The Best Shower Curtains, According to Happy Homeowners
Find a shower curtain that’s the perfect size, style, and fabric for your bathroom.
Shower curtains are the unsung heroes of traditional showers and tubs. In addition to providing privacy, they bring your bathroom softness and style while hiding the clutter of all those shampoo and body wash bottles.
Let’s be clear: Shower curtains differ from liners. Made of waterproof fabrics like nylon or polyester, liners are placed along the inner rim of a tub or shower to prevent water leakage. Shower curtains, are placed over the liner—with the bottom section hanging outside the shower or tub, reaching as far as the floor in a stall shower, or several inches above the floor for a tub.
Ahead, we’ll outline exactly what factors we considered and prioritized to develop our short list of recommendations on the best shower curtains—and why they should matter to you, too.
- MOST VARIETY: Barossa Design White Stripe Damask Fabric Shower Curtain, various sizes
- EASY ELEGANCE: Aimjerry White Striped Mold-Resistant Fabric Shower Curtain, 72″ x 72″
- TOUGHEST FLORAL: MACOFE Flower Shower Curtain, 71″ x 71″
- FINEST COTTON: mDesign Premium 100% Cotton Waffle Weave Fabric Shower Curtain, 72″ x 84″
- BEST HOOKLESS DESIGN: Hookless Jacquard Tree Branch Shower Curtain in Taupe, 71″ x 86″
What Makes a Great Shower Curtain?
It’s not all about design. Consider the following before you add a curtain to your bag:
Shower curtains are made of both synthetic and natural materials.
- Synthetic materials like polyester and plastic are durable, waterproof, and wrinkle-resistant. They perform especially well in bathrooms that get a lot of wear and tear—for example, if you have small children. One drawback with synthetics is they can look and feel a bit stiffer and cheaper than natural fabrics. However, these shower curtains clean up easily: simply spray with a shower cleaner or toss into the washer/dryer. Polyester is one of the most popular curtain options. It resembles natural fabric in softness but is more water- and mildew-resistant. Polyester curtains can be washed in cool water in your washing machine and dried on the gentlest setting.
- Natural fabrics like canvas, cotton, hemp, and linen are both eco-friendly and luxurious-looking. These fabrics can be easily laundered according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Keep in mind, however, that natural fabrics are not waterproof, so you must have a good quality liner to keep the rest of your bathroom dry.
In general, standard shower curtains measure from 70 to 72 inches in width and 70 to 72 inches in height. To determine the right curtain size for your bathroom, however, you will need to measure:
- For width, measure your curtain rod, then add 12 inches to include the curtain folds to provide full coverage.
- For height/length, measure from the bottom of the curtain rod to the floor. To keep your curtain as free from dirt and moisture as possible, you’ll want the bottom edge to just touch the threshold. If you have a bathtub, you can subtract up to 10 inches from the curtain length, depending on how long you want it to hang. If you intend to swag your curtain to one side using tie-backs, you will want several inches of additional length, since the curtain will appear shorter when tied back.
Shower curtains are hung from the rod using hooks or hookless grommets. Hooks are the most traditional and popular hanging style. You can find hooks in a range of metal finishes, as well as plastic. Hookless curtains are quicker to install, using grommets that simply snap open and shut around the rod. Unlike metal or plastic hooks, these grommets also slide across the rod more smoothly, with less noise.
The Six Best Shower Curtains
The selections here are based on durable material, attention to detail (like reinforced rings), elegant design, and customer satisfaction.
1. MOST VARIETY: Barossa Design White Stripe Damask Fabric Shower Curtain
If Barossa Design’s White Stripe Damask shower curtain can stand up to heavy hotel usage, it can surely take the wear and tear of your bathroom. Its heavy-duty polyester material is nontoxic, anti-bacterial/microbial, and a natural mildew repellent. The curtain comes in a wide range of sizes (up to 96 inches) and five different color and pattern combinations.
2. EASY ELEGANCE: Aimjerry White Striped Mold-Resistant Fabric Shower Curtain
The simple design of Aimjerry’s white chevron pattern lends instant sophistication, yet this curtain boasts substance as well as style. The company’s commitment to create “functional art” shows in the sturdy waterproof polyester fabric and 12 reinforced metal rings. Customers appreciate its eye-pleasing look, durable utility, and excellent quality for a reasonable cost.
3. TOUGHEST FLORAL: MACOFE Flower Shower Curtain
Want flower power for your shower? There’s nothing fragile about MACOFE’s polyester curtain, thanks to 3D printing technology that creates vibrant colors and clear images that stand up to machine washing. The fabric and inks are non-toxic, and shoppers praise its unique pattern and high quality. Plus, the curtain comes with a 30-day money-back warranty.
4. FINEST COTTON: mDesign Premium 100% Cotton Waffle Weave Fabric Shower Curtain
Fans of all-natural fabrics flock to mDesign’s Premium cotton shower curtain. Its heavy-weight, waffle-weave fabric has a wonderful texture that lends a luxurious look and feel. Fortunately, the curtain will withstand machine washing—with bleach, if necessary. Customers are delighted with the “blanket-like” softness and spa style.
5. BEST HOOKLESS DESIGN: Hookless Jacquard Tree Branch Shower Curtain in Taupe
This decidedly pricey curtain boasts sturdy snap-on grommets that make installation a cinch, and it comes complete with a liner. Another superior design touch is the mesh border at the top that lets in maximum light while maintaining privacy. But don’t let the delicate pattern fool you—this easy-care curtain can be tossed in the wash with great results. No wonder it earns rave reviews!