Home saunas to de-stress and detoxify in your own private garden sanctuary
Frequently asked questions about garden saunas
Are home saunas worth it?
Take advantage of the many benefits of a sauna in your garden, including reducing blood pressure, alleviating colds, improving circulation and helping with the symptoms of chronic pain conditions like arthritis. Not only that, home saunas improve exercise tolerance and mental wellbeing. Get more advice in our guide to dry heat in saunas, and learn more about choosing the right sauna for your home or garden in our guide.
Do garden saunas need planning permission?
Most garden saunas will not require planning permission, however, this depends on the size of the sauna and your property. Regulations also differ by local authority, so it's always best to consult with them prior to buying a home sauna.
Do outdoor saunas need electricity?
No, unlike home saunas, outdoor saunas are standalone buildings, so you can choose from an electric heater or wood burner in most garden sauas. Wood-burning stoves offer an authentic Baltic sauna experience, with cleaner, more efficient combustion and environmental friendliness. Electric heaters are better suited if you don't want to worry about stocking up on firewood.
Do outdoor saunas work in winter?
Yes! Garden saunas are perfectly suited to colder months. As we get into winter, it can be harder to stick to your wellness and exercise routine, garden saunas help relax your muscles, boost your immune system and warm you up after a workout. Barrel saunas naturally shed rain and snow with their curved design, while cube saunas allow you to enjoy your garden through the glass panel. Make sure that you clean your sauna throughout winter, and bear in mind that it can take longer for your outdoor sauna to heat up in colder temperatures. Lastly, before using a sauna, always consult with your doctor if you have any underlying health conditions. Find out more in our sauna maintenance and safety guide.
What is healthier a hot tub or a sauna?
Both saunas and hot tubs offer a variety of health benefits, which works best for you depends on your personal preferences and health goals. You might prefer the soothing hydrotherapy benefits of hot tubs to improve your flexibility, with a soak at the end of the day with aromatherapy scents better suited to reducing your stress levels. Or, you could find the dry heat and detoxification of saunas are a better match for you, saunas also offer the benefit of improving skin texture and tone by unclogging pores.
Both hot tubs and saunas promote mental wellbeing by relaxing and destressing your mind, as well as improving your sleep quality. They both aid circulation and blood flow, while reducing blood pressure. Home saunas and spas also help with muscle soreness and tension, as well as alleviating pain and inflammation from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and stiff backs. Don't forget to consult your doctor first if you have underlying health conditions.
How long should you stay in a sauna?
We recommend to spend up to 20 minutes inside the sauna per session. If you're not used to saunas, start with 5 minutes and build up to longer. Barrel saunas have exterior benches. so you can cool down outside in between sessions. Ensure you stay hydrated throughout and consult your doctor if you have any health concerns or are pregnant.
Is it OK to use a sauna everyday?
Yes, it's fine to use your sauna every day, as long as you stay hydrated. Longer sessions over 20 minutes can dehydrate you, whereas regular sessions should not pose any risk to your health. Check with your doctor if you have any medical concerns.
Should I shower after using a sauna?
It's important to cool down after using a sauna, to avoid catching a cold from sweat. Leave enough time after using the sauna to get cool before showering. We prefer to rest on a bench with a drink, and then get refreshed in an outdoor shower.