Integrators are already bringing wellness solutions to the bathroom with human-centric lighting solutions, so why not extend that to the bathtub itself? Industry leader Kohler is doing exactly that with its new Stillness Bath, a $16,000 experiential wellness bathtub that incorporates not just the water, but also light, fog and scent.
At Digital CES 2021, the company also showcased its Innate intelligent toilet, a touchless faucet, and announced a partnership with Phyn, a water leak detection monitoring company.
The Kohler Stillness Bath draws its inspiration from Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, according to the company. The homeowner can transform their normal humdrum bath in a spa-like experience and a “sanctuary for wellbeing” using elements of light, fog and aroma, says Kohler.
Uniquely, the Kohler Still Bath fills with water from the bottom of the bathtub, and it is designed to have the water overflow into the Hinoki wood moat to create a soothing sound. The tub is surrounded by full-spectrum lighting for what Kohler calls “a chromatherapy experience” using human-centric lighting control.
The tub also emits fog that can envelope the surface of the Stillness Bath. Finally, essential oils can be added into the bath’s experience tower to emit invigorating aromas “to stimulate the senses and promote focus.”
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Available in 2021, the Stillness Bath comes with a hefty price tag in various configurations, ranging in price from $6,198 to $15,998.
“As we grow our leadership in smart home innovation, our products make it possible for consumers to easily enjoy the advantages of touchless and connected experiences, without adding clutter or complexity to their spaces,” said David Kohler, President and CEO of Kohler Co. “We believe there is a delicate balance when it comes to technology in the home – and will continue pioneering opportunities for seamless control in the bathroom and kitchen with an eye toward gracious living and wellbeing.”
Kohler $3,100 Intelligent Toilet
Besides the Stillness Bath, Kohler unveiled at Digital CES 2021 its new $3,100 Innate Intelligent Toilet. Innate is the newest addition to Kohler’s portfolio of intelligent products. The Innate includes many of the same comfort, convenience, and cleanliness features featured in its more expensive Numi smart toilet, but at a more affordable price. Innate includes a heated seat, auto open and close, intuitive remote, and personal bidet functionality. Further, as many homeowners look for more DIY projects, Innate features Kohler’s Ready-Lock installation.
Needless to say, touchless faucets have almost become ubiquitous since the outbreak of COVID-19. Kohler has debuted its new touchless bathroom faucet with embedded sensors as well as a remote puck that allows for a retrofit solution add-on to any Kohler single control bathroom faucet.
Lastly, the company announced a new partnership with Phyn. Kohler will launch two co-branded products with Phyn in 2021 – the Kohler Whole Home Water Monitor Powered by Phyn – a DIY unit and a Pro version with an automatic shut off.
Both products leverage Phyn’s patented, high-definition pressure wave analysis to monitor water flow to immediately notify a homeowner if a leak is detected anywhere in the home and to provide detailed insights into how each fixture uses water. The DIY version mounts under a single sink and can be installed by a homeowner. The Pro variation is installed at a water main, either inside or outside the home, and can mitigate costly damage through an automatic water shutoff feature.
Kohler also announced its collection of Kohler Konnect voice-activated and touchless kitchen faucets now offers a “wash hand” command that walks consumers through the recommended steps for proper handwashing, activating the water for wetting and rinsing, along with audible guides for lathering and cleaning. Also, Kohler Power is launching a voice feature that allows homeowners to access and activate functions of their standby generators through simple voice commands. Individuals can easily check on their Kohler generator through smart devices.