Top 5 Sauna Timers to Keep Your Relaxation on Track

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In a previous post, we covered that 15 to 20 minutes is a good time to stay in a sauna. But eventually, the exact time depends on your personal preference and what kind and how hot your sauna is.

A sauna timer is an excellent way to track how long you’re sweating in the heat.

Some people prefer to just go by the feeling, but a sauna timer is a nice addition to any sauna. I’ll show you some options that can also work as decorative pieces in your sauna.

Here are my recommendations for the best sauna timers:

Clock Style

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Sauna Clock

Classic wooden clock
Easy to install
Note: runs on batteries, so it’s best not to install this inside the sauna room. Best to use it in the dressing room.

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Best Sand Timer

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Sauna 20 Minute Hourglass Sand Timer

Wooden sand timer
The timer has 5, 10, 15, and 20 minute marks
Rotating timer, just turn it in the start of the session!

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Sauna Set

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Sauna Set with 1.3 Gallon Pine Wood Bucket, Plastic Liner, Ladle, Sand Timer

A great set with all the sauna essentials
The set includes a 1.3 gallon bucket with plastic liner, a ladle, and a 15 minute sand timer

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By the end of this article, you should have a good understanding of the best sauna timers out there, and whether or not you even need to buy one.

Do You Even Need a Sauna Timer?

Most saunas have a sauna timer, but honestly, I rarely see people use them. The timer just hangs on the wall collecting dust.

While 15 – 20 minutes is a good amount of time for most people in the sauna, the exact time depends on so many factors, such as:

  • Temperature and humidity (Read the detailed guide about temperature and humidity)
  • Your body’s ability to handle the heat
  • How well-hydrated you are
  • How tired you are
  • How many sauna sessions you are doing
  • Etc…


A sauna timer can be a great way to track your time in the sauna. Bringing a watch or a phone in the sauna is definitely not recommended, so a dedicated sauna timer is the best option if you want to time your sauna sessions.

I recommend that you get a sauna timer as a beginner to avoid staying in the sauna for too long, or if you want to keep an exact time of how long you are staying in the heat.

Never Blindly Follow the Timer!

15 to 20 minutes is a good amount of time for most people in the sauna. But you should always listen to your body and exit the sauna if you feel dizzy or the heat is getting too much for you.

Top 5 Best Sauna Timers

Here are some great options to consider.

What to Consider When Buying a Sauna Timer

  • Design to match your sauna
  • Type of timer (clock, hourglass, digital)
  • Where you’ll place the timer so you can easily see it
  • Make sure it’s water and heat proof
  • Cost (cost ranges typically from $10 to $50)

Did you find this article helpful or do you have some questions? Let me know in the comments below!

Jussi Yli-Korhonen

Jussi is an online marketing expert, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Jussi is a sauna-loving guy from Finland, the birthplace of saunas. The traditional wood-fired saunas are his favorite but he's visited dozens of different types of saunas in over 20 countries.

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