A Guide to RinseKit: History, Reviews, and Product Types

RinseKit is a portable shower that you can carry to the beach to wash yourself and your board after catching a few waves. It’ll wash all of the sand and saltwater away and freshen you up before you clamber back in your vehicle and continue your day. It’s affordable, widely available, and has gained a substantial following in the surfing community.

The Story of RinseKit

RinseKit is a portable shower that was developed by Chris Crawford, a keen surfer, to help him wash the salt and sand off his body before getting into his car. He watched other surfers using empty water bottles and detergent bottles to wash themselves down and realized that there was a gap in the market.

Crawford owned a pool construction business at the time and pieced together a prototype for personal use. After a few people asked him about the device, he decided to start selling them, and RinseKit was born.

The company raised over $400,000 on Kickstarter and had an early taste of virality when Facebook videos were shared millions of times. RinseKit eventually ended up on Shark Tank (apparently, the producers approached RinseKit and not the other way around) and it provided a massive boost to the brand’s reputation and sales.

In fact, Crawford has since gone on record as saying that they receive an increase in sales every time there is a rerun, proving just how powerful Shark Tank can be, regardless of whether businesses get investments or not.

RinseKit Models

Rinsekit has two main product types: The Plus and the Pod. Both models are portable showers, but the capacity, power, and accessories differ. Of course, the price also differs, and at the time of writing, the Plus is nearly twice the price of the Pod. Amazon carries RiseKit and other portable showers.

The Pod

  • 75-gallon tank (stores pressure for up to a month)
  • Fills with water in just 30 seconds
  • Includes hot water sink adapter
  • Includes 6-foot hose
  • 5 spray settings
  • Weighs 19 lbs. full and 7 lbs. empty

The Plus

  • 2-gallon tank (stores pressure for up to a month)
  • Fills with water in just 30 seconds
  • Includes heater and pump accessories
  • Detachable lid to stand on when showering
  • Additional internal storage space
  • Includes 6-foot hose
  • 5 spray settings

RinseKit Products

You can purchase a number of accessories to get more out of your RinseKit. These are not necessary to use the main kit, but it might be handy to add them to your order.

  • Hot Water Rod: Increases the water temperature and works through your vehicle’s power socket.
  • Pressure Booster Pump: Increases the pressure of your RinseKit and improves spray time.
  • Cooler: The RinseKit has been likened to a “cooler with a showerhead”, and it’s a description that may have inspired the creation of the RinseKit Cooler. It is basically a soft tote bag that can be used as a cooler and portable storage. It has a few pockets, padded straps, and enough space to store a dozen small bottles.
  • Hot Water Sink Adapter: Allows you to add hot water to your RinseKit if you live in an apartment and don’t have a spigot.
  • Spares: If you need another spray nozzle or hose bib adapter, you can purchase it separately.
  • Microfiber Towel: A towel that doubles as a seat cover and will keep your car seats dry and clean after a trip to the beach.

FAQs About RinseKit

The RinseKit is very easy to use and the company does a good job of making everything straightforward and user-friendly. If you have some questions about the product before you buy, take a look at the FAQs below.

How Long Does It Take to Heat a Rinsekit?

The 2-gallon tank in the Rinsekit Pro will increase by between 11 and 13 degrees Fahrenheit every 30 minutes.

How Long Can I Rinse with It?

There are five different settings to the spray nozzle and the one you choose will dictate how long you can rinse for.

If you’re using a full tank with the Plus, the following times are a good rule of thumb:

  • Shower = 1 Minute 30 Seconds
  • Jet = 2 Minutes 30 Seconds
  • Center = 5 Minutes
  • Mister = 10 Minutes

How to Pressurize Rinsekit?

You can purchase an accessory to pressurize if required, but if you fill your Rinsekit using one of the home adapters, you won’t need to.

How Does Rinsekit Work?

If you fill your Rinsekit from a home faucet using the supplied accessories, it will transfer the pressure from your home into the kit, allowing you to have a shower on the go. There are additional accessories to add pressure and heat the water on the go.

How do I Fill the RinseKit?

You can fill the Rinsekit using a Hose Bib, which connects to a water spigot; a Hot Water Sink Adapter, which connects to your sink, or on the go with bottles of still water.

How Much Does Rinsekit Cost?

Considering the size and usefulness of the Rinsekit, it’s surprisingly affordable, with the basic model costing around $100. The actual retail price is a little higher, but there are usually sales available to bring these prices down.

Can I Fill my Rinsekit With Other Liquids?

You can, yes. Some users add cleaning products to the box to get a thorough clean when they shower.

What are the Uses of the Rinsekit?

Its main purpose is to help you wash down after you’ve been in the surf, but it can do the same for your board, washing all of that saltwater away. If you don’t add any cleaning solutions to the water, you can even use it as drinking water for dogs during those long summer walks.

The Rinsekit has also been used to wash cars. However, while this is a good alternative to use in a pinch, we wouldn’t recommend buying the Rinsekit purely for this reason. It doesn’t have the same power that you get from a pressure washer and won’t last as long, either. You will likely be very disappointed if you buy a Rinsekit just to wash your vehicle.

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