Smart Bathroom

The Latest Technologies For a Smart Bathroom

Are you looking to buy new shower panels? Technology tops the list when it comes to homebuying, and do you know who the new homebuyers are? Millennials. Also known as Generation Y, these tech-savvy creatures seem to have been born with smartphones in their hands.

A real estate study revealed that 77 percent of these young homebuyers are looking for a home with “smart” innovations. Most of the gadgets that are hot right now revolve around smart home automation systems; they allow us to control lights, security, temperature and even blinds with the touch of a button from your smartphone.

However, there is a part of the home that many have forgotten to automate — and it’s a room that we use every day.

Here are some ways to keep your home on-trend by adding the latest technology to one of the most-used rooms in your home: the bathroom.

High-Tech Toilets

It’s high time to get high-tech with our toilets. Several new models are revolutionizing the way we “go.” Here are just a few of the new toilet features to look for that work well with shower enclosures.

Toilets that don’t require hands or paper. These toilets have temperature-controlled water, spritzing wands and automatic dryers (already in use and common in Asia). Toilet seat warmers and LED lights. Self-cleaning toilets and antimicrobial seats — a dream come true for germaphobes. Motion sensors to raise and lower toilet lids.

Digital Faucets

Not only do we aspire to be tech-savvy, we also desire to be eco-savvy. Digital faucets are a great way to conserve water and energy. Here are some of the features that you can expect from a digital faucet. Reduced tap flow and digital temperature-control settings, conserving money and water.

Touchless technology.Infrared tap technology that “reads” the user and turns off when it senses that hands are not under the faucet.Programmable features, such as a timed mixer shower setting or a teeth-brushing option that runs for an allotted time frame.

Soaking Tubs

The ’80s were spent soaking in our mammoth Jacuzzi tubs, but times (and tubs) are changing. Designers are seeing a strong trend toward a new version of the soaking tub. They are tossing standing-room-only shower enclosures down the drain, and replacing them with stand-alone soaking styles. Here’s what you can expect to see from the new soaking tubs:

  • Stand-alone tubs with no shower surround.
  • Small Japanese-style soaking tubs.
  • Sleek, modern tub faucets, many with pipes that come up from the floor and pour over into the tub.
  • An air bath, the modern take on massaging jets. Air channels deliver a steady stream of warm massaging bubbles; think hot springs.
  • Chromotherapy, or mood-enhancing lighting.
  • New tub materials and shapes. Rectangular is sleek and modern, as are materials such as carved stone and copper.

Hot Gadgets

A high-tech bathroom wouldn’t be tricked out without a few gadgets. Here are a few fun products that add another level of technology. Refrigerated bathroom cabinets that can keep medicines cool or store cold drinks. LCD shower panels that let you control shower temperature, water flow, steam, music and chromotherapy. Waterproof TVs. Soaking and watching TV is a must, and it eradicates the chances of dropping that iPad in the tub while streaming your favorite show.

Bathrooms are about to be the next room to witness the high-tech revolution. Which of these would you like to have in your shower enclosures?

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