We learned that synthetic bristles are best for brooms because they’re immune to rot and can be cleaned with warm, soapy water. This means corn or horsehair bristles are out. The bristles must have flagged ends—intentionally frayed tips designed to capture dust, dirt, and hair at the broom’s sweeping surface. (In our survey and perusal of user reviews, we learned that many people think this fraying is a sign their broom is wearing out—not so!)

Our pick’s best feature is its contoured rubber lip. The red thermoplastic rubber lip is molded to the polypropylene underside of the dustpan, which makes the edge sit flush with the floor. Most dustpans, like the O-Cedar Anti-Static dustpan, have a flat or wedge-shaped piece of rubber attached to the edge of the dustpan. This type of lip acts as a slope but leaves a hollow space underneath for dirt to get trapped, so the dustpan must be scooted back and the pile re-swept. Several panel members noted the OXO took only one sweep to get an entire pile of cat litter from the floor to the dustpan.

This soft cotton dust mop is a hardwood broom on steroids.  This is the same type of you see used on wooden basketball floors, gyms etc, but scaled down for residential use.  If you have large, open hardwood floor areas in your family & living spaces, this is the soft dust broom you will want to make quick work of nearly all debris.  The 24″ cotton mop head is removable for cleaning and the handle is telescoping from 42″ to 72″.  Priced around $40, this is a great cleaning investment.

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But Aarssen has a confession: For the sweeping portion of her method, she prefers robots to brooms. She loves Roombas, those helpful robots that will do your vacuuming for you. (And on a personal note, I really like my Roomba too, a mechanical servant that keeps my floors clean and gives me something to tinker with. I even like cleaning the thing.)

Professional flat mops are made for pre-moisting. Mops are pre-impregnated with an ideal amount of water mixed with an appropriate amount of detergent. This means that the cleaner does not need to bring any additional water on the cleaning trolley. This ideal amount is often recommended by the manufacturer in terms of weight percent of water per weight of the dry mop, for example 175% water per weight of the dry mop.

Matt Hamilton, the American curler, said he discovered that he was able to generate greater force by holding the broom more upright. Kennedy, the Canadian curler, said he learned that pressure was more important than stroke rate. So now he sacrifices speed for the sake of power.

If you’re not quite living in the wilderness, and only have small tree and shrub branches to handle, this reptile will do the trick. The clamping jaw design grabs and prunes tree branches up to four inches in diameter, behaving like a shear with a bite. Use it for in-between jobs that are too big for manual pruners and too small for chain saws. At least one homeowner we know of has replaced his high-power chain saws with this lopper because it’s quiet, gasoline-free model that stays sharp.

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Brooms come in three basic types: push, synthetic and corn. Push brooms are made from synthetic bristles arrayed in a wide flat base. They’re used to sweep large areas like the center of indoor rooms, garages, and patios. Angled synthetic brooms are lightweight and work well to clean near baseboards, behind furniture and in corners. Corn brooms are made from natural bristles, and they’re the all-purpose solution for sweeping chores. Pair them with a dustpan for quick kitchen cleanups.

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The $15 Rubbermaid Flexible Sweeper has an effective cover, but that cloth is too big for the frame. During cleaning it feels like it’s going to fall off. The frame is hollow in the middle, so it doesn’t press the cloth evenly into the floor. Finally, the handle extension mechanism is bulky and makes the Rubbermaid difficult to grip.

The best dustpan to pair with the Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom is the $6 OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan. The OXO clips onto our favorite broom’s handle, and its 10.5-inch-wide mouth is big enough to match the Casabella. It also sits flush with the floor to stop dust from slipping past, and its deep ridge keeps stuff from spilling out. Our panel unanimously agreed it was the best dustpan we tested; it took the fewest sweeps and left the least residue behind.