About Portable Camping Showers

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.

 

Best Portable Camping Showers 2020

    Weight 14.6 lbs
    Heat Source Internal Electric
    Water Pump No
    Power Source Battery
    Current Price $244.27

    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.

    Pros
    • Instant hot water
    • Perfect for camp sites or any outdoor use
    • Great water pressure and water flow
    Cons
    • Cant use indoors
    • Need your own pump for water

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


    Weight 26.5 lbs
    Heat Source Internal Electric
    Water Pump No
    Power Source Battery
    Current Price No products found.

    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.

    Pros
    • Instant/consistent hot water
    • Works in cold temps and bad weather
    • Easy setup
    • Great water pressure
    Cons
    • You may need to mess with the configuration to minimize wind interference
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    Read our full review of the Camp Chef Triton 10L Portable Heater


    Weight 22 lbs
    Heat Source Internal Electric
    Water Pump Yes
    Power Source Battery
    Current Price $350.93

    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.

    Pros
    • Good water pressure and hot water temps, ,,
    • Light enough for camping
    • No extra garden hose or pressurized water source needed
    • Adjustable shower head with good hose length
    Cons
    • The battery can be fickle and run out quickly if not fully charged

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


  1. Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower
  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)
    Weight 1.3 lbs
    Heat Source Solar
    Water Pump Yes
    Power Source Manual- Foot Pump
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • 7 feet of nozzle slack
    • Water stays hot in the unit
    • Easy to set up
    • Weighs less than 2 pounds when packed up
    Cons
    • The fill hole cap is small making filling and emptying the unit a bit inconvenient

    Read our full review of the Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower


  3. Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower
  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)
    Weight 2.25 lbs
    Heat Source Solar
    Water Pump Yes
    Power Source Manual
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Ultralight backpacking shower that compresses down small enough to fit in your pack
    • 7 feet of nozzle slack, solar powered and heats up nicely
    Cons
    • Materials on the unit can be problematic and some seams can break easily on some units.

    Read our full review of the Nemo Helio LX Pressure Shower


    Weight 12 lbs
    Heat Source Internal Electric
    Water Pump Yes
    Power Source Battery
    Current Price $129.99

    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.

    Pros
    • The Camplux delivers instant hot water up to 114 degrees
    • Oxygen depletion sensor 5, 6L water pump included
    • Anti freeze protection
    Cons
    • Too heavy for backpackers

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


  5. Big Kahuna Portable Shower
  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.3 / 5)
    Weight 6 lbs
    Water Pump No
    Power Source 12 Volt Plug
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Easy unit to use for rinsing off gear and light outdoor showers
    • BPA free
    • Gives decent water pressure while conserving the water inside
    Cons
    • No heating unit, must be hooked into a 12 volt connector

    Read our full review of the Big Kahuna Portable Shower


    Weight 1.3 lbs
    Heat Source Solar
    Water Pump No
    Power Source Manual
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Tough/durable construction
    • Lightweight to carry
    • Holds enough water to take longer showers
    • The water gets Plenty hot over 100 degrees
    Cons
    • Slow water pressure
    • Very heavy once full of water
    • Sometimes the water gets too hot

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


  7. ZODI Outback Gear Extreme SC Hot Shower
  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)
    Weight 11.8 lbs
    Heat Source Propane Stove
    Water Pump Yes
    Power Source Manual Hand Pump
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Comfortable hot water
    • Included temperature gague
    • 10k BTU burner included can double as a cooking stove
    Cons
    • Unit on the stove can be a little unstable
    • A little on the heavy side for lightweight backpacking

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


    Weight 6.7
    Current Price Price not available

    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.

    Pros
    • Great water pressure
    • Water gets up to 100°F
    • Water heats up quickly
    Cons
    • Not great when its colder out
    • Water flow can be weak at times
    • Cant use for lightweight backpacking

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


  9. Eccotemp L10 Tankless Shower
  10. Editors Rating:
    (3.9 / 5)
    Weight 27 lbs
    Heat Source Internal Electric
    Water Pump No
    Power Source Battery
    Current Price $249.69

    The Eccotemp L10 Portable Outdoor Tankless Water Heater is a great water heater for the camper, or the survivalist living off the grid in higher elevations. The Eccotemp is built to last up to 5500-foot elevation, delivers up to 80 PSI of temperature-controlled water.

    Pros
    • Easy to use unit
    • Instant hot water with good water pressure
    • Quality tested for higher elevation and weather
    Cons
    • 20 minute timer can be limiting for those needing longer usage
    • Propane flame goes out in windier conditions

    Read our full review of the Eccotemp L10 Tankless Shower


  11. RinseKit Pressurized Portable Shower
  12. Editors Rating:
    (3.7 / 5)
    Weight 5 lbs
    Water Pump No
    Power Source eon™ pressure system
    Current Price Price not available

    Rinse Kit Portable Sprayer with Hot Water Sink Adapter is a good, portable shower that any outdoorsman should keep in the back of their car. The Rinse Kit works great for rinsing off after a long day at the beach or as your main camping shower. The unit itself is 5 pounds but will get heavier as you add water, and is made for easy portability.

    Pros
    • Great streaming water pressure
    • 7 different spray nozzle settings
    • Easy to fill
    • Easy portability
    Cons
    • Shorter hose length for a ground unit
    • No heating element

    Read our full review of the RinseKit Pressurized Portable Shower


    Weight 0.5 lbs
    Heat Source Solar
    Water Pump No
    Power Source Manual
    Current Price $13.32

    The Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower is a classic portable solar shower that will work cleansing wonders for any backpacker looking for a decent shower while keeping their pack on the lighter side.

    Pros
    • Ultralight to carry unfilled
    • Great for summer backpacking
    • Heats up to over 90 degrees in direct sunlight
    Cons
    • Material is cheap and tears easily
    • The cap can leak

    Read our full review of the Coleman 5-Gallon Solar Shower


Portable Camping Showers Buying Guide

Everything you need to know before purchasing Showers

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.