Shower Curtain: Review & Recommendations

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Welcome to our big shower curtain test 2020, where we present you all shower curtains tested by us in detail. We have put together detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the web.

We want to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best shower curtain for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. On this page you will also find some important information that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a shower curtain.

The most important facts in brief

  • Most important for a shower curtain is the material. It determines hygiene, durability, waterproofness and environmental friendliness.
  • Textile and plastic shower curtains are the most common and meet most essential criteria.
  • With polyester shower curtains you have the best options for a water-repellent shower curtain with an anti-mould effect, easy cleaning and a wide choice of colours.

Shower curtain test: Favourites of the editors

  • The best EVA shower curtain against mould
  • The best polyester shower curtain
  • The best white shower curtain
  • The best shower curtain with motif

The best EVA shower curtain against mould

This shower curtain is made of EVA and is therefore not only waterproof and water repellent, but also better protected against mould.

The fabric also ensures that the shower curtain dries quickly after showering and, according to the manufacturer, cleaning by wiping and allowing to dry is more than sufficient.

The special feature is that the curtain is thicker than conventional ones, which should result in a higher quality material. Among other things, the manufacturer promises that the curtain will not stick to the body.

The best polyester shower curtain

This shower curtain shines above all with its selection of many eye-catching (natural) patterns, which according to the manufacturer should lead to more relaxation.

In addition, waterproofing, anti-mould and easy maintenance are also promised. Among other things, the polyester material contributes to this.

The installation is also quick and easy and, according to the salesman, it is durable. Again, the price is usually between 15-20€ per shower curtain. Single-colour versions are also available.

The best white shower curtain

The special thing about this white shower curtain from Amazon Basics is that it is made of two different materials, both cotton and polyester.

Furthermore, the curtain is already made more difficult, which should prevent it from sticking to the body, and it is also machine washable.

It should be particularly emphasised that the white shower curtain bypasses the typical “plastic feeling” and is therefore also versatile, not only as a shower curtain.

The best shower curtain with motif

If you are looking for a fun shower curtain, maybe the anti-mould shower curtain from arteneur is something for you. The shower curtains from this manufacturer come in many different designs, for example with a llama, beer mugs or the periodic table.

The anti-bacterial and anti-mould coating keeps the shower curtain clean and free of mould. The curtain is washable at 40°C and can even be ironed at low heat. Buyers praise the clean and high-quality print that makes the shower curtain a real eye-catcher in the bathroom!

Advisor: Questions to consider before you buy a shower curtain

Which material is best for a shower curtain?

There are basically two different types of materials, or rather fabric types, from which shower curtains can be made.

On the one hand, there are shower curtains made of plastic, and on the other hand, those made of natural materials.

Plastic shower curtains can be found in two types. There are polyester curtains and as an alternative you can find curtains made of EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate). You can read more about this below.

Natural materials for shower curtains are usually cotton or linen, which were used for the production.

Which shower curtain doesn’t get moldy?

Whether or not a shower curtain goes mouldy depends to a large extent on the material of which it is made. Clear leaders in this respect are the textile shower curtains, as they are made of polyester.

Polyester curtains are coated and are therefore not only water and bacteria repellent, but also easier to clean, which also supports the anti-mould effect.

Polyester and its coating also ensures that this fabric dries much faster than the others, another positive effect against mildew stains and mould.

Which shower curtain does not stick?

Basically, it must be said that there is no special shower curtain that will not stick to you while showering.

The reason for this is simply that shower curtains are very light and a vacuum is created that makes the curtain stick to you.

However, there are some tricks and methods you can use to prevent the shower curtain from sticking to you, at least partially.

You could definitely make the shower curtain more difficult with commercially available weights or lead bands. This is the best, fastest and cheapest way to avoid sticking.

What dimensions should a shower curtain have?

I don’t think it’s possible to generalise. After all, every shower can have different dimensions. Therefore, before buying a shower curtain, you should measure your shower approximately.
The most common dimensions for a shower curtain in Germany are 180×200 cm (WxH in cm). You will also find these measurements on every website and in every shop with different colour choices.
If you need individual measurements for your shower, this could of course affect the colour choice, the price and the speed with which you can get the product.

Where can I buy shower curtains?

You can buy shower curtains online or in the shop itself, depending on how badly you need them.
You can find the largest selection of shower curtains on the following websites and in the following markets:

amazon.com
junique.com
lidl.com
ikea.com

All the shower curtains we present to you have a link to at least one of these shops. If you have found a shower curtain that you like, you can strike right away.

What do shower curtains cost?

The price of shower curtains depends, among other things, on the material and dimensions. But the pattern and/or colour can also affect the price.

It should be noted, however, that the price can also vary for the cheaper variants due to colour, pattern and dimensions.

What alternatives are there to shower curtains?

Probably the most common alternative to shower curtains is the shower enclosure or shower walls. These are also available in different materials, plastic or glass.

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Shower walls and cubicles are often more durable than shower curtains, hold back the splashing water more effectively and do not stick to the body.

However, this alternative is more expensive to purchase and also the installation is more complicated and lengthy. Also a more intensive and more frequent care to avoid water stains and lime deposits is not missing here.

Decision: What types of shower curtains are there and which one is right for you?

As you have already learned shortly before from the guide, there are two different types of shower curtains.

Basically one can distinguish between:

  • Plastic shower curtains
  • Shower curtains made of natural materials

Since the plastic shower curtains are the most sold and offered on the market, we will show you here which types of plastic shower curtains are available and what their advantages and disadvantages are.

What distinguishes a polyester shower curtain and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Polyester shower curtains are also often referred to as textile shower curtains, as they differ slightly from the plastic curtains.

If you attach great importance to hygiene and the anti-mould effect, polyester curtains are probably best suited for you.

Advantages

More refined appearance
Dries very quickly
Anti-bacterial and mould-resistant coatings possible
Water repellent

Disadvantages

More susceptible to mould stains
More susceptible to mould
Very maintenance intensive

Many textile shower curtains therefore require more intensive care than others. If you do not have the time or the desire to do so, you should perhaps consider other materials again.

What makes an ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA & PEVA) shower curtain and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) shower curtains are made entirely of plastic and are usually the better alternative to curtains made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) alongside polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA).

Although the latter are very inexpensive, they are very harmful to health and the environment because of the plasticizers they contain.

Advantages

Chloride-free
Recyclebar
Resistant to heat, cold and ageing

Disadvantages

Drying comparatively slow
Not water-repellent

If it is particularly important to you that your shower curtain is environmentally friendly and not harmful to health, then a curtain made of film material is probably the best for you.

Purchase criteria: You can compare and rate shower curtains based on these factors

In the following we will show you which aspects you can include in the evaluation of shower curtains in order to find the right shower curtain for you.

The criteria that can help you choose from the variety of shower curtains include

  • Anti-mould effect
  • Care options
  • Colour selection
  • Environmental friendliness
  • Waterproofness

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for the individual criteria.

Anti-mould effect

Under anti-mould effect you can easily understand if and how quickly your new shower curtain will start to get mouldy.

The tendency is to say that shower curtains are susceptible to mould because they are always exposed to high humidity.

If your shower curtain often cannot dry properly or the care is not right, it will start to get mouldy faster.

However, some shower curtains, depending, among other things, on the material, are already factory-fitted with supports to counteract mould.

Overall, if you want to have the anti-mould effect on a shower curtain, make sure that the curtain is coated or impregnated against bacteria and mould.

Care options

Another point that helps for hygiene and certainly against mold in a shower curtain is the care that your new shower curtain can have.

The care also depends on the material the curtain is made of. Here again, polyester shower curtains are the clear forerunner.

In principle, all types of shower curtains can be washed in the washing machine, but for EVA and PEVA products it is recommended to wash them by hand.

Colour selection

With shower curtains you have a wide range of colours and patterns available. From grey to white and black there are also popular patterns like jungle, flamingo and forest.

When choosing the colour and motif, you can decide for yourself which style suits you and your bathroom. As already mentioned, the choice is almost inexhaustible.

However, if you decide against the classic white shower curtain, you should still consider the quality.

Environmental friendliness

This aspect is again related to the material of the shower curtain. Usually along with the environmental friendliness goes the effect of the shower curtain on your health.

The most environmentally friendly shower curtains are made of natural materials (e.g. cotton).

The cheapest PVC shower curtains are harmful to the environment and therefore to your health, among other things. This is due to the plasticizers they contain. They are also not so easy to recycle.

Waterproof

Waterproofing should be the main objective for a shower curtain, but this is not the case for all curtains.

However, with curtains made of EVA, PEVA and polyester you can usually be sure that they are waterproof. This is again due to their coating.

In general, before buying a shower curtain, it is advisable to check whether it is really waterproof. Water resistance can also affect the durability of the colour and the motif.

Trivia: Worth knowing facts about shower curtains

How long does a shower curtain last?

How long a shower curtain lasts depends not only on the material, but also on the care and handling on your part.

It is not possible to say in general terms whether a shower curtain will last a month or several years, as many different facts play a part in its durability.

PVC shower curtains must always be able to dry optimally after showering, so that mould has less chance and the curtain can last longer.

EVA, PEVA and polyester curtains are less sensitive due to their often water-repellent coatings. Also the possibility to wash them mostly without any problems increases their durability.

Shower curtains made of cotton or linen like to absorb water and must therefore be able to dry optimally to ensure a long life.

How do I clean a shower curtain?

Cleaning a shower curtain affects both durability and hygiene.

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Basically it can be said that every shower curtain can be washed, in the machine or by hand.

However, there are some tricks you should be aware of:

    Shower curtains made of cotton or linen can be washed at up to 60 degrees.
    Shower curtains made of plastic can usually be washed at up to 30 degrees.
    After washing, make sure to hang the curtains up and let them dry in peace.
    Smooth the shower curtains to avoid unattractive creasing.

Another tip in case your curtain already has foxing or similar: When you wash it, add bicarbonate of soda. Vinegar can also help in the last rinse cycle.

However, as soon as the shower curtain should show mould, you should remove it and buy a new one. However, even these little tricks can help against mould.

How do I attach a shower curtain correctly?

The attachment depends on whether your shower curtain is equipped with loops or rings. These rings or loops are then simply pulled over a previously mounted shower rod.

Metal rings are particularly recommended as they are the easiest to fit and cannot stick to the bar when showering.

All in all, both rod and rings/loops are a kind of plug-in system, so no tools or the like are needed. This also makes it easier to change the shower curtain in general.

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