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The Best Home Sauna for Every Budget

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Cheapism Choice–Best Home SaunasIf you've been thinking about engaging in some serious self-care via a sauna, we're right there with you. The health benefits of this ancient practice are many: In addition to relaxation, studies suggest it can have a positive impact on cardiovascular function, joint tension, and much more. Although the price of traditional saunas puts them out of reach for many people, there are much cheaper options available. Read on to find out the best way to get your sweat on while staying on budget. 


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Vanell Sauna Blanket
Amazon

Vanell Infrared Sauna Blanket

$143 and up from Amazon

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If a portable pop-up sauna would take up more space than you have, a sauna blanket is a good alternative. This one gets great reviews from users, who give it 4-plus stars. Available in a handful of colors, the blanket uses two-zone far infrared technology, comes with a remote control, and includes arm openings so that you can read or use a device while inside. The temperature settings can be adjusted from 86 to 176 degrees.


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Infrared Sauna Blanket V3
HigherDose

Infrared Sauna Blanket V3

$499 from HigherDose

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For a sauna blanket with a few more features (and yes, a higher price tag), there's this option from New York-based HigherDose. While this sauna blanket works much like others, it contains additional layers meant to add wellness to your experience. These include a “detoxing” charcoal layer, heat-balancing clay, magnetic therapy material, and two crystal layers — amethyst and tourmaline. It includes a handheld controller and comes in two colors: green/black and purple/red. 


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Durasage Oversized Portable Steam Sauna Spa
Amazon

Durasage Oversized Portable Steam Sauna Spa

$160 from Amazon

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If space and expense is an issue, there are options like this portable sauna, which operates a bit like a steam tent. The setup comes with an 800-watt steam generator (with a 60-minute timer), and a chair for staying comfortable inside. It includes an opening for your head, two zippered openings to free your hands for use, and pockets for storing things you might want to access while inside. At 33 by 31.5 by 41 inches, it's one of the roomier portable sauna options on the market. Comes in three colors: silver, pink, and blue.

Radiant Saunas Harmony Deluxe Oversized Portable Sauna
The Home Depot

Radiant Saunas Harmony Deluxe Oversized Portable Sauna

$302 from Home Depot

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Another portable option, this sauna employs far infrared heat technology (rather than steam) via three carbon heating panels. Other features include a foot heater, a canvas chair, moisture-resistant fabric, a collapsible design, and a remote control so you can set the sauna at your preferred temperature. 


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1Love Sauna Dome
Amazon

1Love Sauna Dome

$1,399 and up from Amazon

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Looking for something a little more substantial in a sauna but not a full wooden unit? This sauna dome has many of the features of larger options without taking up as much space. It, too, uses far infrared heating technology in three independently controlled heating zones, with a temperature range of 77 to 194 degrees. All models also contain 326 germanium and tourmaline stones for additional health benefits, and the setup comes with a mat, pillow, and two insulated curtains. This comes in three models, including one that emits zero EMF (electromagnetic fields).

Luminati Infrared Sauna
SaunaSpace

Luminati Infrared Sauna

$3,000 from SaunaSpace

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Decidedly more design-conscious than the portable options, this sauna employs a two-layered organic cotton canvas enclosure (that's available in a few color options) with a tungsten infrared sauna panel to heat things up. Also included is a sauna stool, a bamboo grounding mat, and an exfoliating brush. The whole thing measures 63 inches tall, and 52 inches wide and deep. The company also offers a 10-year warranty and a 100-day trial. 


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Maxxus Saunas Seattle Carbon Far Infrared 2-Person Sauna
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Maxxus Saunas Seattle Carbon Far Infrared 2-Person Sauna

$2,016 from Amazon

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One of the better-rated two-person saunas available, this one is constructed of hemlock and is designed for indoor use. Features include six low-EMF heating panels — including one on the floorboard — an interior control panel for temperature and time functions, an interior reading lamp, and interior speakers. It reaches a maximum temp of 140 degrees, and the seller notes that assembly takes less than an hour. It measures nearly 75 inches tall, and has a tempered glass door for entry and exit.

Maxxus Saunas Infracolor 3-Person Far Infrared Sauna
The Home Depot

Maxxus Saunas Infracolor 3-Person Far Infrared Sauna

$3,399 from Home Depot 

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This three-person sauna offers far infrared tech via seven heaters, and it also includes some features that others on this list don't. For instance, it has an “infracolor infusion mood lighting system,” which uses nine colors, including a few often used in chromotherapy. It also has Bluetooth functionality, meaning you can listen to your favorite tunes while you get your sweat on. Finally, it has dual digital controls that can be accessed both inside and outside the unit.

Almost Heaven Grayson 4-Person Indoor Steam Sauna
Wayfair

Almost Heaven Grayson 4-Person Indoor Steam Sauna

$3,895 from Wayfair

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Need an indoor sauna that'll give a little more room to stretch out? This one is made of fir wood and provides heat via the steam method. It measures 6 feet, 6 inches tall and nearly 6 feet wide and deep. It features both an upper and lower bench, and its max temp is 195 degrees. Buyers give it great reviews — 4.6 out of 5 stars, and it's made in the U.S.A.

Almost Heaven Pinnacle Cedar 4-Person Electric Barrel Sauna
Wayfair

Almost Heaven Pinnacle Cedar 4-Person Electric Barrel Sauna

$4,842 from Wayfair

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If you're looking for a sauna for the whole family that can be installed outside the home, this steam barrel sauna is a well-rated option, with Wayfair buyers giving it 4.7 out of 5 stars. The barrel shape allows for the flow of evenly distributed heat, and there are two benches inside that face one another, allowing for easy conversation amongst sauna users. It reaches a maximum temp of 195 degrees and can even be ordered with a "vista window" for $4,899. Dimensions are 6.5 feet high, and 6 feet wide and deep. 


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Almost Heaven Huntington Cedar 6-Person Electric Canopy Barrel Sauna
Wayfair

Almost Heaven Huntington Cedar 6-Person Electric Canopy Barrel Sauna

$5,600 from Wayfair

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Another outdoor barrel option for an even bigger group, this traditional cedar steam sauna can fit up to six people. It, too, comes with or without a window and has a maximum temp to 195 degrees. Other features include two outdoor benches for taking breaks, and a tempered glass door for easy entry and exit. Overall dimensions are 6.5 feet high, 6 feet wide, and just under 8 feet deep.

BZBCabins.com Oval Outdoor Sauna Kit
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BZBCabins.com Oval Outdoor Sauna Kit

$9,950 from Amazon

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If price isn’t an issue, you're handy with tools, and you don't mind a bit of lead time, this eight-person, two-room sauna (which you have to assemble yourself) will be the envy of the neighborhood. Constructed of Nordic spruce, it comes with your choice of heater (including rocks): a Harvia or Finlandia electric. This unit usually ships within three to five weeks, pre-cut and ready to assemble. 


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