Steam showers and saunas also offer consumers the benefits of heat therapy with a multitude of features. “Today’s steam and sauna market has evolved from a basic product to a more feature- laden offering,” says Altman. “The room sizes haven’t changed, but the wellness attributes of chromatherapy [and] aromatherapy – combined with music systems – have forever altered the setting,” he states.
Technology for steam and sauna functions has changed in recent years. Hass notes a new product, an all-wireless remote control, for the steam bath. This product offers users total flexibility to operate the functions of their steam bath, says Hass, allowing them to make temperature setting and time duration adjustments anywhere within a 50' radius. The remote will also simplify things from an installer standpoint, says Hass.
Energy savings also plays a role in today’s technology trends. “A new technology known as SmartSteam has forever altered the landscape in steam bathing,” says Altman. This technology modulates the power output of the generator, he continues, using only the amount of energy needed to maintain the set temperature. This eliminates the fluctuating temperatures of the past, as well as having an added benefit of less energy consumption.
Hass notes that water consumption is also a key consideration. Compared to the amount of water a jetted tub or vertical body sprays use, the 2.5 gallons of water or less used by a steam bath is minimal. “We think we have a better opportunity for folks to enjoy a spa-like experience in their home with steam and be more earth friendly,” says Hass.
Altman says, “What one finds today when looking for the healthy escape of steam or sauna are options that allow users to customize for their individual wants and tastes, and technologies that heighten the experience. Customization and options will continue to grow much the same way as found in the auto industry.”