We spent 24 hours researching and testing 20 different kinds of shower curtain rods and found that durability, value, and stability were most important. Zenna shower curtain rod scored high marks in all categories and is our top pick. We loved the dual rod design of this shower curtain rod that allowed us to hang our clothes and towels while we showered so they were convenient when we were done. The entire unit was easy to install and was very sturdy and durable as well. The rod is rust resistant and will last a long time, but the company still offers a lifetime guarantee.
Shower Curtain Rod Reviews
Nothing ruins a nice shower like the swift crack of your shower curtain rod falling down and smacking off the floor. Not only is this a great way to walk out of the shower with a new complex, it’s liable to create a bit of a mess all around the floor, being that the curtain which hung off of the rod is now unable to effectively do its job. Of course, such a scenario may be avoided outright by choosing a shower curtain rod which is more likely to hold its position in the first place. Let’s take a look at three of the best curtain rods on the market based on a criteria of durability, stability and overall value. After doing so, we’ll go into a brief buyer’s guide so you can be sure you’ll walk away with the best curtain rod available at your disposal.
Seemingly made only with a high degree of durability in mind, the Zenna Home E35604SS may look rather standard when compared to other dual curtain rods currently available on the market. Don’t let its simple look fool you, however. When you value frugality and practicality above all else, it just doesn’t get a whole lot better than the Zenna Home E35604SS. This makes it one of the more reasonable purchases for a large variety of people, largely offsetting the unit’s above-average price.
One such example of its practicality and frugality can be found in the rod’s rust resistance. In fact, the manufacturer is so confident in their product’s ability in this regard that they offer a lifetime guarantee. Even if you see the smallest bit of rust forming on your Zenna Home E35604SS, this is more than enough cause for the manufacturer to replace your rod outright. Although you can be sure that you won’t ever have to cash out on your guarantee in the first place, it’s certainly nice to see the manufacturer show such a level of confidence in the overall durability of their product.
Lastly, the unit actually consists of two different rods. Once again, this is a feature which plays into the overall practicality of the unit. While the second rod is advertised by the manufacturer as being suitable for hanging a towel, you’ll may find it comes in handy in a whole lot of situations, whether you need somewhere to hang your clothes or an extra space to store a shampoo rack. All of the above features make the Zenna Home E35604SS great if you want to ensure every dollar you put into the unit of your choice will go toward a feature which will actually come in handy at some point or another. Couple that with the fact that you can expect the rod in question to stick around for quite some time, and you’ve got yourself a winner.
As with the last model we covered by the same brand, the Zenna Home 35644BN comes with a lifetime guarantee against rust. This one of the more important aspects to consider regarding a shower curtain rod’s overall level of durability, being that it will be around water all day. While any manufacturer can claim that their rod is resistant to rust, this doesn’t always mean a whole lot unless they’re willing to back their statement up with some sort of guarantee that holds them accountable should things go wrong. As such, it’s nice to see Zenna Home take responsibility in this regard, even if none of their customers actually find themselves cashing out on the rod’s included lifetime guarantee.
Of course, rust resistance isn’t the only important factor to consider when it comes to a rod’s level of durability. The overall stability is also a great indicator. And, as it turns out, the Zenna Home 35644BN does a great job in this regard as well. This is especially true when you stack it up to other products of its type which come with two rods. While the majority of such products put all of their weight on one rod (this rod being responsible for keeping the entire unit secure), both of the Zenna Home 35644BN’s rods share the weight evenly, keeping it a whole lot more stable than similar products. Its high degree of stability as well as its rust-resistant nature makes it one of the best curtain rods on the market.
As great as the two above rods are, there’s no denying that they’re a little high in price compared to the vast majority of other curtain rods on the market. Although they’ll likely pay for themselves through their excellent level of durability, many of us just can’t justify spending any significant amount of money on a new curtain rod. If this sounds like you, the InterDesign Astor Constant Tension may just be what you need. This is due not only to its low price, but its sheer level of quality despite said low price. It beats out all other products within its price range by far, making it the best budget shower curtain rod to be had.
Although the rod is resistant to rust (according to nearly every customer who’s used the rod at some point or another), you’ll have to live with the fact that it comes with no guarantee in this regard. However, it more than makes up for this simply in its ability to stay intact. Although I might not recommend pulling sharply on your curtains (as is the case with all rods), the InterDesign Astor Constant Tension can withstand a whole lot of pressure before budging. This makes it great if you have kids who often accidentally pull the rod down from its designated spot on either side of the bathtub or shower. The InterDesign Astor Constant Tension offers a great level of stability for a low price through its exclusion of features which could be deemed as being rather unnecessary by some, easily making it the most frugal purchase on this list.
– Sarah Lytle
Summary of Our Top Picks This is all well and good, but you’ll still have to choose one of the above three rods. If you’re still having a tough time, it helps to think about just what it is you want in a rod. Of course, if you’re after the most frugal purchase possible, it goes without saying that the InterDesign rod we just covered is easily your best choice. On the other hand, you might be looking for something more in a shower curtain rod. If so, things might get a little more tricky.
Now, you’ve landed yourself in a situation where you’ll have to choose between the first two rods we covered. Which one do you pick? That all depends on how much you’re willing to pay for some extra stability. The first product we covered is your best bet if you’d rather not go all out, being that it comes in colors which are rather low in price. However, if you’re willing to pay top dollar for some added stability, the second rod is likely more geared toward you. Though, expect to pay a bit extra – its cheapest color is the same price as the previous rod’s most expensive color. Which of the above products is best will be up to you to decide.
Perhaps you’re not a fan of the above rods? If so, you’ll find there are numerous other products at your disposal. As such, coming out with one that works for you isn’t all that hard, assuming you know what to look for. Do you know what type of features you need in your next shower curtain rod? Take a look below to find out.
Do you need a dual rod?
Two of the products we covered above have two different rods conjoined together into one unit. These look great and can be very practical, being that you’ll be able to hang a towel or clothes high enough in the air that it doesn’t get wet, though close enough to you that you don’t need to track water onto the floor to reach it. On the other hand, dual rods have the potential to be less stable. There are no exceptions to this rule. You really don’t know how much more weight you can hang on one rod than the other before its balance is thrown off. You’ll never know whether or not that extra shampoo rack is going to be all it takes to leave your rod tumbling down. When buying a dual rod, it’s imperative that you be willing to spend that extra cash to get a very stable unit (such as the two we covered above). If you’d rather not, you might be better off staying away.
Do you trust the manufacturer?
Anyone can say their rod won’t rust. Anyone can also say things that around true. While you needn’t feel limited to rods with rust guarantees, it’s imperative that you trust a brand before you take their word for it. Of course, actually choosing to go for rods with a guarantee will fix this issue, though you’ll be more limited in selection. If you’re unsure, it always helps to scour the net for reviews.
Can it fit your tub?
Seems obvious, right? Why on Earth would anyone make a shower rod that doesn’t fit on a tub? Well, you might be surprised. Of course, there is a very simple solution to this problem that takes a mere minute to complete. Measure your bathtub’s back wall. After doing so, never go with a rod that isn’t compatible with walls both one inch larger and one inch smaller than the wall you just measured. Not all manufacturers will be keen on shipping you a free rod because your current one doesn’t fit. It will be up to you to take the appropriate precautions necessary.
Common Shower Curtain Rod Features
Up until now, we’ve been deciphering just what it is that makes a shower curtain rod good for you. The usefulness of certain features will be subjective, being that we all have our own needs. There are; however, certain features that we can all use. Here are those features.
A Rust-Free Guarantee – As previously mentioned, don’t feel as if you can’t buy rods without this guarantee. In fact, we even mentioned a great rod earlier that doesn’t have such a guarantee included. However, this is a feature which can only do good and no bad. If you can’t decide between two different rods and you notice that one of them protects you against rust for life, this might be your best option.
Stability – There are certain market sectors where buying the cheapest product available will end up saving you money. This is not one of them. By choosing a curtain rod that lacks stability, you can be certain you’ll be buying a replacement rod much quicker than you otherwise would. Don’t let the attractive price fool you. Always check a rod’s user reviews to see just how likely it is to stay firmly planted on the wall. Not only will this save you money in the long run through keeping your rod intact, it will likely save some headaches as well, being that such a characteristic greatly increases a rod’s overall level of convenience.
Finding a curtain rod which has it all isn’t exactly an easy ordeal. However, finding a curtain rod which has everything you need is. By keeping all of the above considerations in mind, shopping for your next shower curtain rod should prove an easy endeavor.
Sarah's passion for cooking and eating healthy is what drives her to research and educate others. Sarah is our expert researcher who manages the Home and Kitchen category. When she's not writing you'll find her listening to Paleo Diet podcasts and educating people on how to live and eat primally.