The demand for homes with smart applications is on the rise, especially among millennials. The increasing penetration of smart homes is driving the demand for smart bathrooms. The global market for smart bathrooms was worth $2.4 billion in 2021. It is likely to cross the 4 billion mark by 2027 at a CAGR of 9.51%.
A smart bathroom makes your morning routine a lot easier. But more importantly, it helps you save water and energy. All the smart appliances and fixtures used in such bathrooms are designed to use less water and energy. Whether you shower or brush, you will save considerable water and energy. Plus, your bathroom will make a few heads turn in admiration.
Let’s take a deep dive into how smart your bathroom can be and how it can change your life.
What Is a Smart Bathroom?
Unlike your traditional bathroom, a smart bathroom connects with other smart appliances in your house, voice control devices, and phones. It essentially provides you with complete control over your bathroom.
A smart bathroom lets you control different features such as:
- Temperature control for shower
- Bath fill control
- Light control
Moreover, you can customize the bathroom technology to suit your needs. This includes adding a smart washer and dryer or even a smart toilet. In other words, it’s a better, cleaner, and sleeker alternative to your traditional bathroom.
The question is, how smart can your bathroom be?
Let’s take a look at the different features of a smart bathroom.
1. Smart Toilet
A smart toilet is one of the most liked features of smart bathrooms. Smart toilets come with many features, including:
- An automatic lead that opens or closes remotely, offering a touch-free experience.
- Seat warmers that can heat the seat up as per your needs.
- Spray adjustment that allows you to control spray pressure and water temperature.
- Ambient night lighting automatically turns on when you use the toilet after sunset.
Many of these toilets also come with built-in radio and music players. That said, the biggest advantage of these toilets is low water consumption. Your smart toilet will use the right amount of water every time you flush.
2. Smart Shower
It is essentially a digital shower but with remote connectivity. You can control this shower with a touchpad, a phone, or a voice. There is no need to turn the knobs as the water starts and stops at your command.
Plus, a smart shower lets you:
- Set precise and consistent water temperature.
- Automate and save your shower routine.
- Avoid scalding accidents thanks to its built-in safety features.
- Lower your water consumption.
In addition, smart showers come in stunning designs that will make heads turn.
3. Smart Faucets
Smart faucets are also one of the most attractive features of such bathrooms. They offer the dual advantage of making your life easier and saving water. Most smart faucets use infrared sensors, which offer a completely hands-free experience. You might have used these taps in public bathrooms.
Other types of smart taps will come with voice or touch activation. The best part is that you don’t have to use your dough-covered fingers to turn on or off these faucets. Even if you have a touch-activated faucet, you can use your wrist or elbow to turn it on or off.
Most homeowners tend to install smart faucets for the following reasons.
- Smart faucets offer a hands-free experience, preventing the spread of germs and bacteria.
- With no fingerprints and smudges, smart taps cut down on cleanup time.
- Smart faucets are kid-friendly.
- Monitor water usage, prevent overflow, and lower your water bill.
4. Smart Washer and Dryer
A smart washer and dryer is more than just a digital appliance. It connects to the internet and other smart devices in your home, including your phone. In short, you can get notifications when a cycle ends, or you can start your laundry using your phone.
It can also detect maintenance or repair issues before they turn into a disaster. This makes preventive maintenance a lot easier and less expensive. What’s more, you can also save detergent, water, and energy.
Many smart washers and dryers also come with features like auto dosing. This feature automatically detects the amount of detergent required for a cycle. Your smart washer and dryer can also monitor energy consumption and run cycles during off-peak hours. This will help you save considerable money in the long run.
This is also one of the most competitively priced smart bathroom appliances. The average price for Smart Washers and Dryers ranges from $500 to $4,000. On the other hand, a traditional washer and dryer unit can cost between $500 to $2000. So, investing in a smart device like this makes more sense. When remodeling your bathroom, invest in a smart washer and dryer.
5. Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat will allow you to remotely adjust the temperature of your bathroom as per your needs. The biggest advantage of a smart thermostat is energy savings.
A smart thermostat is a wise investment as heating and cooling account for significant home energy consumption. According to Nest, smart thermostats can, on average, save customers between 10%-12% on heating and 15% on cooling. It translates into an average savings of $131 to $145 annually.
A smart thermostat can also learn about your temperature preferences and create a schedule that best fits your needs. It will provide you with energy consumption data, helping you cut your energy bills down further. Besides, a smart thermostat is not as expensive as other smart appliances. So, talk to your contractor about installing it before setting out for a bathroom remodel.
6. Smart Mirror
Another must-have for your smart bathroom is a smart mirror. It’s a lot different than your average bathroom mirror. It comes with features like a touchscreen display, anti-fog properties, lighting, and a few other advanced features.
Most smart mirrors also come with a digital display. Standard smart mirrors also have a digital display. However, it features only basic information like date, time, and on/off touch screen icon. But advanced smart mirrors will have other features like a camera, microphone, traffic updates, speakers, news, and other sensors.
A smart mirror also offers benefits like speeding up your daily grooming sessions and providing a clear and detailed reflection. The anti-fog property also comes in handy as it allows you to get ready in minutes.
Smart bathrooms are becoming increasingly popular. They can help you save water, energy, and money. Moreover, a smart bathroom can be the first step in transforming your humble adobe into a smart home. Consider it a test run. And this post will help you understand what you can include in your mart bathroom remodel.
However, remodeling a bathroom requires considerable planning. That’s where the pros at OMG Kitchens can help. Call us today to learn how we can help with your bathroom remodel.