The Best Shower Organizers to Banish Bathroom Clutter

Our top pick is the simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy

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A shower organizer helps you reduce clutter in the bathroom while keeping personal care items within easy reach. We researched dozens of shower organizers, assessing them on sturdiness, durability, capacity, and ease of installation.

Our best overall pick is the simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy, which offers flexible shelving, durability, and comes in three sizes. 

Here are the best shower organizers. 

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Best Overall: simplehuman Stainless Steel & Aluminum Adjustable Shower Caddy

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simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy, Stainless Steel and Anodized Aluminum
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One of our favorite shower organizers also happens to be one of the most adjustable shower caddies on the market. The SimpleHuman Adjustable Shower Caddy is popular for its clean, modern look, adjustable shelf placement, and durability.

A two-part stabilization system keeps this shower organizer locked into place. At the top, a clamp securely fits over a standard shower head pipe with a diameter up to 0.80 inches. You will need a screwdriver to open and close the clamp around the showerhead, but it’s a quick installation. At the bottom, a pair of suction cups stabilize and support the unit so it doesn’t get knocked off balance as you take bottles in and out of the racks.

A stainless steel and anodized aluminum construction means that this unit can stand up to the moisture and humidity common in shower stalls and bathtubs, though an occasional complaint is made regarding the appearance of rust. For the most part, though, users describe this shower organizer as ‘sturdy’ and ‘spa-like’ and most people are highly satisfied with the performance and durability.

The real advantage to the SimpleHuman Adjustable Shower Caddy is the fact that the wire shelves of this shower organizer can be adjusted from side to side and vertically. People find it to be easy to adjust using the dial on the back of the center support for the organizer. What this means in real world terms is that you can configure the shelves to allow for taller bottles of soap or other items that otherwise may not fit in standard shower caddies. 

Best Budget: SALT Shower Caddy

SALT Shower Caddie

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If you just want a simple place to store your shower stuff, a budget shower organizer might be all you need. The SALT Shower Caddie is our top pick and features two wire shelves, including an innovative soap rack.

For about $10, this wire shower caddy can clean up your shower space and give your shampoo bottles, body wash, and soap a secure spot. There is one full-size shelf, and one smaller second tier shelf that shares space with a tilted soap saddle – which helps water drain away from your bar soap. It also includes a hook for washcloths or bath sponges. This organizer is made from coated steel wires to resist rust and corrosion. It slips over the shower head and rests on the water pipe, with a snap ring to help hold it in place.

A few people mention that the organizer slides around due to a lack of suction cups, and one person mentioned that the unit slides down the pipe when moving items around. However, most people find that for a budget shower caddy, this model from SALT covers all the necessary functions. 

Best for College: Bed Bath & Beyond Mesh Shower Tote

Bed Bath & Beyond Mesh Shower Tote

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College life often means trekking to a shared bathroom for shower time, and the right shower tote can make the process a lot simpler. Instead of grabbing all your gear in your arms and hoping you don’t drop or forget your body wash, razor, hair products and more, load it all into the Bed Bath & Beyond Mesh Shower Tote.

This mesh shower tote is totally waterproof and drains and dries quickly before mold or mildew can set it. It features multiple exterior pockets for bottles of various shapes and sizes, and a larger center section that can easily hold your towel, shower shoes, and more. Users have found this shower organizer to be well-made and roomy enough for all the essentials. The handle also lets you easily hang it over a shower hook, but it’s steady enough to sit on a bench or wide shower shelf.

This mesh shower tote from Bed Bath & Beyond beat out other models of college shower totes thanks to its included waterproof pouch for your phone. Keep your phone dry and protected—but still clearly visible—with the clear, sealed plastic pouch that hangs from the bag’s handle. You could also stash other small essentials in the pocket, like cash or your ID.

Best Over the Door: iDesign Metalo Over-the-Door Hanging Shower Organizer

iDesign Metalo Over-the-Door Hanging Shower Organizer

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An over the door shower organizer is a great choice for small showers where storage space is at a premium. The InterDesign Metalo Shower Caddy easily fits over standard shower doors or a shower wall up to 2 inches thick.

This over-the-door shower organizer will keep your essentials in easy reach with two large and two smaller center wire baskets, which can also swivel to the outside of the caddy frame to give more clearance to larger bottles on the bottom shelf. Two towel hooks hang face the outside of the shower door, which a plus that many users mentioned.

Despite being made of satin-plated wire, rust doesn’t seem to be a concern for users of this over-the-door shower caddy—even after months of use.

Best Corner-Style: Zenna Home Tension Pole Shower Caddy

Zenna Home 2159NN Tension Pole Shower Caddy

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For a shower caddy that can tuck into a corner, many people like tension pole shower organizers. The Zenna Home Corner Tension Pole Caddy features four tiers of shelving and stays securely in place, thanks to the adjustable height tension system. 

This corner shower organizer has L-shaped shelves instead of the more typical rounded shelving found on other models of corner caddies. People prefer this L-shaped design because they find it holds more and can better accommodate larger bottles. While the shelves don’t include any designated hooks for washcloths, loofahs, etc., most people don’t mind thanks to all the storage space.

When installing the Zenna Home Corner Tension Pole Shower Caddy, make sure that you measure your ceiling height first and compare it to the manufacturer’s instructions. Some people recommend that you try installing the system first before cutting the height of the tension pole, as the instructions may direct you to do.

While many metal shower organizers struggle with corrosion issues, some finishes of this corner shower caddy seem more prone to rust than others. The satin nickel finish seems to fare well, with users had more complaints regarding the durability of the chrome and nickel varieties.

What to Look For

Size

If your morning shower routine includes a regimen of products, look for a shower caddy with multiple shelves or storage baskets. This may also be true if you have a large family. On the other hand, if you’re a single person or are looking for a slimmer option, a shower organizer with one or two shelves may be what you need. Also consider whether you like to buy value-sized bottles of body wash or hair products—and if so, look for taller and wider shelves to make sure you have room for these oversized bottles.

Style

Decide whether you’d prefer a hanging, freestanding, or over-the-door shower organizer. Hanging shower organizers are the most common and work well for standard shower fixtures. Freestanding models are good for larger showers but are probably not the right choice for shower and tub combos. There are also over-the-door options, which are great for enclosed showers.

Material

Since the bathroom is usually the dampest and most humid room in the house, you’ll want to choose a shower organizer that can stand up to the steamy conditions. Metal is typically subject to corrosion, but stainless steel organizers generally maintain their appearance. It’s also not uncommon to see metal wire organizers that have been coated in plastic for durability. If you’re looking for a more natural material, teak wood shower caddies are beautiful and can be long-lasting when properly cared for. Plastic shower organizers are popular, too—just be sure to look for shelves with drainage and be prepared to scrub away soap scum once awhile.

FAQ
  • How do you keep a shower caddy from falling?

    Most hanging shower caddies fall because they slide down the pipe behind the showerhead. To prevent this from happening, most people either secure a zip tie or a hose clamp on the shower arm (the pipe protruding from the wall). Then, hang the shower caddy behind the zip tie or hose clamp. A rubber band will also work in a pinch, but it can become brittle over time and eventually break.

  • How do you rust-proof your shower organizer?

    If you're looking to protect your metal shower organizer from rust, the ideal solution is to use a rust-inhibiting spray or a spray paint with corrosion protection. Another option that requires regular reapplication is to use clear marine wax or automotive wax. Apply the wax and follow the manufacturer's instructions for drying time. Then, use a lint-free cloth to buff the shower caddy back to a shiny appearance. Expect to re-apply wax every month to prevent corrosion.

  • How do you clean a plastic shower caddy?

    Remove soap scum and ward off mold growth by regularly washing your plastic shower caddy. The easiest way to do it is to take down the shower caddy (and remove its contents), then lay it in the bathtub. Fill the tub with warm water until the caddy is submersed. As you're filling the tub, add 1 or 2 cups of white vinegar to the water to help dissolve any soapy build-up. Let the caddy soak for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Then, use a sponge or soft-bristle cleaning brush to scrub the shower organizer thoroughly. If any areas of hard water stains or soap scum remain, make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply directly to trouble spots. Then, pour vinegar over these areas and watch for fizzing and bubbling. Finally, rinse the shower caddy with fresh, clean water. Dry thoroughly before re-installing. If you don't have a bathtub, wash the shower caddy using a mild cleanser and rinse with fresh water from the showerhead.

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