Your bathroom may not be your first port of call when it comes to modernizing your home with the latest technology. However, we are on the verge of a smart-tech bathroom revolution – and it will reshape everything you know about the most intimate room of the home.
The near future of the bathroom includes smart showers, perfect-fill bathtubs, and skincare refrigerators that prioritize sustainability and wellbeing. And some of these modern bathroom ideas are already a reality. Therefore, when it comes to creating a smart home, it’s time to bring the bathroom to the forefront of your renovation ideas.
These are the bathroom features of the future that are worth looking out for – because you see them everywhere.
1. Smart showers
‘Showering is so much more than just getting clean. It is a chance to feel rejuvenated, a moment to focus on self-care,” says Lun Cheak Tan, Kohler VP of Industrial Design. The brand in question has just launched a smart shower with a reimagined shower head that offers a massage during your daily-wash routine.
‘A shower should provide a rich experience – through design-forward craftsmanship, meaningful functionality, and uncompromised focus on the user,’ he adds. Alongside this, Kohler’s ‘Statement Showering Collection’ syncs with their new Anthem Valves and Controls: a digital valve system that allows you to control the temperature and water flow with your voice.
2. Automatic bathtubs
It’s no secret that we’re already a fan of perfect-fill bathtubs – but what’s not to love? Kohler’s new PerfectFill system lets you relax in a tub that is set to the preferred depth and temperature anytime you choose to bathe.
The bathtub integrates a smart drain, digital controller that obeys verbal commands – so you can jump straight into a bath that’s filled just the way you like it. Bathers in the US can order the PerfectFill from May 22 (however, smart-tech lovers in the UK will have to wait slightly longer, as Kohler is yet to announce a launch date.)
3. Instagram-approved illuminated mirrors
Finding the best photo angle is an art – and it’s now one you can incorporate into your bathroom. LED mirrors are becoming a modern-day bathroom staple, according to the WSJ – and getting ready is no longer a chore. Many of these mirrors are also controlled by touch, meaning you can adjust the lighting with your hand – and enjoy a radiant complexion in the process.
4. Bathroom fridges
Fridges are more of a modern kitchen idea than a bathroom staple, but this could change in the future. Appliance chains such as Summit Appliance have already developed an aptly-named BeautiFridge to store your skincare products at the right temperature – so you don’t need to dash to the kitchen for your fresh facemask (or your post-shower Pinot).
5. A sensory flow
Many of these smart bathroom appliances use voice or motion sensors, and this last feature is no exception. This new faucet by Moen allows you to use a virtual handle via a sensor on the left-hand side of the tap, so you can switch the water on and off with the movement of your hand. You can also control the water’s temperature with a manual handle to ensure this smart tap is right for you.
How soon will it be until your bathroom features these appliances? We believe it’s only a matter of time…