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Go Hi-tech and Get Cool Gadgets for Your Bathroom
By Angela Kovalyak
Ahhh? the bathroom, a place of serenity, peace and relaxation. If your oasis doesn?t quite fit this description and you are in the process of planning a bathroom renovation or simply updating your existing fixtures, consider some of the cool bathroom gadgets that are on the market.
Although the bathroom is probably the last room in the house that comes to mind when you think of technological upgrades, high-tech bathroom gadgets are making a splash. From perfect temperature showers to home entertainment systems, you might be amazed by the available bathroom gadgets that give a whole new meaning to the concept of a luxurious master bath.
Shower and Bath Technology
Thanks to technology, stepping into a cold shower is no longer your only option. For custom settings, consider digital temperature controls for your bath or shower. These high-tech bathroom gadgets program water temperature. This means that you can customize how hot or cold you want your bath water to be?some systems allow different settings for different family members. You can even choose one that offers wireless access, allowing you to start your shower or bath from anywhere in the house. Just be aware that the more features, the pricier the product. In fact, some systems can easily cost a few thousand dollars and this doesn?t include installation. If a warm shower sounds appealing but you don?t want this much technology or expense, consider a temperature-controlled shower light. These cool bathroom gadgets shine blue to show cold water and red when water reaches approximately 89 degrees Fahrenheit. They are easy to install and usually cost less than $50.Towel-warming systems can be an easy and inexpensive way to go high-tech in your bath, thanks to a range of products and prices. Wall-mounted racks allow you to add a towel-warming feature without taking up floor space. Dual position, free-standing structures add a touch of elegance to any room.Visit your favorite home improvement store to view your options. The best part is that these high-tech features are easy to assemble and are ready for use the same day you bring them home.
Heated Floors and Toilet Seats
Stepping onto a cold tile floor may be one of the worst ways to wake up. However, you can add heated floors to your bathroom renovation. You can even install them yourself. In order to do this, you will need warming mats, coils or cables (some type of floor-heating element), a thermostat and any necessary tools to help you lay your new floor. For a few hundred dollars per 10 square feet, you can order heated floor kits online or purchase them from your local hardware store.
These kits include all necessary floor-heating materials, complete with installation instructions. Although this may save you money, it may not save you time. The heating elements may go in smoothly, but you still need to replace your floor. And this can be a lengthy process. If you want to skip this do-it-yourself upgrade, contact local flooring experts in your area. Get estimates and see if it would be more beneficial to have professionals install your new bathroom floor.
A heated toilet can be another cool (or, rather, warm) high-tech bathroom gadget. For around $100 you may never have to worry about sitting on a cold toilet seat again (well, at least not at home). These easy-to-install seats come complete with lid and plug. Some heated-seat manufacturers even allow you to choose hands-free flushing options and programmable power save modes. All you need to do is replace your old seat and lid with the new one and plug it in.
It?s true. You no longer need to miss the news or weather report while you are getting ready. One high-tech bathroom gadget designed to keep you informed and entertained is a combination mirror-television. When the television is turned off, you simply see the mirror.
Mirror Defoggers and Heaters
Although an awesome edition to any bathroom, it does come with a hefty price tag. Most units start well over the $1,000 mark. However, if this is a bathroom renovation must-have, be sure to choose a mirror with defoggers or heaters so you get a clear view even when the bathroom is steamy. On this same note, you may want to splurge and pay for professional installation.
This may help reduce the risk of glare and exposure to direct sunlight. On the other hand, if you want a more relaxing experience, you can choose a bathtub that comes complete with jets and a television. As might be expected, the price tags for these models are not for the faint of heart. If you do choose to indulge and have one installed in your master bath, don?t forget to order the (waterproof) remote control.
If you are in the process of a bathroom remodel, consider how you might be able to add cool gadgets into this renovation. True, these high-tech tools come with a price. However, a high-tech bathroom remodel can be a great way to increase the value of your home. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, you may even expect to get back close to 70% of your initial investment. Now that is a great reason to consider putting a little bit of money into your dream bathroom.
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