Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of the things you need for camping — including the best camping tents, camping hammocks, and camping stoves — here we’ve rounded up the best camping showers, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated camping shower
“This is really a genius invention!” says one happy shopper, and many of the over 1,200 five-star reviews agree, lauding this camping shower for its USB charging mechanism that can be plugged into a car adapter, laptop, or computer. “The shower has plenty of pressure, and the battery lasts surprisingly long,” writes one reviewer. “The battery also charges quickly and will hold a charge for quite a while.” (Another notes that it even came charged and was ready for immediate use out of the box.) When used with a bucket heater, one shopper says, it’s a good solution when you really need a hot shower: “This thing kept me from wanting to kill myself at the end of many long days when facing an ice-cold outdoor shower in cold weather.” It’s good for sailing, too. One reviewer writes, “I bought this for our sailboat because we shower from a tub of water heated on the stove … I’ve been using this shower every day for months now, and it has held up beautifully.”
Best-rated (less expensive) camping shower
Reviewers call this camping shower “fantastic” and “one of those ‘Duh, why didn’t I think of that?’ products.” It’s lightweight and easy to use: All you need is a one- or two-liter water bottle, which screws into the showerhead. “This ingenious contraption not only fits standard 1- and 2-liter drinking-water bottles, it ALSO fits regular-size juice bottles,” writes one shopper. “The inside of the connector has screw threads to fit drinking-water bottles, but the OUTSIDE of that same connector has ribs, which will allow you to push it into the larger-mouth 1.5-liter O.J. (etc.) bottles. We don’t have drinking-water bottles, but we’ve got plenty of juice bottles, which are more sturdy anyway and infinitely reusable.” Shoppers love that it can be used with flexible camping water bottles as well. “Couple this with a two-liter Platypus flexible water bottle, and you have a shower kit that folds up to about the size of a paper-towel roll,” says one. Another writes, “Turn those ubiquitous bottles into showers. Great! No more messing with shower bags, which while I love ’em, are hard to fill.”
And now some micro-picks for every type of camping shower you might be looking for.
Best camping shower with good pressure
Reviewers praise this shower for its sturdiness and reliability. “This is a fantastic camp shower,” says one. “It is made incredibly sturdy and does a good job of holding heat. Also the faucet head has a good flow, stronger pressure even than some home showers that run on wells!” The hose also makes this shower a standout. One shopper says it’s “perfect, not too long, and is also sturdy with no crimps like the Coleman shower (which I happily returned because that crimped hose had no flow). This hose flows beautifully and strong, and the showerhead pops out easily and pops back in to stop the flow.” And one mom gives it high praise indeed: “My son recently returned from his second tour of Afghanistan. His outpost spent four months with no running water. I sent him this solar shower so he could have hot water instead of bathing in a cold mountain stream. Five stars is not enough for what this shower gave to him: a hot shower!”
Best solar-heated camping shower
“I’ll be honest with you: I really didn’t expect much out of this but, boy, was I blown away,” writes one reviewer. “It really is that simple. I used my hose to fill it with water and left it out in the sun in about 73F heat. Within an hour, the temperature was up to about 100 in the bag (built-in thermometer). I couldn’t believe it. Thinking it may have been inaccurate, I tried it. I pulled the end of the showerhead and voila! Hot water! I was BLOWN AWAY.” Reviewers also love the size, finding that it holds enough water for a full shower without getting too heavy. “I’ve been using a 2.5-gallon solar shower bag for a number of years when I go camping,” comments one shopper. “At the time I bought it, the only two choices of size were 2.5 and 5 gallons … When I spotted this 3-gallon bag on Amazon, I ordered it immediately. I’ve used it twice now and it’s perfect, and it’s not that much heavier than the 2.5 bag.”
Best (smaller) solar-powered camping shower
Reviewers found this solar-powered shower easy to use and fairly quick to warm up. One writes, “I am working in Kyrgyzstan and often do not have water to take a decent shower. This solar shower is a lifesaver! I set it out in the sun at noon and by 2pm the water was hot. Not warm, hot.” The small size makes it easy to handle. “This is the smallest solar water-heating bag I’ve purchased for camping but also the most well-made, easiest to use, and easiest to handle,” writes one satisfied reviewer, who adds, “Definitely easier to hold above your head or find something strong enough to handle its weight when at full capacity than larger sizes.” And one backpacker says, “This hot shower design is amazing and much better than any battery-powered pump on the market … The water pressure exceeded our expectations. It is simple to use and maintain and perfect for camping. In addition, because it’s portable and requires no batteries, we’ve even taken ours backpacking with great success.”
Best camping shower that’s heated with a propane burner
While some camping showers on this list require a separate mechanism for heating water, this one has a built-in propane-powered system that reviewers love. “This thing is absolutely outstanding,” says one purchaser, who used this shower inside a cabana. “It will heat the water up to 100 degrees in about 12 minutes, and it has a temperature gauge on the side that changes color until it reaches the desired temp.” It might even make your fellow campers jealous. One shopper says, “AWESOME PRODUCT! We were the envy of many campers, as we had a hot shower that worked.” Plus, one reviewer notes the propane burner can be used for other things at camp: “This water heater is GREAT. We had 13 people who got to take warm showers on an eight-day camping trip. The base also doubled as a cooking burner for a pot of corn. Great multipurpose device.”
Best camping shower with adjustable temperature
“I’ve always wanted to set up an outdoor shower, but the time and cost for all of the pieces to the puzzle always just seemed more effort than it’s worth. But then I found this all-in-one propane hot-water heater, and voilà,” writes one satisfied shopper. Many others praise how you can adjust the water temperature from “cool to steeping hot.” It’s cost-effective, too: “Having a private backyard, I’m able to shower outdoors every day, rain or shine. It’s the perfect way to finish off a hot-tub soak and get ready for the long day ahead,” says one commenter. “I’ve used the Camplux every day for six months and still have not had to replace the 20-pound tank of propane. This means I’m showering on no more than $40 of fuel annually.”
Best camping shower for use with an RV
One reviewer who has an RV with a “very small shower” found this camping model to be a useful second option: “I use this with an outdoor shower tent, and it works great. I also use it with a battery-powered pressure-washer wand to clean off my ATV before loading it up in the toy hauler.” Shoppers with older RVs have swapped it in for the showers that came with their vehicles. “Worked great for replacing my old shower on my older RV that had stopped working. Simple hookup and went into place perfectly,” says one reviewer. Another comments, “The older shower we had on our RV needed to be replaced. We took the old kit out and simply put this one in and secured it like the old one.”
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