We all certainly encountered a point in our lives where we faced messy bathrooms. Shampoo bottles and packets scattered everywhere, the soap bar on top of the toilet tank cover alongside with two razor blades, you get the point. When we face this of scenario, it’s frustrating because when you’re in a hurry, like getting ready for school or work, and all the materials for your bath rituals are spread out inside the bathroom, you lose valuable time. On the other hand, a disordered bathroom is also embarrassing for guests when you invite them to a party. We all know and understand this problem, but the good this is there is a solution, a thingamajig that we’re familiar of but we don’t know what’s it called. The contraption I’m talking about are bathroom caddies, but specifically, shower caddies.
A bath caddy, in general, is a pre-made shelf-like object made of either plastic, stainless steel, or wood (bamboo). Bathroom caddies’ major purpose is to serve as an organizer to keep your bathroom necessities close by when you need them the most. A bath caddy appropriately keeps and organizes hair and tooth brushes, shampoo bottles and packets, soap bars, and other indispensable beauty and care products. There are different types of bathroom caddies available in the market like bathtub caddies, but we’ll talk about one specific type of bath caddy – shower caddies.
What are Shower Caddies?
A shower caddy, also known as a shower basket, a shower organizer, a shower rack, and a shower shelf, is a shower accessory that you can mount on your showerhead. As the same with any bath caddy, you can place shampoo, soap, and other bathroom whatnot on your shower caddy. Alternatively, there are also other options of installing shower caddies like using suction cups or hooks to install them on walls and tension rods. But regardless where you install or place a shower caddy, its purpose is still to organize your bath materials for convenience and easiness of use.
There are many bathroom essentials you can place in your shower caddy. Some of the given and obvious stuff you can place are hair brushes, shampoos, conditioners, soap bars, shaving creams, razor blades, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. But additionally, you can also place your valuable makeup removers, facial cleansers, wash cloths, body lotions and deodorants in the same shower caddy.
But do bear in mind to place all the “dry” stuff like body lotions and makeup removers on the top shower caddy shelves and all other stuff that is intended to get wet on the lower shelves. Almost all shower caddies have drains on the bottom of each shelf, and I’m sure that you don’t want to get your body lotions and makeup removers all wet because of water dripping down from the bar of soap you placed on the top shelf.
The Kinds of Shower Caddies
Shower caddies can be further classified into four distinct categories: over the showerhead shower caddies, corner shower caddies or shower corner shelves, over the door shower caddies, and shower totes (shower tote).
Over-the-showerhead Shower Caddies. Over-the-showerhead shower caddies are the usual shower caddies you’ll find in the market. This type of shower caddy is preferred by many because of the ease of installation – you just need to hang it over the showerhead. Aside from the fact that it’s easy to install, over the showerhead shower caddies are no different from the other types of shower caddies.
The Zenna Home 7402AL, NeverRust Aluminum Shower Caddy, Satin Chrome (product image above) is by far the most popular over-the-showerhead shower caddy you can find. Aside from being 100% rustproof, the Zenna Home 7402AL features two (2) shelves with a soap dish, slip proof collar, and suction cups.
Corner Shower Caddies. A corner shower caddy, or sometimes dubbed as a corner shower shelf, can be placed at a corner of your bathroom. Unlike a regular shower caddy that’s mounted on the shower head, some corner shower caddies may need suction cups to use them. Several corner shower caddies are also freestanding; place the corner shower shelf at you bathroom’s corner and you’re done. Certain corner shower caddies, on the other hand, use durable tension poles to keep them upright.
The preferred Zenna Home 2130NN, Tension Corner Pole Caddy (product image above) is included in the corner shower caddies category. The Zenna Home 2130NN features a tension pole for installation, and four (4) self-draining basket with one (1) deep basket that holds your large bathroom essentials. Additionally, this shower caddy is also rust-resistant.
Over-the-door Shower Caddies. If over-the-showerhead shower caddies are mounted on a shower head and shower corner shelves are placed in, well, a corner, it’s a no-brainer that over the door shower caddies are positioned above a shower door. An over-the-door shower caddy has this long hook that will serve as the mounting point for the product on any appropriate horizontal surface in your bathroom, like the sides of your shower enclosure, not just the bathroom door. Additionally, a few over the door shower caddies also have suction cups to keep them in place.
The easiest to install among all the shower caddies provided in this shopper’s guide is the Zenna Home 7803SS, Over-the-Shower Door Caddy, Chrome (product image above) because it’s an over-the-door shower caddy! The Zenna Home 7803SS banners a heavy-gauge wire with two (2) adjustable shelves, a soap dish, and hooks for razor storage, wash cloths, and poufs.
Shower Totes. A shower tote is a portable kind of shower caddy that is perfect for vacations and even in college or dorm use. The point is, shower totes are used if you don’t have your personal bathroom. You don’t want to place your bath essentials on the shower floor of a bathroom you don’t know, don’t you? Aside from possibly getting skin infections when you place your bar of soap or any other bath essential on the shower floor, you also risk leaving it. Certain shower totes are made up of different materials like nylon mesh and plastic and some also possess the decent feature of having a drainage hole at the bottom.
The most bought shower tote on Amazon is the Quick Dry Hanging Toiletry and Bath Organizer With Eight (8) Storage Compartments, Shower Tote, Mesh Shower Caddy, Perfect Dorm, Gym, Camp and Travel Tote Bag, Black by Mayin LLC (product image above). Mayin LLC’s Mesh Shower Tote features a large main pocket with eight (8) ample side pockets, a comfortable carry handle, and an all mesh material that makes the whole product rustproof.
Regardless of the different kinds of shower caddies except shower totes, most shower caddies are made of rust-proof stainless steel, so you won’t need to worry about it damaging your showerhead. Aside from stainless steel, some shower caddies are also made of wood like bamboo for the contemporary bathroom, a perfect fit for those who have glass shower enclosures as it increases the “premium” feel of your bathroom. Last but not the least, there are also shower caddies that are made of sturdy plastic.
Shower vs. Bathtub Caddies
Aside from shower caddies, there is also another type of caddy – bathtub caddies. A bathtub caddy is different from a shower caddy regarding how it looks. The majority of bathtub caddies takes the form of a tray where you can place your beauty and care products on it for easy access. Apart from serving as organizers, some bathtub caddies also have other features like a book holder!
My Shower Caddy Story
I vividly remember the first time I discovered shower caddies. It was sometime in the summer of 2014 when I visited the house of my friend, Ginny. She has this shelf-like contraption hooked to her bathroom’s shower head. I was intrigued, but I didn’t know what it was called. I could’ve asked Ginny, but I had my pride as a researcher back then, and I didn’t want to look dumb in front of her.
I immediately went to my local store which sells home products like bathroom and kitchen essentials and luxuries. I went inside and asked the sales clerk to point me to the product I was about to describe. I described to him what I saw at Ginny’s bathroom as a hanging shelf where shampoo and soap bars can be placed. It had taken around three to five minutes before the clerk understood what I wanted and he quickly pointed me to the section of the store where they sold non-consumable bathroom products.
The first thing that I saw was the same thing I saw at Ginny’s bathroom, and it was displayed mounting a shower head too. I grabbed the price tag of the object and took a look at the products name. It was called a shower caddy, specifically Zenna Home 7402AL. I ventured my eyes below the price tag and to my surprise, it cost more than I expected. I swiftly thought that there may be someplace else to buy this shower caddy because I wanted this specific product, I fell completely in love with it when I saw it in Ginny’s bathroom. Then suddenly, I had a eureka moment – why don’t I take a peek at Amazon and see if they have shower caddies available? I immediately when home after the lightbulb scenario, booted my computer, and keyed in amazon.com on my browser.
On the search bar on Amazon’s homepage, I typed the name of the product that I saw at Ginny’s house and in the local store. After a few minutes of fiddling around, I bought the same product on Amazon. I was glad that I purchased that product because I can now get rid of the Tupperware that was holding my shampoo and soap and replace it with a more decent one that suits my bathroom’s motif just well.
Why Buy Shower Caddies?
Many ask me why I need to buy shower caddies. My answer is simple really. It’s for the same reason why you’re buying pre-made shelves at Ikea – for organizing. I’ve listed four reasons why you should buy a shower caddy and for organizing is one.
Shower caddies serve as organizers. I have this obsessive-compulsive nature inside me. Sometimes, I get worked up if something is messy or not in the right place. Taking from the story I told above, I used a Tupperware as the placeholder for my bath essentials way before I purchased my shower caddy. But before I used that Tupperware, my shampoo, soap, razor, and shaving cream are disorganized at the top of toilet tank cover and sometimes, those materials would fall inside the toilet itself! Enter the Tupperware. It was fine at first because it kept my bath essentials from falling into the toilet bowl but the problem was it was accumulating water inside, and my soap would disintegrate if I forgot to drain the water out of the container. When I purchased my bath caddy on Amazon, it gave me a sigh of relief because I now have a reliable material that organizes and presents well my bathroom materials.
Shower caddies decorate your bathroom. Using also the story I said earlier, the shower caddy that I bought perfectly fits the design or motif of my bathroom. Sometimes, the little things complement each other to create something better. Together with other elements of your bathroom like the mirror and sink, shower caddies can contribute to making the overall design of a bathroom better. An amply decorated bathroom is not only good for the eyes, but it also invokes that “feel good” feeling each time you step into your bathroom. For some, the bathroom is the perfect place to relax whether having a steamy shower or a bubbly bathtub session, having a perfectly decorated bathroom can multiply your relaxation exponentially.
Shower caddies keep your bath products clean. From the first reason above, a shower caddy will help you organize your bathroom products. Aside from organizing, shower caddies also help to keep your products clean and free from germs. In the absence of a shower caddy, you may place your beauty and cleaning products on top of the toilet tank’s cover or on the bathroom floor itself, and it’s common sense that those surfaces contain a lot of germs. That’s where shower caddies come in handy – a placeholder that serves as storage for your beauty and cleaning goods. Subsequently, a kind of shower caddy, a shower tote, is particularly a good product to keep your bath materials clean especially when you’re using public bathrooms like in college dormitories or pools.
Shower caddies also have other purposes. A shower caddy will help you organize your bathroom essentials and will also keep them clean. But shower caddies also have other purposes than the ones mentioned. According to Good Housekeeping, shower caddies can also organize other aspects of a home that doesn’t involve a conditioner, shampoo or soap. Several brilliant ways to use a shower caddy, according to Good Housekeeping, is to use it as a mini garden, as a fruit and vegetable holder, and as a tool to hold your laundry supplies like bleach and detergent.
Where to Buy Shower Caddies
After knowing why to buy a shower caddy, it’s now time to purchase one. There are a handful of places where you can buy shower caddies. The first option is, of course, Amazon. Subsequently, there is also your local mom-and-pop shops like Ikea and Walmart.
Of all the places available for you to buy a shower caddy, purchasing it on Amazon may be your best option. First and foremost, buying it off Amazon will give you the convenience of purchasing a shower caddy at the comforts of your home. Secondly, buying a shower caddy at Amazon will give you more competitive prices compared to buying it at your local brick-and-mortar outlets. Third, when you purchase shower caddies at Amazon, the product will be delivered at your doorstep on time and safe and sound. Total convenience!
Installing Shower Caddies
Since there are various types of shower caddies, there are also different ways to install these things. There are three things that you may need to install your shower caddy: a screwdriver, wrench, and a clean cloth. You’ll figure out how to use these things to install your shower caddy as we progress.
The first way to install a shower caddy is just simply to mount it to the showerhead if the product instructs you to do it. As a rule of thumb, read what’s on the packaging or in the manual first before doing anything erratic. If the shower caddy you bought has a narrow placeholder opening, you may need to unscrew the showerhead or the whole shower itself first, slip the shower caddy’s placeholder in, and replace the showerhead or shower. Take note that some showerheads and showers may require a wrench for you to “unscrew” it instead of a screwdriver.
The second way to install a shower caddy is by adjusting the tension rods provided in the product. This installation instruction particularly pertains to corner shower caddies or corner shower shelves. Again, and as a rule of thumb, read the instructions first on how to install your corner shower caddy or corner shower shelf because not all shower caddies are made the same. Start by assembling the tension rod and fastening the provided shelves to the rod. Place the combination on the desired bathroom corner you want your shower caddy in, extend the tension rod up to the ceiling, and twist the rod just enough until you feel that the shower caddy is secured.
The next way to install a shower caddy is possibly the easiest way as it is ala-plug and play. I’m talking about over-the-door shower caddies. To install this, well, you just hang it on any proper horizontal surface like your bathroom’s door, on top of your shower enclosure, and on your shower rod and you’re good to go.
Whether you used a screwdriver, wrench, or just hung your shower caddy, there are some specific shower caddies that have suction cups for improved stability. To use to the suction cup, first, wipe the intended place of suction (that came out wrong!) with a clean cloth dipped in a small amount of water. Second, wipe the area off with a new and dry cloth. Third, press the suction cup firmly on the intended place of suction.