Review: A shower with the SimpleHuman bamboo adjustable caddy

I recently switched out my dinky plastic Target two-tiered caddy for this $50 bamboo adjustable shower caddy made by simplehuman. They're both the type that hang over the showerhead, so it didn't seem like it would be a huge change &mdash but it turns out that a quality shower caddy is one of those things that I didn't know I needed until I got one. Now I'm not sure how I showered without it for so many years. The coolest aspect by far is the adjustable shelves &mdash there are two shelves that are already generous in length and width, but the most space-saving thing about them is that they move up and down, left and right to accommodate awkward-shaped bottles. I was able to move all of those stray shampoo and body scrub bottles from the corners of the tub onto the caddy, which makes the tub feel a whole lot bigger and cleaner. The caddy also has little indentations on both sides for razors to hang from, a small soap tray, and a suction cup for stability with a hook in its center for hanging loofahs and sponges from. The shelves are made of bamboo with a soft brown finish, which gives a nice nature-y touch to my otherwise all-white bathroom. The only minor issue I have with it right now is that the suction cup isn't as strong as it could be, so it sometimes slips off and the caddy leans to one side. Considering how overloaded it is with shower shit, though, I don't think this is such a big deal. Product page [simplehuman]

About Lisa Katayama

I'm a contributing editor here at Boing Boing. I also have a blog (TokyoMango), a book (Urawaza), and I freelance for Wired, Make, the NY Times Magazine, PRI's Studio360, etc. I'm @tokyomango on Twitter.
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7 Responses to Review: A shower with the SimpleHuman bamboo adjustable caddy

  1. bamboo says:

    pretty coll design

  2. Nick says:

    looks nice, but how mildew/soapscum friendly is it?
    looks like it has some nooks & crannies..

  3. strider_mt2k says:

    We just retired two of the regular steel models, but not to the trash, we cleaned them off and gave them to house guests who liked them!

    We’re re-doing our bathrooms and won’t need these with the new configurations, but they are so clever and so well made that I wasn’t going to see them simply thrown out.

    -and yes the suction cup at the bottom is easily the only bad part of this otherwise fine item.
    Not only does it not stick, but it retains water for major funk potential.

    (-and not like on Jim Henson’s Parliament Funkadelic babies either.)

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree with Nick. I have trouble spending $50 on a shower caddy when water likes to deteriorate them so quickly. I’d love to see a follow up post by LISA KATAYAMA in about 6 months to a year to let us know how it is holding up.

  5. snackcake says:

    I had problems with the suction cups in my shower until I diligently scrubbed the tile and the suction cup, then applied a tiny bit of olive oil to the suction cup before placing it. Also make sure the suction cup is properly place, so as to not have undue stress applied to it.

  6. dculberson says:

    Oooh, cool. I wish they made a bamboo one that didn’t hang on the shower head.

  7. Bruce says:

    I’m partial to dispensers myself. This sort of thing:

    I can invert a shampoo bottle and leave it there for a day. When I come back, all the shampoo has drained into the dispenser, so I have ZERO waste.

    I also know that I need exactly two pumps for my hair, so I don’t pour out more than I need into my hand.

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