“Alexa, turn on the shower”: a command made possible by the U by Moen Shower 2-Outlet Digital Shower Controller in beige or black ($733.72-$734.74 with required thermostatic digital shower valve, amazon.com). Recommended by designer Kadlec, the tool allows shower control from voice, phone or controller. Set a time for your shower, start and pause to control water use, and control the temperature. It’s also available with four outlets.
Although Kirsten Gable, a kitchen and bath designer at Maryland-based Anthony Wilder Design/Build, has ordered Toto’s new Drake Washlet+ S500E toilet for projects, she knows the $2,035 cost can be prohibitive. The Drake features rear and front wash, a deodorizer, adjustable water temperature and a heated seat, as well as a super-effective flush; however, “Toto offers simpler models for less,” she says, including the Washlet Electric Bidet Seat ($366, homedepot.com). A control panel adjusts water pressure, temperature and position. The seat is heated, and the lid closes softly. The seat also includes a warm air dryer and air deodorizer.
Sticklers of cleanliness, rejoice: A portable toothbrush sanitizer is now available to sterilize toothbrushes between uses. The MAXOAK UV Toothbrush Sanitizer Case ($29.99, maxoak.net) “is a really convenient way to help keep it germ free and it only take three minutes,” interior designer Coccaro said in an email.
The Sensor Mirror Hi-Fi 8” Round from Simplehuman has five-times magnification for makeup application or shaving ($400, nordstrom.com). “I just love that it turns on upon approach and simulates natural sunlight,” says Tracy Morris, an interior designer in McLean, Va. “In this latest version, you can apply your makeup and complete other tasks in the room with Alexa.”
Casey Hardin, North Carolina-based designer for Decorist, recommends hands-free (and thus, germ-free) faucets, such as the Zura Single Handle Touch2O Vessel Bathroom Faucet ($532.67, build.com) by Delta. Once only for commercial bathrooms, these faucets are making their way into homes. Turn water on and off manually with a light touch to the spout or handle or by placing hands near the faucet. It uses 20 percent less water than industry-standard faucets.
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