Kohler’s CES 2021 bathroom designs include touchless toilets and a $16,000 tub

This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

CES 2021 kicks off as a virtual event on Monday, but some companies are already offering a peek at their brand-new products. Kohler is ringing in 2021 with a host of new smart kitchen and bath products ranging from a smart water monitor to a $16,000 tub. 

We’ve seen smart toilets and voice-controlled faucets from the established manufacturer in years past, and this year the focus lands squarely on relaxing and home and keeping our hands free from germ-ridden surfaces as much as possible. 

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Stillness Bath

If you’d rather buy a bathtub than a used car, Kohler’s stillness bath might be right up your alley. This square tub combines light, fog and aromatherapy to create a spa-like experience at home. 

The bath is based on the practice of Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water fills from the bottom of the bath and overflows into a Hinoki wood moat. The tub is surrounded by lighting, but that’s not all. You can also choose to envelop the surface of your bath with a fog and add essential oils for aromatherapy. 

The Stillness Bath will be available this year in configurations ranging from $6,198 to $15,998 fully loaded. 

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Touchless Bathroom Faucet

If there’s anything a global pandemic taught us, it’s that touching stuff is not the best for personal hygiene, especially in the bathroom. Kohler released the Sensate touchless kitchen faucet in 2019, and this new bathroom-focused model offers the same hands-free interaction. Two styles will be available, one with built-in sensing in the faucet itself and another with a button beside the faucet. 

Pricing isn’t available yet, but Kohler says we should see the touchless bathroom faucet come to market by the end of 2021.

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Innate Intelligent Toilet

This intelligent toilet doesn’t technically have any smart home integrations, but it is pretty jam packed with extra features at a lower (but still expensive) price than the company’s previous intelligent toilets. Innate includes a heated seat, auto opening and closing, a remote, as well as a personal bidet function. Kohler also says you can install the toilet yourself thanks to its DIY-friendly ReadyLock design.

The Innate Intelligent Toilet will be available this summer with an MSRP of $3,100. 

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Touchless Toilet

Kohler is adding more touchless toilets to its portfolio for 2021, bringing us two new styles costing $600 and $1,000. A sensor in the flush lever of the toilet flushes with the wave of your hand. A built-in LED light can be customized through the Kohler app. Both of these toilets are slated for release in March of this year. I’ve never been so excited about a touchless bathroom as I am after living through 2020.

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Kohler-Phyn Smart Water Monitor

Perhaps the most affordable and

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And then There’s this Apartment with a Tub in the Kitchen

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The standard pre-war tenement layout included a bathtub in the kitchen. It made sense, as this was the central location of plumbing.

The phenomenon began with the advent of plumbing in city tenements between 1901 and 1905. With bathhouses no longer necessary to wash up, the kitchen became central. The tub here made sense given the location of pipes and sheer space, as well as proximity to stove for hot water. Plus, it doubled as a sink; or wooden boards for dining table.

In some ways, these architectural relics reach a certain novelty status. Some call the shower-in-the-kitchen listing a unicorn of city real estate. Any time one is listed for rent, news stories surely follow. Like this one.

For instance, there was a studio apartment for rent at 164 Mott Street with the kitchen tub. It lasted a few weeks on the market at the bargain price of $1,800 per month, before being rented for $1,599, according to Streeteasy.

And then there is this particular apartment at 27 Orchard Street, which even goes so far as masking the kitchen shower in an elegant chamber. So your naughty bits are obscured when there is company in the kitchen.

What are you willing to pay for one of these relics?

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$789K Lemont Home With Gourmet Kitchen, Hot Tub Room

LEMONT, IL — This Lemont home in Mayfair Estates was built in 2008. The home offers 4,400 square feet with five bedrooms, four full and one half bath. Some other features of the home include: two-story foyer, gourmet kitchen, wet bar, first-floor office and a hot tub room.

  • Address: 12880 Mayfair Dr, Lemont, Illinois
  • Price: $789,900
  • Square Feet: 4445
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 2008
  • Features: Spectacular, CUSTOM residence located in highly sought after Mayfair Estates. Impressive architectural design accented with stone/brick construction and lush, mature landscaping. Welcoming two story foyer with a grand staircase and elegant chandelier. Formal living room with a beautiful bay window and decorative tray ceilings. Formal dining room offers the perfect space to entertain on a grand scale with gleaming hardwood flooring. Stunning two story great room with soaring ceilings and awe inspiring floor to ceiling fireplace with custom mill work. Massive gourmet kitchen features custom cabinetry, large island/breakfast bar seating, granite counter tops stainless steel appliances, range hood and an amazing wet bar with additional cabinetry for any home essentials. Quaint eating area with access to expansive deck perfect for entertaining. First floor office with french doors, coffered ceilings and wall to wall custom built ins. Lovely master suite with vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring and expansive walk in closet space. Luxurious master bath with whirlpool tub, separate shower and custom dual vanities. Three additional bedrooms on the second level, two bedrooms share a jack and jill bathroom and the third has it’s own full private bathroom with huge walk in shower. PLUS a MASSIVE BONUS ROOM on the second level with vaulted ceilings and a WOW factor. FULL finished lower level boasts recreation area, 5th bedroom, family area with CUSTOM STONE wall to wall fireplace, workout area, FULL bathroom, hot tub room, which is the ultimate space for relaxation and exterior access. Lemont High School is a National Blue Ribbon School Conveniently located near parks/playgrounds, shopping, expressways, dining and more. Call for your private showing today. Unbelievable finished square footage for the price. Schedule your appointment for a private showing today.

This listing originally appeared on realtor.com. For more information and photos, click here.

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Gran, 57, found dead in garden hot tub after moving to Wales to start dream life closer to her family

A GRAN was found dead in her hot tub after moving to Wales to start her dream life closer to her family.

Shopkeeper Mandy Pugh, 57, had enjoyed spending time in the garden tub with her husband Lee.

Mandy Pugh, pictured second from left, shut up her grocery shop to move 200 miles away with husband Lee before she was found dead in the couple's hot tub

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Mandy Pugh, pictured second from left, shut up her grocery shop to move 200 miles away with husband Lee before she was found dead in the couple’s hot tubCredit: MEDIA WALES
Lee described his wife as "the life and soul of the party" as an inquest into her death opened

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Lee described his wife as “the life and soul of the party” as an inquest into her death openedCredit: Wales News Service
The couple had moved to idyllic Porthcawl in Wales to be closer to family

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The couple had moved to idyllic Porthcawl in Wales to be closer to familyCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But on the night of September 11, he went inside to watch TV.

He returned to discover his wife face-down in the water, an inquest heard today.

A coroner heard hardworking Mandy had recently moved to the seaside town of Porthcawl, South Wales, to be closer to family.

The couple had shut up the grocery shop they ran together in Penmaenmawr, North Wales, to make the 200-mile move.

Mandy was pronounced dead at the scene after the tragedy.

Husband Lee said: “At the start of the year we moved. We closed our shop we had kept as we wanted to be closed to family.

“She was the life and soul of the party.

“She knew loads of people and everyone that knew her loved her. She was always happy.

“Her granddaughter was the apple of her eye.”

No provisional cause of death was given in the post-mortem carried out by pathologist Jason Shannon.

Assistant coroner David Regan adjourned the inquest in Pontypridd, South Wales, until October next year.

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