Trends for 2022: Smart Bathrooms

When it comes to home remodeling projects, one of the most popular upgrades our clients are looking for is a smart bathroom. With so many new features and technology available, it's never been easier to have an amazing looking — and highly functional — bathroom for your family. So let's explore some of the ways you can incorporate smart features into your new bathroom.

What is a Smart Bathroom?

A smart bathroom connects your devices (including smartphones and voice controlled assistants like Alexa) directly to your lights, thermostat, and other features, to give you a completely customizable bathroom experience. You’ll be able to control such features as bath fill and water temperature, while incorporating other eco-friendly features designed to save water and energy. The most popular smart bathroom additions for 2021 are smart toilets, bidets, and areas for device charging.

Smart toilets

At the end of 2020,® and YouGov surveyed more than 2,000 Americans about their home renovations. They found that smart toilets are the most wanted devices when it's time to remodel the bathroom. Many of these modern toilets have convenient and sanitary features like seat warmers, touch-free automatic lids, night lights, and even speakers.

Smart toilets are better designed and more compact than their traditional counterparts, so they take up less space. Often touch-free and self-cleaning, smart toilets reduce the spread of germs and illness, and make for an overall cleaner bathroom experience. Though they can have a hefty price tag, ranging from $2,000 to $13,000, these devices can save enough water and reduce the risk of overflow and flooding, so can be well worth the investment. They'll save you on your water bills and your homeowner's insurance.

Heated Floors

Radiant floor heating uses thermal radiation to generate heat to keep your bathroom warm all winter long. With a floor heating system, you’ll feel the heat sooner and at a more controlled temperature than a traditional radiator offers. The temperature will be consistently comfortable throughout the room with none of the hotspots and cold spots you'd normally feel.

Heating the room from the floors is more energy-efficient than a traditional heating system, because it requires little electricity and a lower temperature to fully warm the room, leaving you with significantly reduced energy bills. It will also free up wall space if you’re replacing a traditional radiator.

Smart Faucets

Smart faucets utilize temperature gauges and efficiency sensors to help you control water usage in your bathroom and preheat or pre-cool water before the faucet turns on. This reduces wastewater and improves efficiency and savings. In addition to that, a hands-free feature will decrease the number of germs being spread when you wash your hands.

Smart faucets give you a big bang for your buck when compared to other smart bathroom devices. When you're getting ready to remodel your bathroom, consider them as a cost effective option to reduce water and money waste.

Smart Mirrors

An interactive LED mirror has a built-in display to show you things like traffic reports, weather forecasts, time, news updates, reminders, and appointments. You can speak and interact with the mirror to ask questions and control other smart devices in your home. An interactive LED mirror gives your bathroom a futuristic look and makes your morning routines more enjoyable.

Many consumer electronics and furniture brands sell smart mirrors that, depending on the size and features, can cost up to $2,000. Whether you need personalized skincare and makeup advice or you want to streamline your morning routine and plan your day while in the bathroom, a smart mirror is a must-have for the ultra-organized.

Smart Thermostats

Studies have shown that a smart thermostat can save you 10-12% on heating costs and up to 15% on cooling costs. A smart thermostat allows you to remotely raise and lower the temperature in your bathroom when you're not home, saving energy and money. The device understands whether you’re at home and automatically adjusts to your temperature preferences.

You can buy a smart thermostat for as little as $100. Before you buy, ensure that your smart thermostat can work properly — check that your home has a dedicated common wire and a high-voltage heater.

Ready to Upgrade Your Bathroom?

We've been in the business of creating beautiful and unique bathrooms for over 30 years. Our experienced designers are here to help answer your questions about smart technology and modern bathroom design. It's as simple as giving us a call at (650) 287-4202 or filling out our quick contact form.

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