Why buy a broom?
While there are modern products that claim to collect dirt and dust better than a broom, the original still wins in several situations and conveniences. Brooms are immensely quieter and lighter than vacuums. Need to sweep everything out from under a couch? The thin and long-reaching broom has it covered. Brooms are great for both indoor and outdoor use, and they can even be used for commercial cleaning. If you have pets in your home, you’ll want to have a broom on hand to clean up furry messes. Brooms are also great for cleaning up dry spills, crumbs, dust bunnies, and even cobwebs.
What should you consider in a broom?
- Floors: While most brooms are made to simply collect dirt and dust from hard floors, others are made to pull pet hair out of carpets. And others still are made primarily for outdoor use. So be sure to choose a broom that’s designed to clean your specific type of floor.
- Your Primary Cleaning Concerns: Are you looking to sweep up occasional dust and dirt? Or do you have multiple pets? Your cleaning concerns will dictate which broom design will work best for your needs.
- Business or Home Use: If you run a cleaning business, you will need a broom that will last. And you won’t want dirt and grime to be stuck to your broom while you’re transporting it from job to job. In that case, consider a broom set that has a cleaning feature attached.
How long should you expect a new broom to last?
If you clean your broom every 2 to 3 months and don’t use it every single day, it should last you a long time—potentially a year or two. However, if you’re doing a lot of heavy cleaning (almost every single day), it won’t last as long. Replace the broom once the bristles look worn and lose effectiveness.
YANXUS Broom and Dustpan Set
This combo set features built-in comb teeth on the top side of the dustpan, making it easy to scrape hair and dust off the broom bristles.
Pros: This broom and dustpan set is sturdy yet lightweight, making it a breeze to use. It has built-in teeth in the dustpan to clean hair and debris off the broom very effectively and without you having to touch it. It’s simple to assemble, and the dustpan locks in the open position for easy emptying. The two poles click together for easy storage.
Cons: The dustpan doesn’t rest completely flat on the ground, so it may take a few sweeps to get everything in the pan.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a broom and dustpan set that is nearly self-cleaning, this may be the set for you. The dustpan locks in place for easy cleanup, and it comes in two lengths of handles.
Yocada Heavy-Duty Broom
Clean your low-pile carpets, hardwood, tile, and even your patio with this specially designed triple-layer broom.
Pros: You can keep this broom outside in a garage, on a patio, or in a shed without worrying about it getting damaged. It works on concrete, tile, hardwood floors, patios, and more. The handle is easy to assemble and has comfortable grips where your hands naturally grasp the pole. It does a great job cleaning up sawdust and drywall dust.
Cons: The bristles aren’t as sturdy as some other outdoor brooms, and it doesn’t come with a dustpan.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for an outdoor broom to keep your deck and pavers tidy, this may be a great selection for you. The gradient bristles are perfect for picking up every bit of dust. And, if you accidentally leave it out in rain or snow, it won’t become damaged.
O-Cedar Pet Pro Broom & Step-On Dustpan
Easily remove pet hair, dirt, and dust from all your hard-to-reach places with this cleverly designed broom.
Pros: This broom is made from recycled materials. Its bristles are V-shaped to make more floor contact, and it has an angled broom head to get into corners easier. It has a loop at the end of the handle for easy hanging, and the bristles are soft yet firm for easy sweeping.
Cons: The angle of the dustpan makes it difficult for some people to use.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a broom from a trusted brand that gets the job done right, try this one. It’s specially designed to get into hard-to-reach corners. Plus, it’s a great value.
Conliwell Rubber Broom Pet Hair Removal Tool
Clean up pet hair from your floors with this rubber broom and brush set.
Pros: This rubber broom is a unique option that’s ideal for collecting pet hair. There are rubber electrostatic bristles that collect those pesky hairs instead of spreading them. The squeegee on the back can be used on car windshields, windows, or showers, so it’s a versatile cleaning tool. But the brush works especially well to pull debris out of carpets, even after a professional cleaning.
Cons: This broom takes a bit of elbow grease to work as it should, and the handle is a bit short.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a clever tool to get pesky pet hair off your floors, this could be just what you need. It works so well that it might surprise you just how much pet hair you had lying around. Plus, it hangs easily in your storage closet.
Rubbermaid Commercial Products Heavy-Duty Corn Broom
Clean up the floors inside and outside with this classic broom made from natural materials.
Pros: This broom is a stellar choice for commercial purposes because the bristles last longer than synthetic brooms. It works beautifully on rough textures, whether indoors or outdoors. The reinforced stitching keeps the bristles in place, and it will pick up fine particles of dirt. Plus, it’s easy to clean: just spray it down with a hose and let it dry.
Cons: The wooden handle can become uncomfortable after a while. It shouldn’t be stored outdoors. And it doesn’t have a handle or cord for hanging.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a traditional yet reliable broom to get the job done, this is it. The natural corn bristles are thick yet flexible enough to sweep away debris well.
Brooms are one of those products that have been around forever yet are still a staple in our cleaning supplies. If it’s time to replace your current one, our top picks are all excellent options.