Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big bottle brush test 2021. Here we present all the bottle brushes we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best bottle brush for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide.

If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a bottle brush.




Summary

  • In every household you will find containers like bottles or vases that get dirty after a while. This is where the bottle brush comes in handy. It is not only easy to use, but also cleans your household containers perfectly.
  • The bottle brush is available in different materials such as plastic, silicone or wood. Bottle brushes are also available in different sizes and lengths.
  • The bottle head is also available in different materials, such as horsehair, natural bristles or nylon.

The Best Bottle Brush: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a bottle brush

Who is a bottle brush suitable for?

In principle, every household should own a bottle brush, as it cleans containers such as bottles very effectively.

Not only every private household, but also restaurants should have bottle brushes for daily use.

Bottle brushes are also suitable for hygienically cleaning flower vases. (Image source: unsplash.com / Maarten Deckers)

Bottle brushes are especially suitable for those who like to use plastic bottles, thermos flasks or similar containers and would like to clean them hygienically.

Which containers can I clean with the bottle brush?

Bottle brushes are suitable for different types of containers such as bottles, jugs, vases, balloon jars and even test tubes.

Some narrow bottle brushes can also be used for cleaning pipettes.

Is a bottle brush suitable for baby bottles?

Bottle brushes are also good for cleaning baby bottles. In order for parents to protect their child from bacteria, the bottle brush can provide help through its simple handling.

To make your child's baby bottle hygienically clean, you can also use a bottle brush to clean it. (Image source: unsplash.com / Jens Johnsson)

With a bottle brush, you can reach every particle of dirt at the bottom of the bottle that you cannot remove with a conventional sponge. Some baby bottle manufacturers, such as Avent, offer bottle brushes specifically for their products.

What size bottle brush should I buy?

To find the right size of bottle brush, it depends of course on which container or bottle you want to clean.

There are different sizes of bottle brushes available on the market. The lengths of the bottle brush vary between 30 cm and 50 cm.

How do I use a bottle brush?

After you have chosen the right size for the container you want to clean, you should fill the container with water and add a little washing-up liquid if necessary.

Then rotate the bottle brush until the dirt in the corners is removed. Then rinse the cleaned container with clean, warm water.

How much does a bottle brush cost?

As there are different bottle brushes, which vary in their material as well as in their quality, there are also differences in price. Bottle brushes usually cost between €3 and €30, depending on the material, size and quality.

Bottle brushes made from sustainable materials, such as wood, can be more expensive than traditional plastic bottle brushes.

Material Price
Wood Between 5€ and 30€
Nylon, Plastic Between 5€ and 17€
Silicone Between 3€ and 24€

Bottle brushes made from sustainable materials, as well as wood, can be more expensive than traditional plastic bottle brushes.

What is an alternative to bottle brushes?

An alternative to bottle brushes are, for example, cleaning balls or other conventional thin cleaning brushes.

The friction of the beads loosens the dirt in the container and the container can be cleaned efficiently.

These are stainless steel cleaning beads that can be used for cleaning bottles, vases, decanters or jugs.

Alternative Description
Cleaning beads dissolve the dirt through friction
Cleaning tablets dissolve the dirt in combination with warm water

Not only are there cleaning balls as an alternative for cleaning your bottles, vases and jugs, but you also have the option of using cleaning tablets. These have to be put into the container with warm water, and this removes the dirt.

Decision: What types of bottle brushes are there and which is the right one for you?

What distinguishes a wooden bottle brush and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Bottle brushes with wooden handles not only look beautiful, but are also environmentally friendly. They often have a brush head made of environmentally friendly materials, such as natural bristles. In addition, wooden bottle brushes are not harmful to health.

Advantages
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Beautiful appearance
  • Hygienic cleaning
Disadvantages
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Do not tolerate moisture very well
  • Do not tolerate high water temperatures

However, one of the disadvantages is that these types of bottle brushes should not be put in the dishwasher, as the moisture and high temperatures are not good for the material.

What distinguishes a silicone bottle brush and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The advantage of the silicone bottle brush is that it is heat-resistant. The material can withstand temperatures of up to 230 degrees Celsius and are therefore dishwasher safe. In addition, they do not scratch the containers. They are odourless and tasteless.

Advantages
  • Heat resistant up to 230 degrees Celsius
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Odourless and tasteless
Disadvantages
  • Not environmentally friendly
  • Must be cleaned often
  • Can be harmful to health

The disadvantage of silicone bottle brushes is that they are not environmentally friendly. In addition, the silicone bottle brush should be cleaned frequently because otherwise bacteria can form.

What distinguishes a bottle brush made of plastic (e.g. nylon) and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The plastic bottle brush, for example nylon, can clean your bottles, baby bottles, jugs, carafes or similar containers thoroughly and gently. There are nylon bottle brushes with ergonomic handles that fit comfortably in the hand.

The nylon bottle brush can also be cleaned in the dishwasher. In addition, the material is heat-resistant up to 100 degrees Celsius.

Advantages
  • Heat resistant up to 100 degrees Celsius
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Ergonomic handle
Disadvantages
  • Not environmentally friendly
  • Not a nice look
  • Material can discolour

Although the nylon bottle brush is very practical and can clean containers thoroughly, a nice look is not one of its strengths. In addition, the material is not biodegradable and therefore not very environmentally friendly. Chemicals or the sun can discolour the material.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate bottle brushes based on these factors

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate bottle brushes. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular bottle brush is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Material
  • Sustainability
  • Size/Diameter
  • Length
  • Brush head material
  • Cleaning
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Price

Material

As already mentioned, there are different materials for bottle brushes. The most commonly used materials for the handle are wood, silicone or nylon.

Sustainability

In order to not only protect the body from harmful substances, but also to buy an environmentally friendly product, the bottle brush with wooden handle is recommended.

A bottle brush is perfect for cleaning drinking bottles. (Image source: unsplash.com / Autri Taheri)

There are bottle brushes made of wood and agave fibres as an alternative to the traditional plastic or silicone bottle brush. The eco-friendly bottle brush not only cleans your containers effectively, but is also vegan. There are also brush heads made of materials such as coconut.

Size/Diameter

As already mentioned, there are different sizes for bottle brushes, respectively different diameters.

Depending on the size of the container, you need different bottle brushes. The diameter of the brush head of a bottle brush varies between 2 cm and 6 cm.

Here you should pay attention to which containers you want to clean with the bottle brush.

Length

There are also different models in terms of length, so that different containers can be cleaned. Most bottle brushes have a length of 30 to 50 cm.

Of course, there are also special lengths that can be used for very large, long containers, for example.

Brush head material

There are different materials for the brush head of the bottle brush. Besides horsehair brush heads, there are also natural bristle heads. The less environmentally friendly variant is a nylon bristle head.

As already mentioned, there are also bristles made of agave fibres. There are also brush heads made of coconut, but the handle of the brush is often made of wood.

Cleaning

There are different bottle brushes depending on the container.

Most bottle brushes can clean drinking bottles, vases, test tubes and jugs. Some bottle brushes also clean pipettes.

Some of them also clean different vessels thanks to their elasticity and size or length.

Dishwasher safe

As already mentioned, silicone bottle brushes can often be cleaned in the dishwasher. However, bottle brushes with wooden handles are often not dishwasher safe.

Price

Depending on the material, size and length, there are different prices for bottle sizes.

Often there are also sets with several bottle brushes with different sizes and lengths. The price of a bottle brush is between 3 and 30€.

Facts worth knowing about bottle brushes

How do you clean a bottle brush?

To ensure that your bottle brush can help you, you should make sure that it is always clean. You can easily clean it in the dishwasher if it is dishwasher safe.

Bottle brushes made of wood are usually not dishwasher safe, so you will have to clean them by hand.

How often should you change a bottle brush?

If you use your bottle brush often, you should make sure that the bristles still work. If this is no longer the case, you should replace your bottle brush.

You also need a new bottle brush if it shows signs of mould. If you have a bottle brush with a sponge, you should replace it when the sponge decomposes.

Can I put my bottle brush in the dishwasher?

If your bottle brush is made of silicone, you can generally put it in the dishwasher. Plastic bottle brushes are not always dishwasher safe.

If you use a wooden bottle brush, you should not put it in the dishwasher, as the material cannot withstand the high water temperatures.

Alternatively, you can wash your bottle brush with warm water and soap. If you are using your bottle brush for cleaning baby bottles, you can also sterilise the brush with the vaporiser.

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