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Buyers Guide: Best 2-Person Infrared Saunas

Best 2-Person Infrared Saunas

Are you looking for the most affordable 2-person sauna? One that’ll work well with your interior decor? Perhaps you want one that’ll give you the best experience overall.

To get you closer to improving your health through infrared sauna use, I’ve compiled this list highlighting the best 2-person infrared saunas, including the following:

Short on Time? Our Top 2-Person Saunas

#1 Best Overall #2 Best for foot pain relief #3 Best Value
Golden Designs Reserve Sauna Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Far Infrared Sauna
Golden Designs Reserve Sauna Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Far Infrared Sauna

- Intense infrared therapy

- Incl. purifying Himalayan salt bar

- Many entertainment options

- Foot reflexology heater

- Temperature control dial

- Cheapest on the list

- Plugs into a standard U.S. outlet

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Why a 2-Person Sauna Is the Perfect Entry-Level Choice

Two-person infrared saunas can be the perfect option for smaller living spaces as they don't take up a lot of room.

Most of them have a footprint of less than nine square feet (teeny tiny) and they assemble easily with either a clasp system or just basic screws.

Two-person infrared saunas are typically just big enough for two people to sit upright on the bench, or for one person to be able to lean and relax a little bit. You can add backrests to all of these 2-person infrared saunas for a more comfortable session.

Rank #1: Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna

Best Sauna Overall

Bonus: Did you know that halotherapy helps clear the lungs, reduce coughing, and improve breathing? Get a sauna with a Himalayan salt bar like the Golden Designs Reserve Sauna or add a salt bar to any sauna for added respiratory benefits.

If you’re looking for the bestest (best in every way) sauna, look no further than the Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna.

Multiple Heat Emitters

While other 2-person saunas have only one type of heat emitter, this sauna has both carbon and full-spectrum heat emitters.

They complement each other. Carbon emitters heat up quickly and distribute heat evenly among sauna users so that there are no cold spots.

On the other hand, full-spectrum emitters—near, mid, and far infrared—penetrate different depths in the body and provide broader health benefits.

Near-infrared rays penetrate at least 1.2 cm into the epidermis and improve skin health whereas far infrared rays penetrate up to 4 cm into the skin to promote detoxification and blood circulation.

Where only far-infrared emitters are present, like in the Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna, users will only receive specific benefits like detoxification and not clear skin.

Together, carbon and full-spectrum emitters provide effective, consistent deep treatment for sauna users.

Interior and Exterior Control Panels

Another fantastic feature: interior and exterior LED control panels that make it convenient to change settings before and during your sauna session.

On the other hand, the Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna includes an interior panel, meaning you can only adjust the temperature from inside the sauna.

Purifying Himalayan Salt Bar

The add-ons in this sauna keep getting better and better. Unlike the Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna and Barcelona Infrared Sauna, the Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna includes 1 Himalayan Salt Bar.

All a Himalayan salt bar does during the session is to purify the air by making contaminants too heavy to float (where you can breathe them in) and instead, they stick to the floor or walls.

Moreover, it improves breathing in individuals with respiratory conditions as they can loosen mucus buildup.

Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna

Rank #2: Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna

Best Pick for Foot Pain Relief

Bonus: Foot reflexology will improve your flexibility, relieve mental stress, and help you sleep better.

If you experience foot pain, either as a result of working out or because of a chronic illness, the Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna can help relieve the pain.

It includes a floor-foot reflexology heater that warms up your feet, soothes stiffness, and relaxes muscles to relieve pain.

This is a unique feature that isn’t included in the Barcelona Infrared Sauna and the Golden Designs Reserve Sauna, so if you want to address foot pain specifically, this sauna is your best bet.

And you know what’s better than the reflexology heater? The convenience to increase the temperature for maximum pain relief in an ongoing session. You can adjust the temperature using the interior control panel, or have someone do it on the exterior LED panel.

Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna

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We LOVE our new sauna. It is truly AMAZING. It has greatly improved our overall health by reducing post-workout aches and pain from arthritis. David H., Verified Customer, June 2023.

Rank #3: Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna

Best Pick for Value

Buying a sauna isn’t exactly a cheap affair but it needn’t be financially crippling. So if you’re looking for a sauna that’s affordable and gives you value for money, the Barcelona Infrared Sauna is it.

With the cost starting at $1,799.99, it’s the cheapest of all saunas listed here—21% cheaper than the Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna and 52% cheaper than the Golden Designs Reserve Sauna.

If you purchase this sauna, you won’t incur extra costs. The Barcelona Infrared Sauna doesn’t require special wiring (you save money), unlike the Golden Designs Reserve Sauna which will require you to engage an electrician to install a 15 amp breaker.

It’s also very easy to install at home with the aid of another adult so you save money you’d have spent on getting a specialist to do the installation.

Finally, the Barcelona Infrared Sauna heats up faster than other saunas because it’s smaller in size. This means that it uses less power which can save you money on electricity bills.

Barcelona Infrared Sauna

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Assembly was simple. Performance thus far has been good. 20 minutes to heat up. It gets hot enough to really sweat. Mike, Verified Customer, November 2021

Rank #4: Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna

Best Pick for an Immersive Relaxation Experience

For individuals wanting to maximize relaxation, the Venice Infrared Sauna by Dynamic Saunas provides the best immersive experience.

One outstanding feature that helps do that is the chromotherapy lighting system.

Colored light positively affects the nervous system. It:

It’s easy to relax when there’s less pressure on your mind.

Another feature that’s especially beneficial to book lovers is the interior reading system. It’s easy and comfortable for you and your partner to get lost in your favorite books during a session.

There’s yet one more feature that I’d like to highlight: the music system w/Bluetooth Capability and two dynamic speakers with pre-amp.

With these entertainment features, you can add a relaxing meditation or music during a sauna session.

Music lowers anxiety levels and improves mindfulness, both of which help you relax.

Dynamic Venice Infrared Sauna

Rank #5: Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition

Best for Aesthetic Appeal and Lasting Durability

The Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition is made using Canadian Red Cedar and has a stunning reddish-brown color finish.

Adding this sauna to your house will improve the whole outlook of the place as it’s polished. It’ll fit in with most interior decor (the color isn’t loud).

But that isn’t the only benefit of Canadian Red Cedar. The wood also has anti-microbial properties meaning it’ll not grow mold or decay.

Since it’s more resistant to decay than Hemlock, your Maxxus Cholet Edition Sauna will last you years and years.

We also offer a 5-year warranty because of how high-quality this wood is.

Comparing Sizes to Find the Best Fit for Your Home

For a better sense of scale, the table below compares the different exterior dimensions of the above saunas and their weight.

Infrared Sauna Exterior Dimensions
Width Depth Height

Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna

Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna

48" 42" 75"

Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna

Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna

48" 42" 75"

Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna

Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna

39" (smallest) 36" 73"

Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna

Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna

50" (widest) 42" 77"

Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition

Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition

50" (widest) 42" 75"

Of the five saunas, the most compact option is the Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Far Infrared. It's also among the lightest.

The Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna and the Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition are the widest saunas.

Comparing Interior Dimensions to Find the Most Roomy Saunas

We’ve included a second table that highlights the interior dimensions of listed infrared saunas to find out which ones have the most internal room.

Infrared Sauna Interior Dimensions
Width Depth Height

Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna

Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna

44" 38" 69"

Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna

Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna

44" 38" 68"

Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna

Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna

36" (least interior space) 32" 67"

Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna

Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna

43" 37" 70" (most standing room)

Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition

Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition

45" (widest) 37" 68"

Most Interior Capacity: Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition

The Maxxus Infrared Cholet Edition offers more interior capacity (width)—45"W—than the Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna,—36"W—though both of them weigh 250 lbs.

This makes it the ideal choice if you're looking for compactness without giving up too much usable space.

What’s more, you won’t feel like you’re in each other’s personal space as much when sharing the sauna.

Most Standing Room: Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna

The tallest option is the Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna with an impressive 70-inch interior. However, this comes with a hefty 375 lbs weight, making it less portable.

The Maxxus Seattle Infrared Sauna comes close with an interior height of 68" and a significantly lighter weight of 275 lbs.

Our Top Pick

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Golden Designs Reserve 1-2 Person Near Zero EMF Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna

As proud members of the North American Sauna Society, our top two-person infrared sauna for this year is the amazing Golden Designs Reserve Sauna. Take a look at its full specs to see why it's also our most popular.

Improve Your Health Using the 2-Person Infrared Sauna

To begin your health journey right, you first need to pick an infrared sauna that also meets your needs, whether that’s matching your interior decor or relieving foot pain.

If your goal is to find the sauna with the best experience overall, buy the Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna, the Maxxus Seattle Sauna if your goal is foot pain relief, or the Venice Infrared Sauna for an immersive relaxation experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

How big does a two-person sauna need to be?

According to the North American Sauna Society, a suitable 2-person sauna should measure 4 ft by 6 ft, or 48'' x 72''. This is especially so if you‘d like a bit of space between the two of you.

However, 2-person saunas can also measure slightly less than this, like the Barcelona Infrared Sauna whose interior width and depth are 36" x 32". It’s still big enough to accommodate two people while sitting up, but it can feel cramped.

The cardinal rule is to always opt for spaciousness when choosing a sauna as you'll be in there for a while, and don't want to feel hemmed in.

How much power does a 2-person infrared sauna need?

On average, two-person saunas use about 2 kWh.

Here’s a quick table showing the annual kilowatt-per-hour usage for some saunas discussed if you used your sauna for 48 hours.

Infrared Sauna kWh Annual kWh for 48 Hours
Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna 1.8 86.4
Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna 2.4 (highest) 115.2
Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna 1.8 86.4
Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition 1.65 (lowest) 79.2

Sauna electricity consumption varies based on sauna type and usage frequency.

For example, the Barcelona Infrared Sauna uses more energy hourly than any of the other saunas. This also means that you’ll incur more electricity costs running this sauna compared to the others.

The 2.4kWh you’ll use to run the Barcelona Infrared Sauna is about twice what it takes to run a standard refrigerator of 130 watts per day. Such a refrigerator consumes 0.13kWh in an hour and 1.04kWh for 8 hours.

On the other hand, the Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna, Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna, and Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition consume slightly higher power than a standard dishwasher of 1.2kWh.

If you were charged a flat rate of 11.22 cents per kilowatt-hour, here’s how much it would cost you to run your sauna for 48 hours annually.

Infrared Sauna Annual kWh for 48 Hours Annual Cost ($)
Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna 86.4 9.6768
Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna 115.2 12.9024 (most expensive)
Dynamic Saunas Venice Infrared Sauna 86.4 9.6768
Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition 79.2 8.8944 (cheapest)

For 48 hours, it’ll cost you $6.4704 to run a dishwasher of 1.2kWh given a similar flat rate of 11.22 cents per kilowatt-hour.

That’s only slightly more than most of these saunas (though you’ll certainly use a dishwasher more frequently.)

If you use a dishwasher for 48 hours consistently for 3 years (144 hours), it’ll cost you $931. In the same period, it’ll cost you $1280 to run the Maxxus Infrared Sauna, Cholet Edition, and $1857 for the Dynamic Saunas Barcelona Infrared Sauna.

Is it okay to use an infrared sauna every day?

Yes, it's safe to use infrared saunas daily. Only ensure that you stay well hydrated during and after your session.

Frequent infrared sauna use yields a rejuvenating, detoxifying sweat, and a revitalizing post-session sensation. Daily use can accelerate wellness benefits.

Hopefully, now you have a far better read on assessing the best 2-person infrared sauna for your needs and you can see why the excellent Golden Designs Reserve Infrared Sauna is the best one overall.

If you have any more questions about these infrared saunas please don't hesitate to give us a call at 1-855-963-5665 or shoot us an email here. One of our sauna experts is more than happy to help you out.

Author's Note: Updated on January 22, 2024, with new sauna features. Added additional technical details to each product description, highlighted a specific quality for each sauna, and a table comparing the dimensions to help you find the best 2-person sauna for your home. Added power and cost estimates for annual usage compared to other electrical home appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers.


Wes McMahon

Wes McMahon, is the founder of Sun Valley Saunas and a seasoned ski town sauna enthusiast. In early 2021, Wes transitioned from being an attorney and sauna aficionado in Sun Valley, Idaho, to founding Sun Valley Saunas. His deep appreciation for the Finnish sauna tradition has helped him understand and select high-quality, hand-built saunas for customers throughout North America. Combined with his understanding of the therapeutic and communal benefits of sauna culture, he advocates for the wellness practices that saunas can bring to your overall health. Got questions? Get in touch by calling 1-855-963-5665 or info@sunvalleysaunas.com


Important: The information provided in our articles about saunas and related topics is intended for general informational and educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult your healthcare practitioner before using saunas, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are pregnant. Individual health needs vary, and what benefits one person may not be suitable for another.

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