9 smart bathroom products to take your health and hygiene into the future
We’re all already living in the future, but we use technology in some aspects of our daily lives more than others. To whit: You’ve probably had a smartphone and a smart TV for years, and you may even have smart lighting and a smart thermostat… but how smart is your bathroom? Here are the best smart bathroom products to take your morning routine into the 31st century.
What are the best smart bathroom scales?
Americans have gotten a lot smarter — and more obsessive — about their health over the last couple of decades. But it’s not just a question of weight loss; more and more of us are watching our body fat, building muscle, and keeping both in healthy proportion. Fitness trackers have gone a long way to helping average Joes and Janes keep their eyes on all the metrics, and smart bathroom scales have come along in recent years to integrate seamlessly with those apps. You have plenty of options with various price points.
If you’re looking to get your feet wet in the smart scale game, the Eufy Smart Scale C1 is an excellent option at an entry-level price. For less than $20, it’s a Bluetooth-connected scale that measures weight (up to 400 pounds), body fat, BMI, muscle mass and other metrics, and it pairs with your Apple Health, Google Fit or Fitbit account to track it all.
For a more deluxe option, the INEVIFIT Eros Bluetooth Smart Body Fat Scale is a beast of a smart scale that not only integrates with your health apps and measures your body composition along 12 metrics, it also measures your basal metabolic rate and recommends how many calories you should be eating as you make progress toward your health goals. It’s also got one of the more eye-catching designs we’ve seen.
If you really want to go for the gold, the FitBit Aria 2 is the Cadillac of smart scales. It doesn’t come cheap, but it does come packed with features. In addition to tracking weight and body mass, it also measures body fat and lean mass; it provides charts and graphs of your data and progress; it allows multiple users to track their data separately; and, with its Wi-Fi capability, it syncs easily and seamlessly with your smartphone and health tracker apps.
What are the best electric toothbrushes?
After all these years, you’re not still brushing with a manual toothbrush, are you? You might as well be scraping your teeth with a stick. We’re 20 years into the 21st century now, so it’s past time to upgrade to an electric toothbrush at least, if not something even fancier and more feature-rich.
But OK. Baby steps. If you’re looking to buy an electric toothbrush, there are a lot of options. We like the Perfect Smile E-Brush by CRI Naturals, which features five brushing modes (daily cleaning mode, daily care mode, gum nursing mode, massage mode, and deep clean mode), a pressure sensor to warn you if you’re brushing too hard, and a timer to make sure you’re brushing for long enough without having to sing “Happy Birthday to You” six times or whatever.
Looking for more of a classic electric toothbrush? You really can’t go wrong with the tried-and-true Oral-B Pro 1000. Oral-B was the company that introduced the now common oscillating rotating electric toothbrush to the market back in the 1990s. So there’s plenty of trusted history behind the brand. The Pro 1000 features a brushing timer and a pressure sensor, and its popularity means there are less expensive, generic replacement heads available as alternatives to the official, brand-name ones.
But if you really want to get high-tech, you need a smart toothbrush. Did you think electric power was top of the pyramid for adding bells and whistles to the simple stick-and-bristles design of the manual toothbrush? Guess what: You were dead wrong. Bluetooth toothbrushes take dental hygiene to the next level. The Philips Sonicare ExpertClean 7300, for one, features not only multiple brushing modes, timers and pressure sensors, but connects to an app that tracks your brushing habits over time.
What are the best smart toilets and bidets?
We know why you’re really here. Toothbrushes and scales are all well and good, but there’s one true centerpiece of any bathroom. And, despite the room’s name, it’s really not the bath. We’re talking about the toilet, the most simply human device in anyone’s home. But that doesn’t mean your toilet must be simple. If you’re looking to upgrade your commode, read on.
If you’re on a budget, you can get started with a simple attachment that adds a bidet — the essential feature of any upgraded toilet — to your existing toilet and toilet seat. Brondell has a few models at different price points, but what we like about the Brondell FreshSpa Comfort+ Dual Temp Bidet Attachment is that, crucially, it allows you to choose between cold and warm water for its bidet instead of only cold, to keep that booty both clean and comfortable.
For a mid-range option, the Toto Washlet C100 is a popular smart toilet seat. It’ll cost you a few hundred dollars, but think of how much nicer its features sound compared to cold porcelain: a bidet feature with aerated, warm water and dual-action oscillating spray; adjustable water temperature and volume for your personal comfort; an automatic air deodorizer and Toto’s PREMIST technology to keep your toilet clean; and, of course, a heated seat.
If you have the cash and don’t want to skimp, you can bypass smart seats and seat attachments and splurge on an entire smart toilet. The OVE Decors Virtuoso Smart Toilet will run you well over $1,000. That’s a lot of scratch for a commode. But is there too high a price for comforts and conveniences in this area of your life? A true throne, the Virtuoso comes with automatic flushing; a bidet with a drying function; an LED night light; deodorization function; and adjustable water, dryer and seat temperature settings. That’s one fancy turlet.