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Luxury Bath Environment => Experiential Bathing => Topic started by: Fran on June 09, 2009, 11:16:24 AM

Title: steam sauna modular rooms
Post by: Fran on June 09, 2009, 11:16:24 AM
Hi. I'm re-doing my basement within the next three months, and I'm wondering if anyone has any info on whether or not infrared saunas are as good as regular saunas. I'm thinking about getting an "all-in-one" steam/infrared sauna unit installed.

Does anyone have any experience with these units?

Title: Re: steam sauna modular rooms
Post by: Lexi on June 13, 2009, 08:25:23 PM
An infrared room is not a sauna.  It is a heat therapy room which utilizes far-infrared radiant heat.  Sauna, by definition, is a dry heat bath with heated stones.

There is much debate over whether sauna rooms or infrared rooms are better.  This is a personal decision and I recommend you experience both types of rooms before you make your decision.

As for an all-in-one unit, there are mixed reviews here as well.  Here are some links about these modular steam shower units:
  • Coast Steamer (,65.0.html)
  • Korral Steam Shower (,4.0.html)
  • Portable Steam ShowersÖ What You Need To Know (

If you have the space in your basement, I would recommend building both a steam room and a sauna room for the best of both worlds with time tested quality.  Read more about steam shower enclosures ( here

Title: Re: steam sauna modular rooms
Post by: Fran on July 07, 2009, 04:32:32 PM
Thanks, Lexi.

I spoke to my hisband, who likes steam, and we have decided to take your advice and build botha s steam room and a sauna room.

Our contractor has built a steam room B4, but not a sauna. How do we insulate it? Do we need to do something special? do we need to have a fan or a vent or something for the heat to escape after we finish using it?

Title: Re: steam sauna modular rooms
Post by: Lexi on July 28, 2009, 11:39:03 AM
All sauna rooms must be insulated and properly vented.  These features are typically included in most sauna room packages.

Sauna rooms can be "built" two ways - room construction or a modular unit.  When you construct a sauna room (generally known as Pre-Cut or Custom-Cut Rooms) you insulate the walls and ceiling with the provided insulation prior to installing the wall/ceiling boards.  When you select a modular unit (generally known as Modular, Pre-Fab, Outdoor, Portable, Two-Piece, or Designer) the wall/ceiling panels come pre-insulated.

Venting in a sauna room is important for effective circulation of the heat throughout the sauna room.  A sauna room would typically have a gap under the sauna door and then a wall vent beneath the benching, preferably opposite the door.  This helps maintain proper room temperature.

Read more about Sauna Room Types ( and what they include.

Title: Re: steam sauna modular rooms
Post by: Fran on August 04, 2009, 02:37:24 PM
I like the modular units, as we are able to take it with us if we ever move.

Do I have to have some sort of base or pan for the floor? We want to install it upstairs in our workout room, which is carpeted.

Title: Re: steam sauna modular rooms
Post by: Misty on September 28, 2009, 09:21:56 AM
We do not recommend carpeting as a sauna floor.  Typically, a sauna room is placed on a solid level water resistant floor (i.e. concrete slab, tile flooring, etc.) surface and then Sauna Flooring ( is added for comfort, safety, and visual appeal.

There are some 2 piece modular rooms that have an integral floor.  If you donít want to remove the carpet in the sauna area, then we suggest a sauna room with an integral floor or creating a custom floor system that is water resistant.  Call a Sauna Specialist ( to help you select the most suitable sauna room for your application.

Title: Re: steam sauna modular rooms
Post by: miltonblackwoodrw5 on February 26, 2015, 10:56:14 PM
Hi! It's a great question, for me, I prefer a regular saunas (, because it's designed to be a place wherein people can freely experience the dry or a wet heat session. Depending on the size of the room, it can fit a single person or more. If itís a small room, it can be for one person only up to two at a time.