LED shower heads to toilet seat heaters. However, there is one gadget that is hands-down the most essential, the most vital and the most important, and that is a bathroom clock. When you're rushing to get ready in the morning, it helps to have a clock handy to keep you on schedule (and from missing the bus or train!). It's even more helpful if that clock multitasks and does more than just keep time. Looking for a capable contender? We found five potential players with a variety of functions and features:
The iOption: The iShower is sleek, white, and water resistant with rounded edges and a blue time display. It's also Bluetooth-enabled so its speakers can play music from any Bluetooth-streaming phone, tablet or computer, and it'll last for 15 hours (on 3 AA batteries), making it easy to bring to the park or the beach. The Double Duty: Get a clock and more with Oral-B's ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide Electric Toothbrush, which is basically a combo pack of an electric toothbrush with a wireless SmartGuide to help improve brushing techniques. The kicker here is the handset of the toothbrush, which holds a professional timer to help track how long you've been brushing; when the timer is not actively in use, it doubles as a clock. The UFOs: A good option is a eye-catching glowing neon shower clock with a suction cup, or one strung on a rope like soap. There's a silver atomic version as well, but all three are waterproof or water-resistant, battery-powered, and puck-shaped. The James Bond: Another double-duty option is this razor-thin shower mirror/LED clock combo from the Sharper Image, which is designed to stay fog-free for effortless shaving in the shower, and can also play MP3s. It can either be attached to the wall via suction cup or stand alone, and there's a swanky hidden storage compartment under the mirror.
The Matrix: What could be more high tech than the MP3 mirror from Stocco? With an iPod dock that is controlled by buttons on the surface of the glass as well as controls for the barometer and clock, it's a simple and fluid integration of technology. Images: (1.Shutterstock, 2. Engadget, 3. Wired)