Sauna Timers: Sauna Clocks and Sand Timers – Saunas.com

Sauna Sand Timers and Clocks

A wood sauna timer can make your sauna much more convenient to use. It alerts you to the time you have spent in the sauna. It also protects you because it can shut off the sauna heater if you fall asleep. Some saunas timers are built into the construction, and some are simpler timers just affixed to the wall. There are several factors to consider when choosing a sauna timer.

What is a sauna clock?

A sauna clock is a wooden clock made specifically for your sauna. It is made to keep track of your time in the sauna.  You can hang the clock on the wall in your changing room/area visible through the sauna window or glass door or place it inside the sauna. Just make sure the sauna clock is made to endure the high temperatures of the sauna.
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What types of sauna timers are there?

Sand Sauna Timers

The most traditional low-tech sauna timer for sale option if you don't want an electrical gadget is a sand timer. These timers work the same way as an hourglass.

The Finnish Traditional wisdom encourages sauna bathers to do several short time sauna sessions rather than sitting in the sauna for just one long-time session. In Finland they use a sand timer, since this is a more relaxing way to keep track of your time inside the sauna without noises or jarring alarms.

Most wood sauna sand timers are set for a fifteen-minute session. The sand falls through a funnel from one end to the other. When you turn the sand timer over you just have to wait for the sand to flow through the other side. When the sand has fallen completely to the other side, then you know that the 15 minutes have passed. It is that simple to use.

Mechanical Sauna Timers


Most home sauna owners use a mechanical timer. It is really easy to use you just have to turn the dial to the number of minutes you wish your sauna session will last, it then will tick down until an alarm rings to alert you the time you have set to be in the sauna has passed. It is also a good choice to prevent falling sleep inside the sauna.


Electronic Sauna Timers


An electronic sauna timer works similar to a mechanical sauna timer.

Like the mechanical you can set it to your desired time before the alarm goes off. Some models of electronic timers allow you to set separate timers for several people in the sauna.  They also allow you to choose the volume and type of the alarm that sounds.


Since normal clocks and watches don't correctly inside a sauna environment, it is important to choose a sand timer clocks designed to endure the high temperatures of the sauna.  

The type of sauna timer you choose depends on your desire for convenience or simplicity. Of course, if you choose a more technological gadget, comfort comes with a price and a certain amount of maintenance.

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Programmable Electronic Sauna Timers

A programmable electronic sauna timer is mainly built into a display and universal keypad that controls the sauna heater.

 If buy an electronic programmable timer, you can manage your sauna heat and time and program your timer to start heating the sauna before your scheduled sauna session.

This feature is very convenient if you are a regular sauna user. On some timers, you can even choose particular days or other schedules or tell it to turn off the sauna at a specific time every night.

How long is a sauna timer?

A sauna timer typically has a 1-hour duration; however, some models come in 90 or 120-minute settings. The timer allows you to track the length of time you spend inside the sauna. The sauna's heat can be so relaxing and enjoyable that sometimes you can lose track of time, but if you are using the sauna as part of a relaxation or workout routine, you need a sauna timer.

How does a sauna timer work?

There are mechanical or digital sauna timers; both will let you know how long you have been sitting in the sauna. 

The difference is that some sauna timers turn off the heat once the programmed time has elapsed. (If you program it for 30 minutes, it will shut off automatically after the time has passed.) And the most basic sauna timers are like an egg-timer (used for cooking) and work just like an egg-timer; they will let you know when the time you programmed has passed but will not shut down the heater. It doesn't matter if you sit in your sauna for 30