We understand: researching, buying and installing a steam shower is an exciting process, but can feel challenging at times. Whether you have just about settled on your new steam shower or you have now determined you want one and aren't sure where to start, this buyer's guide can help! Remember, we are always available to answer your questions and provide anything you need as you shop. Please feel free to contact us whenever you like.
First, here's a chart to help you get a good birds-eye view the different steam showers we offer, sorted by price from lowest to highest. Below that, you can see a list of important considerations to help you make your choice.
Note: for the "Position" column, "C" means corner & "FS" means free-standing. A free-standing shower can also be in the corner, but a corner-aligned shower is really intended to be against two walls with the rear-facing panels being at 90 degrees.
You can also see at a glance which products are also steam shower/tub combo units (generally, those are going to be some larger, higher-priced models). As for walk-in steam showers, those don't show on the chart outright. However, essentially any shower that does NOT have a tub is a walk-in unit.
Here is the comparison (best viewed on larger screens).
|Mesa WS-9090K||C, FS||No||36" x 36" x 87"||1590|
|Mesa WS-9090C||C, FS||No||36" x 36" x 87"||1590|
|Mesa WS-301A||C, FS||No||36" x 36" x 85"||1595|
|Mesa WS-302A||Corner||No||38" x 38" x 85"||1595|
|Mesa WS-303A||Corner||No||32" x 32" x 85"||1595|
|Mesa WS-302||Corner||No||38" x 38" x 85"||1595|
|Mesa WS-300||C, FS||No||47" x 35" x 85"||1690|
|Mesa WS-300A||C, FS||No||47" x 35" x 85"||1790|
|Mesa WS-802A||C, FS||No||45" x 35" x 85"||1790|
|Mesa WS-801L||Corner||No||42" x 42" x 85"||1880|
|Mesa WS-802L||C, FS||No||45" x 32" x 85"||1890|
|Mesa WS-801A||Corner||No||42" x 42" x 85"||1890|
|Mesa WS-802L||Corner||No||45" x 32" x 85"||1890|
|Mesa WS-801A||Corner||No||42" x 42" x 85"||1890|
|Mesa WS-803A||C, FS||No||54" x 35" x 85"||1990|
|Mesa WS-500||C, FS||No||47" x 35" x 85"||1995|
|Mesa WS-803L||C, FS||No||54" x 35" x 85"||2095|
|Mesa WS-609A||Corner||Yes||48" x 48" x 85"||2490|
|Mesa WS-905||C, FS||Yes||60" x 33" x 85"||2490|
|Mesa WS-600A||Corner||Yes||55" x 55" x 87"||2550|
|Mesa WS-609P||Corner||Yes||48" x 48" x 85"||2590|
|Mesa WS-600P||Corner||Yes||55" x 55" x 87"||2590|
|Mesa WS-608A||Corner||Yes||63" x 63" x 85"||2590|
|Mesa WS-702A||Corner||Yes||61" x 61" x 89"||2650|
|Mesa WS-608P||Corner||Yes||63" x 63" x 85"||2690|
|Mesa Yukon 501||C, FS||Yes||60" x 33" x 87"||2740|
|Mesa WS-807A||Corner||Yes||67" x 35" x 86"||2750|
|Mesa WS-701A||Corner||Yes||66" x 66" x 87"||2850|
|Maya Bath Malaga||C, FS||No||47.2" x 35.4" x 88.6"||3990|
|Maya Bath Palermo||Corner||No||47" x 47" x 49"||3995|
|Maya Bath Modena||C, FS||No||59" x 36.6" x 88.6"||4499|
|Maya Bath Valencia||Corner||Yes||65" x 65" x 87.4"||4995|
|Maya Bath Verona||C, FS||No||59" × 36" × 87"||4995|
|Maya Bath Superior||Corner||Yes||64" x 64" x 88"||6499|
|Maya Bath Roma||Corner||Yes||59" × 59" × 90.5"||6995|
What size do you need?
First things first, your steam shower needs to fit. For every shower in our selection, you can check the assembled dimensions. You are also able to view the drawings with measurements so you know exactly the sizes of everything you're getting. Another thing to consider is the user capacity. Much like our saunas, steam showers can accommodate one or multiple users depending on the model. As you would expect, with more inside space there tend to be more seating, jets or shower heads.
Where will you put your new steam shower?
For a lot of people, this is an easy one to answer: right where the original shower used to be. The nice thing is, that our steam showers are made to replace an existing shower as seamlessly as possible. They work with the same plumbing, but with the simple addition of power to run the steam generator. Additionally, while even single person units are pretty substantial, our steam showers are able to be installed safely above the first floor.
If this is going to be a new bathroom entirely and your steam shower is another part of your future dream bathroom, then you have even more flexibility as far as size and style. Aside from assembled dimensions, there are 3 different configurations. These are free standing, and left or right corner steam showers.
Free standing showers have glass on both the left and the right and naturally have more flexibility of placement. Corner showers fit neatly against the wall in the corner and have an open view to the opposite side. One of the many great things about our manufacturers is that they make a variety of corner-facing steam showers in both left and right alignments. On the product pages for these steam showers in our catalog, can simply choose left or right from a drop down menu.
Do you want a built-in jetted tub?
There's a special class of corner steam showers that doubles as a heated tub. These special steam showers, sometimes referred to as combo showers, are available from both Maya bath & Mesa on our store. This can be a real game-changer for anyone who wants both but would like an all in one solution. The built-in tubs in these combo units can be operated independently with its own heated water supply and jets. As these showers are naturally pretty large, there also tends to be ample sitting or standing area for multiple users.
What aesthetics appeal to you?
Glass color. Like regular showers, these units most commonly have standard clear glass. However, you might very well enjoy the eye-popping blue tinted glass of something like the Mesa WS-300A steam shower. There are actually a few showers designed by Mesa that are virtually the same shower but can come with blue or clear glass. For example, the WS-300 is clear, while the WS-300A comes in blue.
Interior color. Some showers have different interior colors, one great example being the Superior by Maya Bath. This steam shower is available in one of four colors: white, gray, black or red.
Are you interested in luxury features?
If you are new to steam showers, you might be delighted to know there are a lot of little luxury features that you didn't even know existed. For example, the Mesa WS-608P has wonderful features like a rainfall shower head, acupuncture massage & a CD connection. The Maya Bath Superior Steam Shower has similar features as well, and even has fluorescent mood lighting, bluetooth/MP3 compatibility, a 12" digital LCD TV & even a hands-free telephone! So if you want to make your steam shower experience all the more heavenly with these finer additions, then there's no better time than now.