As a substitute of a standard bathe, think about standing up each morning within a storm cloud: The bathe curtain bucking and bellowing within the wind; the air, scorching and humid as a heavy mist envelopes you, washing away soapy suds. That’s what it’s like to make use of a Nebia, the bathe system that’s received over the largest names in tech with no single “good” characteristic. No sensors, no Bluetooth, no Wi-Fi, however it feels goddamn superb.
A bathe system crowdfunded by billionaires.
It saves water and surrounds you in a pleasing mist.
You may want a mop for the swimming pools of water in your toilet.
No person else at Gizmodo appears to consider me, however Nebia’s weird, water-saving design has received me over—prefer it wooed buyers Tim Cook dinner, Eric Schmidt, the founding father of Airbnb, the founding father of Fitbit, in addition to the corporate’s many hundreds of Kickstarter backers. It’s a masterwork of fancy bathe design; close to perfection within the type of eco-friendly mist and fog. I solely delayed putting in the rattling factor as a result of I used to be, admittedly, slightly afraid. After scanning the how-to set up movies, I believed I would wind up leaving my toilet in shambles—pipes damaged or tiles smashed.
Putting in the dang factor
The large fats field Nebia shipped in sat open on the ground of my condo for days earlier than I willed myself to put in it. It got here neatly packed and pre-assembled—the halo bathe head and sliding bracket in a single piece, a wand, a magnetic mount, and lots of, many attachments made to accommodate most bathe varieties.
The system appears like one thing Jony Ive may design a couple of years into retirement, with glossy aluminum and white plastic. It’s priced like an Apple product, too, at $650. In case you can afford to drop that type of money on a bathe, you’ll be able to rent someone to put in it for you, however you don’t have to.
I used to be in a position to take away my authentic bathe head and arm with none instruments—however solely after two journeys to Residence Depot, a couple of educational movies on “Tips on how to Use A Wrench,” and an emergency FaceTime name to Nebia cofounder Philip Winter, during which he advised me to regulate my grip on the pipe and switch.
From there, it was fairly simple. I measured the space of the pipe in my wall, cautiously utilized plumbers tape, screwed in an attachment, and mainly simply plopped the unit on prime of the tile. A handier human with mild plumbing expertise might have put in it in 30 minutes. Glossing over a couple of particulars, that’s about all of the power it took. And after 4 weeks, the bathe has but to break down on prime of me in some comically tragic occasion. The bathe and I are each tremendous, thanks, and for those who’re fearful about putting in this factor, effectively, simply take a look at me.
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Contained in the fog
Standing beneath the Nebia means changing a typical stream of water with a thick halo of mist. A gust of “atomized” droplets. In my ridiculous, overactive creativeness, particularly whereas my mind’s nonetheless fuzzy within the early morning, the expertise appears like standing within the spray of a waterfall. This (no less than in my thoughts) is an efficient factor. However some issues about Nebia aren’t nice out of the field.
This bathe is, in a single phrase, “moist.” In two: “Very moist.” Except you suction your curtain to the wall (or purchase a heavier one), your toilet goes to really feel wetter than regular. Very like a waterfall, this bathe’s head and wand create misty air currents, generally inflicting water to puddle up outdoors of the bathe. Loos are alleged to get moist, so this doesn’t appear to be an enormous drawback. I simply plopped a towel on the ground and moved on.
All that moisture—on the partitions, the ground, perhaps even the ceiling—might appear to be an enormous waste, however at peak effectivity, Nebia claims its most effective setting can save as much as 70 p.c of the water a typical bathe wastes. At its most-wasteful setting (my favourite setting), a Nebia can nonetheless minimize your water use by 40 p.c, as a forceful mist spews out from each the wand and the halo bathe head.
However does the bathe really feel low-flow? Nebia says its mini nozzles flip a pipe filled with water into tens of millions of tiny little droplets. The result’s a sense such as you’re surrounded by water floating round within the air, and it’s virtually, however not fairly as efficient at rinsing away cleaning soap as a standard bathe. In informal chats concerning the bathe on the workplace, my colleagues have fixated on it. “Harrison, this sounds horrible!” However Nebia will get the job completed; it simply takes slightly extra time. Even my girlfriend, whose hair could be very thick, says the bathe can rinse out giant quantities of shampoo and conditioner fairly simply.
The spray is constant, my handheld video abilities will not be.
However there’s one sticking level my girlfriend and I can agree on: Typically the bathe doesn’t really feel scorching sufficient. Irrespective of how heat the water will get, the feeling is each scorching and funky. Beneath the halo, the mist shoots out and warms the air, however then the air cools the water droplets. In case you dwell someplace that will get frigid-cold within the winter like New York, I’ve an answer: Run the bathe for a couple of minutes earlier than getting in, preserve the door shut, and switch off vents. Drawback considerably solved. However this makes my small toilet all of the wetter. It additionally type of works towards the purpose of an eco-friendly bathe.
Nevertheless it’s just about value it
Though I flat out love the Nebia, I really feel slightly insane recommending a $650 bathe head and wand. I’ve by no means sought to improve my bathe expertise earlier than, and now, all of the sudden, this mist machine has whisked me away to the far off land of half-a-grand toilet home equipment. Similar to all these tech millionaires who invested in it, I’ve spoiled myself to the purpose of no return. I’m caught right here now.
In case you’re searching for a minor improve to your bathe, or if you wish to deplete rather less water at dwelling, yow will discover an satisfactory bathe head for much less. That’s in order for you a standard bathe. In any other case, you simply may desire a Nebia.
Some individuals might discover the worth tag simpler to swallow than others. In case you personal an condo or dwelling, perhaps it’s a better promote—an funding!? In case you pay a water invoice, relying on the place you reside a Nebia might prevent cash over time. Or perhaps you simply need to really feel like a tech billionaire each morning.
My doubters won’t ever consider me with out making an attempt it out themselves, however I’m satisfied. This bathe is the stuff of overpriced goals. An opulent expertise you’ll be able to plop into any outdated toilet to spice the place up. I can’t actually afford it—nope, I can’t—but when I needed to veer both manner, I’d say I’m bought.
READMEIt feels nice—not like any bathe you’ve most likely ever used$650 certain looks as if so much for a bathe head upgradeEco-friendly vibes are a strong plusWater will get in all places, however all that additional moisture is value it
Video shot by Harrison Weber, edited by Eddie Costas and Eleanor Fye.