Sauna vs. Steam Room
Do you know the difference between a sauna and a steam room? While these heat therapies have a lot in common, there are some key differences. The main differences between saunas and steams are temperature and humidity. According to the North American Sauna Society, a traditional Finnish sauna is heated to 60°C to 90°C.
Water can be sprinkled on a pile of hot rocks in the sauna to create some water vapor, but the humidity level may stay around 10% if no water is added (and then surpass 60% if it is). On the other hand, the temp in a steam room is usually between 45°C and 65°C with 100% humidity. In a nutshell, both involve whole-body exposures to hot air, but dry saunas stimulate sweating and steam rooms reduce our ability to sweat. You may feel like you’re sweating more in a steam room, but the droplets on your body are more likely to be condensed water from the humid air than perspiration.