The Best Shower Caddy

If I were buying a shower caddy to keep my shampoos, soaps, and toiletries tidy and handy while bathing, then I would buy the OXO Good Grips 3 Tier Shower Caddy.

Last Updated: October 7, 2014
We tested the latest version of our pick, the OXO Good Grips 3-Tier Shower Caddy, against two new caddies that promise not to rust. While two weeks of testing wasn't long enough for us to see any rust develop, the OXO 3-Tier is still by far the best shower caddy you can get for just $30.

OXO Good Grips 3-Tier Shower Caddy
It is sturdy, rust-resistant, attractive, well-featured, fairly priced, and just the right size for two adults.
After 15 hours of researching more than 100 shower caddies priced between $14 and $300, inspecting four dozen models in stores, and personally testing what appeared to be the 12 best, the 3-Tier came out the winner in 2013. Wirecutter founder Brian Lam, doing his own independent research and testing, blind to my work, came to the same conclusion. For our 2014 update, we tested the updated OXO 3-Tier shower caddy, which has a smaller soap dish than last year’s model and no cup, against two more highly-rated models; the 3-Tier still came out on top.

Also Great

*At the time of publishing, the price was $117.

simplehuman Adjustable Tension Shower Caddy, Stainless Steel
This caddy fits virtually all showers and is spacious, rock-solid, and highly rated.
If you have the space for it, need a caddy you can use with handheld showerhead, or want a major step-up in quality, we also recommend the simplehuman’s Tension Shower Caddy. It’s $130 but it features high-quality construction and is one of the best-reviewed products we’ve seen on Amazon.

The $30 3-Tier caddy does nothing special, but unlike competitors, it succeeds at all the core duties of a shower caddy. Is organizing products in a shower really so complex that we need to talk about core duties? Astoundingly, yes.

Should I get this?

If you are a bit handy or plan to live in the same place for a couple years, you might consider installing shelves instead of buying a caddy. Joe Provey, blogger for home-improvement guru Bob Vila, thinks shelves or a wall-mounted caddy are so easy to install that he can’t imagine why anyone would bother hanging a caddy over the showerhead. His instructions are here.

But maybe you hop between rentals. Or your old caddy is beyond repair. Or your collection of toiletries has outgrown your shower’s windowsill. Or you don’t have a window sill. If so, then a new shower caddy is just what the bather ordered.

How we picked and tested

Showers encourage soap scum, hard-water spots, mold, mildew, and rust to build up on a caddy. (Some people go so far as to recommend drying your caddy or spraying them with a clear coat when you first get one.) And liberal building and plumbing codes allow showers to be all sorts of unpredictable shapes and sizes. A caddy that hangs neatly on a typical shower—one with a .5-inch-diameter shower pipe and roughly 28 inches between the showerpipe and flow controls—won’t work in a slightly smaller shower with a handheld showerhead attached to a flexible pipe.

Our goops and creams only add to the difficulties. Slender one-ounce tubes, salon-size 32-ounce bottles, and melting blocks of soap require different kinds of shelving.

Unfortunately, few impartial experts offer guidance to which is best. Editors of Apartment Therapy sometimes round up what they consider stylish caddies, but they decline to recommend one over the others. By necessity, most of our review was compiled by reading user comments everywhere from to high-end home furnishers (some six hours’ worth), appraising models in-store (for two hours), and then performing extensive testing (six weeks’ worth).

We focused on the classic over-the-shower design because it’s the most popular and easy to install, so it seemed likely that the wide variety of offerings were also the most refined. We expected them to do four things: stay put, hold shampoos and soaps and loofahs and razors for two adults, resist rust, and look good at a fair price. They won bonus points for easy cleaning and extra features such as multiple hooks. Dealbreakers? Blocking the shower stream and failing to support a full load.

In the case of shower caddies, we favor metals like stainless steel and aluminum for their proven durability and value.

Caddies made of bamboo have a pleasing organic feel, but many users suggest they mold faster, which seems logical, and attract soap scum. Teak is similarly appealing, but often either extremely expensive or unsustainably harvested.

For once, plastic made sense. (Along with metal, of course.)

In our first round of tests in 2013, we tested over a week, inspecting them when they arrived, assembling them, scraping any metal 30-times back-and-forth with a metal blade (a wire…cutter), and then showering with them.

In fall 2014, we added two additional hours of research, looking for any new caddies that met our criteria. We wound up testing the most recent version of our previous winner, the OXO, along with InterDesign’s Linea Adjustable Caddy and Zenna’s Never Rust caddy, which each hung in a shower for two weeks at a time—long enough to get a feel for how well the design worked in the space, though not long enough for any rust issues to show up on any of the models.

Our pick

OXO Good Grips 3-Tier Shower Caddy
It is sturdy, rust-resistant, attractive, well-featured, fairly priced, and just the right size for two adults.
For the second year in a row, we like the OXO 3-Tier, the only caddy that hit all the right notes, starting with size.

It measures roughly 27.5 inches long, 10.5 inches wide, and 4.25 inches deep—ideal for most showers. It accommodates at least four 32-ounce bottles (depending on their shape) or five 16-ounce bottles and a handful of smaller ones—enough for two typical adults.

Its rubberized hook might look shallow, especially compared to the locking hook of the simplehuman, but it slips easily over a standard .5-inch showerpipe and remains in place. When I bopped it three times from the side it didn’t slide or jump off the pipe.

The 3 Tier’s X-shaped suction cups at bottom increased the feeling of solidity and was easy to attach. I reached around the caddy’s slender, central wires; rotated the X until the majority of its eight tiny suction cups landed on smooth tile, and pushed. Over several weeks of use, the caddy stayed locked in place.

Over several weeks of use, the caddy stayed locked in place.
 “I’ve had this for 6 months now and it…has never slipped down the shower bar,” corroborates Amazon commentor NM Mom, from New Mexico. The Zenith, by comparison, fell off twice within the first three minutes, the hard-plastic hook sliding forward and my bottles avalanching down.

As for features, the 3 Tier also hit the sweetspot. Loofahs or washcloths can hang off two hooks on the bottom. Two holes in the bottom shelf allowed me to place shampoo and body wash upside-down, draining the last bits of liquid into the cap. I could squeeze it into my hands without removing the bottle.

The drain tray for soap sits on the bottom tier of the caddy—the 2014 version’s tray is of half the size of the 2013 model, but still fits one bar of soap comfortably. (The latest model also excludes the draining clear-plastic cup for holding toothbrushes and razors, but you can always hang razors in either of the hooks below the soap dish.)

The lack of adjustable shelves turns out to be a non-issue. All of our toiletries fit comfortably in the OXO’s fixed configuration. By comparison, getting the same amount of usable space from the shorter simplehuman required unattractive and less functional rearrangement of its shelves.

The 3-Tier’s straightforward design makes preventative cleaning simple. The sturdy plastic shelves snap out to be washed by hand or in a dishwasher and the minimal tubing is easily and quickly scrubbed with a sponge.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

On Amazon, some owners of the previous version of our pick cited rust as a problem. “Only few words can describe the disappointment that I have with this shower caddy and most of them are four letters,” writes Colonel Klink of San Francisco, “I have had this product for 2 months and it has left rust stains all over my shower wall.”

Rust is a serious concern that we’ve tracked and tested over time–and our OXO did develop a few rust spots here and there, mostly around the welded connections, after about five months. But they didn’t spread.

But Klink’s comments are hardly proof of shoddy assembly or cheap materials. When I scraped the 3 Tier 30 times, the large-gauge stainless steel tubing showed no scratches or tiny whorls of plastic coating, which suggests top-quality construction. And plenty of other commenters vouch for the 3 Tier’s corrosion resistance. AngliGreek from Cobleskill, NY, for example, wrote, “We bought this same shower caddy about 10 or 12 years ago, and after all that time, it finally started to rust a little.”

Editor Brian Lam also chose this caddy with his own blind, independent research using it in Hawaii where things rust very quickly. Starting at about six months of use, he noted a spot here or there, but he still loves it.

The other reason we’re not worried about corrosion—OXO also offers a rare satisfaction guarantee. “If for any reason you are not satisfied with this product,” it reads, “return it for repair, replacement, or refund.”

Internally our editors were split about whether the design looked economical or minimalist. And we wish it came with a shaving mirror. But those are quibbles.

Who shouldn’t get this

If the pipe that sticks out of the wall in your shower is larger or smaller than a standard .5-inch diameter pipe, the OXO 3-Tier’s hook will either not be able to fit around the pipe or it will be too loose and slide down. The pipe is a standard measurement for a reason–most people have them–but still, if you’re concerned be sure to measure before you order.

You should also not get our pick if the clearance between your shower’s pipe and the shower controls is less than 28 inches because the 3-Tier will not fit.

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Also Great

*At the time of publishing, the price was $117.

simplehuman Adjustable Tension Shower Caddy, Stainless Steel
This caddy fits virtually all showers and is spacious, rock-solid, and highly rated.
 If you’re looking for something bigger or use a handheld shower with a flexible shower pipe that would tangle in a traditional caddy, then go for simplehuman’s Tension Shower Caddy. The sturdy, well-featured, standing caddy costs $130 but is an excellent value.

It doesn’t hang over the showerpipe, but wedges between the floor and ceiling and assembled in 10 minutes without tools. I slid the three baskets onto the main aluminum pole, fit the top pole into the main pole, measured the height of the shower to determine which of two poles to attach at the foot, and then squeezed the whole thing into place in a back corner of the shower.

A powerful interior spring kept the caddy wedged between floor and ceiling. Even freestanding—that is, not in a corner, as intended—it exhibited none of the shaking, shimmying, or twisting of other pole caddies, such as the OXO version.

And it holds as much as a drugstore. Five 16-ounce bottles fit in each of the height-adjustable baskets, which slide up and down and secure via sturdy cam locks. Two razors fit in a holder on a second shelf, which also has a soap tray. Loofahs can hang off two hooks on the third shelf. Washtowels drape over the height-adjustable, swinging towel rods.

Scraping the attractive aluminum pole with a metal blade produced flecks of gooey white, suggesting that the aluminum is coated, but rust doesn’t appear to be a concern. The packaging makes the bold and rare claim “rust proof,” simplehuman backs their products with a 5-year warranty, and few reviewers squawk. On Amazon, 114 reviewers give the tension shower caddy an average rating of 4.7, among the highest on the web. They say things like “worth every penny.”

Care and maintenance

If you already own a shower caddy but see it rusting, you might try to bring it back to life. Many writers and bloggers suggest washing it with baking soda and vinegar to remove rust, etc. If the rust disappears but leaves exposed metal, you can paint over the naked metal with nail polish or clear rustoleum, which should slow deterioration and leave you with a caddy that’s as good as new-ish.

The competition

Again, we looked at over a hundred shower caddies over 15 hours, testing the 12 most promising, to come to our conclusion. These are some of the ones we didn’t pick.

The simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy looked excellent and featured the most secure showerpipe hook. But it proved a couple inches too short to take advantage of a typical shower, as mentioned. OXO’s adjustable Steel Lift & Lock Shower Caddy offered some nice extras like a clip-on shaving mirror but these weren’t enough to justify a 100-percent price increase over the 3 Tier. Especially when adjusting the shelves to the ideal height places them exactly where the 3 Tier’s sit.

The Zenith line, including the highly rated Expandable Handheld Shower Head Caddy, looked sturdy and exceptionally well built, but slid off the showerpipe repeatedly, thanks to the hard-pastic hook. And the top shelf of the “Kemp” model blocked the stream of water coming from my standard shower head.

Other Zenith models were dismissed even earlier. The Manhattan Collective Shower Head Caddy arrived with bent wires. Whittington Collection offered no guarantee that its Teak Shower Caddy wasn’t destroying precious, gorgeous forests.

The white plastic coating on the Bed Bath & Beyond Large Shower Caddy was already cracked and chipped in the store.

The interDesign Rain’s marbled plastic shelves looked tacky.

InterDesign’s Linea Adjustable Caddy fit several 32-ounce bottles, but only if you spread the shelves as far apart as possible. But the shelves sagged sadly under the weight of said bottles, so we don’t recommend it. There’s a simple wire soap dish, but no hook for a towel, loofah, or razor.

We had high hopes for the no-rust promise of Zenna’s Never Rust caddy, but unfortunately we didn’t use it long enough to find out if it was true. While we didn’t see any rust after two weeks of testing, the shelves didn’t have the clearance to accommodate any 32-ounce bottles on the second shelf. If you set anything but tiny bottles on the top shelf, they interfered with our shower’s spray. The Zenna has two hooks, which jut out sharply and give it the appearance of being very cheaply constructed.

The Spa Creations oversized caddy, available in Bed Bath & Beyond stores, seemed big but turned out to be just wide; Its bottom shelf was too close to the top shelf to accomodate 16-ounce bottles.

Metaltex’s Onda model offered a three-year warranty but was hardly big enough to fit more than one shampoo bottle, a bar of soap, and a sponge.

The Better Houseware Deluxe Chrome Shower Caddy looked excellent—a real contender, even—but simply draped over the showerpipe, prompting some buyers to screw it to the wall.

Crate & Barell and CB2 didn’t offer hanging caddies and IKEA assumed I wanted to mount its caddy on the wall like a proper shelf.

Frontgate’s sustainably harvested Teak Corner Shelf Caddy was large, beautiful, sturdy, durable, the recipient of an average rating of 4.9 stars out of 5 from 92 users—quite possibly the best-rated caddy on the web!—and cost $299. Plus shipping.

Wrapping it up

The 3 Tier hits the sweet spot. It is sturdy, rust-resistant, attractive, well-featured, fairly priced, and just the right size for two adults. On top of this, it comes with a satisfaction guarantee. It might not inspire the profoundest love, but it won’t disappoint. And in the surprisingly cruel and complex world of shower caddies, that is a triumph.

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  1. User Reviews, OXO Good Grips 3 Tier Shower Caddy,
  2. User Reviews, simplehuman Tension Shower Caddy ,
  3. "As a guideline, here are the heights we use in our bath remodeling. For multiple users, we use the average height of the users. Do not include children in height calculations. User Height 5' 5'-3" 5'-7" 6' 6'-3" 6'-6" Shower Controls 38" 41" 44" 47" 50" 53" Shower Head 63" 68" 71" 75" 78" 81"
  4. "Who likes staring at toiletries? A better way is to hang your organizer near the back of the shower area. Doing so may require that you install a hook in tile, but that’s easier than it sounds. Use a punch to nick the tile and bore an anchor hole with a masonry bit. While you’re at it, install a few extra hooks for hanging brushes, shower caps, and washcloths and stuff."
  5. A. Kelley, Rolls-Royce of Shower Caddies,, April 25, 2012
    "This shower caddy is expensive but worth every penny. It's incredibly sturdy, doesn't rust, and the shelves are adjustable and removable. You can tell that a lot of thought went into the design. I've got mine loaded up with a ton of different bath products, including two 32 oz. pump bottles on the bottom shelf, and no part of the caddy has budged or slipped. I'd recommend it to anyone."
  6. Moderator Comment, professional plumbers forum, December 13, 2011
    "This is from the IPC Commentary: 417.4.1...'The height of the shower head above the floor is not regulated by the code. The standard design practice is to locate the shower head between 70 and 80 inches above the floor.' That is government legalize that loosely translated means: Put it wherever your customer wants it."

Originally published: October 7, 2014

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  • Jeff Schmitz

    Why does the picture from this article not match the one on the amazon item?

  • Eric Hansen

    Hey, Jeff. The picture in this article is of the current version of the caddy (model # 1071355V4, to be precise). The main pic on Amazon is of a previous version. It appears the Amazon retailer,, is lazy about updating its photos. (I called to ask which version they’re selling and the customer svc rep couldn’t say.) It looks like they’re selling the current version, though. An Amazon Verified Customer posted a photo of the caddy she bought in May and it’s of the current version.

  • Sal Paradise

    I went with the Simply Human caddie (bought on Amazon just today). While it seems that the shower head will get in the way of the top shelf, causing a loss of space, it should still be plenty big for 2 people. And the biggest advantage…STAINLESS STEEL.

    For a larger family, I would go with something like this, but I think you should expect to replace any shower caddie pretty frequently if it’s not stainless steel.

  • KatGamer

    My biggest problem with this article is that nearly all of the caddies linked are over 24 inches. I guess my shower handle is mounted higher than most because a caddy longer than that hits the handle. It’s not necessarily just the fault of the author though, it was hard to find short caddies on Amazon as well.

  • Igmuhota

    Previously owned a SimpleHuman shower caddy, moved into a new home with two more showers, bought two of the Oxos… returned them 4 days later, ordered two more of the SimpleHumans. Oxos were HUGE, shower head wouldn’t clear, lots of wasted space… not for us!

  • Bruno Cardoso

    One thing I learned the hard way: the best shower caddy does not go with the best shower head.

    • kayluhb

      Thanks for posting. I am encountering this issue now.

  • Mike Scott

    Any chance the Quirky shower organizer was reviewed? Aside from the “r” word, I love the modular design and adjustability, albeit with a $70 price tag.

    • tony kaye

      $70 is a bit steep for a shower caddy.

  • Andrew DiLosa

    There seems to be a newer model of this on Amazon, priced at $30 again and with Prime shipping:

    • tony kaye


  • DJDeepFried

    This review is all kinds of wrong. I expect a shower caddy to do one thing: stay on the shower arm without sliding down. One shower and it slipped almost immediately. I figured it might be my heavy 32 oz shower bottles but nope, even with a single bar of soap it did not stay up. The reason for this is a serious design flaw. The C-shaped bracket works against gravity unlike every cheapo caddy I have ever owned, which hangs over the bar rather than clamp around it. Total waste of $30 and makes me call into question every other review I’ve read on here.

    • tony kaye

      We found that the C-shape is great for many shower heads, but not optimal for small shower head pipes. What size is yours?

      Our expert is researching this right now and did a double check on this (including the newest OXO model) and it’s a perfect fit. It holds very tight, but came to the conclusion that a small sized shower head pipe wouldn’t work as well. Did you look at the tensioner/corner one by chance? We looked at a couple different models above.

  • ottothecow

    What about those of us who don’t need so much storage space? I only need to add storage for a couple of bottles and a bar of soap.

    I was really hoping this article would follow the trend of most wirecutter/sweethome articles and have a section on “If you want something smaller…”

    I’m looking mostly at little corner mount shelves. I can’t drill into my rental, so I am looking at suction mounts (and would be willing to swap to an adhesive if that couldn’t hold). The one corner shelf suggested is mounted on tub-to-ceiling tension rod, includes 3 shelves and is much more than what I need.

    Only problem is that there are lots of these on the market. They have various attachment schemes (and dubious “improved” suction cup designs), are made of different materials, and all have a risk of turning into a rusty mess if they turn out to be junk. Would be great to see a thorough comparison including rust and scratch tests, suction cup strength, etc for a couple of the more common units (IKEA, OXO, and a few of the other top sellers).

  • Motor & Lifestyle

    nothing is better than a real stainless steel showercaddy – like thzis for example

  • Reece Conrad

    Just picked this up at a Bed Bath and Beyond. I like the look of it and the way the c clamp locks into place, but it definitely has some issues.

    First of all, it rocks a bit. This is the way it was designed. The suction cup at the bottom glides freely on the horizontal bar it’s mounted on, and there is no suction at the midpoint. So, when you grab a bottle of shampoo off the top, the whole shakes a little bit. Not a huge deal, but it definitely doesn’t feel as secure as others I’ve had in the past.

    Secondly, it doesn’t do well with heavier shampoo bottles. If you are using a separate shampoo and conditioner in medium sized bottles on the top, you will notice the shelf bending under their weight. I don’t think it will break, but since the shelf is a floating shelf that is not connected to metal horizontal bar above it (middle of the shelf that keeps things from falling out), when you view it from the side you will notice the bend.

    • tony kaye

      Maybe because the images loaded sideways – but I don’t see a bend.

  • Philosofikal

    “Who likes staring at toiletries?”

    What? As opposed to staring at tile, or a shower curtain, apparently? This criticism is nonsensical. I don’t take showers for the view, bro.

  • markuswarren

    Based on this review, I purchased the OXO Good Grips 3 Tier Shower Caddy in April. After the first month I noticed a little rust developing, and now, in July, it’s got a lot more rust on it. Perhaps I just got a dud, and I hope that is the case, but it looks far worse than the item I had replaced, which had been in use for around 18 months at the very least.

    I think it would be beneficial, if possible, to have some long term results on the picks and see how they are holding up after six months or so.

  • markuswarren

    Based on this review, I purchased the OXO Good Grips 3 Tier Shower Caddy in April. After the first month I noticed a little rust developing, and now, in July, it’s got a lot more rust on it. Perhaps I just got a dud, and I hope that is the case, but it looks far worse than the item I had replaced, which had been in use for around 18 months at the very least.

    I think it would be beneficial, if possible, to have some long term results on the picks and see how they are holding up after six months or so.

    I see there is a v2.0 / “NEW” version of the caddy and I’m curious as to what the changes are.

    I’ve attached a few pictures of the rust build-up.

    Obviously I could spend some time with baking soda, vinegar, and possibly some aluminium foil to try and remove the rust, but should there really be this much build-up such a short amount of time, and should one *really* have to maintain an item that is designed to be in a wet / humid area, should that not be a factor of the design, to resist this type of build-up?

    • tony kaye

      Holy crap that’s the rust on your OXO?

      • markuswarren

        Hi Tony,
        Yes, it is indeed the rust on my OXO.

        • tony kaye

          Could it be from high levels of iron in your water? Not saying that OXO isn’t to blame, just curious if you notice this with more than just your shower caddy? Forwarding along to our expert and you should def try and get a replacement in case you did get a dud.

          • markuswarren

            The previous caddy, a simple human one, did have slight rust, but not as severe as this. I don’t really have anything else that I’d notice rust on, but it is quite possibly hard water, I’m in a condo / apartment, so haven’t tested the water. I might do that, just out of curiosity. If / when I get a replacement I’ll certainly update this thread with how it stands up.

          • markuswarren

            A little update, got a reply from the Canadian distributor:

            “I could gladly send you a new one but chances are you will probably be faced with same problem.

            The item is supposed to be coated with a rust protector, however, we don’t know how well it was protected.”

            It did concern me when they mentioned I could be faced with the same problem, however, I said I was more than willing to accept another caddy and to try it and see if the same problem does permit, as it is possible it is just a once off.

            It looks like they’re sending me a new one, so once I have it, I’ll give it a go and report back at how it holds up.

          • tony kaye

            Def let us know!

          • markuswarren

            New Caddy arrived this morning. I’d say it’s v2.0 by the differences (will post something separately about this in a moment). We’ll see how this one goes! Big thanks to OXO / Danesco for replacing the caddy :) Excellent customer services!

          • tony kaye

            Wonderful to hear and please let us know how you like it after you’ve had some time to adjust!

  • Scal

    I’d love to get the simple human tension one (the oxo didn’t work in our shower and just slid off)-but alas we have 10ft ceilings and the simple human only goes to 9 feet.

    Any suggestions about a good tension style that can handle a high ceiling?

  • markuswarren

    Differences between v1.0 and v2.0
    As some may know, there is now a v2.0 of the OXO caddy.
    From what I can tell (I just received a v2.0, and previously had a v1.0) the differences are:
    1. Top shelf no longer has a small holder box (there are also no ‘cut-outs’ to allow the holder from the v1.0 to be inserted into the top shelf in the v2.0), in addition, there are now two holes to allow bottle necks to sit in (basically the same as the middle shelf).

    2. The bottom shelf (soap shelf) is no longer full width (it was soap holder on the left and empty area on the right), it is half width and is just a soap holder.

    That’s all from what I can tell. Hope it helps :)

    • tony kaye

      Thank you so much for the feedback!

      • markuswarren

        No problem at all. Unless you see them side-by-side, you don’t know what the differences actually are.

  • FarrisGoldstein

    I really want this caddy, but all of my shower pipes are 0.75 inch. Any suggestions for caddies almost as good that will fit a larger pipe?

  • Jdopalen

    I am curious what tension caddies exist that would fit in a 5 foot area. The ceilings in my shower are quite low but i like the space offered by the simplehuman tension caddy. is 6 feet the minimum space needed to fit this caddy?