Targeted consumer marketing can get the best of us, despite our efforts to resist temptation. Extraneous household products are out to attack our wallets with a vengeance. And bathroom gadgets are no exception. Some useless bathroom products seem like smart buys but others are so wacky it’s a miracle anyone bought them in the first place. If you want to cut back on spending, the home goods section is a good place to start. Have you wasted money on any of these bathroom gadgets?
15. Electric tooth brush
- Price: $39.97
Aside from coercing young kids to brush their teeth in the mornings, we see no other need to make teeth brushing fun again. Consumers buy electronic tooth brushes assuming they’ll provide a better clean, but experts say the plaque — or lack thereof — is determined by how your tooth brush is used. Reach all nooks and crannies, and you’re good to go. The pricey electronic tooth brush won’t change whether all molars are addressed. Bad dental hygiene is likely user error.
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14. Simple Human trash can
- Price: $24.99
Throwing away trash is not meant to be a glorious endeavor, so there’s really no need for a specialized trash can for the bathroom — no matter how stylish, finger-print proof, or quiet it is. Any active family will tell you they replace their cans yearly (it’s full of trash after all.) Overspending for style and efficiency in this instance is unnecessary.
Next: A product your guests don’t care about … and you shouldn’t either
13. Caffeinated soaps
- Price: $10.70
On the surface, lathering up with caffeine-injected soap seems like a brilliant idea for a morning jolt. But is it necessary? Too much caffeine can have dangerous side effects if you ingest more than 400 milligrams per day. ShowerShock soap allows 200 milligrams of caffeine to be absorbed through the skin per shower. But potential harm aside, it’s unclear whether the product actually works any real magic. Reviews suggest the bar does nothing to boost energy, thus rendering it yet another useless bathroom product.
While we’re on the topic of fancy soaps … decorative soaps are also impractical wastes of money. These usually sit on the counter, untouched and unused. So what seems like a harmless purchase when you toss it in the cart for six bucks, ends up a complete waste of money.
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12. Towel warmer
- Price: $99.99
Just like manufacturers love to prey on concerned parents with inventions like baby wipe warmers, home goods manufacturers like to target stressed humans with spa-like inventions. There’s really no need for a towel warmer. It’s just another useless bathroom product designed to take your money. Even worse, the potential safety hazards are large. Not only is it dangerous to have around young children due to the heat, but they’ve been cited as the cause of massive fires.
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11. Airfloss machine
- Price: $89.99
“I can’t wait to go to the dentist, so they can murder my teeth and gums with their tools!” said no one ever. If going to the dentist every few months isn’t enough for you, perhaps a tool like the one they use will make you feel better. With one press of a button, air will clean all the plaque and food particles from your teeth. However, recent reviews claim the product rarely works like it should, so let’s stick to regular floss rather than waste valuable cash on a high-tech product.
Next: Those showerheads everyone pines for are an unwise buy.
10. Rain showerhead
- Price: $39.99
Maybe you’re tempted to polish off that bathroom renovation with a shiny rain showerhead. Unfortunately, these gadgets are much more expensive than regular showerheads and produce less water pressure. For people with long or thick hair, this could be a problem. If you do get a rain showerhead remember they’re larger. Make sure the flow is adjustable or pressurized to control the amount of water you use (read: waste).
Next: Those gross bath mats
9. Fancy bath mat
- Price: $24.99
To bath mat or not to bath mat; it’s a controversial topic. Some use these mats to avoid slipping and control excess water. But the plush bath mats hold damp water, causing bacteria to fester. To combat such atrocities, some people splurge for expensive cork or wood mats that can last longer, but those alternatives can get pretty costly, too. Apartment Therapy suggests replacing these bathroom products every two years, so why spend extra money on something with a shorter shelf life?
Next: An air freshener will do just fine.
8. Odor-neutralizing toilet seat
- Price: $60.35
Okay, we get it. Bathroom odor is a serious and embarrassing concern. But the Kohler Purefresh toilet seat is just another gadget that could malfunction and cause more stress than it should. Every six months you have to replace the carbon filter and choose a scent, so you’ll also spend precious time ordering the accessories and maintaining the feature. Why not get a nice candle or diffuser instead?
Next: A toilet brush that makes a splash
7. Loogun toilet cleaner
- Price: About $52.00
Sure, the Loogun looks pretty with its contemporary design and sleek features. But a regular toilet brush and cleaner will do the job just fine. And can you imagine a kid getting their hands on this bathroom squirt gun? Total chaos.
Next: Bring technology to the bathroom
6. Waterproof case for your technology
- Price: $33.95
Gallup says 46% of people admit they can’t live without their smartphones. Americans have a love affair with technology — so much so that going without it while we shower seems unbearable. Plenty of new gadgets enable you to take your phone in the shower with you. But if you’re willing to spend money to avoid unplugging for a few minutes, you might have a bigger problem.
Next: The Snuggie 2.0
5. Wearable towel
- Price: $95.00
Snuggie lovers might be tempted to purchase a Wearable Towel shaped like a dress or sweatshirt. It’s hands-free drying at its finest. But when it comes to practicality, it’s unlikely this towel actually dries your body as needed. People can purchase an elastic cover-up for less money if they want stay covered after showering. But the Wearable Towel infomercial is amazing and might just sway your decision.
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4. Bluetooth shower speaker
- Price: $34.99
What’s up with people wanting devices to listen to music in the bathroom? We’re convinced that a regular portable bluetooth speaker — safely resting on a table or counter away from water — will get the job done without another object cluttering your shower stall.
Next: All we envision is water all over your bathroom.
- Price: $5.97
Although still widely debated, the alcohol found in some mouthwashes have been linked to cancer. The benefits don’t outweigh the cost, no matter how minty-fresh your breath smells after rinsing. It’s filled with preservatives to ward off bacteria, and according to National Dental Care, your own saliva is all that’s needed to thwart bad breath, gingivitis, and bacteria.
Next: A word to the wise for men
2. Disposable razor
- Price: $4.12
Another widely discussed topic is the debate between electric and disposable razors. Men’s Science lists the pros and cons of each, including a faster shave, less need for shaving cream, and increased versatility. On the other hand, disposable razors allow for a closer shave. If you’re only concerned about money, buck up the cash for the electric route.
Next: What’s convenient is not always practical.
1. Tub tray
- Price: $20.80
Placing a decorative tray across your bath tub is a popular staging idea on HGTV remodeling shows. But in reality, the modern inconvenience gathers junk and stands in the way of shower time each night. It might hold a book and a wine glass, but that’s what the ledge is for. This tray becomes yet another way you squandered hard-earned cash on a useless bathroom product.
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Additional contributions by Ali Harrison.