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Pure Clean Battery-Powered Review

One of many mimics, this shower can’t quite measure up.
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Price:  $45 List | $33.24 at Amazon
Pros:  Wide shower head, easy to use
Cons:  Shorter battery life, can’t submerge battery, durability issues
Manufacturer:   Pure Clean
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 15, 2019
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  • Comfort - 30% 9
  • Functionality - 25% 7
  • Ease of Set Up - 20% 7
  • Durability - 15% 5
  • Portability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

How many orange and grey battery-powered showers can there be? At least one more, and the Pure Clean Battery-Powered is one of them. Though it's a comfortable shower to use, it couldn't quite live up to the performance of the AngLink. With a significantly shorter battery life and easy-to-lose pieces that have no replacements and a higher price tag to boot, this shower couldn't quite measure up despite its identical appearance.


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Pros Wide shower head, easy to useExtremely durable, adjustable pressure, easiest to heat, handy temperature gauge, simple to useEasy to use, can re-pressurize, don't need hose, durable, intense pressureComfortable shower head, long-lasting battery, versatile, relatively inexpensiveHighly versatile, packable, good pressure, durable, water lasts a long time
Cons Shorter battery life, can’t submerge battery, durability issuesHeavy, doesn’t pack smallerPrecipitous drop-off in pressure, included nozzle not a great shower, can't fully emptyBattery can’t get wet, not overly durable, hanging attachments inefficientSmall shower head, narrow opening, must hold in ON position
Bottom Line One of many mimics, this shower can’t quite measure up.A wildly functional and useful shower in an incredibly durable package.A no-nonsense car-top shower and rinse station that gets the job done.Nearly as comfortable as your shower at home, but you can take it just about anywhere!A truly versatile, all-around useful shower that you’ll want to take with you everywhere.
Rating Categories Pure Clean Battery-Powered Zodi Extreme S/C Road Shower 4S AngLink Portable NEMO Helio Pressure Shower
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Specs Pure Clean... Zodi Extreme S/C Road Shower 4S AngLink Portable NEMO Helio...
Heating Method Manual Stovetop Solar Manual Manual or Solar
Shower Head Usable Width 2 in 1 in 0.2 in 2 in 0.6 in
Time Until Empty 4 min 40 sec 3 min 30 sec 4 min 40 sec 4 min 40 sec 5 min 45 sec
Weight (shower only) 1 lb 2 oz 6 lb 10 oz 19.4 lb 1 lb 2 oz 1 lb 6 oz
Packed Size (L x W in inches) 70" x 2.5" 22" x 8.5" 57" x 6.5" 69.5" x 2.5" 5.5" x 8.5"
Filled Size (inches) Same plus a bucket 22" x 8.5" Same Same plus a bucket 17" x 8.5"
Hose Length 5 ft 10 in 5 ft 10.5 in 4 ft 6 in 5 ft 9.5 in 6 ft 8 in
Shower Head Diameter 2.6 in 1.25 in 0.5 in 2.6 in 1 in
Capacity Bucket 3 gal 4 gal Bucket 2.9 gal
Rate of Flow 4.2 L/min 4.1 L/min Extremely variable 4.3 L/min 2.2 L/min
Construction Rubber hose, plastic components Stainless steel, industrial grade brass valves Powder coated aluminum tube, food grade hose, standard brass hose fitting Rubber hose, plastic components Polyurethne-coated polyester, neoprene hose

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Pure Clean is a battery-powered shower that needs to be paired with a water-holding receptacle (like a bucket). It's USB rechargeable and features a 5'10" hose, a 2" spray, and attachments to hang or stick it to something while you use it.

Performance Comparison


The Pure Clean (left) and AngLink (right) are nearly identical in appearance but have important differences in performance.
The Pure Clean (left) and AngLink (right) are nearly identical in appearance but have important differences in performance.

Comfort


Overall, the Pure Clean and its many "body doubles" are incredibly comfortable showers to use. These seemingly identical orange contraptions boast a usable showerhead width of 2 full inches. Powered by a rechargeable battery and little orange pump, the Pure Clean delivers a comfortable and steady stream of water to users. While there's no way to adjust the rate of flow, the power button on the battery pack makes it easy to conserve water during your shower. And with an included hanger and suction cup, a hands-free shower is possible! Though these attachments with the Pure Clean are a looser fit than those of the competition, making it easier to knock the nozzle from its fixture and onto the ground in the middle of your shower.

The Pure Clean has a wide shower head that's nearly as comfortable as our home showers!
The Pure Clean has a wide shower head that's nearly as comfortable as our home showers!

Functionality


All the physical measurements of the Pure Clean exactly, or nearly exactly, match those of the other orange and grey lookalikes. The Pure Clean does have a marginally lower rate of flow, at 4.2 L/min, but we think it honestly feels the same and is equally as comfortable to use. However, where the Pure Clean really let us down was in its battery life. The Pure Clean only made it 32 continuous minutes, compared to the competition that lasted up to 46 minutes! That's a pretty big difference, though in either case, you'd need an extensive water reservoir to have a shower that long anyway - you'll run through an entire 5-gallon bucket in about 5 minutes.

At least part of the pump comes apart to help clean and maintain this shower.
At least part of the pump comes apart to help clean and maintain this shower.

Ease of Set Up


The Pure Clean is simple to set up. It essentially stays set up after you put it together the first time, and you just set the pump in your water container and press power! Of course, as a reminder, you'll need a bucket to hold all that water and a way to heat it as well, unless you're down with cold showers or are cleaning things other than yourself that don't require a perfect 104 degrees.

Toss the pump in a bucket of water and you're good to go!
Toss the pump in a bucket of water and you're good to go!

Durability


The Pure Clean feels as though it's made of cheap plastic that could potentially crack if dropped the wrong way on the driveway or kept in a cold garage over the winter. Though we did throw it on cement repeatedly and nothing broke, which bolstered our confidence a bit. One odd thing that the Pure Clean would do sporadically is even after the unit was switched off, it would continue pumping a small amount of water through until we unhooked the battery. Weird. Additionally, after using this unit, the directions suggest emptying it by removing the showerhead and holding it upside down. Which of course meant we promptly lost the O-ring connecting the two, and it includes no replacement. And so ever afterward, a tiny leak was sprung, spewing a minuscule jet of water from the base of the showerhead.

Though they appear the same as the other lookalikes' hangers  the Pure Clean versions are looser and less stable to use.
Though they appear the same as the other lookalikes' hangers, the Pure Clean versions are looser and less stable to use.

Portability


The Pure Clean is a fairly lightweight unit that doesn't take up a ton of space in your camping kit or car. However, remember again that you'll also need a bucket or other water-holding container to go along with that shower to make it useful. The Pure Clean is easy enough to bring along on a car camping trip, though you'll always be tied to some source of electricity to be able to use this shower.

A sampling of the showers we tested  filled with water.  Back row  from left to right: Zodi Extreme  Coghlan's  Simple Shower  Advanced Elements  Nemo Helio.  Front row from left to right: Pure Clean  AngLink.
A sampling of the showers we tested, filled with water. Back row, from left to right: Zodi Extreme, Coghlan's, Simple Shower, Advanced Elements, Nemo Helio. Front row from left to right: Pure Clean, AngLink.

Best Applications


The Pure Clean can deliver home-like shower comfort even when you're far from home. Because of its bucket and electricity requirements, we think the best place to use something like this shower is car camping, van life, or out in the backyard. If you are set on this level of comfort, you could pair the Pure Clean with a collapsible sink and take it with you backpacking, but it's not our first choice.

One of many lookalikes you can buy online.
One of many lookalikes you can buy online.

Value


This is where it gets a little confusing. For a lesser quality product than the AngLink, you'll actually pay slightly more. We don't think it's probably your best bet to spend more money on a lesser quality product, so maybe check out the AngLink instead, as it's not only a better version of the same shower but also won our Best Buy award.

Conclusion


Though it may appear identical to the dozen other lookalikes available online, the Pure Clean can't quite match the more solid performance of the competition. However, it's still a pretty comfortable and easy to use shower that delivers with a wide showerhead and good rate of flow. For a slightly higher price that equates to lower battery life and no replacement parts, we think you'd be better off with another orange option.

Even  steady coverage makes the Pure Clean a rather useful shower.
Even, steady coverage makes the Pure Clean a rather useful shower.


Maggie Brandenburg