Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Kohler’s long-acclaimed PerfectFill technology is finally here, and exhausted parents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief. The company announced this week the availability of its smart bath technology at CES 2022, which lets you fill a bathtub with a simple voice command. So if you’re cooking downstairs and want the kiddie pool going, you can ask Alexa or Google to run the tub for you.

PerfectFill consists of a drain kit and a digital valve that work together to bring the bath to the desired temperature and depth. So you don’t have to worry about flooding the bathroom anymore because you forgot that the junior is flowing or cooking when they jump in the bath.

The PerfectFill digital wall controller controls the system.
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Bath time can be controlled by the Kohler Konnect app, as well as by voice, and there’s the option to program up to 10 different bath times so everyone in the house can have a good time (even Fido).

PerfectFill doesn’t just fill, you can also empty the bath with a voice or app command.

However, all this control will cost you. PerfectFill starts at $2,700; that does not include a Kohler spout and a compatible Kohler tub. It also needs to be professionally installed. PerfectFill can be ordered from 2022.

The Stillness Bath is an immersive smart bathtub that starts at $8,000.
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If that’s not enough tech for your bath time, Kholer’s Stillness Bath, which was teased at CES last year, will be on sale in 2022.

The smart bath experience starts at $8,000 and incorporates that PerfectFill technology into a smart bathtub that combines water, light, mist and aroma to create a “spa-like home experience,” Kohler said.

The Purist Suspend brings Bluetooth remote control (also pictured) to your kitchen faucet while clearing the clutter on the counter.
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If an $8,000 smart hot tub still isn’t enough, you can kick it up a notch with the Infinity Experience model, which adds the option to let the water flow over the edges and into a hinoki wood base, adding that trickling waterfall sound. your relaxing experience.

The entire system is controlled by the Kohler Konnect app, and the inexpensive $8,000 freestanding bath will be available in Q1 2022. The other models will arrive in Q3, with pricing to be announced.

For more hands-free water control, Kohler is also introducing a kitchen faucet that hangs from the ceiling and is controlled by a waterproof, battery-operated Bluetooth puck. The Purist Suspend can be operated with the puck-shaped remote control to turn the faucet on and off and adjust the temperature.

The main concept here – other than being a statement piece – is to reduce counter clutter. With Suspend, your kitchen faucet is no longer in the way when you’re doing the dishes (was it really once?). The tap hangs from the ceiling and can be rotated 180 degrees.

Also announced at CES 2021 and coming to market this year is Kohler’s smart water monitor, H2Wise powered by Phyn. The H2Wise and H2Wise Plus (a professionally installed version) launch in January for $400 and $667, respectively.

The H2Wise is a smart water monitor that can be installed by a homeowner. A pro-install version adds the ability to shut off the water remotely.
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The H2Wise Plus is installed on the main water line and can be set to shut off water via the app if a leak is detected. The H2Wise can be placed under a sink by a homeowner. Both units require a 110v / 220v power supply.

Both gadgets monitor water usage in every fixture in your home and can notify you of a water leak and help monitor water usage. A pre-freeze warning uses pressure sensing to warn you before a line freezes.

The H2Wise monitor is controlled by the Kohler Konnect app and can be paired with Alexa or Google voice assistants.

The Robern IQ Digital Lock Box is an app-controlled mini safe designed for bathroom cabinets.
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Other smart products that Kohler announced at CES 2022 include the Robern IQ Digital Lock Box – a smart lock box that fits into a bathroom cabinet for storing medicines and personal items. Designed for Robern cabinets, it can be adapted to be installed in any vanity.

The Digital Lock Box costs $449 and has a touchpad panel and an app (iOS and Android) to set and protect your password, view access logs, and receive alerts when the box is opened. Users can also set a schedule and add daily medication reminders.

Kohler’s new non-contact faucets for the bathroom are operated with a hand movement.
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Also in the bathroom space, Kohler is launching a line of Touchless residential bathroom faucets starting at $199 that you turn on and off with a flick of the hand. A twist cap controls the temperature and an automatic shut-off feature turns off the power after two minutes. The faucet also has a vacation mode and battery operation for easier installation.

Finally, the Kohler Power Reserve is a modular home energy storage system that can be combined with solar energy systems to store solar energy regardless of the weather, time of day or grid status. Using the Kohler Power Reserve mobile app to monitor and control the system, users can set the storage system to backup, self-sufficiency, run time, or custom. The price starts at $13,325 for a 10 kWh system.

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