Ever heard of a steam shower? Until now the only way you could enjoy one was at a gym or spa that had one installed. Now though you can opt to have one installed in your own home if you wish.
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What exactly is it?
At first glance it looks similar to an ordinary shower cubicle. The whole unit is sealed though so none of the steam escapes into the bathroom. While it can be used as a normal shower, a steam shower unit provides you with the ability to generate water vapour instead. The vapour builds up in the cubicle and creates the effect of a steam room.
Is it safe?
Yes – the unit is designed to use a small amount of water that it heats to the correct temperature. This then turns into steam and fills the unit while you are inside. Because these steam shower cabins are fully sealed, you can finish the experience and step out into your bathroom without finding yourself in a cloud of water vapour. As such your bathroom stays damp-free and you get the experience you want.
How cheap is it?
Obviously there is the one-off cost of the steam shower enclosure itself and the installation costs. After that though, you can enjoy the steam shower without using loads of water. The fact that it generates steam means that very little water is used. In fact you could find you only use a few litres of water every time you use it – even if you stay in there for 20 minutes or so. Think how much you’d use if you had a regular shower for that length of time (clue: a lot more).
Obviously there’s the cost of electricity to bear in mind but you’re unlikely to use the unit on a daily basis. It’s a good idea to work out costs beforehand so you know what to expect.
How much will you pay for a steam shower unit?
It depends on the make and model you go for. It is perfectly possible to get one for upwards of £500 or so. When you think of how much a good quality traditional shower and unit will set you back, this may not be as expensive as you thought.
If you’re looking for a specific brand, such as an Insignia steam shower for example, you might find there are several shower units you can choose from. Some are more advanced than others so you have to think about the different options that are available, your budget and how much they’ll cost to run.
What are the advantages?
We’ve left the best until last! This is a great way to de-stress and relax at the end of a rough day. It is very good for meditating or practising mindfulness, as the surroundings are very relaxing and enable you to focus on yourself. It’s also good for unblocking sinuses and makes your skin feel superb. Since the unit will have a chair or bench to sit on, you can also rest your weary feet.
What’s not to like?
Information Resource: www.insigniaoutlet.co.uk