It’s not hard to see why steam showers are trending in bathroom remodels. Steam showers are relaxing, rejuvenate the body and mind and clean the body better than the average shower. They’re also modern, stylish and make use of convenient technology. However, once you’ve decided you’re interested in installing a steam shower, you have to decide whether you want to build a custom steam shower or if you want to purchase a pre-built steam shower.

Building a custom steam shower often involves more decision making and more purchasing of separate parts. On one hand, this could be a positive for you if you want complete control over which components go into your shower. However, this may be a stressful experience for someone who doesn’t know a lot about building a steam shower. Additionally, you will have to pick out a steam shower enclosure, the appropriate steam generator, a control panel, seating and other accessories.

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VIGO 36 x 36 Frameless 3/8″ Clear/Chrome Shower Enclosure with Base

If you don’t use a shower enclosure, you will need to remodel the bathroom to include a shower room that is tiled and has a special door that will not let steam out into the rest of the bathroom. These renovations will be costly. You will also have to remodel the ceiling in the shower to be slanted so the condensation from the steam will slide down and not drip down on top of you. These decisions give you more power over the design of the shower but also raise the cost. You will also have to run a water line to the steam generator; it will need drainage and electricity.

A pre-built steam shower unit is an all-in-one design, which comes with really cool features already installed. These units include the steam shower enclosure, the steam generator, the control panel and usually include built-in fold-out seating or removable stools. These units are easy to install; the parts are simply put together and the unit is plugged into the water supply and the electrical. (You will need a plumber and electrician to install either type of steam shower.)

Common features included in steam shower units include luxury features like body massage jets, chromatherapy lighting, aromatherapy systems and foot massagers. See the list below to learn more:

FM Radio

Surround Sound Speakers

Built-in Seats

Wood Stools

Flooring and Ceiling

Rainfall Ceiling Shower Head

Handheld Shower Head

Shower Enclosure

Additionally, some steam shower units are retrofit to fit in the space of a standard bathtub or shower. They also come in various dimensions to fit your needs.

In the end, only you can decide what best fits your personal wants and needs; you will need to think about whether or not a custom steam shower or an all-in-one steam shower unit is the best choice for you. You can call our experienced staff at 800-304-3598, and we will be more than happy to assist you in choosing the perfect steam shower for your bathroom. You can also browse steam generators, shower enclosures and steam shower units on

It’s still Spring, but soon it’ll be summer, and as it gets hotter, you’ll want to start thinking of ways to keep cool. Create a list of go to ideas so there won’t be a panic when it does get hot. You’ll know what to do and feel a lot more prepared to handle the heat.

There are a lot of methods to keep cool, even without running the air conditioning, which some people don’t have access to. Even when you have air conditioning, it can be very costly to run. However, it’s still important to keep cool for your own health and safety. First, you need to drink more water when it’s hot to stay hydrated because your body is sweating more.  Your body sweats to cool itself down. The sweat creates moisture, which evaporates; when the moisture evaporates, the body feels cooler.

Avoid going outside or exercising during the warmest parts of the day, don’t walk your dog during the hottest parts of the day, try to limit your activity to avoid heating up your body

During a hot day, wear looser fitting clothing. Don’t eat big, hot meals, because these will make you feel hotter. Instead, eat more, smaller meals throughout the day. Eat cold food and eat light meals. When you walk into the kitchen or bathroom, splash some cool water on your wrists, on the back of your neck and your hair line. This will help you feel cooler. Do it numerous times throughout the day.

Other ways of using water to keep cool include spraying water on your skin with a spray bottle. You can also wear old clothing or a bathing suit, cover yourself in water from the hose and sit outside. One way to create a makeshift air conditioner is to place bowls of ice in front of a fan; replace the ice after it melts.

Taking a cool bath is also an effective way to cool down. Relax in the bathtub and replace the water when it doesn’t feel cool anymore. If you don’t think you can take a bath, walk in bathtubs may be the answer for you. Walk in bathtubs are a good option for those who don’t want to go all the way to the pool or can’t clear the top of a regular bathtub. You shouldn’t be limited to cool showers during a hot day; with a walk in bathtub you can take a cool relaxing bath independently whenever you’d like. Ariel walk in bathtubs hold up to 50 to 78 gallons of water and come with safety features, including grab bars, textured bottoms and easy to use doors.

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Ariel Soaker Series Walk In Bathtub

To improve your sleep when it’s hot at night, sleep with frozen bags used for treating injuries and/or pain. Put them on the back of your neck or behind your knees. You can also put your bedding, pajamas and/or pillows in bags and place them in the freezer during the day. Take them out right before you go to sleep so you’ll feel cold. Good luck beating the heat!

You may know that steam showers are trending in bathroom remodeling, but you may have not known how effective steam showers are at cleansing the skin. In fact, there is a long list of health benefits derived from showering with steam.

Steam showers in the home provide a form of steamtherapy. Modern steam shower units come in many dimensions so you can install one in almost any bathroom. Steam generators also use less water than the average shower. Two gallons of water fuels steam for twenty minutes!

Bathing with steam cleanses the skin by making the body sweat in an environment with high humidity. As a result, the body is cleaned better than with a normal shower. First of all, the steam completely covers your body. In a normal shower, only the areas hit by the shower head are cleansed.

English: A complete diagram of the human skin.

English: A complete diagram of the human skin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The process of sweating releases toxins, dirt and bacteria from the body. This deeply cleanses the skin and empties the pores. This treats blemishes and acne. The skin looks better and the skin tone looks better after a steam shower. It’s also believed that bathing with steam reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Steam showers also improve the body’s circulation. As the blood travels around the body, more oxygen and nutrients are delivered to the organs, muscles and skin. This is good for the entire body and the appearance of skin.

Steamtherapy also boosts the immune system. The heat creates an artificial fever, which signals to the body that it needs to kick start immunity to fight an infection or an illness. The body swings into a defensive mode and produces more white cells to fight infection. This will also help your body fight skin problems.

Making the skin look good isn’t the only health benefit of bathing with steam. It’s also believed that steamtherapy boosts the metabolism and helps in weight loss. Steamtherapy also treats pain by increasing blood circulation to sore and tired muscles. Steam also opens up the respiratory system’s air passages, decreases the amount of mucus in the body and makes it easier to breathe. This is a great treatment for allergies, a cold, the flu, asthma, bronchitis and more.

Steam showers are also a great retreat for when you need deep relaxation. Taking a shower with steam is more relaxing than taking a regular shower; furthermore, modern steam shower units make it possible to shower with your favorite music playing, with essential oils placed in aromatherapy systems and with chromatherapy lighting.

The Ariel Platinum DZ972F8 Steam Shower is an example of a modern modular steam shower unit. It has a 6KW steam generator, 20 acupressure massage jets, chromatherapy lighting, rainfall ceiling shower, a handheld shower head and two stools. It’s also retrofit to fit into a standard bathtub space or standard shower space. Call us at 800-304-3598, and our experienced staff will answer any of your questions about steam showers. We can help you pick out the perfect steam shower for your home.

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