Nowadays it seems there’s ways for every room in your home to high-tech, and that includes the bathroom. From smart mirrors that help you look your best, to showers that turn on and off with voice command, to high-tech faucets and toilets that save your money, it’s easy to turn your bathroom into a state-of-the art oasis.
It’s safe to say, Allied knows bathrooms and we’ve seen a lot of trends come and go, but here are some high-tech bathroom trends we think are here to stay.
The latest bathroom mirrors don’t just offer you a reflection, but also lighting features that can be controlled by motion or your voice, and embedded sockets for electric razors and toothbrushes. Some even include hidden cabinets and drawers that can really optimize space, especially in smaller bathrooms.
Many of these smart mirrors include adjustable lighting to help you apply make-up, or dim to work as a night-light of for ambient lighting for relaxing in the bathtub. Other smart mirrors feature heating and cooling capabilities to keep them from steaming up, while others offer weather and news alerts and even personalized beauty advice.
It’s no fun to fiddle around with the faucet to get the water temperature just right for your shower or bath, and now you don’t have to thanks to smart technology. Today’s responsive digital shower controls feature LED lights that change color to indicate the temperature of the water. And that keeps it safe, especially when you’re warming up the bath for small children and infants.
Another way color is getting incorporated into today’s showers and baths is with chromatherapy, which uses color to affect your mood. Many smart showers include radiant heating that make you feel like you’re at a spa. And, like smart mirrors, many smart showers have voice activated features like stereos and even televisions.
High-tech taps and faucets
Many of today’s modern bathroom feature taps and faucets that save water and are economical, too. These new taps are sensor operated so the water runs only when hands are under the faucet, or through voice activation. This helps save money and conserve water when performing daily tasks like brushing your teeth. You can also set the faucets on a timer, so the water only runs when you really need it to.
Think of them like a modern-day bidet. Today’s toilets eliminate the need for toilet paper by using an oscillating shower spray that can be customized for your body. One of the reasons these toilets are gaining in popularity is because they allow you to do your business without, well, touching your business. So between a smart toilet and smart faucets and taps, you’ll keep things more sanitary.
Newer model toilets also include heat warming sensors—perfect for those who live in cooler climates. And several also feature a sensor that will raise and lower the lid depending on if it’s in use or not. You’ll never have to argue about someone not closing the lid on the seat again.
Setting up your smart bathroom
Features like heated toilet seats are easy to purchase and install yourself, while supplementing your bathroom with voice activated lighting is a matter of connecting your lighting system with voice prompted devices like Amazon’s Alexa. And many shower systems are smart-phone compatible.
We recommend starting with what you can do simply and economically. Then, if you want to take your bathroom completely high-tech, work with a professional that can install more elaborate interfaces.