Sauna or barrel hot tub – perhaps friends, not rivals?

kymblustynnid taust | 2022Barrel saunas have won the hearts of many Estonians and they have made their way into our sauna culture. The ease and convenience of using a barrel hot tub have made it a good alternative to a hot Finnish sauna.

In fact, they are not mutually exclusive, and a traditional sauna and barrel hot tub can complement each other very well and offer even more pleasure and healing properties. A barrel sauna is based on hot water instead of hot air, making it special. It is safer for people with joint and muscle problems.

A barrel sauna can also be used to cool down, as the users can adjust the temperature. The 40–42-degree water of a barrel hot tub feels refreshing after a hot sauna session and quickly moisturises skin that has been exposed to hot air.

As not everyone can sit on a hot sauna stage and enjoy the steam due to their health issues, a barrel hot tub is a great alternative, because it has fewer health risks than a traditional sauna.

What could be better than a barrel hot tub installed in the sauna room? Thanks to the design, heaters and construction of the Lingalaid barrel hot tubs, the barrel saunas can also be safely installed indoors. People do not have to be separated from each other and can spend time privately inside.

In addition, it allows the possibility to combine two ancient traditions – the Japanese bath and the Finnish sauna – into one relaxing experience without leaving the sauna. In fact, a barrel hot tub can also replace a pond or another natural body of water if want some refreshment after sitting in the sauna. The temperature of the barrel hot tub can be adjusted according to your comfort level.

179A1224 | 2022Naturally, a barrel hot tub cannot offer the body the same temperature and burst of hot air as a traditional Finnish sauna. The difference in temperatures is obvious and the body reacts to hot water and hot air quite differently. In addition, creating steam is not possible in a barrel sauna. This, however, is one of the main features of a sauna for many – the puff of hot air that suddenly and even painfully hits the body is what we are used to. At the same time, a Finnish sauna cannot provide the same safe and relaxed heating a barrel hot tub can. We can benefit from both. To each their own, but they work the best together.

Lingalaid believes that barrel hot tubs are not here to take over the traditional Estonian sauna culture and this is also not our goal. Rather, we love to see the two very distant cultures unite to provide the best relaxation and healing treatments for both the body and soul. Be it in the countryside or in the city, summer or winter, outdoors or indoors – a barrel sauna complements and adds diversity to the traditional Finnish sauna and gives sauna users a choice between two different experiences.

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Customer reviews

  • Örjan M. ★★★★★

    We are very satisfied with the purchase of the Lingalaid hot tub. The hot tub is decent, of high quality and can accommodate eight people. We chose a large oven made of acid-proof stainless steel because we use seawater, and it is extremely convenient to heat. We were given extensive information and instructions throughout the purchase process and the service was excellent. Fast delivery and excellent value for money. Lingalaid can really be recommended!

  • Andy K. ★★★★★

    It seems we made the right decision, and the selection is extensive. The expectation for a weekend sauna and then a cold barrel is great!
    I can't imagine anything more extraordinary. I guess in cool weather, one can enjoy a different pleasure. Installing the tub was simple beyond expectations. Very easy to maintain and wash. Thanks to the masters and the product developer, who came specially to tune the water drain. The selection should also include a larger drain tap to get the water out of the tub faster.
    I recommend to everyone, despite a bit higher price, you will get a perfect tub!
    Andres and Helily, from Jõulumäe in Pärnu County.

  • Härmo H. ★★★★★

    A company with a wealth of business knowledge and experience that values keeping promises!
    The quality-price ratio is just right!

  • Henry T. ★★★★★

    Lingalaid boats are made of a different "wood" than the other boats, i.e., they are made of plastic. There is a very awesome development work and attitude towards work in this company! I wish you strength, courage, and more cooperation in the future :-)