Skip the plumbing problems. If you have a garden hose, you can have an instant outdoor shower. There’s no need to do anything more complex than to screw the hose to the pipe and wait for the sun to warm the water. Add Soap on a Rope and call it summer.
Here’s a roundup of our favorite hose-powered outdoor showers:
Above: From Belgium-based TradeWinds, a portable Fieldshow’r weighs 22 pounds and has galvanized and powder coated iron pipes and a foot pedal. It can be converted into a foot shower and connects to a standard garden hose. For information and pricing, see TradeWinds.
Above: Designer Inga Sempé’s Delta Outdoor Shower is 93 inches tall and has a 35-inch square base. It weighs 82 pounds and is $3,140 from Tectona.
Above: A freestanding Stainless Steel Garden Shower is powered by a garden hose. Parts include a pipe, shower head, brass fittings and foot stand (plus anchors to secure it in place); €527 from Manufactum.
Add a wooden Shower Platform made of larch and customized to fit the plumbing. It is 70 centimeters square (approximately 27.5 inches) and is €83 from Manufactum.
Above: Designer Tom De Vrieze’s stainless steel Serpentine Shower is 83 inches high and weighs in at a mere 9 pounds, making it easy to move around in a garden. For more information and pricing, see Extremis.
Above: From Seletti, an Aquart Outdoor Shower has a copper neck and a solid concrete base for stability. (The base also has a tap in case you want to fill a watering can without unscrewing the hose from the shower. Measuring 90.6 inches high, it is $324 from Horne.
Above: A Pilotis outdoor shower made of northern pine logs has a tap to turn on for a foot wash and a faucet to connect a watering hose; for information and pricing, see Douches de Jardins.
Above: Made of solid eucalyptus, a 77-inch-high Outdoor Shower comes with a hose adaptor and weighs 30 pounds; $180.95 from Amazon.
Above: Made of rust-proof galvanized steel with a base of acacia wood, a Cascade Outdoor Shower has a tap to regulate pressure and an overhead tube to provide a waterfall curtain of water. For information and pricing, see TradeWinds.
Above: From Gardena, a Portable Outdoor Shower has a tripod stand, a detachable shower heard, and adjustable spray settings; $82.99 from Amazon.
Above: A 7-foot-high Poolside Solar Shower With Base from Blue Wave is $184.98 from Amazon.
Finally, get more ideas on how to integrate and design an outdoor shower with our Hardscaping 101: Outdoor Showers design guide.