The Best Outdoor Saunas Reviewed 2018

One possible solution for those looking for a home sauna is an outdoor sauna. These saunas are perfect for some people as they allow you to have a high quality sauna, without actually having to build a room for the sauna. You simply just construct a kit and you’re ready to go.

Another benefit of these types of saunas is that you’re not confined to a small area. So you can find saunas that are much larger than most indoor saunas. In fact some outdoor saunas can fit as many as 6 people. This is something that most indoor saunas cannot do since they are built for the small indoor places.

With that being said there are many different types of outdoor saunas on the market. The most common types that you’ll find are either traditional electric saunas or infrared saunas. In this post we’ll review these saunas and ultimately show you the best outdoor saunas available today.


Outdoor Sauna Comparison Guide

Picture:Name:Technical Details: Heating Source: Price:
4 Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna w/ Hemlock Wood- 550 Pounds
- Hemlock Wood
- 2 Speakers, CD Player, Radio
8 XL Ceramic Infrared Heaters$$
4 Person Outdoor Traditional Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar- 700 Pounds
- Canadian Cedar
-Thermostat, Indoor Light
6KW Traditional Sauna Heater$$$$
2 Person Outdoor Traditional Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar2 Person Outdoor Traditional Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar- 585 Pounds
- Canadian Cedar
- Mini-porch, Thermostat, Indoor Light
4.5KW Traditional Sauna Heater$$$
3 Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar- 400 Pounds
- Canadian Cedar
- Speakers, CD Player, Radio, MP3 Player
8 Dual Force Infrared Heaters$$
4 Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar- 500 Pounds
- Canadian Cedar
- Speakers, CD Player, Radio, MP3 Player
8 Dual Force Infrared Heaters$$$


The Best Outdoor Saunas

1. 4 Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna w/ Hemlock Wood

The first outdoor sauna on this review is a 4 person infrared sauna. This sauna made number one of the list because of its many features and overall great value.

This sauna is built with durable Hemlock Wood. The wood itself is made with  tongue and groove construction. The roof of the sauna is fully shingled and waterproof. Overall this outdoor sauna is very strong and is built to last.

Within the sauna are 6 XL ceramic infrared heaters. Four of which are on the back walls and two of which are under the benches. These heaters are energy-efficient, but still produce the intense heat you need to sweat profusely.

Also within the sauna is a digital control panel. You use this to set the temperature and time duration. There is also a CD player/Radio with 2 speakers. Which are perfect for setting the atmosphere within the sauna. There is also 4 LED lights and an ionizer within the sauna.

For added light there are multiple windows. Including one on the door itself. These weather sealed tempered glass windows are built to last the wear and tear that the outside brings.

When turned on the sauna takes around 30 minutes to heat up. When its heated up it can reach temperatures as high as 140 degrees F. Even though this is much lower than traditional saunas, it’s still very effective at making you sweat. We found ourselves to be in a full sweat in only 5 minutes within the sauna (after it was already heated up).

Overall we found this sauna to be the best value. It has many features and is built with durable materials. So if you’re looking for a great outdoor sauna with a lot of features then this is the sauna for you.

  • Packed with tons of features.
  • Utilizes 6 large infrared heating panels.
  • Offers the best value out of any other outdoor sauna.
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Technical Details:
Product Dimensions: 59.1 x 59.1 x 84.5 inches
Weight: 550 pounds
Electrical Requirement: 220v / 30 Amps
Heating Source: 8 XL High Quality Ceramic Far Infrared Heaters
Max Temperature: 140 Degrees F.


2. 4 Person Outdoor Traditional Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar

Next on the list is the 4 person outdoor traditional sauna. This barrel type sauna can seat up to 4 and looks great in any backyard. In addition its quality materials allow it to last years without any issues.

This canopy barrel sauna is built with Canadian Cedar wood. This type of wood is extremely durable and can withstand the outdoors with ease. The sauna also comes with stainless steel bands, hinges, and fasteners for additional security.

To power this sauna is a 6KW sauna heater which is bigger then the 2 person sauna down below. This upgraded heater allows the sauna to heat up in a very short amount of time.

Inside the sauna are two separate benches that face each-other. These benches are perfect for lounging and laying down. They are very comfortable and allow you to relax without putting a strain on your back.

For great visibility this sauna comes with LED lighting and has a tempered glass door. This glass door allows natural light to get in without having to use more energy.

Overall this is one of the best outdoor sauna on the market. Its unique barrel design allows multiple people to use the sauna while staying hot. We highly recommend this product and advise you to check it out if you’re looking for a premium outdoor sauna.

  • Can fit a total of 4 people.
  • Possibly the most durable sauna available.
  • Built with quality Cedar wood.
  • Most expensive sauna.

Technical Details:
Product Dimensions: 72 x 72 x 77 inches
Weight: 700 pounds
Electrical Requirement: 220v / 30 Amps
Heating Source: 6KW Traditional Sauna Heater
Max Temperature: 194 Degrees F.


3. 2 Person Outdoor Traditional Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar

2 Person Outdoor Traditional Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar

The third outdoor sauna on the list is a 2 person traditional sauna. This is a very powerful sauna that offers the same type of experience that most sauna users are conditioned to.

This outdoor sauna is a canopy barrel sauna made with Canadian Cedar. On the outside of the sauna is an exterior porch. The porch provides a space to cool down and to place towels and drinks. This little add on is extremely convenient and adds a stylish and functional component to the sauna.

This sauna is a smaller model so it only fits 2 people, but the space within the sauna allows these 2 people to fit comfortably. Having a smaller sauna does have one benefit as it will take less amount of time to heat up.

To power the sauna is a 4.5kw sauna heater. This heater is very powerful and can reach a top temperature of 194 degrees F. So this sauna gets very hot and will successfully leave you in a sweat. On the heater itself is a control for the temperature and the time duration.

The sauna is very durable and is made to last the wear and tear of the outdoors. With the looks of the sauna we found it to be perfect in any backyard or garden setting. It’s honestly a beautiful sauna and the outside porch adds on to the looks. Overall we found this to be an awesome outdoor sauna. If you’re looking for something very powerful and durable than this is the sauna for you.

  • Made with quality Canadian Cedar.
  • Gets very hot in a short amount of time.
  • Can handle the wear and tear of the outdoors.
  • Can only fit 2 people.

Technical Details:
Product Dimensions: 60 x 72 x 77 inches
Weight: 585 pounds
Electrical Requirement: 220v / 30 Amps
Heating Source: 4.5kw Traditional Sauna Heater
Max Temperature: 194 Degrees F.


4. 3 Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar

The next outdoor sauna on the list is a 3 person infrared sauna. We found this sauna to have the most features out of any sauna on this list. For this reason in landed third on the list.

This particular model is made from Canadian Cedar and can sit a maximum of 3 people. The sauna is environmentally friendly and retains heat more effectively than most other saunas on the market.

The sauna is heated by 8 dual force ceramic carbon heaters. 8 heaters is a lot for the space inside the sauna so you’ll sweat profusely as this sauna can get very hot.

This 3 person sauna also has many features. The these features include radio/CD/MP3 players, 2 speakers, carbon floor heaters covered by ceramic tile, LED color chromo therapy w/ a remote, ionizer, dual digital controls, cup holder, towel rack, inside and outside lights, magazine rack, and tempered glass for the door and window.

When testing this sauna we quickly fell in love with all the features. They just made the sauna seem more luxurious and added onto the value. The only negative thing is that it only seats 3 people. This might be perfect for some people, but we like more room so we would rather have a 4 person. Still, the sauna is very good. We recommend it to anyone who needs a quality outdoor sauna, that has many features and can seat 3 people.

  • Most features out of any other outdoor sauna.
  • Large glass window helps visibility.
  • Gets very hot with its 8 infrared heaters.
  • Only seats 3 people.

Technical Details:
Product Dimensions: 51.5 x 61.5 x 82 inches
Weight: 400 pounds
Electrical Requirement: 120v / 20 Amps
Heating Source: Dual Force Ceramic and Carbon Heaters 
Max Temperature: Unknown


5. 4 Person Outdoor Infrared Sauna w/ Canadian Cedar

Last on the list is 4 person infrared sauna. Like the first sauna it’s built with quality materials, but is little more expensive. Since you essentially get the same product as the first sauna, we put it in fourth place because of its price.

This particular sauna is made with Canadian Cedar. The great construction of the sauna allows it to retain heat efficiently. Along with this the sauna is also very durable. So the outdoor weather won’t destroy the unit.

To heat the sauna are 8 carbon fiber heaters. These are dual force heaters so they heat the sauna easily and effectively. Along with this there are covered carbon floor heaters. They are covered by ceramic tile and give the sauna a luxurious feeling.

Also inside the sauna are multiple features. These features include a radio/CD/MP3 player, speakers, LED chromo therapy, a remote control, ionizer, dual digital controls, a cup holder, towel rack, indoor and outdoor lights, magazine rack, and tempered glass on both the door and the windows.

Overall this is a great outdoor sauna. It’s tough and can handle the wear and tear of being outdoors. It also has many features to make it seem luxurious. The only negative thing is that it’s a little more expensive than the first sauna.

With that being said if you like the features on this sauna and want to purchase it then go for it. It’s a great sauna and offers a wonderful value.

  • Built with quality and durable materials.
  • Included carbon floor heaters.
  • Most expensive outdoor infrared sauna.

Technical Details:
Product Dimensions: Back Walls: 61″, Side Walls: 28″, Front Wall: 50″, Height: 82″
Weight: 500 pounds
Electrical Requirement: 220v / 30 Amps
Heating Source: 8 Dual Force Infrared Heaters
Max Temperature: Unknown


Outdoor Sauna Benefits

One great thing about outdoor saunas is that they give you a lot of options to choose from. What I mean by this is that you can choose from 2, 4, or 6 person saunas. You also have the ability to choose what type of sauna you would like. The most common types of outdoor saunas are traditional saunas and infrared saunas.

With these many options you are able to find the perfect match for your particular situation. So if you want an outdoor sauna that has many features then an outdoor infrared sauna will be best for you. On the other hand if you simply want the most powerful outdoor sauna then a traditional sauna is the best option for you.

With that being said there are some notable differences between these outdoor saunas. Infrared saunas use infrared carbon panels to create their heat. The infrared light that these panels produce heat up the surface of your skin. Which then makes you sweat. Since this is so, infrared saunas usually reach a maximum temperature of around 150 degrees F. One negative aspect about infrared saunas is that they cannot produce steam. So keep that in mind when deciphering which sauna is best for you.

Traditional outdoor saunas are much different from infrared saunas. These sauna types use heating elements and sauna stones to produce their heat. Traditional saunas heat up by convection and can reach a max temperature of around 194 degrees F. As you can see this is a much higher temperature than infrared saunas. With that being said traditional saunas use more energy and usually have fewer features than infrared saunas.

With the above information in mind we do want to clarify that both saunas have the same health benefits. Even though one reaches a higher temperature, they both are very effective at making you sweat. They are also both very effective at pain relief, detoxification, improved circulation, weight loss, lower blood pressure, anti-aging benefits, and etc.

One huge benefit that outdoor saunas allow is the convenience of having more space. Since you’re not building a sauna room within the house you don’t have the limitations of a small space. Instead you have a lot of room for a larger sauna (if you prefer one). This is also perfect as you don’t have to make a custom sauna specifically for your house. Instead you can purchase an awesome kit that has everything you need and is much cheaper than something custom.

Overall outdoor saunas have many benefits and are a possible solution to your sauna bathing needs. If you outdoor saunas are too big need then we recommend checking out portable saunas.