Differences between the steam bath (Turkish bath) and the sauna Which is the best option?

The steam bath and sauna are two types of heat treatment that take place in enclosed spaces where high temperatures can be reached for the benefit of health. The main differences between the two lie in the percentage of humidity, temperature and materials of their manufacture.

What is the steam bath? Manufacturing features and materials

The steam bath, also known as Turkish bath or hammam, is a wellness treatment that is performed in an enclosed cabin. It has its origin in Turkey although its use is also recognized to ancient Rome. Unlike the dry sauna, the steam bath usually has a high humidity, between 80% and 90%. The temperature is between 40ºC and 70ºC.

The manufacturing material is versatile and can be adapted to space and needs.

  • Marble
  • Crystal
  • Ceramic stoneware
  • Acrylic
  • Aluminum
  • Stone

In the Turkish bath, a coating is usually used in noble materials that adapt to the environment and guarantee high quality, stable construction and reduction of energy expenditure, in addition to being hygienic and easy to clean.

Heat generation in the Turkish bath

Unlike the traditional sauna, the Turkish bath generates heat from the water evaporation. It has devices that bring water to a boil and convert it into steam released through the air. The steam bath is airtight so its system helps the accumulation of moisture.

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What are the main benefits of the steam bath?

  • The steam bath helps to improve the immune system as it activates the defense mechanisms of the immune system.
  • This type of bath releases toxins achieving better health and smoother skin.
  • Decongests the airways.
  • Relaxes the nervous system.

What is a sauna? Manufacturing features and materials

It is a heat treatment carried out in an enclosed area at a very high temperature and with a low percentage of humidity, different from the Turkish bath.

The dry sauna has its origin in the Scandinavian countries, especially in Finland, so it is also known as a Finnish sauna.It usually reaches temperatures between 90ºC and 80ºC and has a low humidity, around 20%.

Main manufacturing materials of the sauna

The sauna is manufactured or covered in pine, spruce, hemlock, abachi, ayous, walnut, cedar, poplar wood, among others.

Heat generation in the sauna

Another variable with respect to the Turkish bath is the way in which heat is generated. The traditional sauna uses stoves with volcanic rocks or firewood. There are also other types of saunas that are heated with infrared electricity to generate and spread heat throughout the space.

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What are the main benefits of the sauna?

  • Thanks to the fact that it causes sweating, the sauna allows the elimination of toxins.
  • Relaxes the muscles.
  • Reduces muscle, bone and arthritis pain.
  • Produces sSense of relaxation and tranquility.

Installation and manufacturing

From Klafs we take care of the installation and supply of all the elements of the Turkish bath or sauna. We are official suppliers of the renowned German brand, Klafs leader in sauna manufacturing. We also take care of the subsequent maintenance of the same with maintenance contracts tailored to the client.

If you want to include a steam bath or Finnish sauna to your spa or spa, ask us for a quote without obligation.