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How to Choose the Right Shower Caddy

Updated on September 28, 2011

The Shower Caddy: A Place for Everything

A cluttered shower can look bad and increase the risk of an accident. A shower caddy is a good solution that allows you to get organized, reduce the clutter, and keep everything you need right on hand.

Easy to install and affordable, these devices come in a variety of sizes, styles and finishes. On this page you'll find a variety of shower caddies and some tips for choosing the one that is right for you.

Choosing Your Shower Caddy

If you've decided that you want to get organized and get all those bottles and paraphernalia off of the edge of your tub, shower seat, or window sill, then a shower caddy is a great purchase. As you are ready to make your choice, there are just a few things you might want to consider.

1. Material
The construction of the caddy is imporant. Acrylic and plastic are rust and corrosion free, lightweight, and inexpensive. However, if they have metal parts and attachments, these are not free from such problems. In addition, they won't generally be as sturdy and long lasting. Metals need to be coated at a minimum or they will rust quickly. Stainless steel and bamboo will be rust/corrosion free as well as long lasting and sturdy. However, they will be more expensive.

2. Size
Of course for a shower caddy to be useful, it needs to offer enough storage to suit your needs. Shelves need to be spaced adequately to accommodate the types of bottles you have. Other things you may want include hooks for hanging razors or loofahs, towel rods, a soap bar, or even a mirror.

Another important consideration regarding size however, is the overall dimensions. For instance, if the caddy hangs 29" down from the shower head, you need to assure it won't interfere with the waterflow control below.

3. Type of mount
The shower caddies on this page either mount over the shower head or curtain rod, attach to the door or wall, or stand in the shower using a tension rod. Clearly one that hangs over the shower head is very easy to install and unistall. However, some of them can slip so suction cups, grips on the hook, and so forth can be critical to hold them in place.

A shower caddy that attaches to the door will either require suction cups, an adhesive, or they will need a more permanent mount.

Tension rods need to be sturdy and offer adequate height. They can be just a bit trickier to install.

4. Finish and Style
While a shower caddy is a very functional device, they can also be of sufficient size to influence the overall look of your bathroom. Choosing one with the finish that will complement the overall decor of the room can be important for many people. Wood, chrome, white, black, bronze, gold tone, and other finishes are all available.

Oil Rubbed Bronze

The warm oil rubbed bronze finish on this shower caddy can add elegance to your bathroom. It hangs from any shower head and will remain rust free for many years. It offers two large shelves that are ideal for holding bottles of shampoo and conditioner, a soap dish that is easily in reach, and 2 hooks at the bottom.

Another over-the-shower head shower caddy with a beautiful oil rubbed bronze finish is offered by InterDesign. It has two large twig design shelves which can even hold bottles upside down for easy pouring and a small towel bar for hand towels and wash cloths. It measures 9.5" x 4" x 21.8".

Chrome Shower Caddy

This heavy gauge chrome shower caddy has a protective coating and measures 3.5" D x 11.8" W x 27" L. It offers two shelves for holding bottles of body wash, shampoo, conditioner, and so forth. It also has 2 razor holders, a soap shelf, and 2 hooks.

The non-slip clip slides over the shower head and suction cups keep it anchored in place.

InterDesign Grand Arc

Made of durable acrylic, this clear shower caddy has a very contemporary design and provides a very clean and modern look in any bath. It will never rust, corrode, or discolor and will stand up to many years of use and retain it's like new look.

It slides over the shower head or can be mounted on the shower door. Four suction cups assure it stays in place. This caddy measures 15.1" x 29.3" x 9.8" and offers two large self-draining shelves and 3 hooks. It's non-porous surface will wipe clean in seconds.

Umbra Bamboo

Made of Bamboo and stainless steel, this shower caddy will never rust or corrode. It can be hung over the shower head or on the curtain rod. It offers two large shelves and a smaller shelf for hanging razors and keeping a bar of soap.

Bamboo makes it a good eco-conscious choice and will provide a warm feel for your bathroom. The top hook is lined with silicone to protect the finish of your shower head and to provide a better grip. It measures 11.75" x 28" x 5".

Aluminum/Stainless Corner Shower Caddy

This sturdy shower caddy offers plenty of space for keeping things yet won't take up much area in your shower. It has a sturdy high tension rod made of lightweight anodized aluminum with stainless steel attachments so that it won't rust.

I will fit in showers with a ceiling height from six to nine feet and the non-slip feet assure it will stay in place. It offers 3 high grade stainless baskets, towel holders, and a soap dish. It measures 8.7" x 12.7" x 112.2" and comes with a full 5 year warranty.

3M Command

This small shower caddy mounts on the wall of your shower and will work on almost any surface, painted, tile, wood, acrylic, and more. It mounts in seconds with adhesive strips that hold securely and yet allow you to remove it when desired, leaving no marks, stains, residue, or holes on the wall.

This caddy offers a soap dish and a basket on each side to hold your bottles, sponges and so forth. It measures 5" x 15" x 9" and is easy to clean as it's dishwasher safe. It's a great choice for smaller households and for those on a budget.

Corner Shower Caddy

This enamel coated, white shower caddy makes use of unused corner space in your shower. It offers four adjustable, self draining corner shelves for keeping soaps, shampoos, razors, and other items. It mounts via an enamel coated tension pole from floor to ceiling or tub ledge to ceiling.  


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    • agusfanani profile image

      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      That's something we need to make everything in good order.

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      Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

      Great review and examples of the products available. Thanks for the info...

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      Very helpful hub, good items to choose from. Thanks.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This was beautiful. Thanks for share all about shower caddy. Nice review and useful for us. I learn much from you. Rated up.