How many orange and grey battery-powered showers can there be? At least one more, and the Pure Clean Battery-Powered is our current favorite. This Best Buy winner won't put you in the poor house, and the rechargeable battery means you can get your shower on without pumping or squeezing. It's a very comfortable shower to use, though it does have a short battery life and easy-to-lose pieces that have no replacements.
Pure Clean Battery-Powered Review
Cons: Shorter battery life, can’t submerge battery, durability issues
Manufacturer: Pure Clean
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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. The ultra-friendly price tag and good performance made it a clear choice for our Best Buy award.
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 of the Pure Clean makes it easy to conserve water during your shower. And with an included hanger and suction cup, a hands-free shower is actually possible! However, these attachments have a loose fit making it easy to knock the nozzle from its fixture and onto the ground in the middle of your shower if you're not careful.
All the physical measurements of the Pure Clean exactly, or nearly exactly, match those of the other orange and grey lookalikes you'll likely see online. It 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.
The one place where the Pure Clean let us down was in its battery life. This shower only made it 32 continuous minutes, not nearly as long as others we've tested in the past. To be fair, that's still a pretty luxurious shower — you'd need an extensive water reservoir to bathe that long! We ran through an entire 5-gallon bucket in about 5 minutes.
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 — just set the pump in your water container and press power!
Of course, as a reminder, you'll need a bucket to hold all your 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.
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. However, we did throw it on cement repeatedly and nothing broke, which bolstered our confidence a bit.
One odd thing that the Pure Clean does sporadically is, even after being switched off, it continues pumping a small amount of water through until the battery gets disconnected. Weird. Additionally, when finished, the directions suggest emptying the unit by removing the showerhead and holding it upside down. Which, of course, means we promptly lost the O-ring connecting the two, and it includes no replacement. This left us with a tiny leak from the base of the showerhead from that point forward.
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 that you'll also need a bucket or other water-holding container to go along with this shower to make it useful. And, while the Pure Clean is easy enough to bring along on a car camping trip, you'll always be tied to some source of electricity to be able to use this shower more than once.
The Pure Clean can deliver home-like shower comfort even when you're far away. Because of its bucket and electricity requirements, we think the best place to use something like this 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 wouldn't be our first choice.
While this shower isn't the best and has some quirks and durability issues, it's still a great value for what you get — which is why it's our Best Buy winner! The wide showerhead provides a comfy home-like experience, and the rechargeable battery power plus hanging hardware means you can take a hands-free shower as many times as you want (as long as you can recharge).
The well-priced Pure Clean is a comfortable and easy to use device with a wide showerhead and good rate of flow. It has some quirks, but if you're on a budget and have a place to recharge the battery, this can help you get clean in comfort.
— Maggie Brandenburg