A steam shower cubicle can be simply defined as a self-contained cubicle or enclosure that has the ability to create and trap steam within the enclosed area while also providing a showering facility to wash or rinse down one’s body. However, a modern steam shower cubicle aims to make home-bathing enjoyable, relaxing and therapeutic. Thus, many new features can be found within the modern steam shower cubicle. Here is a summary of the typical features that may be found in a steam shower cubicle of today.
Digital control panel
Most modern steam shower cubicles are fitted with an easy to use control panel in the shower providing quick access to all the steam shower features. Some steam shower cubicles may also provide a remote control, which allows the user to select features from outside the cubicle such as pre-filling the cubicle with steam before entering.
A foot massage is often an added feature that combines foot rollers and hydromassage water jets to conveniently massage your feet whilst sitting within the cubicle. Instead of rollers, a steam shower cubicle may have a special area on the floor where hydromassage jets spray water onto the soles of the feet.
Hand held shower
Typically, a steam shower cubicle will provide a standard shower head fixed to a slide-rail. This shower head can easily detach from the slide rail to enable handheld showering, which may be in addition to an overhead rainfall shower.
Overhead shower rose
Also known as a rain forest shower, the shower head is typically larger than a hand-held shower and may measure as much as 6 inches in diameter. The overhead shower rose gives the sensation of standing out in a rain fall.
Body jets can be located above the user’s head, along the length of the users back or perhaps on the lower legs. Depending on the number of jets and the users water pressure these hydro massage jets may be sprayed in unison or sequentially.
Music & Phone Connection
A modern steam shower cubicle may have a built-in audio input allowing the steam shower to be connected to a user’s iPod, MP3 player, CD player or any other external audio device. Some units even allow a user to run a telephone line to the steam shower and make or receive phone calls from the cubicle.
Radio and speaker
Many steam cubicles that have audio capability will also have a radio tuner allowing the user to relax whilst listening to Classic FM or Radio 1! The user can tune in from the control panel to their favorite radio stations and listen to them from an in built shower speaker.
The steam generator is integral to any steam shower cubicle and comes in many designs and styles but all with the same purpose – generating steam. The digital control panel may give the user the option of setting a time limit or temperature limit for automatic shut off of the steam generator.
An additional feature found in some steam cubicles allows the user to squeeze a few drops of aromatherapy oil (often plant or tree extracts) onto the steam generator or into a specially designed inlet. The user can then enjoy the aromatherapy scents and physical benefits it can offer.
The thermostatic controller is used to select a specific water temperature and should maintain control of the water at the chosen temperature. Some units may provide built in temperature safety for younger users.
Chromotherapy has been shown to alter one’s emotional state. This is the use of colored lighting to create a mood or emotional state whilst the user is enjoying a steam shower.
A ventilation fan provides good steam and air circulation within the cabin while drawing in necessary oxygen without the need to open the doors.
Fluorescent overhead lighting
An overhead fluorescent light is often included to illuminate the steam shower cubicle. The light may surround the overhead rainfall shower rose.