When you browse through our list of portable showers, you’ll see the vast range of types on today’s market. This is to cater for different consumers’ needs, because these showers are used in many different scenarios. So, how do we pick the best ones from the lot? Our experts deem the following as important no matter what type you buy so we spent hours researching these aspects.
How Portable are They?
The shower should at least match its category name and be portable. Portability relates to many factors:
- Weight: It shouldn’t weigh you down, especially if you need a shower solution but you’re carrying your luggage over long distances.
- Size: For hiking purposes it should be very small, and for other scenarios it should at least not take up too much space in your car, RV or campsite.
- Easy of carrying: Will you easily carry it from point A to B? Provided slings and handles are valuable features.
Based on power source and features, some will of course be heavier than others, but we at least wanted to see that manufacturers created the specific type with the user in mind. It should be as comfortable to take with you as possible.
Is it Durable?
Portable showers are usually purchased with adventures in mind. That means going off the beaten track, with gear getting shoved into small bags and suitcases. Usually, these backpacks and suitcases also undergo some rough handling in the backs of vehicles or by being dropped on the ground. This means a flimsy portable shower won’t last very long. We looked at durability in terms of the materials used and whether it would last long if used in the sun a lot.
Does it Have Good Pressure?
If you only have a few drops coming through the shower head, you’ll probably be more irritated than refreshed after your wash. This is why portable showers must have some method of creating pressure. Some use the power of gravity, while others will have pumps to let the water gush out.
We consider the pressure levels and water flow, to help you find a portable shower that will wash the dirt off quickly.
This may be a bit of a luxury but the size of the showerhead is also worth considering. Too small and you’ll take a long time to get clean; too large and it won’t be practical to transport. We looked for designs that showcased a balance between luxury and practicality.
Another factor that determines your comfort is the length of the hose, if there’s a showerhead or a hose running to a water source. Both of these must be long enough for easy usage, even if you’re tall.
Some showers even have additional accessories and settings, such as different types of spray or water flow settings. This can earn a portable shower a few extra points in our books.
The portable showers we picked also performed well in simply performing the task it’s purchased for. For example, we looked at matters like whether a shower’s water pouch completely empties, because if it doesn’t, your shower will be short. We made sure whether a portable shower type performs according to the promises of the manufacturer.