What temperature should I choose when using a sauna?

Most people prefer 150-175 degrees Fahrenheit for a traditional sauna and 120-130 degrees Fahrenheit for an infrared sauna

But finding the ideal temperature for your own sauna is no easy task, let alone finding the right temperature that meets everyone’s needs. Because everyone’s body is unique and experiences temperature differently. In this article, we’ll look at how to determine the right sauna temperature for you, whether it’s an infrared or traditional sauna.


Unique features of traditional sauna

Authentic saunas use electric heaters or wood-burning heaters to heat the room to 180°F or higher. Even just 15 minutes in the sauna is enough to increase circulation, blood flow and sweating. Regular use of a traditional sauna has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including improved sleep quality and improved post-exercise recovery. Traditional saunas generally include indoor and outdoor wooden sauna rooms. Of course, the latest and most popular outdoor tent sauna can also be used for traditional saunas and are more portable and convenient.

Unique features of infrared saunas

Infrared saunas can reach temperatures as high as 150°F, depending on the infrared equipment used. In contrast to a traditional sauna, infrared light penetrates and heats the body rather than heating the surrounding air. This is great for relieving pain and raising body temperature. The temperature of infrared sauna is not that high, and it will not make you sweat profusely, so people who are used to traditional saunas or outdoor tent sauna generally do not choose infrared equipment for sauna!

Tips for finding the perfect sauna temperature

First of all, in infrared saunas, most devices allow you to accurately adjust the temperature, record usage time and experience temperature. You can start from the basic temperature and slowly adjust it, and then you can find the best temperature for you.

With a traditional sauna, it may take a little more experimenting, but the following tips will help you find the right temperature for you:
Keep a thermometer handy. Adjust the heater’s temperature knob and slowly bring it back up to its highest temperature, remembering that traditional saunas often run as high as 180/185°F! Water is then added to the stones, creating steam that increases the perceived temperature of the sauna.
And traditional saunas can consider the 200 rule, which states that the comfort of a sauna depends on a combination of humidity and temperature, not just one or the other. Simply put, if you want perfect comfort, the sauna temperature and humidity level should add up to 200. For example, if your sauna temperature is set to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, you will need 30% humidity so that you can achieve the desired 200 rule. 170 plus 30 equals 200. No need to hesitate about how to detect humidity, a general sauna thermometer can also measure temperature and humidity at the same time! This rule is especially suitable for novices to find the sauna temperature that suits them.
You may be wondering how this rule affects dry or infrared saunas. Frankly, it doesn’t work because neither type uses water to create steam.

Your Sauna, Your Comfort

Share your preferred sauna temperature with us! Whether you lean towards the therapeutic warmth of a traditional sauna or the gentle embrace of an infrared sauna, your input is invaluable. We look forward to hearing about your sauna journey and helping you unlock the perfect temperature for your ultimate relaxation.


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