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Published on December 16th, 2008 | by Greg


Neater, Handier, More Productive… in the Shower, with simplehuman

In a time of infinite choice in your hair salon products, bath soaps, and loofahs, you may accrue more products than your shower or bath allows for. In my case, my boyfriend accrues delicate, high-end soaps like a Lush Sea Vegetable soap, a Lush Jasmine and Honeysuckle soap, and perhaps an obscure farmer’s market soap on top of that, whereas I like a simple and cheap Dr. Bronner’s. He chooses an Herbal Essences shampoo and I choose two organic shampoo and conditioner combos, so I can rotate. Not to mention that the Hilton has occasionally contributed to our collection. Hence the need for the simplehuman Tension Shower Caddy, which provides convenient shower shelving for your collection of Oil of Olay soaps and organic avocado shampoos.

The shower caddy we tested out is expandable and adjustable. It was able to fit our very high ceiling and can be placed on the floor or, as we did, on our bathtub corner. It has three slightly different and height-adjustable shelves and a very handy easy-to-reach soap dish hanging off the side. Additionally, it has lots of thoughtful little add-ons for different types of showerers, including a toothbrush holder and a washcloth or loofah hanger. Nonetheless, a lot of thought has obviously been put into the design.

Comparing it to other shower devices, it is much steadier. A previous shower caddy we’ve tried was a hanging device that relied on balance to stay upright. Needless to say, when actual items were removed from the contraption, the whole thing tipped slightly, often causing the whole collection of items to fall to the bathtub floor. Despite my constant fear that it will indeed fall, the grip on both the top and bottom are very solid. It has not fallen, shifted, or let items fall in the time we’ve tested it and it works as a stand-in for actually installing something into your bathroom.

While I am sure that many house owners can and do find this product useful, it really seems ideal for modern-day apartment living. This device means that you can sidestep installing something into your temporary unit. And, well, if my boyfriend and I can’t even agree on the same soaps when we have the same budget, surely roommates sharing an apartment are doomed.

Though each bathroom is different, the shower caddy blended in well with our surrounding tile. And with its additional organizing features, the Tension Shower Caddy made the bathroom look much tidier. Since the company, simplehuman, seems to specialize in organizing devices, that is no surprise. Available online, and in stores, for $120.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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