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Welcome to our big rubber broom test 2021. Here we present all the rubber brooms we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best rubber broom for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a rubber broom.




Summary

  • Rubber brooms with their rubber bristles ensure that dirt can be swept up particularly efficiently and are the ultimate opponent for hair lying around!
  • Rubber brooms are suitable for sweeping outdoors and indoors and can even clean carpets thanks to their electrostatic charge.
  • The durable and effective cleaning utensils are an asset to every household and are especially popular with hairdressers.

The Best Rubber Broom in the United Kingdom: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a rubber broom

What is special about a broom with rubber bristles?

Rubber brooms are true all-purpose sweepers. Unlike conventional brooms with natural or synthetic hair bristles, they can be used in different areas and are suitable for sweeping both indoors and outdoors. The electrostatic charge of the rubber material enables the rubber broom to pick up dust particles and hair without anything being stirred up or left behind. When sweeping, they thus work wonders and reduce the amount of work enormously. Even long-pile carpets can be freed from hair with a rubber broom, where even hoovers fail. You can read about how the electrical charge works and why hair is magically attracted to rubber brooms under Trivia.

What are the advantages of rubber brooms?

A broom with rubber bristles doesn't really have any disadvantages and is a worthwhile purchase for every household. Here is an overview of the advantages:

  • Dry and wet sweeping
  • Dust is not stirred up
  • Picks up hair
  • Suitable for cleaning carpets
  • Suitable for sweeping outdoors and indoors
  • No matting of the bristles
  • Easy to clean
  • Can act as a scrubbing brush

Rubber brooms are particularly durable. While the bristles of synthetic or natural hair brooms become matted or deformed over time, this cannot happen with a rubber broom. A foam broom can pick up dirt and hair similarly well, but deforms over time.

With the rubber broom, you can even scrub with more effort and simply rinse the broom off later. Because the brooms are so easy to clean, you can also use them to easily sweep up wet dirt or hair and then mop it up, or use them to sweep smooth surfaces in the garden.

A rubber broom is very versatile and has practically no disadvantages. An enrichment for every household.

What are the alternatives to rubber brooms?

Brooms differ mainly in the quality of the bristles. In addition to rubber bristles, there are also bristles made of vegetable or animal fibres or other synthetic fibres. The usual sweepers usually have horsehair and are used for sweeping particularly fine dust on smooth floors.

However, these are not electrostatic and tend to stir up larger accumulations of dust. For sweeping outdoor areas, for example, brushwood or switch brooms made of plant materials such as branches of birch trees or willows are often used. The very robust bristles are suitable for sweeping larger dirt and leaves.

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Brooms are also used in some sports, such as curling. Different fibres are used, consisting of animal and vegetable bristles, but also of plastic and rubber. (Photo: skeeze / pixabay.com)

How much do rubber brooms cost?

You can get rubber brooms for your own household use for very little money. You can get a rubber-bristled hand brush for as little as €5, and a rubber broom with a telescopic handle for €15, for example. In general, you won't have to spend more than 30€ for any of the brooms. Sweepers are only more expensive if they are designed for very special needs.

Where can I buy a rubber broom?

You can buy rubber brooms in any DIY store and even in some well-stocked supermarkets. However, if you don't want to go to a shop to buy a rubber broom, you can easily order one online. The advantage of buying a rubber broom in a shop is that you can examine it carefully before you buy it and see if it meets your needs.

However, there are no disadvantages to buying online. In our buying criteria for brooms with rubber bristles, we explain to you exactly what you need to look out for when buying in order to get the perfect sweeper for your home.

Decision: What types of rubber brooms are there and which one is right for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between two types of rubber brooms:

  • Rubber broom with handle
  • Hand broom

The construction of the rubber broom is different for each type, resulting in individual advantages and disadvantages. Which broom is the right one depends above all on the intended use. However, the comfort desired when sweeping is also decisive.

To help you decide and find the best rubber broom for you, in the following section we present the two different types of rubber brooms in more detail and list the advantages and disadvantages clearly.

How does a rubber broom with a handle work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A rubber broom with a long handle is best suited for sweeping large areas. So if you regularly have to clean large rooms, you should get a rubber broom. This rubber broom can also be used outside without any problems, for example when sweeping the patio or yard.

The long handle makes this type of rubber broom comfortable to use because, unlike a small hand brush with rubber bristles, you don't have to bend down when sweeping. Therefore, the rubber broom is also suitable for people with back or knee problems.

Advantages
  • Suitable for large areas
  • Comfortable sweeping
  • Usually with telescopic handle
Disadvantages
  • Bulky

Some models also have an adjustable telescopic handle that allows the optimal length of the broom to be adjusted to each user individually. This allows for even more efficient and comfortable work. The disadvantage of a rubber broom with a long handle is its size. This means it takes up more space than small hand brooms and is therefore bulkier.

How does a hand broom work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Unlike the long-handled rubber broom, the hand broom is handy. It is small and can therefore be easily stored away when not in use. It is possible to always have a hand broom at hand because it does not take up much space and can therefore be placed (almost) anywhere.

Due to its size, the hand brush is also ideally suited for small areas. The hand brush can also reach into corners effortlessly. A hand brush usually also comes with a dustpan, which can be used to dispose of the swept-up dirt quickly and easily.

Advantages
  • Small
  • Handy
  • Suitable for small areas
  • Usually comes with dustpan
Disadvantages
  • Inconvenient sweeping due to bending

However, the hand brush with rubber bristles is not designed for sweeping larger areas as it is simply too small for that. If you want to sweep both smaller and larger areas, it may therefore be advisable to have both types of rubber broom.

In addition, it is usually necessary to bend down when sweeping with a hand broom. This makes working with a hand broom not as comfortable as with a rubber broom with a handle. If you have back problems or other physical ailments that make it difficult for you to bend down, a hand broom is probably not the best choice for you.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to evaluate and compare rubber brooms

In the following, we would like to show you which attributes you can use to compare and evaluate rubber brooms. This will help you find the product that is best suited to your needs. These points are interesting for you:

  • Type
  • Material
  • Working width
  • Special features

In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what the individual purchase criteria are and what you need to pay attention to.

Type

If you are looking for a broom with rubber bristles, you have two options. Rubber brooms are available either as normal brooms with a long handle or as small hand brushes together with a dustpan. Of course, it all depends on how and where you want to use the broom.

You can use the hand brush especially when you want to sweep small areas, for example because you have dropped something. With the dustpan, you can pick up everything directly. For regular sweeping of your rooms or for sweeping large areas, you need a normal broom with a long handle, preferably an adjustable telescopic handle.

Of course, it's worth owning both to be prepared for all eventualities.

Material

Not all rubber is the same. The bristles of the rubber broom can either be made of synthetic rubber or natural rubber. Brooms with bristles made of natural rubber are usually of higher quality, but above all more expensive.

Working width

The working width of your broom comes into play when it comes to the size of the area you want to sweep with it. Wide brooms are particularly suitable for large areas or hallways. If, on the other hand, you have a small, relatively winding flat, a narrower broom will probably suffice.

Special features

Special features include all additional functions that the rubber broom has. These can be, for example, a telescopic handle with adjustable length, a water extraction edge or an eyelet for hanging up the broom.

A Telescopic handle the telescopic handle, the length of which you can change, gives you the opportunity to adapt the broom perfectly to you and your working needs.

A Water skimming edge is used to remove excess moisture from the floor after mopping to ensure that it dries without streaks or stains. Larger amounts of water and foam from scrubbing can also be removed in this way.

Also make sure that the broom has a Eyelet for hanging so that you can store it better - proper storage will extend the life of your broom. If the broom has to sit on its bristles often and for a long time, this can cause them to bend and you will not be able to sweep as effectively.

Special feature Function
Telescopic handle The telescopic handle allows you to adjust the handle length of the broom individually.
Water squeegee If your rubber broom has a water squeegee, you can use it to squeegee off excess water or foam. This helps to avoid streaks or stains on the floor.
Eyelet An eyelet on the handle of the broom is used for hanging. You should pay attention to this when buying a broom, as it should not be stored standing up for too long.

Facts worth knowing about rubber brooms

How does electrostatic charge work?

All materials have a certain affinity towards electrons: Some materials prefer to accept electrons, others tend to give off electrons. Rubber is a material that tends to accept electrons, whereas a carpet prefers to give them away. This leads to our rubber broom becoming negatively charged when it comes into contact with other objects, for example the carpet. And since opposites attract, the positively charged dirt particles and hairs stick to the rubber bristles.

How is rubber made?

Rubber is a material made from rubber. In its natural form, rubber can be obtained from various plant saps or tree barks. But rubber itself is not yet rubber. Through so-called vulcanisation, i.e. the addition of sulphur under pressure and heat, an elastic substance is created - an elastomer, which you know as rubber. Vulcanisation was discovered by Charles Goodyear in 1839.

However, it is said that the heating of rubber with sulphur was already known to Central American natives 3600 years ago. In everyday life, we now find rubber everywhere. From rubber seals to rubber boots to car tyres - the quantities needed mean that naturally extracted rubber is not nearly enough.

In the meantime, most of it is produced synthetically. Completely different basic raw materials come into play here.

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