The Sauna and Steam Guy

Did You Know?

While steam baths use moist heat, saunas offer dry heat sessions.

Steam rooms are kept at around 100 to 114 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7°C to 45.5°C),

while saunas are much hotter – up to 100 °C (212 °F, boiling point of water).

Both these types of hot baths stimulate blood flow and promote healthy metabolism,

but some people find it difficult to breathe in the dry heat of a sauna.

So people with respiratory problems like sinus congestion and asthma may prefer the moist heat of steam baths.

Moist heat also benefits people with joint pain or other body pains.


Much has been made of the health benefits of sauna bathing, and with good reason.

Physically, nothing is more reinvigorating than a deep, healthy sweat session every day.

Tension fades. Muscles unwind. Mentally, we emerge relaxed, revived and ready for whatever the day may bring.

Steam Room

It is usually a tiled room, with a glass door or enclosure and in many cases combined with a shower.

The heat is generated by a steam generator that’s placed outside the room in the ceiling or adjoining cupboard or in a dedicated plant room.

A Special water proof ceiling is installed with water proof down lights.

This room has 100% humidity and standard temperature of such a steam room is in the region of about 45° – 48°C.


Let’s Compare The Two…





Saunas offer both wet and dry sessions

A steam room is generally designed for very wet and hot health treatment


Usually made of wood

Steam rooms have an external steam generator

Heat Generation


Saunas usually have a stove located inside to generate heat

Steam rooms have an external steam generator


Typically between 70°C-100°C (158 to 212°F)

Typically between 115 to 120°F (40°C)



Helps in muscle stimulation, reducing stress hormones, lower blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health


Detoxification through perspiration, the steam soothes sinus irritation, chest congestion from asthma is also relieved



Sudden humidity may sometimes scald bathers if the room is too hot. A session in a sauna may also lead to excessive thirst.

Symptoms of too much heat include dizziness, vertigo, rapid heartbeat or excessive thirst.

Preferable for

People who don’t like moist heat may prefer dry heat sessions in a sauna

People who cannot endure dry heat generally prefer steam rooms.


Both dry and moist sessions.

Very high, typically close to 100%

Use of Towels

Towels can be used, especially to avoid sitting on hot wooden benches

Towels are generally not used in private steam rooms, but preferably in public steam rooms like those in gyms.

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