The Best Broom, Dustpan, and Dust Mop

Over the years, we’ve researched 446 brooms, dustpans, and dirt mops, and we’ve examined 60 merchandise firsthand. We interviewed Debra Johnson, a home-cleaning knowledgeable with Merry Maids, and Green Cleaning Coach’s Leslie Reichert, a housekeeping knowledgeable who teaches individuals tips on how to clear successfully and in environmentally pleasant methods. We additionally surveyed a whole lot of Wirecutter readers and arranged a four-person testing panel for this information’s debut, in 2014. For the newest replace, affiliate workers author Ellen Airhart spent a number of months testing merchandise.

Photo: Connie Park

For our current replace, we scoured retailers’ and producers’ web sites, and we compiled spreadsheets itemizing 25 brooms, 51 broom-and-dustpan units, 72 mud mops, and 73 dustpans. To discover out which fashions have been extensively out there from completely different retailers, we visited bodily shops together with Home Depot, Target, Lowe’s, and Walmart.


Synthetic bristles are finest for brooms as a result of they’re proof against rot and may be cleaned with heat, soapy water. That means corn or horsehair bristles are out. The bristles will need to have flagged ends—deliberately frayed ideas designed to seize mud, grime, and hair on the broom’s sweeping floor.

The finest brooms have angled bristles that may attain into corners and beneath furnishings. And they’ve a storage loop for hanging—you need to by no means retailer a brush resting on its bristles. We eradicated brooms that have been tough to search out from a good retailer or that have been too costly.

During testing we realized how a lot we hate bending over to make use of a dustpan and the way awkward it’s to make use of a full-size broom to assemble grime right into a pan. Many individuals could have simply accepted a brush deal with banging into their shoulder or head as a part of the cleansing course of. A very good lobby-broom set can resolve this drawback; the broom and dustpan will every have a protracted deal with, so you possibly can clear with out squatting.

During testing we found that we love foyer brooms. Photo: Connie Park

With lots of the brooms, we did a preliminary sweep within the aisles of the shops wherein we discovered them. Cleaning knowledgeable Leslie Reichert instructed us to concentrate to how the bristles are linked to the pinnacle of the broom. “Don’t be afraid to present them a tug. If they pull out within the retailer, the broom gained’t final lengthy in your house,” Reichert mentioned. We pulled and tugged, and if any broom failed this check, we put it again.

Not surprisingly, we discovered that brooms with extra bristles and denser heads have been more practical than sparsely bristled brooms. But particular person bristle stiffness and size additionally play a component within the total texture of a brush. Long, gentle, floppy bristles fling mud round, quite than making a neat pile, and thick, stiff bristles can’t attain into cramped corners. We have been on the lookout for a Goldilocks broom: as dense as doable, not too gentle, not too stiff, however excellent.

Flour is lighter than diatomaceous earth, so it allowed us to check completely different capabilities of our brooms. Photo: Connie Park


A dustpan ought to have a mouth that’s broad sufficient to match the broom’s head. It also needs to have a rubber lip on the entrance edge, and the lip ought to sit flush with the ground, making a ramp into the dustpan. This permits you to sweep stuff in with fewer strokes, as a substitute of getting to brush, scoot the dustpan again, sweep, scoot, sweep … and so forth.

A dustpan also needs to have a ridge on the within to comprise particles, or every thing swept in can slide proper again out. And it ought to have a good capability; you don’t desire a shallow dustpan.

A very good dustpan could have a rubber lip and a ridge to assist comprise stuff. Photo: Connie Park

A standalone dustpan ought to have the ability to clip to your broom, and it must be sturdy sufficient that it doesn’t bend a lot or break beneath average strain. A cushty grip is a pleasant perk, and a very good dustpan set ought to have a gap for hanging.

Dust mops

A brush sweeps up giant, heavy particles. A mud mop does a second cross, to seize all the grime, mud, and hair the broom didn’t handle. Dust mops are additionally nice for normal upkeep cleansing, to assist keep away from buildup of mud and hair. To decide a mud mop’s vital options—how effectively it cleans and the way lengthy it lasts—we regarded on the materials and elegance of the fabric, in addition to on the mud mop’s body and maneuverability.

Microfiber is the very best materials for a reusable mud mop as a result of it’s the best at attracting and absorbing mud, and it lasts the longest (when cared for correctly). Cotton can rot, it stretches when washed, and it have to be handled with chemical compounds to draw and maintain mud.

Microfiber is the very best materials for a mud mop as a result of cotton can rot. Photo: Connie Park

Dust-mop cloths are available in a number of kinds: reduce finish, looped finish, and chenille. Cut-end cloths are susceptible to fraying, and people with looped ends are slightly higher at grabbing mud. Chenille microfiber heads—the type that appear to be a colourful forest of little worms—are efficient as a result of the nubs are nice at entering into cracks and corners. We additionally had success with lengthy, skinny polyester microfiber threads.

We thought-about simply maneuverable fashions that might attain beneath furnishings and into corners, with a sturdy deal with and a clean steering mechanism. We sought dust-mop covers that may maintain a whole lot of particles earlier than needing to be washed and that may then survive dozens of washings. We additionally factored within the worth of alternative covers.

We instantly dismissed any objects that got here in components and took greater than three minutes to assemble.

Half a cup doesn’t seem to be a lot, till you’re throwing it on the ground and sweeping it up over 100 occasions. Photo: Kimber Streams

We referred to as in 30 brooms (18 of which had dustpans), six mud mops, and 21 dustpans (5 of which got here with a small brush).

We examined every broom by throwing half-cups of flour, diatomaceous earth, clay cat litter, and rice onto a barely textured tile flooring after which sweeping all of it up. We selected flour and diatomaceous earth as a result of they’ve an analogous consistency and texture to mud, and we selected cat litter for its heavy, dense particles of various sizes. We wished to brush up damaged glass, however we settled for a safer laborious materials—uncooked rice.

We famous how efficient brooms and dustpans have been at sweeping up the completely different supplies, and we measured how a lot residue every left behind.

Video: Hunter Boone

We eradicated 25 of our check brooms both as a result of they have been poorly designed or they have been simply plain horrible at sweeping. We solicited opinions from staffers who’d been utilizing our earlier picks. We additionally rinsed our prime picks in water.

For subjective testing, we employed 5 paid testers with completely different cleansing routines and ranging ranges of mobility and dexterity. Some used units, together with prosthetics, a wheelchair, and a walker. Each of them swept up a fake mess of cat litter utilizing our picks, and so they talked us by way of what they favored and disliked about our last picks.

To check dustpans, we swept half a teaspoon of flour into each. This confirmed us how effectively every dustpan labored with our brooms and the way efficient every dustpan was at choosing up, holding, and never spilling high-quality particles. We stuffed every with water to measure the capability.

Many dustpans fell off of their accompanying brooms with a easy shake. Video: Hunter Boone

For mud mops, we sifted a half-teaspoon of flour onto a tile flooring to simulate an inexpensive quantity of settled mud. Then we washed every of the six soiled dust-mop heads individually and hung them in a single day to dry. We examined our last contenders a second time with one other half-teaspoon of sifted flour and one other journey by way of the wash.

Photo: Connie Park

Our decide

Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom

A terrific on a regular basis sweeper

With its pliable bristles and superior stability, this broom swept higher than opponents, and it was probably the most comfy to make use of.

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The Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom has stood the check of time. It’s the best at sweeping particles of all sizes, and it has the very best stability and grip of something we examined.

Casabella has modified this broom over time. The hanging cap is now thicker, and the bristle rely has decreased total, however the quantity of bristles per clump rose. Still, this broom stays our prime performer. It meets all of our necessities—angled, flagged, artificial bristles, and a storage hook—and it was universally liked by our testers.

Compared with the 29 different brooms we examined, the Casabella Wayclean left the least residue behind after we used it to brush up the tiniest particles of flour and litter. And it was particularly efficient at getting mud out of cracks within the flooring.

The Casabella Wayclean broom’s redesign features a thicker loop than the one on the earlier model (and it’s nonetheless versatile). Photo: Connie Park

Strong, flagged bristles seize extra particles. The bristles on the Casabella Wayclean have a superior clump density, amount, thickness, and stiffness in contrast with the bristles on each different broom we tried. The bristles (2,548 whole; 98 clumps with 26 bristles every) are very compact and effectively organized in staggered rows, so that they create a thick forest for sweeping and trapping mud.

The bristles even have flagged ends. Cleaning knowledgeable Leslie Reichert instructed us flagged bristles are finest for indoor cleansing and dry messes as a result of they “decide up small particles a lot better and don’t have a tendency to go away a lot behind.” The Casabella Wayclean’s bristles are flagged a lot larger up the shaft, not simply on the ideas (as on many different brooms we examined).

We have been involved that the broom’s packed-together bristles would make the pinnacle more durable to scrub, however that wasn’t the case. Water and grime flushed proper out beneath the tap, and we left the broom to dry in a single day. Afterward, it was good as new.

The frays on the Casabella Wayclean broom’s bristle (left) are thinner and extra pliable, and so they prolong farther up the shaft in contrast with these on the Libman 211 broom (proper). Photo: Connie Park

Other broom heads are larger however not higher. You may count on {that a} broom with a wider head could be sooner at sweeping up messes. But we discovered that many brooms with broad heads tended to have stiff bristles that have been much less efficient at sweeping up tiny specks. Our runner-up decide, the Libman 211, has a wider head than the Casabella Wayclean, however the Wayclean broom excels as a result of the sweeping floor is exponentially denser, with a more-even distribution of bristles.

The Casabella Wayclean broom (proper) isn’t as broad as different brooms we examined, however it excels at sweeping attributable to its denser bristles. Photo Connie Park

The Casabella Wayclean broom’s head doesn’t have as excessive an angle as different brooms we examined. Yet it’s angled sufficient to get into corners and odd kitchen crevices and round furnishings.

The Casabella Wayclean broom’s deal with has a foam EVA grip, so it’s good to carry. Photo: Connie Park

The deal with is comfy to carry. Of all the handles on all the brooms we examined, the Casabella Wayclean broom’s deal with was the best on our fingers, because of the gentle grip constructed from foam EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate). This cozy sheath may be moved up or down on the pole, although that requires some agency twisting and tugging. The upside is that the grip doesn’t slip or slide simply, so it gained’t shift when you’re sweeping.

The 47-inch grey pole is fabricated from powder-coated metal, and it’s capped with a second EVA grip that’s firmer than the moveable sheath however nonetheless comfy to carry.

Flaws however not dealbreakers

It doesn’t include a dustpan. This isn’t essentially a nasty factor. Our reader survey discovered that most individuals don’t desire a dustpan-and-brush set—they wish to use a brush with a dustpan they select. We advocate pairing the Casabella Wayclean broom with our dustpan decide, the Libman 2125 Step-On Dust Pan. However, as a result of this dustpan is designed to connect to Libman brooms, it does slip slightly on the Casabella Wayclean broom. We recommend storing the broom and dustpan individually or clipping the dustpan to the underside of the broom, the place it gained’t transfer down.

There’s a slight “studying curve” to utilizing it. When we first started utilizing the Casabella Wayclean broom, it had a bent to flick or fling heavier particles. We initially had the identical difficulty with the newer mannequin. But, as within the authentic testing, we have been capable of regulate our sweeping method to account for that. One tester referred to as the Casabell Wayclean “a brush with a studying curve.” Because the bristles are gentle, light sweeping is more practical than utilizing vigorous strokes.

The meeting required extra steps than we want. The broom arrived in three components, and we needed to unscrew and rescrew a component greater than as soon as. Since this took lower than three minutes, we let it cross. Some reviews report that these completely different components loosen over time; we are going to monitor this as we proceed to long-term check the Casabella Wayclean broom, however after a 12 months we haven’t observed any loosening. The broom feels sturdy as you’re employed; nothing rattles or strikes round throughout regular cleansing or with a vigorous shaking.

Photo: Connie Park


Libman 211 Extra Large Precision Angle Broom

A sturdy powerhouse

Bulkier and a bit much less versatile than another choices, this broom is a tricky and environment friendly sweeper.

Buying Options

If the Casabella Wayclean broom is unavailable, we advocate the Libman 211 Extra Large Precision Angle Broom. The Libman 211 just isn’t as efficient at sweeping up mud, and it’s heavier, with bristles which might be a bit extra stiff. It additionally lacks our prime decide’s cozy grip. However, among the many brooms we examined, the Libman 211 was simply the second finest at sweeping.

The head catches extra of sure varieties of particles. In a side-by-side one-sweep comparability, we discovered that the Libman 211 and the Casabella Wayclean brooms left comparable quantities of flour on the bottom, and so they did an analogous job of choosing up the diatomaceous earth and cat litter. A skinny line of rice escaped a single sweep by the Casabella Wayclean broom, however the Libman 211 broom’s wider head caught it.

This broom has a steeper angle and longer bristles than the Casabella Wayclean broom. The Libman 211 broom has longer bristles, so it’s simpler to entry awkward corners. But the bristles are additionally stiff, and that stops them from bending sufficient to get beneath low-slung objects—for instance, when you’re making an attempt to get mud out from beneath the sofa.

It can sort out heavy messes. The Libman 211 broom is effectively made, with a metal deal with and bristles constructed from recycled bottles. It has a one-year producer’s guarantee, and it doesn’t rattle or flex with unusual use (or with vigorous shaking, or after being thrown right into a bin with 29 different fashions for storage). Because of the stiffness of the bristles, the Libman 211 broom is preferable to the Casabella Wayclean broom for small outside chores, like sweeping leaves or different particles on a paved driveway or wood deck.

The Libman 211 broom (proper) has a bigger broom head than the Casabella Wayclean broom (left). So the Libman 211 broom can cowl a better floor space with fewer sweeps. Photo: Ellen Airhart

Flaws however not dealbreakers

The deal with isn’t fairly as comfy, and some bristles arrived bent. The Libman 211 broom’s deal with doesn’t have gentle padding on the pole, as our prime decide has. Some of the bristles arrived bent, and we weren’t capable of manipulate them again into place, however this didn’t have an effect on the broom’s total efficiency. Over the course of our testing, a number of of the Casabella Wayclean broom’s bristles additionally bent, and it didn’t have an effect on our prime decide’s efficiency, both.

Photo: Connie Park

Our decide

Libman 2125 Step-On Dust Pan

Easy to make use of, hungry for mud

This dustpan has a grime-catching black lip and a big trash capability. Due to the handy footholds, there’s much less bending and getting down in your knees.

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The Libman 2125 Step-On Dust Pan is the very best dustpan to pair with our top-pick broom, the Casabella Wayclean. The built-in footholds be certain that the dustpan sits flush with the ground, to cease mud and particles from slipping previous. And we discovered that with the added strain, the least quantity of residue was left behind. We liked not having to bend over whereas sweeping into the pan.

Built-in footholds anchor the Libman 2125 Step-On dustpan to the ground as you acquire mud and particles. And built-in tooth assist clear a brush’s bristles. Photo: Connie Park

In our flour sweep check, the black rubber lip created a flawless seam between the dustpan and the ground. When we swept the flour into the pan after which moved the pan again, the road the place the dustpan had been sitting regarded prefer it had been reduce with a razor. By comparability, almost all of our different dustpans allowed some flour beneath the lip (which meant we stored having to drag the dustpan again to assemble the powder).

The Libman 2125 Step-On was the one dustpan that didn’t enable flour to get beneath the lip. (We think about it could have been highly regarded at Studio 54.) Photo: Ellen Airhart.

Useful design touches set this dustpan aside from the competitors. The Libman 2125 Step-On dustpan’s rubber footholds resolve lots of the issues that come up from making an attempt to stabilize a dustpan and sweep with a brush on the identical time. We favored having each of our fingers free to brush whereas we stabilized the dustpan with our ft; the strain was sufficient to carry the lip flush with the ground, so nothing received beneath it.

The tooth in the back of the pan labored effectively at getting powder off of the broom’s bristles, and a few of our paid testers famous that the tooth on their dustpans helped them to assemble cat and human hair. We appreciated that our decide’s tooth have been nearer collectively than another dustpans’ tooth, which missed among the grime on the bristles.

At 64 ounces, this dustpan had the second-largest capability of these we examined. Among the non-lobby-broom dustpans, the Libman 2125 Step-On had the biggest capability. By comparability, the capability of the HDX dustpan was rather less than 24 ounces, and lots of dustpans we examined held even much less.

Flaws however not dealbreakers

It’s expensive and takes up house. The Libman 2125 Step-On is pricey for a dustpan. And it’s cumbersome, so it’s not prone to win any design awards for minimalism. Due to its dimension, this dustpan is trickier to retailer, which a few of our testers famous. Also, in contrast with normal Libman dustpans, the Libman 2125 Step-On is harder to search out in brick-and-mortar shops.

The deal with gained’t clip to all brooms. This dustpan’s deal with sticks to the Libman 211 broom. But, as we already talked about, it’s barely free on the Casabella Wayclean broom.

It isn’t notably comfy to carry. But that is much less of a difficulty due to its step-on function.

We have been capable of harm it. The entrance nook chipped towards the tip of our tough testing. However, we decided that this harm didn’t have an effect on the dustpan’s performance, and we didn’t discover any person critiques complaining of comparable points.

Photo: Connie Park

Our decide

OXO Good Grips Large Sweep Set with Extendable Broom

Best broom in your joints

A foyer broom’s long-handled dustpan eliminates the necessity to continuously bend and squat whereas cleansing. And that is the very best set we’ve discovered.

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Lobby brooms provide a dustpan with a protracted deal with. You’ve possible seen them earlier than—maybe an usher utilizing one to brush up popcorn in a theater or a janitor utilizing one in an precise foyer. Over the course of dozens of sweeping assessments, we received bored with bending over, and we grew to understand the design of those units. You can stand upright whereas sweeping small piles into the dustpan, which you maintain in place with the opposite hand by way of its connected pole.

To us, this appears preferable to kneeling over a typical dustpan (with a small deal with) whereas making an attempt to brush with a big broom (which often requires two fingers to function). It may be uncomfortable to work whereas kneeling over, and dirt is extra prone to puff up into your face. A foyer broom solves all of those issues.

We evaluated foyer brooms in a lot the identical manner we judged different brooms and dustpans, with some further concerns. With normal brooms, we had two fingers on the pole. But since foyer brooms require you to understand the dustpan deal with with one hand and the broom with the opposite, weight issues. For maneuverability, you desire a set that’s mild but sturdy.

We favored the flexibility and efficiency of the OXO Good Grips Large Sweep Set with Extendable Broom. The deal with can sit at what we discovered to be the most typical lobby-broom top (35 inches), or it will probably prolong to 55 inches (about the identical top as our Libman broom decide). Most of our paid testers commented that they particularly appreciated with the ability to change the peak of the broom in keeping with their wants.

The broom and dustpan match securely collectively and relaxation upright (the broom head sits above the underside, so the flagged bristles don’t expertise strain and put on). The pan swivels all the way down to relaxation flat on the ground for sweeping, and it swivels up for transporting the contents to a trash bin with out spilling. The up place additionally makes storage simpler. The pan can flip as much as maintain the contents or all the way down to relaxation on the ground. The broom head is simply 1½ inches smaller than the broom head on our prime decide.

In our sweeping and dustpan assessments, this foyer broom carried out the very best in its class. With one swoop, the broom was capable of sweep up half a cup of each diatomaceous earth and rice. It had extra hassle with flour (common) and cat litter, a sign that it struggles barely extra with heavier messes. This was true of all the different foyer brooms we examined. So when you’re on the lookout for a heavy-duty workhorse, you’ll possible be higher served by combining our Libman 211 runner-up broom decide with our Libman dustpan decide.

The dustpan clips onto the broom securely for simple storage. We discovered that if we left the broom and pan clipped collectively, standing up, it was laborious to knock them over (annoyingly, among the different foyer broom units we examined would randomly fall over). The extendable deal with locks securely in place at any size.

We love the dustpan’s tooth. Many dustpans have a row of skinny spikes or slots on the again, to take away grime from the broom bristles. Yet the tooth on the OXO Good Grips pan are notably lengthy and simple to weave by way of the broom.

OXO Good Grips affords a year-long guarantee on the fabric and workmanship.

Flaws however not dealbreakers

It’s not nice with cat litter. To sweep heavier materials from areas that require a bit extra maneuverability, together with beneath furnishings, we’d follow our top-pick broom, the Casabella Wayclean, and our top-pick dustpan, the Libman 2125. The OXO Good Grips set can also be the costliest broom-and-dustpan set we examined, although we expect it’s cash effectively spent.

Photo: Connie Park

Budget decide

HDX 13 in. Extra Wide Angle Broom with Dustpan

An inexpensive and efficient broom-and-dustpan bundle

If you’re in search of a reasonable broom-and-dustpan combo set, that is your best option.

Buying Options

For this model of our broom information, we wished to duplicate a typical scenario: standing in a big-box retailer and grabbing the least costly broom that appears like it should work simply high-quality. We examined six low-cost brooms from shops like Dollar General and Walmart, and total the outcomes have been as nightmarish as we’d anticipated: They unscrewed on the connection between the pole and the broom head, bristles shed, and so they simply usually failed at sweeping. But typically an affordable broom is a needed quickie buy, and Home Depot’s HDX 13 in. Extra Wide Angle Broom with Dustpan can get the job performed with out falling aside.

Most low-cost brooms have heads that come off simply after a number of sweeps. In our assessments, the HDX mannequin didn’t have this drawback, however we have been capable of loosen it for an illustration of how cheap brooms are constructed. Video: Hunter Boone

This was our favourite broom in its worth vary. The HDX set was the second most cost-effective of the broom-and-dustpan units we checked out. And it really works high-quality. The broom was capable of sweep up diatomaceous earth, cat litter, and rice with out difficulty, and it left a minimal streak of flour (about the identical quantity that our different broom picks left behind). The dustpan measures 13 inches throughout and sits flush with the ground, however it doesn’t have a rubber lip. We let this slide as a result of it didn’t enable particles to slip beneath the lip.

The HDX dustpan doesn’t have a rubber lip. But it pressed shut sufficient to the ground to cross our assessments. Photo: Connie Park

Flaws however not dealbreakers

The dustpan doesn’t match snugly towards the broom deal with. It attaches loosely sufficient that a number of aggressive shakes may cause it to fall off, and the deal with isn’t notably comfy to carry. The broom has a gap for hanging, however we fear that it could be too small for some hooks. Also, the dustpan has the smallest capability (slightly beneath 3 cups) of all of the dustpans we examined.

Photo: Connie Park

Our decide

Made By Design Hand Broom and Dust Pan Set

Just a dustpan and a brush

This set dealt with all the seen matter on our flooring. And as a result of it’s smaller than our solo dustpan decide, it’s nice to be used in tighter areas.

Buying Options

If you don’t have house for our different broom-and-dustpan picks, otherwise you desire a small set for rapidly sweeping beneath chairs, tables, and different hard-to-reach spots, get Target’s Made By Design Hand Broom and Dust Pan Set. You should bend over or kneel whereas finishing cleansing duties. But you want only one hand to carry the broom when you use the opposite to carry the dustpan regular (a lot simpler than making an attempt to carry a big broom when you’re stabilizing a dustpan).

The set aced our efficiency assessments. Made By Design’s full-size brooms carried out poorly in our sweep assessments, and expectations have been low for its smaller providing. So we have been pleasantly shocked when the dustpan aced our one-sweep flour check. It carried out almost in addition to our Libman 2125 dustpan decide, and we didn’t should scoot it again to retrieve any flour left beneath it. The skinny rubber lip appears to be like barely floppy, like a jellyfish on land, however when it’s doing its job, it presses flush to the ground; solely our Libman 2125 decide carried out as effectively. With all the different small units we examined, we needed to preserve sweeping, scooting them again, sweeping, scooting them again … till we hit the wall. The Made By Design dustpan, alternatively, made the job simple, and there are tooth in the back of the pan.

We just like the broom’s giant storage loop, and the deal with can also be properly grippable. The hand broom and dustpan match collectively securely. We suppose this can be a good set for a small space that wants frequent sweeping, reminiscent of an entryway or round a litter field. This set has a year-long guarantee, much like the Libman 2125. The dustpan holds six cups, which is spectacular contemplating its dimension.

Flaws however not dealbreakers

There’s solely a lot you’ll wish to sweep up whereas sitting or kneeling on the ground. You can’t cowl giant areas rapidly, and with a small set like this one, your face finally ends up being nearer to no matter you’re making an attempt to brush up. The upside is that your proximity to the grit ensures you’re extra prone to really clear every thing, and also you gained’t have a tall broom deal with bonking you on the pinnacle as you’re employed.

The whisk’s bristles aren’t frayed. We want we may have swapped within the frayed-bristle broom that got here with one other set we examined (the HDX Dust Pan and Whisk). But we determined to prioritize dustpan efficiency, since we expect having to brush a number of additional occasions is much less annoying than having to repeatedly scoot a dustpan again whereas squatting or kneeling on the ground.

Photo: Connie Park

Our decide

Bona Premium Microfiber Mop

Best mop in your best mud

This microfiber mop has an nearly magnetic attraction to mud.

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Brooms and dirt mops work finest as a staff. First the broom sweeps up all the giant, heavy particles, and it will get into tight corners. Then the mud mop makes a second cross, to seize all the mud and hair the broom couldn’t get. The Bona Premium Microfiber Mop is our favourite for the duty. Many individuals use a Swiffer Sweeper, however our testing has discovered that product to be ineffective and wasteful in contrast with a devoted mud mop. The washable, reusable pads that include our decide work a lot better.

We’ve been utilizing the Bona Premium Microfiber Mop for a 12 months, and we prefer it much more than after we first examined it. The material pads have held up effectively as we’ve cleaned baseboards, the again of the fridge, and deep beneath the sofa.

The Bona mop has a large head with removable pads that catch flour and high-quality mud higher than any mud mop we examined. This mop comes with a fluffy grey polyester dusting pad, in addition to a second cleansing pad, with a lot shorter nubs of microfiber that perform extra like a very good broom.

We discovered the fluffy pad and the flat pad to be equally efficient at gathering flour and diatomaceous earth on tile, although the fluffy one was higher at catching and gathering the particles themselves. The flat pad left no particles behind, however it pushed bigger bits right into a pile, quite than accumulating them within the fibers. Overall, the fluffy pad carried out the very best.

Assembly is a breeze. We had a simple time assembling the Bona mop, even with our strict, under-3-minutes-with-no-instructions ease-of-use coverage. We discovered the method to be intuitive, with the completely different pads every becoming onto the pinnacle by way of Velcro strips. (Many mud mops have pads that wrap across the whole head, however in our assessments the Velcro strips offered a sturdier and safer match.)

The Bona mop comes with a second pad, which options more-traditional microfiber dust-mop materials, however we favored the fluffy one higher. Photo: Connie Park

The pads’ giant floor space covers a whole lot of floor. At 18 inches throughout and 5 inches deep (about 1½ occasions as broad as a Swiffer), the Bona mop can cowl a big swath with only some sweeps. Along with another fashionable mud mops, our runner-up dust-mop decide (a earlier prime decide) left behind streaks of flour and dirt. But the Bona mop’s fluffy pad has an nearly magnetic attraction to particles. Thanks to versatile ends that curl up, the pinnacle can also be nimble sufficient to select up mud from corners and baseboard moldings.

This mud mop can navigate tight areas. The Bona mop suits beneath raised furnishings that’s larger than 2 inches, to scrub out any mud bunnies lurking beneath. Our dust-mop decide is simple to steer, not free and rattly or stiff and difficult to show, like among the different fashions we’ve examined. The deal with has well-placed, barely gentle cushions, and it’s adjustable to as much as 50 inches (at its shortest, it’s 32 inches).

The Bona mop and its alternative pads can be found from most retailers; the pads are bought individually or in packs that embrace a 3rd pad focused to laminate and vinyl (which we’ve not examined). And the alternative heads are a bit inexpensive than these of opponents.

Flaws however not dealbreakers

Removing the pads releases puffs of particles. This didn’t disqualify the Bona mop, since all mud mops have an analogous drawback. The identical factor occurs if you empty a stick vacuum. We discovered the very best resolution is to take away the pad over a trash can after which throw the pad instantly within the wash. Debra Johnson from Merry Maids additionally instructed eradicating the pad exterior or in a bag. Bona claims that its pads want changing solely after about 500 washes. We’re unable to check this as a result of it could require washing a single pad day by day for over a 12 months and a half. We’ll report again on how this mop holds up over time.

Photo: Connie Park


O-Cedar Hardwood Floor ’N More 3-Action Microfiber Mop

Our former dust-mop prime decide and nonetheless a favourite

We’ve been long-term testing this microfiber mop for 10 years, and it’s nonetheless a strong performer.

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Over the years, the O-Cedar Hardwood Floor ’N More 3-Action Microfiber Mop has helped many Wirecutter staffers as they clear up after youngsters, pets, and themselves. In our most up-to-date spherical of testing, we discovered that this mop had a barely more durable time cleansing up heavier particles than the Bona Premium Microfiber Mop did, and the O-Cedar mop left some streaks of flour. But in different assessments, this mud mop carried out equally to our prime decide.

Many Wirecutter staffers love the O-Cedar microfiber mop. Photo: Connie Park

The floppy fingers are efficient at grabbing mud. This mud mop has a double-sided head (as a substitute of two separate pads, like on the Bona mop), and it’s designed to flip from one facet to the opposite as you go. The blue facet is roofed in chenille nubs constructed from a microfiber and artificial mix. These chenille fingers are nice at entering into cracks and holding onto a number of mud. The different facet has white microfiber strips and alternating blue strips, additionally fabricated from blended microfiber.

In our assessments, we discovered the blue chenille facet to be the best at choosing up nearly all of the mud. The white facet was helpful for making a radical second cross. It isn’t pure microfiber, however the artificial yarn doesn’t negatively impression sturdiness, and the O-Cedar material was higher at cleansing than among the pure microfiber cloths we examined.

The O-Cedar mop flips from one facet to the opposite as you go. Photo: Connie Park

It’s easy to maneuver. The polypropylene resin body has two skinny, hole strips that make the pinnacle top-heavy, so the body is simple to flip alongside its horizontal axis by merely lifting the mop’s deal with.

The O-Cedar mop’s top-heavy head makes flipping it from one facet to the opposite simple. Photo: Connie Park

With the duvet on, the body measures slightly below an inch tall, so it should match beneath most raised furnishings to scrub out mud bunnies. (The deal with and steering mechanism may lie fully flat and are shorter than the body with the duvet on.) It stands about 50 inches tall, and the plastic-coated metal deal with doesn’t retract just like the Bona’s deal with.

You can substitute the pads, however you in all probability gained’t must for some time. Replacement dust-mop heads can be found, however we’ve discovered the pads are sturdy, other than some stitching points on the refills (detailed beneath). Several different dust-mop heads frayed or fell aside within the wash. But the O-Cedar mop’s authentic pad has held up for years of continuous use by no less than two of our testers. The chenille nubs and microfiber pad by no means snagged on wood flooring, an issue we encountered with the Swiffer Sweeper and some different mud mops.

Because the O-Cedar mop’s material has a big floor space and deep chenille nubs, it wanted to be washed each two weeks solely, after cleansing 500 sq. ft of a tester’s house weekly. Of course mileage will fluctuate primarily based on the scale of your house and the way soiled it’s. O-Cedar affords a year-long guarantee.

Flaws however not dealbreakers

The pad isn’t an ideal match for the pinnacle. The O-Cedar pads are bigger than the body head, so whereas mopping, you don’t have as a lot management over the place the pad goes on the ground—it will probably slide round as you’re employed. The pads on our prime decide don’t have this drawback.

The O-Cedar mop’s refills don’t have the very best construct high quality. There’s a small loop that O-Cedar instructed us is designed to assist pull the pinnacle on and off the body. (We suppose the loop can also be helpful for hanging the dust-mop head to dry.) The loop labored effectively for hanging the fabric, however after we used it to frivolously tug the duvet off the body, the weak stitching on one facet of the loop broke. The subsequent time we washed the O-Cedar’s head, the loop got here off completely. This isn’t a dealbreaker as a result of the loop isn’t essential, however we have been aggravated that it broke so simply.

As with all mud mops, the O-Cedar mop’s material is tough to take away with out releasing mud. Use warning when unsticking the mop’s Velcro; this may ship a puff of pollution into the air. Once the Velcro is gently undone, slip the duvet off the body and throw it straight within the wash.

The deal with can come free when you jerk it too laborious. The pole—which screws into the steering mechanism on the body—can unscrew when you sharply jerk the deal with to the left (counterclockwise) as you clear. This is annoying, however it’s additionally avoidable when you use clean, calm strokes.

Tons of individuals personal and love the Swiffer Sweeper, however we don’t suppose this mud mop with disposable alternative pads is an effective possibility for many.

We used a Swiffer Sweeper with three Swiffer sheets to scrub a 500-square-foot house. Meanwhile, our runner-up mud mop, the O-Cedar, dealt with the identical mess twice and needed to be washed solely each two weeks. Using a Swiffer Sweeper to maintain the place clear interprets to utilizing 156 Swiffer sheets, or three 52-sheet packs, yearly.

Beyond that waste and value, the Swiffer Sweeper’s flat sheets are simply not as efficient at cleansing because the Bona and O-Cedar mud mops. The Swiffer Sweeper additionally feels low-cost and poorly made in contrast with most mud mops we examined. Its snap-together pole arrives in 4 segments that assemble right into a rattly, flimsy deal with, which flexes beneath mild strain and is uncomfortable to carry. Our Bona mop decide has a strong aluminum pole that doesn’t creak or flex beneath unusual strain.


The HDX 12 in. Large Angle Broom and the Great Value Broom each failed the total spectrum of our sweep check. They failed to select up flour, diatomaceous earth, rice, and cat litter. The Yocada Heavy-Duty Broom, the Essentials Handle plus Angle Broom Head (that are bought individually and out there solely in bulk portions on-line), and the OXO Good Grips Any-Angle Broom have been all capable of seize the diatomaceous earth however not the opposite three supplies.

The Amazon Basics Heavy-Duty Broom was noticeably flimsy upon arrival. The bristles have been skinny and barely flagged. It didn’t carry out effectively in our sweep assessments.

We discovered the Made By Design Floor Broom to be poorly made. Small hairs pulled out after we tugged on the bristles, and the pinnacle was little.

The Rubbermaid Commercial Angle Broom doesn’t have any form of deal with for storage. And it carried out poorly in our sweep assessments.

We have been excited to check Swopt Cleaning’s wood deal with and angle broom head, however we have been upset by the tough deal with with an awkwardly positioned grip.

The Libman 206 Precision Angle Broom with Dustpan is a smaller model of our runner-up decide, the Libman 211 broom. The 206 broom had an inconsistent variety of bristles per clump, which thwarted our plan to rely the bristles of each broom we examined. That inconsistency is definitely a disadvantage, however this broom is disappointing for different causes: It’s half an inch shorter than the Libman 211 broom, and it has a smaller head. The backside line: Our runner-up broom is best at sweeping.

The O-Cedar Power Corner Broom With Dustpan is much like the Libman 206 Precision Angle Broom (above), however the O-Cedar mannequin has a wider head and stiffer bristles. We discovered the angle was nice at entering into corners and beneath furnishings, however the stiff bristles have been worse at sweeping up high-quality particles, and so they flung mud.

The Scotch-Brite Angled Broom has a foam insert that’s someway presupposed to make the broom higher at sweeping, however it does the other. In our assessments the insert prevented the broom from entering into corners and round oddly formed issues like door jambs, and this broom was horrible at sweeping up every thing.

The Quickie Large All-Purpose Broom has a large head. But after we have been sweeping flour and cat litter, it left a number of residue behind. When we swept piles into the dustpan, its lengthy, springy bristles flung particles.

Broom-and-dustpan units

We eradicated the AmazonCommercial Pivoting Upright Lobby Dust Pan, the YANXUS Broom and Dustpan Set, and the Kelamayi Upgraded Broom and Dustpan Set as a result of they have been tough to place collectively.

The TreeLen Broom and Dustpan Set fell over simply, and the broom didn’t have flagged ends.

The dustpans that got here with the Made By Design Pivoting Head Floor Broom with Clip-on Dust Pan, the Libman Precision Angle Broom with Dustpan, the Made By Design Floor Broom with Clip-on Dust Pan Set, the Libman 14-in. Poly Fiber Multi-Surface Angle with Dustpan Upright Broom, the Moxie 12-in. Plastic Angle with Dustpan Upright Broom, and the Libman 12-in. Lobby Broom and Dustpan failed to select up flour in a single sweep, which our picks have been capable of do. The powder received trapped beneath the rubber lip or the physique of the dustpan, so the tester needed to pull the dustpan again and take a look at once more.

The broom within the Casabella Upright Sweep Set carried out surprisingly poorly in our sweep check, failing to seize flour, diatomaceous earth, cat litter, or rice.

Dust mops

Except for the Bona Premium Microfiber Mop, each dust-mop mannequin we examined failed to select up diatomaceous earth in a single sweep. Since this check helps us find out how the mud mops cope with each high-quality and heavy particles in a single sweep, that dominated out the HDX Giant 22 in. Microfiber Wet-Dry Flip Mop and the Great Value Microfiber Flip Mop. Our runner-up dust-mop decide, the O-Cedar, swept up the earth in a number of passes, performing considerably higher than the others.

The Libman Freedom Floor Duster has a very good chenille material, however its head is in regards to the dimension of a Swiffer head. So it didn’t decide up as a lot mud because the Bona mop.

The Scotch-Brite Microfiber Hardwood Floor Mop has probably the greatest frames for simple material removing. But it has a horrible cowl—the worst we examined.

The Libman Microfiber Wet & Dry Mop’s shallow microfiber material wasn’t efficient at choosing up mud.

Full Circle’s Mighty Mop has a sturdy wood deal with and a well-designed body, making material removing easy. But we discovered that its flat material wasn’t nearly as good at cleansing as chenille. Plus, it’s costly.


The Quickie Extra-Deep Dust Pan is a high-quality dustpan that labored effectively in our testing. Ultimately, it doesn’t have the footholds of our Libman dustpan decide or the marginally decrease profile of the Made By Design dustpan.

The following fashions failed our one-sweep flour check: the Great Value Dust Broom & Pan, the Libman 906 Dust Pan with Whisk Broom, the HDX 10 in. Dustpan and Whisk Set, the OXO Good Grips Dustpan and Brush Set, the Scrub Buddies Plastic Dustpan, and Lowe’s Project Source Step-On Dustpan.

The Genuine Joe GJO02406 Heavy-Duty Plastic Dust Pan doesn’t have a groove within the deal with, so it will probably’t connect to broom poles.

The Rubbermaid Lobby Pro Plastic Upright Dust Pan was tough to lock, and that’s a necessity for dumping out detritus.

Full Circle’s Clean Team Dustpan & Brush Set is the costliest set we examined. It doesn’t have a lot of a ridge to maintain particles within the dustpan, and the comb’s gentle bristles fling mud.

The O-Cedar Anti-Static Premium Dust Pan is a good dustpan. But we discovered its deal with uncomfortable to carry, and flour mud can slip beneath its rubber edge and stay trapped there.

Brooms are simple to keep up, however most individuals don’t know the fundamental guidelines for doing this correctly.

Rule one: Don’t retailer your broom with its weight resting on the bristles. Hang it up utilizing the storage loop, or prop it towards a wall with the deal with dealing with down. When a brush is left sitting on its bristles, the bristles can bend, weaken, and even break, shortening the broom’s lifespan.

Rule two: Wash your broom infrequently! Washing a software that’s used to scrub up all method of gross issues could seem to be widespread sense, however many individuals by no means give it some thought. Once each few months—or every time your broom will get gunky—take it exterior and provides it a very good shake. Then, in a bucket, sink, and even your bathtub, wash the broom’s head with cleaning soap and heat water, and you’ll want to get deep into all the bristles. Shake off as a lot water as you possibly can, after which go away the broom to air-dry in a single day (bristles up). Voilà! You have a clear broom.

Dustpans have comparable care guidelines. Don’t retailer your dustpan resting on the rubber lip as a result of that may completely warp the lip. Hang up your dustpan. Clean it—together with the comb, if it comes with one—utilizing heat, soapy water; then shake it and air-dry it.

Some dustpans are staticky, and the static may cause particles to leap straight out of the dustpan and again onto the ground, which is extremely irritating. We’ve discovered that when you simply preserve utilizing a dustpan, static will reduce over time. (We used a dryer sheet to wipe down among the most staticky dustpans we examined, however this didn’t make a major distinction.)

The correct care and upkeep for microfiber-dust-mop heads is a bit more concerned, since microfiber is hard to scrub. When it’s time to scrub yours, comply with these instructions:

  • Do not use material softener, laundry detergent containing material softener, bleach, or dryer sheets. These will coat or neutralize the static cost of the microfiber material and make it ineffective for dusting.
  • Wash it with different microfiber cloths solely. Do not wash with cotton or every other supplies that create lint, since that can cling to the microfiber and forestall the fabric from choosing up mud.
  • Wash it on heat, with a small quantity of our really helpful laundry detergent.
  • Hang to dry. Microfiber air-dries sooner than most supplies, and even the fluffiest dust-mop heads we examined have been absolutely dry inside 5 to seven hours. If you need to use a dryer, then use low warmth or tumble-dry it. Too a lot warmth will soften and destroy your microfiber-dust-mop head.

Now that you understand how to handle your cleansing instruments, how have you learnt when it’s time to interchange them with new ones? Both of the cleansing specialists we spoke with instructed us you can inform a brush’s situation by it. When the bristles are damaged, bent, or falling out, and the broom is extra of a hindrance than a assist, it’s time to get a brand new one.

Our runner-up decide, the Libman 211 Extra Large Precision Angle Broom, is meant for each indoor and outside use. We took it for a spin exterior of our places of work in Long Island City, New York, and we favored the way it carried out. In truth, among the Libman broom’s shortcomings (such because the stiffness of its bristles) mattered much less after we have been sweeping leaves and particles off of concrete, versus sweeping high-quality mud off of a clean flooring. But as a result of not one of the different broom picks are designed particularly for outside use, we had nothing we may pretty evaluate the Libman 211 broom to. So we’re starting to do analysis for a information to outside brooms and dustpans.

This article was edited by Joshua Lyon and Harry Sawyers.

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