You want to buy a Sauna but hesitate between traditional Sauna and infrared Sauna? Discover below the main differences between these two types of Sauna and their operating principle.


The main difference between Traditional Sauna and Infrared Sauna is the origin of these rituals: one comes from Finland (Traditional Sauna) while the other (Infrared Sauna) has its origin in Japan.


The traditional sauna uses an electric or wood stove to raise the temperature of the air, which in turn heats the entire body.

The infrared sauna heats the body directly and without contact by means of infrared panels, by a phenomenon called convection.


The heat of an infrared sauna is generally easier to bear than the heat of a traditional sauna. In addition, the heat in an infrared sauna cabin is often “softer” because it is localized, which means that it does not cause significant heating of the surrounding air.

As for the temperature, it is higher in a traditional sauna, which has a temperature of up to 110 ° C with a low humidity (about 25%), while the infrared sauna offers dry air and a temperature that does not exceed 60 ° C.


Whether you prefer an infrared sauna or a traditional sauna, the purpose of these cabins is the same: to allow you to escape and evacuate the tensions of everyday life.

Beneficial for both body and mind, each sauna session will allow you to clear your mind and recharge your batteries for a few moments.

Finally, you should know that the benefits for the body are the same regardless of the type of sauna: purification of the skin, activation of blood circulation and elimination of accumulated toxins. It’s up to you to make the right choice!

How to choose a traditional or infrared sauna?

What is the purpose of a sauna?

The sauna, also called “Finnish bath”, is particularly appreciated in Scandinavian countries, which have adopted it for almost 2,000 years now. Did you know that? In Finnish, the word “sauna” means “sweat”. The second largest city in Finland, Tampere, is known as the sauna capital of the world! This small wooden hut diffuses ambient air, heated by a stove. The lava stones are used to maintain the heat inside while giving off steam when sprinkled with water. The traditional sauna is one of the best stress relievers available! Thanks to the heat, the body sweats and releases a multitude of endorphins, allowing the user to fully relax. People suffering from respiratory problems such as asthma or chronic bronchitis find a real comfort after a few minutes spent in a sauna. This ritual is also an excellent solution to dilate the skin pores and clean the skin effectively. For several years now, the traditional sauna and the infrared sauna have been making their way into homes around the world. Kit models are convenient for those who wish to have regular weekly sessions at home.

What are the different types of sauna?

Several types of sauna exist to satisfy the needs and desires of everyone:

    The traditional Finnish sauna

    The infrared sauna

    The electric sauna

The traditional Finnish sauna is, as its name indicates, similar to the one used in Finland. Its temperature is generally between 70 and 100°C and rises in less than an hour. Its principle is quite simple: its wooden cabin is heated entirely by a wood stove (or electric in some cases). This rather expensive model has a singular operation. As for its installation, it can be rather difficult for novices. This is essentially why the electric sauna remains a more interesting version. Good to know: a session in a traditional sauna lasts an average of 15 minutes.

The infrared sauna has been in vogue for several years now. Its very good quality-price ratio seduces buyers looking for well-being at home. This type of sauna has the particularity of not having a stove! It is finally an ultra modern (and simplified) version of the traditional sauna that we all know. It works with infrared lamps or radiant panels that emit dry heat. These elements are placed in various places in the cabin and radiate to the four corners of the cabin to heat the body of the user without emitting ultraviolet rays. The infrared sauna can be installed quickly since it is connected to an electrical outlet. Its maximum temperature can reach 50°C in only a few minutes. A session can last between 30 and 45 minutes.

What are the advantages of a traditional sauna?

The traditional sauna is the ideal installation for those who love heat and humidity. Indeed, its maximum temperature is much higher than that of the infrared sauna. It will also be suitable for lovers of Scandinavian traditions since this model is the closest to those found in Finland, for example. Intensity and relaxation are well and truly at the rendez-vous with the traditional sauna! To summarize, here are its main advantages:

    High temperature

    Respect of the Scandinavian tradition

    Intensity of the sessions

On the other hand, the length of the heating time and the price of the traditional sauna can be an obstacle to your purchase.

If the benefits of the infrared sauna as traditional are multiple, its use is strongly discouraged for children, individuals with heart problems, pregnant women and other fragile people. If you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, venous problems, hypertension or have open wounds or sunburn, the sauna should be avoided. If in doubt, consult your general practitioner who will be able to inform you in the best way.