If there’s one thing it’s impossible to ignore in 2019, it’s voice assistants and “smart” gadgets. Whether you’re asking Alexa to remind you about an appointment, or telling Siri to switch off your bedroom lights, voice assistants certainly seem like they’re here to stay. With that in mind, we at The Whirlpool Bath Shop thought it would make sense to create a guide for using these assistants – and other smart gadgets – in the bathroom. After all, if Alexa, Siri, and Google Home are helping in other rooms of the house, why not the bathroom too?
We’ll also take a look at a few other smart innovations which are ideal for the bathroom. All set? Then let’s dive in.
Installing voice assistants in the bathroom
Before we look at specific uses for voice assistants, let’s first learn about how best to install the assistant units themselves in your bathroom. Because there’s naturally going to be a lot of liquid and moisture around, it’s a good idea to know whether or not the voice assistant you have in mind is appropriate for use in the bathroom. Here’s how things shake out for the most popular smart assistants in 2019:
Bringing music into the bathroom with smart functionality
One of the best ways to truly unwind when you’re soaking in the tub is with your favourite music. Historically, it’s not been an easy task to make this happen (mobile phone in a glass to create a makeshift speaker, anyone?) but the age of smart devices means it’s now as easy as asking for it. Once you’ve got your smart assistant set up, you’ll be free to invest in one of the many Bluetooth-enabled smart speaker systems – like those offered by Sonos. These systems aren’t just voice assistant-enabled, they’re also totally wireless, meaning you’re able to place the speaker in the most convenient (or perhaps the driest) spot in your bathroom. From there, you simply kick back, relax, then ask Alexa to play your “Leave me alone I’m trying to take a bath” playlist on the bathroom speaker – no buttons or dials required!
Set the perfect mood with smart lighting in the bathroom
If you’ve not yet experienced the futuristic wonders of smart lighting, there’s no better time than now. With options like the Philips Hue range, you can control any light in your home right from your phone – or your voice assistant. All you need to do is replace the lightbulb in your bathroom with one of these smart bulbs and Bob’s your uncle – voice-controlled lights from the comfort of your bathtub! Even better, depending on the type of smart bulb you choose, you’ll be able to dim the lights or change the colour to any hue you can imagine. Many of these bulbs even come with presets to help you relax, focus, and so on. With smart lighting in the bathroom, you’re never more than a single sentence away from setting the perfect mood.
Keep your room and water temperature in perfect balance
Smart central heating systems are one of the most popular additions to homes in 2019, with more and more installed each day. With options available from brands like Hive and Nest, the concept is more or less the same for both: you can control essential home heating functions from your phone and, by extension, via a smart voice assistant. The most common use for these smart systems is to control the thermostat to warm rooms, but they can also be used to turn your home’s hot water on or off whenever you need it. Thinking about having a dip in your whirlpool bath later but not sure if there’s enough hot water? A quick word to Alexa and the Hive or Nest system will be able to flick the hot water on for you wherever you are. That’s pretty darned futuristic, if you ask us!
Catch up on your favourite movies and TVs the smart way… from the tub
The core concept behind all of these smart devices really comes down to convenience, and what could be more convenient than immersing yourself in a wonderfully bubbly whirlpool bath while catching up on your favourite TV shows or seeing the latest Netflix hit film? With the right voice-enabled smart gadget, it’s possible! In this case, your best option would be a TV designed expressly for use in the bathroom – like the waterproof TVs offered by Sarason. Simply plug in an Amazon Firestick and you’ll enable full voice control via the Amazon Echo. These pluggable USB sticks are a great way to turn any TV into a smart device, but they also offer the benefit of being controllable entirely by your voice. One word to Alexa (from your comfy position in the tub) and your bathroom TV will be able to show you everything from old classics to the essential watercooler shows.
3 essential tips for setting up a voice-controlled smart bathroom
Before you dive in and start getting Alexa, Siri, or Google all set up in your bathroom, we’ve got three things you should consider.
If you’d to dip your toe into the world of smart devices in the bathroom, a great first step is to check out our range of smart bathroom products. Have a specific question? Call our team today on 0800 028 61874 to discover how easy it could be to integrate voice assistants and smart gadgets into your bathroom in no time at all.