The Bathrooms of the Future: What to Expect

young woman checking a futuristic mirror with weather and health informationThe bathroom tends to be seen as a simple utilitarian room. But with advancements in modern technology, the bathroom of the future can become something wholly unique. In our previous blog post, we talked about the history of the bathroom so we thought it’d be fun to look towards the future of the bathroom. We’re already on a positive trajectory towards a more convenient, smarter future where every addition serves an important purpose. Things like hand dryers, for instance, now seem like relics of the past but they were, at one time, the latest in bathroom technology. Who knows, in a few years every bathroom may have many or all of the items we’ll discuss in this blog. If you need any plumbing supplies right now, then C & L Plumbing will gladly help. 

A Mirror for Tomorrow

Mirrors show us a reflection of ourselves at that present moment. They’re everpresent in bathrooms all over the world, and for good reason. It’s hard to imagine what we’d do without mirrors. To many, the idea of a futuristic mirror may not seem necessary, but most sci-fi films have already brought what the mirror of tomorrow could look like and what it can represent to our daily lives. Thankfully, this advanced vision is closer to reality than fiction. We’re talking about smart mirrors that display information such as the weather, calendar events, or even email. There are countless brands that offer smart mirrors for homeowners who want to add a bit of ingenuity to their daily routines. There are even smart mirrors available today that can monitor your health or skin. 

Not everything needs to be connected to the internet or display information regarding our days to be deemed “futuristic.” In fact, when it comes to mirrors, the homeowner of the future may want something that simply makes life a little easier. Instead of cluttering the mirror with information, you can look forward to applying your makeup with the assistance of a mirror with integrated lighting for a more accurate and detailed reflection. Voice-activation is also starting to seep into other aspects of our lives. A voice-activated mirror that allows you to dim or increase the brightness with a simple vocal command can make getting ready in the morning a breeze.  

A Shower Full of Possibilities

The shower and bathtub are necessities. They’re what separate bathrooms from restrooms. For centuries, the bathtub has been a place where we can relax and soak in warm water after a long day. Although the shower serves a more practical purpose, it’s able to provide us with a brief moment of comfort and respite before we take on the day or at night as we wash our worries away and get ready for bed. So what does the shower of the future look like? Saving water is at the top of everyone’s minds, especially nowadays. Most people use gallons upon gallons of water on a daily basis as they shower. Simply put, showers are the biggest water wasters. Thankfully, there are new shower systems available today that save up to 90% of the water used while showering. This system recirculates the water so you won’t have to use gallons and gallons of water every time you shower. Don’t worry, the water is purified, reheated, and recirculated so it’ll be clean and ready for your shower. Since this system is a closed loop, you’ll only have to use a few liters of water, instead of gallons and gallons. You can learn more about this product here.

Voice-activated and app-activated showers are also available. You can preset your desired water temperature and even schedule the time for the shower to start so you won’t have to wait around for the water to warm up to your liking. All it takes is a simple voice command or a tap for your perfect shower to start!

A Toilet Designed with Comfort in Mind

The toilet of the future might not even look like a toilet. The toilet design is something that’s rarely changed over time but as we look towards the future, we might begin to see smarter toilets that open automatically. Toilets with ambient lighting, Bluetooth connectivity, heated seats, and foot warmers are already in production. But it’s not all about aesthetics and comfort. 

Toilets, next to showers, are the biggest water wasters. As such, modern toilets are designed with water savings in mind. Low flow toilets are becoming the norm in new homes and offices but maybe the future will offer even better alternatives. In 2018, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation presented their own design for a toilet that eschews the need for water. Instead, chemicals are used to convert human waste into fertilizer. This method of waste disposal is still in its infancy but can you imagine a future without flushing toilets? Who knows, maybe in the next decade that’ll become the norm.

The Right Plumbing Supplies for Today

Although the future of the bathroom is within sight, we should still remain in the present. If your bathroom needs a bit of upkeep, then we have all the materials you could ever need. Give us a call today to learn more about what we have to offer.

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