Technology is becoming more prominent everywhere, from phones and watches to appliance and even cars. Now you can add bathrooms to that list. The new high-tech features being added to the bathroom go way beyond the electric toothbrush. This lavatory technology is not just for high-end homes. In recent years, it has become more affordable, making it accessible to all budgets.
Whether you like to indulge and unwind in the bathroom or use it to escape and seek solidarity, these high-tech additions will elevate the experience to a whole new level of luxury. You may never want to leave your bathroom.
Showering has become an indulgent experience. Showers are increasing in size and offer a range of features such as multiple showerheads, chromatherapy, and even steam capability. Digital shower systems make it a snap to manage these features. A digital shower system will allow you to customize the water temperature, the combination of showerheads, the spray of the water, lighting, and even music with the touch of a button on a touchpad. Some systems can even be operated wirelessly from a smartphone or other device, enabling you to start the perfect shower before you even step out of bed. Some systems can also save personalized settings for multiple users.
Sing in the shower in style with one of the many water-resistant music systems currently on the market. Numerous Bluetooth systems are available that can be streamed directly from your smartphone, tablet, or other device. There are even some showerheads that feature removable speakers built right into the showerhead. There are also showers and bathtubs that feature built-in speakers.
Want to watch the news while you get ready in the morning or enjoy your favorite show while you soak in the tub? Consider installing a mirror with an integrated LCD TV screen. When the TV is off, the space reverts to a mirror. Medicine cabinets with integrated TV screens are also available that include USB ports for charging your devices. There are even some medicine cabinets available that include a refrigerated compartment that is perfect for storing medications that require refrigeration, temperature-sensitive skin care products, or even your favorite cold beverage to enjoy while soaking away your stress.
Stumbling around in the dark while fumbling for the light switch during a nighttime visit to the bathroom is never fun. Sensor lighting can eliminate that hassle. This lighting turns the lights on when you enter the room and turns them off when you exit. Not only does it eliminate stubbed toes, but is also energy efficient, saving you money on your electric bills. If you find flipping on lights in the dark to be jarring, floor tiles with embedded LED lights might be the perfect solution. These lighted tiles are water-resistant and can be controlled by a switch or set to illuminate continuously. If you want to bathe your bathroom with natural light but are worried about privacy, consider installing privacy glass that allows in natural light when you want it, but can be turned opaque with the flip of a switch when you want privacy.
Another type of lighting finding its way into the bathroom is chromatherapy lighting. These colored lights are integrated into showers and bathtubs to provide users with a sensory experience. Different colors have different effects on mood.
Touchless faucets and soap dispensers have been common in public restrooms for a while, but they are now becoming more commonplace in residential bathrooms as well. And for good reason. These faucets and dispensers are much more hygienic than traditional ones. Other faucets use LED lights to indicate the water temperature, using blue for cool and red for hot. These are perfect if you have kids. There are also faucets that double as a hand dryer. If you really want to go high-tech, consider a smart faucet that uses a touchscreen that allows you to check your email, calendar, or the weather forecast. Many of these high-tech faucets can be customized with the water temperature and flow preference for individual users.
Your high-tech bathroom wouldn’t be complete without a high-tech toilet. These toilets are available with a range of features, including heated seats, bidet functions, integrated dryers, and Bluetooth capability for streaming music. Some even allow you to customize your personal preference from a remote.