Outdoor infrared saunas are a great addition to any backyard, perfect for any homeowner looking to really take advantage of their outdoor space in order maximize their health and wellness. A bit pricier than their indoor counterparts (they require more materials), outdoor infrared saunas require sufficient power (to heat up quickly), are made from waterproof, humidity-resistant solid wood, always have a roof, and are well-insulated in order to stay resistant to the elements (i.e. humidity, rain, wind, etc.). As with many home outside the home additions, the price of an outdoor infrared sauna is largely contingent on its size, though construction quality, wood type, heaters type, and energy rating also factor into that final cost.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING AN OUTDOOR IR SAUNA?
Infrared (IR) light has electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths longer than those of visible light, in turn allowing for better absorption. As such, regular exposure (we recommend 3-4 sessions a week, ranging from 30-45 minutes each) to relaxing and soothing infrared light can drastically improve your health, with benefits that include a strengthened immune system, improved blood circulation, detoxification, weight loss, and muscle/joint/deep tissue pain relief.
FINDING THE RIGHT OUTDOOR INFRARED SAUNA FOR YOU
Unlike indoor infrared saunas (or even indoor infrared saunas marketed as outdoor infrared saunas – got to watch out for those), there actually aren’t a seemingly infinite amount of outdoor infrared saunas to choose from. Nevertheless, factors that you’ll want to consider include electricity usage, safety (you’ll want to make sure your sauna is up-to-date with any building code), size, insulation, EMF radiation (you want an outdoor infrared sauna with a low EMF), wood type, and whether or not the sauna you’re interested in is stain and moisture-resistant.
Another extremely important factor to consider when looking for the right outdoor infrared sauna for you is how many people you expect to use it at once. The more people your outdoor infrared sauna fits, the more heaters (which help determine temperature control) your outdoor infrared sauna will require. For example, an outdoor infrared sauna that fits 4 people will require anywhere from 8-10 heaters.
Finding the best outdoor infrared sauna for your specific needs can be tricky, and that’s exactly why we’re here to help you navigate the space.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ones out there, shall we?
THE SUNRAY BURLINGTON
The easy-to-install ETL/CSA certified Burlington is definitely one of the best 2-person saunas on the market if you’re looking to keep your party small. With superb ceramic heaters that warm up real fast, this sauna (which, like the Cayenne, comes with a 7 year structural warranty), constructed from Canadian Hemlock wood, has recessed interior LED lighting, an oxygen ionizer to purify its air, and easily fits in most backyards. Other neat features include a CD/MP3 player, cup holders, a superb weather cover protector, and a large rear bench seat. Get yours HERE.
THE SUNRAY GRANDBY
Slightly smaller than the Cayenne (with a weather-sealed partial glass door, 1 window, and 1 bench), this 3-person sauna, made from Canadian Hemlock, is great for a patio or deck. Standout features include 3 movable ergonomic backrests, the signature SunRay oxygen ionization system, recessed interior lighting, CD/MP3 player, cup holders, and more. Get yours HERE.
THE SUNRAY HL400D CAYENNE
This 4-person ETL/CSA certified outdoor sauna, also made from solid Canadian Hemlock wood, is easy to assemble and comes with a full 7 year structural warranty. Notable features include wide bench seating (for maximum comfort), an oxygen ionization air purification system, a CD/MP3 player, cup holders, and easy-to-adjust LED control panels. A definite enhancement for any home outside the home patio setting, the only Cayenne downside is that it doesn’t come with exterior lighting for the nighttime (if that’s something that’s important to you, that is). Get yours here for HERE.
THE CLEARLIGHT SANCTUARY OUTDOOR 5
If you’re looking to fit a whopping 5 people into your outdoor infrared sauna, look no further than the luxurious, durable, state of the art Clearlight™ Sanctuary Outdoor 5, truly built to last with True Wave® Full Spectrum Infrared heaters that offer medical-grade chromotherapy (i.e. near, mid, and far infrared light). With a fast preheating capability, it has wonderful features like insulated panels, furniture-grade cabinetry (including a reclining/flat bench with ergonomic backrest), a double glass pane, USB charging, ELF shielding mechanisms, MP3/Bluetooth/Aux audio inputs (you can control it remotely, as it’s a “smart” sauna), and even a smartphone cradle/door handle for your media viewing. While the low EMF sauna cabin comes with a 5-year warranty, the heaters and parts come with a limited lifetime warranty. Get yours HERE.
WESTERN PACIFIC OUTDOOR SAUNA
This pre-built, easy-to-assemble, well-lit sauna is a standout, not only because its cabin-like design is aesthetically pleasing, but also because it is made from 100% waterproof red cedar wood. While this large sauna might not be the most high-tech, it has a noteworthy glass door/window design as well as a particularly rapid, spacious heating mechanism. Get yours HERE.
THE FINAL WORD ON OUTDOOR INFRARED SAUNAS
We’ve highlighted the best of the best from brands you can trust (i.e. the ones that offer warranties), so hopefully you now feel more informed when it comes to the outdoor infrared sauna marketplace and are thus able to find the best one for your specific wants and needs. That being said, we definitely still strongly encourage you to do more research on any specific model that catches your eye, as what matters most is that you are happy with your new, amazing outdoor retreat.