We spent 13 hours looking at options for the best shower caddy, reviewing user reviews, looking at the different models in stores, researching features and functionalities, and we believe the that the OXO Good Grips Shower Caddy is the best shower caddy out there.
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History of the Shower
The history of bathing is relatively straightforward, but the ways in which it was done, and continue to be done, are varied.
North Americans took to the notion of daily bathing in the 1920’s when companies began to advertise regular soap use for hand washing and use of a daily mouth wash. It also coincided with people working together daily in close quarters. More people, less space, more showers. Listerine came to market as a solution for everything from cuts to dandruff – which wasn’t easy to sell, and therefore people did not take to the idea right away. It eventually became a solid sale asmouthwash. That, and the popular “toilet soap” used to wash garments had to be marketed to the American population by creating issues that needed to be resolved. And so, we learned about bad breath and body odor, two maladies we were not so concerned with prior to this time. Statistically speaking, Americans shower more than the Chinese, British, and Japanese who average five times per week; but less than the population of Brazil and Columbia who according to numbers reported by Eurominotor, shower more than once a day.
With all this showering and bathing, the increase in our product consumption is increasing as well. Women of the world shower more than men, unless you are in Sweden.
While bathing was the first way that the world got clean, showers had gained much popularity since their inception in England circa 1767 when William Feetham designed the first mechanical shower. Feetham, who was a stove maker from Ludgate Hill, used a pump to force the water into a vessel above the bather’s head which was dispensed by pulling on a chain to release the water. Since then, the shower has become preferred in many areas where hygienic measures must be taken, starting with those of the French army in the 1870’s.
Back in the day, when you went to the local waterfall for a shower, there was no need to worry about keeping your shampoos and soaps all tidy in an area. You just placed them on a rock and hoped that no one stole them. We are joking of course, but the waterfall was the very first type of shower on record.
Today we have domestic showers which are the commonly found stall showers or shower head over a bathtub. There are also public showers which you can find in athletic and aquatic facilities, and this style is in a large open room with multiple shower heads, or individual stalls shielded by a curtain or wall. The military often employs this as well in the form of field showers, which allow the troops to wash away dangerous residue or chemical weapons, agents, or material.
Bathing Rituals Around the World
Today in North America, many of the homes we live in are outfitted with modern bath and shower amenities, but we considered how people in other parts of the world get cleaned up. In Russia, the ‘banya’ or bathhouse was used by the working class to wash up together on Sundays. This tradition holds true even today. Some feature cold plunge pools and hot steam rooms as additional features which are believed to provide a variety of health benefits. Wealthy Russians will pay to use their own private baths.
The Turkish hammam is similar with its three areas, a hot steam room, a warm room for the actual bath, and the cool room which is where you rest. Hammans are specific to men or women and can be traced back to the famous Roman baths. The addition of a ‘kese’ for exfoliation is important to the Turkish bathing ritual, which also was once a major part of life celebrations like births or weddings.
Speaking of steamy, one of our favorite bathing traditions is the sauna, originating in Finland where all Finns take a sauna at least once a week. Traditionally heated by wood stoves without chimneys, the sauna was a smoky experience and considered to be the best kind. Showering before, followed by a jump into the snow or a cold body of water afterwards increases circulation.
The Koreans take bath houses to a whole new level with food service stations, salt rooms, seawater bath options, swimming pools, and other commodities that make these 24/7 communal locations a destination for all. Milk baths with scrubbing mitts are added to moisturize the skin and promote circulation.
Another notion that takes it to the outdoors is by using natural hot springs to bathe like they do in Japan. These ‘onsen’ are separated by sexes and used after washing with soap and water before entry.
What Features are Important
With all the options and data out there about bathing rituals around the world, the shower remains the better option for your skin according to some dermatologists. Prolonged exposure to the bath water can lead to dry skin and partake in spas, or public baths can expose you to a different issues or germs, so heed caution and rinse after taking a dip in that sort of environment.
So now need a place to store all your products that clean, exfoliate, and condition all your parts. Let me introduce you to the shower caddy. This storage system is typically inside of the shower stall and will keep your soaps, scrubbies, shampoos, and conditioners all neat and tidy and in one place. Some designs are portable, some are on the wall mounted permanently or with suction cups, and some hang around the neck of the shower spigot.
First, you need to determine if your shower caddy will be a permanent fixture in your shower. You could consider a wall mounted design if you do not want it to move. If you are looking for a model that would be used in a shared environment, you will need a mobile option, one that is waterproof or can dry quickly, and be carried easily with handles. Having enough space for the products that you use is the most important feature to look for, and if you are looking for a shower caddy for a family, that is going to be critical. Storage size and options, permanence, and materials are all factors that you need to consider when choosing a shower caddy.
How We Selected
Our research made us aware of the problems that the tension rod design in shower caddies often had from stability ease of cleaning, so we did not go with that design to review. We focused on those that could be put over a shower head, easily cleaned around, or were portable. We also looked for the material that each model was made of, and how that would wage in the fight against rust.
Which Features We Reviewed
First, we looked at the material of each shower caddy. Stainless steel provides some protection against rust, but aluminum is tops for that. The addition of plastic components is nice for the sturdiness and lack of rust but also increases the need to clean your shower caddy more regularly from soap scum buildup and product residue.
|OXO Good Grips 3 Tier Shower Caddy||Stainless Steel & Plastic|
|Simplehuman Adjustable Hanging Shower Caddy||Stainless Steel & Aluminum|
|Zenna Home NeverRust Aluminum Shower Caddy||Stainless Steel|
|OXO Good Grips Shower Caddy with Hose Keeper||Stainless Steel & Plastic|
|Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy||Mesh and Polyester Nylon|
Second, we looked at the way that the shower caddy attached to the shower stall. All the models that we looked at were tool free installation.
|OXO Good Grips 3 Tier Shower Caddy||Over open showerhead hook with suction cups on rear|
|Simplehuman Adjustable Hanging Shower Caddy||Over showerhead closeable hook|
|Zenna Home NeverRust Aluminum Shower Caddy||Over showerhead; no hook|
|OXO Good Grips Shower Caddy with Hose Keeper||Over showerhead hook that closes with suction cups on rear|
|Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy||Portable with handles|
Finally, we looked at if the shower caddy had adjustable shelves to accommodate a variety of bottles sized and various products that one might want to have in the shower.
|OXO Good Grips 3 Tier Shower Caddy||No|
|Simplehuman Adjustable Hanging Shower Caddy||Yes|
|Zenna Home NeverRust Aluminum Shower Caddy||No|
|OXO Good Grips Shower Caddy with Hose Keeper||No|
|Attmu Mesh Shower Caddy||No|
What We Liked
We liked the 100% aluminum construction of the Zenna Home design. This eliminated rust altogether which is a bonus. We liked the plastic shelf liners of the OXO shower caddy design in both models that we looked at from this manufacturer. We also appreciated a hook over the shower head that closed or provided better stability. This was found in one of the OXO designs, the simplehuman, and the Zenna Home.
We loved the lightweight and easy carry option that the portable design of the Attmu mesh bag offered as opposed to the plastic shower caddies that tend to be heavier, but also more difficult to clean.
What We Didn’t Like
It did not seem that any single design could assure us that it wouldn’t slip down off of the shower head, but some of the models did take precaution with rubber grips and additional suction cups on the back.
The rust that occurs on different models was not a plus for anyone.
A shower caddy can offer your streamlined organization in the shower and a central location to access your products – a plus while you might have soap or water in your eyes! You want to look for a design that fits your shower, perhaps having to look for multiple models if your house has different shower head styles. It is also important to make sure that you consider which products you are storing on the shower caddy, and how you can make the best use of the space provided.