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Infrared Sauna Cost: A Couple Things To Consider are the initial purchase price of the sauna & the lifetime cost of ownership associated with the sauna.

First, let’s take a look at the initial cost of traditional steam & hot rock saunas to get an idea of how much to budget for this type of sauna. Keep in mind that these prices will vary greatly from region to region. Then, we’ll look at the cost associated with owning each type of sauna.

Cost Comparison Between Steam/Hot Rock & Infrared Saunas

Steam & Hot Rock Sauna Cost Comparison: Initial Cost

Professional Installation; The price of a steam or hot rock sauna is determined by a few things: the size of the sauna, the labor to build your sauna, the type of wood used in construction and the size heater needed to heat the space. A Customer Steam or Hot Rock Sauna costs between $6000 – $8000.

In the chart below you will see the cost of installation for each type of sauna, the cost of replacement parts and maintenance that all can add up over the life of your sauna. You will see that the introductory prices of a steam or hot rock sauna and it’s replacement parts and maintenance can cost as much as three new far infrared saunas.

The cost differences in owning a far infrared sauna are substantially lower when viewed as a lifetime investment. The initial price of a sauna isn’t the only factor to consider when shopping for a sauna. The lifetime cost of ownership is equally important.

Below is a chart comparing the cost to own each type of sauna.

10 Year Sauna Cost Projection
Associated Cost of OwnershipFar Infrared Sauna
2-6 Person Size
Traditional Steam /Hot Rock
Initial Cost$1495- $5595$7140
Replacement partsn/a$1500 – $3200 + $600
(heater+rocks+1 replacements) x10 years
(Add $500 for 120v/20amp dedicated circuit for 3 person saunas or larger)
(Add $500+1,000 for required dedicated circuit

(seat cushion, not req.)

Sauna Electricity Usage for 10 Years$11- $27/ mth

1450w -4225w

$25 – $60/mth
WarrantyForever/ Lifetime Guarantee5 to 6 years Limited Lifetime
10 Year Cost of ownership$2800 to $9600
Includes electricity for 10 years
Up to $20000
Includes electricity for 10 years

Infrared Sauna Costs

So weigh all that up. There are different benefits to each sauna type and of course some vast differences in price. There’s also the point where the additional cost of a traditional sauna only makes sense when some of the niche benefits are absolutely vital to you. If you have any further questions or would like to see this post address any additional sauna cost issues, please get in touch. And check out our guide if you’d like more tips and advice when you’re looking to buy an infrared sauna.

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