Monthly Pick – How Do Home Steam Showers Work?


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When was the last time you relaxed in a steam room at your favorite spa? Yesterday? A few months ago? So long ago you don’t remember when? Well, don’t worry about it. If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re considering buying a steam shower for your home so you can have that spa experience any time you want.

Great idea!

A steam shower sounds like it might be pretty complicated (and expensive!). It’s not complicated or particularly expensive (relatively speaking). Here’s what you need to know:

The Cabin

Unlike a regular shower, the cabin of a steam shower must be completely sealed. Every last bit of steam is completely confined to the inside of the cabin where it will do wonders for your health, skin, and mood.

Read: 6 Health Benefits of a Steam Shower

The Controls

Total control of the home spa experience rests in your hands. You can choose how long you’d like the steam shower to operate and at what temperature. From the inside, you can control any additional options you’ve purchased (see Accessories below).

The Generator

Imagine a breadbox. That is about the size of a steam generator. Every steam shower must be connected to a generator. Got a small bathroom? No problem. The steam generator can be hidden up to 25 feet away from the actual shower cabin.

Basically, the generator fills up with about a gallon of cold water. (See? You’re saving money already. A typical shower can use up to 50 gallons of water.) Electricity heats the water to a boil. The steam that’s generated moves through the pipes and out into the sealed shower cabin. And there you are, feeling like you’re basking in a warm, tropical mist. All the benefits of a tropical vacation without the mosquitos!

The Accessories

Please, please, please consider adding a few accessories to your steam shower experience. Bluetooth will let you listen to your favorite playlists. Aromatherapy dispensers will soothe your mind. Chromatherapy lights will relax your tense muscles. And don’t forget to buy a bench. If you’re going to let all that stress you’re carrying go, you probably want to do it sitting or lying down.


Unless you’re a plumber or a contractor, I recommend that you do not try installing a steam shower all on your own. Because the process involves plumbing and electrical wiring, hiring a professional is the way to go.

Read: How To Avoid Contractor Scams


Steam showers begin at about $1000. But, don’t rely on price alone to make your decision. Consider any options you’d really like to add on and the size of the steam shower that will fit best in your space. Call our customer service professionals for details.

Mila Hose (321 Posts)

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