The Best Shower Curtains for Style and Functionality

Pull out all the stops with these top-rated shower curtains.

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February 06, 2024

Our Top Shower Curtain Picks

Buying a new shower curtain can be surprisingly tricky. You want something that will offer plenty of privacy (of course), keep water off the floor (essential), resist mildew and add a splash of color to the bathroom. And if you can throw said shower curtain in the washer? Even better.

There are a lot of choices out there, but few that check all of the boxes. So we did the research and found the best shower curtains you can buy right now. Keep scrolling to see those and find out exactly what details you should be looking for.

What to Consider When Buying a Shower Curtain

SIZE: A standard shower curtain is 72x72 inches, but that might not be the best fit for your space. If you're working with a three-quarter or kids' bath, you might need something more narrow, like a stall shower curtain (54x78 inches). Or, if you're designing a larger ensuite or spa bathroom, you might need an extra-long (72x84 inches) or an extra-wide (108x72 inches) shower curtain. To find the perfect size, measure your enclosure wall-to-wall, then rod-to-floor. Subtract a few inches to ensure that the curtain floats above the tile.

FABRIC: Once you've settled on a size, it's time to select a fabric. Natural materials (like cotton or linen shower curtains) can lend a luxurious touch to your space and are conveniently washer-friendly. Meanwhile, synthetic materials (like plastic or polyester shower curtains) are more affordable, mildew-resistant and don't require the use of a liner.

LINERS: If you opt for a cotton or linen shower curtain, then you'll need a plastic liner. This lightweight, waterproof layer will help keep drops inside the tub and ward off mildew or mold. Most liners are sold separately, but we've found a few incredible exceptions down below.

TRADITIONAL VS HOOKLESS: Most shower curtains include 12 metal grommets or buttonholes for hanging. Typically, you'd loop plastic rings through the openings and clip the rings onto your shower rod. However, this process can be a bit tedious. If you'd rather slide or snap the curtain over the rod, then you might benefit from a hookless design. (More info on those down below.)

Best Shower Curtain Overall

If there's something better than Brooklinen's shower curtain, we haven't found it yet. The shower curtain itself is crafted from luxurious cotton percale, measures 72x72 inches and comes in your choice of four lively patterns. What's more, you can upgrade your purchase to include one mildew-resistant liner and 12 hooks for just $20.

Best Budget Shower Curtain

$13.95

If you're looking for a budget-friendly alternative, then set your sights on the Alyvia Spring Fabric Shower Curtain. It's made from lightweight polyester and is 100 percent waterproof, washable, and PVC- and BPA-free. (Plus, three small weighted magnets help hold it in place.) It's available in 17 sizes and 30 colors and costs just around $14.

Best Linen Shower Curtain

Prepare to feel totally pampered, courtesy of the European Flax Linen Waffle Shower Curtain. This 72x72-inch shower curtain is made from the world's finest European flax and has an incredibly soft, breathable texture to show for it. And although it's a bit more expensive at $109, the fabric is designed to last for years to come.

Best Patterned Shower Curtain

$23

Nothing will brighten up your bathroom like the Floral Wave Shower Curtain. This adorable accent is crafted from quality cotton, measures at 72x72 inches and includes 12 buttonholes for easy installation. Meanwhile, watercolor peonies, roses, daisies and hydrangeas combine for a cheerful bouquet and give you several colors to play with.

Best Trendy Shower Curtain

$29.99

We can't get enough of the tassel-trimmed shower curtain trend, and this YoKii Cotton Blend Shower Curtain checks all the boxes. The curtain is constructed of a cotton and linen blend, is available in six gorgeous hues and boasts a weighted hem to keep it in place. HGTV Editor Chelsea Faulkner owns the curtain and says, "I was blown away by how beautiful this shower curtain is for the price. It's heavy and substantial and instantly updated the look of my bathroom."

Best Stall Shower Curtain

$24.99

If you're looking for style and quality in a more slender package, then you'll love the River Dream Stall Shower Curtain. This beauty is woven from breathable polyester but measures just 36x74 inches, so it won't drown your space in fabric. Meanwhile, a snap-in curtain liner can easily be removed and machine-washed.

Best Extra Long Shower Curtain

$29.99

If you want to create the illusion of taller ceilings or keep the heat inside your tub, then you need the Estmy Extra Long Linen Shower Curtain. This chic botanical-printed shower curtain boasts an 84-inch hem, so you can hang it high and achieve that elongating effect. The soft linen fabric is also available in multiple colors and can be tossed in the washer.

Best Extra Wide Shower Curtain

$47.99 $32.49
32% Off!

You can finally wrap your entire walk-in shower or soaking tub thanks to the Madison Park Spa Waffle Shower Curtain. This sophisticated cabana-striped accent stretches to 108x72 inches, which gives you three extra feet of coverage. It's also available in multiple colors (a rarity for extra wide styles), comes treated with stain- and mildew-resistant 3M Scotchgard, and is machine-washable.

Best Hookless Shower Curtain

$34.99

Tired of dealing with plastic rings? We totally get it, and we've found the perfect solution: the Lagute SnapHook Shower Curtain. Instead of traditional grommets, this curtain features integrated "SnapHook" which you can snap right over the shower rod. The polyester fabric also comes in nine colors, includes a built-in liner and can go in the washer.

Best Sustainably Sourced Shower Curtain

Bring romance and refinement to your bathroom with this blooming Chinoiserie Shower Curtain from West Elm. The soft cotton curtain is crafted from sustainably sourced materials and supports the Better Cotton Initiative, which works to improve global cotton production. Pair the posy-clad curtain with fluffy white towels and antique brass hardware to achieve timeless appeal.

Best Shower Curtain for Spa Bathrooms

$20

What's effortlessly elegant, exceptionally crafted and will make your spa bathroom feel like an oasis? Try this Block Print Scallop Shower Curtain. The piece is woven from 100 percent cotton — so it's breezy and soft to the touch — and measures 72x72 inches. Between the soothing gray and sea blue tones, this shower curtain will definitely put you in an island state of mind.

Best Shower Curtain for Small Bathrooms

$38.95 $23.99
38% Off!

Small bathrooms tend to feel dark and cramped, and a solid wall of fabric doesn't help. So we say opt for this waffle weave and mesh shower curtain. The cotton accent comes in seven sizes, and it features a mesh window to let ample light in. The curtain comes as a set with a built-in snap liner and 12 rust-resistant curtain hooks.

Best Shower Curtain for Kids' Bathrooms

It doesn't get much cuter than this. Set a playful tone for splashing and scrubbing with this safari-print shower curtain. The soft cotton fabric is ideal for little hands and features adorable, fade-resistant animals (like crocodiles, elephants, hippos, etc.). The shower curtain also measures 72x72 inches, so it can follow them to their "big kid bathroom."

Best Shower Curtain for Teen Bathrooms

PSA: This trendy checkerboard shower curtain is the perfect choice for a teen bathroom. The fabric measures 72x72 inches (ideal for a single or shared space) and boasts a graphic yet gender-neutral print. Best of all? The shower curtain is made from 100 percent cotton, so it can be tossed in the washer with the rest of your teen's laundry.

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