It's been really hot lately; the sort of hot when dousing yourself with cool water from a garden hose is a great alternative to a pool or ocean (especially if you don't have access to one of those). Leah recently put together a really nice post on outdoor shower inspiration and tips. Here's my updated roundup of all the best showers I've been able to find. I've added a reader recommendation as well as a new fancy design that came in from Europe recently. Got a good tip? Put it in the comments and I'll check it out. Enjoy!
>> The Delta Shower by Inga Sempe: This is a luxurious new design from Europe by Inga Sempe, "who is known for her minimalist, pure, simple and beautiful designs." Made from teak and stainless steel, "it is also possible to adapt a thermostatic mixer to get the desired temperature."
>> The Backyard Gear Shower Station @ Walmart: Recommended by a reader last year: "I recently bought an outdoor shower by Backyard Gear, which is admittedly not as design-savvy, but just $55 and works great. Has a soap dish and a nice hose sprayer attachment."
>> The Providence Shower: This is the pic that inspired me. Unfortunately, it's from Restoration Hardware, and they are out of stock right now. Perhaps next summer....?
>> Outdoor Shower from Orvis: "Hooks up to an outdoor hose spigot, and can be easily adapted for hot water. Made of water- and weather-resistant nyatoh wood." This shower is very similar to the Restoration Hardware shower, AND it is also out of stock right now. Super bummer.
>> Minimalist Outdoor Shower From Atelier Tradewinds: "The acacia wood frame is set on a couple of nylon gliders so that the shower can easily be moved. The shower tube itself is made of galvanized steel; a simple tap attached to the tube regulates the water pressure."
>> Under the Tree Outdoor Shower by Michael Siegler: "Anchored by a spike in the ground, "Under the Tree," simply twists into your garden hose near its base. Water streams from the highest branch; use the other branches for hanging towels and clothing. Girl not included."
>> Extremis Garden Shower by Tom De Vrieze: "Place the Serpentine wherever you want. Plug your regular garden hose to the end of the stainless steel tube and your shower is ready for use."
>> Island Style Outdoor Shower: "...boasts solid stainless steel and brass construction coupled with a treated wood standing grate. This misting shower has both a hot and a cold-water intake. Also features a handy foot wash, perfect for cleaning off sand or grit before entering your home, cottage or pool."
>> Java Teak Shower from Douche de Jardin: "Standard 1/4 turn faucet with small braces or a large 1/4 turn faucet with large braces as an option, accessories made of chromed brass, marine quality stainless steel screws and nuts." They've got a whole line of these things...
>> Calazzo Outdoor Shower: "The shower head is individually handmade with precision machined nozzles to give you total control over the intensity of your shower with a twist of the teak handle."
>> Solar fizz solar powered Pool & Garden Shower: "a Swiss made product of highest quality,designed for a long life. Set up in 1 Minute. Simply attach to the water hose. Detachable shower hose. 30 Litre heated water can be mixed with cold water."
>> WATERFALL Shower by Jane Hamley Wells: Teak, stainless steel
>> Outdoor Shower by Danny Venlet for Viteo: "Simply stepping onto the shower platform activates the water. We think that's cool because it's interactive and green. No water runs unless the showerer is standing on the shower."
>> Odalo Teak Solar Outdoor Shower, by Les Jardins: "With its back facing the sun, it captures the heat and lets you have a shower at your preferred temperature. It can be directly connected to a garden hose, and its 6 1/2 gallon tank allows multiple consecutive showers."
>> Peninsula Outdoor Shower: "stainless steel and brass construction.... Simply and attach your existing garden hose to enjoy a nice refreshing shower...It is a stationary unit that is fastened to your deck or patio with four heavy-duty screws."
UPDATED from 2009:
>> Best Outdoor Garden Hose Showers 2009 w. 17 Comments