Bathroom of Tomorrow: Shower & Bath Tech of 2020

Oh, bathrooms — a place in the house where so much happens. You shower, shave, perform your skin-care routine, and so much more. As technology gets smarter, bathrooms do, too. You might have thought that your mini skin-care fridge was impressive, that you had a fancy faucet, or that your LED lighted mirror was high-tech, but folks, you haven’t seen anything yet.

We dived deep to explore the ways the bathrooms of the future will look and believe us, you’ll never want to leave, and you probably won’t have to. Here are seven ways we predict that bathrooms will change (for the better) in the future.

1. A truly fantastic mirror

The bathroom of the future, like the anything of the future, will have a brain of its own. Only a battle of intelligence among the smartest of your smart objects can crown the room’s thought leader, but we like the odds of Kohler’s Verdera Voice lighted mirror, equipped with Amazon’s Alexa. Mirror, mirror, on the wall: How do you say “I love you” in Japanese? Also, we need more hand soap, thank you.

2. Serums on ice

It is almost irrelevant that some skin-care products last longer under Arctic conditions, according to San Diego dermatologist Melanie Palm, because the sensation of applying cooled liquid to skin is just about as good as it gets. Built-in skin-care fridges, like Perlick’s 15-inch chilled drawer, subtly inform snooping guests of your new standard of living, so you don’t have to.

3. Techy fixtures

DXV’s 3D-printed faucets are made from alloy and give the impression that one is washing their hands via magic instead of pipework. And if fixture company Moen has its way, our bathroom faucets may soon dispense water at pre-programmed temperatures.

4. Our daily schvitz

If a wellness object is evaluated by its effectiveness, but penalized by the amount of pseudoscience needed to bolster its effects, the sauna ranks high. A study by an alternative-medicine journal recently claimed sauna use has positive results, including for heart health, but much more research is needed. A shower that doubles as a sauna, like Gruppo Geromin’s Ethos, turns sweating into a regular ritual.

5. A real soaksperience

Unlike other tub purveyors, the minds behind the curvilinear BainUltra bath actually recommend you bring your smartphone in with you. How else will you activate its chromatherapy function? The centuries-old “color therapy” is said to rebalance energy in the body, kind of like acupuncture (but without all the clinical studies behind it).

6. Privy training

Do you need to go one, two, or three sets of 10? Bathroom oracles, like those at home design firm Scavolini, foresee more gym elements in bathing spaces, especially as virtual fitness classes continue to boom. Scavolini’s ladder-like Gym Space (with fitness attachments such as traction bars) can also display candles and linens.

7. A state-of-the-art place to sit

A bizarre side effect of the coronavirus pandemic: North Americans are ready to embrace the bidet. One day, panic-purchasing reams of toilet paper will be a distant memory, and we’ll retire to our Toto Neorest NX2s, with their heated seats and air deodorizer.

Looking to give your bathroom a futuristic vibe? Try adding one (or all!) of these pieces to your space:

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Bain Ultra Evanescence Oval Thermomasseur Tub

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DXV Shadowbrook Bathroom 3D Faucet

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As part of our Future of Beauty issue, we partnered with Wired to explore the technologies of tomorrow and how they’ll shape the way we live.


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