Cleaning your toilet is a necessary evil. It’s not fun, it’s likely not enjoyable and it’s probably not something you look forward to every week. But the satisfaction of seeing a shiny, germ and bacteria-free toilet once you’re done cleaning feels good. You have to clean your toilet, so do it with a brush that will make the job as fast and easy for you as possible.
When it comes to cleaning your toilet, the brush is just as important as the cleaning product. You want to brush with firm bristles that won’t break down after a few uses but are still flexible enough to reach under the rim and get every spot of the bowl. Also important is the handle. You want a handle that is long enough that your skin does not come close to touching any of the gross bacteria that are living in your toilet. It also needs to be strong enough that you can apply some pressure to the handle when necessary to get out tough messes.
Toilets are gross, which means that your toilet brush is likely also going to get gross. That’s why when shopping for a new toilet brush, we look for models that come with holders that keep the brush contained and secure, making for a discrete storage option that won’t result in your brush falling over and spreading more germs in your bathroom.
Clean your toilet quickly and efficiently with a quality toilet brush. Check out our top picks for the best toilet brushes below.
1. OXO Good Grips Hideaway Compact Toilet Brush
Secure your toilet brush between uses without getting your hands dirty by using the OXO Good Grips Hideaway Compact Toilet Brush. The Smart canister has an auto open-and-close function. When users lift the handle of the brush, the canister will automatically open and remain open until the brush is replaced. The canister creates a sealed covering around the brush and includes a drip tray with ventilation slots that help the brush dry quickly, cutting down on bacteria and mold build-up. The handle has a widened grip at the top for easy handling. We also like that the OXO is available in several color options and users can purchase replacement heads.
Pros: Hands-free open and close canister, ventilation for fast drying, replacement heads available.
Cons: The bristles on the OXO brush are quite hard and are not contoured to go under the rim of the toilet.
2. ToiletTree Products Deluxe Toilet Brush with Lid
For a compact and discrete toilet brush cleaner and canister, try the ToiletTree Products Deluxe Toilet Brush with Lid. The stainless steel set includes a brush with a matching canister. The lid on the canister remains closed once the brush has been inserted and helps to keep germs and bacteria contained. The compact design of the canister makes this a great option for small bathrooms that do not have much floor space around the toilet. The bottom of the canister is slightly weighted to ensure that it does not fall over when users reinsert the brush. As for the brush, it is made with stiff plastic bristles designed for scrubbing and cleaning.
Pros: Closed lid design, weighted bottom, small footprint for small bathrooms.
Cons: The handle on the ToiletTree brush shorter than other options on our list.
3. mDesign Compact Freestanding Plastic Toilet Bowl Brush and Holder
Add some flair and fun to your bathroom cleaning experience with the mDesign Compact Freestanding Plastic Toilet Bowl Brush and Holder. The brush and canister combo is available in a wide variety of vibrant colors to match any bathroom decor, helping to add some style to a room that gets a lot of use. A non-skid base helps to keep the canister in place when users are removing and reinserting their brush. The sturdy bristle brush helps to provide a deep clean and users can easily replace brush heads when necessary thanks to the screw-on design. The compact design and shatter-resistant plastic molding make the mDesign a great option for any bathroom. We also like that mDesign has a wide range of bathroom products that match the brush and holder set.
Pros: Available in a wide range of colors, sturdy bristles and replaceable brush heads, non-skid base.
Cons: The lid of the canister is placed halfway up the brush which can sometimes get in the way when scrubbing deep in the toilet.
4. Mr. Clean Turbo Plunger and Bowl Brush Caddy Set
For a toilet bowl brush that sidesteps frills and focuses on a deep clean and an added element of safety, we recommend the Mr. Clean Turbo Plunger and Bowl Brush Caddy Set. The set comes with a holder that has a space for a toilet brush cleaner and a regular-sized plunger. The toilet bowl brush is made with nylon bristles that can withstand heavy use. The holder contains most of the brush and has a large opening for the plunger, making it easy for users to keep on hand for when clogs occur. A rubber handle on both the brush and the plunger it easy for users to get a firm grip on both tools.
Pros: Affordable option, includes a plunger, made with durable nylon bristles.
Cons: The Mr. Clean set has a much larger footprint than the other brush and canister combos on our list.