Ready to get sweaty? A lot of people are — and not just because it’s February. Saunas aren’t new, but these little rooms are hot in more ways than one right now. Amazon has found an affordable way for just about anyone to get the sweaty Scandinavian experience: The OppsDecor Portable Steam Sauna is just $96, down from $146.
Why is this a good deal?
Saunas are both incredibly expensive and hard to access. You can pay pricey membership fees for a gym with a sauna or splurge on a spa day — you can even build one in your own home! But all of those options are well over $100. Meanwhile, this portable at-home sauna is less than $100, and you can use it anytime your heart desires.
Why do I need this?
Saunas have become popular enough that people are adding them to their homes — and that includes actress Kate Hudson. She reportedly had a sauna built into her Los Angeles home.
“The one thing I’ve always done, because I learned it from my mama [Goldie Hawn] who’s the best, is, ‘Sweat it out’ — it’s the hot and the cold,” she told The Zoe Report. “I love my cold plunges. And I love my saunas. My mom and I will both say the sauna’s our happy place.”
When she can’t use her home sauna, she’ll use a sauna blanket or a portable sauna like the OppsDecor Portable Steam Sauna.
Saunas and steam rooms aren’t just celeb-approved. They are deeply ingrained in Scandinavian culture — in Finland alone, there is one sauna for every three people — but there’s been an uptick in interest in the United States over the last few years. Pandemic-related? Maybe. Some spas claim a good sweat is a way to detox or get the results of a workout without cardio or lifting weights, but there isn’t a lot of research out there to support the claims. What saunas definitely do offer is a relaxing experience. (Just remember that you’re exposing yourself to extreme heat, and if you have health issues or are pregnant, make sure to consult your doctor.)
You can get portable saunas that use steam or infrared heat. As its name suggests, the OppsDecor Portable Steam Sauna uses steam. This sauna is kind of like a pop-up tent that comes with a small chair that fits inside. It zips to close and has a slot for your head and hands. The steam generator pumps the steam into the tent through tubes that you can operate with a remote control. It takes about seven minutes to heat the sauna, which can get to temperatures as high as 149 degrees. If you want to take your spa experience to the next level, adding herbs or essential oils to the water in the steam pot gives off a luxurious scent.
What reviewers say
More than 1,400 Amazon shoppers are five-star fans of the OppsDecor Portable Steam Sauna — and they are an enthusiastic bunch.
“Just when I thought I couldn’t get any hotter, this sauna came into my life and did just that,” wrote a rave reviewer. “Now I’m fitter, funner, and freakier than ever! Most days I’m just counting down the minutes until I can get home, jump into this bad boy, and really sweat one out. Five stars all day for making me a 10!”
“This thing gets hot!” shared another excited shopper. “I love me a sauna. I come out of it dripping in sweat and I love it. The sauna is soooo worth it and I have and will continue to recommend it to more people.”
“This came with a very easy-to-use instruction booklet with detailed pictorial step-by-step instructions to set it up,” said a buyer. “It’s so easy to set this up and is ready to use within minutes. Disassembling is also very easy and takes just few minutes. That makes it easy to store if you don’t want to use it.”
“Wonderful purchase,” added a final fan. “Only downside is the remote has to be so close to the heater and pointing directly at it or it won’t work, other than that it’s a great buy.”
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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