The Best Shower Curtain

The Best Shower Curtain

Our pick

Threshold White Waffle Weave Shower Curtain

Threshold White Waffle Weave Shower Curtain

The best shower curtain for most bathrooms

This white shower curtain will fit into any bathroom. It’s affordable, machine-washable, reinforced with metal grommets, and made from a durable cotton/polyester waffle weave.

Buying Options

$25 from Target

The Threshold White Waffle Weave Shower Curtain is the best under-$40 option we found because it’s easy to clean and durable, and it has a simple, timeless style that will complement any bathroom. If you want something more decorative, we make some suggestions in the design section of this guide.

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Budget pick

Threshold Light Stripe Shower Curtain

Threshold Light Stripe Shower Curtain

A good curtain with a subtle pattern

If you’d prefer a curtain with a neutral stripe pattern, this one is super-affordable and will look good in most bathrooms. For more decorative options, we recommend the entire Threshold shower curtain line.

Buying Options

$20 from Target

Although not as simple and classic looking as our main pick, the Threshold Light Stripe Shower Curtain’s neutral striped pattern should work in most bathrooms. At around $20, it’s the cheapest 100-percent cotton curtain we tested. Its soft, gauzy feel stood out among the polyester and heavy cotton curtains we tested. If you’re looking for a shower curtain with a bolder pattern, we recommend that you check out the rest of the Threshold line. Decorative shower curtains can be surprisingly expensive, but Threshold has some great patterns at the most reasonable prices we’ve seen. Several of our staff members own and like their Threshold shower curtains.

Upgrade pick

Crate & Barrel Pebble Matelassé White Shower Curtain

Crate & Barrel Pebble Matelassé White Shower Curtain

A luxurious option

This curtain is thicker and more luxurious than our other picks, with an attractive pebbled texture that elevates any bathroom. Compared to our main pick, it shrank quite a bit in the wash but still gave ample coverage.

Buying Options

$90* from Zola
$100 from Crate and Barrel

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

The Crate & Barrel Pebble Matelassé White Shower Curtain is a splurge-worthy addition to any bathroom. The subtly pebbled matelassé fabric (which is Oeko-Tex certified to be free of harmful chemicals) feels pleasant in hand and drapes beautifully from a curtain rod. The 100 percent cotton material shrank about 5 inches in both dimensions in the wash (less than many other upgrade options we considered) and should still provide ample coverage. Nonetheless, if you’re worried about sizing, this shower curtain is also available in extra-long.

Also great

Hookless Waffle Fabric Shower Curtain

Hookless Waffle Fabric Shower Curtain

An all-in-one option

This curtain is easier to install than any other we recommend—the large grommets quickly and easily slide onto any rod, so it doesn’t require hooks—and it comes with a snap-on liner. It’s available in 19 colors.

Buying Options

$50 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Hookless curtains are especially convenient thanks to grommets that attach directly to the curtain rod and a snap-on fabric liner. The polyester Hookless Waffle Fabric Shower Curtain has a waffle weave that we think will look good in most bathrooms (and it comes in around 19 color options). It also has a semi-transparent panel along the top of the curtain, which is great for letting light into the shower without a window.

Also great

Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain Liner

Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain Liner

An affordable, washable shower liner

This washable polyester shower liner works as well as liners that cost twice the price. It resists soap scum better than flimsy plastic liners, and it’s thick and polished enough to double as a shower curtain.

Buying Options

$10* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $11.

We recommend the inexpensive Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain Liner. It works as well as polyester liners we tried that cost twice the price, and it doesn’t attract that inevitable soap film the way plastic liners do. The Maytex liner is machine-washable, and it would be a great complement to any of our curtain picks.

Also great

Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks

Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks

A simple-to-use hook

These hooks slide smoothly along a curtain rod, can easily fit a curtain and its liner, and come in tons of colors.

Buying Options

$6 from Amazon

Most shower curtains require hooks to hang them, and we like the Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks. They glide seamlessly across most shower curtain rods, they’re easy to install, and they’re simple to remove when it’s time to wash the curtain. These rings also have plenty of clearance, so they’ll easily fit a bulky shower curtain plus a liner. Unlike many rings that come in one or two metallic finishes, the Amazer hooks come in 15 colors and finishes, so you can find a good match for almost any decor (or add a fun pop to an otherwise neutral curtain).

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Our pick

Threshold White Waffle Weave Shower Curtain

Threshold White Waffle Weave Shower Curtain

The best shower curtain for most bathrooms

This white shower curtain will fit into any bathroom. It’s affordable, machine-washable, reinforced with metal grommets, and made from a durable cotton/polyester waffle weave.

Buying Options

$25 from Target

Budget pick

Threshold Light Stripe Shower Curtain

Threshold Light Stripe Shower Curtain

A good curtain with a subtle pattern

If you’d prefer a curtain with a neutral stripe pattern, this one is super-affordable and will look good in most bathrooms. For more decorative options, we recommend the entire Threshold shower curtain line.

Buying Options

$20 from Target

Upgrade pick

Crate & Barrel Pebble Matelassé White Shower Curtain

Crate & Barrel Pebble Matelassé White Shower Curtain

A luxurious option

This curtain is thicker and more luxurious than our other picks, with an attractive pebbled texture that elevates any bathroom. Compared to our main pick, it shrank quite a bit in the wash but still gave ample coverage.

Buying Options

$90* from Zola
$100 from Crate and Barrel

*At the time of publishing, the price was $100.

Also great

Hookless Waffle Fabric Shower Curtain

Hookless Waffle Fabric Shower Curtain

An all-in-one option

This curtain is easier to install than any other we recommend—the large grommets quickly and easily slide onto any rod, so it doesn’t require hooks—and it comes with a snap-on liner. It’s available in 19 colors.

Buying Options

$50 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Also great

Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain Liner

Maytex Water Repellent Fabric Shower Curtain Liner

An affordable, washable shower liner

This washable polyester shower liner works as well as liners that cost twice the price. It resists soap scum better than flimsy plastic liners, and it’s thick and polished enough to double as a shower curtain.

Buying Options

$10* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $11.

Also great

Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks

Amazer Shower Curtain Hooks

A simple-to-use hook

These hooks slide smoothly along a curtain rod, can easily fit a curtain and its liner, and come in tons of colors.

Buying Options

$6 from Amazon

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