Smart Home Trends That Will Help Streamline Your Life

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At Bender, we believe that your home should feel like your own personal sanctuary. As your place of refuge, it should both reflect your style and allow you the space to rest and recharge. And since many of us are spending more time at home now than we have before, your comfort should be paramount. Below, we’ve listed a few upgrades that can take parts of your routine and make them more enjoyable or increase your everyday products’ ease of use. Read on for a few of our favorites.


This beautiful mirror offers the best of both worlds when it comes to aesthetics and smart technology. With a touch of a button, it can become an entertainment center of sorts. With a touchscreen display that “appears” on the mirror when it’s turned on, you can use it to sync to your device and listen to music or podcasts or to catch up on the news. Since it works with most any device, you can use the mirror to access your apps, meaning you can set the tone of your whole home from the mirror itself. Simply turn this capability off, and the mirror looks just like a “normal” mirror in your bathroom.


The Kohler Konnect application is a must if your home features many Kohler smart products. From bathtubs and showers to faucets and water filters, you can control various aspects of your home through the app on your device.

With their DTV+ shower options, you can create a real spa-like feel right in your home by controlling temperature, massage, music, steam, and lighting. And with Kohler’s smart toilet seats, you can heat your toilet seat as well. With a few simple clicks, prepare your bathroom for your morning or evening routine. We’re all for that feeling of luxury in your everyday life.

Kohler’s options for smart kitchen products also help improve the ease of cooking, baking or prep work. With options like their smart faucets that are voice-activated and can therefore “hear” you ask them for specific amounts of water, your sink can become a near-sous chef.


Give your thermostat an easy “glow-up” with a smart thermostat. Smart thermostats learn your routine and adjust your home’s temperature to your preferred setting. The Honeywell Lyric T5, for example, will automatically heat or cool your home so that you experience ultimate comfort. It also uses geofencing technology with your smart phone to prepare your space for your arrival. Instead of getting up from the couch when you’re comfortably watching a movie, adjust the temperature right from your phone. Not to mention, the Lyric T5 is an ENERGY STAR Certified Wi-Fi thermostat, so you can rest easy knowing that it’s helping keep your energy costs down.

These upgrades or additions can take your home from a house to a place that feels like a personalized refuge for you and your family. From a bathroom that feels spa-like to automated temperature settings, integrating technology into your space can give your space a much-appreciated sense of luxury.