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Best Saunas & Hot Tubs for 2023 & 2024

Ancient cultures were known to make use of natural hot springs for their theraputic benefits.  People have been soaking from the Japanese “onsen” since at least A.D. 737 to the Roman thermal springs and bathhouses. When hot springs were not available, past cultures created rudimentary hot tubs by adding heated stones to a cauldron of water. 

Today, hot tubs and wood saunas have become increasingly popular in northern climates like Canada.  This popularity is not only due to how fantastic you feel afterwards, but also to many scientifically proven health benefits. Steam saunas and hot tubs have been used for centuries for relaxation and therapeutic purposes. In recent years, scientific research has shown that they offer several very specific health benefits including improved sleep quality and lower stress.

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Sauna technology has also changed over the years. Traditional wood saunas used water poured over rocks heated by fire.  These days, most saunas use electricity to power heating elements that add warmth to the air or safe infrared heating that applies heat directly to your body.

Wood Sauna For Your Relaxation Canada 2023       Sauna Heater

Here are the top three health benefits of saunas and hot tubs, as supported by scientific evidence below:

1. Reducing stress and promoting relaxation

One of the most well-known health benefits of saunas and hot tubs is their ability to reduce stress and promote relaxation. A study published in the International Journal of Stress Management found that regular sauna use led to significant reductions in both perceived stress and levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Other benefits can include; detoxification, increased metabolism, weight loss, increased blood circulation, pain reduction, antiaging, skin rejuvenation, improved cardiovascular function, improved immune function, improved sleep, stress management and of course just plain old relaxation!

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2 Person Infrared Sauna

Infrared Sauna 1 or 2 Person

 

Another study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that hot tub use was associated with improved sleep quality and reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression. Who wouldn't want that?

Inflatable hot tubs like the best seller below are the most economical at around $1,000, and popular. They are not only family friendly and come with massaging jets, but can also be stored away when not in use. 

Inflatable Hot Tub

A more permanent hard shell hot tub like the one below comes with ergonomic seating and a multiple massaging jets. This model below comes with a 5 year warranty and it even controlled over wifi! :) 

Large Hot Tub Spa 6 Seats

2. Improving cardiovascular health

Sauna and hot tub use have also been linked to improvements in cardiovascular health. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that regular sauna use was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and all-cause mortality. Another study published in the International Journal of Cardiology found that hot tub use was associated with lower blood pressure and improved arterial function in people with hypertension.

Cedar Look Hot Tub

3. Relieving pain and improving muscle recovery

Both saunas and hot tubs have also been shown to provide pain relief and improve muscle recovery. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology found that sauna use was associated with significant reductions in pain and stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Another study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that hot tub use after exercise improved muscle recovery and reduced muscle soreness.

Saunas and hot tubs offer a range of health benefits, including reducing stress and promoting relaxation, improving cardiovascular health, and relieving pain and improving muscle recovery. These benefits are supported by scientific research and highlight the potential of these therapies for promoting overall health and wellbeing.

Consider our best selling hexagon gazebo which is a popular choice for covering your hot tub to protect you from snow or rain during your soak.

Hot Tub Gazebo

What Features Do Most People Look for in HotTubs and Saunas?

There are a variety of factors that people consider when choosing a hot tub or sauna, but some of the most popular attributes include size, design, material, and features. Options range from cedar, aspen, pine or spruce saunas and tubs to steel tubs or high grade acrylic sheets reinforced with glass-reinforced polyester resin. Massage jets can be incorporated in either style and are a key feature for most bathers.

1. Size Matters!

Size is a crucial factor for many people when choosing a hot tub or sauna. In Canada, many homeowners who live in the city have limited outdoor space, so they need to consider the dimensions of the hot tub or sauna to ensure that it will fit in their yard or on their patio. Hot tubs come in a range of sizes, from small two-person models to larger six or eight-person models. Saunas also vary in size, with some being designed for one or two people, while others can accommodate larger groups.

Wood Fired Outdoor Hot Tub 2023

2. Design For Your Home

Design is another key attribute that people look for in hot tubs and saunas. Many homeowners want a hot tub or sauna that will complement the style of their home and their outdoor living space. They may opt for a traditional wooden sauna that blends in with the natural surroundings or choose a modern hot tub with sleek lines and a contemporary design. Some hot tubs and saunas also feature built-in seating, lighting, and other design elements that enhance their aesthetic appeal.

 

Wood Sauna Space and Layout

Infrared vs Steam Saunas

Infrared saunas and steam rooms both offer relaxation and detoxification benefits, but there are some key differences between the two. Infrared saunas use radiant heat to penetrate the body's tissues and create a deep, penetrating heat that helps to increase circulation and promote relaxation. The heat from the infrared sauna also penetrates deeper into the skin, helping to flush out toxins and improve skin health.

Can’t get to the spa but want to experience the benefits of sauna therapy? No problem. This indoor sauna kit below comes with everything you need to get your infrared sauna on in the comfort of your own home. It's also portable to and comes with a foldable sauna chair. 

Portable Infrared Sauna  Portable Chair Infrared Sauna

On the other hand, steam rooms use moist heat to promote sweating, which helps to open up the pores and cleanse the skin. While both infrared saunas and steam rooms can be effective in their own ways, some people may prefer the dry heat of an infrared sauna, which can be more comfortable for those who have respiratory issues or find the humidity of a steam room overwhelming. Ultimately, the choice between an infrared sauna and steam room will depend on personal preference and individual health needs.

3. Materials: Wood, Plastic or Inflatable?

Material is also an important factor to consider when choosing a hot tub or sauna. In Canada, where the climate can be harsh and temperatures can fluctuate dramatically, homeowners want a hot tub or sauna that is made from high-quality materials that can withstand the elements. Many hot tubs are made from durable materials such as acrylic or fiberglass, while saunas are typically constructed from high-grade woods such as cedar, hemlock, or spruce.

Inflatable hot tubs are a great value, and have come a long way in terms of size and durability.  They even can look like they are made of wood like the one below. Fitting two to four people comfortably, these hot tubs can be less than a thousand dollars and are easy to setup or deflate and store away. 

Inflatable Hot Tubs

Wood saunas like the one below are often built into people's homes, and require a more serious renovations.  There are electric and plumbing considerations as well as air flow requirements and build code requirements.

Sauna


Infrared large saunas like the one below assist in removing body toxins, increase blood circulation, ease pain from sore muscles or aching joints, burn calories and improve skin tone among other benefits. Saunas like this one are constructed with the environment in mind which use sustainably forested Canadian Hemlock wood. This sauna has walls which are double paneled to help save heating costs and efficiency and use thick wooden planks to maximize insulation values.

Wood Sauna Large

4. Extra Features: Lighting, Jets, Sound

Features are perhaps the most critical attribute that people consider when choosing a hot tub or sauna. These features can range from simple temperature controls to more advanced options such as water jets, lighting, and sound systems. Many hot tubs also feature built-in heaters, filters, and other components that make them easier to use and maintain. Saunas may come with features such as aromatherapy dispensers or built-in speakers that allow users to listen to music or podcasts while they relax.

 

Hot Tub At Night Luxury

5. How Much Money?

Finally, cost is also a crucial factor that many people consider when choosing a hot tub or sauna. While hot tubs and saunas can be expensive, there are many options available at a variety of price points. Homeowners should consider their budget and determine how much they are willing to spend before beginning their search for a hot tub or sauna. 

An inflatable hot tub for up to 6 people can be closer to $1,000 which is great value and may suit your budget, like the one below.

Inflatable Hot Tub Best Seller

An acrylic hard round hot tub like the one below maybe more your style.

Hard Round Hot Tub

An eight sided round hot tub with jets and a steel structure maybe more watch you are looking at for those late night hot tub parties.

8 Sided Hot Tub Steel
 

Large Outdoor Hot Tub Canada 2023

Hot tubs and saunas have become increasingly popular in Canada as people seek to create their own personal retreats in the comfort of their own homes. When choosing a hot tub or sauna, people typically consider factors such as size, design, material, features, and cost. Hot tubs and saunas also add value to your home if you choose to sell. By carefully weighing these attributes, you can select a hot tub or sauna that fits your property and lifestyle and brings you years of relaxation and enjoyment.


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