Will the marvels of modern technology never cease? In addition to your smart fridges, smart cars and, of course, smartphones, you can now make your lifestyle a little bit smarter with a smart mirror. Not your average sheet of glass, a smart mirror looks like a regular mirror at first glance — but then wakes up to reveal a slew of smart options via a digital display hidden underneath.
Smart mirrors come in various options to fit a range of uses; some provide you with your daily news and weather while you get ready for work, while others guide you in a strenuous workout. Some help out with your makeup routine. Others are simpler and provide you with built-in lighting, temperature readings or speakers.
Interested in adding a smart mirror to your space? Here’s everything you need to know about these mirrors, as well as the 18 best smart mirrors to consider buying for any budget.
How Exactly Does a Smart Mirror Work?
In most instances, a smart mirror is a two-way mirror outfitted with a digital display, powered by the computer elements that you might find in similar smart devices. LED lights behind the mirror illuminate the digital display while still allowing you to use the other areas of the mirror not in use to fix your hair or perfect your pilates form. When you’re not using the mirror’s digital elements at all, the entire mirror can be used just like a traditional mirror.
Best Smart Mirrors to Buy
So, ready to start shopping for your smart mirror? Whether you want a smaller, budget-friendly option, or something large, impressive and do-it-all, there’s a smart mirror out there for you.
Let’s start with the bare basics in smart mirrors: the iHome Vanity Mirror. It does a lot for the price (under $100), but it’s not necessarily super-smart. Instead, it simply gives you built-in LED lighting, a USB charging port, a two-way speaker and Bluetooth connectivity. Play your music while you’re getting ready and even access Siri.
While there’s no built-in screen on the iHome Vanity Mirror, you do at least get a few smart features for a meager price. Plus, the mirror’s small size and adjustable tabletop stand make it ideal for small spaces, such as bedrooms or dorm rooms.
On the affordable side, at under $200, this Bonnlo Dimmable LED Illuminated Bathroom Mirror is smart — but just slightly so. It’ll make for an excellent focal point in your bathroom or bedroom, but it’s not going to be the smartest device in your home.
It features a frameless touch screen on the front that allows you to adjust built-in lighting around the edge of the mirror; then, the mirror will remember your preferred lighting settings for your subsequent use. It also automatically de-fogs, a great function for small bathrooms. It also features Bluetooth speakers and can stream music from your phone.
For $250, you get a few extra features from this ByeCold Horizontal Vanity Touch Switch Bathroom Mirror. The backlit bathroom mirror includes a dimmable LED light and a defogger. The small screen in the lower left-hand corner will show you the day’s weather, including temperature, humidity and more, all thanks to the mirror’s WiFi capabilities. It’ll also show you the time and date. Turning on the mirror’s light or the screen is as simple as tapping along the bottom of the mirror.
For about double the price, you can go with this ReignCharm Hollywood Vanity Mirror, but do note that you won’t get many more smart features for the cost. Instead, this mirror is all flash, with its 12 exposed LED bulbs and its built-in speakers. Stream your favorite music or podcasts to the mirror via your Bluetooth device, and enjoy a great sound as well as a great look.
The bottom of the mirror’s screen features a row of buttons, as well as a small panel that shows you the temperature, time and other details. In addition, the buttons allow you to control the speaker volume.
Around $500 and similar to the Bonnlo option, the Gesipor LED Bathroom Mirror features an anti-fog function, multiple light settings, Bluetooth capabilities and a surround-sound speaker system. The small screen toward the bottom of the mirror reveals the time and date, but then also offers a series of buttons that allows you to adjust the mirror’s back lighting and speaker volume.
If you don’t mind spending somewhere around the $5,000 range, you can get a new mirror and a new television for one price. The Integrity Lighted Mirror with Television mirror features a television screen feature toward the bottom of the mirror, so you can watch your favorite shows, the news or whatever else you want while you get ready in the morning. The mirror features a lit band around the edges, to ensure you get the lighting you need for the best grooming experience.
The only downside to this smart mirror? The television feature is really the only “smart” thing about it. You can’t talk to the mirror via your Alexa or Google Home devices, or stream your music to the mirror, and it isn’t hands-free.
The Echelon Reflect 50-inch Smart Mirror comes in at around $1,500, but that’s a great deal for what you get. Made with your workout in mind, the high-quality Echelon device features a touch screen and connects you directly to Optical Flow technology, which offers users interactive workout sessions and live instruction. It can even track your heart rate. The mirror is outfitted with tons of fitness classes and the easy-to-use software makes setup a breeze.
When you’re not using the mirror, it looks just like any other decorative mirror you might have in your home.
Just keep in mind — if you go with a mirror-like this, it’s not exactly something you’d want to use for getting ready or putting on makeup. When in use, the mirror is more about what’s happening on the screen versus the actual reflective qualities of the mirror, meaning you might not get the visual quality you’re looking for. At the end of the day, it’s a smart mirror made with fitness in mind, so that’s what it does best.
If you already love Kohler’s home products, you may love this Kohler Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror that’s outfitted with Amazon Alexa. In fact, Kohler claims that this mirror is the first Amazon Alexa-embedded bathroom mirror available to consumers. Think of it as your new Amazon Echo — it can do all of the same things, from ordering something on Amazon to playing your favorite playlist. The mirror’s lights are also voice-activated, but you can control it all via the Kohler app if you don’t feel like talking.
The best part? The mirror starts at only $800.
9. The Mirror
Probably the most well-known smart mirror thanks to a string of television commercials, The Mirror is another option that’s designed with fitness in mind. Features include live instruction, customized workouts, customized playlists, music streaming, connection to your Bluetooth devices or Apple Watch, individualized profiles for each user in your household and more. You can even buy accessories for your Mirror, such as a branded heart rate monitor, mirror cleaning kit and resistance bands.
Just like the Echelon Reflect Smart Mirror, The Mirror starts at around $1,500. And, just like the Echelon Reflect Smart Mirror, The Mirror is 100% geared toward fitness. This isn’t the most fantastic pick for your bathroom or vanity table, but it is a great pick for your home gym.
The smartest bathroom mirror on our list, QAIO Smart Bathroom Mirror, is directly connected to Alexa or Google Assistant, whichever is your preference, and comes with a host of valuable features. You can watch the news or TV (or even a movie), read articles, view footage from your door camera, adjust your bathroom lighting — just about anything you’d need during your morning routine. In addition, the mirror is outfitted with two television screens, both of which vanish entirely after you’re done using them.
QAIO also comes in various sizes and shapes, so you can pick the option that’s right for your decor, whether that’s a single sink mirror, double sink mirror, cabinet mirror or another option. They start at right under $1,500.
While some smart mirrors might be ideal for watching television from the tub or perfecting your skincare routine via cool features like extra lighting and magnification, this particular mirror isn’t intended to be used in the bathroom. Instead, this award-winning smart mirror is designed with fitness in mind.
This fitness mirror (which comes in two sizes) features a 32-inch, full HD touchscreen, speakers and access to on-demand and live classes (though you do have to purchase a separate membership in order to access the classes). As you follow along with the more than 100 streamed workout sessions, led by qualified coaches, or access the range of fitness classes available 24/7, you’ll be able to both get the guidance you need from coaches and watch your own moves so you can perfect your form.
You’ve likely realized by now that smart mirrors really run the gamut. Some are incredibly smart and offer you direct access to live streaming, your favorite social media channels and more. Others are a bit more minimalistic and designed to fit a less tech-savvy purpose — but they still manage to do their jobs just fine.
Take, for example, the AirLit. This affordable smart mirror is also a ring light and desk fan, and it’s a perfect option for someone who wants a piece of smart tech that serves multiple purposes and that’s relatively compact and easy to use. The budget-friendly factor also makes it ideal for college students or just anyone on a budget.
The device features a mirror on one side and a fan on the other. The ring light encircles the mirror. An app allows you to control the light’s settings and the fan’s functions via your smartphone. If you’d prefer to go hands-free, you can also control these settings via your Alexa or Google Home device.
Similarly, this smart touch makeup mirror is designed to sit on a vanity or in another small space and offers you smart functionality at a small price. The adjustable mirror decreases or increases its light’s brightness with a simple touch and the double-sided mirror offers 10x magnification on one side, so you can really see those pores. A charging port sits at the base of the fully rotating mirror and the rubber base keeps the mirror from slipping or sliding, even if you have it sitting on a slick bathroom countertop.
The rechargeable light in the mirror will work for about 10 hours without needing to be recharged, so for about 30 minutes of use for up to 20 days. A power-saving feature turns the light off after 30 minutes.
This smart mirror—which can be powered via battery or by most wall outlets—comes with an array of Bluetooth and WiFi-enabled capabilities. As you shave or do your makeup on one side of the mirror, the pre-installed apps on the other side allow you to check the weather forecast, emails or just the time. You can also browse the web, stream content from your personal device, like playlists or Netflix, or browse videos on YouTube. The mirror will also work alongside your smart home assistant, so you can access all of these features by simply saying the word.
The Forme Studio fitness smart mirror is like many similar fitness-geared smart mirrors in that it allows you to access a range of fitness classes, but it differs in that it features add-on attachments that are designed for specific ways of working out. You can add on a resistance cable lifting extension for resistance of up to 200 pounds, or a real wood barre for barre classes, for example.
The 43-inch, 4K screen allows you to access an instructor, track your metrics and progress and design the perfect workout routine for you. Plus, the elongated mirror is so stylish that, if you don’t have any of the removable attachments, like the barre, installed, the mirror will blend seamlessly with your decor, from the bedroom to the living room and beyond.
Intrigued by the idea of a fitness-inspired smart mirror but balking at the price tags? You might want to check out this option from Fiture. It’s as much as a thousand dollars less than some of your other options.
The smaller and more portable mirror comes with unique features such as technology that will detect poor form and offer tips to remedy that poor form, advanced gesture controls that can detect if you’re waving or giving a thumbs up or thumbs down and even a feature that will count your reps as you workout. It’s all powered by an iOS and Android app and you can also sync the mirror with your smartwatch, so it’ll track health data like your heart rate.
Yes, you can access a range of fitness instructions with this mirror, but the focus is really on all the things the mirror can do without the need to stream a live class (though to access any classes at all, you still will need a monthly membership).
This smart mirror with lights, created specifically for your beauty routine, does a lot for its relatively small price tag. The mirror, with its adjustable lighting, is like a beauty consultant right on your vanity.
Skin analysis technology takes a look at your skin’s condition and tracks that condition over time, each time you use the mirror, so you can monitor the progression or regression of popular skin worries such as dark circles, fine lines, red spots, clogged pores and more. Along with the analysis and long-term data, the mirror also provides personalized skin care recommendations and AR technology allows you to try on products to see what they’d look like before you spend a lot of money on new makeup.
But beyond all these cool functions, the smart mirror also allows you to stream music, access your social media, watch YouTube videos and make or receive calls with Google Duo.
For something similar to the HiMirror, but just heavily upgraded (with the price tag to match), look to this Zinnor skin analysis magic mirror. It looks beyond just your cosmetics or surface-level issues like clogged pores and blackheads and goes deeper, scanning your face using three types of light and then letting you know if it predicts, based on a huge clinical database, any potential, future dermatological skin issues.
Beyond just scanning your epidermis and dermis for potential medical problems, though, the mirror can also predict what your face will look like if you start putting a lot of effort into your skincare routine, or if you let your skincare routine fall by the wayside, in the next three to five years.
What’s the Right Smart Mirror for You?
It all depends on your end-use.
If you want a smart mirror that’s similar to a traditional mirror with a few fun features and still budget-friendly, you may want to go with the ReignCharm Hollywood Vanity Mirror or the Bonnlo bathroom mirror.
If you’re looking for a mirror to specifically help with your workouts, you probably want to go with an option like the Echelon smart mirror or The Mirror.
If you want something for the bathroom that comes with all the bells and whistles, you might want to go with an option like QAIO.
Things to Consider When Shopping for a Smart Mirror
To help you make the right choice when shopping for a smart mirror, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind beyond just the end use.
What are the main functions that you’ll use every day? For example, are you going to use your mirror to check the weather while brushing your teeth?
And how often are you going to stand at the sink and watch television for an extended period of time?
Some of these features are cool and convenient, but they’re not necessarily practical or all that useful.
Additionally, price is something to consider. Some of these smart mirrors are close to $2,000. If you don’t have $2,000 to invest in your home at this time, you may want to hold off on purchasing a smart mirror or go with one of the more affordable options.
You’ll likewise want to consider the amount of space you have. If you have a small bathroom, you may not have the wall room for a sizable smart mirror.
Lastly, if you live in a rental property, a landlord may not be too keen on you installing an enormous, wall-mounted smart mirror. For these situations, or if you live in a minimal space, you may want to go with a smart tabletop mirror that you can place on your bathroom vanity.
Did You Know You Can Make Your Own Smart Mirror?
Really! You can! With suitable materials and a little bit of hardware and tech know-how, you can build your own smart mirror at home. In fact, making your own smart mirror versus buying a high-priced smart mirror has become pretty popular, with tons of DIY guides available online.
This guide shows you how to quickly put one together in an afternoon. All you need is a monitor, two-way glass (which you can purchase on Amazon), a motherboard (which you can also buy on Amazon) and some essential hardware items that you may already have in your home, like wood glue and painters’ tape.
Smart Mirrors FAQs
Have more questions about smart mirrors? Here’s everything you need to know.
Will moisture damage my smart mirror?
We all know that water and technology typically don’t mix well and one of the wettest rooms in your house is the bathroom. So is it safe to leave your smart mirror on your vanity or to even hang a smart mirror on the wall, when there’s all that splashing and fog?
If you plan on installing (or just leaving) a smart mirror in your bathroom, you’ll want to look for a smart mirror that features an anti-fog setting that repels moisture, or you’ll want to ensure that you leave your smart mirror in a well-ventilated spot in your bathroom, where it’s safe from any excess splashes.
Do you need a subscription to use a smart mirror?
The main benefit of using a smart mirror is having access to all the cool features that you wouldn’t get with a normal mirror. Luckily, you don’t necessarily always need to pay for both a new smart mirror and a monthly subscription service in order to get access to all those features.
While many fitness-geared smart mirrors do require an extra subscription in order to access classes and training, most smart mirrors designed for bathrooms or cosmetics uses do not. You can use smart features such as streaming, compatibility with your smart home devices, internet access and more, with no extra fees required.
Are smart mirrors expensive?
You can find smart mirrors that start at under $50 and smart mirrors that cost several thousands of dollars. The cost all depends on a few things — how specialized the mirror is, how many functions it offers, the quality of the materials and its size.
If you’re buying a fitness-specific smart mirror that’s full-body and made from high-quality materials, you can expect to spend quite a lot on your new purchase. If, however, you’re buying a small, desktop mirror with fewer features and a plastic base, you can expect to spend very little.
Do I have to worry about privacy with a smart mirror?
Many smart mirrors do collect data about their users. To protect your privacy, consider using a password, voice recognition or facial recognition technology to access your mirror. You can also further protect your privacy by only using your smart mirror when connected to your at-home, protected WiFi.
Are smart mirrors portable?
Some smart mirrors are pretty heavy and/or wall-mounted and designed to be left in one spot for a lengthy period of time. However, other smart mirrors are perfectly suitable for taking on the go and are cordless and battery-powered.
If you specifically want a smart mirror that’s portable, look for desktop-specific mirrors that can be used in a range of small spaces, no hardware in the wall required.
Do smart mirrors have built-in cameras?
It entirely depends on the type of smart mirror you buy. Some do come with built-in cameras and motion sensors to track your movement, analyze your face or pick up on control gestures. Some also allow you to make video calls. Many, however, do not feature built-in cameras and you can only interact with the smart features via touch screens or voice control.
Can you control a smart mirror with another device?
Yes, many smart mirrors can be controlled via either a smartphone, with the proper app downloaded, or via another smart home device, such as a Google Home, Google Assistant, Amazon Echo, Alexa or any other voice assistant device.
A Smart Mirror Can Add Flair and Fun to Your Home
If you love new technology and are already making efforts to create a smart home, installing a smart mirror just makes sense. However, take your time with the shopping and make sure to choose the best option for your home. Smart mirrors range in features, price and more, and you don’t want to make a purchasing decision you regret.
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The 18 Best Smart Mirrors in 2022:
- iHome Vanity Mirror
- Bonnlo Dimmable LED Illuminated Bathroom Mirror
- ByeCold Horizontal Vanity Touch Switch Bathroom Mirror
- ReignCharm Hollywood Vanity Mirror
- Gesipor LED Bathroom Mirror
- Integrity Lighted Mirror with Television
- Echelon Reflect Smart Mirror
- Kohler Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror
- The Mirror
- QAIO Smart Bathroom Mirror
- The VAHA Fitness Mirror
- AirLit: The Portable, Smart Desk Fan, Mirror and Ring Light
- Chiclew Smart Touch Makeup Mirror
- The Capstone Thin Cast Smart Mirror
- Forme Studio Fitness Smart Mirror
- Fiture Interactive Smart Fitness Mirror
- HiMirror Slide Makeup Mirror
- The Zinnor Skin Analysis Magic Mirror