How Hot Should a Sauna Be?

By LeafTV Editor


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How Hot Should A Sauna Be

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Correct Temperature Ranges

The typical range for a conventional sauna is 160 to 194 degrees Fahrenheit. Saunas using steam heat are a bit cooler, with a range of 90 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Infrared saunas operate at temperatures ranging from 80 to 125 degrees Fahrenheit.

Temperature Limitations

Though many Russian and European saunas can achieve temperatures over 200 degrees Fahrenheit, the United States limits sauna heat to 194 degrees Fahrenheit. Legal limitations or not, individuals with heart conditions or other health problems should consult with a physician regarding safe temperature and time limits for sauna usage.

Bottom Line

Though each type of sauna has an ideal temperature range for operation, there is no "right" temperature. Spend time carefully experimenting with different temperatures within the correct range to find the temperature most comfortable to you.