Our panel unanimously agreed that the Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom had the most comfortable handle out of all the brooms we tested because of its soft green grip made from foam EVA (ethylene vinyl acetate). The comfy grip can be adjusted up or down to fit your ideal gripping position on the pole—it’s not easy, and requires some firm twisting and tugging. But that means it doesn’t slip or slide easily, so it won’t shift or fall while you’re sweeping.
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The natural corn fibers are made up of Amish made brooms. They help to clean the dust and dirt in a fine manner. The bristles of corn fibers enable the day to day use. It is reliable and durable. They are water resistant as well.
The $18 O-Cedar Angler Angle Broom with Dust Pan is the best at sweeping cramped corners because of its sharp angle. It’s an effective sweeper and has the best bundled dustpan we tested. But its sharp angle and long, soft bristles fling piles of dust, so our panel eliminated it.
I bought 3 pairs of these and installed them in my garden shed. They are rated to hold 15 pounds of dead weight and 2 of them broke under the weight of a normal garden spade/shovel which weighs less than 5 pounds. The fork weld to the screw just broke very easily. Very poor quality. Guess where they are made? China.
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It’s well made, is quite sturdy–it hangs by four really long screws in predrilled holes in two studs–and looks good. The only thing I would quibble about is that it takes a while to get everything level and to drill the four holes with an electric drill before installing it. But it was easy enough. Just make sure you have the center of the stud. Mine are exposed so it was a no brainer (I heard that!). And the holes really do have to be drilled with a 3/16 drill. Any more and the attachment will lose strength. Any less and you will break your hand putting the screws in.
A good broom and dustpan is a requirement for any home, but even for a basic household item like this one, finding the perfect choice can be difficult. The more useful a product is, the more options the market has available for sale. To make it easier for you to choose the best option, we put together a list of things to consider when shopping for your next purchase.
Our pick’s head doesn’t have as extreme an angle as some brooms we tested, but it’s angled enough to get into corners, around furniture, and into odd kitchen crevices. The Casabella’s fluffy bristles are great at dragging crumbs and dust bunnies out of corners, but our pick isn’t as good as our runner-up at reaching under furniture. (We’ll address this more in the following section.)
Brooms come in all different shapes and sizes, so you can find one that will fit into every nook and cranny of your home, office, or your vehicle. Selecting a broom means first considering where you might need to do your sweeping. A wide broom is the perfect choice for rooms (or outdoor areas) with lots of floor space and limited furniture, but might prove almost useless for a smaller and/or more cluttered area. A broom with a smaller head but a long handle is often the best choice for indoor sweeping, especially for rooms like the kitchen, where plenty of little food scraps end up under the table or along the baseboards.
Then came the fun part: test-driving brooms that met our requirements. The easiest way to get a first impression of a broom is by sweeping with it, so we did a preliminary sweep with many brooms in store aisles. Cleaning expert Leslie Reichert told us to pay attention to how the bristles are connected to the head of the broom: “Don’t be afraid to give them a tug. If they pull out in the store, the broom won’t last long in your home.” We pulled and tugged, and if any broom failed this test, we put it back.
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Purchased the O’Cedar dust mop based on your recommendation. For hardwood floors, I understand I can use the mop dry. You mention in a response to a comment that it can also be used damp. Would you recommend just using water or some sort of cleanser? And should the mop itself be dampened (with a spray bottle?) or the floor sprayed and then mopped?
Yes. The head is totally dishwasher safe, and it can also be washed by hand in the sink, hosed off outside, etc. The handle will collapse to about 34 inches and expand to about 60 inches. You can set it to whatever length you like best within that range. You will be very happy with it’s ability to remove hair from any type of flooring.
Sweeping and vacuuming may keep your hardwood floors fairly clean, but you’ll eventually need to mop them to remove stubborn dirt and grime. Though the process may seem intimidating if you’ve never done it before, mopping a floor is actually quite easy and requires very little skill.
Synthetic brooms can be rinsed clean and dry right away. Corn brooms soak up water and stink it they get wet and take forever to dry out. I used to use a corn broom to scrub my garage floor when I hosed it out, but find that the rubber toothed push brooms scrub just as well and always look nice and clean, hanging from their hook.
You can ensure your home is clutter free and well organized by using RockBirds T56 broom holder. It is sturdy and versatile allowing you to organize more than just the broom and the mop. It gives you the chance to hold up to 11 items: Five in the friction grips and six on hooks. You can pull the hooks down if you so desire or push them back if there is not need to use them.
If you don’t have the time to spare and read the buying guide and sift through the reviews compiled by our researchers, but you still want to find what the best broom and dustpan is, this short paragraph can help you. After a close examination of all products, we have come to the conclusion that the OXO Good Grips Sweep 12125800 is the best due to its ease of use and features. Perfect for a quick clean-up, without having to worry about difficult to reach places, this convenient product can easily extend to the size of a full-broom in order to face with ease any sweeping task. The feathered texture of the broom makes it efficient in grabbing dust and dirt. If the OXO Good Grips Sweep 12125800 is unavailable, we recommend the Casabella Quick ‘N Easy 20703 as a good alternative.
To test dustpans, we tried each one with our broom pick by cleaning half a teaspoon of flour and 1.5 teaspoons of cat litter. This test showed us how well each dustpan worked with our recommended broom and how effective each is at picking up, holding, and not spilling particles of all sizes. Some dustpans came with brushes; we tested those with their own brushes and with our pick for best broom. After eliminating six dustpans that were abysmal at cleaning or way too small for our broom, we filled the remaining four with water to measure their capacity, and our panel used the finalists in the Chinatown test lab to find a winner.
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What’s so bad about the Swiffer Sweeper? I used three Swiffer sheets to clean 500 square feet of my apartment, while the dust mop handled the same mess twice (and only needed to be washed every two weeks). Keeping my place Swiffer-ed translates to 156 Swiffer sheets every year, or more than three 48-sheet packs, which are $10 apiece on Amazon. That’s $30 per year just in new sheets.
We had a corn broom growing up and I hated it. Seems like we spent more time and energy picking up lost straws than going after the dirt. I have a red Velida that I use now… very nice. I like the angled way it fits under the cabinets and it gets all the dust. I generally hate all things new and modern for the house… I’m a very old fasioned 23 year old, but I think a corn broom is for the birds. It’s high praise indeed for me to give anything modern a thumbs up! Maybe a corn broom is good for sweeping up outside. I’ll tell you the most interesting broom I’ve ever seen before… a Salton Wings Broom. It is stylish with translucent plastic shroud (some may think tacky), and if you turn the handle the wings spread out to increase the sweeping surface. I saw one in Winn Dixie… got a few looks when I tried it out sweeping up the whole aisle. It’s pretty heavy and I don’t think the plastic mechanics would hold up over time… but check out the link for a laugh :O)
If you prefer a swinging sweeping motion or a traditional look, we like the Garrett Wade Heavy Duty Garden & Garage Broom ($30 + $10.50 for US shipping), a natural (not synthetic) broom made of piassava bristles. It’s tough, stiff, and can remove every bit of dust from rough concrete, decking crevices, or any tight corners, but just make sure those areas are dry first. Its bristles can rot when used on wet debris, which gives our synthetic push brooms a huge advantage.
Also – I did experience the loosening of the broom head on my Casabella broom whenever I bump it into the wall, a table leg or railing of my porch. The broom head actually flew off the broom while vigorously sweeping my veranda the other day. If that happens again I may try some hot glue to tighten up the connection and secure the handle.
Hi there! As Tony said above, we didn’t include upright dustpans in this guide because our survey showed that readers don’t want one. We also decided to dismiss them for a few other reasons: Handheld dustpans are much smaller and easier to store when they’re not being used. Handheld dustpans also provide better leverage, so you can get the lip flush with the floor, letting less dust slip past when you’re sweeping. And finally, getting up close and personal when you’re sweeping means you’re much less likely to miss finer particles, leading to a cleaner house.
Well…That’s easy. The best broom for picking up pet hair and human hair is also the best at sweeping everything else too. The Sweepa Rubber Broom makes it easy to sweep up any kind of debris from any hard surface, and it works especially well for hair. Most traditional brooms produce less than adequate results when sweeping fur and hair, but not the Sweepa. You don’t have to worry about balls of fur or pieces of hair flying around when you sweep with this broom. You are also able to completely sweep away any hair on the floor in just a single pass. There is nothing magical about these claims, or this broom. It actually works, is easy to use, and will out-sweep any other broom on the market.
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Personally, for close range I just use microfiber cloths or fabric softener sheets. It sounds weird, but the fabric softener sheets do a fine job of cleaning out lint traps too. I also toss them in with some water in on grimy pots or pans. You’re going to throw it in the trash anyways, might as well get some second life out of it. If you needed a smaller hand duster you could grab this: http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Microfiber-Duster/dp/B00940DV6W/ref=zg_bs_2245499011_2
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The presence of water often requires specialty cleaners. Depending on the content of the water supply, you may need to use limescale remover to treat hard-water deposits, or rust remover for reddish stains in areas with iron in the water supply. Handle these power cleaners with great respect, following the directions on the label.
Now that you know how to take care of your cleaning tools, how do you know when it’s time to replace them with new ones? Both cleaning experts told us that a broom’s condition is visual: “If it looks bad, it is bad.” When the bristles are broken, bent, or falling out and the broom is more of a hindrance than a help, it’s time to get a new one. However, if the ends of the bristles are frayed somewhat uniformly, don’t panic. Those are called flagged bristles, and are frayed intentionally to make the broom better at trapping dust. A great, well-cared for broom should last several years of weekly use.