Choosing an infrared sauna

Welcome to Athlete Recovery. We’re the UK’s one-stop shop for luxury home goods, working with some of the most prestigious brands around.

Among our core product ranges are our infrared saunas. Infrared saunas have become risen to prominence in recent years due to their many potential health benefits, including detoxification, improved circulation, relaxation, and pain relief. 

With demand on the rise for these saunas, there has been significant growth in the types and styles available. Indeed, with so many options on the market, it can be difficult to know how to choose the right infrared sauna for your needs. 

In this article, we will explore some key factors to consider to help you choose an infrared sauna.



The right type of infrared heater

When it comes to home saunas (of any kind) - heating systems are always going to be pretty fundamental.

You may not be aware that among infrared saunas, there are three commonly seen types of infrared heaters: ceramic, carbon, and hybrid.

Ceramic heaters are the oldest and most frequently used type of infrared heater. They emit near-infrared light, which is absorbed by the skin and tissues, producing a deep sweat. Ceramic heaters often tend to come in at a slightly lower price point.

Carbon heaters are more efficient than ceramic heaters. They emit far-infrared light, which penetrates deeper into the body, producing a more intense sweat. It is perhaps no surprise that this type of heater will cost a little more.

Want the best of both worlds? Hybrid heaters combine ceramic and carbon elements to produce a balance of near- and far-infrared light - potentially offering the greatest degree of benefit.

If you’re unsure about the role of the infrared heater in your sauna, do get in touch. Our team will be happy to provide guidance.

How much space do you have?

As you’ll see in our online infrared sauna shop, there is a huge variety of sizes available. 

Some saunas are as small as one square metre, while others will comfortably sit four users at once.

Your consideration should be two-fold. How many people are likely to be using the sauna? If it is simply for personal use, it is unlikely to be worth investing in a more expensive, larger product.

Space in your home is also a crucial factor when choosing an infrared sauna. While some saunas will fit neatly in the corner of a room, others will need a dedicated area to house them.

We would suggest deciding where you’re going to put the sauna before beginning to browse our different models. 

Getting the right look, feel, and materials

The quality of the materials used in the construction of the sauna is another crucial factor to consider. 

While saunas can be made from various materials, including plastic, and metal, our infrared saunas are all made from carefully-sourced wood.

Wood is by far and away the most popular choice for infrared sauna construction. A natural look and feel are conducive to a relaxing experience, and woods such as cedar, alder, and hemlock (as are found in our range) are particularly well suited to this purpose due to their durability and resistance to heat and moisture.

Different woods may have different grain patterns as well as colours. Consider your home decor and how you plan to fit your sauna into the interior design.


Appropriate and effective safety features

Safety is always a  crucial consideration when using any type of sauna. Infrared saunas should have several safety features to ensure that they can be used with fewer risks.

Your sauna should have a timer that can be set to automatically turn off the heater after a certain amount of time. This prevents it from overheating to a dangerous level.

The sauna should also have a shut-off switch that can be easily accessed in case of an emergency. The switch should be located outside the sauna, yet within easy reach of the user.

All infrared saunas sold by Athlete Recovery are built to the highest safety standards.

Infrared sauna warranty and price

A warranty is an important consideration when purchasing any product, and infrared saunas are no exception. 

A good warranty provides peace of mind and ensures that you will be protected if the sauna malfunctions or breaks down.

When choosing an infrared sauna, look for one with a warranty of at least three years. The warranty should cover the heater, control panel, and any other essential components of the sauna.

We’re really proud to offer some of the best prices on the market for infrared saunas in the UK but there is a broad span when it comes to the price of saunas. Smaller models might retail at less than £2,500, whereas other larger saunas will cost more than £10,000.

How to choose an infrared sauna

There are plenty of options when it comes to buying an infrared sauna. 

Whether you’re looking for something for individual use, a certain type of heater, or the perfect size for your home, we’re likely to have something for you in our online sauna shop.

Do get in touch with our friendly team and we can talk you through our range.

February 21, 2023