- My apartment’s bath tub is strangely configured to lack ledge or corner space for my products, and my shower head is about two feet above where it normally should be, so I can’t reach caddies that hang from it.
- This $140 tension shower caddy from simplehuman solved all of these problems, and it’s held up perfectly over two and a half years of use.
- I really just think everyone should know it exists, because it was super helpful for me and might be for you, too.
- It’s expensive, but it lasts forever and can transition to any type of bath tub or shower configuration.
As someone who tests products for a living, and whose focus was once specifically on skin care and beauty, you can imagine how filled my bathroom is with bottles and potions of every size.
When I moved to my apartment in Brooklyn, the task of keeping all of the body products in my shower organized (or, at least, not slipping down into my tub every five seconds) was made especially challenging by the fact that my new bath tub had very little ledge space. My shower head was also so close to the high ceiling that I couldn’t hang a caddy from it without having to use a ladder to reach my shampoo.
At one point, I even tried to tie a caddy to the shower head using string so it would hang low enough that I could reach it, a DIY project that… did not end well.
It turned out my downstairs neighbor, whose apartment is laid out exactly like mine, had already figured it out. She told me that she used this Simplehuman shower caddy, which had a tension rod long enough to hold the caddy securely into place between our high ceiling and the tub, and shelving that was extensive enough to support an excessively large collection of products.
So I got one (admittedly, as a Christmas gift from my wish list), and it turned out to be an excellent addition to my bathroom that has held up beautifully after two and a half years of use.
Every time my friends would come over and use the bathroom, they’d ask me about the caddy – where I got it (Amazon), how it’s held up (amazingly well), how much it cost ($140), etc. A lot of them were looking for a solution to store three roommates’ worth of products in the shower, which it can easily hold without taking up much real estate.
The caddy can be configured in quite a few ways, with up to three shelves and a built-in razor and toothbrush holder. The shelving features strategically placed holes in the wired bottoms that are designed for sticking bottles upside down so it’s easier to dispense every last drop of product.
- Sally Kaplan
There are also little towel hangers that clip anywhere along the main pole so you not only have a place to put your washcloths, you also have a sanitary way to dry them. And because no detail goes left unattended to by Simplehuman, there’s even a designated spot for bar soap.
As for the tension rod, it can fit with as little as six and as many as nine feet between ends, and each end has a no-slip rubber base that won’t budge out of place, even when your cat tries to dislodge it. It gets tall enough to use in bathrooms with high ceilings or standing showers, but small enough to install in a bathtub that just has terrible ledge configurations (like mine).
The one downside to this caddy is that it’s not cheap at $140. But, as with all Simplehuman products, the goal is that you pay once for a high-quality, well-designed product that always works how it’s supposed to.
After nearly three years of using it, I can safely say that’s just what you’ll get. There’s been no rust, no warping, no shape shifting, and no loose screws since I got it in 2015. If you’re looking for a smart caddy that will serve multiple roommates, a weirdly shaped tub, or just a large product collection, this is the one I recommend whole heartedly.