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The best shower caddies

The best shower caddies

Sharing a bathroom is hard, especially if you don't have the space to store all your toiletries. A shower caddy makes it easy to tote your shampoo, soap, loofah, and other supplies back and forth to your bathroom whenever you need to shower.

Though many shower caddies are simply plastic baskets with drainage holes, you'll ultimately want to take a moment to find a shower caddy that truly suits your needs. If you're a simple shampoo and soap kind of person, you'll be able to get away with a smaller, simpler tote. But if you're carrying several products, you may want one with several compartments to keep your routine streamlined.

Here are our picks for the best shower caddies:

Updated on 7/16/2020 to edit the prices, titles, links, and remove references and ratings from third-party sites, because we've found them to be unreliable in the past.

The best overall

The best overall
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The InterDesign Orbz Shower Tote Holder and Organizer holds all your toiletries as you troop to the communal showers or shared bathroom.

The InterDesign Orbz Shower Tote Holder and Organizer keeps all your shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and so on in place so you can carry it with ease into the communal showers or shared bathroom.

It's important to have one of these and remove it from the shared bathroom (if you have one) when you're done each time so that you're never without your toothbrush if needed.

The InterDesign caddy can hold all sorts of products thanks to its two big side compartments and smaller organizer in the middle. The handles are relatively comfortable to hold, and there are air holes in the design to dry out your belongings after a shower.

It's available in a few colors including black, coral, lemon, mint, and white.

Pros: Dividers keep products in place, nice handles, easy to carry, multiple sizes

Cons: A tad pricey

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The best plastic caddy

The best plastic caddy
Sterilite
The Sterilite Bath Caddy has five compartments, a sturdy handle, and good drainage holes.

If you're not sold on our top pick, the Sterilite Bath Caddy is a great alternative because it's made of a tougher, stiffer plastic and has a short handle in the middle, which is surrounded by five compartments.

The largest compartments on each side of the caddy easily hold shampoo, conditioner, and other products. You'll also find two smaller compartments on one side of the handle and one medium one on the other side. The smallest sections are great for toothbrushes, toothpaste, and razors, while the medium one may hold a hairbrush or loofah.

Since it's likely to get wet, the caddy has drainage holes at the bottom. You'll want to clean it from time to time, but plastic is easy to wipe down. It measures 15.2 by 9.8 by 9.5 inches, so it's a bit longer and wider than the InterDesign caddy.

Pros: Sturdy design, lots of compartments, good handle, drainage holes

Cons: Not flexible, takes up more space

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The best toiletry bag

The best toiletry bag
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The L.L.Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag is a discreet bag you can take with you to the communal showers or use when you travel.

The L.L.Bean Personal Organizer Toiletry Bag holds tons of toiletries, which all zips up into a versatile travel bag you can take anywhere you roam. When unzipped, it folds out to reveal all your products, and you can hang it up on the bathroom door.

Different-sized pockets hold all your toiletries and some have zippers to keep your items in place. The largest section at the bottom should be able to hold full-size shampoo and conditioner bottles and then some. It also includes mesh compartments to separate products better.

L.L.Bean sells it in several sizes, too, so you may pick whatever size is right for your needs. The large version measures 12½ by 11½ by 4 inches, and we expect it'll be the best size for most students. The medium version is good if you need something a tad smaller.

There's also a removable mirror inside and a hook for easy hanging on a door hook or rack. The family size bag, however, may be too bulky and heavy to hang properly, so keep weight in mind when you opting for the larger sizes.

One of the coolest things about the L.L.Bean Toiletry Bag is that you can use it later in life after college when you go on extended trips or vacations.

Pros: Attractive bag, tons of compartments, a hook to hang it, good for travel, multiple sizes and colors

Cons: Can be heavy to hang, expensive

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The best collapsible shower tote

The best collapsible shower tote
Handy Laundry
The Handy Laundry Shower Caddy folds right up into a slim circle when you're not using it.

If you're short on space and don't need your shower caddy full all the time, you'll love the collapsible Handy Laundry Shower Caddy.

It has a flexible wire frame that holds it upright when in use, but conveniently folds flat when held by the elastic strap for easy storage. It's just like those pop-up laundry hampers, but smaller.

The caddy is made from a durable nylon mesh with an open top and a reinforced nylon strap for carrying or hanging up. There is a drainage hole in the bottom, and the mesh shouldn't absorb too much water or collect mold.

The Handy Laundry Shower Caddy measures 8 by 12 inches and holds several full shampoo bottles and other products without any problems. It comes in different colors and patterns, too, so you always know which one is yours.

Pros: Many colors and patterns, folds up flat, holds lots of stuff, easy to carry, affordable

Cons: Durability unknown

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The best mesh shower tote

The best mesh shower tote
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The Saltwater Canvas Mesh Shower Bag has lots of room for toiletries and a lovely design.

The Saltwater Canvas Mesh Shower Bag will hold all of your products and then some. This durable mesh bag is made out of what the company calls, "outdoor mesh," so it should dry faster than almost any other mesh shower caddy.

It has a doubled back strap that runs through the bag for added strength and stability. There are three outer pockets that hold smaller shower items, and the big compartment in the center can hold four to five bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and other large products.

Pros: Durable, lots of space, easy to carry, strong strap

Cons: Some past customers complain material is too stiff, some may find it too large

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The best lockable caddy

The best lockable caddy
Shlocker
Not only does the Shlocker keep your roommates' mitts off of your shampoo, but it also puts your products out of sight and tidies up your bathroom.

When living in a shared, communal space, it's wise to protect your belongings and the lockable Shlocker is an excellent idea for that reason.

The rustproof, combination-locking Shlocker has a shelf, four toothbrush/razor holders, and an anti-fog mirror, along with drain and ventilation holes throughout to keep mildew at bay. The two suction cups that attach to your bath or shower's tiles will purportedly support up to 40 pounds of weight.

At 2.8 pounds, it's not our lightest-weight recommendation, but it might be worth the slightly higher price tag for the peace of mind, especially for those who invest in their haircare products.

Just be sure to follow the detailed installation instructions and don't put it on any textured finishes or grout lines.

Pros: Secure, low profile, holes for draining and circulation

Cons: Sort of expensive, suction cups might not work in all showers, can't carry back and forth easily

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The best unconventional

The best unconventional
Jens Widerberg
The Formverkert Octopus is adorable, whimsical, and has nine grippy, adjustable tentacles for holding bottles and cans of various sizes.

While perhaps not as functional as other picks, the Formverkert Octopus makes a fun design statement with nine tentacles to contain all of your toiletries within this clever little cephalopod.

We especially like that you can hang your bottles upside-down from the Formverkert Octopus so you may not only dispense your shampoo with a single hand, but be sure to use up the entire contents of the bottle.

These adorable little squids may not make for the most conventional caddies, but they work and seem to be pretty durable, especially compared with plastic that can easily be stepped on and destroyed. — Owen Burke

Pros: Versatile, fun, easy to store

Cons: Expensive

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Important shower caddy design features to consider

  • Plastic caddy: Plastic caddies are durable, sturdy, easy to clean, and they won't get water damage. We recommend the ones with compartments because the different sections make it easy to store everything from shampoo and conditioner to toothpaste and your razor. The main downside is that they're not flexible or easy to store.
  • Mesh totes: Mesh shower totes are easy to carry, durable, and often less cumbersome than plastic caddies. Some have pockets to hold products securely, and others just have one big compartment. The downside here is that some bags fall over when set down on the floor and not all mesh is mildew resistant.
  • Fabric toiletry bag: Toiletry bags are more subtle than other shower caddies because they zip right up to look like a piece of luggage. When you unzip them, several pockets are revealed with all your products inside. Often, you can hang them on a door hook for easy access to all your products. The downside to these bags is that they're not waterproof, so if you can't hang yours up or set it down in a dry space, it may be problematic.
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