While the market for indoor saunas is getting increasingly saturated with models, few are the ones that really cater to the needs of the people who live in small apartments or houses with no space for a full-sized sauna. Luckily, the Dynamic Saunas Andora Far infrared sauna has been designed specifically for those occasions and is extremely compact and energy-efficient. In this review, we will go over some of its biggest advantages, most notable downsides, and will also compare it to some of its competitors.
Our verdict: Thanks to its Canadian Hemlock construction and glass panels, the Andora sauna truly stands out no matter where you put it. And while it is a relatively big investment, it does bring all the benefits of infrared saunas with it. The sauna itself is easy to control, has built-in speakers, and is meant for smaller homes. Apart from the price, the obvious drawback is that it can feel a bit cramped even with 2 large adults inside. Still, it requires little to no maintenance compared to wood and stone saunas.
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Overview & Features
The dimensions of this sauna are one of its main features and perhaps the reason so many people opted to buy it. It is an extremely practical and compact sauna with dimensions of 48 x 42 x 75 inches (W x D x H). There is also a small roof overhang that adds 2 inches to the depth. The whole sauna weighs around 320-330 lbs assembled and can fit in most large bathrooms or any other room modified for sauna use. Unlike traditional saunas, this one doesn’t need a highly specific moist-proof location in your house to work, since it generates no steam or moisture, apart from the one coming from the people inside.
The build quality here is quite good with Canadian Hemlock wood wrapping the sauna both on the outside and the inside. Everything is well put together and the clasp mechanisms of the different panels are solidly built and hold everything together nicely. The door is located front and center with the control panel next to it. It is made out of tempered glass just like the two side walls that too have clear tempered glass on them. That really adds to the spaciousness of the sauna, which to be honest is much needed as it can feel a bit claustrophobic at times inside due to its compact nature. The wood planks are 6mm thick and are supported by 1.13-inch frames on the inside. The infrared panels are also quite durable and will last you quite a while without needing replacement or maintenance. The wood, however, might need care if you use the sauna on a daily basis.
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No matter how often you use your infrared sauna, you will want it to be highly effective. This means less waiting time and consistent performance once it is fully heated up. There are 6 dynamic Low-EMF Far-infrared carbon heating panels that are located strategically across the whole interior. There are 2 larger ones on the rear wall, with 1 smaller panel on each side and 1 under the bench. There is one more under the floor as well. All that results in even heating that allows your body to be exposed to the infrared light from all sides and angles, ultimately heating up your skin and vessels consistently and gradually without specific hot spots.
Unlike other traditional saunas that operate at around 180-200 degrees (Fahrenheit), this one can reach a maximum temperature of around 130 degrees, although most of the time it works at around 120 degrees (Fahrenheit) allowing you to stay longer on a single sauna session.
The control panel on the left of the door takes care of all the controls for the Andora sauna. It has buttons for the temperature settings, as well as the delayed start and timer functions. From that same control panel, you can also control the lighting and music inside. As I mentioned, there are two speakers inside along a chromotherapy light, that allows for even greater relaxation.
When it comes to the installation of the Andora 2-person infrared sauna, it is actually one of the easiest saunas to build. All the work needed to assemble it takes less than an hour thanks to its clasp-together assembly. The sauna will come with all of its panels ready to be assembled into the final structure. If that seems too hard, there is an option for paid assembly as well, you just have to contact the company beforehand. The package in which the sauna comes is also quite big, so make sure you have enough room to assemble it and move it to its final location. Unlike other saunas, this one won’t require a water outlet, just a 110V 15 amp outlet. Assembled, it weighs around 330 lbs.
One of the most distinctive and unique features of this sauna is its chromotherapy lighting system. While the science behind chromotherapy is still relatively new, people mention that there are some benefits of using it while enjoying their sauna. The colored panels here can change colors across the light spectrum depending on what you set them up for. The idea behind all that is that each color represents a certain vibration in your body, which in turn makes you feel in a different way based on the chromotherapy theme.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Relatively well-priced
- Easy to assemble
- Not too bulky
- Has a chromotherapy system
- Has 2 dynamic speakers
- Touch control panels
- 6 infrared low-EMF heating panels
- Natural Canadian Hemlock construction
- Can feel cramped even with 2 large adults
- Takes a while to fully heat up
- The maximum temperature isn’t very high
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Conclusion & Rating
The Dynamic Saunas Andora is a compact infrared sauna that is ideal for every home that has limited amounts of interior space. It brings all the benefits from FAR infrared to your family and is easy to use at any time of the day. Thanks to its efficient heaters, it doesn’t need a lot of time to fully heat up. It also operates at much lower temperatures than traditional saunas, allowing it to be more energy-efficient and quicker to heat up and cool down. That 120-130 degrees operating temperature also allows for longer sauna sessions, removing the unnecessary risks and complications from sweating in a 200-degrees sauna. The Andora is also packed with a few other interesting features that bring its overall score up to four and a half out of five stars!