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




The most important facts

  • Radiator brushes not only simplify the cleaning of different radiators, but also of all interstices and angular places.
  • The main features you can look out for are the possible flexibility and the possible hoover connection. Furthermore, the length and the material should be considered.
  • The advantage of a long radiator brush is that it can reach every deep spot and can usually be curved.

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

For which types of radiators are cleaning brushes useful?

In general, it can be said that a cleaning brush is necessary for all radiators that have slats or other cavities. By way of exclusion, this means that owners of closed radiators who cannot remove the cover do not need one.

This is because it is often the case that these places are difficult to reach with a hoover or by hand. The hoover robot is not designed for this either. However, superficial cleaning is not enough. On the one hand, dust particles can settle in the gaps and, on the other hand, bacteria can develop which, due to the air distribution, can trigger complaints, especially for allergy sufferers.

What should you look for in radiator brushes?

In addition to the different materials, the length and thickness of each cleaning brush also play a major role. If you choose the wrong brush, you may not be able to remove dust from your radiators efficiently.

There is a wide range of radiator brushes. These have bristles that are usually made of goat hair or lambskin. Alternatively, there are cleaning brushes made of microfibre or plastic. The bristles surround a wire made of stainless steel or plastic, which is either flexible or not.

The thickness of the brush is also particularly important. There are very thin models, but also wide ones that are suitable for different spaces. If you have rather narrow slats, make sure that the cleaning brush is not too thick. If you have wider slats, you are not limited in your choice.

Many of the models are very long, as it is generally advisable to buy a radiator brush that is as long as the radiator is high. The most common height is 120 cm. This makes it easier to reach most places. Nevertheless, there are of course also brushes that are smaller.

Another option is to buy a radiator brush that also has a hoover connection. This way, the dust that the brush sweeps up can be sucked up right away. For this, the brush must have the same diameter as the hoover rod.

In summary, these are the most important points you should consider:

  • Bristle material
  • Thickness of the bristles
  • Length of the radiator brush
  • Suitable for a hoover connection

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The rule of thumb for radiator brushes is that the brush should be as long as the radiator is high. You should also pay attention to the thickness of the brush and the material of the bristles. (Photo: ri / pixabay.com)

How much do radiator brushes cost?

You can buy such a product for very little money. The price range is between 4 and 15 euros.

The cheapest models are no worse than the more expensive ones. They usually only differ in material, length or whether there is a hoover connection.

In contrast to other products, radiator brushes are not necessarily cheaper to buy online than in normal shops.

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

Basically, you can distinguish between three different types of radiator brushes:

  • Radiator brush as hoover accessory
  • Radiator brush made of wire with goat hair bristle
  • Radiator brush made of plastic with microfibre cloth

Especially during the winter, a lot of dust accumulates in the grooves and slats of a radiator. This not only looks unappetising, but can also reduce the heating performance and promote allergies. Therefore, it makes sense to clean the radiator thoroughly on a regular basis. To do this, you can use a radiator nozzle for the hoover, a radiator brush made of wire or one made of plastic.

All these types of radiator brushes have their advantages and disadvantages in use. Depending on what is most important to you when looking for the right cleaning utensil and what your radiator is like, one of the three types is more suitable for your needs.

In the following section, we would like to introduce you to the three types of radiator brushes and help you find out which one is right for you. For this purpose, we will present the above-mentioned types clearly and explain in detail what their advantages and disadvantages are.

How does a radiator brush work as a hoover accessory and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Radiator nozzles for the hoover belong to the small nozzles in the family of hoover brushes and nozzles. They are perfect for cleaning the spaces between radiators. The firm bristles reach every grain of dust in the particularly hard-to-reach radiator ribs, but can also be used to clean joints.

Advantages
  • Dust is not whirled up but sucked in
  • Brush can be easily connected to the hoover
  • Brush can be reused as often as desired
Disadvantages
  • Plastic nozzle may be too inflexible to reach all places
  • Usually has to be bought separately

The small radiator nozzle is attached to the normal crevice nozzle. It is usually not included in the scope of delivery, but can be purchased at a reasonable price.

How does a wire radiator brush with goat hair bristles work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Radiator brushes made of wire with goat hair bristles are real dust magnets and are suitable for effortless cleaning of most types of radiators. The wire is very flexible and the brush can be turned and bent in any direction. The goat hair bristles pick up dirt particles and dust from the inside of the radiator and thus lead to a good cleaning result.

To clean the radiator, first remove the cover or grille. Then you can run the long brush into the gaps to remove the dust. However, it is inevitable that some dust will be stirred up in the process.

Advantages
  • Very slim and flexible, can get into the most awkward places
  • Versatile
Disadvantages
  • Will stir up some dust
  • Smells like goat when wet
  • Brush may lose hair over time

Therefore our tip: Put a wet cloth underneath so that the dust is not spread all over the room, or ask someone to hold the hoover against the radiator at the same time to suck away the dust particles that are brushed out at the bottom.

The big advantage of these radiator brushes is that the brushes are so narrow that they can really reach all the narrow spaces between the slats of the radiator. The brush hairs are made of natural material and the brushes are very sturdy. They are also versatile for panel, ribbed and also tubular radiators, so they are suitable for most types of radiators.

How does a plastic radiator brush with a microfibre cloth work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Radiator brushes with a plastic handle and microfibre cover work in exactly the same way as wire radiator brushes with goat hair bristles - they are designed to pick up and remove as much dust from the radiator as possible and are as narrow as possible to get into every crack in the radiator.

Advantages
  • Very hygienic- microfibre cover is removable and washable
  • brushes are narrow
Disadvantages
  • Plastic handle can break

However, they look a little different because the brushes are not long and round but long and flat. This gives you more surface area to pick up the dust from the heater. The big advantage of these brushes is that the microfibre cover is removable thanks to the Velcro fastener and can easily be washed at 40°C. This means that they can be reused hygienically. This means that nothing stands in the way of hygienic reuse.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and rate heating element brushes

Although we have already gone into the most important features that you should consider when buying a radiator brush in the guide section, not all features can be compared optimally. In the following, we would like to show you which criteria you can use to make good comparisons and thus select your optimal product.

Here is a brief list of the relevant comparison criteria:

  • Length
  • Material
  • Diameter of head
  • Handling

Length

Most radiators are taller than conventional cleaning tools, such as feather dusters or other types of brushes. For this reason, it makes perfect sense to pay attention to the length.

If you don't want to exert yourself physically when cleaning radiators, there are models that reach a length of up to 120 cm. This allows you to reach very deep spaces. There are also shorter or adjustable radiator brushes. These would be suitable for you if you find that they fit your hand better.

Material

Many radiator brushes are made of stainless steel, while the bristles are usually made of goat hair. If this does not suit you, you can switch to models with microfibres or plastic.

It is particularly worth noting that the stainless steel should be coated with plastic. This protects your radiators, but also other furniture that you clean with the cleaning brush, from scratches. Besides these, there are also models with a plastic handle.

The bristles are very often made of goat hair. Other materials are also used, but at the moment there is no direct, often marketed competitor to the preferred goat hair.

Diameter of the head

The diameter of the head describes only the brush part. This can either have a uniform diameter or different thicknesses in sections. There are many possible diameters, so that you can find something suitable for every width of gap.

Most models have a smaller diameter at the tip than at the end of the brush section. This allows you to use the rear section of the radiator brush in wider areas to clean more efficiently and quickly. Although most of the bristles are relatively flexible and can get through in narrower places despite the higher diameter, you should not buy a radiator brush that deviates too much from your range of use.

Handling

There are actually no real features that these cleaning brushes have, as they are not technical devices. Nevertheless, here are two possible features you can look out for: the flexibility and the hoover connection.

Many radiator brushes consist of a stainless steel wire that can be bent. This allows you to bend the product so that it can get into the most awkward places, making cleaning easier in general.

In addition, there are some products that also have a hoover connection. This way, the dust is sucked in directly and does not have to be swept up first. However, not every connection fits every hoover. You should pay attention to the description of the product. It will either say which hoover models they are suitable for or how large the diameter of the hoover tube must be so that the product can demonstrate its full functionality.

Image source: Pixabay.com / ri

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