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Giving the smart home a shower

The control panel

The digital thermostatic valve

Not included

Lots to install

Remodel

Plumber needed

High-end shower setup

Almost ready

The completed shower

App-enabled

Precise controls

The U by Moen Smart Shower not only allows you to precisely control the temperature of the water while you shower, but you can also control the shower from afar with an app. The four-outlet version pictured here costs $2,200. The two-outlet version (so for a showerhead and a single other nozzle) costs $1,160.

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As it turns out, app controls for a shower come in handy. Moen's app includes customizable presets letting you program different temperatures for different family members.

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Other than the control panel, the U by Moen Shower includes a digital thermostatic valve. This is why the U by Moen's price is so high. This valve calibrates the water temperature 50 times a second.

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Unfortunately, the showerheads aren't included in the U by Moen price. Our whole setup cost $4,560 including the main showerhead, four body sprays, and a handheld wand.

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You'll definitely want a plumber to install the U by Moen shower.

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U by Moen isn't a smart device you can just snap in place. It's best if you're already remodeling. Fortunately, that's just what we were doing at the CNET Smart Home.

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If you're looking for a premium shower, the U by Moen makes sense.

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It's not that much more expensive than comparable non-connected controllers and precision valves.

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The control panel installs in the finished shower itself.

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Here's the finished project.

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Via the app, you can warm up the shower remotely, and the app will pause the water and notify you once it's ready to go.

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The U by Moen Smart Shower uses an app to add convenient and clever features to a luxurious shower setup.

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