Nootka Saunas Review: Quality Handcrafted Outdoor Saunas Built for the Harshest of Climates

Last updated on May 16th, 2023 at 08:36 pm


Nootka Saunas is an absolute hidden gem located in the Pacific Northwest (Canada) and is a leading provider of high-quality, handcrafted outdoor barrel saunas built to withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Their saunas are perfect for those seeking a luxurious, yet durable, heat experience.

In this comprehensive review, we will explore everything Nootka Saunas has to offer, including pricing, available sizes, heat sources, craftsmanship, durability, customization options, and more.

Let’s dive in!

Nootka saunas


Nootka Saunas offers top quality barrel saunas to cater to various budgets and preferences starting at $6,750 (base price) + add-ons.

We have included add-on pricing in the subsequent sections, however, for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing, we recommend visiting their website at Prices are listed in USD or CAD.

Available Sizing

Nootka Saunas offers 2 size options to accommodate your needs and available space.

Sizes are as follows:

  1. 8ft (6ft 3.5in in room + porch) -> 4-6 person capacity

  2. 10ft(8ft 3.5in in room + porch) -> 6-8 person capacity

Heat Sources

Nootka Saunas provides two heat source options: electric and wood burning.

Electric saunas heaters heat up quickly, reaching optimal temperatures in just 10-15 minutes, even during the coldest winter months. Electric heater option is an additional $450 to base price.

Wood-burning sauna heaters take slightly longer, with heat-up times averaging around 40 minutes. Wood-burning heater is an additional $1,150 to the base price.

The choice between electric and wood-burning depends on your personal preferences, geographical location (due to smoke from wood burning) and availability of resources.


Nootka Saunas are handcrafted in on the sea-to-sky, British Columbia, Canada, where artisans use their skills and experience to create these durable, high-quality products.

The use sustainable, locally sourced materials and traditional craftsmanship techniques ensures that each sauna is built to last.


Nootka Saunas are designed to withstand harsh outdoor climates. They use Western Red Cedar, which is naturally resistant to rot, decay, and insects, ensuring the longevity of the saunas.

Additionally, their saunas come with optional high performance metal roofing for added protection against the elements. With 24 gauge galvanized-aluminum these roofing systems provide incredible protection from oxidation and corrosion.

This great selling feature is offered in either black or brown.

Window Options

Nootka Saunas offers the option for a 10mm 30″x 30″extra large, tempered glass rear window at an additional cost of $480.

Some sauna manufacturers offer a dome-shaped acrylic style rear window, which is incredible for viewing and aesthetics. However, Nootka does not offer this option as it significantly increases the heat up times.

Door Types

Nootka Saunas come standard with a western red cedar door complete with a 10″ x 30″ tinted glass window, while also having the option for a 10mm full glass door at an additional cost of $500.

Both options bring an incredibly aesthetic finish to the entrance of the sauna.

Customizations and Add-ons

Nootka offers a wide range of customizations and add-ons to create your perfect sauna experience. Options include:


Nootka suggests 2 people assemble their saunas for efficiency purposes, however it is possible to assemble these saunas with only 1 person. Start-to-finish assembly typically takes about 6-8 hours at a leisurely pace.

To assist in the assembly process, Nootka has put together a series of step-by-step video tutorials that are easily accessible here!

Delivery Options

Nootka Saunas offers US ($550usd – unassembled) and Canada ($850cad – unassembled) wide shipping.

In some cases, Nootka will provide delivery and on-site assembly, head over to their website and plug in your postal code to check for details! click here


Nootka Saunas provides undeniably durable, handcrafted outdoor saunas designed to withstand harsh climates. With different size options, heat sources, and customization options available, you can create the perfect sauna experience tailored to your needs, while trusting that your investment is built to last.

Visit to explore their offerings and discover the ideal sauna for your home or property.

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