Best Shower Caddy of 2021
The KINCMAX Basket Shelf is a versatile, top-performing shower caddy. We love that the four included hooks can be attached almost anywhere on the product, making them great for loofas, razors, and washcloths alike. This model also works well as a spice rack in the kitchen or cleaning supply organizer in a utility or laundry room. The adhesive pad adheres very strongly to tile and stone surfaces, making the whole product incredibly stable. It also isn't beholden to any particular place in a shower (i.e., in a corner), so it can be installed anywhere along the wall at any height.
There aren't many downsides to this product. However, one thing that we noticed is that it only comes with a single adhesive pad for installation. To be clear, that's all you need, but it also means there isn't any margin for error if it doesn't go right the first time. That minor knock aside, there is plenty to like about the simplicity and versatility of this option.
The Zenna Home Expandable Over-the-Shower is a unique caddy that brings convenience and versatility to the bathroom. It is designed with removable showerheads in mind. The four baskets each slide independently from one another, meaning there are several different configurations, depending on what you need to store. The two tiers are also spaced far enough apart that they can accommodate tall shampoo or large pump bottles. The suction cup placement is also somewhat adjustable, so you can find an appropriate position for them depending on the dimensions of your shower tiles.
However, this caddy is not without its drawbacks. Though it feels secure for the most part, the wire frame can be easily pulled away from the suction cups, making the unit less secure. Also, due to the slidability of each basket, they are also susceptible to bending if they have too much weight in them. All things considered though, if you are a fan of quick-as-can-be over-the-showerhead installation, this model is a great option.
The Smartake Corner is a remarkably strong and versatile shower caddy. The 2-tier model that we tested has two baskets, one slightly smaller than the other. They both rely on adhesive pads with hooks to stay put on a wall. We love the deeper baskets, and the pattern of the bottom wiring ensures bath products don't fall through the cracks. Both shelves can bear a significant amount of weight (far more than you would ever reasonably put into either of them), and they are separate from one another, meaning that you can install them at any height with any amount of space between them.
Our primary issue with this model came during installation. There is a somewhat frustrating degree of precision required to get the orientation of the hooks on the adhesive pad and the wiring of the baskets to line up properly so that they don't interfere with each other when snapping the baskets into place. We got it eventually; it just took more time than it should have. This product also doesn't come with any hooks, so loofas and razors must seek refuge elsewhere. In the end though, this product brings excellent stability and adaptability to shower time.
The ALLZONE Constant Tension Corner owns the customizability crown. It has four tiers of shelves, one of which has shampoo cap holes cut into the bottom for when you are at the end of a bottle. Because of its size, it has a huge amount of storage capacity — at least enough for four people's products — maybe more. Each shelf also comes with a bar that can be inserted either pointing upward (to act as a guard against bottles toppling over), or downward (to do its duty as a towel bar). One of these adaptable bars also comes with hooks for razor or loofa storage, and the shelves and actual towel bar are all adjustable heights.
Our biggest issue with this model is that it takes a little while to assemble. Aside from the several parts, the instructions are not always intuitive. Some folks may also be turned off by the plastic shelves, and while they do have some holes for drainage, body wash and shampoo residue will eventually build up on the bottom. Ultimately, we think that this product is excellent for families that need a lot of storage space for their bath products.
The ODesign Shower Shelf is a super versatile shower caddy. The two-tier design holds shower and bath products for two or more people. The units use adhesive pads with hooks that stick to shower tile very securely. The wires that make up the bottom of the basket are close together, so items don't fall over or fall through. We also think that this shower shelf could easily be a kitchen shelf when installed against a tile backsplash.
One of the few dings against this shower shelf is that it doesn't come with any hooks. It's not a dealbreaker, but if you were hoping to hang a razor, this model isn't for you. Though we found that it has ample storage capacity, it just isn't as deep as models installed in the corner of the shower. This basic, decent-looking caddy is great for a couple or small family.
The SMARTAKE Rectangular has some unique characteristics and a lot to offer for shower storage. Unlike other corner caddies, this one eschews a round design in favor of an L-shape. It's subtle, but if it is installed above a tub, it means that the baskets follow the shape of the bath instead of sticking out over it. This unit also comes with several hooks and a cross-hatched bottom so that items stay upright and don't fall through the slats. The adhesive pad installation also ensures that these shelves are super secure.
Our biggest issue with this model is that it just looks and feels cheap. The hooks bend out of place somewhat easily, and the metal stains fairly quickly. That is, we don't think that it will stand up well in the long run. In addition, installation can be a little tricky and requires more patience and precision than you may care to spend. It's not without its flaws, but this is a good choice if you need a product with many hooks.
The Flowmist 2-Tier Corner is an elegant adhesive pad corner caddy. We like that the shelves have flat, sheet metal bottoms as opposed to wire. This means that you can place items of any size on them and know that they won't tip over. We found that the unit has storage capacity for two people's products, and its installation is somewhat simpler than other adhesive pad models but is just as strong and stable.
Unlike the other adhesive pad models in this review, this one has shelves that are a fixed distance apart, so it loses some versatility points. It also requires a little pre-assembly before installation with a tiny screwdriver (not included). During testing, we found that the two washcloth hooks don't quite hook upward far enough but stick out parallel to the floor. Despite some shortcomings, we still think that this is a nice option for those who prioritize aesthetics.
The iDesign York Metal Wire is an over-the-shower caddy that is super easy to install. It hangs on the pipe just behind the showerhead and secures at the bottom with a couple of suction cups. It has two sets of both razor hooks, and washcloth/loofa hooks, and the basket bottoms are cross-hatched wire, which ensures that small items don't fall through or tip over as easily.
This product generally lacks versatility. The shelves are fixed, and there isn't a lot of room between the two tiers, so the bottom shelf is really only usable for bar soap or travel-size items. It also hangs pretty high up, so shorter folks may find that it is not the most convenient to access. One issue we also ran into during testing is that the suction cups are fixed in place, so if you have tiles in your shower, you might have the bad luck of one of the cups lining up with the grout line (and this being unable to actually suction). If an over-the-shower model is your preference, this one is certainly sturdy.
The Zenna Home Pole Caddy is a high-capacity, somewhat adaptable caddy. It comes with four shelves, each of which can hold normal size bottles of body wash, shampoo, and conditioner at the same time. The baskets are adjustable heights, and the unit itself can be installed in many different types of showers and bathtubs. We also appreciate its versatility — we found that it makes for a decent storage unit next to a sink counter, giving you a place to keep deodorant, razors, toothpaste, etc.
As with other caddies that rely on a spring-loaded pole for installation, we found that this one takes some time to assemble — about 30 minutes and a little bit of frustration. It also takes a little patience to secure the shelves properly around the included rubber gaskets. One of the biggest issues we had using this caddy is that items often toppled over as a result of the wide, awkward spacing of the wire on the bottom of the baskets as well as the low-profile guard rails that did little to keep tall shampoo in place. However, if you want a metal tension-pole model, the Zenna Home Pole Caddy will certainly hold a lot of bath products.
The iDesign Formbu Bamboo is a unique bamboo model. It looks elegant and could be the right piece to tie together a certain type of shower. It is incredibly simple to install. We also appreciate the flat bottoms of the shelves because they allow items to stay upright rather than tipping over. There are two pegs that you can use to either balance a razor on or hang a washcloth or loofa.
The biggest pitfall of this caddy is that it is very unstable. It comes with a rubber-coated metal ring to secure it to the pipe behind the showerhead, but even with that in place, the unit can easily be removed. On top of that, there are no suction cups to keep it fastened at the bottom, so it just sort of floats freely and swings around if the weight on the shelves is unbalanced. It also happens to be one of the more expensive products. It's far from perfect, but for the right bathroom, it could look really nice.
Why You Should Trust Us
Lead reviewer Ben Applebaum-Bauch has been reviewing products for over three years. In that time, he has researched and tested hundreds of products, including dozens of home goods and bathroom products. He takes a methodical, real-world, user-oriented approach to product assessment.
We buy all of the products that we review at retail price and put them through a process of side-by-side comparison testing. For this review, we assess each product in four metrics: stability, versatility, design, and ease of installation. We weigh them down to see how much they can hold, measure installation times, and solicit feedback to assess design aesthetics.
Analysis and Test Results
Here we review the performance of products in each metric to assess which ones are the strongest contenders.
Stability has to do with how secure the shower caddy is after installation. The last thing anyone needs in an already slippery situation is a large piece of hardware falling down mid-shower. We also consider how well each model holds various bath products as well. That is, the caddy itself might stay put, but we also want to assure that the bottles and razors we store in it won't come tumbling down either.
During testing, we learned that certain styles of caddy tend to offer greater stability than others. As a general rule, we found that the semi-permanent adhesive hook styles like the Smartake Corner, Smartake Rectangular, Kincmax Basket Shelf, ODesign Shower Shelf, and Flowmist 2-tier Corner all have adhesive pads that affix very securely to the wall if installed properly. They can hold more weight without flexing than other styles.
Tension pole models like the Zenna Home Pole Caddy and the Allzone Constant Tension Corner never fell or got loose in our testing; however, grabbing on to the center pole and giving them a stiff shake is a little disconcerting (though the Allzone proved to be notably more rigid than the Zenna). The shelves on these two units tend to flex a little bit under the weight of a large, full bottle of shampoo (again, much for noticeably with the Zenna).
The final type of over-the-showerhead caddies is a mixed bag. The iDesign York Metal Wire has a very tight-fitting collar that secures behind the showerhead. However, the suction cups are not adjustable, so they may not line up properly with certain tile patterns. The Zenna Home Expandable Over-the-shower has a less secure collar but more adaptable suction cups, while the iDesign Formbu Bamboo is the least stable of the bunch.
There are a lot of different bath products out there, and everyone has their own routine. Versatility is the idea that a shower caddy can meet the needs of, say, an entire family. From deep shelves for large pump bottles of body wash to places to hold razors, we look at all of the different ways each model accommodates different products. Though each caddy in this review is meant for showers, we also consider how well it could serve in different parts of a house (e.g., as a kitchen spice rack).
Several of these models, especially all of the ones that have adhesive pads like the Smartake Corner, Smartake Rectangular, Kincmax Basket Shelf, ODesign Shower Shelf, and Flowmist 2-tier Corner could easily be used as spice/cooking tool racks in a kitchen (assuming they can be installed against smooth backsplash tile).
Tension pole models like the Zenna Home Pole Caddy and the Allzone Constant Tension Corner aren't necessarily kitchen capable, but they could find a home in the corner of a bathroom vanity or in a utility/laundry room. The adjustability of the shelf heights is also huge since you can customize the caddy to the bath products that you actually use.
The over-the-showerhead models are generally the least versatile. Though they could be hung on a hook in a utility or laundry room, the fixed shelves may not work for whatever you are hoping to store. In terms of shower use, they are also somewhat limited in their versatility, — again, because you are limited to how the shelves are spaced.
Utility is critical, but so are aesthetics. A shower caddy is one of those items that can either up the overall impression of a bathroom or just look out of place. Design is the metric where we consider both the functionality of each caddy and the visual contribution that a model makes to the space that it occupies.
The Allzone Constant Tension Corner has a couple of interesting features. It comes with four bars, one for each shelf. They can either be inserted facing up (preventing bath products from falling off of the shelf) or underneath, creating an additional towel bar. However you install it, the customizability is a nice touch. The Zenna Home Expandable can accommodate a removable showerhead with slidable baskets. The iDesign Formbu Bamboo is unique in terms of its materials. Though it might not be for everyone, the wooden aesthetic could really tie the right bathroom together.
Some useful design features are common to a few models. We appreciate the cross-hatched baskets of the Smartake Rectangular, iDesign York Metal Wire, and Smartake Corner. They offer good support, so bath products stay upright and don't fall through the cracks. Razor hooks that can double as loofa/washcloth hangers are also a big plus.
Ease of Installation
This straightforward metric doesn't hold quite as much weight as the others, but easy installation is always a nice plus. We look at the amount of time, as well as the number and complexity of the steps it takes to get up and washing with each product.
Installation degree of difficulty breaks down into a familiar three categories: models with adhesive pads, ones that hang over the showerhead, and those that use a spring-loaded pole to create tension between the floor and ceiling. The over-the-showerhead models are by far the fastest and easiest to install. Suction cup alignment issues notwithstanding, the Zenna Home Expandable, iDesign York Metal Wire, and iDesign Formbu Bamboo all go on in less than a minute.
In the next tier, the models with adhesive pads, including the Smartake Rectangular and Kincmax Basket Shelf, need a little extra time and patience. They require marking the wall, then sticking the adhesive pad in place. These types typically take about 5-10 minutes of active installation time and usually recommend letting the pad cure in place for 24 hours before adding weight to it.
Lastly, the tension pole models take about 20-30 minutes to install. There are different configurations, depending on how high the ceiling is, so instructions with models like the Zenna Home Pole Caddy and Allzone Constant Tension Corner require patience and some deciphering.
Let the soap slip no more. There are a lot of options out there to consider. Whether you have a stand-up shower, claw-foot bathtub, or anything in between, we hope that this expert review has given you the information you need to find the perfect storage solution for your body wash and shampoo.
— Ben Applebaum-Bauch