When you’re camping, or at the beach, there’s not always a shower or a sink handy. Sure, you can dump a bucket of water over your head, but wouldn’t a portable pressurized sprayer be better? You can control the flow and even enjoy heated water.
None of these camping showers require 12v hookups or batteries. They can be filled with hot water ahead of time, or left in the sunshine to heat up like a solar shower.
We’ll start with the very popular RinseKit Portable sprayer. If you want to see how it works, check out this video.
Here are the top 3 portable pressure showers reviews.
Table of Contents
- 1 The top seller in portable pressure showers
- 2 1.RinseKit Portable Sprayer
- 3 2.Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
- 4 3.EasyGo Products – 2016 Model Pressurized Solar Camping & Rinse Shower
- 5 FAQs about pressurized portable showers
- 6 Accessories for your portable pressurized camping shower
- 7 See more top camping gear
The top seller in portable pressure showers
The RinseKit is currently number 1 in category of Hygiene and Sanitation under Outdoor Recreation. Let’s take a look at why this portable pressurized emergency shower is a top seller.
1.RinseKit Portable Sprayer
RinseKit describes their portable shower as “having a garden hose wherever it is needed.” We agree. It’s about the size of a drink cooler so it fits easily in a trunk or in the back of a car. Take it fishing to rinse mud off your waders. Leave it on the beach to wash off sand after swimming. Warm up after kayaking in cold rapids. Use it to clean dishes while camping. Or take a shower in the great outdoors.
How it works:
Using the hose, fill up the plastic container with two gallons of water from your sink.
- Put the black lever near the nozzle into the locked position.
- Remove the nozzle and connect the hose to the faucet. Open the black lever.
- Turn on the water–It only takes about 20 to 25 seconds to fill the tank completely. You’ll hear the water stop flowing.
- Close the black lever again. Replace the spray nozzle.
- The Rinsekit retains the pressure from your faucet. You don’t need batteries, electricity, or a manual pump to make it work.
- Open the black lever and choose from seven settings between soaking shower to jet spray to enjoy up to 4 minutes of low pressure or 1.5 minutes of high-pressure water.
- If you fill it with hot water, you’ll have a hot shower later. The tank is insulated and will hold heat for a while.
- It will hold the water pressure (but not the temperature) for up to a month.
We love multi-purpose equipment! The RinseKit has a built-in ruler to measure fish, a folding handle, and a removable lid you can stand for changing. It comes with a 6-foot hose and adjustable nozzle, a hose bib adapter, and a quick connect adapter. It weighs 2 pounds when empty.
There are a few limitations to the RinseKit:
The RinseKit must be filled by way of its hose. It is made to fit a garden hose spigot. It will probably need an adapter to fit a faucet in your bathroom or kitchen. It can’t heat water by itself, although you can help warm the water if you put it in the sun. It’s not easy to clean inside the tank, so it’s best to empty it and let it dry thoroughly before storing it.
Lightweight and even more portable pressure tank shower
Nemo created their pressure shower from flexible, lightweight materials so it is very easy to pack and carry.
2.Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
Nemo’s Helio Pressure Shower won the 2012 Gear of the Year Award from Mens Journal. It holds more water than the RinseKit does so it provides a longer shower. Instead of being pressurized by water from a faucet or gravity-fed, you can pump up the pressure yourself with a foot pump. While you can fill it with hot water, you can also leave it in the sun to absorb heat.
How the Helio Pressure Shower works:
- Leave it on the ground or put it in the sink, and fill it with a hose or through a funnel.
- Open the valve on the foot pump and pump the container full of pressure. You can’t overfill it.
- Pump a few more times while showering or washing to maintain water pressure.
- It gives 5 to 7 minutes of water flow.
Instead of a hard plastic container, the HelioTM is made from welded polyurethane-coated polyester. It holds 11 liters, or 2.91 gallons, of water. When full, measures 17 inches by 8.5 inches. It comes with a 7-foot neoprene hose, spray nozzle, and stuff sack.
We like that it compresses down small for packing in our bug-out bag. When it’s empty, it weighs just 22 ounces. Stuff it in the bag, and the whole thing weighs just 25 ounces, and measures 5.5 by 8.5 inches.
Limitations of the Helio pressure shower:
It’s a little hard to drain properly to dry out for storage because there is no easy way to hang it upside down. Using it with unfiltered sandy water may clog the nozzle. It has to be pumped in order to have pressure to spray water.
Inexpensive pressurized solar shower
If you’re not sure you’ll need a portable shower, or if you’re on a budget, here is a popular model that costs less than the other two.
3.EasyGo Products – 2016 Model Pressurized Solar Camping & Rinse Shower
EasyGo Products appears to have copied Nemo’s Helio to create a less expensive portable pressure shower. Their new model released in 2016 requires no electricity to operate. It pressurizes with a foot pump just like the Helio.
This camping shower has a handy feature that Nemo could use on their model. The EasyGo Shower has a built-in temperature gauge so you know in advance if the water is warm enough to use comfortably. We like that it shows degrees in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. It also holds 2.9 gallons. EasyGo says the water sprays for 6 to 8 minutes total.
The EasyGo Shower comes with a 7-foot hose, foot pump, spray nozzle, and carrying bag.
How to use the EasyGo Shower:
- Fill with water through the opening in the top, then screw the valve shut.
- Pressurize with a few presses of the foot pump.
- Spray the water by squeezing the nozzle handle.
- You may need to pump a few times during your shower to maintain pressure.
Limitations of the EasyGo shower:
Some users have commented that the foot pump is slow to cause a difference in pressure. There is no way to adjust the flow of water from the nozzle other than pumping pressure into the shower. Like the Helio, there is no easy way to hang this shower bag upside down to drain and dry.
Comparing the pros and cons of these portable pressure showers
FAQs about pressurized portable showers
Q: You keep saying that these portable sprayers are hard to clean. So how do I clean one?FAQs about pressurized portable showers
A: As you fill the tank, mix in a couple drops of mild dishwashing detergent. Swish that around inside the tank, then spray out all the soapy water. Fill the tank again and spray. Repeat until the water is clear, not sudsy. If you have a seriously stinky tank, you can try a mild bleach solution. Just be aware that while RinseKit can probably tolerate bleach, it might damage the other showers’ tanks. It’s best to drain and dry out the tanks instead of letting water stagnate in them.
Q: Can you give me ideas for how to use my new portable shower besides bathing outdoors?
A: Yes, we can. Rinse bugs off your car windshield, wash the dog after he jumps in the creek, spray down the kids after they play in the sandbox, rinse off the fish you just caught, wash dishes while camping, spray down your surfboard, clean out your kayak, scrub down the porta-potty, water the garden where the garden hose doesn’t reach. How’s that for a list of ideas?
Q: Why would I buy a RinseKit versus a Helio or EasyGo Shower?
A: We’ll say that’s really up to you. We like all three pressure sprayer camp showers. But if you really want to know why we might pick the RinseKit over the other two, we’ll tell you. We’re a little lazy. The RinseKit doesn’t need any pumping to have pressure. We also love that we can control the flow out of the nozzle. We just wish it held more water. Of course, we could always get another one for the wife.
Q: Why would I buy a Helio or an EasyGo versus a RinseKit?
A: It all comes down to packability. If you have space for a RinseKit, great. But that weighs two pounds empty and it doesn’t collapse down for storage. The Helio and EasyGo compress into small carrying sacks, and they weigh less empty than the RinseKit does.
Q: Why do I want a pressurized camp shower?
A: If you only camp at KOA Kampgrounds, then you might be too spoiled to know what it’s like to shiver under a “solar shower” drizzle at the end of a sweaty day spent hiking. Sure, you could bathe in the lake or the river if you don’t care about the environment, or if you don’t mind fish flitting between your legs. But there’s no need to go to bed dirty or feel soapy after an unsatisfying “shower” from a gravity-fed bag. Once you feel what it’s like to really wash away the grime with one of these showers, you won’t want to go back to the way things were.
Accessories for your portable pressurized camping shower
This takes good hygiene on the road to a new level!
Mount this portable pressurized shower to your car rack, or vertically to the back of your camper, and it heats up the water as you drive in the sunshine. You can also add heated water to it. A built-in thermometer tells you how hot the water is inside.
It’s easy to fill with a hose or pitcher, and holds up to 5 gallons of water. That means more than one person can shower off at the beach, or you really can wash all those bug splats off your car.
To pressurize it through the air intake (Schrader-type) valve, you’ll need a bike pump, tire pump, or air compressor. A bike air pump needs about 15 pushes to put in enough air. Since the Road Shower’s body is made of aluminum, it can handle up to 20psi. It also has a safety release in case of over-pressurization.
The hose is 55 inches (4.58 feet) long and made of food-grade plastic. It’s possible to replace it with a longer hose if you desire. When the Road Shower is fully pressurized, it can spray water up to 60 feet. The spray nozzle has a convenient feature—it can be set to open without needing someone to squeeze the handle.
FCS Change Mat / Wet Bag
Stand on this to change clothes so you don’t burn your feet or get them dirty. Then stow your wetsuit in this waterproof bag.
The FCS Change Mat Wet Bag is made out of 150D ripstop nylon and 210D polyester for durability. It has a barrel-lock drawstring fastener. When laid out flat, it measures approximately 2 feet in diameter.
leapair Pop Up Shower Tent
Have privacy while you shower. This also doubles as a shelter for your porta-potty.
We liked this privacy tent because it’s fairly spacious. It stands 75 inches, or 6.25 feet tall, and it’s 40 inches wide. It’s also easy to set up because it literally just pops open. There’s no floor so it’s ideal for showering. (There is also no roof.) It comes in three colors, including woodland camouflage.
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