Everything You Should Know When Buying a Sauna


Saunas are a great way to relax and de-stress after a long day at the office, or even after a great workout. While most people can get their sauna session in at their local gym, many people are investing in saunas for their home so that they can get the most out of the experience.

If you’re thinking about buying a sauna, you’ve come to the right place! There are so many things that you need to consider before investing your hard earned money.

Do you have ample space for a sauna?

This first tip is so important. While you do need a considerable amount of extra space for a sauna, the good news is that there are so many different sauna models, shapes, and sizes.  So even if you have a small space, you should be able to find something that fits. However, you won’t know for sure until you sit back and really think about where your sauna will go.

We recommend that you measure out your space. Know and understand the dimensions that you’re working with. From here, you can move forward in your sauna search in a much more informative way.

Do you need any electrical work?

If you’re in an older house, or a house where you’re frequently tripping your breakers, you may want to consult an electrician.  You don’t want to install your sauna to find out your home’s outdated electrical wiring isn’t capable of safely, reliably providing power to it.   That being said, there are a lot of newer sauna models on the market that don’t require too much in terms of electricity. You can simply plug them in and enjoy your sauna experience!

Either way, you need to make sure that wherever you install your sauna has the capabilities to power your sauna — along with all of your other appliances and electricity needs.

What are the different types of saunas?

Just like our hot tubs and swim spas, you’ll find a selection of saunas in our showrooms.  There are many types of saunas on the market today:

Infrared Sauna – This type of sauna is more like a heat room. Instead of heating the air or stones, it is directed straight at the users body. These types of saunas do not generate any steam.

Steam Sauna – These saunas generate steam instead of heat to help relax muscles. Steam saunas work at a much lower temperature compared to other saunas, but traps the steam in the room for the duration of the sauna.

Electrically Heated Sauna – These saunas use an electric heater to provide a safe and consistent sauna experience. This type of sauna is the most popular for home installation and use.

Any safety issues regarding saunas?

Buying the cheapest sauna model or one off of craigslist can actually be quite dangerous. Heat is a key component to enjoying your sauna experience and since many saunas are made from wood, if the wiring isn’t done properly or uses cheap material, you put your safety at risk.  Beware if a price is too good to be true on a used sauna or if a used sauna you’re considering is particularly old.

Ultimately, purchasing a sauna without seeing it in person is simply asking for trouble. You won’t have any idea if you actually like the sauna, not to mention whether or not it is well made. Always go and see the sauna you want to buy in person before you make your decision.

Where can I find a good place to buy a sauna in East Texas?

Visit one of our showrooms!  In addition to hot tubs, endless pools, grills, and everything else, we also sell saunas!  East Texas Spa has been around for over 3 decades and we have two locations in East Texas — one in Tyler, the other being in Longview.  Stop by one of them and we’ll show you our available saunas, as well as answer any questions you might have.

Avoid looking at saunas at a festival, carnival, fair or in a parking lot. These dealers come with a lot of risk as they pop up here and there and you’ll likely never see them again if you have questions or if something breaks. These dealers tend to be a lot pushier compared to ones who own a show floor (or two like us!) or have a permanent location. The reason for this is because they want to make as many sales in a short period of time as possible. You don’t want to work with someone like this, as you’ll only end up buying the wrong sauna.

Did you get a chance to test out your sauna?

Always ask to try out the sauna you want to purchase — something we allow at East Texas Spa. It’s like buying a car. You would never buy a car without taking it out for a test drive. Saunas are no different, especially when some can cost thousands of dollars.  When you test out a sauna it will either confirm that you enjoy its features and the experience, or you will know that it’s not the right sauna for you. Any dealer that refuses to let you test out the sauna should not be trusted.

This is particularly true for dealers at carnivals or fairs. They will not allow anyone to test out their saunas, which should act as a big barrier to you agreeing to purchase anything.

What are the other details to consider when buying a sauna?

So, you’ve decided on the sauna you want from the right dealer. You’ve tested out the sauna and are now ready to purchase.  Before you put pen to paper, make sure that you read all of the agreement details. You want to make sure that delivery and installation is included (or at least addressed), as well as other things like:

  • Warranty
  • Addons
  • Maintenance services
  • Repair services

When all is said and done when purchasing from a reputable dealer like East Texas Spa, you’ll end up with the right sauna installed in your home. If you’ve followed this buyer’s guide carefully and have thought things through, you’ll really reduce the problems that can arise from buying a sauna. The best part? You can enjoy your new sauna whenever you want and get the total relaxation that you deserve.