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A person cleans a toilet with a toilet brush Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Best Toilet Brushes of 2022

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A person cleans a toilet with a toilet brush Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

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Editor's Choice Product image of Great Value Closed Bowl Brush & Caddy
Best Overall

Great Value Closed Bowl Brush & Caddy

Easy to use with extra bristles to effectively clean under the rim, a great tool at a great value, it’s right there in the name. Read More

Pros

  • Effective cleaner
  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Not attractive
  • Brush is slow to dry
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Editor's Choice Product image of Sellemer Toilet Brush and Holder
Best Silicone Brush

Sellemer Toilet Brush and Holder

Space-saving, with a sleek design and an effective, easy-to-clean brush head. Read More

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Cleans thoroughly
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • Requires more effort while cleaning
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Editor's Choice Product image of Boomjoy B5 Mod Brush
Best Looking

Boomjoy B5 Mod Brush

The one toilet brush you’ll want to show off just for being pretty. Read More

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Dries quickly and thoroughly
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Requires more effort while cleaning
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Product image of HDX Bowl Brush with Caddy

HDX Bowl Brush with Caddy

Provides an effective and thorough deep clean thanks to a special under-the-rim cleaner. Read More

Pros

  • Cleans thoroughly
  • Great value

Cons

  • Cheap-looking
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Product image of OXO Good Grips Compact Toilet Brush & Canister

OXO Good Grips Compact Toilet Brush & Canister

A middle-of-the-road cleaner with a small footprint, easy storage, and replaceable heads. Read More

Pros

  • Small footprint
  • Replaceable head
  • Inconspicuous design

Cons

  • Average cleaning power

No one ever starts a conversation with, “Hey, check out my new toilet brush!” We just want one that simply does the job it’s supposed to do, and then we tuck it away out of sight when we are done cleaning the bathroom. Sure, the main purpose of any toilet brush is to scrub residue and germs out of our toilet bowl, and most toilet scrubbers on the market are able to do just that. But you may be unaware of just how many toilet brush options are on the market these days.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

A person cleans a toilet with a toilet brush
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The brush and the ring of extra bristles that reach under the rim provide the best clean of any toilet brush we tested without any extra effort on our part.

Best Overall
Great Value Closed Bowl Brush & Caddy

I come from a long line of thrifty women, so in name alone, the Great Value Closed Bowl Brush and Caddy speaks to me. But, more importantly, it’s a truly functional toilet brush that does a fantastic job.

An extra, protruding set of brush bristles on the posterior side of the handle (no pun intended), made specifically to clean under the rim works exactly as intended and leaves the bowl spotless. While other brushes have a similar feature, the extra bristles in this case are angled in such a way that you can easily flip the brush to get under the rim, no peeking your head in the bowl or contorting your wrist to work it under there.

The Great Value’s downsides are that it is not a terribly elegant choice, with its basic white plastic handle and caddy which, while sturdy, has a bigger footprint than most others. And while the holder itself does have vents, it’s enclosed at the top meaning it takes longer for the brush to dry after use.

All in all, we found that the shape of the brush and the ring of extra bristles that reach under the rim provide the best clean of any brush we tested without any extra effort on our part.

Pros

  • Effective cleaner

  • Excellent value

Cons

  • Not attractive

  • Brush is slow to dry

A person cleans a toilet with a toilet brush
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Sellemer toilet brush is made with silicone bristles instead of plastic, and it does a great job cleaning the entire bowl, but requires a little extra effort from you.

Best Silicone Brush
Sellemer Toilet Brush and Holder

Behold, the Apple Watch of toilet brushes! The Sellemer bathroom toilet brush looks futuristic and is one of the only toilet brushes to warrant an unboxing video, on account of how un-toilet-brush-like it looks. (I did not make said video, but I’m certain my face was full of wonder and excitement when I first saw this thing.)

Thanks to its long, flexible, flat brush, it neatly slid under the rim of the toilet and scrubbed debris with ease. If your toilet brushes routinely pick up random potty detritus, toilet paper, or hair that might be hanging around in your toilet, consider the Sellemer toilet brush, which not only does a great job cleaning the entire bowl, but it was, itself, spotless after rinsing it off.

In general, we found that silicone bristles require slightly more elbow grease than plastic while scrubbing, but this brush still did a thorough job. One trade-off of cleaning with silicone in general though is how easy all silicone brushes are to clean.

The Sellemer has a small footprint if you store it on the floor, but it also comes with an adhesive that allows you to wall-mount the flat, rectangular holder, making it even more space-saving.

Pros

  • Attractive design

  • Cleans thoroughly

  • Small footprint

Cons

  • Requires more effort while cleaning

A person cleans a toilet with a toilet brush
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

So pretty! I actually want to display this pretty toilet brush in my bathroom, instead of hiding it away.

Best Looking
Boomjoy B5 Mod Brush

On looks alone, the Boomjoy is the one toilet brush I want on display in my bathroom. The description of the color is “elegant pink,” and I have to say that I find it very pleasing and, indeed, elegant.

When it comes to performance, Boomjoy works well. It even boasts my new favorite feature, which I didn’t even know I needed in a toilet brush: poop tweezers. These small plastic tongs are meant to extract any solid bits or hair out of the silicone bristles after you’re done cleaning your toilet, and it’s neatly hidden into a screw top of the handle.

The Boomjoy has a rounded head with silicone bristles, and while it cleaned well, it didn’t have the same flexibility as our winning silicone model, the Sellemer. This means we had to scrub a touch harder to really loosen any stuck-on solids.

Otherwise, the base is incredibly sturdy, the bristles are easy to clean, and, did we mention, it’s cute.

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing

  • Dries quickly and thoroughly

  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Requires more effort while cleaning

Product image of HDX Bowl Brush with Caddy
HDX Bowl Brush with Caddy

When it comes down to cleaning power, the HDX Polypropylene Toilet Bowl Brush does a great job. So humble and unassuming is this toilet brush that in its product description it doesn’t even mention its most important feature, the bristle extension that slides underneath the toilet rim to clean out stuck-on residue with ease. While several models we tested have the same feature, the HDX requires less elbow grease, and it removed all of our dried-on miso paste without multiple flushings.

The main flaw with the HDX is how generic the brush looks. The white wand, which has a rubberized, gray handle, comes in a plain white, cup-style holder that’s open at the top. Unfortunately, this means the wand and brush are entirely on display (and the longer bristles that clean under the rim actually poke up over the rim of the brush holder slightly).

The open holder design does allow for airflow and the brush dries fairly quickly after use, but overall, it’s not something you’ll proudly display or want to call attention to.

Pros

  • Cleans thoroughly

  • Great value

Cons

  • Cheap-looking

Product image of OXO Good Grips Compact Toilet Brush & Canister
OXO Good Grips Compact Toilet Brush & Canister

In the interest of full disclosure, I have always used the OXO Good Grips Hideaway Compact Toilet Brush in my everyday life, and I use it for one big reason: Once the brush head looks like it cannot work another day in its life, you can unscrew it and replace the head without throwing the holder or handle away. I appreciate the slightly lessened environmental impact that the brush has as a result, and as a cleaning tool, it has always been effective, but there are very few bells and whistles.

When it comes to performance, it is a workhorse toilet brush that does what it sets out to do. The canister also opens and closes with ease so you don’t ever have to touch the bristles or holder to put it back in its place.

The reason the OXO falls toward the middle of the pack is simply because there are other, more effectively designed brush heads available. While the OXO bristles, which are plastic, work well and are neither too stiff nor too soft, you have to dig deep into the bowl to make sure they reach where they’re supposed to. The brush does a good job, but not a great one.

Pros

  • Small footprint

  • Replaceable head

  • Inconspicuous design

Cons

  • Average cleaning power

Product image of Made By Design Toilet Brush with Holster Set
Made By Design Toilet Brush with Holster Set

The Made By Design brush and holster are a small, clean-lined set that could look nice in bathrooms of any size, but are especially suited for smaller spaces. During our testing, the brush dried fairly quickly after use, but we experienced some splashback while cleaning, and found that the stiff bristles had trouble reaching under the rim.

Made of polypropylene, the holder and handle can technically be recycled when it comes time to replace it.

An excellent value, the brush does a decent job cleaning and has been thoughtfully designed to look more attractive than your typical toilet brush.

Pros

  • Good value

  • Nice looking

  • Dries quickly

Cons

  • Bristles cause splashback

Product image of mDesign Plastic Compact Toilet Bowl Brush Holder
mDesign Plastic Compact Toilet Bowl Brush Holder

The mDesign toilet brush is a tidy little toilet brush that comes in a dozen colors and will look nice if you leave it out on display. But at 16 inches in height, it’s short enough to get tucked into an under-sink cabinet to keep it hidden away.

I was initially suspicious of brushes like this one, which look like a little sword, complete with a grip and guard to protect your hand from splashes as you clean. In this case, the guard (which also acts as a lid when placed on the brush holder) was situated very close to the actual brush bristles, and dipped into the water once or twice while cleaning, meaning I needed to sanitize the whole brush as well as the handle when I was done.

The bristles on the mDesign proved a little stiff and created some splashback while scrubbing, too.

All of the brushes, including this one, which came stored in tall canisters did not thoroughly dry out between uses.

Pros

  • Attractive

  • Compact

Cons

  • Splashback

  • Brush remained damp after use

Product image of Tushy Brush
Tushy Brush

Tushy seeks to be the great disruptor of the toilet world. The company is known for its eco-consciousness, as well as clever, punny marketing—you can buy an assortment of the brand’s products in an “Assential Bundle” on its website.

The Tushy Brush itself is the one sustainable toilet cleaning option we tested. I didn’t think it could work as advertised, given the slim nature of the coconut husk pads that were slightly smaller than an SOS pad and that they affix to a metal and bamboo handle. But I was pleasantly surprised! They did indeed fit under my toilet rim, and they cleaned out all the gunk that I had left there.

Unfortunately, the pad fell off the handle not once, but twice, into my toilet bowl. Which means I had to fish it out. Upon further tests, I forcefully pressed the husk into the clips while holding the wand steady—admittedly not my ideal user experience, putting my hands all over the wand of a used toilet brush—and it stayed on during cleaning, but that was a hard lesson to learn.

The beauty of the Tushy is that the pads are compostable after use, making it a truly no-waste option.

I wanted to love the Tushy, but I found myself hoping that this great idea will be retooled so that its design might eventually be improved upon. It’s a great product, it’s just not quite there yet.

Pros

  • Attractive design

  • Environmentally friendly

  • Minimal plastic

Cons

  • Pad falls off

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Elizabeth Kocan

Elizabeth Kocan

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