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Hot Tub vs. Sauna: Which Outdoor Option is Better?

Homeowners looking to add luxury and comfort to their homes are often faced with the choice between hot tubs and saunas. Both amenities have their own features, maintenance needs, and benefits to offer. Hence, there’s a lot you need to consider before making the final decision.

If you’ve always wanted to bring the luxury spa experience to your home, now’s your chance to do that. We’ve put together a guide to help you decide which one’s the better option for your needs:

Physiological benefits

First let’s discuss why you want to invest in either of these amenities. Besides adding a cool new feature to your home, there has to be something you’re hoping to gain from investing in these thermotherapy facilities.

Hot tubs help improve your physical wellbeing through hydrotherapy via the presence of hot water and jet massages. By relieving muscle tension, dilating blood vessels to improve blood flow, and easing inflammation, you’ll enjoy better physical mobility and flexibility as a result.

Saunas rely on heat to offer a myriad of health benefits, but not through the use of water. Dry sauna bathing uses heat energy—either through traditional saunas or infrared saunas—to help you feel invigorated. By delivering heat directly to your body, saunas encourage perspiration, flush out toxins, and improve immune function.


While saunas and hot tubs both offer outdoor entertainment options that your friends and family will love, the one you choose depends entirely on your personal preferences.

Hot tubs are often an architectural focal point in homes, usually placed on the deck or in the backyard. Designed to be sleek and luxurious, hot tubs enhance the landscape through dramatic lighting and soothing bubbling water that accompanies them.

Conversely, saunas may be placed indoors or outdoors, depending on the aesthetic you’re looking for. Beautifully rustic outdoor saunas add a charm to your outdoor living space, while indoor saunas add an opulent luxury and privacy unlike any other.

A 3-person infrared sauna.

Expected company

Another deciding factor is how you expect to use your sauna or hot tub. If you’re someone who’s looking for a relaxing retreat to unwind after a long day, enjoying a sauna in solitude is the way to go. There are great 1 or 2-person saunas you can buy to sit and enjoy a good book, do yoga, or have a post-workout sweat session in.

If you’re looking to add an entertainment feature to your home, both saunas and hot tubs are viable options. Once you decide on the capacity you’d like, you can incorporate the amenity into your parties or get-togethers for some relaxing entertainment.

Whatever option you decide, USA Health and Wellness has a wide range of options for you to choose from. Browse through our products to find traditional saunas, infrared home saunas, and hot tubs from some of the leading manufacturers in the country.

Take advantage of our frequent deals and price match guarantee to enjoy irresistible prices. Check out our infrared sauna reviews and ratings before you begin.

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