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Simple Shower Review

For a quick rinse, this small, inexpensive shower will do the trick
Simple Shower
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Price:  $13 List | Check Price at Amazon
Pros:  High rate of flow, lightweight, inexpensive
Cons:  Very small capacity, easy to lose pieces
Manufacturer:   Simple Shower
By Maggie Brandenburg ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jun 8, 2020
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#8 of 9
  • Comfort - 30% 3
  • Functionality - 25% 4
  • Ease of Set Up - 20% 8
  • Durability - 15% 6
  • Portability - 10% 7

Our Verdict

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 non-pressurized 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.

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Pros High rate of flow, lightweight, inexpensiveExtremely durable, adjustable pressure, easy to use, handy temperature gauge, includes a stoveGreat coverage, comfortable and consistent pressure, decent battery life, easy to useHighly versatile, packable, good pressure, durable, water lasts a long timeMultiple spray settings, easy to fill, durable, simple to use
Cons Very small capacity, easy to lose piecesHeavy, doesn’t pack smaller, priceyShort hose, can't empty its container, durability concernsSmall shower head, narrow opening, must hold in ON position while usingPrecipitous pressure drop-off, can't fully empty, hose required for refill, small capacity
Bottom Line This lightweight, easy to use shower can be a helpful cleaning toolIf top notch performance is what you want, then this is the shower for youWith a battery and bucket, you can bring along all the comforts from home into the outdoorsOnce you experience this shower, you won’t want to leave home without itGood for a quick rinse on the go, but not the best shower
Rating Categories Simple Shower Zodi Extreme Ivation Portable NEMO Helio Pressure Shower Rinsekit Pod
Comfort (30%)
3
8
9
7
7
Functionality (25%)
4
9
7
7
6
Ease Of Set Up (20%)
8
9
6
5
5
Durability (15%)
6
9
5
7
8
Portability (10%)
7
3
5
7
5
Specs Simple Shower Zodi Extreme Ivation Portable NEMO Helio... Rinsekit Pod
Heating Method Manual or Solar Stovetop Manual Manual or Solar Battery Powered
Shower Head Usable Width (inches) 1.5" 1.0" 2.1" 0.6" 1.6"
Time Until Empty 30 sec 3 min 30 sec 52 min
(battery life)
5 min 45 sec 1 min 40 sec
Weight (shower only, ounces) .9 oz
(0.05 lb)
106 oz
(6lb 10 oz)
21 oz
(1 lb 5 oz)
22 oz
(1 lb 6 oz)
86 oz
(5 lb 6 oz)
Packed Size (L x W in inches) 13" x 2" 22" x 8.5" 72" x 3.25" 5.5" x 8.5" 14" x 11.75"
Filled Size (inches) Same plus a 2 liter bottle 22" x 8.5" Same plus a bucket 17" x 8.5" Same
Hose Length (feet/inches) N/A 5' 10.5" 5' 9.5" 6' 8" 6' 1"
Shower Head Diameter (inches) 2.0" 1.25" 2.5" 1.0" 2.25"
Capacity 1 or 2 L 3 gal (bucket) 2.9 gal 1.75 gal
Rate of Flow (gallons per minute) 2 gal/min 1.1 gal/min 1.2 gal/min 0.6 gal/min Extremely variable
Construction Recycled material Stainless steel, industrial grade brass valves 2200 mAh lithium battery Polyurethne-coated polyester, neoprene hose Plastic, fabric-wrapped hose

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Simple Shower is an attachment showerhead for a 1 or 2-liter bottle. Made of recycled materials, this option puts out a 1.5-inch wide spray and weighs less than an ounce.

Performance Comparison


The Simple Shower makes doing dishes a breeze!
The Simple Shower makes doing dishes a breeze!
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Comfort


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, 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 fine to rinse the 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 shower has a great combination of flow and coverage that...
This shower has a great combination of flow and coverage that provides comfortable - albeit brief - usage.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Functionality


This shower has the highest rate of flow of any non-pressurized shower we tested. While this sounds like a great thing, it also means you run through those two measly liters very quickly! Setting your bottle in the sun for a few hours before you use it makes quick work of heating 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.

The middle straw brings air back into the bottle, eliminating the...
The middle straw brings air back into the bottle, eliminating the need to squeeze.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Ease of Set Up


With 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 your 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 simplest ones to use among the models we tested.

The Simple Shower attaches easily to the top of a regular 2 liter...
The Simple Shower attaches easily to the top of a regular 2 liter bottle.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Durability


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 may be stuck with that decision forever!

Rinse dishes like a pro with the Simple Shower!
Rinse dishes like a pro with the Simple Shower!
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Portability


This tiny thing 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 practically minuscule 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 overly compactable. 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!

Take the Simple Shower anywhere to keep your gear clean in a pinch!
Take the Simple Shower anywhere to keep your gear clean in a pinch!
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Value


As one of the cheapest showers we tested, 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!

Heat up your water by letting it sit in the sun for a while.
Heat up your water by letting it sit in the sun for a while.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Conclusion


A pretty useful little contraption, the Simple can help you keep things clean with ease. 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 and you will have to track down a compatible bottle. But if what you want is something easy, functional, and inexpensive, the Simple Shower may just be what you're looking for.

Dog roll in something dead? Rinse it off with the Simple Shower.
Dog roll in something dead? Rinse it off with the Simple Shower.
Photo: Maggie Brandenburg

Maggie Brandenburg