A shower curtain does more than provide privacy and keep water from splashing onto the floor—it also ties together the look of your bathroom.
We researched and tested the most popular shower curtains available now, evaluating quality, drying time, ease of installation, and value. Our top pick, the QKHOOK Waffle Fabric Shower Curtain Set, slides easily over a shower curtain rod, has a mildew-resistant hem, and comes with a snap-in liner.
Here are the best bathroom shower curtains for every budget.
QKHOOK Hookless Waffle Fabric Shower Curtain and Snap-in Liner Set
Easy to install
Allows light in
Textured and thick
Some customers reported water seeping through
Our favorite shower curtain comes with a liner and a set of rings, which effortlessly snap into place. You can hang it in seconds without any hooks and take it off just as quickly. It's easy to clean too. The liner can be wiped down with an all-purpose cleaner, and the curtain can be tossed in the washing machine when it needs a deep clean.
It's also a great pick for bathrooms that don't have enough light. The top portion of the curtain is made of mesh to increase the amount of light in your shower, while still providing plenty of privacy should someone pop into the bathroom while you're in the shower.
The timeless gray and white tones look clean and simple in any bathroom and seamlessly fit into any decor you choose. There are three textures to choose from, but the mesh panels adds a bit of interest to break up the sleek style.
Price at time of publish: $43
Dimensions: 71 x 74 inches | Material: Polyester | Weight: 2.42 pounds
AmazerBath Plastic Shower Curtain
Thick, high-quality product
Weighted stones to keep the curtain straight
Can smell out of the package
If you just want a basic shower curtain that keeps your bathroom floors dry without being an eyesore, this pick from AmazerBath will do the trick. The plastic curtain comes in 14 colors ranging from subdued neutrals to brighter hues, so you can pick a color that matches your space.
This curtain has weights on the bottom that keep the bottom from billowing, which reduces the amount of water that will escape. The top features metal grommets to slide standard rings through to hang your curtain from the shower rod. For maximum protection, tuck it inside of the bathtub or shower to keep water from dripping out onto your bathroom floor.
Price at time of publish: $18
Dimensions: 72 x 72 inches | Material: Ethylene Vinyl Acetate | Weight: Not Listed
Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Hemstitch Shower Curtain
Pottery Barn's Hemstitch Shower Curtain is on the pricier end, but it might be well worth the splurge. Woven out of linen derived from 100 percent Belgian flax, it's soft yet sturdy and impressively long-lasting.
This product is machine-washable and comes in seven chic, neutral colors. It's also Fair Trade and OEKO-TEX certified, meaning it's made with fair and humane labor practices and doesn't contain any harmful substances. You'll need to get a waterproof liner to go with it to keep your floors dry, but if you're looking for a classically stylish shower curtain, this is a great pick for you.
Dimensions: 72 x 72 inches | Material: Linen | Weight: Not Listed
Deny Designs June Journal Abstract Geometric Shower Curtain
Doesn't come with rings
If your bathroom decor is modern, why not add a splash of color with this stylish shower curtain by Deny Designs? Featuring an abstract geometric print with shades of blue, yellow, and pink, it's everything we love about contemporary design.
This shower curtain is made of water-resistant polyester with a smooth, soft finish. It has buttonhole openings along the top, allowing you to hang it with your choice of rings. When it needs to be cleaned, just throw it in your washer and then tumble-dry on a medium heat setting.
Dimensions: 72 x 69 inches | Material: Polyester | Weight: 3 pounds
Lush Decor Nova Ruffle Shower Curtain
Comes in three colors
Dry clean only
If you like the farmhouse look, the Nova Ruffle Shower Curtain might be right up your alley. Made of textured polyester with charming ruche detailing, it's the perfect addition to a rustic or cottage-style bathroom.
The buttonholes along the top make for easy installation using any standard hooks. Though most polyester shower curtains are machine-washable, dry cleaning is recommended for this one to keep the ruffles intact—stretch the time between cleanings with a good, waterproof liner.
Price at time of publish: $27
Dimensions: 72 x 72 inches | Material: Polyester | Weight: Not Listed
Urban Outfitters Sketched Floral Medallion Shower Curtain
Machines washes without losing shape
Beautiful and unique design
Lightweight and easy to install
Colors can appear darker in person
With a folksy floral pattern that's meant to look hand-drawn, this shower curtain from Urban Outfitters has a down-to-earth bohemian vibe. It's made of 100 percent cotton and is just as breezy and soft as it looks.
Any standard set of hooks will slide easily into the small holes along the top edge. And when it needs to be cleaned, toss this shower curtain in your washer on a cold, gentle cycle, then allow it to air dry to prevent shrinking.
Price at time of publish: $49
Dimensions: 72 x 72 inches | Material: Cotton | Weight: Not Listed
Anthropologie Agneta Shower Curtain
Soft to the touch
Some customers reported the dye running in the wash
If you love big, bold floral prints, you'll appreciate Anthropologie's Agneta Shower Curtain. Unlike a lot of floral patterns, this one doesn't feel too much like a summer print. The warm, vintage-inspired design will look elegant hanging in your bathroom year-round.
It's made of slub cotton, a natural fabric woven with a twisting technique to create a unique, semi-irregular texture. It's airy, light, soft, and machine-washable. You'll need a plastic liner to keep things dry, but as a design element, this curtain is a great pick.
Price at time of publish: $88
Dimensions: 72 x 72 inches | Material: Cotton | Weight: Not Listed
Jungalow Hypnotic Shower Curtain
Oeko-Tex certified products
STEMA certified for ethical working conditions
Thick and high-quality
Liner and curtain may not line up exactly
The Jungalow is all about wild prints and vibrant, statement-making designs, and the Hypnotic Shower Curtain is no exception. Featuring a striking pattern inspired by traditional Greek key motifs, it's a little boho, a bit modern, and undeniably maximalist.
Made of 100 percent cotton on the printed side with polyester lining on the back, this shower curtain can be washed in a washing machine and dried in a dryer. And the buttonholes along the top can be hooked to your choice of rings.
Price at time of publish: $32
Dimensions: 71 x 71 inches | Material: Cotton, Polyester | Weight: Not Listed
If you're in the market for a good shower curtain that allows for plenty of light to shine into your shower, the QKHOOK Fabric Shower Curtain and Snap-in Liner (view at Amazon) will do a great job. If you prefer a curtain that's a bit more classically stylish, the Pottery Barn Belgian Flax Linen Shower Curtain (view at Pottery Barn) will look great in any bathroom, but does require a separately purchased liner to keep your floors dry.
What to Look for in a Bathroom Shower Curtain
When shopping for a shower curtain, one of the most important things to consider is the material. Many are made of polyester, which is water-resistant and usually machine-washable. Plastic and vinyl shower curtains are waterproof. While they're not machine-washable, they can be used without a liner and wiped clean to extend their life.
Some are made of natural materials, like cotton or flax. These fabrics are a little lighter, more breathable, and in most cases, machine-washable. However, they typically need to be paired with a water-resistant liner to keep water from sneaking outside of your shower.
Virtually all shower curtains have holes along the top. Some can be hooked directly onto a shower rod, though most will need to be attached to a set of rings or hooks first.
You'll find options with buttonhole openings, as well as holes with metal or plastic grommets. The size and style of the holes mostly have to do with aesthetics and shouldn't make a difference in the type of rings you need. In other words, any standard set of hooks should work.
Another factor to consider is style. Shower curtains come in a wide range of designs, from neutral solids and minimalist motifs to breezy boho prints and vibrant graphics.
If you're designing a bathroom from scratch, the curtain can be a starting point, setting the tone for the overall look of the space. On the other hand, if you're just looking to replace your current shower curtain, you'll want to choose something that complements the rest of your existing decor.
How long are shower curtains?
Standard shower curtains come in a few different sizes, but most of them are between 70–72 inches long. That said, you can find specialty shower curtains that are extra long (84 inches long). And you can also find shower curtains designed for shower stalls. (These shower curtains tend to be 78 inches long.)
Are shower curtains recyclable?
Most shower curtains are not recyclable. Why? Most shower curtains are made of durable PVC. And while PVC is technically a kind of plastic, it’s a kind of plastic most municipal systems aren’t capable of recycling.
How do you clean a shower curtain?
There are a few different ways to clean a shower curtain. But your first and second steps should always be the same. First, check your shower curtain’s care label. Second, follow whatever instructions you find. If your shower curtain is machine-washable, you’ll likely be able to toss it in the laundry. And if it isn’t, you may need to clean it by hand, using either vinegar or baking soda.
Why Trust The Spruce?
The Spruce contributor Theresa Holland has been covering home goods and interior design for several years. She has a keen eye for detail and is well-versed in the world of textiles. You can read more of her writing on Byrdie, Verywell Fit, and MyDomaine. Additional reporting was done by Lindsey Lanquist, who has spent years covering home and lifestyle products for a range of publications including The Spruce and MyDomaine.