As with every purchase, when deciding for or against a home sauna, it must be weighed up whether the price demanded in each case corresponds to the service offered. There are immense differences here, especially in the case of sauna heaters with their sauna heating rod - the decision based on gut feeling alone is not enough here.
The well-being decides: Your own sauna
When buying a sauna, you should not necessarily put money first. Of course, there are many cheap models on the market, but buying one is usually not really recommended. First and foremost, you should feel comfortable and have enough space in the sauna - a narrow home sauna, which is more like a space-saving version, is certainly not what you had in mind in the long run. Besides the usual sauna, this also applies to infrared cabins, which are available in different sizes. With some purchases, it is not possible to make a cost-benefit calculation, especially when the actual financial expenditure is on one side and personal well-being is on the other.
Mobile Sauna: A special case?
The mobile sauna has the advantage that it can be quickly assembled and disassembled thanks to a simple folding mechanism. You therefore remain flexible and can take a sauna wherever you want. True sauna lovers are usually not necessarily convinced of this and prefer - if it has to be mobile - to use an infrared model (demonstrated here for example in an amateur video). Important: The mobile sauna cannot be compared with the stationary version anyway and needs a drying place after use. This is the only way to avoid mould growth.
It is important that the wall elements of the mobile sauna are made of slow-growing coniferous woods (spruce, hemlock) and that the entire construction is composed of several layers. Glass surfaces conduct the heat more quickly, however, so it is better to use wooden elements.
If you want to buy a mobile sauna, the prices are often only slightly lower than for stationary sauna cabins of smaller size. The effect on health is comparable, but the effort involved in using it - construction, sealing, drying - is higher. It is not uncommon for people to speak of an unsuitable price-performance ratio. The recommendation therefore clearly goes in the direction of the stationary home sauna, for which we have another tip at this point.
Price-performance ratio of the stationary sauna heater: the biggest purchase
After the actual sauna cabin, the sauna oven is the biggest purchase of all. There are many different models on the market, ranging from the electrically operated version to the wood stove and the combined sauna stove. The wood-burning wood-burning stove certainly the most original version, but its installation is more difficult and more complicated. In order to find out whether price and performance are in a good relationship, you must take a look at the stated performance characteristics of the heater. How long does the oven take to reach its operating temperature? How many stones can it hold? Is it a brand product? You should know what is important to you and choose the stove accordingly - even if it is sold at a higher price. If you are unsure, choose a brand product, so you can't go wrong - at least not with the heater.
A tip: The amount of stones taken up should be at least 15 to 20 kg, better still 100 kg. This gives you the pure sauna feeling, because the stones can hardly cool down during the sauna session and are ideal for infusions.