6 cool bathroom gadgets
A programmable shower
Personalize shower time with this tablet-like, full-color digital touch screen. You can program up to nine separate "scenarios." A thermostatic valve regulates water temperatures from up to four outlets (say, one overhead, one standard, and two wall streams).
The setup can also adjust lighting, and volume levels from an audio device. If you tend to linger in the shower, pre-set it for a certain length of time — and use the system to track your water consumption.
Luxury Shower System, from $7,000. watermark-designs.com.
A tub that's a sound system
The system connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices so you can listen to music, news — whatever — through the tub. When the tub is empty, the room fills with sound. When full, sound vibrates through the water as you bathe. Comes programmed with four original compositions, including "Solitude" and "Transcendence."
Underscore VibrAcoustic Bath, $1,056. kohler.com.
Hidden cabinet speakers
Hidden inside the cabinet, these small but powerful wireless speakers are water-resistant and calibrated to offset bath-friendly but sound-reflective materials such as tile, glass, and metal.
Mirror Cabinets with Sound System, from $2,850. duravit.com.
LED temperature control
The LED light ring glows red or blue to indicate water temperature. The lever makes it easy to adjust pressure and temperature with one hand. Even the fluid shape looks ultramodern, and comes in super-cool matte powder-coat finishes, as well as polished chrome.
Ametis Faucet, $3,528. graff-faucets.com.
Total shower control
The RainBrain lets you customize water stream (from spray to cascade), set hot and cold water alternation (good for circulation), and choose music (via Bluetooth-enabled phones and tablets). Plus, it can be pre-programmed for up to four users. A warm-up function flushes cold water from the system to reach the optimum temperature immediately. With the control knob, you can adjust the temperature manually and quickly turn the shower on and off.
RainBrain Controller, $4,750. hansgrohe-usa.com.
A faucet that's also a hand dryer
Not only washes but dries your hands, too — in about 15 seconds, using a 400 mph blast of air! Infrared sensors determine your hand position before water or air are dispensed, and a built-in HEPA filter removes bacteria from the air so it doesn't blow back onto your hands.
Airblade Tap, $1,800. airblade.dyson.com.