likely to receive a reliable and long – lasting sauna. Here are some of the top brands:

ZATM, Jacuzzi®, Finnleo, ClearLight®, Sunlighten®

When selecting a sauna brand, it’s crucial to prioritize reliability, innovation, and a commitment to enhancing your well-being. That’s why we choose ZA and Jacuzzi® Infrared Saunas over others, as they exemplify excellence, offering affordable solutions designed to elevate relaxation, prioritize your health, and deliver a luxurious retreat experience.

Types of Saunas

Saunas come in three distinct types, each offering unique benefits tailored to your preferences:

Lava Rock Sauna

Pros

  • Traditional Experience: Provides a classic sauna experience with the added benefit of steam when water is poured over the hot lava rocks.
  • Reliable: Generally durable and long-lasting with proper maintenance.
  • Customizable Heat: Allows for control over temperature by adjusting the amount of water poured on the
    rocks.

Cons

  • Energy Consumption: Can be less energy-efficient compared to newer sauna technologies.
  • Maintenance: Requires occasional replacement of lava rocks and monitoring for wear and tear.
  • Heat Distribution: Heat may not be as evenly distributed throughout the sauna room.

Steam Sauna

Pros

  • High Humidity: Provides a very humid environment which can be beneficial for skin and respiratory health.
  • Detoxification: Helps in flushing out toxins through sweating.
  • Relaxation: Creates a soothing atmosphere ideal for relaxation.

Cons

  • Space Requirement: Requires a sealed room to contain steam, which may not be feasible in all setups.
  • Installation Complexity: Needs a reliable steam generator which can add to the initial cost and complexity.
  • Potential for Mold: High humidity levels can lead to mold growth if not properly ventilated and maintained.

Infrared Sauna

Pros

  • Lower Temperature: Operates at lower temperatures (typically 120-150°F), making it more tolerable for longer sessions.
  • Deep Heat Penetration: Infrared heat penetrates deeper into the skin, promoting detoxification and pain relief.
  • Energy Efficiency: Heats up quickly and is generally more energy-efficient than traditional saunas.

Cons

  • Limited to Surface Heating: Doesn’t provide the same atmospheric heat as traditional saunas, which some users may prefer.
  • Electromagnetic Sensitivity: Emits EMFs as all electronic devices do. If you have concerns about EMFs, look for low EMF infrared saunas.
  • Initial Cost: Can be more expensive upfront due to specialized heating elements and construction.

Wood Burning Sauna

Pros

  • Authentic Experience: Offers a traditional sauna experience appreciated by sauna purists.
  • Natural Heat Source: Relies on wood as a renewable and often locally sourced heat source.
  • Aromatic: Provides a pleasant aroma from the burning wood.

Cons

  • Maintenance: Requires regular cleaning of ash and chimney maintenance.
  • Fire Hazard: Requires careful attention to fire safety and proper ventilation.
  • Temperature Control: Can be challenging to regulate temperature compared to electric saunas.

Traditional Electric Sauna

Pros

  • Temperature Control: Easy to adjust and maintain a consistent temperature.
  • Efficiency: Typically more energy-efficient than other types of saunas.
  • Ease of Installation: Easier to install and set up compared to other sauna types.

Cons

  • Initial Cost: May have a higher initial cost, especially for larger models or customized setups.
  • Dependency on Electricity: Vulnerable to power outages unless equipped with a backup generator.
  • Dry Heat: Some users prefer the humidity provided by steam or infrared saunas.

Cabinetry Materials

Hemlock

Characteristics

Hemlock is a sturdy wood known for its durability and stability. It’s a popular choice for sauna construction because it does not emit toxins or allergens, making it suitable for environments where cleanliness and purity are important. This is why ZATM and Jacuzzi® saunas are made with Grade A Hemlock.

Grades

There are different grades of Hemlock available:

  • Grade A: This is the highest grade, typically lighter in color (whiter), and is kiln-dried for enhanced durability and longevity.
  • Grade B and C: These grades may have more yellowish tones and could contain more moisture, which may affect the wood’s durability over time.

Cedar

Historical Use

Cedar was once a popular choice for saunas due to its natural resistance to decay and insects. However, it has fallen out of favor in many cases due to concerns about its toxicity.

Toxicity

Cedar contains natural oils and resins that can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) when heated, potentially causing respiratory irritation in sensitive individuals.

Mahogany

Characteristics

Mahogany is a hardwood known for its strength, durability, and resistance to moisture. It does not emit toxins, making it a viable alternative to Cedar in sauna construction.

Usage

Some high-end saunas, like those from Jacuzzi®️, feature Mahogany wood cabinets and benches for their durability and aesthetic appeal.

Infrared Sauna Types

Infrared Sauna Types

Each type of infrared sauna offers slightly different benefits and experiences, so choosing the right one depends on your specific health goals, preferences, and comfort levels with the type of heat emitted.

Ceramic Far Infrared Saunas

These saunas use ceramic heating elements to produce infrared heat. Ceramic heaters emit far infrared rays which penetrate the body to create a deep sweat and provide various health benefits such as detoxification and relaxation. They are known for their efficient and even heat distribution.

Carbon Far Infrared Saunas

Carbon infrared saunas use carbon fiber heating panels instead of ceramic heaters. Carbon panels emit a broader spectrum of infrared wavelengths, which can be gentler and more comfortable for some users compared to ceramic heaters. They are also known for producing a more even heat distribution throughout the sauna.

Full Spectrum Infrared Saunas

Full spectrum saunas combine different types of infrared wavelengths: near-infrared, mid-infrared, and far- infrared. Near-infrared (NIR) has shorter wavelengths and is believed to have skin rejuvenation benefits, while mid-infrared (MIR) penetrates deeper into the body for muscle and joint pain relief. Far-infrared (FIR) provides the traditional sauna benefits like detoxification and relaxation.

Red Light Therapy Saunas

Red light therapy saunas, sometimes referred to as photobiomodulation therapy, use red and near-infrared light to penetrate the skin and provide therapeutic benefits. These saunas are used for purposes like improving skin health, reducing inflammation, and promoting tissue repair.

Infrared Therapy

Infrared therapy, used in infrared saunas, utilizes specific wavelengths of infrared light to directly heat the body. These wavelengths fall into three categories: near-infrared (700-1000 nm), mid-infrared (1000-3000 nm), and far-infrared (3000-10000 nm). Unlike traditional saunas, which heat the air, infrared saunas penetrate the body’s tissues, reaching depths of several centimeters.

Benefits:

Detoxification

Infrared therapy induces sweating, aiding in the elimination of toxins and heavy metals from the body.

Pain Relief

Penetrates deep into muscles and joints, alleviating pain and reducing inflammation.

Muscle Recovery

Helps muscles recover faster after exercise by increasing circulation and reducing oxidative stress.

Improved Circulation

Dilates blood vessels, enhancing circulation and delivering oxygen and nutrients to tissues.

Skin Health

Stimulates collagen production, improving skin tone, elasticity, and reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

Weight Loss

Increases heart rate and metabolic rate, potentially aiding in calorie burning and weight loss.

Stress Reduction

Promotes relaxation by activating the parasympathetic nervous system and reducing stress hormone levels.

Psoriasis Relief

Infrared therapy has been shown to alleviate symptoms of psoriasis by reducing inflammation and promoting healing of the skin.

Vitamin D Deficiency

Helps the body produce vitamin D through exposure to infrared rays, which can be beneficial for individuals lacking sufficient sunlight exposure.

Arthritis

Infrared therapy can help reduce pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with different types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By improving circulation and promoting relaxation, infrared therapy may help alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and enhance overall energy levels.

Wound Healing

Infrared therapy has been used to promote faster healing of wounds, including diabetic ulcers and surgical incisions, by increasing circulation and stimulating cellular repair processes.

High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

Regular use of infrared therapy has been suggested to help lower blood pressure by improving vascular function and promoting relaxation.

Cardiovascular Health

Infrared therapy may support cardiovascular health by improving circulation, enhancing endothelial function, and reducing oxidative stress.

EMF Health Concerns

EMF (Electromagnetic Fields): EMFs are areas of energy that surround electrical devices.

Risks

High levels of EMF exposure have raised health concerns, such as potential links to cancer, neurological disorders, and other health issues.

Galaxy Home Recreation's Ultra Low EMF Saunas

Galaxy Home Recreation’s ultra-low EMF saunas, made by ZATM and Jacuzzi® are designed to emit very low levels of electromagnetic fields, defined as 4 milligauss or lower. To put this in context, it would be lower than many household appliances. As a result, you can rest assured that your ZATM or Jacuzzi® brand infrared sauna is providing the most therapeutic and safest experience possible, minimizing potential health risks associated with EMF exposure.

Finding the Right Sauna for You

Your selection of an indoor or outdoor sauna and your preference for wet or dry heat play pivotal roles in your sauna choice. In this regard, infrared saunas shine with their energy efficiency, making them a practical choice for indoor settings. With their gentle heat, they offer a more serene and stress-relieving experience. Moreover, their dry heat production ensures easier maintenance, as they don’t introduce excessive moisture or humidity.

Features

Chromotherapy

Uses colored lights to create specific lighting conditions, often integrated with the sauna’s control system.

Benefits: Enhances mood and mental state, with different colors promoting relaxation, energy, or stress relief.

Vibrational Resonance

Incorporates sound and vibration elements within the sauna to create a soothing environment.

Benefits: Promotes deep relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety, and enhances meditation practices.

Salt Walls

Walls lined with Himalayan salt bricks or equipped with salt generators that release salt particles into the air.

Benefits: Improves respiratory health by clearing mucus and reducing inflammation and enhances skin hydration and detoxification.

Bluetooth Audio

Wireless connectivity to smartphones or tablets, with built-in speakers for high-quality sound.

Benefits: Personalizes your sauna experience with music, podcasts, or guided meditations, enhancing relaxation and enjoyment.

Red Light Therapy

Uses red light wavelengths to penetrate the skin superficially, often included as an additional feature in saunas.

Benefits: Promotes collagen production, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, accelerates wound healing, and reduces inflammation.

Size and Placement

Saunas come in various sizes to suit different needs and spaces, ranging from one-person to three-person options, including corner designs. ZA Saunas and Jacuzzi®️️️ Infrared Saunas offer compact one to three- person models, making them ideal for indoor installations. These saunas feature a latch assembly system for easy setup and storage. Single-person saunas require just a 3ft-by-3ft area, while two-person saunas offer a more spacious seating area within a 3ft-by-4ft footprint. For those seeking to share the experience, three- person saunas provide ample space, measuring at 4ft-by-4ft.

Health Goals

When considering your health goals, infrared saunas stand out as an excellent choice. They provide relaxation, stress relief, and muscle recovery while offering additional benefits such as improved respiratory health and skin rejuvenation. Opting for an infrared sauna ensures you receive targeted therapeutic benefits tailored to your well-being.

Warranty

Investing in a higher-end sauna ensures peace of mind with a lifetime warranty, such as ZATM ultra-low EMF saunas. With reputable dealers, you can rest assured that your sauna is backed by comprehensive support, ensuring long-term enjoyment. Should any issues arise, prompt repairs are readily available. In contrast, online and big brand saunas may offer varying warranties without direct or local support, potentially complicating service and repair processes.

Preparation for Delivery

Placement

Preparing for an infrared sauna is straightforward; you’ll only need to ensure you have adequate space, allowing for approximately 4 inches of clearance from each side, and access to electricity. It’s crucial to avoid rooms with high moisture levels to maintain the sauna’s integrity. Our ZA Infrared Saunas feature a convenient clasp- together design, ideal for smaller spaces without the need for permanent installation. In contrast, Jacuzzi®️ employs a bolt-together assembly method, perfect for in-wall installations, offering versatility and ease of setup

Electrical Requirements

Voltage Requirements

Depending on the sauna size, electrical needs range from 110V to 240V with a 15- amp circuit to accommodate different models.

Safety Considerations

To prevent accidents, ensure the power cord is positioned away from walkways to avoid tripping hazards. Additionally, avoid use of an extension cord as it will not handle the sauna’s power requirements safely.

Maintenance

Maintaining far-infrared saunas is a breeze. Simply wipe down the seating area after each session to keep it clean. Thanks to their dry heat production and minimal moisture output, far-infrared saunas are exceptionally low-maintenance, making them the pinnacle of hassle-free sauna ownership.

Lifespan

The lifespan of a sauna can vary depending on factors such as usage, maintenance, and quality of materials. Generally, a well-maintained sauna can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years or more. Higher-quality saunas, such as ZA and Jacuzzi®️ Infrared Saunas, which are made from durable materials tend to have longer lifespans, while cheaper or poorly constructed models may require more frequent repairs or replacement. Regular cleaning, maintenance, and following manufacturer guidelines can help prolong the lifespan of a sauna.

Service & Support

Service

For any issues with your infrared sauna, it’s crucial to purchase from a reputable company offering local assistance. Authorized retailers typically have trained service teams to diagnose and resolve problems promptly, including ordering any necessary parts.

Dealer Support

Partnering with a trusted dealer like Galaxy Home Recreation ensures reliable customer support and service for your infrared sauna.

Customer Support

Receive help when you need it. Galaxy Home Recreation is committed to providing expert guidance and support for a seamless infrared sauna ownership experience.