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The Best Sauna Heaters of 2023

Top Sauna Heaters Rated by the Nation's Sauna Specialists

Members of the BathingPro network have thousands of hours of experience creating exceptional bathing spaces. They know what it takes to ensure the longevity of a sauna environment and the most rewarding bathing experiences. 

There are a variety of different types of sauna heaters, from electric sauna heaters to wood-burning sauna stoves. Each unit has its own benefits, so it is important to choose the right one for your unique project needs. With hundreds of options to choose from, selecting a sauna heater can be a daunting process. Here is our list of the best sauna heaters of 2023 to help with your decision. 

1) Best Overall Sauna Heater – HUUM DROP & UKU Control

2) Best Affordable Sauna HeaterHotass Saunas HomeHeat with Built-In Controls

3) Best Wood-Burning Sauna Stove – HUUM HIVE Wood

4) Best Commercial Sauna Heater – HUUM HIVE

5) Best Sauna Heater with Built-In Controls – Harvia KIP

6) Best Sauna Heater Value Finlandia FIN

7) Award-Winning Sauna Heater  HUUM CLIFF

8) Most Versatile Sauna Heater – Harvia Virta Combi

9) Best Day Spa Sauna Heater – Amerec Trend

10) Best Floor-standing Sauna Heater – Harvia Cilindro

1) Best Overall – HUUM DROP Series Sauna Heaters & UKU Control

The HUUM DROP has quickly become one of the industry’s most popular electric sauna heaters. These innovative sauna stoves combine stainless-steel construction with cutting-edge technology to deliver the ultimate Nordic sauna experience.

 

The HUUM DROP is a compact, wall-mounted sauna heater that takes up very little space. Its impressive 132-pound stone capacity ensures a high heat and long-lasting steam. Its round, minimalist design showcases the rocks beautifully and adds a touch of elegance to any sauna interior. DROP sauna units pair with the HUUM UKU Wi-Fi sauna controller (available in six designer finishes) for complete control of sauna functionality from anywhere. The UKU lets bathers adjust the timer, temperature, and ventilation via the HUUM mobile app. 

 

As a runner-up for the prestigious European Red Dot Design Award, The DROP Heater has gained international recognition for its superior quality and authentic Finnish sauna experience. All HUUM sauna heaters are designed, engineered, and precision-crafted in Estonia.

 

The HUUM DROP Series is designed to heat saunas in a range from 247 to 530 cubic feet. HUUM DROP home sauna heater kits are available in 4.5kW, 6kW, 7.5kW, and 9kW power ratings.

Pros: 

  • Stainless-steel construction

  • WiFi compatible

  • Large amount of exposed stones

Cons: 

  • Control required for operation

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2) Best Affordable Sauna Heater – Hotass Saunas HomeHeat with Built-In Controls

 

Hotass Saunas HomeHeat sauna stoves are designed and made in Finland — the home of sauna. Complete with a variety of innovative features, the HomeHeat creates a radiant, moisture-rich heat.

 

The HomeHeat’s affordable price, quality engineering, and reliability has made it extremely prominent in home and smaller commercial saunas. Each unit is designed so that the rocks are in direct contact with the heating elements for greater efficiency. Its industrial-strength, stainless-steel heating elements deliver years of worry-free sauna enjoyment. The built-in control panel allows bathers to adjust time and temperature settings from the comforts of their sauna. Each unit also provides the ability to pre-set sauna temperature settings up to 8 hours in advance.

 

HomeHeat electric sauna heaters are crafted of 100% recyclable stainless-steel inside and out. Their triple-wall construction provides greater safety and cooler surface temperatures. All Hotass Saunas heaters are ETL-listed to ensure optimal sauna bathing safety.

 

The HomeHeat Series is designed to heat saunas in a range from 84 to 425 cubic feet. HomeHeat sauna heaters are available in 3kW, 4.5kW, 6kW, and 8kW power ratings.

Pros: 

  • Built-In Control Panel

  • 100% Stainless-Steel Construction

  • ETL-Listed

Cons:

  • Designed for smaller sized spaces

3) Best Wood-Fired Sauna Stove – HUUM HIVE Wood

The HUUM HIVE Wood provides a traditional wood-burning sauna atmosphere by generating waves of soft, high heat. Each unit includes a 1/5” thick stainless-steel tamer for long-lasting durability.

The HIVE Wood continues the HUUM tradition of using stainless-steel elements for both elegance and functionality. Its soft, organic curves accentuate the natural beauty of the stones and the sauna. The HIVE Wood’s innovative airflow design creates a convection process that burns wood more evenly and efficiently. Its large number of exposed stones ensures a higher heat and better steam capability. Its stainless-steel furnace door allows bathers to enjoy a warm, therapeutic fireplace sensation. The 17-kilowatt HIVE Wood LS includes a firebox extension that allows users to heat the sauna from a separate room for added convenience. 

The HUUM HIVE Wood Series is designed to heat saunas in a range from 212 to 565 cubic feet. HUUM HIVE Wood sauna heaters are available in 13kW and 17kW power ratings.

Pros:

  • Authentic wood-fired sauna experience

  • Ability to heat sauna from separate room

  • Large number of exposed stones

Cons: 

  • Longer heat up times compared to electric sauna stoves

4) Best Commercial Sauna Heater - HUUM HIVE Sauna Heater & UKU Control

The HUUM HIVE is an elegant solution for daily use in health clubs, day spas, gyms, and larger commercial bathing spaces. This floor-standing sauna stove is made of stainless-steel throughout for long-lasting safety, beauty, and durability.

HUUM HIVE sauna heaters are made in Estonia for a true European sauna experience. Each unit is built using very small amounts of metal so that the heat comes primarily from the stones. Together with its massive 552-pound rock capacity, the HIVE generates a soft steam and consistent, high heat – even for larger groups. The sculptural design of the HIVE is the perfect complement any sauna room interior. Each unit includes adjustable legs for greater flexibility. HIVE sauna stoves can be controlled via the HUUM UKU Wi-Fi sauna controller (available in six designer finishes) or HUUM UKU mobile application. The HUUM app allows users to control the sauna from anywhere for the ultimate convenience. 

HUUM HIVE sauna heaters are SGS-listed to meet club sauna bathing standards. The HIVE Series is designed to heat up saunas in a range from 424 to 1,050 feet. HIVE Heaters are available in 12kW, 15kW, and 18kW power ratings. 

The smaller-sized HUUM HIVE Mini is designed to heat saunas in a range from 176 to 706 feet HIVE Mini heaters are available in 6kW, 9kW, and 10.5kW power ratings. 

Pros:

  • Massive stone capacity

  • WiFi Compatible

  • Designed for reliable daily use

Cons:

  • Control required for operation

5) Best Sauna Heater with Built-In Controls – Harvia KIP

 

A long-time favorite for home sauna builders and DIY sauna enthusiasts, Harvia KIP heaters are cherished for their superior quality and performance. The KIP is a compact, wall-mounted sauna heater with built-in controls.

 

KIP heaters are precision-engineered so that their heating elements come in direct contact with rocks. This helps filter out harsh heat and ensure a pleasant, soft heat. The KIP sauna heater features built-in controls at the bottom of the heater for convenient control of sauna functionality. This allows bathers to pre-set their sauna up to 8 hours in advance. KIP heaters are UL-listed and made in Finland to provide years of dependable operation. These sauna units feature stainless-steel elements and a glossy red exterior. The Harvia KIP is also available in polished stainless-steel.

 

The KIP Series is designed to heat saunas in a range from 84 to 425 cubic feet. KIP heaters are available in 3kW, 4.5kW, 6kW, and 8kW power ratings.

Pros: 

  • Built-In Control Panel

  • Made in Finland

  • UL-Listed

  • Durable Stainless-steel components

Cons: 

  • Designed for smaller spaces

 7) Award-Winning Sauna Heater – HUUM CLIFF Sauna Heater & UKU Control

 

The HUUM CLIFF sauna heater is a durable, floor-mounted sauna heater. Its slim design and extremely short safety distances make it ideal for smaller sized sauna spaces.

 

Winner of the prestigious 2021 Red Dot Product Design Award, the HUUM CLIFF includes a host of innovative features. Its internal air tunnel speeds up heating by an estimated 25% and helps prolong the lifespan of the heating elements. The CLIFF’s large number of exposed stones provides a long-lasting, mild steam and a powerful heat. The sauna heating unit also features HUUM’s signature stainless-steel construction and industrial-quality heating elements.

 

The CLIFF is compatible with the WiFi-enabled HUUM UKU Control (available in six designer finishes) for control of sauna functionality via mobile phone.

 

The CLIFF Series is designed to heat saunas in a range from 176 to 425 cubic feet. Cliff sauna heaters are available in 3kW, 4.5kW, 6kW, and 8kW power ratings.

 

The even slimmer version of the ClIFF, the wall-mounted CLIFF Mini, is available in 3.5kW for very small sauna environments.

Pros: 

  • Fast Heat-Up Times

  • Durable Stainless-Steel Construction

Cons: 

  • Control required for operation

9) Best Day Spa Sauna Heater – Amerec Trend Series

Wellness centers across the nation choose the Amerec Designer sauna heaters because of their long-lasting performance, safety, and reliability. The Designer heater features a corrosion-resistant stainless-steel body and industrial-strength heating elements for years of dependable daily use.

With fifty years of experience manufacturing sauna heaters, Amerec knows what it takes to create a quality sauna experience. The Designer heater stays true to the company’s rich sauna heritage by blanketing the room with waves of powerful, penetrating heat. The Designer’s large rock capacity ensures optimal heat dispersal. Direct contact between the heating elements and rocks creates a soft, rich heat and a pleasant steam each bathing session.

 

The Amerec Trend requires a sauna control for operation.

 

Amerec Designer heaters are UL listed to ensure club sauna bathing safety. The Amerec Trend Series is designed to heat saunas in a range from 100 to 425 cubic feet. The Amerec Trend is available in 10, 12.5, and 15kW power ratings.

Pros: 

  • Designed for reliable daily use

  • UL-Listed

  • Stainless-steel body

Cons: 

  • Control Required for operation

10) Best Floor-standing Sauna Heater – Harvia Cilindro

The Harvia Cilindro is a modern electric sauna heater for small to medium-sized saunas. Its rock tower design differentiates the Cilindro from other heaters immediately, adding luxurious touch to any sauna decor.

 

The Cilindro was designed and made in Finland to provide a consistent heat and the most enjoyable sauna experiences. Its large number of stones ensures a smoother steam and optimal heating dispersal. The grate-like outer shell structure lets users adjust the nature of the steam from soft to sharp to best suit their bathing preferences. The Cilindro is crafted of durable-stainless steel throughout to provide years of worry-free sauna enjoyment. Its industrial-strength, stainless-steel heating elements are engineered to endure intense regular use.

 

The Harvia Cilindro is commonly embedded in sauna benches with Harvia’s Embedding Flange.

 

The Harvia Cilindro is designed to heat saunas in a range from 141 to 636 cubic feet. The Harvia Virta Combi is available in 10, 12.5, and 15kW power ratings.

Pros: 

  • Beautiful Pillar Design

  • Ability to adjust nature of steam

  • Durable Stainless-steel construction

Cons: 

  • Embedding Flange sold seperately

  • Unable to be wall-mounted within sauna

​These WiFi compatible sauna stoves combine stainless-steel construction with cutting-edge technology to deliver the ultimate Nordic sauna experience.

2) Best Affordable Sauna Heater – Hotass Saunas HomeHeat with Built-In Controls

3) Best Wood-Fired Sauna Stove – HUUM HIVE Wood

​The HomeHeat’s affordable price, quality engineering, and reliability has made it extremely prominent in home and smaller commercial saunas

​The HUUM HIVE Wood provides a traditional wood-burning sauna atmosphere by generating waves of soft, high heat.

These innovative, WiFi compatible sauna stoves combine stainless-steel construction with cutting-edge technology to deliver the ultimate Nordic sauna experience.

​The Mr.Steam MS-E Series is the perfect steam shower generator for small to medium size spaces and comes in 240V and 208V operation, this generator is also available with a drain connection. The unit can be installed in any location where an electrical outlet is available however, it should not be placed in an area where water may be spilled or splashed on the unit because it contains electronic components which may be damaged by water. The Steam MS-E Series uses less than one gallon of water during a 20-minute bathing session, making them both economical and eco-friendly. The new digital control panel allows you to set your desired steam temperature as well as control the fan speed and volume of air circulated into your steam bathroom. You can also control the volume of air being discharged from the vent stack while being circulated into your room. This generator is engineered for home steam rooms up to 482 adjusted cubic feet. Mr. Steam MS-E Series Steam Shower Generator is available in 5kW, 6kW, 7.5kW, 9kW, 10kW, 12kW, 15kW power ratings. Pro: Stainless Steel tank Industrial-grade, serviceable heating element MiniDIN control connections Cons: For smaller showers

2) Best Affordable Sauna Heater – Hotass Saunas HomeHeat with Built-In Controls

3) Best Wood-Fired Sauna Stove – HUUM HIVE Wood

​The HomeHeat’s affordable price, quality engineering, and reliability has made it extremely prominent in home and smaller commercial saunas. ​ The HomeHeat’s affordable price, quality engineering, and reliability has made it extremely prominent in home and smaller commercial saunas​ The HomeHeat’s affordable price, quality engineering, and reliability has made it extremely prominent in home and smaller commercial saunas

​The HUUM HIVE Wood provides a traditional wood-burning sauna atmosphere by generating waves of soft, high heat.

8) Most Versatile Sauna Heater - Harvia Virta Combi

 

The Harvia Virta Combi is a strong and stylish sauna heater for medium to large sized sauna environments. It is a unique combination of an electric sauna stove and a steamer for different sauna sensations.

 

With the Virta Combi, bathers can select between a traditional Finnish sauna, a steam sauna, and an aromatic sauna. This sauna unit provides the ability to add aromatherapy essential oils, transforming each bathing session into a luxury spa-like sauna experience.

 

The Virta’s durable construction and easy service makes it an excellent option for bathers who frequently visit the sauna or enjoy longer bathing sessions. All connections are accessible through the service hatch in the front of the heater. This unique design separates the heating elements from the rocks, which helps improve the lifespan of its heating elements.

 

The Harvia Virta is crafted of all stainless-steel and features industrial-quality stainless-steel heating elements. These heaters are designed to run for up to 12 hours a day. Their large number of rock stones ensures a soft, plentiful steam and efficient air circulation.

 

Harvia Virta Sauna heaters pair with the Harvia Xenio sauna controller for operation.

 

The Harvia Virta Series is designed to heat saunas in a range from 177 to 635 cubic feet. The Harvia Virta Combi is available in 10, 12.5, and 15kW power ratings.

Pros:

All Stainless-steel Construction

Ability to switch between steam sauna and traditional sauna

Designed for heavy-duty use

Cons: 
Control required for operation

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