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Best Steam Showers: 2018 Buying Guide

 Adding a steam shower to your bathroom is an excellent way to bring a touch of luxury to your home. Steam showers offer a range of benefits for your health and comfort, and there are plenty of options available to ensure you get the features you want at the price you need. This guide will cover some of the basics you’ll want to know before purchasing a steam shower, and it will go over some of the top selling and highest rated models on BathVault.

Benefits of Steam Showers

In case you’re still not sure whether you want to install a steam shower, let’s talk a little about their perks. Steam showers are luxurious, sure, but they are also beneficial to your health. Some of those benefits include:

  • Improved breathing as steam opens up nasal passages
  • Improvement to sinus and bronchial issues
  • Alleviate symptoms of asthma, colds, and allergies
  • Better skin overall
  • Relief from acne and other skin irritations
  • Clearer and more moisturized skin
  • Stress relief
  • Recovery from workouts
  • Detoxification
  • Better circulation

These are just a few of the benefits; there are actually many more! No matter what you’re hoping to get from a steam shower, you can count on extras.

Before You Buy

There are a few things you’ll want to determine before you even start shopping around.

Which features do I want?

The main feature most shoppers think of is a tub. Do you want to have a steam shower with a built-in tub? Or are you installing a shower only? There are also steam showers/jetted tub combinations.

Other features include the type of shower head (handheld or rainfall), Bluetooth capability, massage jets, and control center functions. Beyond the basic features, different brands offer different features that are nice but probably not deal makers or breakers.

What size do I need?

This is the most important part of the equation. Most shoppers looking for steam showers have to account for a particular area and so the dimensions are crucial.

Beyond finding the right size for your shape, the size will also indicate whether it’s a one- or two-person shower, or how large the tub is, if you’re buying a steam shower with tub.

Best Steam Showers

As we mentioned above, there are specifics -- features and dimensions -- that buyers have to determine before embarking on their search for the best steam shower. Having said that, we have some of our top sellers and favorite steam showers for you to peruse here.

Mesa

Corner Units

Mesa 608P Steam Shower 63" x 63" x 85" Blue Glass 

This Mesa is our top-selling steam shower. It is a combo steam shower/jetted tub and comes fully loaded with a number of features. It's also one of the largest steam showers, so there's plenty of room for two.

Some of the notable features of the 608P include:

Mesa 608P Steam Shower
  • Adjustable Temperature and Time Control
  • Jetted Tub with 10 Massage Jets
  • 10 Acupuncture Jets
  • Oversized Rainfall Showerhead
  • Adjustable Handheld Showerhead
  • Heavy Duty Hinged Doors
  • Storage Shelves
  • Towel Rack
  • Overhead LED lighting
  • Ventilation Fan
  • Ozone Sterilization System
  • Built-in Seating 

This combo gives you everything you could want from a steam shower, and the jetted tub adds even more comfort and style to your bathroom. The Mesa 608A has a slightly different look and no blue-tinted glass.

If you need a smaller size, the Mesa 609P measures 48" x 48" x 85" and offers the same sorts of features. It has fewer jets and just one showerhead, so it is designed for one person and for a smaller space. 

Other similar corner units include:

Wall Units

Mesa 802L Steam Shower 45" x 32" x 85" 

 

The best-selling wall steam shower is this unit from Mesa. Most wall units do not include a tub, so you'll be looking at having one or two showerheads and be searching for the best dimensions. 

Available in right or left side units, the 802L has a sophisticated look with chrome columns and hardware. It has two showerheads and plenty of interior room. Features include:

  • 6 Acupuncture Water Body Jets
  • Adjustable Handheld Shower Head
  • Rainfall Shower Head
  • FM Radio Built-In
  • Tempered Blue Glass
  • Storage Shelves
  • Foldable Corner Seat
  • Ventilation Fan
  • Towel Bar

The next size up would be the 803L, which measures 54" x 35" x 85". The 803A has the same measurements, but it has a slightly different look and no blue tint. 

Additional wall units from Mesa include:

These two have different styles in addition to slightly different dimensions. 

See all Mesa steam showers here


Ariel

Ariel's steam showers are a step up from Mesa in terms of design and price. There are fewer models to choose from, but they are popular with people who want a luxury design. 

Ariel Platinum DZ972F8 Steam Shower 59" x 32" x 87" 

Our most popular Ariel model is a gorgeous steam shower designed to retrofit an existing standard bathtub configuration. This one has a white interior (it's also available in black) and has hardwood ceiling and floor. Other features include:

  • LCD Computer Control Panel
  • 20 Acupressure Massage Jets
  • Chromatherapy Lighting
  • Aromatherapy Dispenser
  • Thermostatic Faucet
  • Dual Rainfall Ceiling Showers
  • FM Radio Built In
  • Ceiling Lights
  • Removable Wooden Stool
  • Storage Shelf
  • Ventilation Fan

Ariel Platinum DZ961F8 Steam Shower White 59" x 35" x 89"

If you want an Ariel shower with a left or right configuration, this one is a great option. It's designed to fit a standard bathtub space, so it's a fantastic addition to nearly any bathroom. The high-end design looks beautiful in any space. Features of the DZ961F8 include:

Ariel Platinum DZ961F8
  • LCD Computer Control Panel
  • 6 Acupressure Massage Jets
  • Chromatherapy Lighting
  • Deluxe Rainfall Ceiling Shower
  • FM Radio
  • Ceiling Lights
  • Removable Wooden Stool
  • Storage Shelf
  • Aromatherapy System
  • Wood Ceiling and Floor
  • Ventilation Fan
  • Surround Sound Speakers

See all Ariel steam showers here

Athena

Athena WS-122 Steam Shower 59" x 59" x 89"

Athena's WS-122 steam shower is a high-end spacious model that fits as a corner unit. The overall look is beautiful and statement-making. The dual-entry tempered powdered glass design is surrounded by polished aluminum. Features of the WS-122 include:

Athena WS122
  • Dual LCD Computer Control Panels
  • 12 Acupressure Massage Jets
  • Aromatherapy Dispenser
  • Over-sized Rainfall LED Ceiling Shower
  • Heavy Duty Bench Seats
  • 7 Year Warranty
  • Vitamin Dispenser
  • Ventilation Fan
  • Tempered Glass
  • Programmable temperature
  • FM Radio/MP3/IPOD Connectivity

Athena WS-105 Steam Shower 47" x 47" x 89"

With a different design and slightly smaller dimensions, the Athena WS-105 offers another option for those seeking a high-end steam shower with a corner configuration. It is a two-person shower with black tempered glass. Additional features include:

Athena WS105
  • 10" Deluxe Rainfall Ceiling Shower
  • FM Radio w/MP3
  • 7 Year Warranty
  • 12 Acupuncture Massage Jets
  • Oak Wood Ceiling w/LED Lighting
  • 5/16" Black Tempered Glass Walls
  • Oak Wood Floor
  • Adjustable Handheld Showerhead
  • 2 Waterproof Wooden Stools
  • Aromatherapy System
  • Touch Glass Control Panel
  • Computer Control Panel with Timer
  • Ventilation Fan
  • Overheat Protection

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