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HUUM is an Estonian company with a passionate team of sauna enthusiasts, who vouch for the importance of sauna for overall well-being and health. The sauna tradition is deeply rooted in the culture and Estonians find it hard to imagine life without a sauna. HUUM products are a result of the integration of generations of sauna knowledge, design and modern technology. The team strives to make high-quality sauna experiences and “Leil”, - the steam rising from the heater, accessible to people around the world to enjoy.
HUUM founder, Siim Nellis, comes from a family of sauna heater builders. His grandfather was a sauna stove builder and his father also works in the sauna heater production. Siim continues to share valuable sauna traditions by combining Estonian sauna building expertise with modern technology and design.
Different types of sauna heaters have been developed for years in countries with long sauna traditions. However, the design of products is sometimes overlooked. For this reason, HUUM founder Siim turned to the Estonian Academy of arts in 2011. Different designs for a new kind of a sauna heater were proposed by students, one of which stood out. This is how the HUUM DROP was born.
Like the DROP sauna heater, subsequent HUUM products were and continue to be inspired by nature. The DROP is shaped like a waterdrop as its name suggests. The HUUM DROP was developed in 2012 and unlike sauna heaters before, it was and remains unique in its round shape. The HUUM DROP electric sauna heater features well-optimized use of metal and a large stone capacity, allowing the heater to produce a soft steam similar to that of wood burning stoves.
HUUM heaters have modest amounts of metal around them, so the heat mainly comes from the stones. This is so the good negative ions from the stones are maximized whilst keeping the positive ions in the metal at a minimum. Together with a large stone capacity, this is the HUUM secret to a soft, pleasant and long-lasting “leil”.
HUUM has been awarded for their innovative and stylish sauna products. In 2015, the DROP sauna heater won the Red Dot Award for Product Design. The Electric heater CLIFF and the sauna control panel UKU have also won the Red Dot Design award in 2021.
The inspiration from nature combined with age-old sauna knowledge, smart technology and modern Nordic design have resulted in the popularity of HUUM heaters amongst sauna lovers. The heater is considered to be the heart of a sauna and HUUM heaters are designed to maximise the number of stones with a minimum amount of metal for pleasant sauna experience and a stylish design.
All HUUM products are manufactured in Estonia with the help of trusted partners. Because of the unique designs of their heaters, the manufacturing process requires a fair bit of manual work. Although stylishly minimalistic, the design requires a complex process to achieve the final result. It is essential that the metal rods are the correct length and thickness, as well as bent into shape in the right way. This process is entirely done in Estonia.
HUUM also invests in the production of environmentally friendly sauna heaters. The company has received funding from Enterprise Estonia’s Estonian-Norwegian cooperation program “Green ICT”. The project objectives are increased energy savings and the creation of artificial intelligence.
Packaging materials are kept to a minimum to reduce waste and use recycled materials for products where possible. The development of environmentally friendly products is in HUUM’s objectives to make sauna even more sustainable, whilst providing a great user experience.
You can browse our selection of electric and wood burning HUUM sauna below.
If you are unsure which heater to choose for your sauna space, you can use our sauna heating calculator.
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