The Best Shower Curtains for Style and Functionality

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

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February 22, 2022

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 (72x96 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 set, we haven't found it yet. The shower curtain itself is crafted from luxurious cotton percale, measures at 72x72 inches and comes in your choice of four lively patterns. What's more, it includes one mildew-resistant liner and 12 hooks, so it's an amazing deal at $68.

Best Budget Shower Curtain

If you're looking for a budget-friendly alternative, then set your sights on the AmazerBath plastic shower curtain. This baby is made from premium EVA material and boasts a built-in vinyl liner. (Plus small weighted stones that help hold it in place.) It's also available in 12 sizes, 14 colors and costs just $18.

Best Linen Shower Curtain

Prepare to feel totally pampered, courtesy of the Belgian flax linen waffle shower curtain. This 72x72-inch shower curtain is made from the world's finest Belgian 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

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 Stall Shower Curtain

If you're looking for style and quality in a more slender package, then you'll love the Lara striped stall shower curtain. This beauty is woven from breathable cotton but measures just 54x78 inches, so it won't drown your space in fabric. Meanwhile, the thin watercolor stripes will help elongate and enliven your bathroom walls.

Best Extra Long Shower Curtain

If you want to create the illusion of taller ceilings or keep the heat inside your tub, then you need the DKNY Highline striped shower curtain. This chic ombre shower curtain boasts a 96-inch hem, so you can hang it high and achieve that elongating effect. The soft cotton fabric is also available in multiple colors and can be tossed in the washer.

Best Extra Wide Shower Curtain

You can finally wrap your entire walk-in shower or soaking tub thanks to the spa waffle shower curtain. This sophisticated cabana-striped accent stretches to 108x72 inches, and so 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 it's machine-washable.

Best Hookless Shower Curtain

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

Best Shower Curtain for Small Bathrooms

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 three sizes (all conveniently under 72x72 inches), and it features a mesh window to let ample light in. The shower curtain is also equipped with split rings, so you can skip the hooks and avoid visual clutter.

Best Shower Curtain for Spa Bathrooms

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

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.

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."

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