This is the problem when researching shocks, everyone says brand X sucks, but brand Y is good
Push down on the front of your car firmly, give it a good shove. If it bounces, you need new shocks. It should just come back into position.
Except this time everyone saying Monroe sucks is right. And Gabriel is in the same boat. I guess if you don't mind doing struts every 50,000 miles. I got 180,000 out of the OEM rears on my Subaru.