Written by: Cara Clayton (VP of Showrooms, Wholesale Plumbing Supply)
20 years ago it seemed far fetched that one could lay in their bed and have the ability to start their shower. Not only can they start their shower from anywhere in their home, but they can set their preferred temperature, the duration, what features should be running, music, lights and so on. Yet here we are, 20 years later and that is just where we are. Digital, better yet, digital showering experiences.
I recently worked with a client who was a night-shift anesthesiologist and truly valued the amount of sleep she was able to receive. Her lifestyle dictated her bathroom remodel. It was a priority for her that she could voice control Alexa to start her shower from her bed; giving her a few minutes to simply lay there while the shower warmed up to her chosen settings and then pause it until she steps in. Digital showering can seem complicated, scary in the fact that water is working beside electric. It’s not, these manufacturers, Kohler and Moen to name a few, have gone through extensive research to make sure each system is as easy as possible to set up, keep updated and user-friendly. Users have the ability, depending on the system, to set personal preferences with their showering components such as rain showers, body sprays, handheld features along with steam showers, lighting and music features. The ability to connect on so many sensory levels creates a relaxing and therapeutic atmosphere providing an energetic morning shower or a relaxing evening moment. As Kohler phrases it, “start my morning shower” to “start chill-time”, users can program a home spa customizable to you designed to relax muscles, energize your mood, or unwind to clear your mind.
As I mentioned before, there are varieties of digital showering. From a basic two function watering option only, to a fully loaded lights-sound-water and so much more. The consultants at Premier Plumbing Studio have been working with manufacturers throughout the years and have seen exciting new features added, redesigns for easy user presets and the overall benefits of digital showering experiences. Digital showering has not only become a highly demanded product but manufacturers are working with the levels of experience and how that affects your pocketbook. And the best part is there really is digital for almost all budgets! Digital showering also creates a streamlined and less cluttered showering look. Homeowners are researching not only how they want their shower to perform but what they want it to look like. With digital systems, it eliminates those added extra valves and controls that can clutter a beautifully tiled shower with essentially a single control panel giving you a smart, seamless, stunning shower.