Best camping shower 2017

Best camping shower 2017

I hope you’ll agree when I say:

the best camping shower

the best camping shower

That a camping trip just feels better if you can take a shower after getting out of your tent in the morning.

It can be difficult to find a stream or a lake on the way. Even if you are nearby a lake it’s just super convenient if you have a shower that you can hang on a tree.

That’s why I have created a list of the Top 5 best camping showers 2017. I’ve researched for hours and tested myself so without further ado here’s my selection of the best camping showers for 2017.

Best Camping Shower 2017

Some of these camping showers aren’t for everyone. Be it the price tag or the simplicity of the product.

It all depends on the user and how long your trip is going to be. Having said that, here’s my list of the best camping showers 2017 and their comparison.

 

RankBrand nameCapacityElectrical/ManualWeightPrice on Amazon
1)IVATION (Editor's choice)UnlimitedElectrical1.6 poundsView price
2)WINTERIAL11Liter/2.9 gallonsManual2.0 poundsView price
3)ADVANCED ELEMENTS18.9Liter/5 gallonsManual1.4 poundsView price
4)VIKING NATURE18.9Liter/5 gallonsManual0.9 poundsView price
5)COLEMAN18.9Liter/5 gallonsManual0.5 poundsView price

1. Ivation Camping Shower – Best camping shower 2017

 

the best camping shower

the best camping shower

We love this camping shower because it was one of the first ones on the market that is battery operated and portable.

IVATION has a line of camping and watering tools and has been on the market since 2014. With their best selling item – this portable camping shower they’ve identified a need in the market. People want to shower just like at home with a hose and a shower head.

This re-chargeable camping shower is ideal when you are on the go, camping or hiking. Simply dip the pump part into a sink, bucket, lake or stream and you are good to go. The shower head produces a gentle and steady stream for 60 minutes.

It can be recharged with any USB connection via a power bank, laptop or USB outlet as well as a 12V car adapter (which is not included).

Installation / Handling & Performance

Couldn’t be easier. Simply charge the battery unit via the included USB cable before you head out on your trip.

Once the unit is fully charged you could shower up to 60 minutes by simply dropping the pump into a sink, a bucket of water or even in a lake or stream. You’ve got a suction cup and a hook included in case you want to hang the shower head somewhere while showering. With a built in water filtration system you’ll be safe from dust and dirt. The weight is only 1.6 lbs which makes it a little lighter than our No.2 pick.

Verdict

In short, this is the perfect camping shower on the go. Last but not least we’ve picked this shower as the best camping shower also because of its reasonable price and the fact that it is electronic and you don’t have to pump manually. 

 

PRO’S CON’S
 X Portable  X Not ideal when battery is empty
 X Affordable
 X Long lasting

2. Winterial Camping Shower

Winterial’s camping shower has more or less just entered the market and we love it for two reasons:

Winterial camping shower

Winterial camping shower

• It is compact
• It delivers warm water
While it is the heaviest out off all our selected camping showers we don’t mind this fact because this would be a camping shower that you take on a trip that is longer than 1 night and you have no access to power. So this is the ideal camping shower when hiking longer distances.

It also has the smallest tank out of the selection (2.9 gallons) but we don’t see this as a K.O criteria because this tank should easily give you 5-7 minutes of shower time. This makes it ideal for 1-2 persons.

We also like the durable material and it’s high end look. Hence the higher price tag. But if you want something that lasts you a long time this is the camping shower to get.

Installation / Handling & Performance

Simply fill the tank with water and when you are ready to take a shower step on the included pump that pressurises the tank. Press the shower handle and water will flow. There’s a handle on the top so if you’d like to hang the bad on a tree or a hook you can do that too. If you want to take a warm shower simply leave the bad in the sun for a couple minutes and let it heat up.

Verdict

Overall the Winterial camping shower is great if you are on a longer hiking or camping trip and doesn’t require any recharging of batteries. Especially made to last with high end material. If you prefer functionality over convenience than this is the camping shower for you.

 

PRO’S CON’S
 X Portable  X Small tank
 X High End Material  X  Expensive
X Warm water

 

3. Advanced Elements Camping Shower

Advanced elements camping shower

Advanced elements camping shower

Advanced Elements camping shower is one of the best selling camping showers on the market.

There are a few of these camping shower “bags” on the market and this one is the priciest out of all of them mainly because of the quality of materials. For us it comes in at rank number three because of its simplicity and less functionality.

In terms of function it’s perfectly fine but it does only have a small hose with a vent attached at the end. Therefore you can’t really expect an actual “shower experience”. Which is also perfectly fine if you are out on a longer hike and only looking to pack lightweight camping accessories. If you are looking for more “shower experience” on a longer camping or hiking trip you better go with the Winterial camping shower.

On the plus side it does have a small solar panel installed which should give you at least a few minutes of warm water. The 5 gallon water tank lasts you for about 10-12 minutes of showering. So ideal if you are more than 2 persons.

We’ve chosen 2 more camping shower bags like this one but we feel after testing it that this has the highest material available on the market, lasting you for a good while and a few camping trips.

 

Installation / Handling & Performance

It’s quite simple actually. Open the vent and let water flow in, hang it on a tree of leave it in the sun for a few minutes to heat up the water and when you are ready use turn on the valve and take a shower. There’s also a small pocket on the back where you can store a soap or tooth brush.

Verdict

We like this camping shower because it is affordable, light weight and can be brought on a long camping trip. I’m sure that we all agree on the point that after a week long of hiking or camping every pound in your backpack adds up. Therefore this is the best choice on the lower price end.

 

PRO’S CON’S
 X Portable  X no actual “shower experience”
 X Light weight
X Affordable

 

4. Viking Nature camping shower

Viking nature camping shower

Viking nature camping shower

The Viking Nature camping shower comes in at number 4 in our tests. We’ve tried this camping shower and while it is basically the same as the Advanced Elements camping shower we did feel that the material wasn’t up to par with the Advanced Elements one.

It has basically the same features (5 gallons of water, solar panel, small pocket) but after trying it out over a 2 day camping trip we felt that it won’t last for very long. The fabric material just seemed less qualitative and the plastic parts also looked less high end then the Advanced Elements camping shower.

Having said that, this is a great alternative if you are looking for a budget camping shower for a short camping trip.

 

Installation / Handling & Performance

Same as our number three contender, open the vent and let water flow in, hang it on a tree of leave it in the sun for a few minutes to heat up the water and when you are ready use turn on the valve and take a shower. There’s also a small pocket on the back where you can store a soap or tooth brush. Same as with no.3 in the rankings, this camping shower only has a small valve and doesn’t really give you a stream of water but rather a gentle flow of water.

Verdict

If you are looking for a budget option for a short camping trip and still want a bit of convenience with warm water and little weight, this is the shower for you. If you are looking for a high end camping shower that is going to last many trips, this is probably not the one you are looking for. 

 

PRO’S CON’S
 X Great Budget option  X no actual “shower experience”
 X Light weight X low quality material
X Perfect for short trips

 

5. Coleman Camping Shower

Coleman camping shower

Coleman camping shower

Last but not least the Coleman camping shower. This camping shower is the “grandfather” of all camping showers.

The first camping showers have been made like this and if you are a no-nonsense hiker that doesn’t care about comfort or convenience – this is the shower for you.

It’s perfect for a long trip because it is the lightest out of all selections.

There’s not much to it but that’s how they were intended to make. It’s a black bag that heats up in the sun and holds about 5 gallons of water.

 

Installation / Handling & Performance

Simple and easy to use. This camping shower can be filled with water trough the vent and simple twist the “shower head” for water flow. Hang it on a tree or in the sun prior to showering so that you can enjoy some warm water. The black bag does heat up and gives you warm water but if you are looking for actual warm water you may want to go with any of the solar panel options above.

Verdict

Like we said, this is a no-nonsense camping shower for the true hiker with limited space in your backpack.

It’s extremely affordable so even if the material wouldn’t last longer than 1 trip (which we found is not the case) you could still buy 3 new ones and be cheaper off. It is a perfect camping shower or hiking shower if you are on a thru-hike across the country.

 

PRO’S CON’S
 X Best price  X no actual “shower experience”
 X Super light weight X little to no convenience
X True outdoor feeling

 

Camping showers buyer’s guide

Above comparisons and reviews were made while doing a 2 day as well as a 6 day camping trip. We were a team of 3 people so everyone tried out different showers every day.

First we have to look at each person’s convenience level. We had 1 guy in the group who preferred the IVATION camping shower over all others because it is the only camping shower with an actual shower experience due to the shower head.

 

Then we had a extreme hiker & camper in the group who swore on the Coleman camping shower because of its price tag, light weight and simplicity.

Me on the other hand I liked both the IVATION camping shower as well as the WINTERIAL camping shower. While I do prefer the WINTERIAL camping shower for the 6 day trip (or longer) it was not ideal because of its weight. The IVATION camping shower’s built in battery would easily last me for 2 days of showering (it guarantee’s 60 minutes of showering once fully charged).

Then you have to recharge it via USB. But it is very likely that you have a power bank with you when you are camping so that wasn’t a turn off.

The ADVANCED ELEMENTS and VIKING NATURE camping showers are in my opinion great if you have more people with you on the trip as it holds 5 gallons (good for 10 minutes of showering) and delivers constant warm water. If you are camping with female companionship they sure appreciate warm water 🙂

Wrapping it up and conclusion

To wrap it up here’s my final verdict:

  1. For short camping trips and a “true shower experience” I prefer the IVATION camping shower
  2. If I were on a longer trip (which I am usually not) I would prefer the WINTERIAL camping shower
  3. For longer trips & if you don’t mind less convenience go for the ADVANCED ELEMENTS or VIKING NATURE camping shower 
  4. For a Thru-hiker and extreme camper who cares more about the weight in his backpack go for the COLEMAN camping shower
best camping shower 2017

best camping shower 2017

best camping shower 2017

best camping shower 2017

 

the best camping shower

the best camping shower

 

Here’s our comparison table again:

RankBrand nameCapacityElectrical/ManualWeightPrice on Amazon
1)IVATION (Editor's choice)UnlimitedElectrical1.6 poundsView price
2)WINTERIAL11Liter/2.9 gallonsManual2.0 poundsView price
3)ADVANCED ELEMENTS18.9Liter/5 gallonsManual1.4 poundsView price
4)VIKING NATURE18.9Liter/5 gallonsManual0.9 poundsView price
5)COLEMAN18.9Liter/5 gallonsManual0.5 poundsView price

We hope the list helps you pick the best camping shower according to your budget and needs. Do keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a “perfect” camping shower, that’s why each camping shower is built to suit the need of different consumers.

 

We have reviewed camping showers that are for budget oriented consumers as well as the camping showers for campers who love convenience. In case you think we missed a camping shower do let us know and we’ll include it in our next review.

If you have any question about these products do contact us via: thegr8outdoors2017@gmail.com

 

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