There is no argument about the health benefits modern saunas provide. Are there any possible drawbacks? Yes, they are not accessible enough!

Modern Portable Saunas

There is no argument about the health benefits modern saunas provide. Are there any possible drawbacks? Yes, they are not accessible enough!

To use a sauna, bathers have to go to a health club or have one installed in their home. There is an alternative, however. Portable saunas allow bathers to take their sauna nearly anywhere – in the house, on business trips, on vacations, and even at the office.

Portable saunas come in two standard styles. The first is a folding box-like structure for one person. This sauna can be used nearly anywhere and is truly portable. The second is much like a traditional sauna. It is wood-lined and has doors and benches. This type can be moved if you relocate, but it isn’t for use on vacations, etc.

Indoor Infrared Sauna

The infrared sauna is both practical and economical. It is quite small, so it can be taken anywhere. It is easy to set up and doesn’t require exceptional plumbing or electrical connections. It can be plugged into any wall outlet.

Bathers sit in the sauna with their heads and hands protruding from the unit. It fits snugly around the neck and has small slits for the hands. This allows bathers to read, watch T. V. or talk on the phone while using the sauna.

Far Infrared (FIR) is the heat source for this type of sauna. FIR heats only people and objects and not the air that surrounds them. Infrared is a natural light spectrum and is the type of heat that provides most of the warmth from the sun.

FIR heat travels deep into body tissues, promoting increased blood circulation and metabolism. Many proponents of FIR say that it allows the body to break down toxins and promote healing. Whether or not this is true, FIR offers an adequate heat source that is ideal for portable saunas.

Pre-Built Barrel Sauna Kit

There is no doubt about the convenience of portable saunas, but there will be times when a bather wants a ‘real’ sauna experience. Luckily it isn’t necessary to go through the hassle of having a sauna permanently installed to experience a ‘real’ sauna.

Pre-built barrel sauna kits are two to three-piece units that can be put together in less than half an hour and can be placed nearly anywhere. They offer much of the same things a traditional sauna does, right down to the wood benches. In addition, they plug into a regular outlet to supply electricity for the heaters and lights.

Pre-built saunas generally use wood-burning stoves to provide heat. Pre-built barrel saunas are available in many sizes and generally accommodate one to five people.


The advantages of portable indoor saunas are obvious – you can put them anywhere. Pre-built saunas also have benefits. Even though they are less portable than a mobile unit, they still offer to take the sauna when relocating.

Disadvantages? The heat build-up of this type of sauna is less than what is found with a traditional sauna because the walls are much thinner. Pre-built saunas are insulated to allow similar heat build-up, but the small structure leaves some bathers feeling claustrophobic.


Those who don’t want the expense and hassle of installing a permanent sauna find portables and pre-built allow them to get all the benefits of a sauna with minor drawbacks.