What is a smart steam shower? It’s one of the most alluring developments of late in the smart home sector. By heating small amounts of water into soothing steam, your smart steam shower will provide the relaxing sensations of a steam room while you shower.
And as if that wasn’t enough, smart steam showers include the latest smart technology. So in addition to enjoying a steam shower, you’ll be able to do things like play your favorite music and customize settings with a touch screen.
Key Takeaway: Smart home steam showers provide a luxurious upgrade to your smart bathroom–providing awesome features and increasing your home’s value.
Table of Contents
- How Do Smart Steam Showers Work?
- What is a Steam Generator?
- Features of a Smart Steam Shower
- How Much Do Smart Steam Showers Cost?
- Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Steam Shower
How Do Smart Steam Showers Work?
Some steam showers will include a steam head AND a traditional shower head, so that you can choose to shower by steam or the traditional way.
But what makes a steam shower different than a traditional shower is the inclusion of two things:
- A steam generator
- Smart shower technology
Additionally, to keep the steam contained within the shower, a steam shower is typically water-sealed to prevent leaks.
While in a traditional shower the water simply flows down the drain, steam obeys more like a gas and will deliver moisture all over the bathroom if it isn’t properly controlled.
Another interesting fact about a steam shower is that it is surprisingly sustainable. In a 2o to 30 minute steam shower, you might only use two gallons of water. This can really save on water usage if you’re someone who loves to take long showers.
Summary: A smart steam shower offers all the features of a smart shower and includes a steam generator and a water-sealed design.
What is a Steam Generator?
A steam generator, or steam unit, is the small box connected to piping that pumps steam into the steam head, which fills the shower with steam. The temperature is controlled to never get hotter than 118 degrees Fahrenheit for an optimal steam experience.
In other words, steam units are the primary system by which a smart shower becomes a smart steam shower. This opens the door to DIY steam showers, as well.
By installing a steam generator, steam head, and building a water tight seal in the shower (such as with ceramic tile), you can make yourself a steam shower! But this is quite an involved process, so we’ll save that discussion for another time.
Key Takeaway: The steam generator is the most important part of steam shower installation, because you won’t have any steam without it!
Features of a Smart Steam Shower
Smart showers incorporate superior smart technology that’s meant to improve the showering and steaming experience.
- Auto flusher for calcium build up on the steam head
- Remote start app
- Smart wi-fi keypad
- Digital controls on a touch screen
- Water pressure settings
- Fast delivery of steam
- Adjustable LED lights
- Blue-tooth sound systems
- Personalized temperature control
- Ability to create user profiles
Depending on your budget, smart showers may come with more or less features. But the best smart showers give you unprecedented control over the showering experience.
If you ever have guests over, they will be totally seduced by the grandeur of your steam shower. So share with caution.
Summary: If you want spa time comparable to a steam room in your own bathroom, the awesome features of a smart shower will make it possible.
How Much Do Smart Steam Showers Cost?
Smart steam showers cover a wide range of price points, depending on the features offered and the quality of materials. Generally speaking, most packages come as a steam generator with additional components but will not contain materials for constructing a water-tight shower stall.
Here’s how much a steam generator will cost you:
- Low-End: $1,000 to $2,000
- Mid-Range: $2,000 to $4,000
- High-End: $4,000 to $6,000
But these prices represent the cost of the steam generator and other components, not installation. The price of installation can be quite high as well, depending on what you need.
Here’s a breakdown of the various costs of installation:
- Installation of steam generator in wall-space: $500 to $1,500
- Installation of water-sealed shower stall: $500 to $1,500
- Custom-built water-sealed shower stall: $1,500 to $5,000
A premade water-sealed shower stall will cost anywhere from $1,500 to $4,000. All told, you’ll end up spending anywhere from $2,000 to $6,500 total.
Check out our guide on how much it costs to fully upgrade to a smart bathroom.
Summary: Purchasing a premade steam shower stall is by far the most affordable option, unless you already have a water-sealed shower. In which case, it will be cheapest to purchase a steam generator and have it installed to convert your shower into a steam shower.
Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Steam Shower
Unlike a steam room, a bathroom is not typically designed to handle significant amounts of steam over extended periods of time. This can lead to some issues such as:
- Puddles on floors and counters
- Risk of mold growing on the ceiling
- Towels and other fabrics in the bathroom may become damp
Additionally, because a steam shower needs a steam generator to function. You’ll need more space than you would for a traditional shower.
And don’t make the mistake of thinking that you only need enough space to conceal the steam generator. The generator will produce a large amount of heat, and so it needs extra space around it so that it does not become a fire hazard.
If you’re short on space, be sure that you use heat retardant insulators.
Conclusion: A steam shower can be quite expensive when considering the cost of installation, and there’s other challenges to consider as well. It will be most straightforward to install a steam shower in a new bathroom where the floor plan and other features can be designed around it.