IMHO, the benefits of facial steaming speak for themselves: better skin, relaxation, and easing congestion, to name a few. While I’ve been doing this for a while, and have gradually upgraded to using more premium facial steamers, I know most people are hesitant to drop much money on a treatment they’re unsure of. It’s not terribly difficult to try steam therapy without a steamer, but for many people it’s just more convenient and efficient to try a cheap facial steamer. In this article I’ll compare the two most popular ones, the Conair Facial Sauna System and the Revlon Facial Sauna.
Let’s Look At Design First
Both the Conair Face Steamer and the Revlon unit have the same basic design, a base unit with a wide nozzle for pushing out a cloud of steam for you to put your face in. They both come with an attachment to guide the steam directly into your nose if you’re using it to clear your sinuses.
I think the Conair unit feels more solid. The Revlon feels pretty cheap, like it might fall apart at any time. The funny thing is that the Conair actually did break after a few months of using it fairly regularly, while the Revlon is still functional, though I didn’t use it nearly as much.
If you’re persuaded by included accessories (and you really shouldn’t be), the Conair Facial Sauna System comes with a vibrating facial tool for exfoliating, cleansing, and massaging beauty products into your face. It’s alright, but I already own a Clarisonic Mia, which is far superior.
Is There A Big Price Difference?
Both of these cheap facial steamers are in the $20 to $30 range. At the time of the writing, the Revlon is just slightly more expensive. Honestly, the price difference will be negligible for most people.
Now For The Important Part: The Steam!
As far as the steam these products put out, the Conair Facial Sauna is the clear winner. It puts out much more steam than the Revlon Facial Steamer.
The steam that comes out of the Revlon stinks, too, which is another point against it. It has a very heavy plastic-type smell. It’s possible that this was just because it was new and I didn’t use it enough for the smell to go away, but I didn’t use it much because I just wasn’t comfortable breathing in steam that smelled like it might be toxic.
I will say that these steamers put out less steam than some of the more expensive gizmos out there, so if you’re doing a full facial treatment, I recommend draping a towel over your head and the unit to direct the steam to your face. This will help you avoid hurting your neck by leaning over the device in an awkward way.
Customer Satisfaction Is Good To Check Out, Too
Taking a look at the customer reviews and ratings over at Amazon, at the time of this writing the Conair Facial Sauna has 3.9 out of 5 stars, while the Revlon Facial Steamer only has 3.7 out of 5. It’s not a big difference, but a difference nonetheless. The Conair also has more than twice the number of reviews as the Revlon, so more people seem to be buying that one.
Overall Winner In All Categories: Conair Facial Sauna System
So, for two facial steamers in the same price range with almost identical features, the Conair face sauna puts out more steam, doesn’t smell like potentially dangerous chemicals, and has a higher level of customer satisfaction. In my book, that makes it a clearly superior product. If you’d like to read more in depth reviews of either unit, click here for my Conair facial steamer review, or here for my Revlon facial steamer review. (And if you’d like to see what the higher end models have to offer, check out my write-up on the new Panasonic Ionic Steamer!)