Nebia by Moen Review: A Showerhead That Made Me Really Cold


When I first moved to Portland, Oregon, I frightened about how I’d survive the limitless, grey, wet winters. A good friend suggested me to discover a solution to get heat—actually heat—at the very least as soon as a day. I don’t have common entry to a sauna or a scorching tub, so I take a scorching bathe each morning to defrost my chilly toes earlier than I stuff them into wool socks and leather-based boots. That scorching bathe is an indispensable a part of my day.

When the field from Nebia arrived, I pounced on it. For a showerhead, Nebia has a really glamorous origin story. In 2010, cofounder Carlos Gomez Andonaegui was working because the CEO of Sport City, Mexico City’s largest fitness center membership chain. He and his father designed the Nebia prototype to save lots of water within the showers, with the novel concept of utilizing atomizing nozzles usually utilized in agricultural and aerospace fields.

He met Nebia cofounder Philip Winter in Mexico City, whereas Winter was working at Endeavor, a nonprofit that encourages entrepreneurship in numerous components of the world. After bringing on one other cofounder, Gabriel Parisi-Amon—a former Apple engineer—Nebia put in a prototype in an Equinox fitness center in San Francisco. It rapidly attracted the eye (and {dollars}) of assorted Silicon Valley illuminati, most notably Tim Cook.

The unique model price $500. Several years later, Nebia has partnered with commemorated faucet producer Moen for a way more accessible model at $199. (On Kickstarter you’ll be able to presently preorder it for a $40 low cost.) Nebia despatched me the model with the magnetic hand wand, which can retail for an anticipated $269. Preorders will start to ship in mid-March.

It’s straightforward to put in—simply unscrew your present showerhead and neck pipe, screw the Nebia by Moen in, and stick the sliding arm and the spherical magnetic dock on the wall (you’ll be able to screw it in, too). It’s extremely stunning. After I put in it, my husband and I took a couple of minutes to admire it in our humble lavatory, like having a Valentino robe hanging within the closet subsequent to your denims and ratty outdated sweaters.

But after three weeks, my husband rebelled and took it down once I was on a piece journey, and I haven’t put it again up. In the lifeless of a Portland winter, even a luxurious, high-tech showerhead simply wasn’t heat sufficient.

Misty Morning Fog

Photograph: Mark Serr/Moen

Low-flow showerheads aren’t precisely new expertise; I used one earlier than the Nebia got here, with a flow-rate of 1.75 gallons per minute (the common showerhead makes use of greater than 2 GPM. Low-flow showerheads save owners in each water and power prices because you don’t should warmth as a lot water. You may strive making one your self.

Undoubtedly, the Nebia by Moen showerhead seems significantly better than something you may construct by yourself. Nebia despatched me a pattern in gleaming, spot-resistant nickel, but it surely additionally is available in an equally enticing black, or white and chrome.

The showerhead is an enormous eight inches large, a circle with six tiny nozzles across the rim. Nebia’s atomization expertise disperses the movement into hundreds of thousands of tiny droplets whereas decreasing movement to a remarkably low 1.35 GPM. At that fee, you may save as much as 10 gallons of water per bathe in comparison with common showerheads. (With the hand bathe on, the Nebia’s movement fee will increase to 1.7 GPM.)

The Nebia additionally has a number of different helpful design options. The showerhead tilts and swivels in a number of instructions for optimum positioning. It’s additionally mounted on a slide rail that has 17 inches of journey. It’s very straightforward for every showerer to govern. There’s a 10-inch top distinction between my husband and me, and we might each seize on the showerhead one-handed to spray an inch or two above our respective scalps.

I do not advocate buying the showerhead with out the hand unit. I did not do that, however you’ll be able to place the hand unit on the top of your decrease again and switch it on to cowl much more of your physique’s floor space. Instead, I used it to spray my chilly legs and toes. After I rinsed off, I merely touched the hand unit again onto the gorgeous, magnetic dock.

The Heat Is On

Photograph: Mark Serr/Moen

Most individuals have used a mist bathe earlier than. On scorching days, these small, silky droplets really feel heavenly on my arms and shoulders once I stroll via a playground. In truth, “nebbia” means fog in Italian. Unfortunately, I do not spend most mornings luxuriating in an Italian fog. I would like a extra carwash-type setup, the place I can restore blood movement to my extremities and rinse out my hair in 5 minutes or much less. CEO Philip Winter notes that the Nebia by Moen showerhead is midway between a steam bathe and a daily bathe.

“When you atomize water and make smaller droplets, there’s energy transfer, and so the droplets want to cool,” he mentioned over the telephone. “This is the biggest challenge we’ve been fighting. You’re combating physics.”

If you are in an enclosed bathe stall, you could be significantly hotter than I used to be in my bathtub—a chilly douse within the morning is much from what I need. An enclosed stall would additionally remedy the issue of containing the Nebia by Moen’s diffuse spray. Atomizing nozzles have been initially used to water fields, and so the Nebia by Moen watered my entire lavatory if I wasn’t cautious about yanking the bathe curtain shut instantly after I turned it on.

You can also’t flip off the primary showerhead and simply use the hand unit. Winter mentioned this function is likely one of the greatest buyer asks, however Nebia presently cannot implement it as a result of that might violate the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ showerhead rules. It’s a disgrace as a result of, and not using a separate hand unit, I could not use the Nebia by Moen with my children or canine. Rather than soaking the whole lavatory, I banished my canine to the again deck to get sprayed off by a freezing hose. (In retrospect, this was simply punishment for rolling in a rotten fish.) I additionally couldn’t pop a pantless 2-year-old within the tub and rinse his legs off after he had a potty accident.

In drought-stricken areas or locations the place potable water is scarce, water conservation is a really actual downside. And in hotter locations, a stunning, misty showerhead just like the Nebia by Moen could be a viable resolution. But right here, some concerns outweigh others. At the second, I’d choose to seek out different methods to preserve water and power somewhat than sacrifice my solely 10 heat minutes per day.

The excellent news is, the Nebia by Moen may be very straightforward to put in. Until I can sneak it previous my husband to get pleasure from cool mist in July, I’ll daydream about all of the sunny, tropical locations the place I want I used to be showering as an alternative.

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