No matter how many times you clean it, it seems like the bathroom is a magnet for all kinds of gross grime. Stuck-on toothpaste, strands of hair on the floor, and soap scum on the shower door. Whatever it is, the bathroom can be a messy place that requires a lot of elbow grease to leave it looking sparkling.
Luckily, a scrubbing brush can help you get the job done with less effort. “A scrub brush works because it has stiff bristles that are strong enough to remove dirt, grime, and soap scum from surfaces,” says Justin Carpenter, owner of Modern Maids in Houston. “This allows for a more thorough cleaning than a sponge or cloth could provide.”
To help you find the best one out there, we researched the top bathroom scrubbers, considering the type of brush head, size, construction, efficacy, and overall value of each one. We even found a few that are cordless and another for specifically taking care of grout! So, roll up your sleeves, grab one of these top-notch scrubbers, and let’s start cleaning!
LABIGO Electric Spin Scrubber
Comes with four brush heads
Works for 90 minutes continuously
The LABIGO Electric Spin Scrubber is an all-star in the bathroom because of its versatility. The electric tool—powered by a rechargeable battery—tackles floors with ease, but also excels at reaching spots closer to the ceiling, thanks to a telescoping handle. The extendable rod stretches from 24.4 to 43.3 inches, so you can clean the whole bathroom without having to bend down or grab a step stool.
The set comes with four cleaning brushes suitable for a wide range of tasks: a dome brush for tubs and sinks, a wide flat brush for glass doors, a small flat brush for grout lines, and a corner brush for crevices. And each one works at a speed of 380 RPM to give you more power without the effort. You’ll never have to stop mid-task, either. The built-in battery reaches a full charge in just 3.5 hours and runs continuously for a full 90 minutes—totally sufficient for more than one bathroom.
If there’s any downside, it’s that the brush is relatively heavy compared to others—particularly manual models. The brush weighs nearly 4 pounds, which may lead to fatigue, especially when you’re cleaning hard-to-reach areas with the telescoping handle. Storage shouldn’t be an issue, though—the kit comes with a hook, so you can easily hang the whole thing up when you’re done.
Price at time of publish: $77
Brush Head Type: Bristle | Measurements: 16.22 x 6.34 x 5.63 inches | Cord Length: Not listed | Power Source: 2500mAh rechargeable battery
Holikme Deep Cleaning Brush Set
Requires more elbow grease than electric options
Harder to store
If you don’t mind exerting a little bit more energy, this budget-friendly set offers a fantastic value. For a nominal price, you’ll get seven different brushes to help you tackle spots in the bathroom, as well as other areas like the kitchen and laundry room. The set comes with two scrubbing brushes in two different sizes, a smaller tile line brush for crevices and grout, a groove gap brush for stubborn stains, and a large scouring pad brush.
Each item in the set is lightweight and ergonomically-designed so it's easier to hold, leading to less fatigue and stress on your body when scrubbing hard. Because of this, we found the brushes to be very comfortable in hand—despite the extra work the manual design imposes on you.
And while it’s nice to have so much variety in a single set, it does make the brushes a little harder to store. Make sure you have a bucket or a box you can stash them all in, so you don’t end up searching for what you need.
Price at time of publish: $13
Brush Head Type: Bristle | Measurements: Varies | Cord Length: N/A | Power Source: Manual
Black+Decker Grimebuster Pro Power Scrubber Brush
Water-resistant and non-slip design
Has a docking station for storage and charging
Comes with two different brush heads
Battery isn’t as long-lasting as we’d like
It’s no surprise to see Black+Decker on the list of best bathroom scrubbers—the brand is known for its small, but mighty household appliances like handheld vacuums. We love this scrubbing brush because of how thoughtfully well it's designed.
The cordless brush sits compactly in its own dedicated charging stand, giving you both a place to store the brush and assurance that it’ll always be charged and at the ready when you need to use it. Unfortunately, the brand doesn’t list the battery’s run time, and it’s not as long-lasting as others, but it should be enough time to tackle at least one or two bathrooms. Of course, you can also use this scrubber for other stubborn spots in your home—like the kitchen sink or the oven door. (The unit comes with both a sponge and a brush.) But once you choose where you'll use it, you'll want to keep it there as a dedicated brush, instead of running to clean the toilet bowl and then using the same brush to clean your kitchen sink.
Still, no matter what you’re cleaning, this lightweight electric tool is designed to be especially comfortable in hand. It’s also water-resistant and non-slip, so it'll work well when you’re tackling wet areas with soap scum.
Price at time of publish: $26
Brush Head Type: Bristle, sponge | Measurements: 8 x 13 x 5 inch
IEZFIX Electric Spin Scrubber
Comes with four attachments
Lightweight and ergonomically-designed
Lasts continuously for two hours
Battery takes up to four hours to fully charge
It may be small and lightweight to keep you comfortable while you clean, but the IEZFIX Electric Spin Scrubber is surprisingly powerful. The electric model, which comes with four attachments and is cordless, can easily tackle both large and small areas, thanks to a motor that spins at 350 RPMs. Use the domed brush for tubs, the flat brush for floor and wall tile, and the pointed brush for smaller crevices and grout lines. There’s even a microfiber cloth attachment for drying spots like shower door glass to ensure a streak-free clean.
The model takes a little longer to charge than some others—it requires up to four hours to fully power up. But once fully charged, it’ll last for about two hours, which should be plenty of time to tackle your bathrooms—without being constrained by a cord. Just note: Never leave the unit charging for more than 12 hours at a time, as the manufacturer says this can damage the machine.
Price at time of publish: $46
Brush Head Type: Bristles, microfiber pad | Measurements: 10.79 x 6.42 x 3.98 inches | Cord Length: N/A | Power Source: 2150mAh rechargeable battery
TASVAC Electric Spin Scrubber
Spins at 450 RPM
Comes with five versatile attachments
On the heavier side
More expensive than most
When you have months and months of soap scum and buildup to contend with, you need something exceptionally powerful to get the job done. We love that this electric scrubber has a 450 RPM motor that works harder and faster than most. It also has a handy telescoping wand that adjusts from 27 to 47 inches, as well as a brush head that can be adjusted to 90, 135, or 180 degrees to ensure every inch—even the hard-to-reach—of your bathroom is sparkling. This makes cleaning that much easier (and will save your knees from kneeling), which is a huge win in our book.
This spinning set comes with a wider array of attachments than most, too. With your purchase, you’ll get the more standard bristle brushes—a dome, a corner, and a large flat brush—but you’ll also get two more nice-to-have attachments, including a fabric scouring pad and a sponge brush.
The downside to all of this cleaning prowess? At just over three pounds, this particular scrubber is on the heavy side, which may lead to some fatigue or strain as you scrub.
Price at time of publish: $65
Brush Head Type: Bristles, sponge, fabric | Measurements: 16.9 x 6.3 x 4.5 inches | Cord Length: Not listed | Power Source: Rechargeable battery
Best for Showers
OXO Good Grips Extendable Shower, Tub and Tile Scrubber
Extends from 26 to 42 inches
Uniquely shaped pivoting head helps with irregular shapes and corners
Doesn’t clean grout as well
We’ve found that sometimes simple is best—especially when it comes to the tough areas of your shower. This extendable rod—which adjusts from 26 to 42 inches—has a large, flat sponge attached to it and weighs less than half a pound, so your arms won’t tire halfway through the job.
And although you might miss some of the extra power an electric scrubber lends if you have a ton of buildup, the sponge on this tool is heavy-duty enough to get that extra friction you need to lift stubborn marks like soap scum along your shower's glass walls. It’s also uniquely shaped and pivots to clean at different angles and in tight corners, which is smart especially if you are on the shorter side and your shower walls are tall.
One thing you might miss? Because the sponge is rather large, it doesn’t get into small areas like grout lines as well as we might hope. You'll need to stock up on a specific tool to touch up those small areas every once in a while. Still, for cleaning the shower, this OXO scrubber is tops.
Price at time of publish: $16
Brush Head Type: Sponge | Measurements: 26 x 4.3 x 2.2 inches | Cord Length: N/A | Power Source: Manual
Best for Corners
Rubbermaid Reveal Cordless Battery Powered Scrubber Home Kit
Small and lightweight
Precise for tight spaces
Comes with 16 attachments
Not as powerful as other options
Tile grout and caulking around tubs and sinks are some of the trickiest spots to clean—they’re small crevices where debris and soap scum inevitably get lodged. Unfortunately, a lot of standard bathroom scrubbers have attachments that are big and hefty to do the detail work adequately.
We love this handheld cordless scrubber from Rubbermaid, because of how precise the attachments are. It’s about the size of an electric toothbrush, so it’s lightweight and easy to hold, plus gets right into those pesky crevices. It even comes equipped with two different movements—if scrubbing isn’t doing the trick, you can try the pulsating setting.
It’s runs off of batteries (it comes with 4 AA batteries), so it’s not quite as powerful as some of the other electric models, but it gets the job done—even if you need to make a couple extra passes over a stubborn area.
Price at time of publish: $30
Brush Head Type: Bristles, microfiber cloth | Measurements: 11.61 x 8.11 x 2.52 inches | Cord Length: N/A | Power Source: 4 AA batteries
LABIGO Electric Spin Scrubber is our top pick because the powerful electric model has a telescoping handle that comes with a variety of brush head attachments to help you more easily tackle every corner of the bathroom (and beyond). If you’re looking for something a bit more budget-friendly and don’t mind putting in some extra effort, Holikme Deep Cleaning Brush Set is a worthy option. It comes with seven versatile brushes that are all ergonomically-designed for comfort.
What to Look for in a Bathroom Scrubber
The ideal size of a bathroom scrubber depends on the size and shape of your bathroom, as well as the type of job you need to do, says Justin Carpenter, owner of Modern Maids in Houston. “For small bathrooms with limited space, a smaller brush is more suitable,” he explains. “However, if you have a larger area that needs to be cleaned, then a larger brush may be necessary.” Make sure to measure the size of the areas you plan to clean before purchasing a scrub brush and select one that best suits your needs.
Whether a manual or electric bathroom scrubber brush is better depends on the job you need to do. “Manual brushes are great for small jobs, like scrubbing a sink, while electric brushes can help with more difficult tasks such as cleaning around toilets and tubs,” says Carpenter. No matter which type you select, look for a scrubber with bristles, which are firmer and more effective at removing stubborn spots like soap scum and mineral buildup. Attachments like microfiber cloths can also be highly effective on more delicate areas, like glass shower doors.
Extension handles are great for hard-to-reach areas, plus allow you to clean the floor without crouching down. That said, it’s harder to apply as much pressure with longer handles, so you might not get as deep of a clean as you might with a small brush you can more readily grip.
How does a bathroom scrubber brush work? Why is it better than a sponge?
The purpose of a scrubber brush is to help clean and sanitize surfaces in the bathroom. “A scrubber brush is designed to last longer than a sponge and does not get as easily contaminated,” says Lauren Doss, owner of Nashville Maids. “It can also reach into the nooks and crannies of surfaces more effectively, so it's better for deep cleaning tasks.” For best results, Doss says to use a scrubber in combination with a disinfectant or cleaner that’s safe for use on bathroom surfaces. “This will help to remove germs and bacteria from the surfaces, ensuring a healthier environment for everyone in the home.”
How can you avoid scratching your bathroom’s surfaces with a scrubber?
To avoid scratching the surfaces you’re trying to clean, use a soft bristled brush and make sure to apply only light pressure when scrubbing. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to test the brush on an inconspicuous area before using it in more visible places.
How often should you replace a bathroom scrubber?
Experts like Carpenter say you should replace your bathroom scrubber every few months for both efficacy and cleanliness. “Over time the bristles on a scrub brush can become worn and less effective at removing dirt and grime from surfaces,” says Carpenter.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was written by Brigitt Earley, a freelance writer with nearly 15 years of experience writing about consumer products, including cleaning products like bathroom scrubbers. To curate this list, she scoured top retailers to find the best, most highly-rated options. Then, she vetted each, reading all of the specs and hundreds of reviews.
To make her top picks, she consulted experts like Justin Carpenter, owner of Modern Maids, and Lauren Doss, owner of Nashville Maids, then used that guidance as she analyzed the type of brush head, size, construction, efficacy, and overall value of each one.