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3 Shower Sound Systems That Beat Your Clunky Old Radio

Waterproof sound systems for listening to radio and music in the shower have existed for decades. First came watertight radios. Waterproof CD players. And, of course, now folks listen via gadgets linked to smart phones within a wireless Bluetooth connection.

Wireless gadgets offer a major upgrade in the quality of both shower-based programming, and for a number of reasons. First, you are able to listen to a much wider range of content, such as live-streaming morning news programming. Second, you won’t miss any phone alerts, alerts or incoming calls. (One merchandise, detailed below, even lets you answer those calls.) And lastly, there’s the continuation variable — the shower sound can be a continuation of whatever you’re listening to before and after your shower. The great thing about Bluetooth is that any Bluetooth-capable device will connect.

Here are three low-cost and advanced options to the First World–est of issues: how to play audio and listen to the information while you’re in the shower.


Moxie Showerhead + Wireless Speaker – $199

The Kohler Moxie is easily the most peculiar shower-based sound system on the market, because the speaker is in the showerhead. The middle part of the mind is a magnetically attached, removable and rechargeable Bluetooth speaker. Should you need a speaker for dryer activities, there’s no reason you can not pop it from the showerhead and take it along with you.

The drawback is there are no controls on the speaker. You’ve got to get all that set before becoming in.

The speaker’s battery lasts more than seven hours on a charge, according to the manufacturer. You recharge it via a USB connector.

The Kohler Moxie is offered in white or chrome.

iShower – $99.99

The iShower is a water-resistant Bluetooth audio system which can connect to up to five phones or tablets streaming audio.

One intriguing feature is that iShower has the capability to connect with phones fairly far away — around 200 feet, according to the manufacturer. You ought to be able to leave your phone on the opposite side of the home playing, then once you turn on the iShower from the bathroom, you are going to pick up the sound flow.

Unlike the Moxie, the iShower has controls for volume, next track, pause and play.

Hipe Waterproof Bluetooth Shower Speaker – $69.99

The Hipe Waterproof Bluetooth Stereo Shower Speaker is a cheap, easy-to-use shower speaker. It doesn’t have to be installed like the Kohler Moxie, nor affixed like the iShower. On the contrary, it hooks on the shower nozzle like a clothes hanger. That makes it great for traveling or moving from 1 bathroom to another.

The Hipe’s battery is rechargeable; it lasts 25 hours on a fee, according to the company. The speaker is less watertight than others. It is not meant to be submerged in water but can handle normal shower splashing.

The Hipe does normal Bluetooth streaming of audio and other audio. But it also does something special: It functions as a speakerphone for phone calls.

That is right! Now when the phone rings, you can answer the call and have your conversation while you’re in the shower.

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Now Arriving a Playful Powder Room, on Network 2

Interior designer Lisa Konjicek-Segundo had worked on the rest of the grand house in the Gold Coast area of Alameda, California, over time, but somehow this outdated powder area evaded her touch until lately. “I returned to work on a few of their daughter’s chambers and told them it was high time we did something about it,” she says.

“My clients love New York City, so we chose to make it an ode to the city, with a industrial vibe and photography,” she describes. The powder room is quite a divergence from the more conventional style of the rest of the house. “Because the door swings out to the hallway, it is always closed. People open the door, flip on the light and are extremely surprised,” the designer says. Here’s a peek behind that door — brace yourself for the unexpected!

Powder Room at a Glance
Who uses this A family with 5 children
Location: Alameda, California
Size: Approximately 4 feet by 10 feet
Budget: About $10,000

Before Photo

BEFORE: The teeny room featured a outdated white porcelain shell spout having a dated splatter-painted surround, an odd niche filled with air fresheners, a shell-motif mirror plus a lot of randomly hung artwork.

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AFTER: For the wall-size picture, Konjicek-Segundo turned into MegaPrint and selected a photo of New York’s Spring Street subway station. “Fortunately my clients are forward thinkers, and they have great senses of humor, so they thought that the fact that the bathroom seems like it is sitting on the metro system was hilarious,” she says.

The perspective adds thickness to the very small room, as does the large customized mirror onto the left side, which extends from the bottom of the sink into the ceiling. Konjicek-Segundo combined an extremely low-profile, contemporary bathroom with old-school hex tile that looks like something one would see in a subway station.

Tile: San Francisco Greatest Tile

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Konjicek-Segundo pulled the green color from the picture for those walls. “People always believe lighter colors will add thickness, but it’s darker colors that do — I mean, consider the earlier picture,” she says.

For the same reason, she painted the ceiling. The metal lighting fixture, from Policelli, adds an industrial touch. The couple had the sign, which fits right in over the doorway.

“The husband is a mathematician, so I pitched this toilet paper installation to him,” the designer says. It is inserted between the studs, and the rolls produce circles in the boxes. The bottom of the niche has a toilet paper dispenser and two shelves for magazines. The installation is framed in ebony.

More clever places for the t.p.

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“The husband actually wanted a vessel sink, that was tricky — we had a space saver,” Konjicek-Segundo says. She found this one through San Francisco’s DJ Mehler and had it imported from France. Mounting the faucet into the side instead of between the vessel and the wall saves space. A built-in pub for a hand towel stored them from cluttering up the wall with you. “During big parades in my clients’ street, people knock on the door and ask to use the restroom,” Konjicek-Segundo says. “Once they see it, they frequently call out to their buddies in the street and say ‘You’ve got to come see this!'”

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