5 Smart Kitchen and Bath Products to Help Keep a Healthy Home
January 14, 2021
Text by Kristin Amico
New Englanders are settling into winter routines and looking for ways to create clean, healthy, and cozy homes. In this pursuit, consumers want hands-free and eco-friendly products for the kitchen and bathroom.
To help guide us through the latest, must-have healthy home products, we spoke to Donna Zinckmoore, Director of Retail Operations at Splash, an interactive design center in Newton, Massachusetts, that showcases the top styles in bath and kitchen design.
“At Splash, we’re seeing a lot of new smart-home technology when it comes to kitchen and bath products. There is high demand for touchless products that you can tap to turn on and off, as well as models that operate with a wave of the hand or your voice,” notes Zinckmoore.
What Questions Should You Ask When Shopping for Smart Kitchen and Bath Fixtures?
Before jumping in and swapping out every fixture in the house, here’s what to consider when choosing hands-free, eco-friendly options that also deliver convenience and added design elements to your home.
- How long does it run before it shuts off on its own?
- Does it waste water?
- Does it require electricity or does it run off a battery?
- How long has it been on the market?
With that in mind, here are the top kitchen and bath products Zinckmoore recommends for 2021.
The Kohler Konnect Smart Products
“The Kohler Konnect line is one of the best on the market for smart-home technology. The voice activation, which is compatible with most systems, makes it easy for the user, and it can do everything from filling up a pot in the kitchen to setting the temperature of your shower,” notes Zinckmoore.
Why she likes it: The Konnect smart products transform your bathroom into soothing self-care retreats using light, sound, color, and water. They are also compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s HomeKit for voice-enabled usage. For the kitchen, the sensate faucet acts as an assistant. Say what you need and receive measured amounts of water directly into your container of choice.
The Duravit SensoWash
For an upgrade in the bathroom that looks good from a design perspective and helps keep the room—and its inhabitants—clean, bidets are becoming increasingly popular in bathrooms across the country. The latest space-saving designs combine bidets and toilets.
Why she likes it: It’s a cost-friendly, remote-controlled toilet-bidet combination that offers hygiene with a sleek, modern design. Features include a soft-close lid, night-light, child safety lock, and optional heated seat. This might be our favorite bathroom upgrade for cold winters.
U by Moen Smart Faucet
Handwashing got an upgrade in 2020, as everyone focused on ways to keep hands clean. This faucet takes the guesswork out of best health practices.
Why she likes it: The voice-activated faucet has a preset to run water at the precise temperature that is most effective for handwashing. In addition, it pauses for twenty seconds so you can lather your hands with soap, before turning back on for a complete rinse. It’s also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant—letting you go completely hands-free.
For active kitchens where the whole family gathers, washes up, and cooks, faucets play a big role. The most popular ones help with everything from limiting cross-contamination to ensuring that water is the right temperature for all the hands, big and small, that use it.
Why she likes it: It delivers equal parts aesthetic and functional design. The Brizo SmartTouch lets you to activate water flow with a simple touch to the faucet body, spout, or handle. There’s also an LED light that changes color as the temperature changes.
With a large range of styles, from rustic farmhouse to industrial chic, Delta smart faucets offer something for everyone.
Why she likes it: The Delta Touch2O faucets have a wide range of features, from smart flow to safety considerations, that make them popular with homeowners. A light touch anywhere on the spout with a wrist or forearm activates the flow of water at the temperature your faucet handle is set. It will also shut off after a few minutes of inactivity, for those times that kids—or busy adults—turn it on and then get distracted.
Splash is located at 244 Needham St Ste 4 in Newton, Massachusetts. Their sister location, Spritzo, has showrooms located in Clinton, Connecticut; Middletown, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; Saco, Maine, and Worcester, Massachusetts.
Visit splashsprtizo.com to learn more.