Finding The Best Scrub Brushes for Tubs & Showers: Our Tests

Let’s talk scrub brushes!

Cleaning a tub or tall shower can be a pain with typical tools like sponges and hand brushes. If you have to reach a long distance into a deep tub, a brush with long handle can make the job much easier.

To test brushes, we tried out several different brands and tried cleaning both tubs and shower enclosures. Along the way, we found some of the best brushes had these features:

• Locking head position. The best brushes enabled you to lock the head in multiple positions—this enables you to get the right angle for most cleaning jobs.

• Extra long handles. Most brushes with long handles only extend to 42″ to 46″ inches. However, we found a few models that go up to 51″. That is great if you need to clean a tile shower that goes to the ceiling.

• Padded handles made long cleaning jobs easier, in our opinion.

Here are the brushes we ended up picking as the best of the bunch.

About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

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