Sauna

Tylö sauna believes that every aspect of your sauna experience should delight your senses. Sauna is a place to relax, sauna is a place to recover from the stresses of the day, sauna improves your health and wellbeing and sauna is also a very sensual experience. Sauna benefits you in the way that it does because it works through your senses.

  • The feel of the sauna heat on your body. 
  • The quiet of the sauna cabin. 
  • The smell of the dry wood or the fragrance of essential oils in the steam. 
  • The design aesthetic that is clean and pleasing to the eye. 
  • ‘For the senses’ is a promise of personal rejuvenation and a signal of where our innovation and vision for sauna and steam is focused. 
  • Sauna can make you feel reborn. 

Sauna is more than a simple cleansing or quick break: it´s a complete spiritual and physical makeover, available whenever you want or need it. 

What Is A Sauna?

The history of the sauna goes back over a thousand years. From the first Swedish sweat lodges sunk into the ground and heated by stones baked in a wood fire through the development of the electric heater and their ensuing popularity in health clubs, spas and the home. The image that most people have of a sauna is a wooden cabin, perhaps with a glass panel in the door, and a simple electric heater that provides the fierce, dry sauna heat.

Most traditional saunas are kept at a temperature of somewhere between 70°C and 100°C and about 20% to 30% humidity with that moisture coming from water being splashed on the stones; the steam that rises from a ladle of water being splashed on the hot rocks of the sauna stove. At the other end of the spectrum of ‘Sauna Bathing’ is the steam room or steam shower, which is much cooler at 40°C to 45°C but has an almost 100% humidity. A Soft Sauna sits between the two in terms of both temperature and humidity.

Soft sauna

Soft Sauna is a concept that Tylö have developed after over 60 years of manufacturing and enjoying sauna and steam. That experience led us to the insight that all the family want to experience the health-giving, relaxing and pleasurable aspects of sauna bathing but each individual may choose to enjoy a slightly different sauna experience.

A Soft Sauna installation can give your family home all the resources of a professional spa in a space that is a mere 1.3m2. The experience can cross the range from the swirling, soothing steam clouds and gentle heat of a steam shower to the relaxing dry heat of a traditional sauna. In fact the sauna cubicle can produce a 35°C heat with 100% humidity all the way up to 110°C and 20% humidity. The Soft Sauna range sits in the middle of these settings at 45°C to 65°C and somewhere between 40% and 65% humidity. It is a sauna experience like no other.

The senses are delighted, but how is it done? 

From hot rocks to far-infrared heaters, from rustic cabins to luxurious bathroom spas. There are sauna lovers who seek the latest trend and there are those who remain staunch traditionalists, and all shades in between. What is for certain is that saunas are more popular today than they ever have been. Health, wellbeing and relaxation are hot topics on everyone’s agenda and a sauna fulfills all those needs in the most delightful way imaginable.

The concept of Soft Sauna will appeal to those who want a gentler sauna experience combined with the possibility of taking longer sauna sessions. A higher humidity and the ease of including aromatic oils into their sauna session will be attractive to people with breathing difficulties and sinus problems. The lower temperature means that children can be introduced to the sauna experience at a younger age

If you combine all these benefits with the possibility of running your Tylö sauna at a traditional Swedish high temperature or using it as a steam shower then this attractive piece of bathroom furniture begins to look very desirable indeed.

Sauna Types

Saunas have been cherished for centuries for their ability to promote relaxation and well-being. These heat therapy rooms come in various types, each offering unique experiences and benefits. There are several popular sauna types, each offering unique experiences and benefits. Here are descriptions of some of the most popular sauna types.

Swedish Sauna Bathing

The Swedish sauna, also known as a traditional sauna, is perhaps the most well-known and widely used type of sauna. It is typically constructed using natural wood like aspen, spruce, cedar or hemlock and is heated by a wood-burning stove or electric heater. Temperatures in a Swedish sauna can range from 70°C to 100°C (158°F to 212°F). It is characterized by high heat and low humidity, with water being poured onto heated rocks to create bursts of steam, known as “löyly,” for a refreshing experience. A Swedish sauna has upper benches where bathers can enjoy the highest heat and a lower temperature on the lower bench.

Infrared sauna

Infrared saunas use infrared heaters to emit radiant heat that directly penetrates the body, warming it from the inside out. These saunas operate at lower temperatures than traditional saunas, typically between 40°C to 60°C (104°F to 140°F). Infrared saunas are known for their ability to promote relaxation and detoxification while producing less humidity, making them a popular choice for those who prefer a milder heat experience.

Steam room

Steam rooms, often found in gyms and spas, are designed to create high humidity and moderate temperatures, usually ranging from 40°C to 45°C (104°F to 113°F). Unlike saunas, which use dry heat, steam rooms produce moist heat by boiling water and distributing the resulting steam throughout the enclosed space. This type of sauna is excellent for relaxing muscles, opening pores, and promoting skin health.

Tylö catalogue

Our sauna, steam and infrared solutions seamlessly integrate with your daily reality, because true wellness thrives when it aligns with your world. With a huge passion for sauna and well- ness, solid traditions in craftmanship and profound knowledge Tylö is redefining
the sauna scene by always continuing to create top quality sauna products made to be a vital part of healthy living. When you are investing in a Tylö product, you are not only investing in a product, you are also investing in your health.

Configure Your Tylö Sauna Online!

Build your dream Sauna with our Tylö 3D Sauna configurator. Choose one of the presets or get started building your dream sauna from scratch. One of the key advantages of our Tylö 3D configuration tool is the ability to customize every aspect of your sauna experience. Whether you prefer a cozy space or a more expansive layout, the tool allows you to make real-time adjustments. Before diving into the world of 3D sauna customization, it’s essential to consider factors such as available space, specific requirements, and budget considerations. Assessing these aspects ensures a smooth and satisfying customization process. You can easily navigate through various customization options, from adjusting the size and layout to selecting specific materials and finishes.

Top 10 Sauna Benefits

Saunas have been popular for hundreds of years and their popularity is greater today than it ever has been. Having a Tylö sauna in your own home will give you a sense of luxury and certainly there is enormous pleasure to be had from bathing in the relaxing heat of your own sauna. For most people, another important reason for having a sauna in their home is the health benefit and the sense of wellbeing that it brings. But what are the top 10 health benefits of a sauna?

Saunas help relieve stress

We all seem to live in an increasingly stressful world and have increasingly stress filled lives. Putting time aside to step into your sauna and close the door on that busy world is a relaxation in itself. The heat and peace and quiet of a sauna aids relaxation. The heat relaxes tired muscles, improves circulation and that stimulates the release of endorphins.

A sauna helps your body to flush out toxins

The human body is designed to sweat but even though we lead such busy lives, not many of us work up a sweat all that often. Sweat bathing in a sauna raises the body’s core temperature, dilates the blood vessels and increases blood flow. As your body warms up, your sweat glands start to work in order to cool your body down. Sweat is mostly water but it can also contain toxins and chemicals that we pick up in our daily lives and these impurities are flushed from your body.

A sauna can ease aches and pains in muscles and joints

The endorphins that the heat of a sauna helps release are the body’s natural painkillers and can ease the pain of arthritis as well as soreness from work or exercise. The increased blood flow speeds up the body’s natural healing processes and allows muscles and joints to warm up and relax.

A sauna can help you have cleaner skin and fresher looking skin

The heat of the sauna opens your pores. You sweat and that helps clean your skin and aids the removal of dead skin cells. If you have doubts about this, try this little experiment. If you haven’t had a sauna for a while, in between each bathing session, rather than take a cooling shower, then scrape your skin with a wooden blade and see the dirt that comes off. The Romans were the first to exfoliate in this way and called the blade a ‘strigil’.

A sauna can help keep your cardiovascular system healthy

The heat of the sauna can raise your heartbeat from an average at-rest rate of between 60 and 70 /min to 120/min and even higher. Cardiovascular conditioning is increased if you take a cold shower between each sauna session. The rapidly changing temperature benefits your heart and your blood vessels particularly those finer ones that are close to the skin.

A sauna helps you fight illness and boosts your immune system

The heat of a sauna helps your body produce more white blood cells. It is the white blood cells that fight illness and combat viruses. A sauna can also help relieve congested sinuses – particularly when you splash water on the hot coals and if a few drops of Eucalyptus oil is added to the water.

A sauna can help you sleep better

Taking a sauna in the evening can help you sleep better. The endorphins help you relax and raising your body temperature in the evening helps it to fall as you sleep which aids deep sleep.

A sauna burns calories

There are some outrageous claims about the ability of some saunas to act as a weight loss tool. What is true is that as your heart rate raises you will burn more calories and that as you sweat, you will lose water through water loss. Boxers and jockeys often take a sauna to get their weight down before a weigh-in. However, the weight that you loose through sweating will be put back on, in most cases, by the water you drink after a sauna to re-hydrate yourself.

A sauna is fun

A sauna enjoyed with family and friends can be a great place to relax and smile and laugh. It may be hard to quantify, but having fun is good for your health. The value of such communal enjoyment extends beyond mere recreation; it subtly contributes to overall well-being. While it may be challenging to precisely measure the impact of fun on health, numerous studies suggest a positive correlation between laughter, happiness, and various aspects of physical and mental wellness.

A sauna is not only actually good for you, it also feels good

A sauna has a physiological affect and it has a psychological affect. It’s good to take some time out and pamper yourself. It’s good to know that you are doing something that is good for your mind and your body. And sitting in a sauna, feeling the heat and the stillness seep into your bones, feeling the sweat break out on your skin and breathing in that hot, clean air that seems to smell of wood and ‘health’… well, that feels pretty good as well.

Sauna Design

Designing a sauna transcends mere aesthetics; it entails crafting an environment that fosters relaxation and enhances overall well-being. Whether you are contemplating the creation of a traditional Swedish sauna or opting for the modern approach with an infrared sauna, the fundamental design principles remain the same. Your sauna should embody a sanctuary of serenity, enveloping its occupants in a cocoon of warmth and comfort.

Sauna design elements

In this pursuit of sauna perfection, several crucial design elements must be considered. First and foremost, the choice of materials plays a pivotal role. Natural wood, such as spruce or aspen, is often preferred for its appealing aesthetics, pleasant aroma, and ability to withstand the sauna’s high temperatures and humidity. The wood’s natural properties contribute to the overall warmth and inviting atmosphere of the space.

Sauna ventilation

Ventilation is another critical aspect of sauna design. Proper ventilation ensures that fresh air circulates efficiently, preventing the buildup of excess moisture and maintaining a comfortable sauna environment. Strategically placed vents and an adjustable air exchange system are essential components to achieve this balance.

Sauna layout

The layout of your sauna is equally important. Consideration should be given to the arrangement of seating, ensuring that each occupant can fully enjoy the sauna experience. Providing various seating options, including upper and lower benches, allows for different levels of heat exposure and ensures that individuals with varying preferences can find their ideal spot for relaxation.

Sauna lighting

Lighting, though often subtle, can significantly impact the ambiance of the sauna. Soft, warm-toned lighting is preferred to create a calming atmosphere. Consider incorporating adjustable lighting options to adapt the mood according to your preferences and the time of day.

Sauna heater

Additionally, the choice of sauna heater or infrared system is paramount. Traditional sauna enthusiasts may opt for a electric stove, while those seeking a more contemporary experience may prefer the gentle, even heat of an infrared sauna. Regardless of the heating method, ensuring that it operates efficiently and safely is vital.

Finally, the inclusion of soothing elements like music, mood lighting or an essential oil diffuser can elevate the overall sensory experience within the sauna, promoting relaxation and tranquility.

In conclusion, the design of a sauna is a holistic process that considers materials, ventilation, layout, lighting, heating method, and additional features to create a haven of relaxation and well-being. It is a testament to the idea that a well-designed sauna transcends mere aesthetics and becomes a cherished retreat for the body and soul.

Sauna Installation

No matter where in your home you are thinking about installing a sauna or steam room, the Tylö range will include a model that is perfect for you. Wherever you have space for a shower, you could almost certainly install one of the smaller Tylö models but our range extends to saunas that can accommodate 6 or more bathers at a time.

Today’s range of Tylö sauna and steam rooms are beautifully designed and craftsman finished to ensure that they will look amazing in any location in your home.

Your imagination is the only limit

You might choose to have your sauna as part of a luxury bathroom. Your sauna might form the focal part of your own home health-spa or gym. A sauna might be the perfect addition to your swimming pool room.

If you have a sutable location, the glass doors of your sauna could give you a view of the great outdoors as you sit enjoying the heat or your sauna could be built into an outdoor building all of its own. The possibilities are truly endless.

Other things to consider

An average family size sauna will be about 1.5mx1.82m or 6 feet by 5 feet or so and not more than 7 feet high. Saunas are all about relaxing, so the 6 foot dimension is to accommodate a couple of benches, one above the other, that someone can sprawl out on. Heat rises. If a sauna is more that 6.5 to 7 feet high then a pool of hot air is gathering at the ceiling where it is effectively being wasted.

All sauna doors open outwards. This is mostly a health and safety issue. Saunas are fairly intimate spaces and it would be wasteful and potentially dangerous to have a door that opened inwards. Saunas need to have good ventilation but, if the space you are considering has enough ventilation to be an en-suite bathroom then it will be fine for a sauna.

Sauna Accessories

To enhance your sauna experience you can delve into the world of sauna accessories.

You might look for things that are both traditionl and practical such as the wooden sauna bucket and ladle. You might choose a sand timer to make sure your sauna bathig sessions stay at the right length. Thermometres and hygrometres are obvious choices for obvious reasons.

Lighting and audio packages have obvious benefits when it comes to immersing yourself in the complete sauna experience.

Sauna Safety

A sauna is a healthy place, a haven, almost a place of refuge from the strain and stress of the modern world. A little common sense will mean that you and your friends can always enjoy your sauna in safety.

A good sauna will warm you to your very bones and soothe your tired muscles. It will help you sweat and that helps your body remove toxins and impurities. Your pores open and the dirt of day-to-day life is more easily washed off. The cooling shower in the middle of a sauna session will help improve your circulation. Sitting with friends in a quiet, subtly lit sauna seems to have an effect on the spirit and the mind that very few other things do.

People have been taking saunas for hundreds of years simply because it makes them feel better. There is nothing dangerous about sauna bathing, but it’s always wise to use a little common sense. Check out a few tips regarding sauna safety.

Sauna Etiquette

The quiet calm and the soothing heat of a sauna are designed to help you relax, but if you or your friends are unsure about how to behave in a sauna then that relaxed frame of mind and body can be difficult to achieve.

Public saunas will usually have a set of rules or guidelines posted up so that all the bathers know what is expected of them and what to expect.
Of course, if you have your own sauna, then you can make up your own rules. Here is a list of some of the things you should consider regarding Sauna etiquette.

Sauna Cost

Investing in a sauna is not just about the cost; it’s an investment in your well-being. Consider your budget, preferences, and the long-term benefits when deciding on the type of sauna that suits you best. Whether you opt for a traditional or infrared sauna, the relaxation and health benefits are worth every penny.

Sauna running costs

The history of Tylö began with a desire to design and build a more efficient sauna heater and so it is no surprise that the modern range of Tylö saunas are amongst the most efficient and economical to run on the market. The size of the heater will vary according to the size of your sauna, but the average family sauna runs a heater that is 6Kw.

Times may vary, but this size of sauna will take up to an hour to get up to temperature. And of course, different people will have their thermostat set to different temperatures. Somewhere between 80°C and 100°C is most popular with the lower end of that range being more usual for a family sauna and the most comfortable setting.

So if the sauna has taken an hour to get up to temperature, that has used 6Kwh at an average cost of 25 pence per Kwh so – 150 pence. Running the sauna will then cost a bit less than £1,5 an hour dependant on how often you open and close the door. But in any event, you are looking at approximately £2,00 to have an hour’s sauna in your own home. You might even include the cost of your post-sauna shower, but cool-down showers during your sauna session should be taken cool or cold anyway and so cost very little.

Keeping your sauna clean and fresh looking takes little more than a brush and some soapy water so no real cost incurred there. A sauna is incredibly cheap to run especially compared to the enjoyment and benefits that it can give you and your family and friends.

Sauna vs Steam Room

If you’re looking to unwind, detoxify, and enjoy the myriad health benefits of heat therapy, you may find yourself torn between two popular options: the steam room and the sauna. Both offer relaxation and therapeutic advantages, but they operate differently and cater to distinct preferences. In this comparison, we’ll explore the differences between steam rooms and saunas to help you decide which one suits your needs best.

Steam room

A steam room, also known as a steam bath or Turkish bath, is a heated chamber filled with moist, steamy air. These rooms are typically constructed with tiled walls and benches, creating a humid environment.

How Does it Work?

The primary mechanism of a steam room is to produce steam by heating water to high temperatures. The steam is released into the room, raising humidity levels to nearly 100%. This high humidity, combined with the warmth, creates a distinct sensation that envelops your body.

Benefits of a Steam Room 

  • Hydration: Steam rooms are excellent for hydrating your skin, making it feel soft and supple. 
  • Respiratory Health: The moist air can help ease respiratory issues and clear sinuses.
  • Detoxification: Sweating in a steam room helps eliminate toxins from your body.

Considerations 

  • Temperature: Steam rooms are generally cooler than saunas, typically ranging from 104°F to 113°F (40°C to 45°C). 
  • Humidity: High humidity levels can make breathing feel heavy for some individuals. 
  • Maintenance: Steam rooms require regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent mold and mildew growth. 

Sauna

A sauna is a dry heat chamber that can be heated with various methods, such as electric heaters or wood-burning stoves. Saunas are usually constructed using wood, giving them a warm and inviting ambiance.

How does it work?

Saunas rely on heating the air inside the chamber directly, resulting in very low humidity levels. This dry heat causes your body to sweat, promoting a feeling of relaxation and warmth.

Benefits of a sauna 

  • Dry Heat: The dry air in saunas is favored by those who find high humidity uncomfortable. 
  • Cardiovascular Benefits: Saunas may improve cardiovascular health by increasing blood circulation. 
  • Mental Relaxation: Saunas provide a quiet, meditative environment for relaxation. 

Considerations 

  • Heat: Saunas can reach higher temperatures, often between 158°F to 212°F (70°C to 100°C).
  • Dehydration: Be sure to stay hydrated while in a sauna to avoid dehydration
  • Wood Type: Different sauna wood types offer unique aesthetics and scents. 

Sauna Buying

Before choosing which Tylö sauna is right for you though, there are a few things to consider and probably the first decision to be made is:

Where should your sauna be?

In the past, saunas were often hidden away in basements and garages but the modern Tylö sauna deserves to take pride of place in an en-suite bathroom, a home gym or health spa. The sauna will need a power supply for the heater, lights and a sound system – if you choose to install one – but it won’t need a drain or any plumbing. Having said that, the best way to enjoy your sauna is in conjunction with a shower to use between 10 to 15 minute sauna bathing sessions and so it makes sense to place your sauna where there is, or can be, a shower nearby.

But be adventurous; many Tylö saunas have large glazed areas and if you can be sure that you won’t be overlooked, a sauna with a view is a genuine delight. The next consideration might be,

What size should your sauna be?

Tylö saunas range in size from those that are suited just to a couple of bathers to ones that eight people or more can enjoy at a time. Glazed panels and doors give even the smaller saunas a sense of space and a larger sauna will take longer to heat so simply choose a size that is adequate for the number of people likely to be enjoying it.

Tylö saunas come in a range of different styles and finishes. Which one you choose is down to your own personal taste and, perhaps, how well it compliments the room or space that it will be in.

Sauna safety considerations

Finally we have a couple of safety considerations. All sauna doors open outwards and so your sauna needs to be somewhere there is room for the door to open and where it cannot become blocked. If, as we suggest, your sauna were near a shower, it would be sensible to have non-slip flooring between the two.

History Of Sauna

The history of the sauna.

The Swedish sauna has a long, rich heritage and knowing some of the culture and traditions that it contains can only add to your own enjoyment of the sauna experience.

Sauna, pronounced: ‘sow (rhymes with wow) – nah’.

The Finnish word, ‘sauna’, meaning a bath or bathhouse is apparently the only Finnish word that has entered the English language. It’s certainly true that the sauna itself has entered into the UK culture and lifestyle.

Anyone who has ever taken a sauna will definitely remember that sense of heat that seems to sink right down to your bones, that incredible feeling of wellbeing that comes from being in such a cleansing space, the smell of cedar and that burst of sweat on your skin when water is first thrown onto the stones. Bathing in a sauna is a truly unique experience and it’s no surprise that it has been popular for over a thousand years.

Sauna Temperature

The temperature in a sauna can vary depending on personal preference and the type of sauna you are using. However, here are some common temperature ranges for different types of saunas:

Traditional Swedish Sauna: The temperature in a traditional Swedish sauna typically ranges from 158°F to 212°F (70°C to 100°C). Some people prefer it even hotter.

Infrared Sauna: Infrared saunas usually operate at lower temperatures, typically between 113°F to 131°F (45°C to 55°C). The heat in these saunas is produced by infrared heaters that directly warm the body.

Steam Room: Steam rooms are humid and have lower air temperatures, usually ranging from 104°F to 113°F (40°C to 45°C) because the steam itself provides heat.

It’s essential to listen to your body and not stay in a sauna for an extended period if you feel uncomfortable. Stay hydrated, take breaks, and adjust the temperature and time to your comfort level to ensure a safe and enjoyable sauna experience. Additionally, consult with a healthcare professional if you have any underlying medical conditions or concerns about using saunas.

Looking for information or do you have a specific question?

We find that most of our customers like to talk through the options available either directly with us or through one of our dealers. Our dealer network covers the country from South Devon to Highlands / Scotland.

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to choose your perfect sauna.

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