If you live near a river or lake, you know how frustrating it is when sand gets tracked into your house. It makes a mess, it’s dirty, and once it’s made its way into your home, there’s no turning back. It’s there for what feels like forever, and let’s not forget about all the dirty lake water that finds its way into your house too. One way to prevent this problem altogether is by investing in an outdoor shower.
Outdoor showers take the mess out of spending the day at the lake and offer your guests a dedicated clean-up space. Outdoor showers are also a great complement to a pool, leaving the pool water outside rather than puddled in your entryway. If you live by the ocean, you know the damage that salt water can have on your home, even if it’s just from wet feet. Outdoor showers can rinse away all those potentially harmful salts, and leave your home (and guests) clean — not to mention, outdoor showers are just incredibly relaxing, too.
Depending on your needs and preferences, outdoor showers come with or without privacy walls, so you have the option to build custom walls if you want go that route.
As for how the water will flow, outdoor showers function a few different ways. Some outdoor showers simply hook up to your garden hose, while others can be hooked up to cold and hot water pipes. The second option requires a bit more in the way of plumbing and planning.
If you don’t want to deal with hiring a plumber, a solar shower only needs the sun to work — but you won’t have a steady flow of hot water which isn’t ideal if you have large groups at your home.
Whether you’re wanting to keep the inside of your house clean, or you like the idea of feeling the warmth of the sun on your shoulders while you take a relaxing shower, we’ve found some of the best outdoor showers to take your pool or lakeside home to the next level.
Large Cedar Lattice Wall Mounted Outdoor Shower
This garden-style lattice cedar outdoor shower is wall-mounted to maintain a minimal footprint in your space. All the hardware is included, so all you need to add is water! Plant some tall flowers around the shower to add a bit more privacy and visual interest.
Rattan Style Outdoor Shower
Perhaps you want to build your own privacy walls for your outdoor shower. Consider this freestanding shower that features a rattan-style design. It comes with a rain-style showerhead and is UV, mildew, and rust resistant.
Bamboo Outdoor Shower
Standing at 7 feet tall, this sustainably-harvested bamboo shower is ideal for the tallest of guests, but may not work for smaller children. The shower comes pre-plumbed and features a removable showerhead to clean off your feet and pets. This outdoor shower doesn’t require much in the way of setup and attaches to your garden hose.
Stainless Steel and Wood Outdoor Shower
Available in either unfinished meranti or ipe wood, this outdoor shower features stainless steel fasteners for a sleek, modern look. The shower features an 8-inch rain showerhead, a removable showerhead, and a foot wash faucet for a multi-functional option meeting a variety of needs. Both hot and cold water connections are included with this unit.
Find it at GansettOutdoorShower on Etsy
Free Standing Mahogany Outdoor Shower
Crafted out of sustainably-harvested mahogany wood, this outdoor shower features stainless steel pipes with a polyurethane finish to create a distressed look. The base of the shower is made out of wood slats to encourage drainage, while the material itself is non-slip to prevent falls.
Cedar Lattice Wall Mount Outdoor Shower
For a smaller cedar lattice outdoor shower, consider this wall-mounted option. Made in Cape Cod, this outdoor shower features a modular design that allows you to install the shower door on whichever side is best suited for your space. Hardware is included with this option. All you need is water! Something to keep in mind with this unit is that the wood is unfinished, so you may need to consider adding a protective waterproof layer.
Simple Stand-Alone PVC Pipe Outdoor Shower
Made out of PVC pipe, this simple, no-frills outdoor shower is a functional, useful addition to your pool or beach house. Made out of only three pieces of PVC pipe, the shower can be disassembled easily to store away for the winter. Though it isn’t an extravagant outdoor shower and it can’t be used with hot water, it is a simple option that gets the job done.
Find it at TurtleTower on Etsy
Teak Wood Free-Standing Shower
Sleek, modern, and made out of teak wood, this free-standing outdoor shower from Wayfair features a simple showerhead and both cold and hot faucet dials.
Stainless Steel Sleek Outdoor Shower
Made out of Marine grade stainless steel, this outdoor shower is rust-resistant and will stand up to outdoor wear and tear. With hot and cold internal plumbing pre-installed, there’s no need for extra parts, and all you have to do is hook up the shower to your water supply. With a removable, rain-style showerhead, and three adjustable massage jets, this shower is both functional and a source of relaxation.
Solar Powered Outdoor Shower
If showering with cold garden hose water isn’t your thing, consider this solar powered outdoor shower. Fill the reservoir with water, and let the sun warm the water for you. Something to keep in mind, though, is that while this shower is heated, it can only hold as much water as the reservoir will allow. So if you’re using your shower primarily for washing off dirty feet, you might want to stick with a garden hose option. This shower comes with a rain-style showerhead and (as mentioned) a foot wash for spraying off sandy or muddy feet.
Deluxe Wall Mount Outdoor Shower
This outdoor shower from Cape Cod Shower Kits is reminiscent of a backyard shed, but offers so much more! With all the necessary hardware included, this cedar wall-mounted shower just needs water hookups to get going. Something to consider with this unit is that it’s a bit larger at 8 feet wide by 7 feet long, so if you’re low on space in your backyard or garden, it may not be the option for you.
Pure Clean Portable Outdoor Shower
If you’ve got a bucket of water and one of these, you’ve got yourself a portable outdoor shower! It features a built-in rechargeable battery, so simply plug your Pure Clean into a car’s cigarette lighter to charge. The trigger-activated nozzle spray powers the showerhead, making it energy and water efficient. It’s a great outdoor shower solution for pool owners and avid campers alike! If you’re looking for a more permanent option, though, you may want to go with another outdoor shower as this one is definitely intended for on the go, travel use.
Retro Wall Mount Outdoor Shower
This wall-mounted, retro-style outdoor shower features a polished chrome finish and stainless steel hardware to resist corrosion. This outdoor shower is incredibly customizable with a built-in adjustable temperature limit stop and temperature regulating module, and a pressure balance module. However, if you’re looking for an all-in-one unit, this may not be the ideal option for you. when you want a private shower, you’ll need to install your own walls or curtain.
Vinyl Outdoor Shower Kit
This outdoor shower kit from Wayfair is made out of weather-resistant vinyl and is available with or without in-ground mounts. Complete with a pergola-style roof, this shower kit offers plenty of privacy while maintaining a stylish look. Be aware that this is just the enclosure, so you’ll need to add your own plumbing and hardware to get your shower up and running. Purchase the previous unit along with this enclosure, add water, and you have a whole system ready to go!
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PVC Wall Mount Outdoor Shower
Made out of PVC, this outdoor shower is a complete kit with all the necessary hardware included. Attaching to the side of your house or garage, this wall-mounted shower features a modular design that allows you to install the door to suit your space.
Dark Brown Freestanding Outdoor Shower
Crafted out of eucalyptus hardwood, this dark brown outdoor shower features a rainwater showerhead and a slatted base to encourage drainage. A built-in shelf provides you with a place to store your soap or towel. Featuring stainless steel hardware, this shower is meant to stand up to outdoor wear and tear.
Minimalist Stainless Steel Outdoor Shower
Featuring a simple showerhead and foot sprayer, this minimalist stainless steel outdoor shower can be either free-standing or wall-mounted. Made out of marine grade steel, this outdoor shower won’t rust and can withstand outdoor weathering. The shower system has both hot and cold plumbing, and everything you need to install the system is included.
Poolside Free Standing Outdoor Shower
This portable, poolside, free-standing outdoor shower is a simple and functional option that features a detachable showerhead and a flex hose with an on/off valve. This outdoor shower doesn’t require much setup and can be easily moved to serve a variety of purposes. When the season ends, you can easily breakdown this shower and store it away for the winter. It is a good option if you’re looking for a seasonal outdoor shower, but may not be the best choice if you want a more permanent option.
Propane Water Heater and Shower Pump
Now maybe you like the idea of a portable shower, but want to step it up to the next level. Consider this portable propane water heater and shower pump. Not only can this unit be used for hot showers, but the attached faucet provides you with hot water for washing dishes, making coffee, or preparing freeze-dried camping foods.
Battery-Powered Hanging Outdoor Shower
Similar to the previous option, this battery-powered outdoor shower offers you the luxuries of a hot shower in the great outdoors. This unit also features a faucet you can use for kitchen chores. It’s an investment your fellow campers will appreciate!
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