Updated 1 May 2014

Aquatica

Eco Smarte Multispray Hand Shower SM MSHSS cp

Bottom line: This shower head was the equal most-liked in our trial. On low pressure it also used the least hot water.

Eco Smarte Multispray Hand Shower  SM MSHSS cp
Consumer recommended
68
Price guide

$246

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Test results

Overall score
OK
68
Effectiveness
OK
6.3/10
Comfort
Good
7.3/10
Overall score - restrictors removed (%)
OK
64/10
Effectiveness - restrictors removed
Very good
8.6/10
Comfort - restrictors removed
Poor
4.3/10

Good points

  • OK showering effectiveness.
  • Good showering comfort.
  • Very good 7.0 litres/minute water-use rate.
  • 5 spray patterns.

But

  • Removing the restrictor increased the head’s effectiveness – although its water use went up to 16.0 litres/minute and its showering comfort rating also fell from good to poor.
  • This head achieved a higher overall score with the restrictor in place.

How we test

Overall score includes:

  • Effectiveness (50 percent) - rated on how well the shower wet and rinsed the hair and body.
  • Comfort (50 percent) - rated on the feel of the shower on the head and body.

The Aquatica/Eco-Stream and Feltonmix heads could be configured as high-flow by removing the supplied flow restrictor. We assessed these models both with and without the restrictors.

Aquatica Eco Smarte and Aquatica Eco Stream are identical but are marketed under two names and sold by different retailers.

Our trial
Each head was trialled by 8 people. Each trial was conducted in the same shower cubicle using the same mixer-control and slide-rail each time. The shower head and hose were changed every day.

We also measured the mains water pressure and then the water flow for each head.

Note: our trial was conducted in June 2010. Price and availability have been updated, but new models for many of the brands are now available.

Full specs

Model

Price guide
$246

Specifications

Flow (L/min)
7.0
Flow - restrictors removed (L/min)
16.0
Spray patterns
5
Head diameter (mm)
99
Hose length (mm)
1610
Slide-rail length (mm)
525

Features

Fitting type
Slide
Finish
Chrome
Soap dish