21 Essential Bathroom Upgrades You Didn’t Know You Needed

Nathan Law

Bathrooms often get a bad rap for being the stinkiest room in the house—for obvious reasons. But the loo should be a safe space to go, not a hazard zone. All it takes is just a little TLC to freshen up your boring one-piece, two-piece, or three-piece into a spa-like […]

Bathrooms often get a bad rap for being the stinkiest room in the house—for obvious reasons. But the loo should be a safe space to go, not a hazard zone. All it takes is just a little TLC to freshen up your boring one-piece, two-piece, or three-piece into a spa-like haven for your porcelain throne.

So, let’s give that outdated restroom a much-needed refresh. Here are 21 of our favorite bathroom items for the shower, potty and beyond.

21 Best Bathroom Items

Royal Craft Wood Luxury Bathtub Caddy Tray

This caddy stretches from one side of the bathtub to the other, giving you a shelf of sorts to hold just about anything: a wine glass, book, towel—you name it.
AMAZON

Every night will be a bath-worthy night once you upgrade your tub to this wooden caddy-slash-shelf. It can hold just about anything you may want at your disposal—phone, a wine glass, extra towels, a romantic candle, a book, and more.

Buy at Amazon for $49.97.

Bistro Tile Hello Beautiful Mirror

best bathroom items 2
With this gorgeous handheld, the mirrored side isn’t the only beauty you’ll see.
ANTHROPOLOGIE

The Bistro Tile Hello Beautiful Mirror from Anthropologie is a fan-favorite bathroom item for good reason. It also comes in a line with a similarly gorgeous vanity tray, hooks, mirrors, soap dispensers, and more, but even as a stand-alone piece, it’s definitely a statement piece for your bathroom (and self-esteem).

Buy at Anthropologie for $36.

ShowerShroom

best bathroom items 8
The ShowerShroom is a drain catcher that sits in the shower drain, preventing hair from going down.
WAYFAIR

You may not see it but you’ll for sure know it’s there. The ShowerShroom is a game-changing bathroom product because its ergonomic form takes drain catchers to the next level. This product actually sits inside your shower drain where it catches (and keeps!) hair before it twirls down the pipes.

Buy at Wayfair for $11.99.

Hand Woven Wicker Storage Baskets

best bathroom items 3
Store cleaning products, cosmetics, rolled-up face towels, sanitzer, soaps—whatever you want.
WALMART

Baskets are perfect for all kinds of storage opportunities and these Hand Woven Wicker Storage Baskets from Walmart are no different. Fill it with hand towels, washcloths, cleaning products, or bathroom backstock for an organized feel and of course, that refreshed look you’re looking for.

Buy at Walmart for $24.99.

SimpleHuman Adjustable Shower Rack

best bathroom items 9
Skip the plastic shower rack that breaks and invest in a stainless steel one that will stand the test of time.
SIMPLEHUMAN

Shower racks are super convenient for storage and saving space in the shower—especially if you don’t have a lot of real estate to work with. But we all know the plastic ones are trash. They break, they crack, they can’t hold a lot. Up your game with this stainless steel shower rack from SimpleHuman. It’s adjustable, sturdy and to be honest, makes it look like a real adult lives there.

Buy at SimpleHuman for $50.

LPOLER Stainless Steel Squeegee

best bathroom items 1
LPOLER Stainless Steel Squeegee is an all-purpose cleaning device for shower doors and more.
AMAZON

Are you even living in 2021 if you don’t have a shower squeegee? The LPOLER Stainless Steel Squeegee looks and is a step above the rest thanks to its chic design. After all, what’s more luxe than a gold, stainless steel shower squeegee?

Buy at Amazon for $28.68.

Wire Wall Art

best bathroom items 4
Warning: The bathroom is a splash zone and this adorable wall sign makes it clear.
ETSY

As all parents know, you should never underestimate just how much of a splash zone the bathroom can be—especially while a kid is bathing. But beyond the warning this wall sign provides, it’s kinda cute. It’s handmade out of 3mm wire and it adheres to your wall with a special glue that comes with it.

Buy at Etsy for $21.16.

Saturday Knight Ltd. Gilded Pineapple Soap Dispenser

best bathroom items 7
Amazon.com shoppers and reviewers love this gold soap dispenser in the shape of a pineapple.
AMAZON

Pineapples are a sign of hospitality, so show everyone that comes to your home that they’re more than welcome to use the facilities with this golden soap dispenser. You won’t be the only one that does! With a 4.7-star rating on Amazon and more than 2,000 reviews, people love this ceramic dispenser and the good vibes it brings to the loo.

Buy at Amazon for $14.39.

Threshold Hair Tools Organizer

best bathroom items 10
Not only does the Threshold Hair Tools Organizer provide storage, but it also gives your dryer, straightener and curling iron a safe place to cool down in.
TARGET

Finally—your heated hair tools now have a place to live! And cool down, too. If you’re still placing your hot straightener and curling iron back on the sink once you’re done doing your hair, it’s time to step up your game. The Threshold Hair Tools Organizer gives you the perfect amount of hair-tool storage, but it also provides a safe place where heated tools can cool down.

Buy at Target for $30.

Creative Co-Op Enameled First Aid Box

best bathroom items 11
Store all those first aid necessities inside and display this pretty, vintage-looking item on a shelf.
AMAZON

Isn’t it pretty? Instead of shoving all those first aid supplies—bandaids, creams, alcohol swabs, and the like—inside a drawer where you’ll never be able to find them, fill up the vintage-looking Enameled First Aid Box from Creative Co-Op and then display it in your lavatory.

Buy at Amazon for $49.56.

Wall Sign Remember to Flush

best bathroom items 12
Because sometimes even adults need a reminder.
TARGET

Cute and cheeky, this fun little reminder takes some of the seriousness out of going potty. Why not give your guests a little something to laugh at as well as a reminder of the courteous thing to do?

Buy at Target for $14.99.

No. 2 Bamboo Toilet Paper

best bathroom items 8
Have you ever tried bamboo toilet paper? It’s softer and thicker but better for the environment (and your plumbing) because it naturally biodegrades.
WALMART

Bamboo toilet paper is a life-changer, but most people don’t look into it because they stick with what they know. Now available at Walmart, this sustainable brand of toilet paper is soft on the tush, won’t clog your potty, and is even totally biodegradable thanks to its bamboo material. It’s a win-win for everybody—even the planet. Plus, it just looks so much more luxe.

Buy at Walmart for $20.

Lonnie 3-Light Dimmable Bath Bar

best bathroom items 12
Install this black and brass light fixture over your sink for a more modern-looking bathroom.
ALL MODERN

If you’re willing to go above and beyond to give your bathroom the refresher it deserves, why not treat yourself to a brand new light fixture? Lighting goes a long way in the powder room and we all know it can make or break your selfie. The black and brass Lonnie 3-Light Dimmable Bath Bar dims to meet your lighting needs and features aged brass for a modern design that brightens up any aesthetic.

Buy at All Modern for $147.

Creative Co-Op Casual Country Wall Mount Toilet Paper Holder With Shelf

best bathroom items 13
Toilet paper holder… but make it cute.
WAYFAIR

Why should toilet paper holders be boring? A simple—and cheap—way to freshen up your bath is to switch out the old holder with something new and exciting. The Creative Co-Op Country Wall Mount Toilet Paper Holder With Shelf is exactly that—and even features extra room for a candle or plant.

Buy at Wayfair for $22.94.

Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray

best bathroom items 13
Spray before you go for a clean-smelling scent even after you flush.
ULTA

A fan-favorite bathroom product, Poo-Pourri Before You Go Toilet Spray is perfect for keeping your guest bathroom fresh and your guests comfortable. Simply give it a spritz before doing your business, then reap the benefits of a clean, fresh scent.

Buy at Ulta for $9.99.

Fouta Bath Towel

best bathroom items 14
The Fouta Bath Collection from Serena and Lily features bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and more.
SERENA AND LILY

Once and a while, it doesn’t hurt to give the bath towels a little refresh. The Fouta Collection from Serena and Lily features beautiful, plush towels with clean, symmetrical lines that make any bathroom feel like it’s a luxurious bathroom at a spa in the Hamptons.

Buy at Serena and Lily for $38.

LastSwab Reusable Ear Swab

best bathroom items 7
If you’re trying to become more eco-friendly, a LastSwab can make a big impact—in your ears and for the planet.
PACKAGE FREE

What if we told you there was a better way to clean your ears? It’s better for the environment and it’s less expensive, too. Stop using single-use Q-Tips to clean out your ear wax and instead make the switch to the LastSwab Reusable Ear Swab. It’s the last swab you’ll ever use as its silicone ends on both sides clean ears just as efficiently—if not better—than the cotton stuff. Plus, it’s reusable. Just wash it with soap and water and disinfect it from time to time and you’re good to go. Never buy—or throw away—another Q-Tip again.

Buy at Package Free for $12.

Coway Bidetmega 150

best bathroom items 15
This easy-to-install bidet also functions as the cover to your toilet.
COWAY

We’re not going to tell you that you should get a bidet but—yeah, you should totally get a bidet. Not only does the Coway Bidetmega 150 make for a cleaner bum, but it’s also more sustainable in comparison to toilet paper, too. This single-nozzle bidet is part cleaner, part toilet seat cover and it even features a heated seat and butt dryer, too.

Buy at Coway for $399.

Cactus Long Handle Body Brush

best bathroom items 5
New to dry brushing? It’s a great way to exfoliate dead skin off every part of your body, making way for new skin cell growth.
THE BODY SHOP

Dry brushing is the latest skincare craze and it really does make a difference. The Cactus Long Handle Body Brush exfoliates dead skin off of every part of your body—just be particularly gentle around the neck and face. With all those dead cells sloughed off, your body has more room to generate new skin cell growth, and the result? Glowing, clear skin all around.

Buy at The Body Shop for $15.

Gecious Antique Brass Centerset Faucet

best bathroom items 6
If you love that classic vintage look, changing out your sink’s faucet to the affordable and chic-looking Gecious Antique Brass Centerset Faucet might be right up your alley.
AMAZON

Old, stained faucets are unsightly, and switching out a faucet is an easy, inexpensive way to revamp your bathroom’s whole feel. With new hardware, you can take your sink from drab to fab and the Gecious Antique Brass Centerset Faucet adds timeless vintage vibes to any water closet.

Buy at Amazon for $64.99.

Aira Ionic Facial Steamer

best bathroom items 14
Give yourself a facial right in the comfort of your own homemade spa.
VANITY PLANET

Now that you’ve transformed your toilet into a serene spa of your own, you need your own spa treatment. The Aira Facial Steamer is like a DIY facial at home—with all the amazing skincare benefits the kind the salon has. Oh, and did we mention it’s half the price of a trip to the spa? If not more!

Buy at Vanity Planet for $54.

Newsweek may earn a commission from links on this page, but we only recommend products we back. We participate in various affiliate marketing programs, which means we may get paid commissions on editorially chosen products purchased through our links to retailer sites.

Next Post

How Much Does a Shower Remodel Cost? How To Budget for a Shower Remodel

Photo: istockphoto.com Typical Range: $2,300 to $8,600 Any remodel that involves plumbing can strike fear in the hearts of homeowners. There is an assumption that bathroom and kitchen remodels equate to debt-inducing expenses. While that’s true, there are shower remodel cost options that can fit into almost any budget. Many […]