Best Shower Curtain Liner

We spent the past month looking and testing the value and quality of the best shower curtain liners available today. We tried out over 20 different shower curtain liners made from varying materials such as polyester fabric, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA).

In the end, our top choice went to LiBa’s shower curtain liner. It has everything you’d want from a shower curtain liner: made from an eco and human friendly material (PEVA), sturdy magnets at the bottom that prevent water from leaking out, rust-proof metal grommets, and mildew resistance, all for a very affordable price. Our honorable mention, the EPICA shower curtain liner, has most of LiBa’s best features except the latter’s PEVA material. That’s what ultimately set the two apart and why we went with LiBa for our top pick. Also, make sure to check out our top electric toothbrush guide to make sure you have the latest bathroom essentials.

Top 7 Best Shower Curtain Liner Compared

 #1  LiBa Mildew Resistant Antimicrobial PEVA 8G Shower Curtain Liner

Award: Top Pick

WHY WE LIKE IT: The LiBa shower liner is made of eco-friendly material. It’s also anti-microbial, durable, and affordable. It’s the best shower curtain liner in terms of both quality and affordability.

Pros
  • Made of PEVA
  • Strong magnets at the bottom
  • One-year warranty against mildew and tears
Cons
  • Stiff
  • Can stick to the skin

LiBa’s shower curtain liner is our top choice for many reasons. Upon trying it, its eco-friendly material was obvious with the lack of odor in comparison to the vinyl shower curtain liners that we tried. We loved the strong magnets at the bottom so it didn’t easily sway and really kept the water inside the tub.

Its size of 72 x 72 inches is more than enough to cover our bathtub, much like many of the best shower curtains. One thing we noticed is that it sticks to the skin sometimes while taking a shower but that’s a minor issue. It gets the job done very well as far as preventing leaks. We only used it a few times so it’s not possible to test its mildew-resistant claim but we love that the company offers a one-year warranty against mildew and a 90-day money-back guarantee. Those certainly add value to this product, making it our top overall choice.

 #2  EPICA Mildew Resistant Shower Curtain Liner

Award: Honorable Mention

WHY WE LIKE IT: The EPICA shower curtain liner is a heavyweight curtain liner that also offers mildew resistance. It also offers a 15-month warranty. It’s the best alternative to our top choice.

Pros
  • Anti-bacterial & mildew-resistant
  • Heavyweight
  • 15-month warranty
Cons
  • Strong odor

The EPICA shower curtain liner is made of vinyl, so it’s heavy. At 2.35 pounds, its weight helps to keep it steady without the need for magnets. Like LiBa, it’s also mildew-resistant and has anti-microbial properties.

One thing we like about EPICA is that it’s non-sticky. It doesn’t touch your skin as you shower. However, because of the material, it’s made from, you can smell the vinyl odor as you shower, although it went away after a few times of using it. Its 15-month warranty is also the longest of all the products we tested and should be just as durable as the best shower caddy.

 #3  N&Y HOME Fabric Shower Curtain Liner

Award: Best Fabric Shower Curtain Liner

WHY WE LIKE IT: The N&Y HOME shower curtain liner has an aesthetic fitting for a hotel. It has a quick dry property and is an easily washable shower curtain. This makes it best for those who prefer light, polyester fabric shower curtain.

Pros
  • Quick dry
  • Elegant look
  • Machine-washable
Cons
  • Too light to prevent leaks sometimes

The N&Y HOME is our top choice for shower curtain liners made of polyester fabric and might perhaps be the must have bathroom essential. It looks simple yet elegant, like those that you can find in luxurious hotels. The water also dries very quickly. We noticed that it only took about a little over an hour for it to be completely dry after use.

Its lightweight can be considered both a pro and a con. It’s an advantage in the sense that it makes it easy to wash. However, it’s also a disadvantage because we saw some water leak to the floor even if it does have magnets at the bottom corner to supposedly address this. Still, with its quality look and affordable price, it’s still a great buy for a polyester fabric-made shower curtain line.

 #4  iDesign Plastic Shower Curtain Liner

Award: Best Budget

WHY WE LIKE IT: The iDesign plastic shower curtain liner is also made of PEVA and is mildew-resistant, like our top choice. It’s also the most affordable of all the quality shower curtain liners we tested, making it the best budget shower curtain liner.

Pros
  • Made of PEVA
  • Mildew-resistant
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Thin material
  • Magnets aren’t strong enough

The iDesign plastic shower curtain is made of eco-friendly PEVA which we love. It’s apparent by the lack of smell as we used it. It’s also mildew-resistant. Its 72 by 72 inches measurement should be enough to cover most bathtubs and showers. And should be a nice complement to the Burth Sonic Toothbrush.

The material is really thin and the magnets at the bottom aren’t strong or heavy enough to hold the curtain down. Being the cheapest of all the shower curtain liners we tested, though, we didn’t really expected it to perform as well as our top choice but it’s still decent enough for its price.

 #5  mDesign – 2 Pack – PEVA Curtain Liner

Award: Best Value

WHY WE LIKE IT: The mDesign curtain liner is another PEVA-made, mildew-resistant shower curtain liner. What’s even better is that it comes in two packs at an affordable price.

Pros
  • Mold and mildew resistant
  • Made of PEVA
  • Machine-washable
  • Liner comes in a two pack
Cons
  • Too thin

The mDesign shower curtain liner is a basic, transparent liner that’s good enough to keep shower water from leaking onto the bathroom floor. It’s made of PEVA and is also resistant to mold and mildew. It’s even sold in packs of two at a cheap price.

However, it’s a little too thin in comparison with other PEVA-made shower curtain liners and its magnets aren’t as good as the others we tested. Still, getting two shower curtain liners for the price of one is still excellent value.

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 #6  Hookless RBH40BBS01 Shower Curtain Liner

Award: Best Design

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Hookless RBH40BBS01 has a snap-in design, making it extremely easy to remove and put back in. This is best for those who want their shower curtain liner easily removed and reattached.

Pros
  • Snap-in design
  • Easy to clean & wash
Cons
  • Shower curtain sold separately

The Hookless RBH40BBS01 shower curtain liner is made of polyester fabric and can be easily snapped in and out of the Hookless’ fabric shower curtain. This detachable liner is light enough that you won’t have a hard time washing or cleaning it up.

On its own, its length is 54 inches but is designed to attach to fabric shower curtains that measure 71 by 74 inches, which is more than enough to cover your bathtub. One caveat about this is that the fabric shower curtain that it attaches to is sold separately.

 #7  AmazonBasics Vinyl Shower Curtain Liner

Award: Most Durable

WHY WE LIKE IT: The AmazonBasics vinyl shower curtain liner is the heaviest that we tested. That means it can withstand the pressure from the water coming out of the shower. It’s best if you prefer a thick and heavy shower curtain liner.

Pros
  • Ideal for high pressure showers
  • Heavyweight & thick
  • Durable
Cons
  • Strong odor

Weighing in at 2.69 pounds, the AmazonBasics is the heaviest of all the shower curtain liners that we tried. Its thick material is excellent for preventing water leaks even with strong pressure from the shower. It certainly gets the job done as far as keeping your floor dry even without magnets at the bottom.

Because it’s made of vinyl though, the odor is very noticeable once you use it. Its smell might be uncomfortable for some people. This is its one major drawback although we did notice that the odor slowly dissipated with several uses.

How We Decided

We wanted to look for the best shower curtain that also offers great value for your money. To do this, we decided to put a limit on a certain price point for our review.

The standard shower measures at about 70 x 54 inches so we considered shower curtain lines at or above that size. We weren’t particular about the design because shower curtain liners aren’t really intended for decoration as opposed to actual shower curtains.

While we preferred shower curtain lines made from eco-friendly materials like polyethylene vinyl acetate, we still tested out others that were made from common alternative materials like polyester fabric and vinyl then selected at least one of each of those materials for our final list.

The most important factor was how well it performs its main functions, which is to prevent water from spraying all over the floor. Each shower curtain liner in our list tested well in this aspect. We also considered durability and ease of cleaning, which is a common problem in shower curtains. Which is to say we ensured that all of our top picks could withstand multiple uses per day well over 12 months and/or could be cleaned, though given their price you might opt to simply replace.

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Shower Curtain Liner Buyer Guide

The Most Important Features to Consider

To get the best shower curtain liner, make sure to pay attention to the following features when you buy:

  1. Material – The best shower curtain liners are made of eco-friendly materials like polyethylene vinyl acetate (PEVA) and ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). These materials are chlorine-free and have anti-microbial properties. Fabric shower curtain liners are good alternatives. They’re softer and easy to wash. Vinyl shower plastic liners are cheap and get the job done as far as preventing water leaks on your bathroom’s floor, but they sometimes give off a strong chemical odor so it’s not the best for health. Water repellent curtains are an added benefit as well as they dry quickly. This helps to avoid mildew and mold. Liner mold and mildew is a pain to clean.
  2. Size – 70 by 54 inches should be enough to cover most showers. However, there are plenty of shower curtain liners that are bigger than that. Our list features six wide shower curtains that are at least 70 by 72 inches for wider coverage.
  3. Warranty – The best brands of bathroom shower curtain liners offer up to two years of warranty if their product doesn’t perform up to standard. You’re protected when you purchase from companies who offer that warranty.

Shower Curtain Liner FAQs

What’s the difference between a shower curtain liner and a shower curtain?

A shower curtain liner, typically made of polyester or vinyl, is mainly used to keep the water from your tub or shower from leaking to the floor. It’s also used to keep your shower curtain dry and is placed inside the tub. Most shower curtain liners come in plain white or are transparent since they’re not intended for decoration. They can also be used even without a shower curtain. A shower curtain, on the other hand, is mainly used to add privacy to your shower by covering the curtain liner and for aesthetics to enhance the look of your bathroom. They don’t necessarily serve to keep water from leaking to the floor.

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Geri Mileva

Based in Prague, CZ, Geri is a freelance writer with nine years of experience. Technology, marketing and finance are among her favorite topics to write about. She's also a strong advocate of plant-based and ethical living.

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