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Dry Sauna vs Wet Sauna…What’s the Difference?

  • January 04, 2015
  • 3 Minute Read
  • Saunas

Have you been considering building a sauna in your home? If so, there are a few items to take into consideration before beginning. Aside from where you’re going to build it, you’ll also need to decide what type of sauna you’d like to install – specifically, a wet sauna or a dry sauna. The working mechanisms – and benefits of each – are different, so it’s important to know a bit about their function so that you can make an informed decision.

You’ll often find volcanic rock being heated on a wood burning – or electric – stove in a sauna, and this is true for both the wet and dry varieties. The difference between the two depends upon both the temperature and humidity inside the sauna. In a wet sauna – also referred to as steam saunas – water is splashed over the hot rocks (and by “hot” we mean “heated to an extreme temperature”) which, in turn vaporizes and causes steam to form. In a dry sauna, there is no water – just very, very hot rocks.

The theory behind the use of a wet sauna is that, while sitting in the hot steam, your body is forced to sweat which, in turn, causes unwanted toxins to leave your body. However, it’s difficult for some individuals to tolerate wet saunas due to the extreme humidity.

Dry saunas are thought to offer the same benefits of wet saunas, as well as aid in the relieving of tension and stress, stimulate blood circulation, and help renew your skin via the sweating process. Because dry saunas provide a “dry heat”, the heat tends to be much more tolerable to the majority of individuals. Humidity is still present due to the sweat that’s produced, which means that, throughout the process, your body is still being cooled.

Regardless of whether you choose to add a wet sauna or a dry sauna to your home, make sure that you’re aware of all the risks and benefits of each. And, it’s important to follow all the directions to ensure that you’re using your new sauna properly…you’ll be happier – and, hopefully, healthier – for it!