Ideas, Trends

20 Smart Trends in Bathroom Technology

You wake up and stumble into the bathroom. The lights flicker on as you enter and with a simple command, the shower turns on and warms to your desired temperature. Speakers behind the mirror give you a quick update on the day’s weather forecast, top news and traffic. After your shower, you wrap yourself in a warm towel from the warming drawer and instruct the mirror to switch to ‘office lighting’ mode to apply your make-up for work.

This sounds like a glimpse into the future, but it’s actually what your mornings could look like now with smart products already available. Smart technology isn’t just for the uber-wealthy. More manufacturers are offering smart products which makes them accessible to a wider segment of the population. And they aren’t just for spoiling yourself! Smart tech adds comfort, convenience, health, enjoyment, and efficiency to modern bathrooms.

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, here are some smart products to consider incorporating.

 

Smart Tech Designed for Comfort

Starting and ending your day in comfort can have a big impact on how the rest of your day goes. You don’t have to go to a spa for luxurious comfort. These products give you the ultimate in comfort right in your own home.

  1. Warming drawers. Wrap yourself in a toasty warm towel or robe after every shower for a luxury spa experience at home.
  2. Smart showers start and warm the water to your desired temperature before you even enter the bathroom. No more withstanding blasts of hot or cold as you struggle to get the temp just right!
  3. Smart toilets with built-in seat warmers seems like a silly luxury but there are more to these high-tech toilets than meets the eye (more on this later).
  4. Heated floors might feel like a luxury, but in cold climates they can be a life changer!

 

Smart Tech Designed for Convenience

There’s something to be said for products that can make life just a little easier. These products feel a bit futuristic, but they really can save you time and effort now.

  1. Under counter refrigerators aren’t just for storing cold beverages. A mini-fridge near your makeup area or vanity can keep medicines and organic facial remedies at your fingertips, and at the right temperature.
  2. Smart mirrors can provide the day’s weather forecast, news, and traffic updates for your commute.
  3. Voice activated lighting lets you tell your mirror to switch to office lighting mode to make sure your makeup application is optimized for work, or to activate a wayfinding nightlight to avoid stubbing your toe in the dark.
  4. The Procter & Gamble (P&G) Charmin RollBot robot will bring you a fresh roll of toilet paper on command.

 

Smart Tech Designed for Health

If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s that taking some precautions can help to avoid the spread of germs. Smart tech products make this easier – and likely more effective.

  1. Touchless toilets allow you to raise or lower the lid and flush with just a wave of your hand. These toilets are also self-cleaning, self-deodorizing, and can be equipped with antimicrobial seats.
  2. Digital faucets turn water on and off when they sense hand motion. They also come with programmable features, such as setting times for teeth brushing – a great addition for families with kids of all ages!
  3. Beautiful stone wall surrounds are thinner and lighter than ever, new stone materials eliminate the need for wasted rock, while remaining mold resistant and 100% waterproof. That means less time and elbow grease keeping your shower surround clean.
  4. Smart bathroom mats measure weight and body-mass index, provide health insights such as posture scores and suggest exercises. All notifications are sent to a companion mobile app rather than being displayed on the mat.

 

Smart Tech Designed for Efficiency

The bathroom is likely the most used room in your home. Increasing its efficiency can have a positive impact on your wallet and the environment.

  1. Smart water heaters with Wi-Fi connectivity send alerts for spills and leaks, as well as optimize water temperature for both comfort and efficiency.
  2. Smart water monitors provide useful insights to water usage. It can even notify you of a leak detected anywhere in your home. It measures microscopic water pressure changes in order to recognize different types of water fixtures. A Plumbing Check feature can detect a range of hidden flaws in the water system.
  3. Smart showers help reduce water consumption by letting users pause or set a specific amount of time for their shower.
  4. Water-saving faucets like Moen’s Eva series with WaterSense technology minimizes the impact on both the environment and your water bill.
  5. High-efficiency toilets use less water which decreases your water bill and your impact on the environment.

 

Smart Tech Designed for Enjoyment

Let’s face it; it’s been a tough year. If you can find a little enjoyment in a smart product or two, don’t you deserve it?

  1. Waterproof TVs for soaking and streaming your favorite shows without the worry of dropping your iPad into the tub.
  2. Bluetooth speakers are perfect for adding a spa-like feel to your newly remodeled bathroom. Battery-powered and waterproof units are readily available, easily hidden, and can be connected to your favorite streaming service in a snap.
  3. Oil-diffusers are growing in popularity as more consumers recognize the potential health benefits of infusing essential oils in the bathroom. New designs and finishes blend seamlessly into your bathroom design.

The latest tech trends are more than functional; they’re designed with your comfort and quality of life in mind. Think your bathroom could use a facelift for the new year? Schedule a free, in-home design consultation and start designing the futuristic bathroom of your dreams, today!

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