Portable steam saunas are an economical and easy way to enjoy the benefits of steam therapy in private. Like full-size saunas, a home steam sauna aims to improve circulation and increase cardiovascular activity by dilating the blood vessels through heat therapy and sweating.
A daily or bi-weekly steam sauna session can help you better manage stress, improve your health and feel better all around. That works for sauna rooms and cabins, but what about the portable personal-sized units?
They're certainly very popular and also very affordable, so they're worth looking into if you want to have the sauna experience without the big cabinet.
The portable steam saunas are similar to the portable infrared saunas, the only difference is the heating is provided by the steam rather than IR heating panels.
The units themselves are typically the same fabric enclosures with a zipper in the front and cut outs for your arms and head. While the infrared heating units are inside the unit, here the steam generator sits outside and pumps steam through a pipe that goes through a hole on the side.
There are some pros and cons to consider, so let's take a look at those to help you make a more informed buying decision...
Portable Steam Sauna Pros
Portable Steam Sauna Cons
At Sauna Talk we prefer the portable domes or the infrared units, but if you're set on steam there are a number of options out there for you. You have the cheaper ones at around $80-$100 and the better ones in the $150-$200 range.
There are a lot of different brands out there, including Lantusi, Merharbour, Jeobes, AW, Nexttechnology. All are very similar so it's easier to give you a breakdown of the top models to help you decide which one is best...
Those are the most popular portable steam saunas, and again you will find that there are many similarities between models. Oftentimes there will be a $50 price difference but the two saunas you are looking at will be nearly identical. So look carefully at the specs.
It's very hard to duplicate the feeling of a traditional steam sauna, and the portable kind doesn't really come close. However, if you're looking for a quick steam without having to go to the gym or a spa, the personal saunas will do the trick.
Make sure you read through all of the reviews carefully to see what customers had to say about the ones you are considering. That will give you a good idea of which ones are worth buying and which are worth avoiding.
As these personal saunas are not of the highest quality, you'll want to be sure you are dealing with a manufacturer who you can contact if any issues arise. But again, for around $100 or so you can't expect too much out of these products.