Shower power

Regular readers will know I don’t usually blog about ‘boring’ functional items, or things that aren’t bargainous, but I’m making an exception today for a gadget that has revolutionised my life…

Last year, I got a new dream bathroom. It has big white brick-style tiles, modern fittings, a charcoal grey floor, aqua walls and an over-bath shower that you don’t have to hold while you use it (an improvement on my old one!). The only thing is, you can’t live your life as if you’re in a showhome. I have loads of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel bottles that were not only cluttering up the bath, but encouraging mould to grow on the new grouting. Hmmn.

I didn’t want to drill holes in the new tiles, and I knew from experience that most permanent metal basket-type fittings go rusty within weeks, so I tried suction-cup ones instead. When the second cheap one in a row predictably went rusty and then fell down noisily in the middle of the night, I broke the habit of a lifetime and went upmarket.

The resulting purchase was a Simplehuman Telescopic Shower Caddy. It’s the Rolls Royce of shower storage – made of quality stainless steel with an impressive five-year anti-rust guarantee, it fits in almost any shower or bath. There are three good-sized baskets you can position anywhere you like, plus a razor holder, hook for toothbrushes/flannels, soap well and even two cunning holes to hold shampoo bottles upside down so that you can drain the last dregs from them.

It’s sturdy, practical, easy to fit and does the job perfectly. The only downside? It costs £99 (from Lakeland or Eeeek. However, when you think how many cheaper baskets and caddies I’d have bought over the five years this one is guaranteed for, it probably works out as a bargain in the end. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

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