A hundred years ago, having running water being piped into your home was considered miraculous. Bathroom technology has come along way since Victorian times, however.
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Sound and vision
It’s the end of battery-operated radios and music players in the bathroom. It’s now possible to install wireless speakers in to the ceiling of your bathroom and even inside the shower, just make sure that they are humidity resistant and approved for wet areas.
If this isn’t an option, you can bring a sound system into your bathroom with a smart bathroom mirror or mirrored cabinet. The latest models include a de-mister, to ensure that they don't get steamed up; and, Bluetooth wireless technology and integrated speakers so that they can link up to your sound system and play your playlist or chosen radio station.
If you want vision too, then take a look at the waterproof televisions now hitting the market. Some of these even look and work as mirrors when not in use. When positioning a TV in a bathroom, however, ensure that you will be able to see it comfortably from your bath. If you have to crane your head to watch it, it won’t get used more than once.
The Mira Vision shower works wirelessly and can be activated from elsewhere in the house, it heats up to the desired temperature and flow and then pauses whilst you step inside Priced from £514, Mira Showers 0844 571 5000
Intelligent Baths and Showers
At the high end of the market, baths are available that will fill themselves to a preset level, at a programmed temperature, with a specified bubble bath. You can even set these tubs to do all this remotely, so you can wake up, decide you want a bath and access the app that springs your bath into action from your bed.
You can also put an end to hanging around outside your shower repeatedly testing to see if its reached your optimum temperature too. The latest range of digital showers can be remotely turned on from a different room and will indicate when they have reached your desired programmed temperature. They’re pretty reasonably priced too.
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Home Spa Technology
The hotel spa could be about to become redundant with the latest spa-technology now available for home use. Steam hammams, hydrotherapy baths, and showers that have chromotherapy special effects and can emulate rainfall, are just some of the functions that are likely to become standard in bathroom design within years. Some steam systems can even be added to existing shower systems, avoiding a complete refit.
To give the full spa experience, team baths and showers with internal low level lighting too.
An ultra hi tech bathroom will cost more, but it will also prove to be a good investment in you and your family’s wellbeing and your property. Not only will you want to spend more time enjoying everything that your bathroom has to offer, it will add value to your home when it comes to selling too.
Anna is an experienced consumer, technology and business journalist and editor. She draws on her broad career background to write on a diverse range of subjects for national and international newspapers, consumer magazines, trade titles and websites. She also works as a stylist for most of the UK interior titles and a regular contributor to Houzz.