Nebia made quite a stir not that long ago thanks to some early investment by a particularly notable figure within tech and a novel method of atomizing water into the most microscopic of droplets. That said, as is often the case of innovative designs, the earlier iterations of Nebia’s water-saving showerheads combining an all-enveloping proprietary spray nozzle design delivering water savings of up to 65% did not come cheap. Fortunately, the new Nebia by Moen Quattro retains some of the same features of its pricier and more minimalist design cousin, but at a much more attainable price.
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Unlike Nebia’s other two showerhead designs, the Quattro – while contemporary in design overall (especially in all-black) – looks more the part of a traditional showerhead. The chonky disc-shaped 6.5-inch wide head houses controls to manage water flow into four different spray modes selectable by sliding click-in-place lever: Hard Spray, Soft-Spray, Super Saver and Angel Hair.
Three of these modes deliver a spray typical of almost any variable spray showerhead, but the Quattro’s soft-spray setting feels unlike any showerhead I’ve used thus far, expelling a unique sensation that feels reminiscent of walking through the misty exhale of a waterfall rather than percussive droplets I associate with showering.
The atomizing soft-spray setting doesn’t so much drench the body, but instead enraptures the body in an all-encompassing sensation of warmth or cold. Perhaps the biggest surprise is this spray does a more than a serviceable job of removing soap and suds. During a sudden spike in temperatures, this gentlest spray setting also offered an extremely welcome respite from the heat while also using a significant less amount of water than our previous showerhead (Moen says “up to 50%” with a 1.2-1.5 gallon per minute flow). Interesting is the fact that the showerhead’s Super Saver mode is even stingier with water flow, producing droplets just 1,000 microns in size. Compared to our other showerhead, none of the sprays are as forceful, but none delivered a disappointing shower either.
The Nebia by Moen Quattro is currently in crowdfunding mode via Kickstarter starting at $99/$119, and will eventually retail for $129 for the Rainshower model and $149 for Handshower edition, each offered in five different finishes. Nebia is also selling a slew of other branded accessories, including a Quick-Dry Earth Mat made of diatomaceous earth, stick-on shelf, and an adjustable shower arm to complete the entire bathroom upgrade.