We love the feel of showering with this easy-to-use unit from AngLink that easily took home our Best Buy award. With a wide, comfortable shower head and a battery-powered pump delivering steady, even pressure, we had no problem cleaning and shampooing anything dirty we could get our hands on. With a hanger or suction cup option for hands-free showering, this was about as close as we could get to the comforts of home with the ambiance of nature. With a long-lasting battery and available for a very reasonable price, it was a no-brainer to give the AngLink*our Best Buy award.
AngLink Portable Review
Cons: Battery can’t get wet, not overly durable, hanging attachments inefficient
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|Pros||Comfortable shower head, long-lasting battery, versatile, relatively inexpensive||Extremely durable, adjustable pressure, easiest to heat, handy temperature gauge, simple to use||Wide shower head, easy to use||Highly versatile, packable, good pressure, durable, water lasts a long time||Easy to hang, efficient solar heating, easy to use temperature gauge, quality construction, highly portable|
|Cons||Battery can’t get wet, not overly durable, hanging attachments inefficient||Heavy, doesn’t pack smaller||Shorter battery life, can’t submerge battery, durability issues||Small shower head, narrow opening, must hold in ON position||Low pressure, heavy when full|
|Bottom Line||Nearly as comfortable as your shower at home, but you can take it anywhere!||A wildly functional and useful shower in an incredibly durable package.||One of many mimics, this shower can’t quite measure up.||A truly versatile, all-around dead-useful shower that you’ll want to take with you everywhere.||A durable take on an old design, this is a gravity shower you can take just about anywhere.|
|Rating Categories||AngLink Portable||Zodi Extreme S/C||Pure Clean Battery-Powered||NEMO Helio Pressure Shower||Advanced Elements 5-Gallon|
|Ease Of Set Up (20%)|
|Specs||AngLink Portable||Zodi Extreme S/C||Pure Clean...||NEMO Helio...||Advanced Elements...|
|Heating Method||Manual||Stovetop||Manual||Manual or Solar||Solar|
|Shower Head Usable Width||2in||1in||2in||.6in||1in|
|Time Until Empty||4min 40sec||3min 30sec||4min 40sec||5min 45sec||6min|
|Weight (shower only)||1lb 2oz||6lb 10oz||1lb 2oz||1lb 6oz||11oz|
|Packed Size (L x W in inches)||69.5" x 2.5"||22" x 8.5"||70" x 2.5"||5.5" x 8.5"||18" x 4"|
|Filled Size (inches)||Same plus a bucket||22" x 8.5"||Same plus a bucket||17" x 8.5"||18" x 15" x 6"|
|Hose Length||5ft 9.5in||5ft 10.5in||5ft 10in||6ft 8in||1ft 5in|
|Shower Head Diameter||2.6in||1.25in||2.6in||1in||1.4in|
|Capacity||Bucket||3 gal||Bucket||2.9 gal||5 gal|
|Rate of Flow||4.3 L/min||4.1 L/min||4.2 L/min||2.2 L/min||2.3 L/min|
|Construction||Rubber hose, plastic components||Stainless steel, industrial grade brass valves||Rubber hose, plastic components||Polyurethne-coated polyester, neoprene hose||4-layer construction|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Testing such different showers side-by-side yielded some very interesting and telling results! The AngLink was a favorite among testers - keep reading to find out why!
Tied with the Pure Clean for the widest shower head among all the showers we tested, we love the added comfort you get from the AngLink with this full coverage. The battery-powered pump delivers consistent pressure that's just the right amount for a nice comfortable shower where shampooing and rinsing your hair is no problem whatsoever. Really, the only limit to the length of your shower is the size of your water container - we used a five-gallon bucket, which gives a shower length just shy of five luxurious minutes. The AngLink also comes with two attachments for the shower head that allow you to either hang or suction the unit onto another surface for hands-free showering. It also is easy to use to bathe the dog or wash the car in the driveway.
We adore using the AngLink because of how incredibly comfortable it is - almost as good as our home showers! Our only complaint is that the 5ft 9.5in hose isn't quite long enough to comfortably hang over the heads of tall people without also raising the bucket of water it's drawing from. Aside from that, we are quite impressed with the comfort this shower delivers.
The AngLink is a high performer among all models and outcompetes the visually identical Pure Clean in battery life. The Pure Clean lasts for about 32 minutes of continuous use, but the AngLink lasts for a whopping 46 minutes! And it performs at a flow rate of 4.3 L/min, which is the second-highest output of all the showers we tested.
One downfall of this type of shower is the heating of the water used for your shower. A 5 gallon bucket of water left in the sun will heat up, depending on the color of the bucket, but it also collects debris and bugs and other creatures from the outdoors - and who wants to shower in dead moth water? Not us! But heating water to fill a bucket that large is quite a chore, and with an open top, you'll lose heat quickly too. But if you can find that sweet spot, the AngLink is a great performing shower.
Ease of Set Up
The directions of use for the AngLink are straightforward. Reading online, we were under the impression that the entire unit is waterproof, but upon reading the enclosed directions, we found that the battery unit is not to be submerged. This causes a bit of a struggle, as leaving the battery on the ground next to your shower bucket inevitably ends with the battery laying in a puddle. So what could be a simple set up is complicated a bit by the struggle of how to protect the battery from getting wet.
That being said, this unit is very easy to use - simply stick the pump into water and turn it on! A handy power button on the battery makes it easy to turn the water off when you're not using it to conserve what you have and extend your shower. And while we love the hands-free option to hang or suction the AngLink, we had some struggles getting it to stay attached to the shower head and pointing in the direction we wanted it. Working through those minor details though, the AngLink is pretty easy to use and clean up when you're finished with your bathtime.
Nearly identical in appearance to the Pure Clean shower (and actually what appears to be a large number of identical-looking orange and grey showers all across the internet), the AngLink has some advantages over the Pure Clean. The battery lasts significantly longer in use (46 minutes compared to 32), which is a major plus. Additionally, the AngLink comes with an extra O-ring for the connection between the hose and shower head. This seems minor, but as a connection that frequently needs to be disconnected and reconnected, this is important! We actually lost the O-ring of the Pure Clean during testing and had no additional piece with which to replace it, causing the Pure Clean to leak ever afterward.
That being said, the battery pack and connection to the batter not being waterproof is a major concern. More than once the battery ended up laying in a puddle of water. One of those times, the shower then continuously turned itself on and off until we removed the battery from the unit. Once the whole thing dried out it seemed to work fine again, but it was an alarming experience! Additionally, the charging cable for the battery is quite specific and would be a challenge to replace if it was lost. Overall, the durability of this unit doesn't wow us.
The AngLink is a small, easy-to-carry little shower, weighing just 1.1lbs. The catch of course, is the bucket you need to properly shower. However, the unit itself is quite lightweight and fairly packable, though it comes with no carrying case or way to keep the cords and hose wound up and not flying loose in your car or bag.
The biggest downfall to the true portability of this unit, that is likely to keep you from taking it backpacking (aside from the giant bucket, as you could use a collapsible sink unit), is its dependence on electricity. While the USB rechargeable battery is great for car camping or using in the front lawn, it's less ideal for long trips off the grid. Unless you're already carrying solar panels with you, in which case enjoy your shower too! But really, though the AngLink is fairly small and reasonably portable, it's unlikely to be a top choice for backpackers - though a great fit for car camping and boondocking!
We think the AngLink is an excellent addition to your car camping experience. You can avoid paying all those quarters at the campground, or not have to worry about the lack of showers at your favorite remote location! It's also a great addition to a boondocking setup. As #vanlife is becoming more popular, not taking showers is remaining the same level of unpopular. The AngLink offers an elegant and comfortable solution - and the suction cup practically begs to be attached to your van window!
Another area where the benefits of the AngLink are clear! This unit will only set you back about $35, and we think that once you give it a try, you'll wonder why you didn't' get one sooner! Comfortable to use and easy to clean not only yourself but also pretty much anything you would normally use a garden hose for, the AngLink is a pretty great value for what you get - clearly we think this so strongly, we awarded it our Best Buy choice!
Though it has many doppelgangers strewn across the internet, the AngLink has an edge in longevity and battery life. Compared to other camping showers, using the AngLink is positively living in the lap of luxury. Easy to use, this versatile shower is also a great value, and we think an excellent addition to your car camping or van life set up.
— Maggie Brandenburg