Buying Guide

Choosing The Right Sauna

Oceanic Saunas offer a diverse range of sauna cabins, choosing the right one for your given application may at first seem a little baffling, to help we have outlined the fundamental differences between our ranges, and demonstrated how our cabins can be adapted to suit most environments, each cabin is supplied with everything you’ll need to install a sauna in your home or business.

Our Traditional Finnish style cabins are initially broken into three categories; Domestic, Light Duty Commercial  and Heavy Duty Commercial.  

Finest Quality Timber
Timber selection is crucial to the correct performance of the sauna cabin.  Spruce, which has both low heat absorption and low resin content is ideal.  Although it grows in many regions, in the northern areas of Scandinavia the countless generations of experience of nurturing trees, pruning and thinning combine with the cooler weather conditions which slows growth ensuring straight strong timbers.
Specifying top grades means we take only material which is free from dead knots, splits and shakes, the timber is kiln dried in the country of origin, it is then checked again for quality before being assembled into a sauna cabin.

Domestic Traditional Saunas
Our Domestic sauna cabins have been a major part of our product range since our conception in the late 1970’s, each cabin is handmade in our UK factory by traditional craftspeople.

Your Choice of Size and Style

Classic Saunas:

Our Classic Range of traditional sauna cabins are built using a combination of full and half width panels, this enables us to offer an almost limitless range of cabin sizes.

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All panels are fully insulated, and are clad on both the exterior and interior faces allowing the cabin to be assembled free standing in almost any location without the need for brickwork, plastering or fixing to walls .
The door mounted in its frame is the same size as a panel and entirely symmetrical allowing its position on the to be readily interchanged, though the door must for safety reasons be opened outward it can be hinged either left or right. In many cabins it is possible to have more than one bench layout, we are happy to advise on individual circumstances.  

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Installation

All saunas are designed for easy installation with no requirement for plumbing or drainage and no special ventilation, all that’s required is a 25mm air-gap all around the cabin and a suitable electricity supply.  A prefabricated base is assembled and laid flat to ensure all panels fit together level and square.  For areas with restricted space it is also possible to assemble the cabin from the inside. We have created a comprehensive instruction manual which can be downloaded in the “Downloads” section of our website.  
Home installation of an average cabin takes around one day.  

What’s Included?
Each sauna cabin is supplied with:

An Oceanic sauna heater of the correct rating for the cabin size.  The controls are built into the heater for on/off, time, and temperature. For those looking for additional functionality and ease of use it is possible to upgrade to digital remote controls.
Peridotite rocks, these rocks are very dense and contain an extremely low number of air pockets, an igneous rock that is rich in iron and magnesium which posess a relatively high heat capacity making them ideal for use in saunas.
5 slat benches with supports, back rests, slatted floor mat (supplied flat packed), a modern full height safety glass door with polished chrome & Ash wood handle and polished chrome hinges, heater guard, towel and fragrance rack, four 125ml bottles of SaunAroma (Lavender, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Orange) headrests, traditional bucket with liner and sculpted ladle, sand timer, thermometer, and lighting.  Assembly instructions, caution plate , operation and maintenance manual, plastic bathing rules card and all fitting and fixings.

Specifications Choices

Celebration

Our Celebration saunas are our most popular and cost effective specification, they feature Spruce timber for the benches, backrests, floor mat and heater guard, the lighting provided is a sauna lamp and wooden shade.

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Deluxe

For those seeking extra style and comfort, our Deluxe specification offers an upgrade to Abachi timber for the benches, backrests, floor may and heater guard, the backrest has an additional slat and is ergonomically curved for user comfort.  Abachi timber is knot free hardwood with an attractive appearance, it is selected for use in saunas due to its low density which keeps it cooler and reduces the need to use towels inside the cabin. The lighting provided is low voltage spot lights.

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Combined Sauna & Steam - The Traditional Stauna

Stauna - a combination of sauna and steam bathing all in one.
The art and tradition of varying the conditions in a steam bath date back to Roman times and before; different rooms were often used with variations in the temperature and humidity to provide different experiences.
Nowadays thanks to digital controls a broad variation of conditions can be experienced in a single room; our traditional stauna heater combines a steam generator with a sauna heater and a controller that allows a number of settings as follows  –
Sauna– The traditional dry air bathing with temperatures from 75 to around 100C, water can be splashed onto the rocks for short bursts of humidity; the tradition dates back more than 2000 years.
Caldarium– Hot steam bathing with temperatures from 55 to 65C the steamer operates for 80% of the time, provides  a superb and invigorating hot steam experience.
Sanarium– Soft steam with temperatures from 48 to 55C the steamer operates around 90% of the time for a softer more gentle experience to melt away aches or ease the strains of a stressful day.
Tepidarium– 100% steaming, temperatures up to 48C the steamer is also operating continuously, add crushed herbs or a few drops of essential oil to the steamer for aromatherapy treatments to suit your mood.
Special water resistant coating- In order to cope with the differing conditions and the high levels of humidity staunacoat barrier treatment is applied to all of the internal surfaces of the cabin walls ceiling and benches to stop water being absorbed.

Traditional Stauna option is available on selected models.  

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Vision Sauna Range

Our brand new Vision Sauna Range is the height of modern design and quality, born from the customer demand for a more avant-garde sauna.  

What’s included?

We have selected Canadian Hemlock timber for its luscious range of warm red and brown hues and it’s knot free appearance, a hidden nail profile, the cooler and knot free Abachi wood for the internal features of the cabin, and smoked glass for two walls all combine together to give a clean modern look.
We have added an additional stat to the benches to increase their depth, and hidden LED lighting behind the back rests provides a subdued atmosphere. Low voltage lights switched separately provide additional light where required. 
An Oceanic sauna heater of the correct rating for the cabin size.  The controls are built into the heater for on/off, time, and temperature, three slat ergonomically curved backrests, a modern full height safety glass door with smoked glass, polished chrome & Ash wood handle and polished chrome hinges, heater guard, headrests, traditional kiklu bucket with liner and sculpted ladle, sand timer, thermometer.  Assembly instructions, caution plate , operation and maintenance manual, plastic bathing rules card and all fitting and fixings.

 

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Infrared Saunas

Infrared Sauna cabins are becoming an increasingly popular choice of sauna bathing. Though appearing similar to traditional sauna cabins they operate in a completely different way and provide an alternative user experience.
Many of our customers ask us “which sauna cabin should I choose” or “which sauna cabin is better”, and even “which would you choose”.  These questions are often difficult to answer because fundamentally Infrared Saunas and Traditional Saunas are different, however in order to try and help demystify this we have created a list of comparisons to help determine which type of cabin would better suit your application:



Question

Traditional Saunas

Infrared Saunas

Operating Temperature

60 - 110 degrees celsius

40 - 60 degrees celsius*

Electrical Requirements

Hard wiring

13amp Socket

Bathing Times

Up to three 15 minute sessions

Up to two 15 minute sessions

Sitting up and lying down

Both sitting and lying

Sitting up only

Running costs** (Example)

3kw = 36p per hour

1.5kw = 18p per hour

Heating Period

30 - 60 mins in order for the air to reach temperature and the benches to become warm





0-20 mins instantaneous heating
Benches may take 20mins to become warm

Functionality

Strong convection heated air heats the body, the walls once heated emit long wave infrared

Infrared waves warm the skin directly, ambient air is only heated insignificantly

Required Time

2 hrs with 3 bathing rounds

60 mins

Speakers Included

No

Yes

Mp3 Player Supported

No

Yes

* Infrared saunas do not require the air temperature to rise in order to use them, this is why infrared cabins operate at much lower temperatures

** Based on 12p per unit of electricity, please check your unit costs for accurate costing.

What is Infrared?

Infrared is the band of light we perceive as heat. We cannot see this band of light with the naked eye, but rather we can feel this light in the form of heat. Our sun produces most of its energy output in the infrared segment of the spectrum.
Infrared rays heat your body without having to heat the air in-between, through a process called conversion, to put it simply when we stand in the sun we can feel the warmth, however if we stand in the shade we instantly feel cooler even though the air temperature stays the same.

Oceanic Infrared Emitters

All of our heaters are equipped with new generation incandescent Far-Infrared heat lamps which have an IR output that resembles the effect of natural sunlight. These are designed for instantaneous heating as soon as they are switched on the elements begin to glow red and start emitting heat across the full infrared spectrum giving instant direct warmth.

What’s Included?

Celebration Specification:

• All panels clad internally and externally in spruce with rock wool insulation

• Spruce benches and backrest / heater guards

• 300W Infrared heaters (quantity depending on model)

• Digital control interface to set the temperature and 60 minute countdown timer

• Thermostatic temperature control from 18oC - 60oC

• Safety cut off at 80oC

• Built in stereo system including two speakers, amplifier and 3.5mm jack to play from portable music device

• Brass halogen spotlights

• Construction, user manual, all fittings and fixing


Deluxe Specification also includes:

• Obeche benches and backrest / heater guards

• Floor mat

• Interior chromotherapy variable coloured lighting with remote control

Infra Stauna© Combined Infrared Sauna and Steam

Our unique new range combines an infrared sauna with a steam bath for the increased pleasure and relaxation, the ability to add crushed herbs or essential oils to the steam will add yet another dimension to the experience.

Infrared saunas are normally dry saunas, but many users enjoy the sensuality of steam and

increased humidity of the more traditional sauna. Now thanks to the introduction of a small

steam generator into the cabin our range of Stauna© Cabins provide this facility. The Oceanic mini steamer which has been designed for use with our hermetically sealed infra red emitters, it is wall mounted has 3 heat settings and is equipped with boil dry protection, indicator lights to show the water levels and power settings. A splash guard also provides a space to place crushed herbs or drops of essential oils so as to infuse the steam with their fragrance and elevate the experience to another level.


Light & Heavy Duty Commercial Saunas

We offer two classes of commercial sauna, light duty commercial and heavy duty commercial.  

Light Duty Commercial Sauna Cabins

Our light duty range of saunas is designed for less rigorous operation and is suitable for use a maximum of 20 hours per week.  These cabins are a step up from our domestic rage, we have reinforced certain areas of the sauna to allow for the toll of additional bathers:

Reinforced benches
We have reinforced our standard 5 slat benches to accommodate for the increased load of additional bathers.

Extra duty base
We have increased the size of the base of the sauna making it more robust and lifting the panels off the ground providing a little more cabin height

 

Sauna Heater

Light duty sauna cabins are supplied with either an Oceanic floor standing sauna heater or EOS thermat sauna heater, both are complete with digital remote controls which can be positioned in a plant room or behind a reception desk for ease of control.

Our floor standing heater has been built for long day operation, finished in stainless steel, designed to hold a large quantity of rocks which retain additional heat. Long life incalloy elements are supplied as standard.  

The EOS thermat heater is slightly smaller than the floor standing heater and is suitable for our smaller models.

Sauna Heater Controls

A sleek remote keypad allows the user to preset the sauna heater 12 hours in advance, control precise sauna temperature, activate lighting inside cabin, check diagnostics.  A separate control box houses the heavy duty electrical components which switch the sauna heater elements sequentially during operation to maintain an accurate temperature inside the cabin. Also included is a temperature sensor to be located inside the cabin which also provides overheat protection. The low voltage connection between the control box and the keypad allows the user controls to be located in another room to the sauna, i.e. behind reception desk to prevent tampering.

Not only are digital controls are more accurate and more reliable than conventional controls they are particularly suitable for commercial use - allowing the operator to maintain control over the sauna temperature and prevent tampering. A series of LEDs show each function of the heater and allow for quick and simple fault diagnosis in the event of a problem occurring.

Heavy Duty Commercial Sauna Cabins

Our heavy duty saunas were introduced to our range in 2013, they were developed to accommodate the growing demand for long day operation.
We have carefully considered the major features commercial operators require in order to produce an efficient and robust cabin.  

Double insulated Wall panels

All wall panels are filled with Rockwool insulation and lined with an aluminium sheet to provide two layers of insulation improving efficiency, reducing the energy requirements and prolonging the life of the heater. The internal face of the panel is clad with a hidden nail thicker 18mm cladding which not only increase the panel strength but reduces the scorching which occurs when exposed to continuous high temperatures.  

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Heat Proof Boards

The panels directly behind the heater are at particular risk of scorching, in order to combat this we provide heat proof boards behind and above the heater to prolong the life of the sauna.  

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Base

Our extra heavy duty base is coated with a waterproof tanking solution and lifts the wall panels off the floor to ensure any water lying on the floor cannot be absorbed into them.

 

 

Benches & Supports

We have selected extra heavy duty kiln dried spruce for the benches and bench supports, each slat is considerably wider and thicker than that used in our light duty commercial saunas making them extremely robust.  

 

 

Increase in cabin height

We have increased the height of the cabin, in our larger models this allows for an extra tier of benches meaning the cabin can accommodate for additional bathers.  

 

Disabled Access Door

The extra wide door allows for disabled access to the cabin, cutting away the base below the door provides thresholdless entry into the sauna.  

 

Behind Bench and Floor Standing Heaters

We offer a choice of floor standing sauna heater or a hidden behind bench sauna heater.  Both are built for long day operation and are supplied with our Oceanic OCS-B digital remote controls.  

 

Behind Bench Heater

An option for all heavy duty cabins is the behind bench heater, a wall mounted unit that is located behind a false wall at the rear of the cabin. There are many advantages of this model of heater.

 

Protected heating elements

The heating elements are located directly beneath the rock tray in the behind bench heater. This prevents water being splashed directly onto the elements which is a common cause of element failure in standard sauna heaters.

A water dish and hose are fitted with the behind bench heater, user's pour water into this dish mounted behind the false wall and the water is distributed evenly across the rocks. Water thrown behind the bench will also be collected by the rock tray and will never fall directly onto the elements.

Safer Use

Having the heater hidden out of the way behind a false wall and beneath the benches prevents any accidental injuries from users being able to come into contact with the hot surfaces of the heater itself.

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Floor Standing Heater

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Our floor standing heater has been built for long day operation, finished in stainless steel, designed to hold a large quantity of rocks which retain additional heat. Long life incalloy elements are supplied as standard.  




Sauna Heater Controls

A sleek remote keypad allows the user to preset the sauna heater 12 hours in advance, control precise sauna temperature, activate lighting inside cabin, check diagnostics.  A separate control box houses the heavy duty electrical components which switch the sauna heater elements sequentially during operation to maintain an accurate temperature inside the cabin. Also included is a temperature sensor to be located inside the cabin which also provides overheat protection. The low voltage connection between the control box and the keypad allows the user controls to be located in another room to the sauna, i.e. behind reception desk to prevent tampering.

Not only are digital controls are more accurate and more reliable than conventional controls they are particularly suitable for commercial use - allowing the operator to maintain control over the sauna temperature and prevent tampering. A series of LEDs show each function of the heater and allow for quick and simple fault diagnosis in the event of a problem occurring.