Do you often feel it takes too much time to get home to shower after a swim in the ocean? Perhaps, you often cut your camping time shorter because you miss the hot, soothing bath from your shower back at home?
What if we were to tell you that there is a portable hot water source that you can carry around with you anywhere. This device does not need electricity to heat water; neither do you need fire. Yes. We are talking about solar showers.
Solar showers use energy directly from the sun to heat water contained within their insulated chambers. They usually have nozzles and showerheads attached to them to deliver the heated water and give you the pleasant shower you need whenever you find yourself outdoors.
As with many such items, there are tons of choices in the market today, in the following section we will be reviewing our top four best solar showers, and later, a buying guide to help you make informed choices when considering the best solar showers for you.
Reviews for Our top Four Solar Showers Picks
1. Advanced Elements Summer Shower/Solar Shower
Advanced elements’ summer shower ticks all the boxes in regards to what you need in a solar shower. The bag can carry up to 5 Gallons of water, not too much, but it is enough to give you a soothing bath.
The bag consists of four layers, each made from premium materials. The outermost layer is the reflector panel, in direct contact with sunlight, followed by the solar panel, then the insulator panel, and then the water reservoir. You get a wide handle grip, which makes moving around the solar shower a breeze. The summer shower features a temperature gauge, which helps you measure the water’s hotness before you step under the shower.
On the anterior side of the bag, you will find the filling valve, which is relatively larger than its counterpart products, it makes refilling the bag so much easier. The cap opens with a little twist, adding more to the ease of filling. The bag has a pocket for holding a few toiletries, which is safely sealed with a Velcro strap. The strap also functions to keep the showerhead attached to the bag. The bag folds easily for easy storage.
– Impressive ease of refilling
– Available storage for toiletries
– Easy to store
– Incredible water temperature gauge
– The material is flimsy
2. Game 4376-BB Hot and Cold Outside/Outdoor Solar Shower
The Game’s 4376-BB model is not a conventional solar shower; it has a long-standing pipe that is 85 inches tall. It is not as portable as the other solar showers featured in this review, but it is more stable. It is also reasonably easy to assemble.
This outdoor solar shower is perfect for a quick shower outdoors, whether while out camping or even in your yard. You simply assemble the parts outdoors, where there is proper sun contact, and connect the solar pipe to a hose and then to tap or any water source. It can hold about 55 gallons of water at a time, heating it up with power from the sun, to give you a hot bath.
One of the few solar showers you will find with a showerhead, with no need for a shower nozzle, so you get a really comfortable bath.
– Easy to assemble
– Has an upright shower head
– Impressive hot and cold adjustments
– Poor quality build
– Requires a fixed and continuous source of water
3. Giantex 2-Section Solar Heated Shower
This sizable solar shower is made mostly of PVC plastic with a few metallic parts here and there. It has a free-standing design and measures 7.2 feet from the ground. This standing shower is affixed to the ground using bolts and screws to secure it to the floor. Water from a hose is channeled into the lanky tank to heat and store for your use.
One of the larger solar showers out there, it has a capacity of 9.3 gallons, which might not serve two individual showers, but is plenty for a bath. The mostly plastic design makes the shower dirt cheap. It has a fixed shower head that delivers just well. Now, this might not compare to your indoor shower, but it holds a place of its own. The build also makes the shower more resistant to weather degradation.
One thing to note is that this shower does not particularly have a solar unit but heats up mainly due to radiation and convection of heat from the sun. Hence, it might only heat up about 600 Celsius.
It is a great addition to your beach pool, or outdoor backyard, where it will serve you hot water, heated by sunlight.
– Very affordable to buy
– Easy to install and maintain
– Sturdy and durable in the outdoors
– Leaks often
4. WaterPort Self Pressurized Water Tank
A slightly different product, offering essentially the same benefits as most sun showers. The Waterport self pressurized water tank functions as pressurized water storage that can easily be attached to your vehicle, while you are on the move.
It carries a 3.5 gallon of water that is easily filled with through the cap that is designed for maximum convenience. The lid allows a garden hose through easily and hooks on to it, allowing the pressurized tank to fill up quickly, usually under a minute.
Fix the tank to the top of your vehicle to expose it to sunlight, where it can absorb heat easily and be hot and ready when you need it. WaterPort’s self pressurized tank can also be used to draw cold water. You can easily add ice cubes/blocks to the water via its cap.
The tank features a Schrader valve for remote pressurization as well as an ergonomic handle to make moving it around comfortably. An 8-foot long hose comes with the item, with an attached 9 pattern spray nozzle. It is a great product to have with you when you are going on a trip to the outdoors, like camping. It carries water and keeps its temperature constant for when you need it.
– Sturdy build with quality materials
– Very versatile usage
– Easy to refill
– Small water capacity
How to Choose the Right Solar Showers
The solar shower does not appeal to the mass population. Hence the products are unknown to a lot of people. Therefore the need for this section, to enlighten you about what you need to know to select high-quality solar showers that will give you all you need.
This goes without saying. The durability of the solar shower is dependent on the quality of the material it is made of. They are usually made of flexible PVC materials that hold the water securely in place. A high-quality plastic material serves longer and is usually more flexible, making it easier to move the bag around. They are usually more expensive.
Choose a construction with an insulator, to preserve your hot water past day time. When the tank keeping your water is not properly insulated, it loses its heat when the sun goes down. You should also note that most solar shower bags start wearing out after about a year of active use. So don’t stress it, they are not usually expensive.
The construction of solar showers usually varies, from vertical standing ones with a showerhead, a bagged one with a spray nozzle, etc. Your specific need and intentions would determine which would work best for you. Ensure though that whichever you opt for has the following:
– Large opening for easy filling
– A strong handle to transport it to and fro
– You might also want pockets with Velcro straps that you can keep a few toiletries within
– And finally, one that is easy to install, if it requires it
You don’t want water running out on you, do you? You will also want to heat as much water as possible in one go to serve you longer, especially when a few people are using the same shower. About 5 gallons is ideal, so work around that size and tailor your choice to what you actually need.
For lovers of the outdoors, a source of hot water at your fingertip makes your adventures much more convenient and comfy. In the coldest weather of the open fields, a solar shower, helps you heat up a warm, steamy bath, so you are re-energized and soothed.
With the above reviews and buying guide, you now know what to look for and what to avoid while choosing your solar showers.