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Shower tunes are almost as old as show tunes. But even as they’ve evolved from your own self-provided pipes to waterproof radios suction-cupped to the wall to the recent waterproof Bluetooth speakers, two things have stayed consistent: They’re one extra piece of paraphernalia in your already crowded shower, and the sound sucks.
Which is why it took a company that specializes in high-end bathroom fixtures like Kohler to come up with a great new solution. The Moxie Showerhead created huge buzz at CES 2020; it’s an Alexa-powered smart speaker designed for easy removal and recharging, and it delivers sound as clean as you are after a long shower.
The design is pure genius. The magnetic speaker sits securely within the shower head and is easily popped out for recharging. You can move it to the counter after your shower and rock out while brushing your teeth. You can even take it with you on the road — the shape is more or less perfect for sitting in the cupholder of your car. The showerhead works equally well with or without the speaker in place, and the speaker is of course completely waterproof.
One full charge of the built-in lithium-ion battery with the included USB cable gets you around six or seven hours of playback. The speaker is tuned for the acoustic environment of bathrooms, so your music or podcast or audiobook can easily be heard over the sound of the shower. And away from the shower, it still provides great clear sound. If you’ve been on the hunt for a smart showerhead speaker, then this is the product you want.
The showerhead itself, being a Kohler, is top of the line. The sprayface features 60 angled nozzles for a full, enveloping rain-like stream. It’s available in water-saving 1.75 gallons per minute (gpm) and 2.0 gpm models, or a 2.5 version, and it comes in four finishes to match your bathroom: white, polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze or brushed nickel. The sprayface is also made of silicone for easy cleaning, including the area behind the speaker.
The speaker itself comes in five vibrant colors: navy blue, chartreuse, retro blue, cherry red and original white. It’s powered by Amazon Alexa and easily links up with any Bluetooth device, from your smartphone to your tablet or laptop, with a range of up to 33 feet. Now that everyone in the house can bring their own playlist or podcast into the shower, your water bill may be in for a serious beating.