IN A RUSH? MY TOP CHOICE
Moen is clearly defined by the style their shower heads tend to have. Of all the brands I’ve covered, Moen has the most consistently nice looking models, even when they’re made from bog standard materials.
I wouldn’t be able to scrape together a top 10 list on style alone, however. Moen products are also high quality with a few unique tricks up their sleeves, and we’re going to go through this sort of walking tour of what they have to offer today, with me explaining why they’re on this list.
If you’ve got to dash off (hey, I don’t blame you if you have more important things to do), here’s my top pick:
Top Choices on the Market
- ImageProduct NameRatingPrice
- 3838AZFour-Function9.8Check Latest Price
- S146ORB Felicity One-Function9.7Check Latest Price
- 23046BRB Banbury 5-Spray9.5Check Latest Price
- Magnetix Six-Function9.2Check Latest Price
- 26017 2.5 GPM Rain From The Halo Collection8.9Check Latest Price
- S6365BN Voss 6" Eco-Performance8.8Check Latest Price
- 21920 Ashville8.5Check Latest Price
- 3233EPBN Envi8.4Check Latest Price
- 21313 2.5 GPM Multi-Function From The Enliven Collection8.2Check Latest Price
- 23026 2.5 GPM Multi-Function From The Adler Collection8.1Check Latest Price
Best 10 Moen Shower Heads
The perfect all around model Moen has to offer.
The only product we’ll be looking at made of brass, which is where it starts to endear itself to me. Brass is a great material (a lot of antique models are made from it) and it’s incredibly sturdy (though very heavy as well) and likely to last you generations if you take care of it.
That’s the main thing that might turn some off: it does need care. Simply rubbing it down won’t cut it, you need to clean it off regularly to avoid corrosion (the tin will basically corrode out of the alloy and it will become very brittle and potentially shatter: not fun to have happen mid-shower, I can tell you).
Other than that though it’s a great four setting shower head: full body spray, massage, “vigorous”, and a combination spray of massage and full body and most importantly (in some ways): it looks very, very nice.
It’s simple, but elegant. Looks like a bell, which is always cute. I really like it, and it’s a fair bit cheaper (and more adjustable) than some others I may like aesthetically more in the next few entries at under $140.
It’s a great product for pretty much everybody. Give it a closer look.
2. S146ORB Felicity
This is a rainfall type, meaning one function, though it comes equipped with the company’s Immersion rain shower technology that boost the pressure to three times normal but disperses the spray so it never feels like it’s stinging you.
Basically this boils down to: it does one thing, but it does it very well.
The look of this one does it a lot of favors as well. Octagonal is not a shape used often in products, giving it a unique look off the bat. The finish sells it even better, though I feel it’s mislabeled. They call it “oil rubbed bronze”, but it looks more like wood to me, which is great for a lot of homes, including mine (the walls of my bathroom are a dark, pressure treated wood; this would fit in perfectly).
I love this thing, though the price is enough to make you whistle: nearly $200.
If you like the looks and love rain style, it’s hard to do better than this, but make sure it’s what you want for a long term shower head before you buy.
3. 23046BRB Banbury 5-Spray Hand
A simply stylin’ Moen handheld unit.
Man I love the look of this. It definitely looks a lot like an antique showerhead (though loses a lot of that aesthetic with the alternate colors of chrome, brass, or nickel), but has very modern functionality.
Stainless steel with that nice Mediterranean bronze finish start us off, with five spray settings: full body spray, massage in two varieties (“energizing” and “relaxing” which is essentially code for “high pressure” and “lower pressure”), and combination sprays between the three.
It is by default Water Sense certified at 2.0 GPM and is little over $70.
Basically, it’s just great. Great price, great looks, and good function.
4. Magnetix Six-Function Handheld
A nice medium flow model.
Its basic construction is nice: stainless steel with a chrome finish and (of course) touch clean nozzles. The hose lies just short of five feet, which is a little shorter than I expect but not by too much.
Six settings begin to round out the package, providing all the ones you’d expect from a handheld (full body, massage, and a variety of combo sprays).
The two main features that set it apart though are the Water Sense certified “low flow” 2.0 GPM flow (to a lesser extent) and (primarily) the magnetic docking. Handheld shower heads can often be a bit of a pain to take off and on the ring clips that most use, ad this solves that issue nicely without making it any more complicated. That alone is worth giving this one a gander, especially at a quite reasonable under $50 price tag.
5. 26017 2.5 GPM Rain from the Halo Collection
Its appearance belies its actual quality.
At first this one doesn’t look like much. Stainless steel and chrome on a basic “pseudo rainfall” model. But looking deeper into its features, this one actually has a lot of hidden potential.
It has a few settings, including the basic “rain” setting (being it doesn’t by default simply pour the water form above, it’s not a real rainfall type), but the really cool thing is that center face where the knob is.
That center face can be angled in any direction, diverging the flow to hit different parts of your body, making it almost like a combo shower head with two distinct shower faces, but without the cumbersome nature that implies.
This immediately catapults it up my list for uniqueness, and its basic statistics are goo enough to push it up near the top. While it will cost you a bit over $70, it’s worth it for a solid, if seemingly simple product.
6. S6365BN Voss 6" Eco-Performance with Immersion Technology at 2.0 GPM
A good water saving model.
One of the cool things about rainfall types is they can be relatively low flow without actually impacting the quality of the shower: since gravity does a lot of the work anyway, the pressure will be fine and consistent.
This one goes a step further with the Immersion rain shower technology Moen developed, ensuring a consistent, comfortable pressure that mimics the feeling of actual rainfall as close as they are able.
It should be noted that while square, this is still basically a round unit (the holes are in a round pattern), so is functionally identical to the round, chrome colored version of this product. I just liked the finish and look of this one a lot better,
Both are stainless steel, both have the same spray pattern and flow, so it comes down to preference. The price is a bit steep (over $150), but that’s rainfall shower heads for you, and the construction means you’ll never have to buy another unit if you’re fan of rainfall showers, so give it a shot!
7. 21920 Ashville 9 Inch Rain with Pressurized Flow
A very nice pseudo rainfall product.
This one comes in plastic and chrome with touch clean nozzles, so basic enough. The main claim to fame here is “Invigorain” technology which boosts the water pressure a bit while still leaving it gentle across the nearly 9 inch face. This gives it great coverage at a good pressure, and just improves if you pop out the flow restrictor.
A note: don’t be worried if it drips after you turn it off. It has a reservoir inside similar to a real rainfall shower head that stores just a bit of water, and that drains over a bit of time when the shower head is turned off. It’s not leaky, it’s just draining.
All in all, I wouldn’t feel bad paying the over $50 price tag if I were a fan of this kind of shower.
8. 3233EPBN Envi Three-Function Eco-Performance
A very nice looking Water Sense certified product.
The four inch face complements the nice finish and simple construction of this stainless steel shower head.
It comes in three settings (full body, rinse, and combination), with a “Lifeshine” guarantee the finish won’t crack, corrode, or flake off.
Very nice looking, and a decent shower head, but the (barely) under $100 price tag sits ill with me. It’s not bad, but it’s hard to justify the price even when you take into account the construction means it will basically last a lifetime (or at least 10 years or so).
Give it a try if you like the look, it fits your bathroom, and you know you’re staying where you are long term (i.e. you own a place and are settling in there), but otherwise give it a pass; there are much cheaper shower heads that have the same function if worse aesthetics.
9. 21313 2.5 GPM Multi-Function from the Enliven Collection
About as basic as Moen gets, but still serviceable.
You get what you pay for here. At under $30 it’s hard to complain about a basic unit with plastic construction, touch clean nozzles, and a chrome finish with three settings (full body spray, jet or “concentrated rinse”, or a combo of both).
It’s not fancy, but I like that even with this cheap model the company takes the time to make it look nicer than a basic chrome and black or white. The off white and brown gives it just a little more pop, making it look more sophisticated than it really is. Not bad.
10. 23026 2.5 GPM Multi-Function from the Adler Collection
Somehow manages to be even simpler than the above.
This one is pretty much identical to the Moen Enliven above, but doesn’t look as nice. Stainless steel and chrome, but without the different colored nozzles or slightly hexagonal design that makes the above a slightly better candidate.
Still, in terms of function it is its equal, and costs the same price, so I can’t complain too much, and chrome and white might be to someone else’s taste or fit the bathroom better than the brown of the Enliven.
I like pretty much all of these. The ones I’m iffiest on are the Adler and 3-in-1 (the third form the bottom entry), but other than that it’s pretty difficult to pinpoint the top Moen shower head. They’re all great and primarily the choice depends on what KIND of shower you like (traditional, rainfall, or handheld) and your preferred aesthetics.
Where these two things meet, you’ll find the right one for you.
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For everyone else, let’s get into the basic criteria:
How Do I Choose The Right One?
There are four main things to look for in any shower head: materials and construction (the two go hand in hand), settings and function, price, and aesthetics.
We’ll start with the last, it’s the only thing that makes sense.
For most brands I weigh this a lot lower than the others, but for Moen it skews a bit higher, mainly because they have quite a few relatively similar (or identical) products whose only difference is their looks. In that case, the nicest looking one wins. Consider it a tiebreaker.
Materials And Construction
As with most products we’re looking at a mix of products made form either plastic or stainless steel primarily, with rubber or plastic nozzles that can be cleaned by simply wiping them with a finger (that last is so standard it’s practically non-negotiable).
Chrome finish is the most basic there is, and some on this list will have it, but Moen tends to like their bronze colored or other finishes and those are just as common (if not more so).
Settings And Function
Having multiple settings is generally expected. Even extraordinarily cheap units generally have a full body spray plus one other setting, be it a massage or a pause feature (usually if they’re two setting models those are the only options for second settings).
Any unit that touts itself as “multi setting” or “multi function”, etc., meaning at least three settings should have at minimum a massage feature and a jet function in addition to its basic full body spray.
Optional ones include rain, Champagne (or bubbles, or some company specific name for the same thing), and a pause feature (one of my favorites).
The only shower head exempt from this expectation are true rainfall types. They have one setting: rain. This is fine, as that is what they are made to do and are designed entirely to optimize that feeling of taking a shower under an actual raincloud or small waterfall in an oasis or something.
Moen, being a major brand, has models that run the full gamut of pricing, form under $30 to over $200. Most of the ones significantly over $200 are not on this list…there’s a weird and INCREDIBLY steep price jump for Moen shower heads where they inexplicably hike from about $150 to almost $500 for no reason I can see. Those products are not on this list.
Now, with those criteria set, let’s begin!