Forget bath trays, this is the latest must-have for bathrooms

Prepare to go hands free

Touchless taps and automatic toilet flushes are already common in public places. But in the wake of Covid-19, they could be the next big thing in our homes.

Related: A virus expert reveals how to clean the bathroom to prevent coronavirus spreading in a household

The pandemic has shone a light on our hygiene in the homes. We've become hyper-aware of hotspots for germs such as toilet flushes and taps, and up to date on the best way to disinfect them.

However, luxury bathroom and kitchen company, GROHE, has revealed that many people are looking to avoid these germ hot-spots altogether. Since the beginning of the year, GROHE has seen an unprecedented demand for its infra-red touchless taps. If the company's current sales are anything to go by, this is a trend that is here to stay.

Here are three of the hygiene-friendly products, that GROHE predicts will be the next big things in our bathrooms and kitchens.

1. Infra-red bathroom touchless tap

bathroom with grey wall and silver tap

(Image credit: TBC)

These taps work by starting the water flow when sensors detect movement in or around the basis, so there is no need to touch the tap. Even the temperature is pre-set to optimise hygiene and safety.

Buy now: Bau Cosmo E infra-red bathroom tap, £275.36, GROHE

2. Shower toilet

toilet with black tiles and flooring

(Image credit: TBC)

This style of toilet is definitely an acquired taste. Not only do they include an automatic flush and lid opening, but they also include touch-free cleaning.

You heard that right, you'll never have to worry about running out of toilet paper again. This toilet instead uses just warm water and air.

However, the best part is that the toilet features an anti-bacterial surface coating. You'll no longer have to worry about the toilet being a hotspot for germs.

Buy now: Sensia Arena Shower Toilet, £3,317.02, GROHE

3. Smart kitchen tap

kitchen with black counter top and brass colour tap

(Image credit: TBC)

Buy now: Zedra Smart Control Sink mixer, £718.80, GROHE

Unlike the infra-red tap in the bathroom, this tap allows a bit more control over temperature.

It features a mixing valve on the body of the tap to control the temperature settings. The tap then remembers and automatically saves your preferred settings for the next time you use it.

To turn the tap on you simply tap the button at the end of the spout. This can easily be done with the wrist, forearm or elbow to avoid any cross-contamination when prepping food.

Related: Research reveals 1 in 10 are forgetting to clean this essential part of the bathroom

Would you be tempted to upgrade your bathroom with a touchless tap or toilet?

Rebecca Knight
Deputy Editor, Digital

Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.