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The most important step in emergency preparedness is having dependable equipment that you know how to use. It admittedly sounds a little dramatic, but a toilet plunger fits in that category. Sure, a toilet clog isn’t a life-threatening emergency, but it can be an afternoon-ruining one. You don’t want to find out that your plunger isn’t up to the task when confronted with an impending overflow situation. That’s why it’s worth investing in a quality plunger that you know you can depend on in a pinch.
There’s actually quite a bit of variety in plungers — it might seem trivial, but the shape of the cup has a big impact on the plunger’s ability to create suction. The kind of plunger most people think of has a cup that’s shaped like an inverted cereal bowl. But that kind of plunger is actually a sink plunger, and it is ideal for flat, even surfaces like kitchen sinks. Designated toilet plungers have a bowl-shaped cup with a rubber tube on the end, giving it a sort of mushroom shape. Toilet plungers are better for toilets because they can adequately seal the hole in a toilet bowl, which allows for powerful suction to be created.
We’ve rounded up some of our favorite plungers below. They include a powerful plunger with a universal cup, as well as a sleek stainless steel option that’ll actually look good in your bathroom. Plus, there’s an economical plunger/brush set from the always reliable Mr. Clean.
1. Neiko Toilet Plunger
This plunger’s features include a rust-proof aluminum handle and a suction cup with multiple rings to ensure a secure fit, regardless of the toilet bowl shape or size. The aluminum handle also makes it lightweight, so it’s easy for anyone to use.
Pros: Unique cup shape for securely fitting into most toilets, rust and mold-proof aluminum handle.
Cons: Aluminum handle can get bent or show dings and scratches. Unlike the other options, this plunger doesn’t include a holder.
2. simplehuman Toilet Plunger with Holder
For those who consider the design of every detail in their house, this plunger has a stainless steel rod and includes a sleek-looking holder. The holder has a magnet that attaches to the plunger, allowing you the ability to easily carry both the plunger and its holder. The plunger itself is durable and works well with various kinds of toilets.
Pros: Sleek-designed, comes with a matching holder that secures the plunger with a magnet.
Cons: Somewhat expensive.
3. Mr. Clean Plunger and Bowl Brush Caddy Set
Mr. Clean is well-known for making affordable but effective cleaning supplies. This set includes a plunger and brush. They come in a matching caddy with separate slots for both the plunger and brush. Although it’s inexpensive, the plunger is still very effective at unclogging various kinds of toilets.
Pros: Includes a plunger, brush, and matching caddy. Affordable.
Cons: Plunger handle is short.