Advances in home tech are moving at breakneck speed, from fridges that can announce when you’re out of milk and doorbells that vet visitors for you, to home lighting systems that create the perfect ambience for work, play and everything in-between.
Now, with the invention of smart mirrors, we can no longer be in doubt. The future is here.
Feeling akin to the fairytale classic, these mirrors are souped-up versions of the Snow White fable. Think rolling news, streaming on demand, and weather and transport updates. You can even sync them with your calendar to see your day’s events while you’re brushing your teeth.
And, if you’re thinking they’re home essentials for billionaires only, think again. There are plenty of models in affordable price ranges, allowing you to access a wealth of info at your fingertips. Others are invaluable home safety tools, fitted with an SOS feature that allows you to summon help by voice commands: handy if you slip or fall in the bath. They all come fitted with LEDs so you can see every inch in perfect lighting.
According to research by HomeEdit.com, searches for ‘smart mirrors’ have surged a whopping 84 per cent, and are among the most appealing home technologies for mortgage-payers in 2021.
Others include Japanese-style and self-cleaning loos (ah, the dream of never touching a toilet brush again!), smart showers and sanitising bathroom accessories like automatic soap dispensers.
We’ve checked out the smartest mirrors for your bathroom to shop now.
Frameless Bathroom Smart TV Mirror - Large
Available from as little as £199, there are framed mirrors - ideal in bedrooms or hallways - and frameless designs that work well in bathrooms, My Smart Mirror has a number of designs to choose from. They can be paired with systems like Amazon Alexa and Google and can cast news, updates and entertainment through a phone app. Link it up to your smart watch and get up-to-date info on your steps and calories through the mirror.
Soulaca 22 inch Touchscreen Smart Mirror TV
A mirror and TV in one, this is a true bathroom investment to take your simple grooming routine to the next level. The waterproof design looks like a mirror when switched off, but turns into a wetroom TV, with the ability to stream Netflix and YouTube while you soak in the tub. Speakers finish the effect. Requires WiFi-connectivity.
Warmiehomy LED Bathroom Mirror with Lights
Make foggy mirrors a thing of the past with this design, which has a built-in demister as well as incorporated energy-saving LED lights and a clock. Measuring 70 x 50 x 4.5cm, the frameless design is the perfect over-sink addition - although it would smarten up any other areas in the house too.
simplehuman sensor mirror, brushed stainless steel
This cordless mirror lights up when it sees your face, a cheering and helpful feature that will allow you to see your reflection effortlessly. The LED tru-lux light system mimics sunlight - even when it’s lacking outside your window - allowing you to see your makeup in true colour. There’s a 5x magnification and it’s super long-lasting: one charge will see you through five weeks.
GeoSmartPro AirLit - Multipurpose Smart Fan, Ring Light and Mirror
We’re spending more time in front of screens than ever: if we’re not watching telly or working on computers, we’re appearing on them on Zoom and other video calling services. Seeing yourself on screen can be distracting, not least because of poor lighting. AirLift offers a solution with a triple pronged approach - this portable gadget is not only a ringlight and mirror but a fan too, allowing you to look for music video-finest at any hour. Set on an adjustable tripod with various light settings, it’s perfect for anyone with a diary full of online meetings or beauty vlogs to record.
With rolling news, notifications and streaming capabilities, our top pick for your bathroom update comes from My Smart Mirror. Positioned over your sink, it’s a piece of luxury tech that will upgrade mornings and evening grooming routines. On reflection, a pretty Smart investment.