Before: Moen Shower Control With Plastic Handle


After: Moen Shower Handle With Metal Handle

Switching Your Old Moen Plastic Shower Handle to a Metal Handle

You may have been told that you cannot replace your Moen plastic shower handle with a metal one that won't break and that you have to keep buying costly plastic replacement handles. If so, you are not alone, so I'm here to tell you how you that you can switch your Moen plastic shower handle to a metal handle that's all shiny and new, it's easy and it won't cost you an arm and a leg.  

The two most popular Moen plastic shower handle models are the Chateau and the Chalet. They look very much alike, and people confuse them all the time, but they can't be interchanged. If you have a Chateau plastic handle and you want to simply replace it with another plastic handle, it has to be a Chateau model. Likewise, if you want to replace a Chalet model it must be with another Chalet model.

Check out the difference below.


Moen Chalet Handle
Moen Chalet Handle

The Moen Chateau   "positemp" handles have a large notch located at the base of the handle (position 7 to 5  o'clock) of the back side and the diameter of the back side is also smaller than that of a Chalet handle.  

The Chalet "positemp"  handles have a larger cavity on the back side and the notch that is located on the bottom of the handle is much smaller, than the one found  on the back of the  Chateau handle.

However, whenever you look at the top side of these tear drop shape plastic handles, they both appear to be identical. The only difference is on the back side. Please pay close attention to this, because if you get the wrong one, it will not work on your faucet. In my job I see people who get this wrong everyday. If you want to make sure you get the right handle, take your old handle with you when you go shopping.

Moen Chateau Handle Trim Kit
Moen Chateau Handle Trim Kit

Moen Chateau Shower Handle Trim

Unlike the Chateau and Chalet plastic shower handles, Moen's metal replacement handle can be adapted to either model, if you buy one that comes with an adapter kit. The kit includes a metal handle and all the necessary parts and will adapt to either the Chateau or the Chalet model of shower valve.  

Before You Get Started

There is no point trying to replace your Moen shower control handle unless you first purchase a replace kit. After you have purchased a new handle you will be able to replace your shower control handle.  To help you out, here are some of the parts you will want to consider.  Where possible, keep in mind that genuine Moen parts work best.  


On the left you can see a Moen Shower Handle Replacement Kit.  As you can see it comes with two types of  handles and adapters, one for the Chateau and the other for the Chalet plastic handles.  This way, you only need to purchase one model, of Moen Handle Replacement to cover both models of handle. 

Watch this video on Shower Handle Replacement

Removing Your Old Moen Handle

Moen shower handle



First, you will have to remove the screw cover by prying it off using a fine screwdriver or  utility knife, anything with a fine blade should work.  

Removing the handle Screw



Next, using a Philips (star shape) screw driver, remove the screw from the center of the handle and pull the handle off.

Moen shower handle adapter


This is what the adapter kit for a Moen Chalet handle looks like.  Here you have a top and bottom view, you can see what they look like from both sides.  



You can quickly test the shower handle adapter to make sure it fits the handle, by first inserting it into the handle. It should feel snug. 


Next, insert the adapter as shown into the end of the "stop tube" and over the end of the cartridge and secure it with the brass screw that was included in the kit or you may be able to use the old screw that you previously removed from the previous handle if a new screw is not available.  


Once you have attached the handle adapter to the end of the cartridge, it's time to attach the new handle to the shower control.  The handle should  slide easily over the handle adapter and you should be able to rotate the valve  approximately 180 degrees, left to right or right to left depending on where the cartridge is positioned.  

The final step is to secure the handle to the handle adapter using the small set screw and Allen key (not included).  The screw opening should be on the lower side of the shower handle.  You should be able to rotate the handle to the left or right to make this job somewhat easier.  One thing to note is that depending on where the product was manufactured,  you could be faced with either British or Metric sized screws, I find it handy to have both types of wrench available, just in case.  

You are done, enjoy!

Showing New Moen Trim Kit Installed
Showing New Moen Trim Kit Installed
Moen Chateau Handle Trim Kit
Moen Chateau Handle Trim Kit


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9 thoughts on “Replace Moen Plastic Shower Handle for Metal Handle”

  1. Hi. I read this with interest as I wish to replace the plastic handle n my Moen shower as well. The one you link to (the positemp) says I need a valve as well? You pice does not mention a valve. Please clarify for the uninitiated here.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Maureen, Assuming you need a chrome handle kit you should order the “Danco 10001 kit” from Amazon. The kit also comes in brush nickel. You don’t require the purchase of a valve to go with it. The kit has all the hardware necessary to adapt to your Moen Posi Temp valve. Let me know if you need more assistance.

  2. Hi, Thanks for your video. I have an older moen shower faucet. Actually its from the late 60’s . Its a push /pull type. Its plastic knob with a metal insert. Im sure its a non posi-temp being from that age. Is there a way to convert this older faucet like you did on the newer style in your video Thanks Mark

    1. Hi Mark, Thank you for your question, you should be able to change the handle to a chrome metal handle by ordering the kit on my website < > It comes with the necessary hardware to switch it to a Posi Temp or a Moentrol type of handle. If you would like to change the entire appearance of the shower control you can buy either a posi-temp or a moentrol complete shower trim kit; depending on the one you have and switch it out. You have to make sure that it’s the same type either posi-temp or Moentrol, you can’t reverse them ie you can’t install a posi-temp unit on a Moentrol control valve. To be doubly sure you can check with the Moen customer service department at 1-800-289-6636 and run the information by them, they can tell you the exact model that will work for you. Hope this answers your question.

  3. Thanks for this very helpful information! Does this new handle adjust the water volume as the old plastic one did by pulling it directly out and back in, or does this new handle allow you to “tilt” the end of the handle outward in order to turn up the volume of water?

    Thank you, again.

    1. Hi Mark, Good question, I installed one of these handles on my own Moentrol faucet and I have to pull the handle in and out to adjust the water volume. Depending on what type of handle kit is available it might be possible to have a tilting handle, I personally have not seen one that tilts, but it may be out there.

  4. Thank you for at least guiding me as far as knowing which one I need:- it’s the Chateau, with the wider spaced notches (7 – 5 spacing). However, my shower has the pull-out knob to activate the water, and then rotates approx. 160 degrees for cold to hot water. It does not appear that the metal replacement “fix” offers that option?
    Given this pull out requirement am I driven to the plastic replacement ?
    Anything you can offer would be appreciated.

    1. Hi Geoff, As you can appreciate I have not personally tried or experience every possible model of Moen shower control. I can only base some of my knowledge on the information available from the manufacturer of the parts and what I have experienced working in the industry. To the best of my knowledge, the Moen Chateau is a Posi-temp valve and according to the manufacturers of replacement handles for Moen Posi-temp, it should work. You didn’t say whether or not you had tried one of these kits, but the kits usually come with the necessary hardware to adapt to either the Posi-temp or Moentrol valves.

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