What’s the difference between a steam sauna and a dry one?

Steam or dry Sauna?


If you are are interested in building a sauna at your home, there are a few things you want to consider before beginning. First, decide which type of sauna you need.



Before choosing to install a wet or dry sauna make sure you are aware of all risks and benefits that may be associated with owning each option


There are two general types: a wet sauna and a dry sauna. Both are believed to relieve tension and stress, stimulate blood circulation and help rejuvenate the skin through perspiration. Both work differently and have different benefits:

Both wet or dry saunas uses a wood burning stove or electric stove, however the difference is in the temperature and humidity inside. Steam heat feels hotter to the skin at the same temperatures as dry heat, and therefore it is not tolerated for as long as dry heat.  Wet saunas (or steam saunas) use a heater and volcanic rocks that are heated to a high temperature but as oppose to the dry sauna it uses water which vaporizes quickly due to extremely high temps, causing steam to form. With a dry saunas, there is no water involved but only heated rocks. The heat is much more tolerable, but the actual effect on the body is better because the heat is reaching it directly and therefore producing results more quickly. Another disadvantage of steam saunas is that they encourage mold and fungus growth more than dry saunas.


To summarize, dry saunas can promote more sweating than steam heat saunas. You’ll tire sooner and want to leave the sauna more quickly with steam heat.

Dry saunas can use one of two heating sources: a traditional convective heat source, which uses hot air passing over the skin as in a traditional Finnish-style sauna or by infrared emission.


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