If you've been mulling over a minor home renovation but are looking for inspiration on what to do, a sauna could be everything you never knew you needed. Leaving aside the amazing health benefits - from better skin to more restful sleep, to say the least - home saunas today are simply stunning. They're also becoming less expensive, easier to maintain and just simply more convenient if you're more of a home-fitness kind of person.
One big question many people have in this process is how much saunas cost. Today, most models are upwards of $2,000 – and while the final figure depends entirely on what you have in mind, here are a few things that determine how much you end up paying.
How many people do you want to accommodate?
The physical size of the sauna will obviously have an impact on the cost – larger models will be more expensive than smaller ones. But it's not just the dimensions that count, it's also how many people the sauna can accommodate.
If you've got a large family or entertain often, you'll want to ensure you get something like a six-person hybrid Finnish outdoor sauna or even a three-person carbon fibre infrared sauna. If you're not one for entertaining, this two-person ceramic home sauna might be the one for you!
What type of sauna are you getting?
Today, there are two main types of saunas — infrared and traditional. Knowing which is which doesn't just make a difference to how much you pay upfront but also down the line.
Infrared saunas work by using heat lamps to penetrate your skin, which then causes your body to sweat. Traditional saunas, on the other hand, use hot rocks or a stove to heat up the air, and the barrel sauna is a hybrid variation between the two.
While each type has its perks and limitations, infrared saunas are generally seen as more efficient and effective, since they heat your body directly rather than just the air around you. That said, they're also usually more expensive than the other types – so it's really a matter of personal preference and budget.
Who's installing it for you?
Because home saunas are becoming so popular in Aussie homes, there are more and more companies out there who can install them for you. While some might charge a flat fee, others will charge by the hour. Ask around and get a few quotes before making a decision, because this will, ultimately, add to your total bill. With saunas, a DIY installation is generally not a good idea!
What's the sauna made out of?
Given the stunning complexity of these models, the material that was used to make your sauna also has an impact on how much you end up paying. Saunas can be made from a variety of materials, including wood (which is the most popular choice), ceramic, carbon fibre, glass or even plastic. Again, it really comes down to what you like, but keep in mind that different materials will have different maintenance requirements, which could impact your costs down the line.
Are home saunas worth the investment?
Only if you're interested in better health and well-being. Even smaller saunas today pack plenty of punch and deliver amazing results if you're looking to improve your stress management, cardiovascular health, blood circulation, weight management and other aspects of a healthy lifestyle.
They're also not clunky, awkward-looking sheds – today, they're designed with world-class expertise, material and technology, making them a great addition to your home, even if you're looking to sell it or rent it out in the foreseeable future.
Plus, if you're worried about your carbon footprint, that's covered too. Infrared saunas are designed to operate more efficiently, reducing an otherwise hefty carbon footprint. All in all, saunas are a choice for winners, and you will thank yourself for investing in one!
The verdict: how much are saunas?
Ultimately, you can expect to pay between $2,000 and $10,000 for a quality home sauna. As mentioned above, the size, type, and style of your sauna will play a role in the cost. While there are certainly more affordable and more expensive options on the market, a sauna within this price range will provide amazing benefits.
The benefits of home saunas are priceless – but they could be yours for so much less!
Saunas in Australia are becoming a way of life, and it's no surprise. For all the benefits you enjoy, these models aren't just becoming more affordable but are also designed with some of the best features and come packed with life-changing benefits for your health. If there is ever a bandwagon you want to join, this is it – get started today and shop our full range of saunas online.
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