by Divine Saunas Team March 06, 2023 5 min read
So, you’re considering investing in a barrel sauna. As a team of sauna goers ourselves, we can say doing so will pay off for years to come.
Every year, scientists conduct more studies on sauna usage. But early research shows regular sauna bathing can provide many health benefits—especially for your heart. (1)
But once you start shopping, you might feel a bit overwhelmed with all the options. There are so many ways to customize and upgrade barrel saunas. One of the questions we hear most often is “What is the best size for a barrel sauna?”
We put together this complete guide to help you answer that question. In a nutshell, it depends on your specific location and how you’ll use the sauna. Keep reading to find out which size is right for you!
You can’t determine an answer to “What is the best size for a barrel sauna?” without considering a few factors. Here are the things you should consider while you narrow down options:
1. How many people will use the sauna?
We always advise opting for a sauna a bit bigger than you expect to need. Many of us find that a “two person” sauna is actually a bit tight for two people. It’s hard to really stretch out your arms and legs to fully relax.
It's true that our Thermory saunas can seat two to six people. But the six-seater, for example, is most comfortable for four or five people who want to kick back and decompress.
Our Dundalk Leisure Craft saunas can seat two to eight people. And just like our Thermory saunas, you can technically fit that many if they’re sitting with arms at their sides. But wouldn’t it feel better to have space for stretching out as much as you want?
That said, you also don’t want to grossly overestimate. Even if you have eight people wanting to use the sauna, men and women often like to have separate sessions.
2. How much space do you have for the sauna?
Even though we recommend choosing a sauna a bit bigger than you think you might need, this isn’t always possible. Certain homes—and the property they sit on—doesn’t allow for a bigger barrel sauna.
Weigh your estimated headcount against the space you have to work with. You should also think about any add-ons you might want, like a porch or change room. These upgrades give the sauna a slightly bigger footprint.
If you have a set amount of space, you might not be able to have a change room and an eight person sauna.
So, what is the best size for a barrel sauna? To answer this question, think about how many people on average will use the sauna, the customizations you want, and the space you’re working with.
Yes, you can absolutely automate a barrel sauna. The way the automation works varies slightly depending on the sauna you choose.
With our Thermory barrel saunas, the heater has built-in WiFi controls. All you have to do is download the corresponding app for your phone, and you’re good to go. Instead of trudging outside to start pre-heating, you can start it as you leave the office or finish up a workout.
Our Dundalk Leisure Craft barrel saunas have a more traditional automation system. You can set the temperature you’d like using the thermostat and set the timer. It’ll automatically reach your set temperature and then shut off once the timer runs out.
You should choose the type of heater for your sauna based on your location and the layout of your property. As sauna lovers ourselves, we suggest a traditional wood burning heater if possible. Something about the heat from burning wood feels smoother to us.
But some locations and layouts just don’t allow for this. And since 80.7% of the US population lives in urban areas, electric heaters are a very common choice. (2)
And we can’t ignore the convenience and utility of electric heaters. So, think of wood burning heaters as a nice luxury if you have the space. Electric heaters, on the other hand, are the pinnacle of practicality.
“Ultimately, the size should be determined by the number of users, with about two feet of interior bench space per user.” –ForbesOur panoramic barrel sauna and outdoor barrel sauna can seat anywhere from two to eight people. The Thermory barrel saunas we offer can seat anywhere from two to six people. Before clicking “Add to Cart,” just select the capacity you have in mind.
The team at Divine Saunas, brings years of combined expertise in the sauna industry and in creating helpful customer experiences online. With our unique perspectives we work together to help our customers fulfill their goals in creating a wonderful sauna oasis and spa. We do the research of high quality products, information and solutions and deliver that to you.
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