Portable shower caddies are ideal for keeping your toiletries organised, whether you’re camping or living in a shared space like a dorm. Often there just isn’t room for everyone's shampoo, soap and so on, so finding one that's easily transported from bedroom to bathroom is a sure-fire way of ensuring you’ve got what you need when it’s time to cleanse.
There are a few different styles of shower caddies, from mesh hanging bags with a hook to plastic baskets with handles, so we’ve put together a quick buying guide to help identify the various options available to you. From there, we’ll go on to show you our top ten must-buys available to order from Amazon, eBay and John Lewis.
While a portable shower caddy might seem a straightforward buy, there are a few things to consider first such as material and capacity. In our buying guide, we look to bring these to your attention so you can hopefully make a better-informed decision when it’s time to purchase.
The first contemplation should certainly be the style of the caddy. The first option is a simple, hard plastic basket with handles, similar to what you'd use for cleaning supplies. They often have draining holes throughout to ensure that no water pools inside and they don't end up mouldy.
This style is best suited to those who have a shared bathroom but don’t intend on taking their caddy out of the home, as they cannot fold away. Moreover, it’s worth noting that this style of basket often only has a couple of large compartments.
Hanging shower caddies, on the other hand, tend to be much more malleable, so they’re capable of working in both a shared living space and for travel. They are hung either with a coat-hanger-like hook or suction cups and will be made from polyester, mesh or both while having anywhere between one and eight compartments.
When it comes to the materials, there are two standout performers – plastic and mesh. Plastic is generally used with handle-style caddies and, being sturdy, it will keep bottles and other items upright. However, the baskets do stay wet for a little longer, meaning that once back in your tent or room, they'll take longer to dry.
Mesh caddies, however, don’t retain any water whatsoever. Therefore, although they hang directly under the stream of the shower, they drain practically instantly, so you won't be carrying a trail of water back to your room. Mesh is also more flexible, meaning that they can hang and fit in several different places, which is handy if you’re using a smaller or uniquely shaped shower.
Different caddies have different numbers of compartments, with options ranging from one to around eight. While bigger might seem better, we’d always recommend looking for something that suits your needs instead of picking up the biggest.
With that in mind, it’s worth considering what toiletries you have and how you’d like to separate them into groups if you could. For instance, shampoo and conditioner, brushes, moisturisers and creams, razors, and so on. Once you understand how many sections you’ll need, look for a caddy that can provide this.
Also, don't forget that not all compartments will be the same size. Generally, the manufacturers will provide at least one generous section, which will fit large bottles, but many are often medium to small-sized. Sadly, these dimensions are not provided, but looking at product images can help.
Last but not least, the dimensions of the caddy. If you’re opting for a hanging bag, then this isn’t as pertinent as it doesn’t have to sit on the shower floor or the side of the bath. However, it is still worth double-checking that it'll fit on the showerhead and that you’ll be able to access it comfortably. If it's got to fit in a camping backpack, you'll want to note its size too.
For handled caddies, looking into the dimensions will also be important as they require a space in the bathroom. Of course, where it fits best will depend on the layout. So you might want to measure various spots where it would be accessible before trying to find a caddy that will fit there comfortably.
Now that you’ve given some thought to the subtle factors concerning portable shower caddies, it’s time to take a look at our ten favourites. We have a range of different styles and sizes, so fingers crossed we have one perfect for you, your toiletries and your bathroom!
|Material||Polyester and mesh|
|Dimensions||35 x 30 x 6 cm|
|Dimensions||36 x 30 x 25 cm|
|Dimensions||22.3 x 17.5 x 13.4 cm|
|Dimensions||19.7 x 13 x 3.6 cm|
|Material||Polyester and mesh|
|Dimensions||25.4 x 24.1 x 6.3 cm|
|Dimensions||30.5 x 20.2 x 15.2 cm|
|Dimensions||27.7 x 23.3 x 9.4 cm|
|Dimensions||35.4 x 32.7 x 14 cm|
|Dimensions||79 x 42 x 0.3 cm|
|Dimensions||26 x 26 x 7 cm|
Design de Valeur
Shanghai Yijue International Trade Co.
John Lewis & Partners
Mesh Shower Caddy
Mesh Shower Caddy Organiser
Bathroom Shower Tote
2-Pack Portable Mesh Shower Caddies
Orbz Divided Tote
Portable Shower Caddy
Hanging Mesh Shower Caddy With Hooks
Bath Basket for Shower
2-Pack Quick-Dry Mesh Shower Caddies
ANYDAY Bathroom Suction Basket
Great Price, Great Looks and Great Functionality
The Armoury for Your Toiletry Army
Aesthetically Pleasing, Flexible Baskets
Strong, Sturdy and Sure to Stay Put
A Rare Handled Caddy With Multiple Compartments
Just Ideal for Camping Trips and Travel
A Compact Pick for Those Who Don’t Need Much
Find the Ideal Colour to Suit Your Decor
For Those Who Value Function Over Style
A Simple Bag That Hangs up With Suction Pads
|Material||Mesh||Mesh||Plastic||Mesh||Plastic||Polyester and mesh||Mesh||Plastic||Mesh||Polyester and mesh|
|Dimensions||26 x 26 x 7 cm||79 x 42 x 0.3 cm||35.4 x 32.7 x 14 cm||27.7 x 23.3 x 9.4 cm||30.5 x 20.2 x 15.2 cm||25.4 x 24.1 x 6.3 cm||19.7 x 13 x 3.6 cm||22.3 x 17.5 x 13.4 cm||36 x 30 x 25 cm||35 x 30 x 6 cm|
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Whether you need a caddy for your permanent shared living situation or you'd like something that can travel well, we hope that you've found our buying guide and ranking helpful. Here's to keeping your shampoo and conditioner all in one easy-to-reach place – and out of the hands of any cheeky housemates!
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