Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big hand brush test 2021. Here we present all the hand 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 hand 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 hand brush.




Summary

  • Hand sweeps are often necessary to carry away dirt after sweeping. They go hand in hand with a dustpan.
  • Hand brushes can be differentiated by bristle material, length and set. The basic rule is: short handle for small areas, long handle for large areas.
  • Before buying, you should check the hand brush for length, material, quality and workmanship of the bristles and handle.

The Best Hand Brush: Our Choices

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

What can you use hand brushes for?

Hand brushes are typically needed after sweeping to carry away dirt. Some models are more suitable for the car or for all sweeping.

If you used a broom, you sweep the dirt and rubbish together. However, it is tedious to clean it up again afterwards. This is where hand brushes come into play. Well-tried and already used by our grandparents, hand sweepers transport the gathered sweepings onto a dustpan.

Although this is the most common and well-known use, you can also use hand brushes in other ways. An example would be sweeping or sweeping in the car. Due to the limited space available, it is sufficient to use only a hand broom and dustpan. There are also models with longer handles that are practically like a normal broom.

What material are hand brushes made of?

The handle and the bar itself are made of metal, wood or plastic. The bristles are either animal, vegetable or plastic fibres. A hand brush consists of a handle, an attached bar and bristles.

Sometimes the handle simply merges into the bar. The bar and handle are made of wood, metal or plastic. Of course, they can also be made of different materials.

As for the bristles, it varies a lot. The fibres can be rubber bristles, or made of plastic or even animal hair or plants. Palm fibre or coconut bristles are at the top of the list when it comes to plant fibres. In terms of animal hair, horsehair is the most popular.

Einfaches Kehrset aus Kunststoff

The materials for hand brushes are very diverse - so you can choose the perfect sweeping set depending on your requirements. But: The more demands you make on it, the more expensive it will be

How much do hand brushes cost?

Hand brushes range in price from five to twenty euros. The price often indicates the quality. Hand brushes are relatively simple. Depending on the material and quality, prices range from 5 to 20 euros. Often, the price already includes a dustpan.

Of course, the price often says something about the quality. For example, if you buy a set for five euros, expect it not to last long.

Would a hand brush set be more recommendable?

Yes, definitely! A hand brush automatically goes hand in hand with a dustpan. Therefore, it is recommended to buy a set for practical and visual reasons.

One thing is certain: for the usual purposes, you also need to use a hand brush with a dustpan or a dustpan with a dustpan. Therefore, we recommend that you buy both products in a set. This ensures that the products are compatible. Furthermore, they automatically fit together in terms of design.

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

In general, you can distinguish between two different types of hand brushes:

  • Hand brushes with bristles
  • Hand brush with microfoam

In principle, you can talk about two different types of hand brushes, apart from the size and materials: The hand brushes with bristles and the hand brushes with microfoam as a trim. Both hand brushes usually have a short handle and a bar to which either the bristles or the foam is attached.

These are used to sweep the dirt onto the dustpan. The handle of a hand sweeper is made of wood or plastic and can also be purchased as a long-handled version. This makes sweeping more comfortable, as you do not have to bend down.

To give you a better overview of which types of hand brushes are available and which is more suitable for you and your needs, the two different types of hand brushes are presented in more detail below and the respective advantages and disadvantages are listed.

What is a bristle hand brush and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The bristles of this type of hand brush can either be made of plastic or animal or vegetable fibres. The choice of bristle type is often related to the intended use of the hand brush.

If you need a hand brush for the household, a horsehair or natural hair brush is recommended, which gently removes dust and dirt from the floors.

If you need a hand brush for outdoors or for coarse dirt, a hand brush with firm bristles, such as steel bristles, is best. For wet and damp dirt, plastic bristles are more recommended. The mobility of the bristles also makes it easy to pick up dirt in grooves or joints or to reach dirt in corners and edges.

Advantages
  • Versatile
  • Bristles reach tight edges
  • Can be used outdoors
Disadvantages
  • Can stir up dust
  • Too coarse for fine dust

What is a hand brush with microfoam and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

This type of hand brush has a strip of microfoam about five centimetres thick on the underside instead of bristles. Optimal results can be achieved especially on smooth floors such as parquet or laminate.

The composition of the material also makes it possible to easily adapt to the floor surface when sweeping, thanks to its flexible adaptability. Not only hair and fluff, but also the smallest dust particles are captured by the micro-foam sweeping part.

Moreover, as the dust particles remain trapped in the micro-foam, no dust is stirred up and it is therefore well suited for house dust allergy sufferers.

Advantages
  • Captures dust particles
  • Does not whirl up dust
  • Prevents scratches
Disadvantages
  • Unfavourable for grooves and edges

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate hand brushes

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

In summary, these are:

  • Bristle hair
  • Set
  • Length

Bristle hair

The decision about the bristle hair should depend on your personal preferences (Is pet hair ok?), but also on how durable you want the brush to be.

To decide if a product fits your needs and expectations, it is important to consider what the bristles are made of. For example, some sweepers have spliced bristle ends for better sweeping results. Others have special bristle hairs that are also suitable for allergy sufferers. Particularly innovative materials such as microfoam are used for this.

Classically, horsehair is seen as THE optimal option for bristle hair. These are suitable for longer use due to their special durability and sweeping power. At the same time, horsehair is also the right choice for you if you want to sweep with the hand brush not only indoors but also outdoors, for example to remove snow from the car.

Common plastic fibres are of course also cheaper and result in your product being in a price range of less than 5 euros. However, these also fall out more often and make the cleaning process dirtier. The reason for this is that you then have to remove the hairs that have fallen out.

Vegetable bristle hair is also an option if sustainability and animal rights are particularly important to you. Palm fibres or coconut hairs are recommended here. However, this does not ensure the long-term use of the hand brushes.

Handfeger mit einem Stiel aus Holz

The different bristle hairs remove sweeping dirt differently and react differently to damp surfaces!

Set

A set with included dustpan is what we recommend for typical applications. For other applications, a hand brush alone is more qualitative.

No matter how you take it, hand brushes are complementary with dustpans for typical use. So if you really want to use the hand brush to sweep the floor, you will also need the accompanying dustpan. If you buy both products as a set, you also have the option of getting them cheaper altogether.

In addition, in this case they are more likely to be coordinated with each other and enable thorough cleaning. You don't have to worry about whether the design matches.

However, if you want to use the hand brush to clean outside in general, you probably don't need a dustpan. In this case, a sweeping set would only be superfluous. Furthermore, hand brushes without a set are usually of a higher quality. In this case, they can also be in a higher price range of up to 20 euros.

Handbesen mit Blumen

Here you can see a very special hand brush set. In addition to its function as a utility item, the hand brush can also become a decorative accessory for your home. (Photo: annca / pixabay.com)

Length

Short handles are suitable for the perfectionist cleaning of small surfaces. Long handles are recommended for the superficial cleaning of large surfaces.

Depending on how close and thorough or how superficial you will be using the hand brush, the length of the handle is crucial. Normally, the handle is between 20 and 50 cm long. However, be aware that some sweepers (with a normal length of 1 m on average) are sometimes marketed as "hand sweepers with long handles".

Rather short handles are suitable for cleaning particularly close. This gives you really thorough cleaning results. However, if you always want to quickly remove the collected debris after sweeping, we recommend a longer handle.

A similar thought process takes place when considering whether you are focusing on particularly small areas (e.g. shoes) or particularly large areas (e.g. car). The basic rule is "short handle for small areas, long handle for large areas".

Facts worth knowing about hand brushes

Are there any tips for keeping the hand brush usable for longer?

Definitely! There are many tips circulating on the internet, one of which we would like to share with you. Attention, this is NOT suitable for plastic bristles!

Before using your broom for the first time, carefully soak it in a mixture of 1 litre of lukewarm water (from the tap will do) and a tablespoon of salt. Be sure to let it dry properly before actually using it! This will make the bristles last longer and prevent them from falling out.

What is a drawing brush?

A drawing brush helps to sweep smaller areas. Originally developed for draughtsmen, it is now also used for dusting.

A drawing broom is a hand broom that is even smaller. Originally, as the name suggests, it was developed for (technical) draughtsmen. They could use it to wipe eraser crumbs off their drawings. Nowadays, however, it is also used for dusting and the like, but it is not suitable for floors. The bristles are usually made of goat hair.

Picture source: Pixabay.com / annca

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