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When public saunas started shutting down during Covid, we didn't know what to do but we knew it was nice to have a home sauna. And through SaunaShare, we knew what makes a good sauna and who can build them right. That's why we started Sauna Marketplace.

We'd love to chat about what a home sauna might look like for you and your family.

Learn and Get Inspired


SWEAT, by Mikkel Aaland

Embark on a Sweating Journey with Mikkel Aaland's "Sweat" - A Must-Read for Sauna Enthusiasts!

Discover the extraordinary world of sweat baths with Mikkel Aaland's seminal work, "Sweat: The Illustrated History and Description of the Finnish Sauna, Russian Bania, Islamic Hammam, Japanese Mushi-Buro, Mexican Temescal, and American Indian & Eskimo Sweat Lodge." This captivating book is more than just a read; it's a global journey through heat and steam that has inspired sauna enthusiasts worldwide, including many hosts and customers at

"Sweat" is a comprehensive exploration into the heart of various bathing traditions across the globe. Aaland, with his vivid storytelling and detailed illustrations, brings to life the Finnish sauna's soothing warmth, the therapeutic leafy branches of the Russian bania, the communal spirit of the Islamic hammam, the unique steam of the Japanese mushi-buro, the indigenous roots of the Mexican temescal, and the sacred ceremonies of American Indian and Eskimo sweat lodges.

Each chapter in this book is a window into a different culture, offering insights into how these sweat bath traditions reflect the values, beliefs, and lifestyles of the people who cherish them. Whether you are a sauna novice or a seasoned aficionado, "Sweat" is an invaluable guide to understanding the depth and diversity of this ancient practice.

For anyone passionate about saunas or curious about the cultural significance of these global traditions, "Sweat" is an essential addition to your library. Its pages promise not just knowledge, but a deeper appreciation for the communal and spiritual aspects of sweating rituals.

Embrace the heat, understand the steam, and connect with sauna cultures around the world. Click the link to buy Mikkel Aaland's "Sweat" and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of global sweat baths. Your next sauna experience will be richer for it!

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Sauna Channel

For those in our community seeking inspiration and travel ideas, we highly recommend the Sauna Channel. This platform is not just a resource but a portal to the most unique and mesmerizing sauna experiences around the world. From the steamy banyas of Russia to the serene hot springs of Japan, the Sauna Channel offers a wealth of ideas for your next sauna adventure. Each featured location comes alive with stunning visuals and engaging stories, providing a real sense of the atmosphere and culture that surrounds these diverse sauna practices.

The beauty of the Sauna Channel lies in its ability to transport viewers to exotic and remote locations, making it an ideal tool for planning your next sauna-themed getaway. Whether you’re looking to relax in a secluded hot spring or seeking the communal vibrancy of a traditional public sauna, the Sauna Channel has something for everyone. It's an invaluable source of inspiration for our members at who are passionate about discovering new and exciting sauna experiences across the globe.

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Design and Build


Secrets of Finnish Sauna Design Book by Lalle Liikkanen

"The Secrets of Finnish Sauna Design" by Lassi A. Liikkanen is a comprehensive book that delves deeply into the intricacies of Finnish sauna design. This book is not just a simple guide; it's a result of extensive research and expertise in sauna design. It addresses three key questions: defining what a Finnish sauna truly is and what it is not, outlining the critical aspects that should be considered in sauna design, and providing detailed guidance on how to design a Finnish sauna.

Dr. Lassi A. Liikkanen, the author, is not only a designer but also a scholar at Aalto University. His work on this book is based on five years of intensive research, including interviews with key Finnish sauna experts. This book represents a significant contribution to understanding Finnish saunas, emphasizing the holistic experience beyond just being a 'hot room.'

In essence, "The Secrets of Finnish Sauna Design" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding the authentic Finnish sauna experience, whether for personal knowledge or practical application in designing a sauna.

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For those who found "The Secrets of Finnish Sauna Design" by Dr. Lassi A. Liikkanen enlightening and wish to delve deeper into the world of sauna design, is the perfect destination. This website expands on his expertise, offering a treasure trove of information for enthusiasts and professionals alike. stands as a comprehensive guide, exploring intricate details of sauna design and use. It's an ideal resource for anyone interested in the finer points of sauna construction, like optimal ventilation techniques, bench heights, and other design elements that make a sauna experience truly authentic and enjoyable. The site delves into topics that are crucial for creating a sauna that not only looks good but functions effectively and provides the ultimate relaxation experience.

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SaunaSizer™ AI

SaunaSizer is an AI tool that can accept conversational or raw data about your sauna and recommend a heater size.  It can factor in materials, glass, climate, and even bather preferences.

Try SaunaSizer™ for yourself here.


Connect and Organize

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Thanks for visiting! We are sauna-obsessed believers in good heat, a cold plunge, and human connection. These are our best recommendations for life-changing thermoculture experiences.

Short Term Sauna Rentals

That’s what we do here at SaunaShare! In the coming months, our homepage will become the central hub for mobile sauna rentals, public saunas, events, hotels and Airbnb’s with Saunas. If you don’t see what you are looking for today, you can fill out the form below to be alerted as saunas and events are added nearby. This is also where we send discount codes, free sessions, and pop-up events.

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Long Term Sauna Rentals

For sauna rentals one month or longer, you can contact individual sauna hosts nearby or contact us directly to see if we can provide more options. For Pro and College athletic teams, we work with performance coaches like NFL Veteran Brian Peters who have their own sauna and cold plunge systems and tailored training routines.

We also work with builders and sauna manufacturers around the country with lease and rent-to-own programs. So if you have a gym, athletic program, hotel, airbnb, or retreat – we have a solution.

Contact us for long term rentals, performance coaching, and other partnerships here.


Cold Plunges and Outdoor Showers

Inflatable Tubs

Submerge Wellness and Inergize Health have our favorite inflatable cold plunge tubs that are perfect for mobile saunas. They’re built with a heavy duty material, similar to inflatable stand up paddleboards. Both have Wi-Fi enabled chillers, good filter systems, and the ability to heat (essential in freezing climates). The Chillers can be purchase separately with custom plunges. Use code ‘SaunaShare’ here for $150 off.

Wood Tubs

Dundalk Leisurecraft is a good choice for white cedar clad cold plunges, as they are lined with a stainless steel or EPDM interior. They are a good option for people who want something aesthetically pleasing in their backyard or gym. Buy them for the best price, while supporting SaunaShare here:

Polar Plunge Tub

Our recommendation for a rectangular indoor/outdoor cold plunge due to stainless steel liner, aesthetically pleasing (and insulating) white cedar cladding, and free shipping.

Buy it for the best price, while supporting SaunaShare here.

Note: There’s a round model with EPDM lining available here.

What about wood cold plunge tubs without liners? Wood tubs without inner lining don’t work in most climates, with the possible exception of RH Tubs with exceptional quality control and tightening system.

Sauna Tents

Sauna Tents are by far the cheapest way to get the full benefits of sauna anywhere. We recommend sauna rental companies and home sauna buyers consider a sauna tent because it’ll still be nice to have after getting a more traditional sauna. The entire SaunaShare and teams use them all the time. We recommend North Shore Sauna and Overland Sauna, both available here.

Read our full review of sauna tents here.

Mobile Saunas

Voyageur Saunas are the most popular for sauna hosts, often available used here. These are probably the most road-worthy mobile saunas if you plan on putting a lot of miles on it. My Sauna Club in Chicago and Gather Sauna House in Bend are great example of the dozens of Voyageur Saunas available on

Speaking of Bend, OR – Spindrift Homes is a TinyHouse builder who is offering beautiful custom mobile saunas. Check them out here.

Mobile barrel sauna options include CasaDeSauna in Ontario and Nomad Sauna in Minneapolis. You can also buy a barrel sauna kit on Sauna Marketplace and put it on a utility trailer, just make sure to get a model like Thermory or SaunaLife that uses screws through ever stave. Check out good barrel sauna options here.

If the sauna only needs to be moved occasionally, one of our favorite options is the SaunaLife G7 which can be forklifted or easily move by a crane truck thanks to integrated lift-hooks (like a shipping container). Check that out here.

Sauna Heaters

Heater deals available for SaunaShare hosts, contact us! You can see our favorites here.

Custom Sauna Builders

Map coming soon

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Resources For SaunaShare Hosts

Booking software for public sauna sessions – For public sauna sessions with multiple openings, our favorite is TidyCal from AppSumo. This is the best choice if you want to embed your booking calendar on your SaunaShare listing.

Booking software for overnight sauna rentals – For mobile saunas who are renting their sauna by the day, week, or month we recommend PluginHive’s booking and appointments plugin. Unfortunately, this will only work with a wordpress website. You can try it for free by becoming a SaunaShare host (that’s how we operate the backend).

Sauna Rental Insurance – Contact list and guide coming soon.