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There are several different kinds of saunas, including wet saunas, dry saunas, and infrared saunas. Although infrared saunas employ “dry” heat to warm the body and give the user the benefits of a sauna, there is actually a larger difference between dry saunas and infrared saunas than there is between wet saunas and dry saunas.
A dry sauna uses the same kind of heater as a wet sauna does, which usually involves some sort of stove and rocks heated over the stove. In a wet sauna, water is poured over the rocks to create steam, whereas in a dry sauna, no water is used and there is therefore no steam. A dry sauna has the capability of producing steam, just as a wet sauna does.
An infrared sauna, on the other hand, uses an entirely different kind of heat to warm the body. Rather than using a central stove for heat, infrared saunas use radiant heat, similar to the sun's heat but without the UV rays. It will not produce steam; no matter what, it is a “dry” heat. The temperature in an infrared sauna is also much lower than the temperature in a dry sauna, as infrared heat needs a lower temperature to warm the body than does traditional stove heat.