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A shower liner is an essential part of the bathroom, both for aesthetic and practical purposes. We researched and tested shower liners, evaluating them for the quality of their design, durability, cleaning ease, and overall value.
After considering standalone, decorative, fabric, plastic/vinyl, and curtain/liner sets, we determined the Quiet Town The Sun Shower to be the best model for most people. It’s made of a non-chlorinated EVA that’s free of PVC and BPA, and provides crystal clear color and subtle styling.
Read on for our other top picks.
Best Overall: Quiet Town The Sun Shower Curtain
High-quality material resists nicks, discoloration, and doesn’t stick to the shower
Clear colors and rounded edges add a touch of design
Easy to clean
Weighted edges and bottom improve drape
The Quiet Town The Sun Shower liner looks and feels higher-quality than any of the other vinyl or plastic liners we tested, getting perfect scores across the board for design, durability, cleaning ease, and overall value. Its 12-gauge EVA has a heavy drape and prevents sticking in the shower. We also liked the clarity of the liner’s color—and when it comes time to clean it, just wipe it down to remove soap or water spots, and it’s back to beautifully clear.
Many plastic liners cloud where they get nicks or creases, but the Quiet Town didn’t crease and stayed cleared throughout use. The brass grommets resist rusting and easily fit over curtain rings. Two additional grommets, one at each of the bottom corners, add weight to the bottom, holding the liner in place while in use.
This liner comes in four colors, all of which are transparent. We tested the pink. While it’s pretty, we would probably opt for the clear and would gladly use the Quiet Town liner with a fabric curtain for extra privacy.
Best Budget: Gorilla Grip PEVA Heavy Duty Shower Curtain Liner
Thick, heavy liner
Weighted bottom helps maintain position and drape
Reinforced grommets add durability
Clouds at tight creases
With a quality EVA material and reinforced grommets, the Gorilla Grip liner keeps things simple. During testing, we found it to repel water and dry quickly. It’s far thicker and more durable than the price suggests, earning it a 5 for overall value. The EVA cleans about like any other plastic, though there was some light scrubbing involved.
The only issue we had with the Gorilla Grip liner was that it can cloud if it gets pinched—in a few small places, you could see where it had been bumped, leaving marks on it. This isn’t the kind of liner that’s used alone. We would recommend using it with a curtain because it’s designed to be more functional than decorative.
Best Splurge: Bathage Shower Curtain and Liner
High-quality with classic design
Lays flat, leaving lots of room in the shower
Lets a good amount of light through while remaining opaque
Fabric-weighted bottom rather than visible magnets
The Bathage Shower Curtain and Liner is actually a curtain and liner in one. It’s made of polyester coated with a water-resistant and antimicrobial coating. The coating gives the liner’s interior a slick feel. However, the coating doesn’t come off during washing and allowed water and soap to easily slide off the liner.
We really liked the amount of light this liner allowed into the shower, while still being opaque enough to offer privacy in a shared bathroom. The Bathage comes in several designs and colors. We tested the sea glass blue. The drape, cleaning ease, and design got 5’s from us. It’s hard to beat the quality of the fabric, classic looks, and water-repellant properties of this liner.
Best Hookless: Hookless Escape Fabric Shower Curtain and Liner Set
Unique but practical design
Attractive design elements—sheer upper panel and ribbon accents
Removable, washable split liner
Specialty replacement liner
This liner and curtain set was one of our favorites for its unique and practical design. Unlike some other options, the hookless design doesn’t look hookless. The large grommets are split, but once installed, you can’t see the separation. A removable liner snaps onto the curtain below a sheer panel. Come washing time, you remove the panel but leave the curtain in place. There’s no need to completely uninstall the curtain when it needs to be washed.
To give it a touch of style, the Hookless Escape has four accent ribbons throughout the curtain. We loved the sheer top panel because it let more steam out and let you peek out of the curtain to check on anything going on in the bathroom. The only downside we could see was that if you need to replace the inner liner, you’ll have to order a replacement from the manufacturer.
Best Fabric: Titan Fabric Curtain Liner
Powerful, water-resistant coating
Classic striped design
Nice drape and weight
Functions as a curtain or liner
Gets very wet in the washing machine
The Titan Fabric Curtain Liner has a strong water-resistant coating that helps the liner dry quickly by enhancing water shed. The design allows you to use this model as a curtain or a liner. We tested the white, which was opaque enough that you don’t need an additional curtain unless you want one for aesthetic purposes.
The polyester fabric offers a nice drape and weight without sticking to the shower, while a weighted bottom helps to keep the Titan in place. The only thing we didn’t love about this liner is that it hung onto the water in the washing machine. It went through a thorough spin cycle but came out dripping wet. Thankfully, it dries quickly once hung, so it still got a 4 out of 5 for cleaning ease.
Best Set: Brooklinen Linen Shower Curtain Set
Beautiful, natural linen
Liner fully protects the curtain
Creates an airy, light appearance
Includes hooks but they scratched the curtain rod
No weighted bottom on the liner
If you love linen, you'll love this rustic set from Brooklinen. With your purchase, you'll get a 100 percent linen curtain, PEVA liner, and 12 metal hooks. As with most linen items, you should expect some wrinkling (in this case, especially near the grommets). However, the combo of white linen and a clear liner gave airiness to the windowless bathroom in which it was tested.
The liner isn’t the highest quality PEVA we tested, and it doesn’t have weights at the bottom. However, it worked well and completely protected the curtain. The only thing we didn’t like with this set was the hooks, which have sharp open ends that can scratch your shower rod. During testing, there was no way to get them on or off without leaving a mark. While we loved the set, we recommend buying hooks separately.
Best Washable: Crate & Barrel White Shower Curtain Liner
Nicely weighted bottom edge
Lightweight, so it doesn’t protrude into the shower
Fabric washed very well
Takes longer to dry
Another one of our favorite picks is the Crate & Barrel White Shower Curtain Liner, which was particularly easy to clean. Thanks to the polyurethane inner coating, it repels water well, and the weight of the liner plus the weighted edge kept it from sticking to the shower. Those weights also prevent the lightweight fabric from billowing in the shower, leaving plenty of space for the occupant. We loved that it washed well, looking new and ready to go right out of the washing machine.
One thing to note is that the polyurethane coating does slow down the drying process—not by too much, but you'll have to make sure to leave the liner open after use so that it will dry. That adds some maintenance time to this liner, but it looks nice and cleans very well.
Best Mildew-Resistant: BigFoot PEVA Heavy Duty Shower Curtain Liner
Flexible fitting well into the contours of the shower
Dried quickly and repelled water
Laid flat in the shower, leaving space inside for showering
Easily shows water spots
The BigFoot shower liner is made of mildew-resistant PEVA, but it’s the quality of the PEVA that makes this model stand out. It’s thick, but there’s no chemical odor—in fact, there’s no odor at all. Despite its thickness, this liner is flexible and contours well to the shape of the shower. The three magnets at the bottom help with that. They also help the liner drape, so that it doesn’t protrude into the shower.
The PEVA also dries quickly, helping with mildew resistance. Overall, it’s an excellent liner, though you’ll need a curtain if you want privacy. The only downside is that it easily shows water spots. They'll go away with a gentle cleaning, but expect them to show up within a few uses.
Best Decorative: Simply Essential Square Dot
PEVA resists water spots
Easy to clean
Simple design can stand alone or work with a liner
Could use some weights on the bottom
The Simply Essential Liner is versatile: if you're comfortable with the opacity, it can function as a standalone liner and curtain, or you can pair it with an additional liner for more privacy. This liner has a clean look that will add the right touch of design without overwhelming your bathroom. It's also one of the few plastic liners we tested that wasn’t covered in water spots after a few uses, earning a perfect score for cleaning ease.
One thing to note about this liner is that there aren't any weights at the bottom. It didn’t billow into the shower like a fabric liner, but it also didn’t drape very well—if this is a concern for you, you might want to opt for one of the other options on this list.
Best for Small Bathrooms: Stuffits Vinyl Shower Curtain with Mesh Pockets
Pockets of different sizes
Creates extra storage in crowded bathrooms
Mesh doesn’t dry as well as the vinyl
The Stuffits Shower Curtain does more than keep water inside the shower. It adds much-needed storage to a crowded bathroom, with seven mesh pockets of different sizes on one side. It’s designed to be reversible, so you can either use the pockets for shampoo and items you need in the shower or face it outward and store items you need while using the sink. For small bathrooms, the added storage can keep clutter from taking over.
We loved the different size pocket options: the largest ones were big enough to hold a shampoo bottle, while the smaller pockets were great for shaving supplies. The only downside comes at washing time. If you have the liner facing the water, the mesh pockets do not dry out as well as the vinyl. The pockets can also easily get overloaded.
The Quiet Town The Sun Shower gets the top spot for the quality of the EVA, color clarity, and overall design with the weighted grommets and rounded edges. If you love a clear curtain, it can stand alone, or you can pair it with a separate curtain for extra privacy. If you want to save a few dollars, the Gorilla Grip PEVA Heavy Duty Shower Curtain Liner offers durability and a strong EVA that will stand up to heavy use and cleaning.
How We Tested the Shower Liners
We put 13 shower liners to the test, setting up the liners in our tester’s home one at a time to see how well they held up to the manufacturers’ claims. The liners were in use for 48 to 72 hours, getting used three to four times per day during that time. Our tester rated the liners across several specific categories, including design, durability, cleaning ease, and overall value.
When testing the design, we considered how the material felt and if it matched the manufacturer's description. This also included how it looked coming out of the packaging and whether it had an odor. We also noted how easy the liners were to install. Cleaning ease came down to how well the liner either washed in a washing machine or how easily it was wiped clean. We monitored durability after several uses and one cleaning. Finally, we determined if the liner’s price matched the quality and performance.
What to Look for in a Shower Liner
We talked to a couple of cleaning pros to get the lowdown on curtain liners—Alex Varela, General Manager of Dallas Maids in Frisco, TX, and Roman Peysakhovich, CEO of Onedesk, a national cleaning company.
“One of the biggest problems in the bathroom is dealing with mold and mildew,” says Varela. “I would recommend looking for something called PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) which is a type of plastic that is strongly resistant to mold and mildew.”
“Fabric curtains usually come in microfiber, a cotton blend, or polyester,” says Peysakhovich. “ If you’re looking for a low-cost and easy-to-maintain option, then consider buying a vinyl curtain instead of a cloth alternative. Mold and mildew are less of an issue since vinyl shower curtains act as a natural water repellant.”
Fabric liners can also have coatings that help them resist water or mildew. Some may have a polyurethane coating, making their performance similar to a vinyl liner but with more drape and flexibility.
Most liners attach to a curtain rod using 12 hooks. The liner may or may not come with hooks. If you don’t like the look of hooks, some models slide onto a removable rod via grommets. You can also get a hookless model. These models look like they have grommets, but they have slits that slide over the curtain rod without taking it down. The shower liner may also snap onto an accompanying shower curtain. You can then remove the liner for washing but still leave the curtain hanging in the shower.
Standard liners are 72” x 72”, though you’ll find some variation with 70” x 72” and 71” x 71” liners being fairly common too. Our tester has a slightly smaller than average shower, making a 72” x 72” liner plenty big. If you have a smaller shower, consider a model that’s an inch or two smaller than standard. That keeps the liner from pushing out into the shower space.
How do you install a shower liner?
Before hanging the liner, attach the hooks to the curtain rod. Stand on a chair or ladder to slide the liner’s grommets or holes over each hook, starting at one end and working your way to the other end of the liner. If you use a curtain with the liner, you can then install the curtain in the same way, using the same hooks as the liner.
How do you clean a shower liner?
Fabric shower liners are usually machine washable in cold water on the gentle cycle. They should then hang to dry. Plastic and vinyl liners can be wiped clean with a clean cloth and water.
How often do you need to replace a shower liner?
How often the shower gets used, whether or not the liner gets left open or closed, and the ventilation in the bathroom can all affect how long a liner lasts. The best we can offer is to replace the shower liner “as needed.” If the liner has stains or shows signs of mildew or mold, replace it. Just know that if you make sure the liner dries between uses, it will last long.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Stacey L. Nash, who has been contributing to The Spruce since 2019. She personally tested all of the products on this list, hanging each liner in a bathroom for 48 to 72 hours with three to four showers per day. She monitored the liners for how well they kept water in the shower, their appearance, how they felt and held up to heavy use, and how easy they were to clean. Some liners had special features, like removable liners or included hooks that she also tested. She also read through other user reviews to look for patterns in user experiences.