Top Showers Reviewed

Portable camping showers are a luxury on the trail and can make backpacking and camping a much more enjoyable experience.

It’s a given on the trail you’re going to get filthy, and that’s a lot of the fun.

However, at some point, you just want a shower.  That’s where portable showers come in.

There are plenty of different kinds of showers no matter how you are camping.

There are showers that can provide hotel-quality showers on the higher end, while even a good lightweight shower bag can give you a good quality rinse.

With so many different styles of portable showers you need to know all the possible features you can get, especially whether to go with a propane shower vs solar camping shower.

Be sure to check out our ratings and reviews of the best portable showers below, along with a buying guide shower buying tips.

 

Top Showers Rankings

  1. Camp Chef HWD5 Triton Water Heater

  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.9 / 5)

    Best High-End Option

    Weight14.6 lbs
    Heat SourceInternal Electric
    Water PumpNo
    Power SourceBattery
    Current Price$135.00

    The Camp Chef HWD5 Triton Water Heater is a simple yet powerful camping shower that will take your outdoor shower game to the next level. The Triton will give you up to 80 PSI of hot water with a flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute.

    Read our full review of the Camp Chef HWD5 Triton Water Heater


  3. Camp Chef Triton 10L Portable Water Heater

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Best Overall Option

    Weight26.5 lbs
    Heat SourceInternal Electric
    Water PumpNo
    Power SourceBattery
    Current Price$178.99

    The Camp Chef Triton 10L Portable Water Heater will work great for campers and emergency situations with no running water. The heater gives you easy adjustability of both heat and pressure with 4 different settings so you can really set the water to your liking.

    Read our full review of the Camp Chef Triton 10L Portable Water Heater


  5. Mr. Heater BOSS-XCW20 Basecamp Battery Operated Shower System

  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Weight22 lbs
    Heat SourceInternal Electric
    Water PumpYes
    Power SourceBattery
    Current Pricefrom $178.99

    The Mr. Heater BOSS-XCW20 Basecamp Battery Operated Shower System is a beast of a portable shower unit delivering high quality, warm showers to even the most remote campers. The best part of the Mr Heater is that you get steaming hot water in minutes even when the outside temperature is in the 30’s and 40’s.

    Read our full review of the Mr. Heater BOSS-XCW20 Basecamp Battery Operated Shower System


  7. Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower

  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Weight1.3 lbs
    Heat SourceSolar
    Water PumpYes
    Power SourceManual- Foot Pump
    Current Price$99.95

    NEMO Helio Portable Pressure Shower with Foot Pump is a great lightweight portable shower that works great despite its super simple functionality. The unit could not be any easier to use, simply fill the NEMO and leave it in the sun for a few hours.

    Read our full review of the Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower


  9. Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower

  10. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Weight2.25 lbs
    Heat SourceSolar
    Water PumpYes
    Power SourceManual
    Current Price$139.95

    The NEMO Helio LX Portable Pressure Shower is a great solar-powered portable shower unit that works great for lightweight backpackers who want to stay clean on the trail, without sacrificing any extra weight and space in their pack.

    Read our full review of the Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower


  11. Camplux Outdoor Portable Propane Gas Tankless Water Heater

  12. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)

    Weight12 lbs
    Heat SourceInternal Electric
    Water PumpYes
    Power SourceBattery
    Current PricePrice not available

    The Camplux 5L 1.32GPM Ventfree Outdoor Portable Propane Gas Tankless Water Heater With 6L Water Pump is one of the newer portable showers on the market and is quickly making a name as one of the best.

    Read our full review of the Camplux Outdoor Portable Propane Gas Tankless Water Heater


  13. Big Kahuna Portable Shower

  14. Editors Rating:
    (4.3 / 5)

    Weight6 lbs
    Water PumpNo
    Power Source12 Volt Plug
    Current Pricefrom $147.00

    The Big Kahuna Portable Shower is a super easy to use portable shower that works best for car campers. It was originally designed for surfers to rinse sand off from the beach but has since been adapted to work for most other outdoor activities. It’s powered by a 12-volt connector that goes right into your car, so not gonna work for backpackers but if your camping out of your car then this is for you.

    Read our full review of the Big Kahuna Portable Shower


  15. Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower

  16. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)

    Weight1.3 lbs
    Heat SourceSolar
    Water PumpNo
    Power SourceManual
    Current Price$30.09

    The Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower is a more “high tech” solar shower that will get you a hot shower without having to lug a tank of propane. The 4-ply construction of the shower bag really help to get the water inside nice and warm. It includes a reflector and insulator panel along with a solar panel to use the heat from the sun to get the water inside as hot as possible.

    Read our full review of the Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower


  17. ZODI Outback Gear Extreme SC Hot Shower

  18. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)

    Weight11.8 lbs
    Heat SourcePropane Stove
    Water PumpYes
    Power SourceManual Hand Pump
    Current Price$170.95

    The ZODI Outback Gear Extreme SC Hot Shower is going to give you that shower that you so desperately want on the trail. The stainless steel water tank will hold about 3 gallons of water, the 10k BTU burner will give you 100+ degree water in 5 minutes.

    Read our full review of the ZODI Outback Gear Extreme SC Hot Shower


  19. ZODI Outback Gear Zip Instant Hot Shower

  20. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)

    Weight6.7
    Current Price$112.39

    The ZODI Outback Gear Zip Instant Hot Shower will give you the hot shower you need after a long day racking up dirt outside. The unit includes a propane burner that will last you 20+ showers and help deliver very hot water, up to 100°F with a steady stream of water pressure coming from the nozzle.

    Read our full review of the ZODI Outback Gear Zip Instant Hot Shower


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Showers Buying Guide 2019

How to Pick

What Features To Look For In A Good Portable Camping Shower

Features To Look For Include:

  • Water flow rate:  This will include the PSI and how strong the water pressure releases from the unit.
  • Heating and temperature settings:  More advanced showers will give you the ability to get a more precise temperature vs less advanced units that may only give a general hot and cold, or maybe even just lukewarm.
  • Water storage capabilities:  This applies more to the shower bag units as the more advanced units come with hoses that feed from a water source like a bucket.
  • Time it takes to heat up: The shower bags typically use the sun as their heating source and can take up to 3 or 4 hours to heat up, while the more advanced units heat up right away
  • The ability to hang: You need to be able to hang the shower from a space higher than where you stand for gravity to be able to send the water down and out of the nozzle.
  • Weight:  Remember, you have to lug this thing around both empty and filled with water.

 

 

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Nick P

Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.

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