The Best Solar Camp Shower

The Best Solar Camp Shower

Our pick

Advanced Elements 5-Gallon Solar Shower

Advanced Elements 5-Gallon Solar Shower

The best camp shower

You get a shower that’s more warm than hot but has decent water pressure and a functional showerhead.

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Sturdy construction and a threaded inlet cap that doesn’t burst open after you fill the bladder with water make the Advanced Elements 5-Gallon Solar Shower a little burlier than the competition. In addition, our pick has a plastic quick-release buckle on the handle, which made hanging the bag high enough to get adequate flow a lot easier. It also comes with a handy, pre-attached shaving mirror—a nice bonus.

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Nemo Helio Pressure Shower

Nemo Helio Pressure Shower

More user-friendly but at a price

The Helio has a built-in foot pump for adding pressure. It rolls up to the size of a can of Folgers for easy portability.

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$150 from Backcountry
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A favorite among our beach-going testers, the Nemo Helio Pressure Shower is a good pick for anyone that wants an upgrade in usability over a solar shower that you have to lift and hang to use. The Helio holds 3 gallons of water that are pressurized with a foot pump, so rinsing sand off of things like surfboards, sandals, beach toys, and kids with the included sprayer nozzle becomes quick and easy. There is one design change for 2020: Instead of sitting upright on one end, it now rests lengthwise on four stumpy plastic feet. We had had no problems with its stability previously, however. The capacity and hose length remain the same. (We’ll be examining this new version in person as soon as possible.)

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Our pick

Advanced Elements 5-Gallon Solar Shower

Advanced Elements 5-Gallon Solar Shower

The best camp shower

You get a shower that’s more warm than hot but has decent water pressure and a functional showerhead.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

Upgrade pick

Nemo Helio Pressure Shower

Nemo Helio Pressure Shower

More user-friendly but at a price

The Helio has a built-in foot pump for adding pressure. It rolls up to the size of a can of Folgers for easy portability.

Buying Options

$150 from Backcountry
Buy from Amazon

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