Hot Tub vs Sauna: Which One is Right for You?
If you’re trying to decide where to invest your money toward your long-term health, you’ve probably considered purchasing a hot tub or a sauna. Both have excellent health benefits, but most of us aren’t lucky enough to have space and funds for both. Here are a few points to consider when deciding which one is best for you.
What are the similarities and differences between a hot tub and a sauna?
Both hot tubs and saunas create a heated environment where people can go to relax muscles and alleviate any soreness in the body. Both can aid in the body’s detoxification process, and both offer a place to loosen up and de-stress. Both come in multiple sizes and can be fitted into your backyard to suit your needs.
But this is about where the similarities end.
What are the differences between a sauna and a hot tub?
The most obvious differences between a hot tub vs sauna are that one requires heat and dry air, while the other functions using water, steam, and humidity. A hot tub has massaging capabilities, low-impact exercise options, and hydrotherapy, whereas a sauna only offers heat.
Hot tubs come in different colors and therapy options, and Bullfrog Spas® can be customized according to your personal needs. Hot tubs have multiple lighting options and sounds, fountains, and accessories that can enhance your usage potential. Not to mention the ability to invite your friends over for a hot tub party.
Saunas come in different options, but there are many fewer choices. Plus, how often do you invite people over for a sauna party? It’s simply not viewed as a fun option.
What are the benefits of a Sauna?
The potential health benefits of using a sauna include stress relief, improved sleep, cardiovascular health improvements, muscle relaxation, and hair and skin benefits.
However, consider the potential risks, including overheating, dehydration, and possible blood pressure issues. And saunas are relatively low maintenance, as they don’t require regular chemical treatments, but unless you’ve got one that burns wood for fuel, they require more energy than a hot tub. Plus, they will need to be adequately ventilated to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning for the users.
What are the benefits of a Hot Tub?
The benefits of a hot tub are similar to a sauna. They both achieve stress relief, improved sleep, muscle relaxation, and cardiovascular improvement.
However, the difference is a hot tub has more offerings such as massaging jets, hydrotherapy options, relaxing sounds of water, and sore muscle relief.
As mentioned above—it’s also an excellent spot for a party because hot tubs are specifically created to be used by multiple people.
Pricing will be comparable for the most part, as both hot tubs and saunas come in a wide variety of sizes and options, so we’ll leave that out of this particular equation. On the other hand, installation is something to consider. You’ll want to find out the electrical requirements for your spa or sauna. Keep in mind that while a hot tub needs to be placed within a reasonable distance of safe drainage, a sauna will also need to be placed strategically near proper ventilation.
Other considerations should be; What is your primary purpose for a sauna or hot tub, and which would better meet those needs? How many people might be using this at once? What other uses does the product offer that might also benefit you? In addition, it’s always wise to consider ongoing costs and time requirements for maintenance.
Whether you choose a hot tub or a sauna, your body will benefit from the investment.