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What Is a Steam Shower?

Would you like to transform your bathroom from functional to fantastic? If you’re looking for a way to turn your bathroom into a spa-like retreat where you can truly relax and unwind, nothing beats the addition of a steam shower.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about installing the steam shower of your dreams, right in your own home.

What Is a Steam Shower?

A steam shower is like having your own personal spa in your bathroom. It combines your shower with a fully enclosed steam room. Besides adding value to your home and being incredibly relaxing, steam showers have many health benefits.

Steam showers:

  • Clear your nasal passages, unclog congested sinuses and reduce stuffiness.
  • Open capillaries, leading to increased blood flow, improved circulation and enhanced exercise recovery.
  • Open your pores, helping to improve your skin and clear up blemishes and breakouts.
  • Soften hair follicles for a smoother, closer shave with fewer cuts and less razor burn.
  • Are relaxing, helping to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve your mental and physical sense of well-being, all which leads to better sleep and increased energy.

How Does a Steam Shower Work?

It’s a basic operation. A steam generator brings water to a high enough temperature to boil and create water vapor. The steam is channeled into the shower via a steam disperser, filling the completely enclosed, steam-sealing shower with warmth and moisture.

The system functions via a control panel that allows you to adjust the desired temperature and how long you want it to operate. There are safety features to prevent the steam from getting above 118 degrees. They’re also relatively eco-friendly! You can steam for 20 minutes and only use a couple of gallons of water. Depending on the steam generator selected, your electrical cost per shower will be minimal, and dependent on the cost of energy,

How to Install an At-Home Steam Shower

There are two main types of home steam showers on the market:

Modular Shower

You can buy a modular shower that includes integrated doors, steam dispensers and showerheads, as well as a seat or bench. For a price, you can even add amenities to create a luxury steam suite. Options include multiple steam dispensers, aromatherapy, foot massagers, a whirlpool tub, entertainment systems, mood lighting, waterfalls and special rain showerheads.


If you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly, consider a retrofit. Renovating your existing shower to make it a steam shower requires only a steam shower system and the right shower enclosure. It’s even possible that your existing shower enclosure may be retrofitted to become a steam shower!

Some type of vapor-proof enclosure is critical for any steam shower. It ensures that none of the moisture from the steam escapes into your bathroom where it can cause damage to walls, wood and paint or create mold or mildew in your bathroom.   

Choose Glass Doctor for Your Shower Enclosure Needs

Are you ready to take your bathroom to the next level? For the steam shower you’ve been dreaming of, contact the experts at Glass Doctor®. With upfront pricing and flexible scheduling, we can create and install the glass enclosure that’s just right for your personal bathroom spa. Schedule an appointment online or call 833-974-0209 get started.

Continue your luxury shower renovation with a new showerhead. Check out these tips from Mr. Rooter for swapping out your existing showerhead. Like Glass Doctor, Mr. Rooter is a part of the Neighborly® community of trusted home services brands.