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Are Cheap Saunas Good Value For Money?

Apr 6, 2008
Getting a cheap sauna from Ebay is not necessarily a bad idea, because if you can find a quality sauna at a good price, then you could be laughing all the way to the bank. However, a cheap sauna in terms of price and quality is not such a good idea.

What we are talking about here, are not bargains, but cheap in terms of price and cheap in terms of quality.

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) in Canada have investigated and found fault with a number of cheap imported saunas. Amongst other things they discovered heaters running very hot and smoking in one of these devices. In addition, there were potential electric shock and fire hazards associated with the use of these saunas.

Whilst not necessarily indicative of the state of all imported saunas, it does help to reinforce the notion that with cheap saunas as with everything else, you generally get what you pay for. And when we are talking about health and safety with cheap saunas, it does tend to suggest that extra precautions should be taken when shopping for cheap saunas.

One thing that is an easy thing to spot is the type of wood that the sauna is made of. Traditionally, cedar wood is the material of choice for high quality saunas. Cedar wood is a soft wood that resists cracking and splitting caused by the heating up and cooling down in the sauna. No sauna wood lasts longer than cedar wood. In addition, Cedar wood contains aromatic oils that are known for their healing and cleansing properties to aid detoxification during the sauna.

If a cheap sauna is not made of cedar, then you need to make some investigation into the wood that it is made of. If nothing else, any sauna that is not made of cedar is not likely to last as long. Nor is it likely to have any of the beneficial properties that cedar wood exhibits.

Many other sauna manufacturers produce saunas made from hemlock, spruce, fir or other low cost, low quality woods and sell them as "hypoallergenic" wood. The real reason they are using these woods is that they cost less by the board foot as compared to cedar. The hypoallergenic only lasts a few sessions until the mould and bacteria starts to grow unchecked on the moist, warm white wood. Then the only way to clean the sauna is with harsh chemicals which you won't want to breathe while sitting in your sauna. There is absolutely no reason not to treat yourself to the quality and luxury of cedar wood in your sauna.
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