It is the dawning of the age of the high-tech head.
According to Digital Trends magazine, increasing numbers of homeowners are incorporating the latest technology into their bathrooms.
It’s not happening in huge numbers just yet, the magazine reports, but some people want their lavatories as tricked out as the rest of the house. Five percent of those surveyed have master baths with a TV or bidet.
“People are putting in LED showerheads,” Nino Sitchinava, principal economist at Houzz, told Digital Trends. “Five percent are putting that in their masters and also that 1 percent is putting touch-operated showers in general in their master bathrooms.”
If you think the idea of an LED showerhead cool, it might be because of your age.
“There’s some of indication that millennials may be at the edge of this integration of the high-tech,” Sitchinava said. “For example, we’re finding that there’s a difference between some features that the millennials are putting in. Eleven percent of millennials are putting in romantic lighting. So it tends to be dimmer-operated lights, as opposed to 5 percent of boomers and gen-Xers.”
American West Homes in Las Vegas has a well-earned reputation for delivering master bedrooms and baths that function as a retreat as well as a place to sleep. Deluxe spa showers are already part of the homebuilder’s offerings.
“The design objectives in our master baths are to create a soothing retreat for our homeowners that provides sanctuary at the end of a long day,” said Daniel Welsh, vice president of marketing for American West Homes. “The architectural design in these baths is impactful and includes many features usually only found in custom homes. Features that include 8-foot-long vanities with double sinks, an abundance of storage, deluxe spa showers and elegant stone surfaces throughout.”
As more homeowners make a beeline for the bathroom to get away from it all, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll want to get away from all the technology that can create an in-house spa retreat.
Here’s a look at some of the coolest must-haves for emerging high-tech bathrooms, courtesy of Huff Post Homes:
Moxie showerhead with Bluetooth
The wireless speaker system allows you to listen to up to seven hours of music, news or podcasts while showering. Instead of cranking your radio up so you can hear it over the water, you can now listen through your H2O. This thing pretty much guarantees pruney fingers are in your future.
Hue personal wireless lighting system
Using the Philips Hue app for iPhone or iPad, wirelessly controlled bulbs allow you to choose the exact color, temperature and brightness you desire. Used in the bathroom, the possibilities are endless. Create relaxing “light recipes” for bath time and energizing schemes for your morning routine. This lighting system is designed not just to enhance your mood, but your overall health, as well.
Seura’s waterproof Hydra television
Experience the ultimate extravagance: soaking in a hot bubble bath while watching your favorite shows. You can also save time in the morning when you shower and get your news at the same time.
Moen’s Destiny hands-free faucet
Moen’s Destiny — a gorgeously sculpted, chrome, hands-free faucet is the Mercedes-Benz of water transportation. With just one tap, you and your guests will enjoy the most sanitary hand sanitation ever invented.
Moen’s ioDIGITAL shower
This system lets you save your ideal shower settings — temperature, water pressure, etc. It also lets you completely spoil yourself by turning your ideal shower on by remote control from the comfort of your cozy bed.
Programmable water pebble
Palm-sized pebble takes the guesswork out of water conservation by tracking how much water you use in your shower. Once you’ve programmed this pebble, it signals a yellow light at your half-shower mark and flashes red when it’s time to turn off the faucet. But here’s the real genius: This pebble incrementally shortens its suggested stop time, training you over weeks to use water wisely.