Sauna Vs. Steam Room?

A sauna and steam room are both used for relaxation and have both have many health benefits.

But what is the difference between the two?

sauna roomSauna = Dry and Wet Heat

Saunas provide dry and wet heat. They are built entirely of wood and are heated by a wood or electric stove. Generally the sauna stove heats rocks, which help to radiate a dry heat throughout the room. When water is sprinkled over the rocks, a small amount of steam is generated and released into the room creating a wet heat. The optimal sauna temperature varies by individual and is considerably hotter than a steam room. A sauna temperature ranges from 160-200 degrees Fahrenheit. Although some steam is generated in a sauna, over all the humidity level in a sauna is considered low (ranging from 5-30 percent).

steam 3Steam Room = Wet Heat

Steam rooms, provide moist heat. They are built using a non-porous product like tile or plastic and are heated by a device called a steam generator. The generator boils water into steam and the steam is released into the air. Unlike a sauna, a steam room needs to be airtight so, the humidity can build. The temperature in a steam room is typically lower than a sauna and ranges from 110-114 degrees Fahrenheit. Steam rooms have a humidity level of 100 percent. Although a sauna will typically run much hotter than a steam room, the high humidity level in a steam room will keep your sweat from evaporating, making you feel much hotter.

  • Both a sauna and a steam room will make you sweat and both have many health benefits.
  • Whether dry or wet, hot air always  rises, so in both saunas and steam rooms, the higher up you sit, the hotter  you'll get and the more you will sweat.

Which one is right for you? That is simply a matter of personal preference. Steam rooms may be more comfortable for people with allergies or congestion in  the chest or sinuses. Saunas are the better choice for people with conditions that can be aggravated by humidity, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Here at Almost Heaven Saunas, we are of course partial to the sauna and all of the health benefits that it has to offer – cardio, relief from sore muscles, respiratory, skin tone and detox. Not to mention the incredible relaxation benefits!

DSC_9600When heat bathing rather in a traditional sauna or a steam room always stay hydrated and most importantly  RELAX and ENJOY!