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I am considering getting one to put in my basement. I used to sit in the one at my health club regularly before covid. Any must-have or must-avoid features? A lot of them seem to be infrared which heat your body but not the air, but I've only ever experienced the traditional set ups at the clubs.
 

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I love sauna, as Estonians generally do. Pretty much every house owner owns a sauna here. Don't own one myself yet though, because living in rented apartment. I'm always sitting in sauna daily after my workout in the gym.

We usually prefer wood-burning stoves or electrical sauna stoves so I don't know much about infrared saunas. Are you going to use some building company with a lot of experience?
 

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Are you going to use some building company with a lot of experience?
I would get one of the ready to assemble kits.
 

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I have a infared sauna in my home gym. Absolutely love it. I tend to use it several times a week.

It has great detox effects (supposedly) and after I spend an hour in it, I leave drenched in sweat. Aside from the detox, another immediate side effect is I get super energetic afterward. . . I feel like a million bucks.

Unfortunately, If I sauna too close to bedtime, I'll be up all night.

It also is a nice queue to relax, read a book, meditate, chill out.
 

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I bought an infrared sauna last year, however, I like the traditional more. The traditional sauna is much hotter than infrared and you can do an ice-bath right after, than back to sauna, ice-bath, and repeat.

The infrared sauna is usually smaller, cheaper, and one big plus is that it is ready to be used after about 10 minutes you turn it on. There is a whole science around what kind of infrared heaters are the best (full spectrum should be the best for general usage). And cold shower should be avoided after, for the best detox experience.

I feel good after the infrared sauna, but 15 minutes of extremely hot finish sauna with a few minutes of the ice-cold shower after is another level.
 

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Don't go with infrared, go with traditional, it is worth it. I contemplated and studied the idea to make a sauna myself for quite some time (with the idea to sell them next???). Here's my plan that I never put into practice:

1. go to a local sawmill and ask them how much it'd be for a sauna. It's important you choose the right type of timber and that they make the sauna in a way that is easy for you to build, like a lego. Three features are important: built-in space for light, whole for the plug of the sauna-heater, a door that closes well.
2. Bring the sauna home and build it. If you don't intend on moving the sauna too much, add some screws to the parts.
3. Buy the smallest Harvia sauna-heater that you can plug in a normal electric plug so that there is no need for special plugging work.
4. Connect the lights.
5. Enjoy.
 

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2. Bring the sauna home and build it. If you don't intend on moving the sauna too much, add some screws to the parts.
3. Buy the smallest Harvia sauna-heater that you can plug in a normal electric plug so that there is no need for special plugging work.

How can you even move an indoor sauna thats not a saunahouse or sauna on wheels?

I assume if it's a "sauna assembly kit" it really can't be the real deal.

If you want to build a proper traditional one with electrical stove or wood-burning stove, THAT WILL LAST, you have to properly insulate walls, ceiling, use foil for keeping more heat, have distance under wall and ceiling boards so the air can move, have room between floor and wall boards, between ceiling and wall boards, choose a right stove according to the size of the room, build the sitting place at the right height, of course you need to choose the correct timber and the ventilation of the room is extremely important.

But yes, traditional sauna is better. If you can't have a small pool with cold water, what we do here and in Finland is we have a wooden bucket with rope attached somewhere high with cold water running in it, and right after sauna we go under it and pull the rope. :D
 

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I have one in my home. The benefits are ridiculous (look up some articles written by Rhonda Patrick). I agree with what mon_fi said above, don't go with infared. Get a traditional. I purchased mine from Almost Heaven Saunas and I've been happy with it.
 

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I grew up in a 100 year old farm house which had had an indoor sauna retrofitted in the 1970’s. The most notable things about it were the type of stove which took hours to heat the real deal and benches sculpted to follow the contours of your body. It’s a major push to build one on the side considering the sheer muscle and man-hours needed, but I do recommend.
 

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