Resting between the shower head and water source, the shower arm is a key component of any shower. The shower arm impacts the height, angle, and comfort of the showering experience.
We research and tested the best shower arms on the market today, so you can choose the best one for your needs.
Shower Arms Compared
Here’s a comparison of all the shower arms we reviewed:
Best Shower Arms
Here’s our list of the best shower arms of 2023 currently available:
Moen has been in business since 1956 and is one of the leading producers of shower heads, faucets, and other plumbing fixtures.
Meticulously crafted from the highest quality materials, this 8-inch shower arm from Moen delivers superior performance and durability. In addition, the arm is easy to install and comes with all the necessary hardware for a quick and effortless setup.
Available in several different finishes, this shower arm is sure to complement any bathroom’s décor.
What customers are saying: Essential for projects and made of good quality materials, but some customers were disappointed that it didn’t come with a trim plate or cover. Some found it too short or expensive, while others experienced issues with scratches or installation.
- Affordably priced
- Comes with all the necessary installation hardware
- Available in a variety of finishes
- Backed by Moen’s Limited Lifetime Warranty
- 8″ might not be enough for some
If you want a high-quality shower arm that will last for years, this one by Kohler is a great option. This solid brass shower arm will resist corrosion allowing it to look new for years to come. Available in several different finishes, you can choose the one that best matches your bathroom’s décor.
At 7.5″, this shower arm is a bit shorter than the Moen’s, but it will still provide a great showering experience. With a standard 1/2 NPT connection, this shower arm is easy to install and is compatible with all shower heads.
Lastly, it has a matching flange to give your bathroom a more polished look.
What customers are saying: Customers praise this shower arm for its solid, high-quality construction and beautiful finish. They mention that it is worth the price and provides a great look to any bathroom.
- Durable solid brass construction
- Resists corrosion
- Available in multiple finishes
World renown for their well-made shower heads, Speakman also manufactures a great shower arm perfect for those looking to upgrade their showering experience.
This angular shower arm has a distinct yet modern bend that sets it apart from others on our list. Crafted from solid brass and is available in five different finishes – it’s an instant upgrade to any bathroom.
At 7″ in length, it should work well for most shower applications and has a standard 1/2-inch NPT connection.
What customers are saying: This shower arm is praised for its solid feel, durability, and quality. However, a few reviewers found it expensive and one mentioned the flange diameter being smaller than expected.
- Modern design
- Crafted from solid brass
- Available in five different finishes
- It may be too modern for some taste
Resting between the Moen and Kohler arms in terms of price, this shower arm by Delta Faucet is a great option if you’re looking for something that’s well-made but won’t break the bank.
This arm is made from solid brass and is available in four different finishes: polished brass, stainless steel, champagne brass, and Venetian brass. Unfortunately, a chrome finish is not available.
At 6-inches, this arm is relatively short, making it a good pick for shower stalls. It has a standard 1/2-inch NPT connection and comes with a matching flange.
What customers are saying: Most customers find this shower arm to be a sturdy and high-quality product, although some report issues with color plating wearing off quickly and discrepancies with the advertised base size.
- Affordably priced
- Made from solid brass
- Available in four different finishes
- Shorter than other options (6-inches)
- No chrome finish available
Priced under $15, this shower arm by NearMoon is an excellent option if you’re on a budget. Available in three lengths, including 6, 8, and 10 inches, you can choose the one that best fits your needs.
This arm is made from stainless steel and has three different finishes, chrome, brushed nickel, and matte black. It has a standard 1/2-inch NPT connection and comes with a matching flange.
Some reviewers found that the finish treatment can be a bit spotty, so be sure to exercise the return policy if you aren’t satisfied with the quality.
What customers are saying: People find this shower arm to be of high quality, easy to install, and appreciate its included features such as the gasket and thread tape. The product meets their expectations and offers a nice finish.
- Available in three different lengths
- Comes in three different finishes
- Quality control issues reported by some reviewers
- Not as durable as more expensive options
Founded in 1929 (source), American Standard is a well-known and trusted brand in the plumbing industry. They have a strong reputation for making high-quality products built to last.
This shower arm is no different and is made from solid brass with brushed nickel, polished chrome, and polished nickel finish – unfortunately, a modern brass or matte black finish is not available.
Be sure to register your shower arm after purchase, so you are backed by the warranty that American Standard offers.
What customers are saying: Customers appreciate the sturdiness, quality, and appearance of this shower arm, although some have noted issues with leakage and a smaller-than-desired cover plate.
- Made from solid brass
- Backed by a strong warranty
- No modern brass finishes
Like Jaclo, Pfister has been in business for over 100 years and is a name that’s synonymous with quality in the plumbing industry.
This California-based company has a long history of making high-quality products built to last.
The Pfister Shower Arm is made from solid brass and is 6″ long. The moderate bend of the elbow is suitable for longer shower stalls where you need a little more reach. If you buy this directly from Pfister, you’ll find that it is available in seven different finishes.
What customers are saying: High-quality nickel shower arm that matches well with other Pfister products and suits bathroom remodel needs.
- Made from solid brass
- The long length is suitable for taller people or longer shower stalls
- Moderate bend in the elbow
- Limited options for length
Family-owned and operated for over 100 years, New Jersey-based Jaclo has been making high-quality plumbing products since its inception in 1901 (source).
Unlike so many other shower arms made overseas, the Jaclo 60-Degree Shower Arm is proudly made in America.
This shower arm has a distinct 60-degree angle that will perfectly point down the shower head for a refreshing experience.
At 8″ in length and available in a brushed nickel finish, options are limited. However, we think it should work well for most people, and the quality craftsmanship is top-notch.
What customers are saying: This shower arm is perfect for taller individuals and resolves the issue of standard shower heights being too short. The 60-degree bend provides better water coverage in the bathtub.
- Proudly made in America
- Quality craftsmanship
- 60-degree angle
- Available in only one finish
- Short length may not work for everyone
Considerations When Buying a Shower Arm
Here are a few factors to remember when shopping for a shower arm.
The best way to measure for a shower arm is to hold the shower head in one hand and measure from the center of the connection point to where you want the shower head to be.
Most shower arms range from 6 to 10 inches, but you may need a longer or shorter option depending on your bathroom layout.
You can also remove the existing shower arm and measure it to see what length you need.
Shower arms are available in a wide range of finishes, from polished brass to matte black. The most popular finishes are chrome, brushed nickel, and polished nickel. We recommend matching the existing fixtures in your bathroom for a cohesive look.
Some brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Delta offer limited lifetime warranties on their shower arms. These brands have a reputation for making high-quality products built to last.
If you are purchasing from an unproven brand, ensure that the arm is made from solid brass or stainless steel for the best durability.
Additionally, inspect the finish so that it is free of cracks or chips that could cause rusting or leaking.
Shower arms are relatively inexpensive, with most models falling in the $10 to $50 range. More expensive options are usually made from solid brass, have a more attractive finish, and weigh a little bit more (an indicator that no corners were cut).
Be sure to compare the price, finish, and durability before making your final decision.
All shower arms we reviewed have a 1/2-inch NPT (national pipe thread) connection, but it is important to check that your existing shower head has the same connection.
If unsure, take a look at the shower head connection or contact the manufacturer to confirm.