How much does it cost to buy a home sauna?

16th August 2017 | Debbie Ekins

Want to know how much a Sauna costs?

For years, owning your own Sauna has been seen as a luxury reserved for the super rich. If you are lucky, you might find one at your local gym. Or as part of a hotel getaway.

But, having your own in your home. Ridiculous!

Right?

Wrong!

In Finland, and other Scandinavian countries, saunas have become ingrained into the culture. Contributing to overall happiness and increased well-being.

At Eagle Leisure, we are on a mission to spread health and happiness throughout the homes of Scotland (it’s a pretty similar job to Santa, but it’s a year-round gig, and we don’t eat as many mince pies).

Because, saunas are great for you!

And, they are more affordable that you think.

sauna cost

How much will a Sauna cost you?

A Sauna can cost between £900 and £12,000.

The two things that will vary the cost of your Sauna are:

       #1 Size. Generally, the bigger the Sauna. The more expensive it will be.

       #2 Quality. There are two important components, that have an impact on quality.

       (although not the only two).

The stove and the wood.

The stove is usually electric (although you can get traditional wood burning stoves) and is responsible for heating the whole sauna. It’s needs to be good enough quality to last. And big and powerful enough to heat the whole room.

The wood forms the entire cabin. So, it’s obviously very important. We recommend sustainable, Scandinavian grown timber. But, most importantly it needs to be kiln-dried. This means it is intensely heated, to pull out the moisture. Leaving it below 20% moisture. If this is not done correctly then the wood will crack when exposed to 80-100 degrees of heat in a sauna.

You can’t just go to B&Q and buy standard tongue and groove timber and use it in a sauna. It won’t stand up to the heat. We are increasingly seeing cheap saunas build with wood that is not suitable for use in saunas. It either cracks, or scorches when the heater is used.

What types of Sauna can you get?

There are two different types of Sauna that you can have installed. Although both look similar, they are build in different ways.

#1 Kit Sauna

A ‘kit’ Sauna is the Ikea of the Sauna world. It comes flat packed, with 4 sides and one roof. You either build it yourself. Or the company who sold you it may build it for you. It comes in pre-set sizes, with small variations in shape available.

You will find some kit Saunas online between £900 and £2000. However, we would urge you to consider our above comments about stove and wood quality. As most of the problems we’ve seen concerning these have been from cheap Saunas. People have thought they were getting a bargain sauna, only to spend more on repairs and refurbishment than it cost.

If you want a good quality kit Sauna, we would recommend a Scandinavian manufacturer, such as Harvia or Tylo. These will cost between £2500 – £10,000, depending on size.

Remember, this price usually won’t include installation. So you will have to build it and install it yourself. Or pay someone to do it.

If you don’t have any size or shape restrictions, a kit Sauna can be a quality and cost effective solution. Provided you buy from a quality supplier and manufacturer.

Harvey variant kit sauna

#2 Custom built sauna

Back in the early days of Eagle Leisure, we offered the same as everyone else. An off-the-shelf kit Sauna.

But the lack of personalisation rally irked us. We were very restricted in the shape, size and layout that we could offer. We wanted to be able to fully customise the sauna, and build it exactly the way you want it.

So, for the last few years, we have exclusively offered bespoke, custom built saunas.

Our team of joiners comes out to your house and builds the Sauna from scratch. Exactly the way you want it.
Not only do we have complete flexibility over the design. But we also have complete control over the quality of workmanship, so we can be sure that we are installing a beautifully designed and perfect quality sauna.

We’ve built Saunas in garages, in spare room, bathrooms, and even a Harry Potter style sauna in the cupboard under the stairs. Any spare space that you have, we can fit a sauna into it.

 

Cost of custom built saunas

Custom built saunas don’t have to be much more expensive than a kit Sauna. The price is comparable to a good quality kit sauna.

On average our customers spend between £5,500 and £7,500. But it does vary largely on size. They can be cheaper and they can be more expensive.

Plus, as it’s fully customisable, you can add features including a full glass font, slate stone wall panel and LED lighting. Which, could take the price up to around £10,000 – £12,000.

How do we price saunas?

You’ll notice that we don’t have any prices online. This is because every one of our saunas is bespoke. But you probably want a rough idea on pricing right?

You can use this formula to figure out an approx. price on your base model custom built sauna.

Calculate the linear metres (add all 4 sides) e.g. 2m x 2m = 8 linear metres

Multiply the linear metres by £880 eg. 8 linear metres x £880

This gives you the total price inc. VAT e.g. £7040 inc. VAT

Optional upgrades will increase the cost eg. 2m x 2m full glass front = approx. £2,160 (inc VAT)

 

Standard pricing of other additional features:

 

FeaturePricing
Full glass front£2,160 inc. VAT
Slate stone back£660 inc. VAT
LED colour changing lights£1,140 inc. VAT

In 90% of the cases, this will be your price. And sometimes, depending on the shape the cost can vary too. What we usually do is arrange a site visit to do a measure up and confirm the final price before we go ahead.

 

Exclusions in pricing

There are a couple of things we don’t do. We don’t run the electrical wire from your main control box. And we don’t do the floor of your sauna. We recommend you continue the flooring in from what ever room your sauna is in eg. tiles.

Ones the electrical supply and the floor is there we do everything else.

Kit sauna vs custom built sauna. What is more expensive?

What’s more expensive? We said the prices were comparable for a custom built saunas and quality kit saunas.

Let’s use a standard 2m x 2m sauna

Custom built sauna = £7,040 inc VAT for full supply and installation.

Quality kit sauna (closest size 2.19m x 2.19m) = £6,084. This is supply only, and will need to be constructed. You can do this yourself, or hire someone at a cost.

Please note: at Eagle Leisure we do not offer installation only.

In summary

Saunas cost between £900 – £12,000

Kit Saunas are between £900 – £10,000. With good ones starting at around £2,500.

If you want something a bit more unique, or if you are restricted in dimensions or shape, you may want to go for a custom build sauna. This will cost on average between £5,500 – £7,500. But varies depending on size, and optional upgrades. You can use the formula above to calculate and approx cost.

Hopefully that has helped you to understand how much a Sauna can cost. And, help you understand which one will be right for you.

If you have any questions about saunas, or anything else, get in touch.

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