EVA foam grip prevents blisters and discomfort. Does the job of a mop to save space in storage. Flagged bristles are ideal for sweeping.
Handle is not quite sturdy enough for some buyers.
Upright dustpan to avoid bending over. Dustpan teeth clean dust and debris out of bristles. Pan's design allows for quick dust transfer.
Not for high-volume cleaning projects.
Dustpan and broom combo work hand-in-hand. Extendable handle for different heights. Dustpan teeth brush out dirt from broom.
Slightly more expensive than a standard broom and dustpan.
Handcrafted straw-bristle design works indoors and outdoors. Sturdy wooden handle for complete control while sweeping. Eco-friendly corn fiber design.
Rugged look that some find off-putting.
Strong bristles capable of sweeping up dust, trash, and more. Excellent price for the value. Light, at just over 3 pounds, and made of recycled plastic and steel, with nylon. Ideal push broom.
If you need a new handle for the broom, it isn’t included and is an additional purchase.
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While not the most exotic item, a quality broom is a useful tool in most households. For such a universal household staple, you have a surprising array of options, from practical push brooms to traditional corn brooms that look like something from a kid’s Halloween party.
Each household has particular needs and requirements, so consider your unique needs when choosing the broom that will work best.
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.
Versatile; suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Handy for quickly sweeping large areas.
Suitable for heavy-duty tasks, clearing up large bits of debris.
Hard to get into corners and tight spaces.
Can be large, heavy, unwieldy.
Corn brooms are traditional-style models with bristles made from natural corn fibers.
Fairly rigid bristles; excellent for sweeping up large bits of dirt.
Versatile; suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
Fairly lightweight and easy to control.
Not as good at sweeping fine dust and debris.
Bristles degrade if wet.
You can find corn brooms starting at around $10 to $20.
High-end handmade models cost roughly $35 to $50.
Hand brooms are small brooms with short handles. They usually come in a set with a dustpan.
Extremely useful for cleaning up small messes.
Very compact; easily stored.
Good for occasional spot cleaning.
Not suitable for sweeping large areas.
Hand brooms are fairly inexpensive, tending to cost between $5 and $15. The dustpan is included in the price.
Angled brooms tend to be slim and lightweight with slightly angled heads to get into tight spots.
Easier to sweep into corners and crannies.
Synthetic bristles are better at sweeping fine particles.
Less versatile; suited to indoor use.
Expect to pay between $15 and $25 for an angled broom.
Consider the materials that make up the bristles and handle of your chosen broom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.