Last updated: 16/10/2022

Welcome to our big toilet brush test 2022. Here we present all the toilet 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 toilet 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 toilet brush.




Summary

  • Basically, we can distinguish between toilet brushes with and without bristles. The bristle-free toilet brush is more hygienic and longer lasting.
  • Toilet brushes made of natural materials have the least impact on the environment. They even last longer than conventional plastic toilet brushes.
  • The higher the quality of the material and the easier it is to clean, the longer the toilet brushes can be used.

The Best Toilet Brush: Our Choices

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

How hygienic are toilet brushes?

Toilet brushes are essential components of clean toilets. Toilet brushes have been an integral part of toilet hygiene since ancient times. Called a xylospongium back then, the toilet brush was nothing more than a stick with a sponge on the end.

When you’re ready for a thorough toilet cleaning, first look for the right utensils, such as a matching toilet brush. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and nerves in the long run. (Image source: pixabay.com / klimkin)

But how hygienic are these toilet brushes that have been used for several generations? Do they deserve their proud place in the toilet and bathroom? Surprisingly, opinions differ depending on the country and culture, but we can agree on one thing. Whether a toilet brush is hygienic or not depends on 2 factors in particular:

  1. How long has the toilet brush been used?
  2. What material is the toilet brush made of?

What material are toilet brushes made of?

Toilet brushes are more versatile than many of us think. The materials that make up the exciting world of toilet brushes are already so numerous. The most popular materials of the toilet brush handle include rubber, stainless steel, wood, copper, glass and porcelain. Other special components are bamboo and silicone.

Toilet brush containers can be made of the same elements as the toilet brushes, or of concrete, ceramic, chrome, anthracite and marble. Even the toilet brush heads/cleaning pads can differ greatly from each other. However, most are made of plastic or silicone, occasionally animal bristles or other compostable materials. These can be added with antibacterial layer or without. Another difference is whether these heads are made of bristles or are bristle-free.

With some toilet brushes, it is still possible to get a replacement head to change the head part if it is already too used. Toilet brushes with a long stainless steel handle and bristle-free head are the most hygienic.

What can you clean with a toilet brush?

The best-known function of the toilet brush is to clean the toilet. This usually involves fighting germs, bacteria, as well as limescale and urine stones. These are caused by the daily flushing of urine and faeces.

How completely this cleaning function is fulfilled depends on the flexibility of the brush and the material, as well as the length of the handle of the toilet brush. These features of a toilet brush help to effectively clean the hard-to-reach parts – deep under the rim and the area of the drain. With some toilet brushes, it is even possible to clean rimless toilets and urinals smoothly.

An efficient toilet brush is part of every well-kept locality. There is no other way to keep the pee stall clean. (Picture source: pixabay.com / markusspiske)

What does a toilet brush cost?

The price of a toilet brush varies from about 0.75 euros to about 102 euros. In the highest price range are toilet brushes made of chrome or with satin nickel finish.

What is the alternative to toilet brushes?

An alternative to the classic toilet brushes are toilet wipers without bristles. These are more durable and more flexible than the conventional toilet brushes. If you are thinking about sustainability, you can also replace your toilet brush with environmentally friendly ones. This usually consists of a wooden handle and natural bristles.

A toothbrush is just as suitable for cleaning the rim of the toilet. With its narrow head, the rim part is very easy to reach. Important to note: after the first use, only use the toothbrush for cleaning the toilet! If there are no toilet brushes of any kind at home, cleaning sponges and cleaning cloths combined with rubber gloves are a great help.

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

If you want to get a toilet brush, there is one crucial feature you should consider before buying. You can distinguish between two different types:

  • Conventional toilet brush
  • Brushless toilet brush

The different types each come with advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer, a different type is suitable for you. In the following section, we would like to make it easier for you to decide.

What are the characteristics of a traditional toilet brush and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Bristle toilet brushes have the great advantage of powerful friction. This scratching function leaves you with the feeling that the toilet brush is doing its job well, but it lacks the surface wiping function of the impurities.

The bristles also have the disadvantage of dirt accumulating on them over time, especially if the brush is cleaned inappropriately and not regularly. This can lead to bacteria being attracted to them. The toilet brushes even lose their shape if a lot of pressure is applied while cleaning and they discolour with each use.

For these reasons, the toilet brushes are more short-lived than the bristle-less ones. Another difference, of course, is the material. If the brush head is made of animal bristles or a similar type of plastic, it will become dirty more quickly than a brush head made of silicone.

Nevertheless, toilet brushes made of natural materials last longer than plastic brushes. They can be cleaned well with vinegar and baking soda. This is less true for plastic toilet brushes.

The low price and the fact that they are available in almost every supermarket and online shop are arguments in favour of toilet brushes with plastic bristles.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • Available in many shops
  • Scrubs away dirt
  • Variant made of natural materials is environmentally friendly
Disadvantages
  • Short-lived
  • Builds up deposits and toilet paper residues
  • Smears away dirt
  • Hard to clean
  • Plastic variant is harmful to the environment

What are the features of a bristle-less toilet brush and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The bristle-free toilet brush consists of a head part made of silicone slats. With the help of the slat, it thoroughly cleans the surfaces instead of smearing the deposits and dirt.

The silicone slats always gently adapt to the shape of the toilet. If the bristle-less toilet brush is flexible, it can even clean the rim thoroughly.

Brushless toilet brushes are available in various designs. The differences are in their shape. With the right shape, the toilet can be cleaned easily under the rim and offers an aesthetic look. Cleaning the toilet brush is also pleasant. Since there are no bristles, it is much less time-consuming to clean than with the other variants.

After use, it no longer needs to be rinsed, saving up to 7 litres of water with every single toilet cleaning! Cleaning agents for keeping the brush clean in general are also saved. The toilet brushes are made of silicone. A 100% ecological version is therefore not yet available. Nevertheless, they have a longer lifetime than the classic toilet brushes with bristles. What one may miss with bristle-less toilet brushes is the scratching function. This is not the case with a silicone brush.

Advantages
  • Wipes over the entire surface
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean
  • Does not smudge
  • Water-saving
Disadvantages
  • Cannot brush and scrub
  • There are none made of compostable material
  • It is not available in every shop

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate toilet brushes

Here we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible toilet brushes. The criteria you can use to compare toilet brushes with each other include:

  • Material
  • Sustainability, durability
  • Flexibility
  • Hygiene
  • Price-performance ratio
  • Design

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what the individual criteria are.

Material

We have examined the 3 main components that go into a toilet brush.

Component Material
Handle Most commonly made of plastic, stainless steel, wood, copper, glass and porcelain. Other special components are bamboo and silicone.
Head Most are made of plastic. Silicone is also a very popular material. Occasionally, toilet brushes made of animal bristles or other compostable materials can be found. Some toilet heads are infused with antibacterial coating.
Containers often made of the same elements as the handle. Other choices are concrete, ceramic, chrome, anthracite and marble.

Sustainability, durability

The following criteria should be considered for sustainability:

  • Spare parts
  • Lifetime
  • Material

Spare parts

You can replace the head part of some toilet brushes. However, this is only possible if a suitable replacement head is available. You can ask the shops whether this is the case. It is also possible to buy a separate toilet brush container if the old one no longer fulfils its functions.

Service life

The service life depends largely on the quality and material of the head and the bristles. Plastic discolours quickly and is difficult to clean. Therefore, it has a lifespan of about half a year. Natural bristles can be kept clean a little longer with vinegar and baking soda.

Silicone toilet brushes are dirt-repellent. The dirt does not accumulate. The toilet brush with silicone lamella is remarkably easy to keep clean and thus achieves the longest life.

The service life is also influenced by the material of the handle and container. Strong materials such as chrome and stainless steel have a longer lifespan than glass or plastic. It is therefore worth buying a toilet brush made of rust-resistant elements so that it can be used for a long time.

Material

There are two ways of looking at sustainability. According to the first view, the longer the durability of the toilet brush, the more environmentally friendly it is. In this principle, brushless toilet brushes made of silicone are in first place, followed by toilet brushes with strong, quality components from the steep and container, such as marble, chrome and stainless steel.

According to the second view, a compostable material is fundamental for sustainability. Easily degradable materials for toilet brushes are wood (handle and container), root bristles, animal bristles.

Flexibility

Only with a flexible body and head can we expect thorough cleaning. The hard-to-reach toilet parts, such as the rim and the drain area, can be easily and effectively reached with a toilet brush with a long handle and a bendable end. Toilet brushes with elastic silicone parts at the head area offer this easy handling best. Toilet brushes with a joint on the handle section are also easy to bend.

Hygiene

Conventional toilet brushes become clogged with dirt relatively quickly. After a short time, these not only look unsightly, but also stink. This creates an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and germs.

Cleaning the toilet bowl with the dirty and sticky bristles can no longer be done properly despite repeated attempts. For hygienic and aesthetic reasons, you should therefore say goodbye to your toilet brush after about half a year and get a new one.

Hygiene ensures that pathogens do not multiply. This protects our health and allows us to enjoy our refreshing time on the toilet. (Image source: unsplash.com / Christoffer Engström)

An alternative is the bristle-free toilet brush. With the slatted part, you can clean the inside of the toilet perfectly. It is very good for “scraping off” deposits. This brush keeps clean very easily and for a long time. Toilet paper and other “messes” do not easily attach to the surface. You can therefore use it for several years without worrying.

To keep the hygiene not only on the lower part of the toilet brush, but also on the upper part, i.e. the handle, please use the toilet brush with your clean hand. You wouldn’t like to hold an unclean toilet handle in your hand either, would you?

Price-performance ratio

The average price of a toilet brush is between about 10 and 40 euros. However, this range can expand considerably. Very inexpensive versions made of plastic are also available from about 0.80 euros, while toilet brushes made of chrome can cost up to about 103 euros. Toilet brushes made of stainless steel have a lower price than those with chrome (about 1 to 20 euros).

For toilet brushes made of silicone, you should expect to pay around 1.20-46 euros. If you want them without bristles, you should calculate with about 16-37 euros. The price of ecological toilet brushes is between 10 and 32 euros. These prices usually include the toilet bowl. Spare parts and additional components increase the basic price of the toilet brush.

Type price range
General approx. 0.80 – 100 euros
Plastic approx. 0.80 – 40 euros
Chrome approx. 20 – 100 euros
Stainless steel approx. 1 – 20 euros
Silicone approx. 1.20 – 46 euros
Biodegradable approx. 10 – 32 euros
Without bristles approx. 16 – 37 euros

Design

A toilet brush not only has the function of keeping the toilet area clean. A toilet brush also decorates the interior. We can decorate our bathroom with funny toilet brushes. Gun-shaped toilet brushes, skull decoration for a spooky Halloween day, toilet brushes with cartoon characters or emojis.

Why not let your own political opinion count? There are all kinds of designs for toilet brushes, such as Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un. How about creating a nature-like ambience with your toilet brush? Cat, frog, dog, duck: toilet brushes are available in various animal motifs. Fruit figures, such as a cherry or a green apple, are just as suitable.
 Want to get away from the stress of everyday life for a bit? A vintage toilet brush, one in country style, or an antique unique piece can help you spend some nostalgic time in your toilet. Modern, simple elegance can also be found as a choice. Like heart-shaped toilet brushes for the romantics.

You can fix your toilet brush container to the wall with a wall mount or simply hang your toilet brush. If you don’t like the toilet brush or the toilet set, you can hide your toilet brush with a concealed module. There is also a choice for camper vans and camping toilets if you like to travel with your caravan.

Interesting facts about toilet brushes

How do I use the toilet brush properly?

Using the toilet brush correctly is quite simple. Follow the instructions below:

After scrubbing and brushing with your toilet brush, hold it where the water comes out.

Flush the toilet and let the water run through/over the toilet brush. Afterwards, you can put your clean toilet brush back in the holder.

In the following video you can see an example of how to clean your toilet.

How do I clean the toilet brush?

Do you want to get your toilet brush sparkling clean again? To avoid buying new toilet brushes too often and save money, there are a few tricks you can use. These tricks apply to bristle toilet brushes. Bristle-less toilet brushes don’t need as much extra cleaning.

Basic cleaning

Put the toilet cleaner in the toilet bowl.

Please note that you must not mix different cleaning agents! Otherwise dangerous substances will be produced.

Put your brush in the toilet. Let it soak in the course of cleaning the toilet. You can add additional cleaning agents directly to the brush at this point if you think it is necessary. Now you should let the detergent soak in. The soak time is about 20 to 30 minutes. Then rinse your toilet brush during the rinse cycle.

Basic cleaning without chemicals

If you don’t want to use strong chemicals. You can use vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice or denture cleaner. These are natural cleaning agents and good limescale removers. They are especially good for toilet brushes made of root bristles. Brushes made of plastic will become lighter and return to their natural white colour.

The process is actually the same as in point 1, but the soaking time is longer. We therefore recommend that you clean overnight. Let your toilet brush soak all night and shower it off the next day.

Cleaning the toilet brush container

Empty the toilet brush container first. Clean it with a paper towel and a little disinfectant. Attention: Do not forget to wear gloves! If you do not want to clean the container directly with your hand, you can use cat litter. Put some litter in the container and leave it inside for a short time until it sucks up the liquid. Then throw the litter in the dustbin. Do not flush the cat litter down the toilet!

How often should I change the toilet brush?

You should change conventional toilet brushes every six months.

You can use natural bristle toilet brushes for longer if you clean them regularly. Toilet brushes without bristles will last for several years.

How do I dispose of the toilet brush properly?

Toilet brushes should be disposed of with non-recyclable waste. Toilet brushes made of wood with natural bristles can be thrown into the organic waste bin if they do not hold any additional material.

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