Review: Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower

I feel like I've said this a ton this summer, but it's the truth - the Nemo Equipment Helio Pressure Shower is, hands down, one of the best gear purchases we've made. Much more than just a shower, it has a bunch of different uses, is extremely convenient, built well, and is space-conscious. (Yeah, I know, we have a van; what do we care about space? Well, space still matters.)

Danielle and the Helio at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

Danielle and the Helio at the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.

The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower gets used and user a lot on all of our trips. Playing double and triple duties of dishwasher, shower, and gear rinser-offer.

The foot pump (located on the left in this picture) can get the Helio up to pressure within a few pumps and is terribly easy and durable. At first, I tried to baby the system by placing out of harms way and away from gravel where there might be some sharp, poking rocks. But after a few trips, I decided to put the Helio down wherever we needed it, regardless of the surface conditions. Still, after a full season of camping and adventuring almost every weekend, there hasn't been any issues to this day.

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Note: We actually use our gear. You won't find reviews with picture perfect, still new and shiny products here.

The 7 foot long hose and attached spray nozzle are just the right length for the job with out feeling like you're wrangling snakes.

The 7 foot long hose and attached spray nozzle are just the right length for the job with out feeling like you're wrangling snakes.

Durable foot pump gets the Helio up to pressur fast.

Durable foot pump gets the Helio up to pressur fast.

Solid, durable, well thought out construction - all are thumbs up in my book.

Solid, durable, well thought out construction - all are thumbs up in my book.

Handle and safety strap that goes over the opening to prevent a blow-out due to over pressurization.

Handle and safety strap that goes over the opening to prevent a blow-out due to over pressurization.

Dishes and showers are the two jobs the Helio sees most. It's important for us to have gear that can serve multiple purposes. The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower goes above and beyond that, and we couldn't be more pleased.

Nemo Helio Pressure Shower Doing Dishes