Rogelio Alvarez

By: Rogelio Alvarez on January 25th, 2023

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The Top 5 Brands for Showerhead Replacement

Plumbing | Drains

Nothing beats the feeling of relief when the hot water from your shower rains down on you to wash away dirt and any stress from the day. Sure, your showerhead looks aesthetically lovely in your bathroom, but wouldn’t it be better if you could upgrade it to something with more efficient water flow? 

It’s time to shop for a new showerhead, and at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air, we’ve installed and replaced thousands of showerheads across Los Angeles County. Since 2007, we have seen and installed all brands of shower kits. Our accumulated experience has provided us with insider information on which brands rank among the best.

Some of these brands might sound familiar if you have already begun shopping online. Here’s a list of the top five most popular brands in no particular order.

  1. Moen
  2. Kohler
  3. Delta
  4. Pfister
  5. American Standard

Let’s dive in and see what makes these five brands the best showerheads for you and your family!


Top 5 Showerhead Brands in Los Angeles

It sounds like there aren’t many parts that make a shower assembly, but multiple components make your showering experience the best it can be. These five brands offer top-quality components to improve your home’s showers. The best bathroom fixture companies provide single shower heads, tub spouts, and complete shower kits in different colors.


1. Moen

Moen was founded in 1956 and has been providing top-of-the-line bathroom fixtures. They carry multiple selections of shower fixtures such as wall-mounted, fixed shower heads to handheld shower heads. 

Over the decades, Moen has sought innovative ways to improve the functionality of showerings. They added anti-scalding technology to their shower valves. Anti-scalding valves are a safety measure designed to limit water temperature and potential injuries from scalding hot water. 

In 2017, this company debuted its Moen Smart Shower System, which is similar to a thermostat, except it allows you to adjust the water temperature and flow pattern. Their cutting-edge shower system is compatible with smart home systems, so you can start your shower with a simple voice command. 

Moen has multiple shower kits available to fit any budget. Their high-end shower kits, like the Moen Weymouth M-CORE Series, cost nearly $1,000. On the other hand, Moen has budget-friendly shower kits that cost under $50. 

  • Variety of water flow options, from rain showers to water massaging sprays
  • Offers a lifetime limited warranty, making it one of the top warranties for showerheads 
  • Attentive customer service 
  • Multiple certifications, including WaterSense for water-saving features
  • Various showerhead finishes provide multiple design options
  • Installing a smart showerhead can be difficult without professional help or instructions 
  • Some Moen shower heads are only available online instead of stores


2. Kohler

Dating back to 1873, Kohler is one of the leading manufacturers of bathroom fixtures. This company’s first plumbing product for sale was a tub, but they have expanded their inventory to include all sorts of bathroom and kitchen fixtures. 

Innovation is one of the main reasons why Kohler has been going strong for over 125 years. Kohler has its patented Katalyst Technology, which is available with most showerheads.

Katalyst Technology uses water spraying methods designed and engineered to provide comfort and a higher-quality shower. They have full-coverage rain sprays, which cover your entire body. Kohler even has showerheads with water sprays designed to feel like a massage. 

Showerheads are one of the critical components of a shower assembly, and Kohler has multiple showerheads available in hardware stores. 

  • Multiple water flow options for maximum shower comfort
  • Easy installation for basic fixed showerheads
  • Instructions available for more advanced showerheads
  • Multiple certifications 
  • Limited warranty
  • Has experienced strikes from employees seeking better work and pay, which may give conscientious buyers pause. Read more about those here.


3. Delta

The Delta Faucet Company debuted its revolutionary single-handle water faucet in 1954. The brand’s single-handle tub spout is still seen in various homes and apartments throughout cities in the United States. 

In terms of cost, Delta has an extensive price range for all of its shower fixtures to help meet any budget. Delta’s two-in-one showerheads are affordable under most budgets while providing multiple water flow options.

Besides showerheads, Delta is one of the biggest suppliers of bathroom faucets. You can select a showerhead from Delta and find a faucet that matches it. 

  • Easy for homeowners and plumbers to install
  • Multiple showerhead finishes
  • Over one thousand showerheads are available on their website
  • Some homeowners reported leaks on Delta’s low-end showerheads 


4. Pfister 

Founded in Los Angeles in 1910, Pfister has been one of the leading suppliers of home fixtures, like faucets and showerheads, for a very long time. The name can sound tricky to pronounce, but the p in the name Pfister is silent. 

Pfister carries all kinds of showerhead designs, from traditional to modern fixtures, that complement any bathroom. Their aesthetically pleasing shower heads come in sets that include matching shower handles and tub spouts. 

One of their highly-rated showerheads is the Tisbury 1-Function Raincan Showerhead. Its rain spray provides full coverage, and the showerhead is WaterSense certified. 


  • More affordable showerheads than other brands
  • Award-winning showerheads
  • Top-of-the-line warranty 
  • Limited showerhead models available.
  • A few customers have reported plastic parts of these showerheads breaking after a couple of months


5. American Standard

American Standard dates back to 1875 under Ahrens & Ott Manufacturing Company. By 1929, it was already the global leader in producing bathroom fixtures when it merged with another business to become American Standard Companies. 

Since its inception, American Standard has been one of the leading suppliers of showerheads. Their showerheads are available in various water flow options and designs. 

The Town Square S showerhead by American Standard is one of their highest-rated products. Obtainable in the majority of retail hardware stores, this showerhead is available in different finishes. It is a wall-mounted showerhead with an easy clean spray nozzle that makes cleaning calcium and lime build-up easier. 

  • Lifetime warranty
  • Excellent customer service
  • Water flow loses consistency after a few years of mineral build-up in some showerheads


Factors Considered for Ranking

These brands were not chosen at random. Our experience at Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air has helped us see which key characteristics make brands rise above other showerhead brands. 

Here’s a closer look at the factors that make these brands the best for showerheads.

  • Functionality/Setup: The best brands come with easy-to-understand instructions on how to use their showerheads. These brands’ showerheads are also easy to install as well, making their setup and functionality crucial. 
  • Stream coverage: Nowadays, people prefer different sprays besides a fixed water spray. The top brands always provide showerheads with multiple water flow options at different GPM (gallons per minute) rates. 
  • Durability: Showerheads aren’t fixtures that require yearly replacement. Durable showerheads from the best brands may last more than 15 years and can handle daily repeated use. 
  • Aesthetics: Everyone wants a working showerhead, but these brands carry functional and decorative showerheads. For homeowners who dabble in interior design, matching fixtures can elevate any space, including a bathroom.
  • Warranty: The chances of buying a defective showerhead are minimal, yet the best brands have warranties that cover defects. You should choose a brand that stands by its showerheads and provides a warranty.                                                                                                                                                   


Choosing the Showerhead Brand That’s Best for Me

Like endless food options at a buffet, there are many showerheads to choose from. Hardware stores are filled with brands trying to sell their specific showerhead to you. With so many options, you need to make sure you get the perfect showerhead for your home.

At Monkey Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Air, we have decades of combined experience in replacing showerheads. We have worked with various brands and have determined which ones are the best based on customer feedback and our insider knowledge.

If you have questions regarding showerhead brands and replacement, contact us at (310) 773-3882 or make an appointment online. If you are wondering about shower replacement costs, check out this article that details the factors that affect pricing. 




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