Best Outdoor Saunas

By William Chutney

February 9, 2021


Most Spacious: TimberIn Rectangular Barrel Sauna

https://www.woodenhottubsale.co.uk/product/rectangular-outdoor-garden-wooden-sauna/

The TimberIn Rectangular Barrel Sauna is the most spacious unit in this product range. It can very comfortably accommodate 2 to 1Outdoor and garden saunas are a wonderful way to relax and get some me-time or spend time with loved ones. 

You will also experience health benefits when using a sauna, such as improved circulation, eased fluid retention, and reduced stress and tension, among others. 

Spending time in a steamy sauna can ease respiratory problems, like congestion. A sauna can help you feel better and help your body fight infection. 

Outdoor saunas are great next to the pool or hot tub. They are very popular in colder climates for those chilly days when you just can’t seem to get warm.

We have reviewed the best outdoor saunas on the market. We have included saunas with some fantastic all-in-one premium options and some more simplified options that will still meet your needs.

Our Review of the 8 Best Saunas for the Outdoors and Garden 

Best Overall: Iglusauna by Iglucraft 

https://iglucraft.com/en/outdoor-saunas/

Iglucraft has the most amazing customizable outdoor and garden saunas available on the market. The award-winning Iglusauna is our number one choice. 

These Nordic-style wooden saunas come in three sizes. The Single Iglusauna has a 4.5m2 floor area, which accommodates 4 people. 

The Double Iglusauna includes a washroom. It can house up to 6 people and it has a 10m2 floor area.

The largest Triple Iglusauna also accommodates 6 people, and it has changing and washrooms included. 

The rounded structure of the Iglusauna is the ideal shape for a heated steam room. It’s more comfortable and better for steam circulation. 

The Iglusuna comes with a light Hazel, medium-tone Chestnut, or dark Eben exterior. You can select a light or dark tone for the sauna’s interior, which is made with Aspen timber. 

Each of the three size options is 2.52m high, so there’s room even for taller guests to stand up and move around. 

The Single Iglusauna is 2.4m in length, so it won’t take up very much room. The Double is 4.6m in length, a good size for a family or when you have guests. The Triple is 5.8m in length to accommodate the two additional rooms.

Iglusauna has an awesome website where you can take a virtual tour and fully customize your sauna. 

Iglucraft delivers your sauna in one piece, so you don’t need to assemble it. Some installation and positioning are needed, but the Iglucraft team will be there to assist you.

Pros 

  • Customizable high-quality wood units
  • Three sizes for 4-6 people
  • Woodfire or electric heating 
  • Multiple color options for interior and exterior
  • Optimum rounded shape

Cons 

  • The igloo shape and shingle exterior may not appeal to everyone

Best Value: TimberIn Pod Sauna  

https://www.woodenhottubsale.co.uk/product/garden-sauna-pod-sale/

We have selected a number of TimberIn’s saunas to include in this round-up as they offer excellent value for money. They are also highly customizable with numerous options to meet your specific needs and preferences.

The Pod Sauna is our First Runner Up in this round-up as it’s TimberIn’s best selling unit. Note that all the TimberIn models reviewed here include a Harvia electric or woodfire heater. 

This sauna is highly customizable with four size options from 2m to 5m in length. It can accommodate between 2 and 10 people, depending on the size you choose. All of the options are 2.5m high, so they are quite spacious. 

The sauna comes in Spruce and Larch Thermowood with exterior cladding which is highly durable. All the models include a Harvia electric or woodfire heater. 

A window at the back of the sauna can be added to afford a panoramic view of nature. A terrace and dressing room can also be included. 

The rounded structure of this TimberIn sauna is a good shape for a heated steam room. It’s more comfortable and better for steam circulation. 

Pros 

  • Value for money
  • Good shape for steam circulation
  • Excellent insulation and waterproofing
  • Four size options, accommodating up to 10 people 
  • Quality Harvia heating unit included

Cons 

  • Lacks high-tech features 

Best Premium: Natura and Arti Saunas by Auroom  

https://auroomwellness.com/product/natura/

Auroom makes very high-quality, beautiful saunas. The Auroom Natura outdoor sauna is the Second Runner Up on our list. The Auroom Arti is just like the Natura, but smaller in size. 

Both models are made from thermo-treated Aspen and Spruce wood with exterior cladding. This ensures the sauna lasts a long time and withstands severe weather conditions. 

These Nordic-style saunas have highly efficient insulation, including triple-glazed tempered glass to keep out the cold. They feature a large front window to afford a view of the outdoors or your backyard. 

With a 2.8m height and 12m2 floor space, the Natura sauna is spacious. It can comfortably seat 6 people. A lounge can also be added for extra comfort. 

The Arti model is 2.5m high with a 6.4m2 floor space, which is still quite spacious. It can easily accommodate 4 people.

An electrical sauna heater is included as well as LED dimmable lighting with both models. 

Auroom saunas have the best tech available. A module can be added which allows you to change the sauna settings using a web app. Bluetooth speakers can be fitted as well as electric blinds.

While the shape of the Auroom saunas is not the best for steam distribution, you probably won’t notice the difference with this high-quality unit.

Pros 

  • Highly customizable units
  • Spacious interior and terrace
  • Numerous high-tech features 
  • Durable, even in extreme weather 
  • Very attractive-looking models

Cons 

  • Pricey
  • Square shape doesn’t offer optimum steam circulation

Optimum Shape: TimberIn Oval Outdoor Sauna 

The TimberIn Oval Sauna is another highly popular unit. The oval shape affords optimum steam circulation. 

This sauna is customizable with three size options from 3m to 5m in length. It can accommodate between 4 and 10 people, depending on the size chosen. All of the options are 2.4m high, so it’s high enough for taller people. 

A terrace is included and a dressing room can be added. The sauna comes in Spruce and Larch Thermowood with exterior cladding which is highly durable. 

A window at the back of the sauna can be added to afford a panoramic view of nature. 

The rounded structure of this TimberIn sauna is the best shape for a heated steam room. 

Pros 

  • Value for money
  • Optimum shape for steam circulation
  • Three size options, accommodating up to 10 people 
  • Attractive design
  • Quality Harvia heating unit included

Cons 

  • Lacks high-tech features 
  • Not the most compact unit

Best Mobile: TimberIn Barrel Sauna on Wheels

https://www.woodenhottubsale.co.uk/product/outdoor-barrel-sauna-on-wheels-mobile/#

The TimberIn Barrel Sauna is a log-cabin-style unit that is easily movable with a trailer. Trailer brakes can be added for extra safety. This is perfect for camping or a holiday resort. 

This sauna is customizable with four size options from 2m to 5m in length. It can accommodate between 2 and 10 people, depending on the size you choose. 

This TimberIn sauna comes in Spruce and Larch Thermowood with highly durable exterior cladding. You can select a black, brown, or green color roof with this model. 

The round shape of this sauna affords excellent steam circulation. A dressing and shower room can be added to the design as well as a small terrace and a canopy.

A Harvia electric or woodfire heater is included. A half or full panoramic window can be fitted, which can allow for lovely views of the outdoors.

Pros 

  • Value for money
  • Mobile 
  • Four size options, accommodating up to 10 people 
  • Log-cabin design
  • Quality Harvia heating unit included

Cons 

  • Lacks high-tech features 
  • Will not work well if you have limited space

Best Square-Shaped: TimberIn Modern Outdoor Garden Sauna 

The TimberIn Modern Outdoor Sauna is a great square or rectangular unit if a rounded shape does not appeal to you. 

This sauna can be ordered in four sizes from 2m to 5m in length. The model has a two-level bench to accommodate more people. Between 2 and 10 people can fit in, depending on the size you choose.

The Modern TimberIn Sauna comes in Thermowood, which is highly durable. You can select a black, brown, or green color roof to match your house. The sloped roof reaches 2.5m high, so it’s comfortable for taller people. 

This sauna can be ordered with or without insulation. A dressing room and small terrace can be added to the design. A large front window can be fitted to afford a view of nature. 

Pros 

  • Value for money
  • Four size options, accommodating up to 10 people 
  • Attractive design
  • Quality Harvia heating unit included
  • Option to add a large front window

Cons 

  • Lacks high-tech features 
  • Not the best shape for steam circulation 

0 people, depending on the size you choose.

There are four size options from 2m to 5m in length. All of the options are 2.4m high, so it’s high enough for taller people. 

A dressing room can be added, but this model does not come with a terrace. The sauna comes in Spruce and Thermowood with exterior cladding, making it highly durable. 

A full or half panoramic window can be fitted. This sauna can be ordered with or without insulation.

Pros 

  • Value for money
  • Very spacious model
  • Four size options, accommodating up to 10 people 
  • Attractive design
  • Quality Harvia heating unit included

Cons 

  • Lacks high-tech features 
  • A terrace cannot be added

Best Budget: 2-Person Garden Sauna for Small Spaces

https://www.woodenhottubsale.co.uk/product/2-person-garden-sauna/

This TimberIn 2-Person Sauna is a great budget option for a couple or if you have limited space. It is not short on features, however. 

Two size options are available: 1.8m or 2m in diameter. One or two extra people might just fit in at a squeeze. The sloped roof reaches 2.5m high, so it’s comfortable for taller people. 

The round shape of this sauna looks lovely with the hexagon roof. The roof comes in black, brown, or green. 

The sauna is made with Spruce or Thermowood, which are both durable. This TimberIn sauna has a double seating level which can be fitted in a classic two-side bench or modern curved style.

It can be purchased pre-assembled, but it’s pretty easy to assemble yourself. 

Pros 

  • Value for money
  • Space-saving
  • Attractive round design with hexagon roof
  • Quality Harvia heating unit included

Cons 

  • Not the optimum size for steam circulation 
  • Comfortably accommodates only 2 people

Answering Your Questions on Outdoor and Garden Saunas (FAQs)

How do I know which type of sauna is best for me and my home?

The most important factor is usually space when it comes to buying a sauna. Choose the site where your sauna will be located first and take careful measurements. Then compare these with the options available. Manufacturers usually have detailed specs on their website so you can be sure if it will fit.

The next most important factor is quality. As this sauna will be outside, you are best off choosing a fairly durable model with some insulation. 

If the climate in your area requires it, choose a specially made unit to withstand even harsh weather conditions, including strong winds and heavy snow. Extra insulation may also be needed in such cases.

Traditional saunas use electric or woodfire heating, so you will need to decide which will suit you best. Electric heating is easier to use, but costs more in the long term, depending on the cost of electricity in your area. Wood burning saunas are lovely in the winter and you may prefer this.

If you are looking for something different from the traditional sauna experience, then there is also the option of infrared saunas. These saunas use light to create heat and are sometimes referred to as a far-infrared sauna. Your body is heated directly without the air around you heating up. It causes a reaction similar to exercising, and it is proposed that there are a variety of health benefits for chronic diseases.

You may be attracted to a sauna with a window to give you a view, but keep in mind that a large window can affect privacy. 

A terrace with seating and a dressing and washroom are lovely to have, but this can add considerably to the price and size requirements. Consider if you will use these add-ons or if what you already have at home will serve the same purpose.

What is the cost of running a sauna?

Traditional saunas are not as expensive to run as you might think. A woodfired heating unit will only really set you back for the cost of the wood. 

With a small electric heating unit of about 5kW, you are looking at about £1 for the first hour and £0.30 for every hour thereafter. 

If the heating unit is very large and needs to heat up a spacious sauna, the electricity costs can run a bit high. A solar panel can help offset the cost in the long term.

You can reduce costs by keeping the temperate lower and avoiding opening the door while you are inside.

If you want some high-tech extras like Bluetooth speakers, electric blinds, and additional lighting, this can increase electricity costs. 

Do these saunas come pre-assembled?

Yes, all of these saunas are pre-assembled. They will usually be delivered to your door and in many cases, the company will assist you with getting it in place and up and running. 

Speak to the supplier about all the logistics of transport and your installation needs. You may need an extra hand and a qualified electrician in some cases.

William Chutney

About the author

Welcome to temperaturesensei.com. My name is William and everything you have read has been written by me. I am a retired man who lives in Texas now. I worked for 25 years for a company that made temperature products (I do not want to name them). If you have any questions or comments pop them in the chat below.

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