Used vs. New Saunas: The Pros & Cons

You’re excited to own a personal infrared sauna! No more trudging to the gym, spa or IR salon. It’s the luxury health item you’ve been waiting for, and you’ll finally be able to enjoy it in your own home. Nothing could be more convenient. While browsing the internet you learn there are a variety of brands and models to choose from. Once you narrow it down to two or three that seem to fit what you need, it’s time to make a decision. So, the next question is, which do you choose? When buying new vs. used saunas, there are definite pros and cons to weigh.

Before you buy, consider the following key elements.


Product Warranty

One of the most important aspects to consider when you make a large purchase or investment is product warranty coverage. In the case of infrared saunas, you want to consider the heaters, electronic units, and the actual wood itself.

When you buy a new Health Mate infrared sauna, we offer a generous warranty that covers all these things. It’s much like buying a car—if something dysfunctions within the first year or two or even beyond, you want to feel secure knowing you won’t incur huge expenses.

However, buying a used sauna means all that warranty coverage is lost! The person selling the sauna may believe that because they’ve only had the sauna a short while, it transfers. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. A used Health Mate sauna, whether it’s 1 year old or 20 years old, only covers the original owner under warranty. The result could be large cash outlays you hadn’t expected for repairs.

Maybe you’ve been expecting to replace an item or two. What about getting new parts?

Replacement Parts

Imagine you found this great deal on a used sauna–$1800 for what was originally a $5,000 or $6,000 infrared sauna. Wow, it sounds like a bargain! And it is. However, what if you get it home and realize that the simple control panel you were told was a little…wonky…is completely kaput? The seller may have chosen to omit this key detail. If the sauna is already 12-15 years old, the part you’re looking for could be discontinued.

Chromotherapy light that is turned off

Now your bargain investment is nothing more than a beautiful wooden storage closet rather than a fabulous infrared sauna.

With a new Health Mate sauna purchase, parts are generally replaceable up to 15 years or so should anything go wrong. This means you could get another 10-15 years of enjoyment out of your sauna.

Even if the seller feels they’re being upfront, there’s a chance it hasn’t even been used in years. The bottom line is, be aware that you may need to fix more than you expected on your used sauna and it’s important to know ahead of what parts you’ll need.

The Mystery History

You finally get your new used sauna perfectly situated in your living room or den, and all you need to do now is wait for it to heat up. But what if after a few minutes, the heaters don’t seem to quite get to the right temperature?

Or maybe you assembled it and noticed there was a strange discoloration on some of the panels? It looks curiously like water damage, something you didn’t notice in your haste to take ownership.

Purchasing a used sauna is always a gamble, even if the seller sounds like they’re being transparent. Was there a power surge one time and suddenly the electronics are unpredictable? Maybe it was kept on the patio and it got flooded in the last rain storm?

It’s hard to know the history of your sauna when it’s used, and some sellers want it off their hands so badly, they fail to disclose this pertinent information. It’s safer to not take a chance on a used sauna, even if it’s been passed down from a friend or family member.

But even if it has a solid history of regular upkeep, there’s that other little issue…

You’re Soaking In It

An infrared sauna is designed for maximum sweat at a comfortable temperature. And if you use your sauna properly, with towels or clothing between you and the wood benches and panels, you can protect it from stains.

However, even the most conscientious sauna user will inevitably pass some perspiration onto the sauna wood. So, do you really want to be sitting on something that might be less than sanitary? It’s similar to sleeping on a mattress owned by someone else.

You really don’t want to take the hygiene risk, especially when a sauna is designed to improve and enhance your health. Starting fresh with a new sauna ensures the most desirable conditions. You can ensure it’s properly cleaned on a regular basis as well, something you couldn’t do with a used sauna.

Are There Any Benefits To Buying Used?

Buying a high-quality sauna is a significant investment and it’s understandable with inflation and economic uncertainty that you might consider saving some money by investing in used rather than new.

So, what type of due diligence should you do before buying?

The best case scenario when purchasing a used sauna is to ask for the original receipt from the seller. This can help verify the age and model information. From there, you’ll know whether you can still obtain any parts or support.

Health Mate cannot service, provide replacement parts for or upgrade saunas made prior to 2004. This is one of the tradeoffs and may be more costly in the long run. While we pride ourselves on amazing customer service and support, we’re also innovative and constantly making improvements, and like cars, some features just naturally become obsolete.

If you’d like to know more about our infrared sauna selection, feel free to contact our support team. There are always financing options for your Health Mate as a way of offsetting upfront costs.

7 Questions About Infrared Saunas

Saunas are elevating how we invest in our everyday well-being. Finding the right sauna for your health needs and lifestyle can be challenging, though. At Health Mate Sauna, we use infrared technology that offers a rejuvenating and revitalizing sauna experience, providing plenty of mental and physical benefits along the way. To help you navigate the research process in choosing a home infrared sauna, we’ve answered the 7 most common questions about infrared saunas so you can make an informed decision.

1) How much does a sauna cost?

When you invest in an infrared sauna you are investing in so much more than just a piece of equipment. A sauna is also an investment in your health and well-being. Health Mate saunas can range in price from $2k to $10k+ with many options available among the models. Our premium, handcrafted saunas are designed to fit a variety of budgets. Plus, you have the option of financing, so you can own the sauna that’s right for you and pay it off over time.

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2) What are the health benefits?

From relaxation and pain relief to immune support and weight loss, the multitude of benefits a sauna provides is extensive. Saunas are most commonly known to help relieve tired, aching muscles after a long day, in addition to easing stress and tension. They can also help rid your body of toxins, ease joint pain, and aid in optimal blood circulation.

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3) Is it safe to use?

Yes! Infrared saunas naturally warm the body from within, penetrating your muscles and nerves. Our saunas have all been tested for ultra-low EMF, which means your radiation exposure is at a safe level. Since infrared saunas heat the body instead of just heating the air in the room, it’s a more relaxing experience. Follow directions, along with any recommended medical advice, to ensure the best outcome.

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4) How much electricity does it use?

Infrared saunas do not warm the air or generate steam as a traditional sauna does. In that way, infrared heat emits at a lower temperature and requires less electricity. Health Mate saunas typically require 120V and can use a standard outlet in any room. However, larger saunas sometimes require additional voltage. See our models for more details and specifications. 

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5) How much space is required?

Health Mate saunas are designed as small as a portable dome sauna and as large as a therapy lounge. They don’t require additional plumbing or refurbishing. Also, saunas can be placed on wood, tile, concrete, or carpet, basically, anywhere you have a corner or free spot in your living area. Even better, they are simple to assemble!

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6) Does an infrared sauna help you detox?

Your infrared sauna will inevitably cause your body to sweat. Sweating is the body’s natural process for regulating temperature and allows for a level of detox which takes some load off your liver function. Infrared sauna technology heats the body directly by using infrared heat and light. This raises the body’s temperature deep inside the tissues and organs and promotes a deeper level of detox, while also boosting your immune levels.

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7) Can I use essential oils in the sauna?

Absolutely! We encourage you to incorporate essential oils into your sauna sessions to enhance the normal infrared sauna experience. With accessories like the Aroma Mate aromatherapy cup you can transform your sauna into a spa-like, calming oasis.


When you choose to elevate your health and well-being with a home sauna, you want to choose the best sauna possible. Now that you have some answers to the most common infrared questions about owning a personal sauna, choose to invest in yourself. Read up on the selection of our award-winning Health Mate saunas or check out our FAQ for more info on our saunas and care.

Infrared Sauna Wood: Which Is Best?

Wood is the second most important factor to consider when choosing an infrared sauna, after heaters. Not only do wood appearances differ, but each has different properties that make it a better or worse choice for in-home saunas 

When looking at sauna woods, important factors to consider include: 

  • Durability 
  • Water resistance  
  • Bacterial resistance 
  • Toxicity/allergens 
  • Odor 
  • Heat Conduction
  • Sustainability/Eco-Friendly 

Below are some of the most popular sauna woods and their pros and cons. 

red cedar planks

Western Red Cedar 

Cedar has long been the standard for infrared sauna wood. Not only does it have a pleasant scent and attractive red color, but it is naturally mold and insect resistant.  

It is a low-density softwood, meaning that while it insulates heat it also doesn’t absorb too much of the heat or become overly hot to the touch. That can be an issue for higher-density hardwoods. 

However, that low density comes with a price: Cedar is actually easy to dent and scratch. While cedar saunas typically last a long time, they can get dinged fairly easily. Protecting your sauna is key, especially if it’s kept outside or used in a gym.  

Cedar is also a known allergen, so the smell of cedar can be irritating to those with certain sensitivities.

Additionally, Western Red Cedar is difficult to grow and harvest sustainably and safely, which gives it a much higher price tag than other woods. Recently, it’s become less available and difficult to procure. 

basswood tree


Basswood is the basic, no-frills choice for infrared sauna woods. It’s inexpensive, relatively durable, and has the advantage of being hypoallergenic (if properly prepared and treated). It has a neutral, pale brown color that blends well with light-colored furnishings and decor. 

As a hypoallergenic wood, it has no distinctive scent, which can be positive or negative depending on what you find desirable in a sauna.  

One downside to basswood is its longevity. It is not as water or bacteria-resistant as other woods. This means that as an infrared sauna wood, it may have a limited lifespan.

american poplar


Poplar is another hypoallergenic alternative wood for saunas. This pale yellow color wood has an even grain that’s free of knots.  

Unlike basswood, which needs to be treated to be hypoallergenic, poplar has no natural phenols, making it a “natural” hypoallergenic choice. And like basswood, it has no scent. 

Poplar and basswood surfaces get much hotter in saunas than softwoods like cedar and hemlock. However, since infrared saunas run at lower temperatures than traditional saunas, it’s less of an issue.

Despite being abundant, poplar is a surprisingly expensive sauna wood, sometimes more so than cedar. And unlike cedar, it has limited natural defenses against rot and bugs.  


Hemlock is similar to cedar in that it has a distinct scent and is a softwood. It’s also one of the cheapest sauna woods available, far less expensive than cedar. And again, softwoods are more comfortable to the touch since the surface doesn’t get as hot as hardwoods.

Hemlock also produces a pleasant odor. While it isn’t hypoallergenic, many people find the woody scent enjoyable during their sauna experience.  

However, hemlock deteriorates very easily. It should not be used outdoors, and like cedar, it’s susceptible to dents and scratches but has none of the rot resistance.  


Pine is the most easily sourced, least expensive sauna wood. It’s a knotty, pale wood that is commonly used in all sorts of construction because it’s affordable and easy to work with.  

Like cedar and hemlock, pine is notable for its scent, which is usually more noticeable as it heats up. Depending on a person’s preference, that can be positive or negative.  

Unfortunately, pine does not hold up well to the elements. In addition, heat fluctuations inherent in infrared saunas can lead to a shorter lifespan of a pine wood unit.  

eucalyptus branches


Eucalyptus is one of the few kinds of wood used for saunas, aside from cedar, that boasts natural insect and rot resistance. It’s a durable and long-lasting hardwood: in fact, it’s often used as an alternative to teak for outdoor furniture.  

Eucalyptus can have great variations in color and grain. It sometimes changes color as it ages. It’s considered sustainable and eco-friendly because it grows quickly in a variety of environments without needing lots of space.  

Though eucalyptus is a popular scent, eucalyptus wood saunas have no noticeable scent, which is good for people sensitive to smell. Also, since it has phenols that repel insects and bacteria, it can contain potential allergens.  

While eucalyptus stands up well to high heat and moisture, it can be susceptible to extreme cold if left unprotected. If using your sauna outside, it’s a good idea to seal and protect the wood. 

Ultimately, there are pros and cons to each wood option for infrared saunas. When selecting your sauna, think about your personal needs and preferences, as well as how you’ll be using and storing it.

Besides the wood, it’s also important to consider heating, warranty, value, and size when considering a sauna.  Get in touch with our Health Mate sauna specialists to learn more. 

How to Choose Between the Many Health Mate Saunas

While they might not seem like everyone’s cup of tea, just about everyone can benefit from a good session in an infrared sauna. After all, they are a great way to relieve yourself from the stress of daily life. Sitting in a warm, relaxing space definitely allows you to keep stressors and outside influences away for a while. In a sauna, you get to avoid your own phone, work, and responsibilities (at least for a while). But how to choose between the many Health Mate saunas available? Take into consideration the following factors:

Manageable Temperature Control

The main reason for a lot of people to avoid saunas is their tolerance for heat. After all, they can get quite hot for some people, mostly because of two factors: humidity and the control over the temperature. The inherent humidity of steam saunas drives the heat up, which makes it hard for certain people to sit in them for extended periods of time, or at it least for enough time to reap the health benefits of the activity. The lack of a precise temperature control system also presents a challenge for those who have these issues and would like to experience it at a slightly lower temperature. The good thing about the infrared heat ones is that they allow the users to feel more comfortable.


Proven Health Benefits

It is always good to take a look at the proven health benefits behind each sauna. Infrareds have been shown to provide natural pain relief. Their patented Tecoloy heating technology can provide relief from arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain conditions, sports injuries, chronic fatigue syndrome, and similar conditions. Additionally, they can also help fight back against cellulite, as well as joint pain caused by aging. Lastly, it can provide support to the natural immune system, allowing you to be healthier in general and prevent you from getting sick as often as possible.

Convenience and No Added Stressors

Health Mate Infrared Saunas are the best saunas in the USAThe other issue most people find with a personal sauna is convenience. More often than not it’s necessary to look for a gym or club in order to use one for a while. Having a personal unit at home can keep that from being a problem. Not only does it give you a sense of convenience by providing you with your personal good health sauna environment. It also eliminates the stress of having to attend a sauna in a public space and share it with people you don’t know. In your own personal sauna, you don’t have to deal with others’ nudity, nor do you have to share the space with anyone else.

Find Variety and Quality in Saunas at Health Mate

At Health Mate, we want you to gain easy, affordable access to high-quality saunas that use reliable technology with tangible effects. You can browse through the infrared models outlined on our website in order to learn more about how they can help you live a healthier lifestyle. Convenient, advanced, and helpful, Health Mate products can provide you with the experience you’ve been looking for.

The Perfect Infrared Sauna For Your Home

Have you been in the market for an infrared sauna but are feeling overwhelmed? Today there are so many options that it can be hard to choose the right one. From heaters to cabin size to materials and prices, it’s important to learn what’s important and what you can afford. We want to be sure you have all the info you need to make an informed choice. Read more to learn how to choose the perfect infrared sauna for your home.

An Industry Leader in Saunas

Health Mate pioneered the infrared sauna industry in the U.S. We’ve been manufacturing our own saunas for over forty years, earning the respect of our peers and customers. What helps us stand above our competition is our innovative approach and the materials we use. We have advanced the technology used in saunas, developing and patenting a heater that provides customers with the safest and most effective infrared available. We also work to choose sustainable resources to align with what’s better for the global community.

Ideal Options in Saunas

When you look to Health Mate, you’ll learn that we have fantastic options to suit every lifestyle and budget–the perfect infrared sauna for your home We have saunas designed to fit 3-4 adults, taller adults, and smaller living spaces, and more. Ergonomic Backrest Makes Sauna Experience More ComfortableYou can even add accessories that will enhance the type of experience so it’s best for you. Our pricing is flexible and varies from model to model, plus there are financing options available.

Get Your Infrared Sauna

If you find that a sauna is in your future, be sure to review Health Mate’s entire line so you can learn all the amazing features and benefits. Our saunas and accessories give you everything you want and more so that you can have a relaxing experience that offers you fantastic health benefits. When you are ready to make a purchase, or have specific questions about our saunas, just call us at (877) 595-3221. A sauna specialist is waiting to help you get the perfect sauna for your home, your family, and you!