Solar showers offer a perfect way to stay clean while remaining off the grid. These products work by heating up stored water using solar panels. They are an excellent addition to any kit full of camping or hiking gear and just might make your next outdoor trip even better.
Read on below for our list of the five best solar showers in 2020, the features you’ll want to look for when choosing the best outdoor solar shower for you, and our final verdict on which shower you’ll want to go with this year. (If you’re looking for some other great solar products, check out these cool solar pool heaters!)
Advanced Elements 5 Gallon Summer Shower
Sometimes it’s difficult to choose our Editor’s Choice in a category. That wasn’t the case this time. The Advanced Elements solar shower is such a clear front-runner in this area that our job was made especially easy. This product combines excellent capacity, functionality, reliability, popularity, and ease of use.
Over 570 customers have left reviews on Amazon and the results couldn’t be more decisive. An average review of 4.5-stars makes it clear that people are in love with this product. The entire product weighs one pound and four ounces (when drained) and can easily be rolled up into a compact package for simple storage.
The reflector, insulator, and solar panel work together to turn water from cool to warm in a hurry so that you won’t need to wait too long to shower on cold mornings.
Along with its base functionality, the Advanced Elements solar shower comes fully equipped with pockets and containers for all of your shower-related items (soaps, razors, etc.). It’s made of a durable, 4-ply material and comes with a water temperature gauge. Basically, Advanced Elements has thought of everything.
- Good value
VIGLT Solar Shower Bag Summer Shower 5 Gallons
The VIGLT Solar Shower Bag is one of the best values in the solar camping shower category. Coming in at under $20 per unit, you won’t need to break the bank to take a warm shower on a cold camping trip. As a result, this product wins our Best Value award and is a definite must-buy for those looking for a full-featured solar shower on a budget.
It’s made of tough PVC material and the included solar panel will heat water to 113 degrees Fahrenheit inside of three hours. If you fill the unit with water before you go to bed, you’ll have 5 gallons of warm water with which to shower in the morning (with plenty of time to spare).
The included plastic showerhead comes complete with two modes (“low” for a gentler flow of water, “high” for faster and more intense water flow). The solar shower bag comes with a pocket for your shower-related items, and a temperature gauge to show you how hot the water is inside.
On hot days, you’ll want to double-check the thermometer to make sure the water isn’t too hot. Strong sunlight can cause the water inside to reach over 50 degrees Centigrade.
- Amazing Value
- Pocket for shower items
- The plastic showerhead may not be as durable as the PVC bag
Trofoty Solar Camping Shower Bag, 5 Gallons/20L
This product falls somewhere between the first solar camping showers on this list and the following two items, which are more utilitarian and less feature-rich. I’ll describe first what this product is, then what it isn’t.
First, this is a well-made solar camping shower bag. It’s durable, watertight, has separate intake and shower valves (to reduce wear on the latter), and its handle is solidly constructed and suitable for hanging on a tree or carrying around. The shower also has a temperature gauge that allows you to see how hot the water inside has gotten. This comes in handy on extremely hot and sunny days when, like with the VIGLT product at #2 on this list, the water inside can reach uncomfortably high temperatures. Finally, this solar camping shower comes standard with a small pocket you can use to store your shower-related accessories, like shampoos and soaps.
What it isn’t is a product with a long-standing reputation. While it’s made an excellent impression on the Amazon community in the short time that it’s been on the market, it hasn’t yet had an opportunity to demonstrate that this product is as high-quality as the first two items on this list.
- Was just recently released
CARTMAN Portable Solar Camping Shower
Weighing in at only 14 ounces (when fully drained and completely dry), this lightweight solar camping shower won’t add much bulk to your camping gear. Lord knows you’ve already got enough heavy stuff to carry with you when you go camping. Much like the next item on this list, the Cartman Portable Solar Camping Shower eschews the little extra features like a temperature gauge and a shower accessory pocket in favor of an everyday low price.
It does have features where it counts though. The extremely durable construction extends to its handle (the part of the unit likely to experience the roughest handling) and shower spout. It also has a separate intake valve for filling, ensuring that the shower spout doesn’t see too much wear and tear.
This solar camping shower will lighten your pocketbook by less than ten dollars, an almost unbelievable deal. If a low price is your main, or even your only, goal when buying a portable shower, you need look no further. If, however, you’re looking for a more full-featured unit, you may wish to look at one of the showers higher up on this list.
Lastly, there are some durability issues with this item. Perhaps as a reflection of the very low price, some users have highlighted what we noticed as well. You may have some leakage issues and some problems with the shower hose.
- Incredibly low price
- Gets the job done
- Not as durable as some of the items on this list
Intex Portable Solar Camping Shower
The Intex Portable Solar Camping Shower is the no-frills version of the items on this list. This solar shower does not come with a pocket for your shampoos and soaps, nor does it include a temperature gauge. It’s basically a solar panel, a bag, a hose, and a spout for showering.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with the foregoing. The result of Intex’s rejection of the little extras is to keep the price extremely low. This solar camping shower costs less than $14! That low price hasn’t led to any reductions in customer satisfaction either. Over 100 users have given an average 4.5-star rating on Amazon to this handy little shower.
It’s one of the most popular solar camping showers on Amazon, likely because of its durable construction and rock-bottom price. People love a good deal and they’ve definitely found one on in the Intex Camping Shower. Its five-gallon capacity is more than enough for a person to take a quick shower. In fact, more than one person should be able to make use of this product before emptying the reservoir.
- Amazing price
- Durable construction
- Lacking some of the features of the other camping showers on this list