Showers of the Future: How Technology Will Change

Barbara Bellesi Zito
Updated January 24, 2022
An all-white minimalistic bathroom with a modern shower
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  • Smart technology will continue to change the way we shower

  • Digital elements help you save time and water while you enjoy a spa-like experience

  • Convenient features make the most of the time you spend getting ready

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A shower seems like a mundane part of your routine—unless you’ve got a shower with smart technology that upgrades the experience from basic bathing to something special. Soap and water are still part of the equation, but let’s take a look at how smart features like voice commands and speakers can transform your shower into a high-tech oasis. 

Save Time and Water

A long hot shower might be relaxing, but it wastes water and time. Smart technology helps keep your showers shorter, benefiting both the environment and your busy schedule. For example, brands like Moen sell showerheads that connect to your Amazon Alexa app, so the showerhead turns on at your voice command. Alexa can also raise or lower the temperature, turn on another showerhead, and turn off the shower when you’re ready to towel off. 

This means no more wasting water as you stand under a scalding or freezing spray as you wait for the temperature to regulate. A digital shower system can be preprogrammed for your preferred shower temperature—as well as those of everyone else in your household—so that the optimal shower experience is ready at the touch of a button. Not only does this make the task of showering easier, but it also makes it safer for younger bathers by preventing the water from getting too hot.

Streamline the Look of Your Shower

The showers of the future contribute to a cleaner look in your bathroom. The sleek look of digital shower technology removes the need for large handles, knobs, or other bulky bathroom hardware. The result is a beautiful, minimalist shower that’s less intrusive in your bathroom—something you certainly can’t say for your bathtub.

If you are looking to upgrade your space, a local shower installer can help you modernize your shower. Showerhead and faucet installation costs about $50 to $900

Control Multiple Showerheads for a Spa-Like Experience

After you’ve streamlined the shower stall, you’ve got more space to add additional showerheads. A rain shower spout brings a spa experience right into your bathroom, while a handheld makes rinsing off quicker and easier. With digital technology, you can turn on any of them with the touch of a button or a voice command. Showerheads like those from EvaDrop can further customize the experience by adjusting the flow of the water just the way you like it.

Add a Solution for When Inspiration Strikes

A modern bathroom with a glass shower cabin
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Why does creativity always seem to strike when you least expect it? Many people say they get their best ideas in the shower, which isn’t conducive to taking notes unless you like trying to write in a soggy notebook. 

Waterproof notepads like Shower Notes now make it possible to scribble on sheets of waterproof paper—which were previously only available to scuba divers for underwater research—that hang on your shower wall. Grab the waterproof pencil and scribble away the next time you get a million-dollar idea.

Give Your Shower a Soundtrack

Whether you prefer relaxing instrumentals or want to rock out as you soap up, you can listen to the tunes of your choice in the shower. Kohler is one of many brands that offer a showerhead with a Bluetooth speaker to pair with any playlist. You can even catch up with the latest episode of your favorite podcast as you get ready for the day.

Digital features turn an everyday task like showering into a luxurious, futuristic experience. Even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person, smart shower technology could be the very thing that makes you jump out of bed, eager to begin your day. 

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