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Simple Shower Review

For a quick rinse, this small, inexpensive shower will do the trick.
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Price:  $13 List | $12.99 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  ⋅  Aug 15, 2019
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  • Functionality - 25% 6
  • 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, 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 Very small capacity, easy to lose piecesHeavy, 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 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 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 Simple Shower Zodi Extreme S/C AngLink Portable Pure Clean Battery-Powered NEMO Helio Pressure Shower
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Specs Simple Shower Zodi Extreme S/C AngLink Portable Pure Clean... NEMO Helio...
Heating Method Manual or Solar Stovetop Manual Manual Manual or Solar
Shower Head Usable Width 1.5 in 1 in 2 in 2 in 0.6 in
Time Until Empty 30 sec 3 min 30 sec 4 min 40 sec 4 min 40 sec 5 min 45 sec
Weight (shower only) .9 oz 6 lb 10 oz 1 lb 2 oz 1 lb 2 oz 1 lb 6 oz
Packed Size (L x W in inches) 13" x 2" 22" x 8.5" 69.5" x 2.5" 70" x 2.5" 5.5" x 8.5"
Filled Size (inches) Same plus a 2 liter bottle 22" x 8.5" Same plus a bucket Same plus a bucket 17" x 8.5"
Hose Length N/A 5 ft 10.5 in 5 ft 9.5 in 5 ft 10 in 6 ft 8 in
Shower Head Diameter 2 in 1.25 in 2.6 in 2.6 in 1 in
Capacity 1 or 2 L 3 gal Bucket Bucket 2.9 gal
Rate of Flow 7.6 L/min 4.1 L/min 4.3 L/min 4.2 L/min 2.2 L/min
Construction Recycled material 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 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!

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 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 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 provides comfortable - albeit brief - usage.
This shower has a great combination of flow and coverage that provides comfortable - albeit brief - usage.

Functionality


This little shower that could 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 need to squeeze.
The middle straw brings air back into the bottle, eliminating the need to squeeze.

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 simplest ones to use among the models we tested.

The Simple Shower attaches easily to the top of a regular 2 liter bottle.
The Simple Shower attaches easily to the top of a regular 2 liter bottle.

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!

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!

Best Applications


We think this little shower is a great help for rinsing things. We used it on our muddy dogs, to clean dishes, and get the 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 instead.

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.

Value


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!

Conclusion


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.

Dog roll in something dead? Rinse it off with the Simple Shower.
Dog roll in something dead? Rinse it off with the Simple Shower.


Maggie Brandenburg