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Looking for a Great Bathroom Speaker? Sonos has the Solution
If you've ever thought about having a speaker in your bathroom, this blog is just for you.
The Common Bathroom Speaker Problem
When it comes to listening to your favourite songs in the bathroom, there are many options available to you, and it is clear some are more effective than others. However, the option we recommend may not be what you expect, and it's still affordable. Bluetooth shower speakers provide value for money, however sometimes lack the depth of sound necessary to even cover the noise of the shower or bath running! They also require charging or replacing batteries often, and this is something that can get tiresome over time. Using a standalone stereo system is not ideal either as its material may not be resistant to the high levels of steam or moisture in the room, causing the unit to fail over time, not to mention taking up a lot of space. The wet nature of the environment also makes it difficult and awkward to control such as changing tracks or increasing volume. It is clear a more permanent solution is required to make listening to music in your bathroom worth it.
What makes a great bathroom speaker?
One of the most important, if not THE most important, feature of a bathroom speaker is simple hands-free control. When you're showering or bathing, it's never ideal to touch a stereo system or smartphone with wet hands for obvious reasons, and if you do the latter, you risk dropping it in the bath - a near-certain death for your phone. That's why integrated voice control is a winner in this scenario. Nothing is worse than needing to leave the warm bathtub to then fumble around the bathroom reaching for your phone, just to change track or up the volume. However, the limitation with the most popular voice-assisted speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home is the sound quality and bass of the unit. Of course, the speaker also must be moisture and steam resistant otherwise you risk seriously damaging its internal components. When you combine all of these factors, we believe this is the best possible music listening scenario for a bathroom, and Smart Home Sounds has the solution.
Introducing Sonos One, the ultimate bathroom speaker...
The Sonos One is one of the most feature-packed but easy-to-use smart speakers on the market and above all this, sounds fantastic. Its open voice platform allows for multiple voice assistants to be added in the future (Google Assistant to be added in 2018), eventually giving customers the choice of voice assistant. Currently Amazon Alexa is built-in to the unit and combined with Sonos' heritage sound quality, it's got all of the same functionality as the Amazon Echo but with a sound quality that is in a different league to the rest. With a wall mount from Flexson you can easily mount your Sonos One to the wall up high, out of reach and then easily ask Alexa to play any song, artist, playlist, radio station or audiobook completely hands-free and wirelessly. Want to turn up your favourite sing-along song in the shower? Simply ask “Alexa, turn it up” - full, flexible music control with no need to touch any devices whatsoever. The Sonos One is also made to be steam, moisture and humidity resistant, so it is more than happy in this kind of environment. Just don't place it inside the shower enclosure or over the bath tub, as it is not designed to get wet or splashed. Its compact size will also mean it won't look awkward or out of place as other larger audio equipment may suffer from in your bathroom.
Another great benefit of the Sonos One is that if you have any Sonos speakers already, you can add the Sonos One to the same audio ecosystem. That means you can group music from or to other Sonos speakers in your home wirelessly. Another bonus with the Sonos system is if you already have a PLAYBAR or PLAYBASE in your system you can send your TV audio straight to your bathroom Sonos One, so you never have to miss out on that all important football match or news update.
What's more? Airplay 2 has been confirmed to feature on the Sonos One in 2018, opening up your audio options even more. Using your Apple device, listen to any audio that the device is playing. This makes listening to YouTube videos possible, a long-awaited Sonos feature by fans.
Can I use Ceiling Speakers in the Bathroom?
If you're truly serious about a permanent audio solution in your bathroom, installing a ceiling speaker with a Sonos Connect:Amp offers the most aesthetic solution while still maintaining a great listening experience in the bathroom. With a speaker being installed flush into the ceiling, no wall or shelf space is taken up, and most ceiling speakers are fully steam and moisture resistant - both attributes of particular importance in a bathroom. Controlling your music and volume is dealt with using the award-winning Sonos app available for free on all app stores. Going hands-free (to the same effect as the Sonos One) is achieved easily by adding an Amazon Echo device in the bathroom.
For a small bathroom, we'd recommend using a single stereo speaker such as the Monitor Audio C180-T2 which can output a nice stereo sound by using just one ceiling speaker. If you have space for a pair of ceiling speakers, this will offer a superior stereo experience over a single stereo speaker, due to receiving an independent left and right channel of sound. Our Sonance ceiling speaker bundle with a Connect:Amp is our best value ceiling speaker package, ideal for bathrooms.
Ceiling Speaker Set Up
The speaker will be hard-wired to the Sonos Connect:Amp via speaker cable which provides power to the speaker. The Connect:Amp can be stored in a separate storage location in a nearby room and just requires mains power and will connect directly to your home WiFi connection, just like the Sonos One. Although wiring behind the walls/ceilings can be a DIY job, we recommend choosing an electrician to complete the installation if you have no experience with cabling.
If you'd like to find out more about using ceiling speakers with Connect:Amps, have a read about choosing the perfect ceiling speaker for you.
If you're looking for a long-term bathroom audio solution that sounds great but do not want to pay the odds for it, Sonos offers an exceptional experience, both in the sound quality and usability department. Whether it's the Sonos One or a ceiling speaker powered by Sonos you go for, you will gain access to over 40 music streaming services, thousands of radio stations, audiobooks and a growing list of features, that can all be streamed to your speaker wirelessly and hands-free. If you love Alexa but want something that pumps out great sound in your bathroom, we believe Sonos is the smart choice.
For friendly advice about what solution would be best for your bathroom, speak to one of our specialists today.
Please make sure you are conforming to UK Electrical regulations regarding power use in the bathroom. Do not use a shaver socket or extractor fan as a means to power the Sonos. If you are unsure, please ask your electrician for advice.
About Smart Home Sounds
Smart Home Sounds is a UK Sonos specialist dedicated to filling homes with the joy of music, one room at a time!
We provide expert advice on the full Sonos range, from the voice controlled Sonos One to a Sonos wireless home cinema system with PLAYBAR, SUB, and 2 x PLAY:1s all with free next day delivery and a 6 year extended warranty.