Mirrors don’t typically fall under CNET’s review purview, but the $400 US-only Simplehuman Wide-View Sensor Mirror is special. It comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, a companion Android and iOS app, as well as built-in LEDs that you can customize to suit specific lighting conditions and improve your selfie makeup game (yes, we’re serious). In short, this smart mirror is a big step above a cheap Conair.
The goods news is that the Simplehuman mirror worked pretty well. The lighting from the mirror was pretty accurate in mimicking settings such as daylight and fluorescent light. The app was also simple to use with the mirror. And it doesn’t hurt that this pricey hunk of glass and stainless steel is lovely to look at and clearly well made thanks to its substantial heft.
Unfortunately, beauty comes at a cost. The Simplehuman is rather fragile despite is large size. The three mirrors that make up the trifold design only magnify one time, which makes crafting the perfect cat-eye and other types of up-close makeup applications a challenge. And the mirror’s face-sensing tech that’s supposed to keep the LEDs on while you put on makeup occasionally shut off while we were still using it. And we haven’t even talked about the Simplehuman’s high price: $400.
We can’t recommend the Simplehuman Wide-View Sensor Mirror to the average makeup wearer; it’s just too expensive and doesn’t have nearly enough magnification. But the mirror is still a neat and (mostly) functional product, so it would make a novel addition to your morning routine if you have the cash and a strong understanding of makeup and lighting.
Cozying up to Simplehuman’s smart mirror
Why would anyone ever want a smart mirror? You can grab something significantly cheaper than the Simplehuman at pretty much any store that sells personal care products. And the Simplehuman’s basic concept — a lighted, trifold mirror that imitates common lighting environments — is something we’ve seen in lower-tech versions in the bedrooms of our mothers and grandmothers. But this $400 vanity centerpiece offers a lot more than your standard tabletop mirror.
First, it has three mirror panels so you can see yourself at different angles. It’s also pretty big at 20.3 inches wide by 16.1 inches tall. And its flexible base is made of stainless steel. We’d almost go as far to say that this mirror is beautiful, but then we remember its price and the fact that it only magnifies by one time (making detail work, like applying eyeliner kind of tough).