Steam showers or steam baths are closely related to steam rooms, generally sharing the same components and enclosed structure that is designed to generate steam, as well as hold or retain humidity and warm temperature.

Mostly employed for their health effects, steam baths and steam rooms are known to improve the immune and cardiovascular systems, alleviate common cold symptoms, and are used for weight loss and detoxification programs. Commonly found in spas, gyms, and sports facilities, steam rooms and steam baths can also be used to reduce stress, relieve pain, and loosen tight or stiff muscles.

So what are the main differences between a steam room and a steam shower or steam bath? As mentioned earlier, a steam room is an enclosure that holds steam produced by a steam generator that vents warm moisture into the room. The enclosure must be properly insulated and sealed to keep temperature and humidity from escaping. It also features benches for its users to sit on.

Steam showers, on the other hand, combine the temperature and humidity-retaining features of a regular steam room, but are enhanced with a fixture similar to a regular bathroom shower. The fixture can come in a number of forms, such as a regular fixed wall showerhead, a rain shower fixture, or a handheld fixture. Regardless of the fixture used, it’s used as a means to bathe the user in steam. It’s mostly like a regular shower, but instead of a stream of water, the user is washed in a steady stream of focused steam.

That’s essentially the main difference; a steam room will get ambient warmth and moisture from steam that’s either vented in or through a steam generator, while steam showers or steam baths focuses the steam towards the user like a shower, which is something that other users might prefer.