The 8 Best Shower Caddies of 2023 – Real Simple
A shower caddy is the unsung hero of a clean and organized bathroom. Instead of leaving all of your toiletries on the tub ledges, consolidate them into an organizer to keep things easily accessible and prevent soap buildup. This one small accessory can simplify your daily routine and your weekly chore list.
To find the best shower caddies, we dedicated hours to researching the most popular options on the market, considering factors like type, material, and size. We looked for thoughtful details like removable soap trays or holes for storing your favorite bottle of shampoo upside down, while also prioritizing criteria such as rust resistance and durability. For tips on how to choose and clean a shower caddy, we consulted cleaning and organization expert Jenn Lifford of Clean and Scentsible.
“There are a ton of shower caddy options available, so it’s just about finding the right one for you and your family,” says Lifford. “Before you get started, figure out what products you will need to store so you can ensure you get one that’s the right size for you. Over-the-showerhead or corner storage caddies tend to be the most popular and can be purchased in a variety of sizes.”
Our top pick, the Simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy, offers versatility and durability that many competitors lack. It’s packed with smart features like hooks, dividers, and a dedicated soap dish. Plus, as you acquire new products, you can adjust the shelves horizontally and vertically to accommodate various-sized bottles.
Here are the best shower caddies.
Best Overall Shower Caddy
simplehuman Adjustable and Extendable Shower Caddy
Who it’s for: People who want to invest in a durable, adjustable caddy that will last and change with your needs.
Who it isn’t for: People with only a few standard-size products might be better off with something simpler.
The most adjustable and versatile on the market today, Simplehuman’s shower caddy is our top pick because we think it’s the best option for most people. We especially love that it can accommodate tall and oversized products. You can slide the shelves up, down, and side-to-side until you can make room for that family-sized bottle of conditioner. The caddy is also thoughtfully designed with hooks and dividers that securely hold accessories like your razor and loofah—there’s even a dedicated dish to hold bar soap.
Constructed from stainless steel and anodized aluminum, the Simplehuman shower organizer is sturdy and rust-proof. It comes in four different options: an over-the-door or hanging option (for over the showerhead) that comes in medium, large, and extra-large sizes. If you have a handheld showerhead, you’ll want to opt for the extra-large option, which leaves enough space in the middle of the unit for the hose. Though this shower caddy is on the pricier side, you’ll get upgraded functionality and high durability matched by very few other brands.
- Type: Hanging and over-the-door
- Material: Stainless steel and anodized aluminum
- Storage: Adjustable shelves, hooks, and a soap dish
Best Budget Shower Caddy
Zenna Home 2 Shelves Over-The-Showerhead Caddy
Who it’s for: People who want a traditional caddy at an affordable price.
Who it isn’t for: People who care about adjustability and other bells-and-whistles.
If you need something more budget-friendly, consider this over-the-showerhead caddy from Zenna Home. Thoughtful details like a true non-slip collar, storage hooks, and an angled soap dish set this caddy apart from the rest in its class. The suction cups provide added support and don’t budge even when the caddy is loaded with heavier products. (Many of the more affordable models fail to prevent slippage, forcing you to buy extra materials to support the inexpensive caddy that was supposed to save you dollars.)
We also appreciate how the deep neck allows the shelf to accommodate taller bottles up to about 8.25 inches high. Made of powder-coated alloy steel, this organizer resists rust to save you from frequently scrubbing the red stains left by some other models. Just note that there is a major difference between “rust-resistant” and “rust-proof,” so this model will still require the occasional light maintenance.
- Type: Hanging
- Material: Alloy steel
- Storage: Shelf, hooks, and an angled soap dish
Best Hanging Shower Caddy
OXO Good Grips Aluminum 3-Tier Shower Caddy
Who it’s for: People who prioritize durability and want an easy-to-install caddy.
Who it isn’t for: People who want something more stylish.
At the end of the day, the primary thing you want from a hanging shower caddy is durability, which includes stability and rustproofing. This is where the Oxo Good Grips Aluminum 3-Tier Shower Caddy delivers. A grippy rubberized hook and robust wall-clinging suction cups ensure that the caddy doesn’t slip or roam, and for such a sturdy unit, it’s surprisingly effortless to install and remove. Plus, its anodized aluminum frame won’t rust.
Three tiers consisting of two large-capacity baskets, along with a generous soap dish, provide plenty of room for all your household toiletries—even for people with a robust skincare routine. This caddy also has a razor holder to keep it away from anything that might gunk up the blades and a removable soap dish that makes cleanup a breeze, putting an end to the chore of dutifully scrubbing an awkwardly shaped basket.
But if you’ve got just a few toiletries, consider the smaller two-tier version. It includes almost everything there is to admire about the three-tiered caddy—rustproofing, stability, and unique details like the razor holder and removable soap dish—but in a smaller package that includes only one basket/shelf.
- Type: Hanging
- Material: Anodized aluminum
- Storage: Two shelves, a razor hook, and a soap dish
Best Corner Shower Caddy
New England Stories Store Corner Shower Caddy
Who it’s for: People with weak showerheads, vaulted ceilings, and those who simply prefer a more minimalist look.
Who it isn’t for: People who have curved corners in their shower, as this will only fit into 90-degree angles.
Corner caddies are a great alternative to hanging baskets and tension rods, especially if you’ve got a weak showerhead or a sloped ceiling. These adhesive shelves from New England Stories are incredibly easy to install, and despite being suspended by stickers, they can support an impressive 35 pounds each. The set comes with two shelves in slightly different sizes, and even though they’re pretty spacious, they create a clean minimalist look by eliminating the need for a tub-to-ceiling rod. Each caddy contains four discreet hooks for hanging loofahs and sponges to drip dry. The metal is also finished with a powder coating to help resist rust, and the ventilated design helps facilitate fast drying.
Once you install these corner shelves, you’ll have to wait at least 12 hours for the peel-and-stick adhesive to dry before placing your products on them. Another thing to keep in mind is that the shelves only work in corners that are at 90-degree angles, so they won’t stay put on curved surfaces.
- Type: Adhesive shelf
- Material: Powder-coated metal
- Storage: Two shelves
Best Tension Shower Caddy
OXO Good Grips Quik-Extend Aluminum Pole Shower Caddy
Who it’s for: Households with multiple people who need to store many products in the shower.
Who it isn’t for: Those with vaulted ceilings would have trouble keeping this in place.
We keep coming back to Oxo products because they’re well designed, and the anodized aluminum parts simply don’t rust. So if you’re looking for tension rod shelves, check out the Oxo Good Grips Quik-Extend Aluminum Pole Caddy. Installation only takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any tools. And once it’s set up, you can keep it there as long as you want. (Should you decide it needs a deep cleaning, you can just pop the removable plastic shelf trays out for a thorough scrubbing.)
We appreciate the four generous and adjustable shelves, which thoughtfully include holes for storing bottles upside down (this makes it way easier to squeeze out the very last drop) and hooks that are designed to help your razors and loofahs dry off. The tension rod extends from 5 feet 2 inches to 9 feet, so you can adjust it to perfectly fit your shower.
- Type: Tension rod
- Material: Anodized aluminum
- Storage: Four adjustable shelves (one with soap tray), razor holder, and hook
Best Over-the-Door Shower Caddy
Umbra Cubiko Shower Caddy
Who it’s for: People who want something a little more stylish than the typical caddy.
Who it isn’t for: People who would prefer a dedicated soap tray on their caddy.
Stylistically, the Cubiko shower caddy from Umbra stands out from the others on our list. Its clean lines and sleek design work well with contemporary bathroom aesthetics. This caddy is also highly functional because it’s compatible with both shower doors and heads so it suits most bathroom setups. The caddy has two shelves for storage and comes with three S-hooks (two single and one double) that provide additional hanging storage for your loofahs, washcloths, and shower caps.
If you opt to use the over-the-door clip, you’ll also reap the additional benefit of the towel hook offered on the flip side. Not only does this save you more space in the bathroom (no need for a separate towel hanger), but it also offers a built-in camouflaging for any clutter that shows through the shower door.
- Type: Over-the-door or hanging
- Material: Metal
- Storage: Two shelves, three hooks
Best Adhesive Shower Caddy
LiviNGPAi Wall Mount Shower Organizer
Who it’s for: People who need flexibility on the placement of their shower caddy (like those with a converted clawfoot tub shower).
Who it isn’t for: People who only need a single shelf or basket.
The biggest potential downside when it comes to wall-mounted caddies is stability, but these shower caddies from LivingPai have an adhesive that seriously sticks. It’s so strong that once the shelves are up, you might have a hard time getting them back down. (The good news is that if you do have to remove them, they don’t leave sticky residue behind.) Each caddy consists of a spacious basket that’s lined with hooks so you can hang washcloths and other accessories to dry.
The adhesive caddies also boast a surprisingly generous weight capacity of 40 pounds each, so this three-pack of shower organizers could hold 120 pounds of product altogether. Constructed from stainless steel, these wall-mounted caddies will resist rust in most environments. The wire baskets easily pop out of the plastic supports, which makes regular cleaning super easy.
- Type: Adhesive shelf
- Material: Stainless steel
- Storage: Three shelves with hooks
Best Bamboo Shower Caddy
Honey-Can-Do Bamboo Shower Caddy
Who it’s for: People who love the look of bamboo decor.
Who it isn’t for: People who want a low-maintenance product.
This stylish shower caddy from Honey Can Do is made of bamboo, which is more water-resistant than wood, especially when treated with a finish for added protection. The sizable organizer includes three tiers: one at the bottom for soap and two others that can accommodate taller bottles than the average caddy. Two hooks serve as loofah or sponge storage, and there are also two spots for razors to rest. In total, the caddy can hold up to 10 pounds of toiletries, which is a bit lower than others on this list.
This pick is another caddy that hangs from your showerhead, although it’s also equipped with suction cups to secure it to the wall. Another thing to note is that we recommend using a water sealant on this shower caddy, as molding and mildewing are possible with bamboo.
- Type: Hanging and suction
- Material: Bamboo
- Storage: Three shelves and two hooks
Our top pick is the Simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy because it’s versatile, durable, and packed with storage features. It’s complete with adjustable shelves, multiple hooks, and a separate soap dish. We also love that it’s available in multiple sizes and options that can be hung over the showerhead or shower door. Need something more affordable? Opt for the Zenna Home 2-Tiered Over-the-Showerhead Caddy, which is equipped with multiple storage features and suction cups for added support.
How to Shop for Shower Caddies
There are four primary types of shower caddies: hanging (for over the showerhead), over-the-door (for enclosed showers), tension rod (for a corner of your shower), and suction or adhesive, (for nearly anywhere on the shower wall).
Hanging caddies and suction caddies require little to no installation, however, they typically work best for showers shared by one or two people with a minimalist toiletry collection. Showers shared by larger families or anyone with a robust regimen that requires many products may want to opt for a tension rod caddy, which typically contains three to four generously sized baskets that have a higher weight capacity.
Unfortunately, these varieties aren’t compatible with some bathrooms. For example, tension rod caddies won’t work in showers with sloped ceilings, and over-the-showerhead caddies aren’t the best choice for bathrooms with non-sturdy showerheads. In these cases, standalone caddies supported by suction or screws can do the job.
Shower caddies are made from myriad materials, like aluminum, stainless steel, wood, bamboo, and plastic. Aesthetically, aluminum and stainless steel are suited to industrial and minimalist bathrooms, while wood and bamboo complement softer boho and rustic spaces. Keep in mind that the best-looking caddies are not always the most sturdy or durable, and the placement (especially the amount of water and moisture exposure) should also factor into your decision.
Lifford recommends looking for shower caddies made of sturdy materials, like stainless steel or aluminum, which are also easier to clean. Stainless steel and wood caddies look nice, but they’re more likely to rust or mildew and warp over time, and direct exposure to streams of water will hasten this process. Bamboo is actually a type of grass, so it’s more water-resistant than wood and usually comes with some sort of protective finish.
Finally, you’ll want to consider the storage capacity of a prospective shower caddy. A caddy with one or two tiers is probably sufficient for people who live alone and/or those who only use a handful of products in the shower. Couples and families will likely find that a three-tiered hanging or tension rod caddy is most compatible with the number of products in their shower.
Also consider the size of each product: People who stock up on family-sized or particularly large products will want to ensure that there is enough space between caddy tiers to accommodate oversized bottles. “Adjustable shelves are also helpful for accommodating all of the different bottle shapes and sizes,” says Lifford. “If you have multiple people using the shower, a personal portable caddy for each family member is another option.”
Questions You Might Ask
How do you make a shower caddy stay in place?
The easiest (and most attractive) solution for a shower caddy that won’t stay in place is silicone tape. Simply wrap it around your showerhead a few times, making a thicker ring for your caddy to clamp onto. The tape is self-binding but easy enough to peel back and remove, and it’s more translucent and less noticeable than alternatives like rubber bands or duct tape.
How do you clean a shower caddy?
Even though they stay in the shower, caddies still need to be cleaned regularly to keep them in good shape. “Over-the-showerhead caddies tend to be the easiest to care for as they can come on and off for cleaning access,” Lifford says. “Just remove and wipe down your products and give the caddy a good wipe down with a microfiber cloth and warm, soapy water.”
If you need a deeper clean, you may want to soak your shower caddy in the bathtub. “To remove any rust, fill the tub with just enough water to cover the caddy and add a cup of vinegar,” adds Lifford. “Soak for 20 minutes and scrub with a paste of water and baking soda using a microfiber cloth. Wipe dry with a clean, dry cloth.”
But keep in mind that material also matters. “While bamboo caddies do look pretty,” says Lifford, “they do require more frequent cleaning to avoid mold and regular oiling to maintain [their] shine and durability.”
How do you prevent a shower caddy from rusting?
To protect your caddy from rust, you can use a rust-inhibiting spray or spray paint with corrosion protection. These two options are ideal, as they offer long-term protection. Boat wax and automotive waxes can also do the trick, but they require regular reapplication (about once a month), so you’ll want to consider if that’s a cleaning regimen that fits into your housekeeping routine.
Take Our Word For It
This article was written by Leslie Joblin, a writer with two years of experience evaluating products and producing reviews and lifestyle content. Her work has also appeared in The Spruce, Brides, and MyDomaine. To compile this list, she researched the most popular shower caddies and received expert advice from cleaning and organization pro Jenn Lifford of Clean and Scentsible.