The world's most in-depth and scientific reviews of outdoor gear

Rinsekit Pod Review

Good for a quick rinse on the go, not the best shower.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Price:  $100 List | $79.95 at REI
Compare prices at 2 resellers
Pros:  Multiple spray settings, easy to fill, durable, simple to use
Cons:  Precipitous pressure drop-off, can't fully empty, hose required for refill, small capacity
Manufacturer:   Rinsekit
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Aug 15, 2019
  • Share this article:
Our Editors independently research, test, and rate the best products. We only make money if you purchase a product through our links, and we never accept free products from manufacturers. Learn more
65
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#6 of 10
  • Comfort - 30% 7
  • Functionality - 25% 6
  • Ease of Set Up - 20% 6
  • Durability - 15% 8
  • Portability - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The RinseKit POD is like having a portable hose for short periods of time. With all the functionality of your at-home spray nozzle, you can easily clean your gear before sticking it back in your car. Yet with a very limited capacity, you're unlikely to be able to clean too much before you need a refill, and the closer you get to empty, the less pressure this little kit will put out. It's a pretty compact package ready to load into your car for your next adventure. It requires refilling with your garden hose and doesn't make for a great cleansing shower, but it's a good choice for a quick rinse on the go.


Compare to Similar Products

 
This Product
Rinsekit Pod
Awards  Editors' Choice Award Best Buy Award  Top Pick Award 
Price $79.95 at REI
Compare at 2 sellers
$180 List$35 List$31.17 at Amazon$69.99 at Amazon
Compare at 3 sellers
Overall Score Sort Icon
100
0
65
100
0
81
100
0
76
100
0
72
100
0
68
Star Rating
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Pros Multiple spray settings, easy to fill, durable, simple to useExtremely durable, adjustable pressure, easiest to heat, handy temperature gauge, simple to useComfortable shower head, long-lasting battery, versatile, relatively inexpensiveWide shower head, easy to useHighly versatile, packable, good pressure, durable, water lasts a long time
Cons Precipitous pressure drop-off, can't fully empty, hose required for refill, small capacityHeavy, doesn’t pack smallerBattery can’t get wet, not overly durable, hanging attachments inefficientShorter battery life, can’t submerge battery, durability issuesSmall shower head, narrow opening, must hold in ON position
Bottom Line Good for a quick rinse on the go, not the best shower.A wildly functional and useful shower in an incredibly durable package.Nearly as comfortable as your shower at home, but you can take it just about anywhere!One of many mimics, this shower can’t quite measure up.A truly versatile, all-around useful shower that you’ll want to take with you everywhere.
Rating Categories Rinsekit Pod Zodi Extreme S/C AngLink Portable Pure Clean Battery-Powered NEMO Helio Pressure Shower
Comfort (30%)
10
0
7
10
0
8
10
0
9
10
0
9
10
0
7
Functionality (25%)
10
0
6
10
0
9
10
0
8
10
0
7
10
0
7
Ease Of Set Up (20%)
10
0
6
10
0
9
10
0
7
10
0
7
10
0
6
Durability (15%)
10
0
8
10
0
9
10
0
6
10
0
5
10
0
7
Portability (10%)
10
0
5
10
0
3
10
0
6
10
0
6
10
0
7
Specs Rinsekit Pod Zodi Extreme S/C AngLink Portable Pure Clean... NEMO Helio...
Heating Method Battery powered Stovetop Manual Manual Manual or Solar
Shower Head Usable Width 1.6 in 1 in 2 in 2 in 0.6 in
Time Until Empty 1 min 40 sec 3 min 30 sec 4 min 40 sec 4 min 40 sec 5 min 45 sec
Weight (shower only) 5 lb 6 oz 6 lb 10 oz 1 lb 2 oz 1 lb 2 oz 1 lb 6 oz
Packed Size (L x W in inches) 14" x 11.75" 22" x 8.5" 69.5" x 2.5" 70" x 2.5" 5.5" x 8.5"
Filled Size (inches) Same 22" x 8.5" Same plus a bucket Same plus a bucket 17" x 8.5"
Hose Length 6 ft 1 in 5 ft 10.5 in 5 ft 9.5 in 5 ft 10 in 6 ft 8 in
Shower Head Diameter 2.25 on 1.25 in 2.6 in 2.6 in 1 in
Capacity 1.75 gal 3 gal Bucket Bucket 2.9 gal
Rate of Flow Extremely variable 4.1 L/min 4.3 L/min 4.2 L/min 2.2 L/min
Construction Plastic, fabric-wrapped hose Stainless steel, industrial grade brass valves Rubber hose, plastic components Rubber hose, plastic components Polyurethne-coated polyester, neoprene hose

Our Analysis and Test Results

The RinseKit POD is a battery-free, portable, pressurized shower with a garden hose-like nozzle. It holds 1.75 gallons and has aa 6 foot hose with a 1.6 inch wide shower spray.

Performance Comparison


Take your hose with you while leaving your hose at home!
Take your hose with you while leaving your hose at home!

Comfort


Using your garden hose, this kit can reach its optimal pressure of 60-65 PSI, which is about what the average outdoor faucet puts out. While at first, this pressure is extremely useful, it rapidly deteriorates to a mere trickle by the time the RinseKit POD is nearly empty. So while it still puts out water, don't expect this to be a miracle dog-washing or car-scrubbing genie, as the water trickles tragically from the nozzle. And unless you purchase an additional kit, there's no way to repressurize the unit except by filling it again from your home water source.

There are five settings on the head, much like a garden hose head, allowing you to direct the water where you need it. It also has a small wire to hold in the ON position as well. The "shower" setting provides a wide spray of needle-like water that provides good coverage, but it's unlikely to be your new favorite outdoor shower.

The shower setting is the widest spray  and we think the most useful.
The shower setting is the widest spray, and we think the most useful.

Functionality


With a 1.75 gallon capacity, the POD is the smallest of the three options from RinseKit - the others are 2 and 3 gallons though, so not that much larger. Depending on what setting you use, you'll get drastically different amounts of time to use this kit. On our favorite setting - the shower setting - we were only able to get about 1 minute and 40 seconds of spray, and the last half of that is a pretty weak spray at that. However, the mist setting gave a whopping 15 and a half minutes of water! Though after the first 5 or 6 minutes, the water flow dropped to a nearly useless amount. On the box, RinseKit claims 4 minutes of spray, which we were able to achieve that or longer on 3 of the 5 settings (mist, center, and jet), though only the mist setting had any real pressure left at that time. But as mist, it's not easy to use for a shower or good rinse, so we're not totally sure exactly what this 4-minute claim is referring to.

A small black tube, the POD heats up decently if left in the sun for a few hours, but as it's really not useful for a shower, we found ourselves less in need of warming up its contents. This unit has a 6'1" hose with a 1.6" wide shower spray. It also takes just 20-30 seconds to fill it with an average outdoor faucet.

On its last legs  the amount of water expelled is practically pitiful.
On its last legs, the amount of water expelled is practically pitiful.

Ease of Set Up


This is one of the most straightforward showers to set up that we tested. It's always put together and needs no assembly or take-down whatsoever. However, it does require a specific adapter to attach your at-home hose to the unit to fill it. The model we tested actually showed up without this essential adapter! But once we got it, we were easily able to fill this wee beastie as many times as we wanted by simply threading the adapter onto the end of a hose. The adapter also makes it incredibly easy - it turns your water source into a simple snap-on/snap-off refill station for your POD, making this process a cinch. Be careful though - the pressure your hose creates inside the unit also makes removing it from the RinseKit a dicey affair of dodging spray from the disconnection point!

The hose of the POD wraps easily around the side for storage and a small rubber bungee holds the nozzle in place for transport. We find it a bit vexing that there's no way to see how much water is left in the POD - and much more so that there's no way to fully empty the tank, let alone to clean it!

An easy attachment point just snaps pieces together  making the RinseKit even simpler to refill - which is good because you'll empty it quickly!
An easy attachment point just snaps pieces together, making the RinseKit even simpler to refill - which is good because you'll empty it quickly!

Durability


The POD is a pretty solid little gizmo, built of sturdy plastic with a fabric-wrapped hose and a minimal amount of moving parts or things you could mess with and potentially break. We had no issues during our testing, even when dropping ours and kicking it around to see what happened. Probably the worst thing we noticed is that the attachment point between the hose and nozzle isn't 100% leakproof. We did find some other users who complained theirs lost pressure after a while or that it even exploded in the sun, but we experienced neither of these issues while we tested them in the hot July sun.

Portability


For what it is, the RinseKit POD is pretty portable. It doesn't break down or compress in any way, so it's not a good choice for backpacking or carrying too far. Its handle is wide and comfortable enough to carry all 1.75 gallons of water in this 5 lb 6 oz package. It's 14 inches long and 11.75 inches tall and we think it's easy to tuck away in the car for a quick bit of water on the go. That being said, this shower's dependence on a faucet to fill it will really limit the places you can take it and still expect a refill. You can add more options with the purchase of an "adventure bundle" ($250) or "outdoor bundle" ($204) from RinseKit if being able to refill and repressurize on the go is something you crave.

Even full  the RinseKit POD is compact and pretty portable.
Even full, the RinseKit POD is compact and pretty portable.

Best Applications


The RinseKit POD is a great option for a quick on-the-go rinse that you can bring with for a sandy beach day or a muddy bike ride. It's easy to load into your car and cart along on your adventures, but don't expect to get a big clean out of it. A larger model might get you closer to that outdoor shower, but we think there are better options for a proper backwoods rub-a-dub. But for a quick rinse that's super simple to use, the POD is a solid choice.

Keep your gear clean even when you're not next to your garden hose.
Keep your gear clean even when you're not next to your garden hose.

Value


The POD is about the middle of the pack for the price. If you're after a quick rinse without having to break out the garden hose, we think this little kit is worth the price. But if you're after a longer scrub or a sweet outdoor shower, this probably won't fill that need.

Conclusion


The RinseKit POD is a compact and useful tool for exactly what its name suggests - giving things a quick rinse. It's a portable and reasonably durable model that's easy to use with constant access to an outdoor hose hookup. Though it can't provide constant pressure through the whole tank and you can't ever completely empty it, it's a great little hose-to-go solution for short-term needs without being all that expensive.

Though not enough water for a full doggy bath  you can certainly rinse off that summertime dust.
Though not enough water for a full doggy bath, you can certainly rinse off that summertime dust.


Maggie Brandenburg