Having recently upgraded our bathroom, I had spent hours and hours browsing bathroom shops. In one shop I saw a very neat mirror that had a fm radio built in. I thought this was an excellent idea and nearly bought it. It was then that I had a brain wave and wondered if you could get a TV for the bathroom!
I did some searching online, and found on Amazon, this VanguardTech Pure Mirror. Priced at just under £450, this is a mirror and 19" TV screen all in one, it even had Freeview! It didn't take me much time thinking before I clicked the button to buy it.
As I ordered this through Amazon, I wasn't waiting long at all before it was delivered. Setting up was obviously a bit more complicated than a usual TV, we had to have about two inches chopped out of the wall so it would sit flush with the tiles, The TV comes with a scart, HDMI, coaxial and computer cables that are plenty long enough to reach up into the loft or to another room to connect it up, there is no need to worry about installing aerial points in the bathroom as everything is supplied.
As this is in the bathroom, it couldn't be plugged in like a normal TV, so we had the socket plugged into the loft, there is a transformer supplied which also stays well out of the way, then just a small power cable running down to the set itself.
The mirror came with the mounting bracket, and once installed, it was completely flush just like a mirror would be. Before turning it on you'd never guess it was a television, the only thing giving it away would be the two small speaker vents either side.
There are no buttons on the mirror itself, all the controls are on the waterproof remote that is supplied, it may be worth mentioning that this is fully waterproof, and it even floats should you ever drop it in your bath!
When you first turn on the TV you have to do the usual channel installation, this took a few minutes and found all the channels you'd expect on Freeview. The picture quality is brilliant, you'd hardly recognise it as a mirror when the TV is switched on, one fault I have found is that with all the lights on it can be hard to see, if you can dim your bathroom lights then it's fine.
I can't comment on how good the HD is, as I have never plugged anything into the HDMI socket, I have tried the scart with a digi camera and it displayed holiday snaps perfectly.
The sound quality was a bit on the tinny side, but for bath time viewing it was more than adequate, the remote worked very well and after being dropped numerous times, it still works as good as the day we set it up.
The screen itself is IP65 rated, meaning it can be splashed with water without damaging it. I have held the shower head directly on this screen to test it out and nothing changes, it's a very well made piece of kit.
Although the main reason I bought this, was to watch TV in the bath, the actual mirror side of things is very good too, it never steams up no matter how long you're in the shower, which is a good thing, as our old mirror was impossible to use in a steamy room.
Overall, I would recommend this set to anybody, go into any bathroom shop and you can expect to spent £200 plus on a bog standard mirror, I think this is worth every penny and is always a talking point when anyone ever comes to stay.
If you don't fancy having your wall chopped out to fit the tv, there is a £399 option that mounts externally onto the wall, if you really want to splash out, for £700 you can get a 26" screen! Unfortunately my budget wouldn't stretch this far!
If you do want to buy one, just put in VanguardTech bathroom TV into Amazon
I rate this 5/5!