Smart bathroom technology: 9 ideas to try at home
Adding smart bathroom technology to our homes is yet another way to embrace home automation. Creating a more intelligent bathroom might not be top of your list. But thankfully, there are plenty of helpful devices that just might change your mind.
You might not have time or the will to sort through the different options. And you could need some convincing that’s an investment worth making. With both of these points, we’re here to help you!
Adding home automation, such as Z-Wave or Lightwave, can increase the property’s value. It’s a feature buyers are looking for. And one that’ll differentiate your home from the sea of similar properties.
To make finding the ideal smart bathroom technology easier, we’ve selected 9 bathroom gadgets you should consider.
#1 Waterproof TV
Granted, a TV in the bathroom isn’t groundbreaking. Many have already installed this piece of smart bathroom technology. However, if you’re new to the idea, you can now buy waterproof TVs. You can control them using touch, much like a tablet. So no remote is needed (or can be lost!).
Some will install waterproof TV at the end of the bathroom, making watching while soaking easy. Others will install one in the shower cubical, as this position is ideal for catching up on the news in the morning. You could buy a mirror with a waterproof TV built-in.
While the average flat-screen TV has fallen in price in the last few years, the waterproof variety can easily cost £1,000. Amazon stocks the 22-inch Soulaca Smart Mirror Bathroom TV for slightly over £500.
As a smart device, these TVs also connect to Wi-Fi. So, you can catch up on your favourite Netflix shows or YouTube. You’ll need to add speakers in your bathroom, either waterproof ones or in the ceiling. Without them, you won’t be able to hear what’s happening on TV.
Despite the high cost, if you enjoy long baths or never want to be far from a TV, they could be a superb investment that looks great. Plus, you’ll be the envy of friends and family!
#2 Flow with smart taps
Maybe it’s time to upgrade your taps. Smart taps sense when you’re there and begin running water to a pre-set temperate. They’re ideal for washing your hands or face. Some, such as the Gangang Automatic Sensor Tap use LEDs to denote temperature!
If you love a good shower, we have several smart bathroom technology solutions, including intelligent shower heads and mixers.
Consider a GROHE SmartControl mixer, which regulates the shower’s temperature and ensures no large jumps. You can select between head or hand showers, or combine them. Easily adjust the water volume using push-turn buttons. They also save water lowering your household bills.
High-end taps and shower heads, such as the VADO Sensori use facial recognition to tailor the bathing experience. They continually gather data about you that will aid it to improve your showering experience.
They’ll seamlessly adjust the temperature to your preference, so you’ll always bathe in water at your ideal temperature! No more trying to remember the ideal position or forgetting to adjust the knob.
#3 Bathe with sound
Can’t live without music? You should add speakers to your bathroom! Imagine bathing while your favourite tracks gently soothe and relax you. You could install ceiling speakers and wire them into a Hi-Fi. However, that isn’t the most high-tech option available.
Enter Sonos. If you’re unaware, Sonos offers ceiling speakers that work exactly like their stand-alone units. You can easily play music from your smartphone, computer or tablet. Multiple Sonos smart speakers can be easily linked, allowing you to enjoy music throughout your home.
You can even buy baths with built-in speakers. They create a unique experience as sounds vibrate through the water! Such a great way to listen to your favourite artists.
#4 Warm your derrière with a toilet seat warmer!
A first-world problem we all deal with is a freezing toilet. A seat warmer ensures your derrière has a comfortable seat waiting. You might consider this smart bathroom technology an unnecessary luxury. But once added, you’ll wonder how you managed without it!
Japan leads the way in toilet technology with self-cleaning loos, which have a built-in seat warmer. Some even have a built-in bidet. You’ll never have to worry if your toilet is fresh and clean again!
However, smart toilets aren’t cheap and can easily cost thousands. A prime example is the GROHE 39354SH1 Sensia Arena Smart Toilet, which comes with a price tag of nearly £2,000! Well, it does give a new meaning to spending a penny!
#5 Set the mood with lighting
Most overlook how important lighting is in the bathroom, yet they invest time playing with different options in the living room! A good bathroom lighting scheme mixes a few general lights with ones for tasks such as shaving, brushing teeth, or applying makeup.
These ideas aren’t revolutionary. Here’s how can we use technology to make selecting light smarter?
You could replace the main bathroom light with a dimmable CANMEIJIA LED Ceiling Light. You can control it using your voice or an app. Of course, it’ll still work with your current light switch. But it’s far more impressive.
Another option is using Lightwave lights switches which are dimmable by design. You could either preset lights using the switches or the app to create different lighting scenes. You could even use a Lightwave sensor to trigger a bathroom light automatically. No switches needed.
With a mix of dimmable and task lights, you can easily turn them all on in the mornings. You can also create a scene that dims only the pendant light to 50% for soaking in the tub!
#6 Hot tub baths
Nothing is quite relaxing as spending time in a hot tub with a glass of bubbly. That said, even portable outdoor hot tubs take up a lot of room and can be fairly expensive. So it makes sense to swap your bath for a hot tub bath and enjoy a new level of relaxation.
Whirlpool baths are still quite expensive. However, you can use yours throughout the year and provide dual functions. Victoria Plum stocks a superb range of hot tub baths.
#7 Uber lux feature
Thankfully, smart bathroom technology isn’t limited to toilets, tubs and taps. You can also add features that make the space more luxurious or help you be more productive.
If you’re partial to a glass or two of wine while soaking in the tub, consider installing a small fridge to store bottles in. It’ll also be ideal for keeping make-up at the correct temperature, ensuring it lasts.
Imagine how relaxed you’d be after bathing in a room with your favourite TV show on, a glass of wine in hand and soft lighting to create the perfect ambience! Sounds like heaven!
#8 Smart scales
Only a few people (mad people, in our opinion!) enjoy weighing themselves. Bathroom scales have embraced smart bathroom technology to become incredibly intelligent in the last few years.
They now can show you a range of data about you, including weight, BMI, body fat percentage and can track your progress.
Many like the Healthkeep Smart Bathroom Weight Scales sync with several health apps, meaning you can store data and track your progress from a single piece of software. By having more accurate data, you can tailor your exercise routine and diet to meet your weight goals quicker.
If you’re unsure which is the ideal bathroom scales, start with our guide to the best bathroom scales.
#9 Alexa, what’s the traffic like?
Adding an Alexa-enabled device like the Amazon Echo Show 5 to your bathroom is a fantastic way to save time. While not technically smart bathroom technology, having Alexa in the bathroom allows you to keep tabs on the time, get the latest traffic reports and even check the weather.
You can even catch up on Facebook notifications while brushing your teeth before bed and check tomorrow’s weather forecast. Alexa can easily change your life with real-time updates and by sharing information across multiple devices.
The future of smart bathroom technology
There’s plenty of fantastic smart bathroom technology available to automate your space and make it more usable. So, you might wonder what is next?
It’s not hard to imagine showers that cut off after a set time, ensuring no family member uses all of the hot water. Nor is it hard to picture a bath that operates similarly, especially as bathing uses significantly more water.
In the future, smart mirrors will have TV and speakers built-in, allowing you to catch up on the news or listen to music while getting ready. They’ll come with Alexa or Siri built-in, allowing you to use voice control to turn on lights, check the diary and add more bread to the shopping list.
As with smart scales, which can monitor a range of data points, including your BMI and body fat percentage, having a toilet that can give you dietary advice based on your “output” isn’t stretching the imagination too far.
One thing is certain, smart bathroom technology just like home automation will continue to evolve and become more and more vital to everyday life.