This little shower from Simple Shower is an interesting blend of simplicity in concept and design and pretty good, albeit limited, performance. With the highest rate of flow of any shower we tested, we had no problems rinsing off just about anything we could get our hands on. However, with such a small capacity, this shower wasn't able to go the distance of shampooing hair or giving the dog a full bath. But for quick rinses, the simple design of this inexpensive little shower works like a charm.
Simple Shower Review
Cons: Very small capacity, easy to lose pieces
Manufacturer: Simple Shower
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|Price||$12.99 at Amazon||$159.99 at Amazon||$35 List||$33.24 at Amazon||$29.99 at Amazon|
|Pros||High rate of flow, lightweight, inexpensive||Extremely durable, adjustable pressure, easiest to heat, handy temperature gauge, simple to use||Comfortable shower head, long-lasting battery, versatile, relatively inexpensive||Wide shower head, easy to use||Easy to hang, efficient solar heating, easy to use temperature gauge, quality construction, highly portable|
|Cons||Very small capacity, easy to lose pieces||Heavy, doesn’t pack smaller||Battery can’t get wet, not overly durable, hanging attachments inefficient||Shorter battery life, can’t submerge battery, durability issues||Low pressure, heavy when full|
|Bottom Line||For a quick rinse, this small, inexpensive shower will do the trick.||A wildly functional and useful shower in an incredibly durable package.||Nearly as comfortable as your shower at home, but you can take it anywhere!||One of many mimics, this shower can’t quite measure up.||A durable take on an old design, this is a gravity shower you can take just about anywhere.|
|Rating Categories||Simple Shower||Zodi Extreme S/C||AngLink Portable||Pure Clean Battery-Powered||Advanced Elements 5-Gallon|
|Ease Of Set Up (20%)|
|Specs||Simple Shower||Zodi Extreme S/C||AngLink Portable||Pure Clean...||Advanced Elements...|
|Heating Method||Manual or Solar||Stovetop||Manual||Manual||Solar|
|Shower Head Usable Width||1.5in||1in||2in||2in||1in|
|Time Until Empty||30sec||3min 30sec||4min 40sec||4min 40sec||6min|
|Weight (shower only)||.9oz||6lb 10oz||1lb 2oz||1lb 2oz||11oz|
|Packed Size (L x W in inches)||13" x 2"||22" x 8.5"||69.5" x 2.5"||70" x 2.5"||18" x 4"|
|Filled Size (inches)||Same plus a 2 liter bottle||22" x 8.5"||Same plus a bucket||Same plus a bucket||18" x 15" x 6"|
|Hose Length||N/A||5ft 10.5in||5ft 9.5in||5ft 10in||1ft 5in|
|Shower Head Diameter||2in||1.25in||2.6in||2.6in||1.4in|
|Capacity||1 or 2 L||3 gal||Bucket||Bucket||5 gal|
|Rate of Flow||7.6 L/min||4.1 L/min||4.3 L/min||4.2 L/min||2.3 L/min|
|Construction||Recycled material||Stainless steel, industrial grade brass valves||Rubber hose, plastic components||Rubber hose, plastic components||4-layer construction|
Our Analysis and Test Results
We spent all summer outside cleaning anything that looked even remotely dirty to test out these showers. While the Simple isn't our favorite of the bunch, it has its merits! Read on to learn how it stacks up to the competition.
The Simple has a relatively wide shower head with plenty of large holes for water to come out and boasts some of the best coverage of any shower we tested. The flow is fast and thorough and comfortable. However, in conjunction with a 2 liter bottle (as you have a choice between a 1 liter or 2 liter bottle when you start), this gives you about 30 seconds of constant flow. This is totally fine to rinse soap from dishes or grubby dog paws, but even the most efficient shower-taker in the world would be hard pressed to get completely wet, soap up, and rinse off with that amount of water. It's also not exactly the most comfortable to hold - you're literally palming a 2 liter bottle upside down!
This little shower that could has the highest rate of flow of any shower we tested. Though while this sounds like a great thing, it also means you run through those 2 measly liters very quickly! Setting your bottle in the sun for a few hours before you use it makes quick work of heating up your shower with no extra effort on your part. The Simple also comes initially with two different lengths of straw that you can use. This straw puts air back into your bottle as water flows out, to keep a steady stream of water without you having to squeeze the bottle - pretty handy! However, the straw is a bit short, and if it starts in the water when the bottle is upside down, it seems to have issues working the way it was designed. Letting a little water out and then flipping the whole contraption back upright and then upside down again seemed to fix the issue.
Ease of Set Up
As such a simple design, the Simple is incredibly easy to set up. Just screw it onto the top of an old 2 liter water or soda bottle and you're good to go! You can also choose to heat water on a stove to add to the bottle if you don't want to wait for the sun to do its magic (or if it's cloudy or cold out). If you're only using it to rinse objects or extremities, you might not even need to bother with heating up water, making the whole thing that much easier. But if you're not a soda drinker, you may spend a little extra time tracking down an appropriate bottle, and of course, the narrow opening of these bottles makes getting water into them a bit more challenging. We also really wish that this shower had a way to close it. More than once, it was accidentally knocked over and quickly spilled its contents everywhere. Overall though, this shower is one of the easier ones to use among the models we tested.
Made of recycled materials, there aren't a lot of moving parts to break on the Simple. Even dropping this thing repeatedly on concrete and rocks didn't seem to phase it in the slightest. However, the straw is quite thin and the connection point to the lid is questionable - even Simple tells you not to put on and remove this straw repeatedly as it is likely to stop making a tight connection if you do. So once you make the call - 1 liter or 2? - you're stuck with that decision forever!
The Simple is so light it didn't even register on the first scale we used to measure it! Weighing less than an ounce and taking up a tiny amount of space (bottle not included), it's hard to say this shower isn't easy to take along with you. You could even fill multiple 2-liter bottles of water and leave them in your car while you're out adventuring and use as many as you need to clean up your boat/dog/gear/self when you get back! And even considering the additional weight of the 2-liter bottle it's still a very lightweight shower overall, though not so small! It's possible that you could find a collapsible water bottle with the right size opening to add to the portability of this ultralight shower, and then it might be your new best friend for backpacking!
We think this little shower is a great help for rinsing things. We used it on our muddy dogs, to clean dishes, and get dust off feet after a long hike. If you're looking for a shower to shampoo your hair and have more than 30 seconds of cleaning time, you might consider something with a larger capacity like the Zodi Extreme or even the battery-powered AngLink instead.
For just $13, it's hard to go wrong with the Simple. Even with its limitations as a full body shower, it's a pretty useful little device that can keep you quite comfortable and reasonably clean for very little monetary investment. We think that for what you pay, this shower is a pretty great value - as long as you're not after a full body, shampoo-your-hair kind of shower, cuz this isn't it!
A pretty useful little contraption, the Simple can help make keeping things clean easier. Simple to use, you'll be able to rinse things like a pro. Though if you're looking to take a full shower, you're unlikely to be satisfied by the 30 second capacity of this little gizmo. But if what you want is something easy, functional, and inexpensive, the Simple Shower may just be what you're looking for.
— Maggie Brandenburg