Turn your daily shower ritual into a luxurious spa experience with a steam shower
Besides helping you to relax, saunas can promote overall health by eliminating toxins in the body. With the latest products, you don't need to visit a spa to get these benefits; it is easier than ever to install one in your home. Choose a generator that can be installed into an existing shower, or go the extra step, and purchase a full unit, often equipped with extras like aromatherapy and chromatherapy.
Add Kohler's Fast-Response steam head to your existing shower for a soothing experience that begins in just one minute. The simple-to-use adjustable panel offers temperature selection ranging from 90-125 degrees, with a steam session duration of up to 20 minutes. A circular design ensures steam is dispersed evenly, and a Power Clean option provides automatic cleaning. As an added bonus, use the aromatherapy well to give a soothing scent to your experience (shown inset).
About $501, Kohler
The new Steamist InstaMist TC generator can be added to your existing shower to produce steam in less than a minute. Its stainless steel strip heater allows the generator to preheat the water to 180 degrees. According to the company, a one-minute shower uses five times more water than a 20-minute steam bath, so the steam option conserves energy and lowers electric bills. Newly designed square controls offer a more contemporary look with a blue digital readout. The series is available in polished chrome, brass, brushed nickel, and oil rubbed bronze.
Fixed Residential Kilowatt Systems range from $1450-$1950; Large InstaMist Residential Systems range from $2190-$2335; Dual Systems range from $3500-$4670.
ThermaSol generators look good and create steam in seconds. Controls are made of sturdy metal, and a patented design ensures no noisy solenoid valves. The unit can be installed up to 50 feet away from any existing shower. According to ThermaSol, their generator requires a fraction of the water needed to power a regular shower, using only two gallons of water to take a 20-minute steam bath, as opposed to the usual 40 gallons needed to take a regular shower.
About $1490- $4920, ThermaSol
As opposed to a stand-alone generator, get the whole shower unit with the LineaAqua's Monet. An over-sized sunflower showerhead simulates the experience of a tropical sun shower, while a built-in seat and an overhead radio complement the steam release for the ultimate relaxing experience. Store your favorite bath products on built in storage shelving and hang towels on the included towel bar. A computerized LCD keypad makes temperature control quick and easy, and an overheat protection will shut down the system immediately if the steam temperature becomes too high.
About $3,150.20, LineaAqua
Wood accents bring spa-like elements into the home with the LineaAqua Jaeger. The unit, equipped with a wood screen shower panel, wood floor, rain shower, mood lighting, 8 body sprays, and dual seats, is ideal for relaxing and rejuvenating. Transport yourself to a peaceful forest retreat reflected on a back panel of glass with a wood silk screen. Also equipped with computerized LCD keypad and overheat protection.
About $6,999.00, LineaAqua
The LineaAqua Burton is the ultimate in steam showers. A perfect way to end a long day, the rain shower, mood lighting, and six body sprays will boost your energy level almost immediately. The sauna quickly creates steam, while the whirlpool bathtub and strategically positioned spray nozzles pinpoint tender areas for a hydro massage. Whirlpool jet intensity can be adjusted to your desired level of comfort. Opt for the optional foot-massage to complete your spa experience. Also equipped with computerized LCD keypad and overheat protection.
About $7,117.60, LineaAqua
The Monza steam shower unit from Wasauna turns the everyday shower ritual into a luxurious spa experience. A built-in FM radio and seven different chromatherapy lighting schemes. Built-in seats easily accommodate two, while a ceiling rain showerhead, a built-in FM radio and seven different chromatherapy lighting schemes deliver the ultimate spa-like experience. A big-button control panel ensures easy operation. Other features include a ventilation system, two folding seats, a drain with trap to eliminate odors, a thermostatic faucet, and a rear glass panel in blue, white, or silver.
About $3899, Wasauna
You can skip your therapy session this month if you've got one of Mr. Steam's shower units. An experience for the senses, the Aromasteam system blends natural essential oils into the steam for a calming aromatherapy experience, while the Chromasteam option infuses an array of mood elevating colors, ranging from soothing shades of green and blue to energizing colors like red and orange. Music therapy speakers enhance the experience, and in-shower seating adds to the immense comfort.
The showers come with digital, in-shower programmable time and temperature controls with memory settings. A uniquely designed steam head allows for quieter, softer steam to be dispersed throughout the shower, and an AutoFlush function drains water after each use, introducing fresh water before your next steam session.
Cost of Controls: About $289 and up
Cost of Spa Package (aromatherapy, lights, speakers, etc): About $3000, Mr. Steam