There are a lot of differences and similarities between infrared saunas and steam saunas. In fact there are quite possibly hundreds and hundreds.
In this article, we are going to list and talk about some of the more important differences.
Obviously the primary difference between infrared saunas and steam saunas is the heating method.
Steam is an enveloping heat… it surrounds you in moist, heated air and works by heating you pretty much by proxy.
Infrared heat on the other hand is heat waves that heat your core and all, directly. It’s the same kind of heat you feel from the sun. That doesn’t make it all natural or whatever, because you have to consider the EMF rating of the unit as well.
I wouldn’t say one is better than the other as far as simple sauna benefits goes, however I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the added benefits of infrared technology. We will perhaps bring this up later in more depth.
It also goes without saying that steam can provide other benefits as well, including by other means such as adding oils to the water to create aromatherapy kind of situations. That in itself has many benefits as well.
Cost To Use:
This is hardly a fair battle since steam saunas can produce steam in so many ways it is really hard to say the true price. You could heat the rocks yourself by a fire and pour water on them for the steam. That would be super cheap (albeit sounds a bit dangerous to me).
Infrared obviously uses electricity. That doesn’t make it expensive. The full sized 4 or 6 person infrared saunas may cost quite a bit to maintain. However the smaller portable infrared sauna that you can buy uses a couple bucks a month at most, under fairly heavy use.
The Ease Of Use:
This is a pretty interesting point to make. I mean, it shouldn’t be too hard to operate a steam sauna, but when you consider you just sort of turn on an infrared heater, it becomes obvious that far infrared saunas are much easier to use than their steam counterparts.
But, are they? Sauna heaters are pretty easy to come by, and you essentially just turn them on. They heat up the rocks and you either pour little bits of water on them or whatever. So how much easier can it be?
A lot. No really:
It can be a lot easier, regardless of whether we are comparing against the infrared sauna or the steam sauna.
How? Easy – enter the portable sauna!
See, these saunas are exactly what the say they are. Portable Saunas. You don’t have to build anything, you don’t have to “humidity proof” any rooms. You just have to buy a portable infrared sauna or a portable steam sauna, set it up, and off you go. Easy, peasy. Why?
Because they don’t need anything else except water (steam saunas) and electricity. That’s it. You essentially set them up and plug them in and Presto!
The infrared ones heat up in a few minutes, and the steam saunas have a – ok I can’t think of what they are… A Steamy thing? A steamer? Ya – A steamer. These are like a really hot and effective mist humidifier There are also other accessories. And so its hot and steamy. A hot and steamy portable sauna.