With the Internet of Things (IoT) and technology becoming a firm fixture in many of our homes, so-called ‘smart’ versions of appliances and installations are fast becoming the norm.

In our connected homes, we can use voice assistants like Google Nest and Alexa to do everything from telling us the weather to controlling the lights and the heating. Our fridges can show us exactly what is inside and when it will go out of date, and even our kettles can be preprogrammed to prepare water at exactly the right temperature for our morning coffee.

It’s no surprise, then, that bathrooms are also getting the smart treatment. People like you are choosing to make their bathrooms more technological – not only for things like touch-free simplicity, but also to help with reducing waste and costs, and for safety. There is also the addition of sensor technology that can warn of leaks and other potential problems, saving time and money in the long run.

One of the best things about upgrading your bathroom to something a bit more innovative and technical is that not only will you be bang on trend (and increasing the value of your home by each installation), but you don’t need to do a whole bathroom refurb – these items can be retrofitted in most cases, reducing the mess and fuss.

The bathroom of the future is already here, and it is easier to complete than you might think. Below are just some of the amazing tech-boosted additions you could make to your bathroom.

Smart Toilet Technology

We probably have Japanese culture to thank for smart toilets, but that isn’t to say that they aren’t a great addition to your bathroom.

Smart toilets can do everything from heating the seat (a real boon, especially on cold winter nights) to providing bidet functions, and they can also be completely touch-free too. Antibacterial rims, male and female settings, automatic flushing, and even music and lighting – all from what looks like a normal toilet.

These smart toilets might be bursting with innovation, but they are also smaller than a traditional toilet, and designed to be more water and energy efficient.

An outside door, possibly to a bathroom or toilet
We’ve come a long way from toilet sheds in the garden in the Western World.
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Smart Showers

In a similar vein, the smart shower can have presets which allow you to control everything from the temperature and the flow to the amount of time you can spend showering. Not only is this excellent as a water and energy saving device, but it can also provide better safety for elderly or very young people – temperatures cannot be accidentally set too high.

A big rain shower head in a simple bathroom
Rain showers can be intense
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In combination with new and improved shower heads, a smart shower can introduce you to more thorough cleaning with less water, or even the best spa experience with a rain or droplet shower.

Smart Baths

A decade or so ago, the most luxurious baths were the spa baths, with hydro jets and bubbles galore. Today, the ultimate in bath technology is things like autofill, temperature selection, and depth set for each user’s preference.

Again, these measures are as much about safety (temperature and depth) as they are about convenience, and they can even help reduce your energy consumption.

Adjustable Privacy Glass

At the touch of a button (or through an app, or using your voice), you can change the opacity of your privacy glass in the bathroom.

Whether you want it completely clear (or completely opaque), adjustable privacy glass still lets in lots of glorious natural light but maintains your dignity. For those who enjoy a spot of entertainment in the shower, you can also connect these glass screens to your smartphone via Bluetooth and watch a movie or your favourite TV show.

Underfloor Heating in Your Bathroom

This might be the most luxurious feeling in the world – the warmth seeping from the floor as you enter your bathroom. While underfloor heating in bathrooms is nothing new, the sheer range of options that are available (including things like smart thermostats and programmable controls) make them a must for any modern bathroom where comfort is important.

Electric Underfloor Heating Technology
Electric Underfloor Heating

Out of all the upgrades you could make in your bathroom, underfloor heating might cause the most upheaval, but it can mean that you won’t need any unsightly radiator panels in the room anymore.

Touch-Free Faucets

If you imagine a touch-free tap, you might be thinking of public restrooms or commercial kitchens – but they have had a designer makeover and could be the perfect addition to your smart bathroom.

Designed to not only reduce the number of touchpoints in your bathroom for health reasons, they can now also be programmed to recognize the user and provide a more personalized experience. Everything from flow to temperature can be altered to suit.

Rectangular sink
There is more to a sink than just taps
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These taps can also reduce unnecessary water usage and save both money and energy, too.

Responsive Lighting

Getting up in the middle of the night and turning the bathroom light on can be disastrous. Not only are you more likely to waken up fully by doing this, but you might also even disturb your family, especially in an ensuite.

Responsive lighting can range from sensors that turn lights on as you walk into a room, to tiny little LEDs that look like landing strip lights at an airport so you can see your way to the facilities without the bright glare of fluorescent.

Low-level lighting can provide that soothing, dull constant glow, or you can hook up some chromatic lights to set the mood for your bathroom trip – soothing greens or bright, vibrant oranges, perhaps.

Smart Mirrors

A smart mirror can be almost anything you want it to be. From what is essentially a computer screen or a Heads-Up Display (HUD) you might recognize from a video game to a completely normal-looking mirror.

Smart mirrors can connect to your Wi-Fi, ready to provide you with things like the news headlines and the weather while you brush your teeth. You can watch TV on it through Bluetooth, or even have your skin analysed by AI to work on any blemishes.

They can be wireless chargers for your smartphone, watch, or ear buds, they can demist automatically so you can always see, and they could even run through your to-do list to ensure that you never miss an appointment.

Pipe Sensors

For most homeowners, the idea of a leak or some sort of plumbing or heating breakdown could be quite stressful – but modern pipe technology includes special sensors that are designed to monitor the integrity of the pipes through indicators like water pressure.

Early warning about potential problems is obviously going to help save money – and do better for the environment too.

If you want to discuss upgrading your bathroom using some of this smart, innovative technology, then our team can help – from design and planning right through to fitting, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.