The 10 Best Shower Liners, Tested by The Spruce

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A shower liner is an essential part of the bathroom, both for aesthetic and practical purposes. We researched and tested shower liners, evaluating them for the quality of their design, durability, cleaning ease, and overall value.  

After considering standalone, decorative, fabric, plastic/vinyl, and curtain/liner sets, we determined the Quiet Town The Sun Shower to be the best model for most people. It’s made of a non-chlorinated EVA that’s free of PVC and BPA, and provides crystal clear color and subtle styling. 

Read on for our other top picks.


Final Verdict

The Quiet Town The Sun Shower gets the top spot for the quality of the EVA, color clarity, and overall design with the weighted grommets and rounded edges. If you love a clear curtain, it can stand alone, or you can pair it with a separate curtain for extra privacy. If you want to save a few dollars, the Gorilla Grip PEVA Heavy Duty Shower Curtain Liner offers durability and a strong EVA that will stand up to heavy use and cleaning.

We put 13 shower liners to the test, setting up the liners in our tester’s home one at a time to see how well they held up to the manufacturers’ claims. The liners were in use for 48 to 72 hours, getting used three to four times per day during that time. Our tester rated the liners across several specific categories, including design, durability, cleaning ease, and overall value. 

When testing the design, we considered how the material felt and if it matched the manufacturer’s description. This also included how it looked coming out of the packaging and whether it had an odor. We also noted how easy the liners were to install. Cleaning ease came down to how well the liner either washed in a washing machine or how easily it was wiped clean. We monitored durability after several uses and one cleaning. Finally, we determined if the liner’s price matched the quality and performance.

We talked to a couple of cleaning pros to get the lowdown on curtain liners—Alex Varela, General Manager of Dallas Maids in Frisco, TX, and Roman Peysakhovich, CEO of Onedesk, a national cleaning company. 

Materials

“One of the biggest problems in the bathroom is dealing with mold and mildew,” says Varela. “I would recommend looking for something called PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) which is a type of plastic that is strongly resistant to mold and mildew.” 

“Fabric curtains usually come in microfiber, a cotton blend, or polyester,” says Peysakhovich.  “ If you’re looking for a low-cost and easy-to-maintain option, then consider buying a vinyl curtain instead of a cloth alternative. Mold and mildew are less of an issue since vinyl shower curtains act as a natural water repellant.”

Fabric liners can also have coatings that help them resist water or mildew. Some may have a polyurethane coating, making their performance similar to a vinyl liner but with more drape and flexibility. 

Installation

Most liners attach to a curtain rod using 12 hooks. The liner may or may not come with hooks. If you don’t like the look of hooks, some models slide onto a removable rod via grommets. You can also get a hookless model. These models look like they have grommets, but they have slits that slide over the curtain rod without taking it down. The shower liner may also snap onto an accompanying shower curtain. You can then remove the liner for washing but still leave the curtain hanging in the shower. 

Size

Standard liners are 72” x 72”, though you’ll find some variation with 70” x 72” and 71” x 71” liners being fairly common too. Our tester has a slightly smaller than average shower, making a 72” x 72” liner plenty big. If you have a smaller shower, consider a model that’s an inch or two smaller than standard. That keeps the liner from pushing out into the shower space. 

FAQ

  • Before hanging the liner, attach the hooks to the curtain rod. Stand on a chair or ladder to slide the liner’s grommets or holes over each hook, starting at one end and working your way to the other end of the liner. If you use a curtain with the liner, you can then install the curtain in the same way, using the same hooks as the liner.

  • Fabric shower liners are usually machine washable in cold water on the gentle cycle. They should then hang to dry. Plastic and vinyl liners can be wiped clean with a clean cloth and water.

  • How often the shower gets used, whether or not the liner gets left open or closed, and the ventilation in the bathroom can all affect how long a liner lasts. The best we can offer is to replace the shower liner “as needed.” If the liner has stains or shows signs of mildew or mold, replace it. Just know that if you make sure the liner dries between uses, it will last long.

This article was written by Stacey L. Nash, who has been contributing to The Spruce since 2019. She personally tested all of the products on this list, hanging each liner in a bathroom for 48 to 72 hours with three to four showers per day. She monitored the liners for how well they kept water in the shower, their appearance, how they felt and held up to heavy use, and how easy they were to clean. Some liners had special features, like removable liners or included hooks that she also tested. She also read through other user reviews to look for patterns in user experiences.  

Disclaimer: Curated and re-published here. We do not claim anything as we translated and re-published using google translator. All images and Tattoo Design ideas shared only for information purpose.

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