A toilet brush is an essential item keep your bathroom clean and hygienic, but it's probably not one of those items you want to think about all that often. We conducted hours of research to find the best toilet brushes, evaluating models on performance, longevity, and value. We also considered style elements like stainless steel or bamboo details as well as any holders that come with a brush.
Here is a list of what we think are some of the best toilet brushes on the market, so you can buy one confidently, without having to replace it all that often.
OXO Good Grips Compact Toilet Brush and Canister
Tapered brush head
Non-replaceable brush head
Not made with eco-friendly material
This toilet brush from OXO is simple yet thoughtful in design, which is why it's our top pick. The OXO Good Grips Hideaway Compact Toilet Brush comes with a simple white brush and canister, and it has superior features that really make it stand out. The storage canister features a touch-free opening mechanism, so you don't have to come anywhere close to a potentially dirty container. The tapered brush head is designed to reach all angles of your toilet bowl, and the handle is easy to hold. On top of that, it's an incredible value for the price tag.
We love that the white exterior of the canister and brush will blend well in lots of bathroom decor, but it's made of plastic, which isn't as eco-friendly as other renewable materials. The brush heads are not replaceable, so expect to replace the entire toilet brush itself every year or so. Still, no toilet brush is perfect, and we think this versatile choice can work well for most homes.
Price at time of publish: $18
Dimensions: 17 x 4 x 4.25 inches | Weight: 0.7 pounds | Material: Plastic | Color: White
Rubbermaid Commercial 14.5 Inch Toilet Brush
Sturdy brush head
Designed with slot in handle for hanging
Must be periodically replaced
Holder sold separately
If you're after a no-frills toilet brush, look no further than this practical choice from Rubbermaid. It's the classic shape and size that you likely expect from a toilet brush, but at less than $5, it comes at a fair price point, and many buyers sing its praises. We also like how the sturdy handle is made to easily hang in between uses.
You can buy it on its own if you have storage in mind, or you can opt for the brand's matching holder (both items come in white), which is a steal at less than $4. On the subject of its price, note that both the brush and the holder are inexpensive to replace when needed, but that isn’t great for the environment.
Price at time of publish: $5
Dimensions: 14.5 x 3 x 3 inches | Weight: 0.16 ounces | Material: Plastic | Color: White
TUSHY Toilet Brush with Single-Use Scrubbing Pads
Eco-friendly disposable option
High quality construction
Scented brush pads
Need to keep purchasing brush heads
While splurging might not be your first instinct when it comes to toilet brushes, TUSHY’s uses single-use coconut husks scented with lemon and tea tree oil to scrub the inside of your toilet, providing a disposable option that is also eco-friendly. The handle is made of white powder-coated stainless steel and bamboo, while the base is weighted and sleek. The toilet brush is made to last, while the brush heads are meant to be replaced each time.
The downside of TUSHY is that it is expensive, even for a regular toilet brush. When you consider that you also need to replace the brush head supply periodically (it comes with eight), the cost can start to add up. You can sign up for TUSHY’s subscription program to save some money, but you should still expect to pay for a new supply of brush heads now and then.
Price at time of publish: $49
Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Steel, bamboo, and coconut husk | Color: White and bamboo
Brabantia MindSet Toilet Brush and Holder
Elegant stainless steel design
Can be freestanding or mounted on the wall
Brush reaches under toilet rim
If you like to invest in decor and design throughout your home, there's no reason why you should skimp on an eyesore of a toilet brush. This toilet brush and holder set from Brabantia's MindSet line brings a hint of style to a category that's known for function over form. The set is modern and minimalist, with a powder coating that's available in a dark mineral gray and a neutral white.
The silicone brush head is shaped to reach under the rim of your toilet to simplify your scrubbing. Inside the steel canister, you'll find a plastic insert for the brush to sit in, which you can remove and clean as needed. The holder can be set up on the floor, or you can attach it to a wall with the included mounting hardware. While we wish it weren't quite so pricey, we do appreciate the thoughtful details and sleek design.
Price at time of publish: $48
Dimensions: 16.54 x 4.33 x 3.74 x inches | Weight: 1.94 pounds | Material: Steel with mineral coating, silicone | Color: Gray, white
Best Stainless Steel
Polder Stainless Steel Toilet Brush
Stainless steel handle and open-back canister
Replaceable brush heads
Tapered brush heads
Replacement brushes sold separately
Brush is visible from one angle of canister
From the front, the look of the Polder Stainless Steel Toilet Brush is futuristic and sleek. The vase-like canister is tapered and slim, allowing the handle to be stored upright for easy reaching. The brush head itself is the classic rounded shape, and it boasts a rubber-tipped head that promises not to scratch the surface of your toilet.
The head can be replaced (the brand's brush heads are sold on its website), which makes it a long-term solution that will keep your bathroom sanitary and clean. You'll just want to be sure to keep it tucked in a corner or against a wall, because the brush itself is visible from one side while it's stored.
Price at time of publish: $19
Dimensions: 17.5 x 4.2 x 4.2 inches | Weight: 13.6 ounces | Material: Stainless steel, plastic, rubber | Color: Stainless steel
Sellemer Bathroom Toilet Brush and Holder Set
Flexible brush head
Narrow ventilated canister
Flatter, uniform brush head
Less rigid than traditional toilet brushes
If you're looking for some extra scrubbing power, the Sellemer Toilet Brush is the way to go. It has silicone bristles that are flexible, bendable, and easy to rinse. They don’t deform like traditional bristles and will keep their shape and cleaning power for a long time. The canister itself is narrow, making this a great option for small bathrooms or tight spaces. The base uses a ventilated system to allow toilet water to evaporate rather than soak onto the floor.
The brush head itself is a uniform, or slightly flattened, shape, although it is flexible and has superior scrubbing power. If you're accustomed to traditional bristles or a rigid toilet brush, this one may take some getting used to, but for such an affordable price, it is definitely worth a try.
Price at time of publish: $17
Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.36 x 2.48 inches | Weight: 0.73 pounds | Material: Silicone, plastic | Color: Silver
Full Circle Toilet Brush with Replaceable Head
Replaceable brush heads
Base doesn’t have a cover
Base may require periodic cleaning
The Full Circle Toilet Brush is smartly designed with eco-friendly materials. The handle is made of recycled aluminum, recycled plastic, and bamboo. For added convenience and cleanliness, the mohawk-style brush head can be replaced when needed. The ceramic holder is a nice touch in both design and function. It has a non-slip base and absorbs water to keep it from spilling onto your floor. However, the canister doesn’t have a cover, so you may find yourself looking at grime and dirt in the base of it. Keep in mind that while the material does absorb water, it can require more frequent cleaning to keep odors and germs at bay.
This set is also on the more expensive side for a toilet brush, but it is made with attractive and high-quality materials, so we definitely think the value is there.
Price at time of publish: $35
Dimensions: 19.37 x 3.94 x 3.94 inches | Weight: 4.4 pounds | Material: Bamboo, recycled plastic, plastic | Color: Wood, silver
Best for Hard Water
TILSWALL Electric Spin Scrubber with Rotating Brush Heads
High RPM for great scrubbing
Requires more storage space
If you really want to get after hard water stains, the TILSWALL Electric Spin Scrubber can handle just about any bathroom-cleaning task you can think of. It has a brush head for the toilet bowl, as well as others for the sink, stove, tile floor, shower door, and other bathroom and kitchen areas. It spins at 300 revolutions per minute, and it's cordless, an important feature in an electric tool that is used around water.
It also takes up more space, both on the wall and in storage, to house the extra brush heads. This is an expensive option if you just need a toilet brush, but if you're interested in a multi-use tool, this may end up being one of your most-used cleaning tools around the house.
Price at time of publish: $65
Dimensions: 26.77 x 3.15 x 3.15 inches | Weight: 3.78 pounds | Material: Stainless steel, plastic, metal | Color: White
Best for Small Spaces
BOOMJOY Toilet Brush and Holder Set with Tweezers
Rounded base keeps it stable
No canister cover
Whether you want a brush and container for a small apartment, a tiny house, or an RV, there's lots to appreciate with the BOOMJOY toilet brush and its included tweezers. The tweezers can be used to get hair and other debris out of the quick-drying brush head. The base is also thickened on the bottom to reduce tipping, a key feature if you plan on keeping it stored in a moving vehicle.
There isn’t a cover on the canister. If you do find that odor is an issue, both the brush head and the base are washable. Because it doesn't come with replaceable brush heads, you will need to replace the entire unit after using it for a time.
Price at time of publish: $25
Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 4 inches | Weight: 0.82 pounds | Material: Plastic, rubber | Color: White and gray
To keep your toilet bowl sparkly clean, our best overall pick is the OXO Good Grips Hideaway Toilet Brush, which has a tapered brush head, easy grip, and covered canister. If you're looking for a budget-friendly option, consider the Rubbermaid Commercial 14.5-inch Toilet Brush, which gets the job done at a fraction of the price.
What to Look for in a Toilet Brush
Toilet brushes don’t vary much in size, but the dimensions can change based on the actual shape of the brush, and the container (if there is one). Narrow brushes can be stored in a slim holder, while round brushes often take up more space (usually 4 inches in diameter). If your toilet is very close to the wall, or if you're looking to save space, opt for that narrow brush. If you know for certain that a small footprint and convenient shape are important to you, check out our recommendation for small spaces, the BOOMJOY Toilet Brush and Holder Set with Tweezers.
Just because a toilet brush is a functional item doesn’t mean that it can't also blend with the overall look and style of your bathroom. Look for details that work with your space, whether that’s a sleek steel holder (like on the Brabantia MindSet Toilet Brush and Holder) or a bamboo handle accent (like with the Full Circle Scrub Queen). Some toilet brushes can also be purchased as part of a bathroom accessories set with a trash can, toothbrush holder, and soap dispenser in a matching color. When in doubt, you can always go with a basic white or other neutral option to keep it looking sleek and clean.
Brush Head Features
Home cleaning expert Marisol Wilkens, who has been running her own cleaning business for almost 20 years, recommends looking for a toilet brush that has replaceable brush heads or that can be easily replaced. “No matter how well you clean your toilet brush, eventually you will want something fresh to get the best clean,” she says.
For the deepest clean, look for a brush that has multiple bristle positions. The best options include a large brush head, often round, for general cleaning. They can also have tapered bristles on one side or a smaller attachment to get into hard-to-reach places, like under the rim. For really dirty jobs or stubborn hard water stains, look for an electric toilet brush that can help power away any grime or discoloration, like TILSWALL Electric Spin Scrubber with Rotating Brush Heads.
How do you clean a toilet brush?
You can clean a toilet brush by rinsing it with hot water and soap. Silicone toilet brushes tend to be the easiest to clean, compared to other types of bristles. You should use a hot water and bleach solution to make sure that any particles of waste are completely cleaned. It is also a good idea to designate a specific bucket and set of rubber gloves for this dirty—but very important—cleaning task.
How do you use a toilet brush?
Most toilet brushes are designed to manually scrub the inside of the toilet, with or without the aid of a cleaning solution. If you do use a cleaning solution, let it sit inside your toilet bowl for the designated amount of time. Then, hold the toilet brush by the handle, and scrub the inside of the bowl with the bristled side. It is a good idea to use rubber gloves and wash your hands thoroughly after using a toilet brush. Electric toilet brushes can take some of the manual labor off your hands, but you will still need to direct the bristles where they need to go inside the bowl.
How often should you replace your toilet brush?
You should plan to replace your toilet brush every six months to keep germs from accumulating. If you do not replace your toilet brush, you run the risk of spreading germs, rather than cleaning, every time you use it. Some toilet brushes are meant to be disposable or single-use. Look for ones that are made using eco-friendly materials to reduce your overall waste. Silicone toilet brushes can sometimes last longer, as can those with replaceable brush heads. Just make sure that you are thoroughly cleaning the handle each time you replace the brush head.
“It is so important to replace your cleaning tools when needed,” says Wilkens. “This keeps things sanitary and also makes sure that they are actually effective for cleaning.”
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Melynn, a freelance writer who specializes in home and family products. She has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. As a mom of three, she spends a lot of time cleaning and looking for the best products to make her jobs easier. For this article, she looked for toilet brushes that were effective and also didn’t require a huge investment in time or money. She consulted cleaning expert Marisol Wilkens, who has been running her own cleaning business in Missouri for almost 20 years.
Dena Ogden, a commerce writer for The Spruce, also assisted in researching and updating this roundup to include the latest toilet brush designs.