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Best Brooms

Updated December 2018
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    Shopping guide for best brooms

    Last Updated December 2018

    It might not be the most exotic item on your shopping list, but a quality broom is a must-have in most households. From practical push brooms to a traditional corn broom that looks like something from a kid’s Halloween party, how do you choose the best broom for you?

    At BestReviews, we're aware that our readers are individuals with their own needs and requirements. That's why we give you, the consumer, the necessary tools to find your perfect products. Our job is to cut through the jargon and provide clear information about how to select items that work for you. 

    So, read on for our full shopping guide on brooms. When you're ready to buy your next broom, click on our top picks.

    Brooms are useful for sweeping outdoors or giving your floors a quick once-over between vacuuming sessions.

    Types of brooms

    Push brooms

    Push brooms have large, wide heads into which the bristles are mounted. They're designed to be pushed forward rather than swept side to side.

    Pros:

    • Versatile; suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

    • Handy for quickly sweeping large areas.

    • Suitable for heavy-duty tasks, clearing up large bits of debris.
       

    Cons:

    • Hard to get into corners and tight spaces.

    • Can be large, heavy, unwieldy.
       

    Price:

    • Basic push brooms start around $10 to $20.
    • High-end commercial models can cost as much as $60 to $80.

    Brooms with particularly wide heads are often referred to as "warehouse” brooms.

    Corn brooms

    Corn brooms are traditional-style models with bristles made from natural corn fibers.

    Pros:

    • Fairly rigid bristles; excellent for sweeping up large bits of dirt.

    • Versatile; suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

    • Fairly lightweight and easy to control.
       

    Cons:

    • Not as good at sweeping fine dust and debris.

    • Bristles degrade if wet.
       

    Price:

    • You can find corn brooms starting at around $10 to $20.

    • High-end handmade models cost roughly $35 to $50.

    Some people prefer to use brooms made from natural materials because they're more environmentally friendly to produce and are ultimately biodegradable.

    Hand brooms

    Hand brooms are small brooms with short handles. They usually come in a set with a dustpan.

    Pros:

    • Extremely useful for cleaning up small messes.

    • Very compact; easily stored.

    • Good for occasional spot cleaning.
       

    Cons:

    • Not suitable for sweeping large areas.
       

    Price:

    • Hand brooms are fairly inexpensive, tending to cost between $5 and $15. The dustpan is included in the price.

    Most push brooms allow you to replace the head and handle separately, so you don't have to throw out the whole thing if one component breaks.

    Angled brooms

    Angled brooms tend to be slim and lightweight with slightly angled heads to get into tight spots.

    Pros:

    • Easier to sweep into corners and crannies.

    • Synthetic bristles better at sweeping fine particles.
       

    Cons:

    • Less versatile; suited to indoor use.
       

    Price:

    • Expect to pay between $15 and $25 for an angled broom.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Synthetic bristles are easier to wash than natural fibers, and they tend to dry much more quickly.

    Broom materials

    Consider the materials that make up the bristles and handle of your chosen broom.

    Flagged vs. unflagged bristles

    Neither type of bristle is necessarily better than the other, but each type serves different purposes. Think about what you need out of your broom before you buy.

    • Unflagged bristles are straight with blunt ends. They tend to be stiffer than their flagged counterparts, so they're good at sweeping up big pieces of dirt but may miss smaller particles.

    • Flagged bristles are effectively frayed at the ends. This helps them catch tiny particles of dust and dirt, but the bristles don’t last as long as unflagged bristles.

    Some heavy-duty push brooms have a hole for the handle on either side of the head. Switching the handle between the two holes allows for more even wearing of the bristles.

    Handles

    Most broom handles are made from plastic, metal, wood, or, less frequently, fiberglass.

    • Wood

    While relatively durable, wooden broom handles can splinter with age, plus they need to be kept dry to avoid rotting.

    • Plastic

    Affordable and lightweight, plastic handles are commonly found on basic indoor brooms, but it isn’t the most durable material out there.

    • Metal

    Durable and long-lasting metal is a solid choice for a broom handle, though lightweight metals, such as aluminum, can bend with heavy use.

    • Fiberglass

    Lightweight, durable, and weatherproof, fiberglass is an excellent choice, but it tends to be more expensive than other options.

    If you're likely to use your broom for long stretches at a time, look for one with a comfortable grip on the handle. Metal broom handles should be powder-coated or coated with plastic to avoid rust or corrosion.

    Bristles

    You can find brooms with a wide range of bristle materials, but these are some of the most common choices.

    • Polyester

    A strong multipurpose choice, brooms with polyester bristles can be used indoors and out and are impervious to most cleaning fluids and other chemicals.

    • Polystyrene

    This material dries quickly, making it an ideal bristle material for wet or dry use. Strong and durable polystyrene bristles come flagged or unflagged.

    • Corn

    A traditional choice for a natural fiber broom, corn bristles are stiff and effective at sweeping large bits of debris.

    • Tampico

    This durable natural fiber is made from the agave cactus. The bristles are fairly soft, making them good at sweeping fine dust and dirt.

    • Bass

    This stiff natural bristle material made from a West African palm tree is durable and perfect for outdoor use.

    EXPERT TIP

    You can find some brooms made from recycled synthetic fibers, an excellent choice if you want the properties of synthetic bristles but prefer to buy eco-friendly products.


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    Tips

    • Decide if you want a broom that comes with a dustpan. Some full-size brooms come in a set with a long-handled dustpan.

    • Consider which type of broom is best for your floor. Soft bristles are generally better for indoor use on smooth floors (such as hardwood or tile). Hard bristles are better for carpets or outdoor use.

    • Make sure your broom isn't too large to store. You probably don't want your broom on display 24/7, so check the handle length to make sure you can fit it in a cupboard or closet.

    • Think about color. Brooms are available in a range of colors. While it isn’t the most important feature of a broom, it's worth picking a color you like or one that matches your other cleaning equipment.

    Brooms are excellent for cleaning places where you don't have a power outlet for a vacuum, such as storage sheds.

    FAQ

    Q. Do I need different brooms for indoor and outdoor use?

    A. Most people find they like to have separate brooms for indoor and outdoor use. Different brooms are better at sweeping different surfaces, so the bristles on a decent outdoor broom would probably be too stiff for indoor use. Also, you may not want to sweep the floors inside your home with a broom that has been used to sweep outdoors.

    Q. Can I use a broom wet?

    A. While not all brooms are suitable for this function, you can find brooms that you can use to sweep both wet and dry surfaces. This is handy for outdoor use or even for scrubbing floors inside. As a rule, synthetic bristles are better than natural fibers for wet use.

    Q. Will a broom damage wooden floors?

    A. Regular sweeping with a stiff-bristled broom could scratch or damage hardwood floors over time, so it's better to stick with a soft-bristled model.

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