Let’s be real: Sweeping your hardwood floors isn’t the most pleasant chore. Between pet hair tumbleweeds and tiny particles that never seem to fully go away,
getting your floors clean can seem impossible. Luckily, the best brooms for hardwood floors have soft bristles so they won’t scratch up your precious floors. Some even boast electric designs or adjustable handles that make them right for certain homes. But more on that in one second.
When choosing a broom, it’s important to consider the quality of the bristles.
Hardwood floors are prone to scratches, and believe it or not, a hard-bristle broom can cause them — especially if you tend to push on your broom as you sweep. To take care of the dirt and your floors, you'll want a broom with extremely fine and soft bristles. Horse hair or rubber-bristle brooms are always good choice, but you can find options made with other gentle materials as well.
You’ll also want to keep in mind the space you’re trying to tackle. For example, if you’re sweeping in a room with tons of corners or furniture to work around, you’ll want an angled broom that can get touch-to-reach areas. But if you have a wide-open space, a soft-bristle
push broom can make larger cleaning jobs go quicker. There are even hardwood floor brooms made specifically for pet hair, which is the number one issue in my house. In a hurry? These are the best brooms for hardwood floors. 1. Best Traditional Broom: O-Cedar 3-Action Upright Broom 2. Best Push Broom: Superio Kitchen & Home Horse Hair Broom 3. Best Broom For Pet Hair: Evriholder FURemover Pet Hair Removal Broom 4. Best Combo Set: TreeLen Dust Pan & Broom Combo Set 5. Best Angled Broom: O-Cedar Power Corner Large Angle Broom 6. Best Broom For Indoor & Outdoor Use: Quickie Poly-Fibered Lobby Broom 7. Best Floor Sweeper For Multiple Surfaces: Bissell Natural Sweep Carpet & Floor Sweeper 8. Best Electric Broom: Bissell Featherweight Stick Bagless Vacuum 9. Best Adjustable Broom: Camco Adjustable Broom & Dustpan 10. Best For Dry & Wet Mopping: MANGOTIME Microfiber Mop
Angled or flat? Traditional or push broom? No matter which way you go, it’s safe to say the perfect broom for hardwood floors will make your life way easier. Here’s a roundup of some of the best options out there to help you make a decision.
1 Best Traditional Broom
Even though this
traditional broom looks pretty standard, it's anything but. It has three types of bristles: The fine, black bristles pick up tiny particles, the gray bristles lift hair and other hard-to-remove debris, and the stiffer red bristles on either side of the brush head are angled to reach into tough corners (yet are, according to reviewers, still gentle on wood floors). One shopper attested that it “has really soft brush which I needed for my wood, tile and vinyl floors” and “works great.” The broom also features rubber bumpers to safeguard your furniture against dings and scuffs. According to one reviewer: “I like the way this fits under my cabinets and gets into corners. My house has all wood floors. It takes about an hour for me to sweep everything so being lightweight is very helpful. It also does an amazing job of picking up long hair. I have had a little trouble with the hanging cap on the end coming off occasionally but that can be fixed with a little glue. Overall very happy with this broom.” 2 Best Push Broom
There’s no better way to sweep an open space than with this
ergonomic push broom. The bristles are made from ultra fine horse hair, which are so soft that they actually help your hardwood floors maintain their luster as you sweep. This broom also features a sturdy wood handle that is easy to maneuver. Hundreds of Amazon reviewers have invested in this home-cleaning tool. According to one reviewer: “I purchased this broom because I had the original oak floors in my house sanded, stained and sealed. I have a vacuum but I use a broom when I don’t want/need the vacuum. This broom has very soft but strong bristles and will not scratch or damage your floors.” 3 Best Broom For Pet Hair
If you’re struggling with annoying pet hair tumbleweeds, this
fur-removing broom does the trick. The bristles are made of 100 percent rubber, which is basically a magnet for pet hair and other fine fibers. This broom also features a telescopic handle that can be adjusted according to your height or the area you’re trying to reach, and there’s even a built-in squeegee if you want to mop your floor when you’re finished sweeping. According to one reviewer: “Because of my long hair and a cat, I vacuum daily. This product is so lightweight, I can run it over hardwood, tiles and rugs easily. Picks up hair, dust, dry particles extremely well. Will get additional hair from rug after vacuuming. I can skip a day with just a quick sweep. Should have bought it sooner. Like extension pole design.” 4 Best Combo Set
Not only does this
broom and dustpan combo work amazingly well, it’s also easy to store. The bristles are buttery soft, and the handle is constructed of lightweight steel that won’t bend or dent as you use it. The long-handled dustpan features a soft rubber edge that creates a seal, making it easy to collect all the dust and dirt you sweep up. And when you’re done, just snap together the dustpan and broom and slip them into a closet, cabinet, or corner. According to one reviewer: “This broom dust pan is reasonably priced and quality construction. The broom handle is metal and screws together so you can choose the best height for the user. The lip of the dust pan hugs the floor so the dust, dirt, leaves and more sweep right in not under!” 5 Best Angled Broom
For large rooms with hard-to-access corners, a full-sized
broom with angled bristles is a great pick. This one from O-Cedar features semi-soft bristles that are gentle on hardwood floors but firm enough to pick up dirt and debris. It also has a hole built into its design so you can hang it off a hook in a closet. The two colored bristles on this design have slightly different textures: The gray ones are softer and will sweep carefully over your investment flooring, while the black bristles on either side are a bit firmer for picking up dirt or dust caught in corners of your space. According to one reviewer: “I have used tons of brooms in my 57 years of life. This one is the very best I've ever owned. When I researched brooms on Amazon, a few days ago, I didn't think much about it. I only wanted one which head was large enough. But, oh, my! It slides so smoothly on the floor and pick up everything easily. I'll never buy another brand.” 6 Best Broom For Indoor & Outdoor Use
While oftentimes a broom with bristles soft enough for hardwood floors won’t be strong enough for outdoor surfaces, this
indoor and outdoor broom is designed to be used on both surfaces, and has slightly tougher bristles than other brooms on this list but still won’t damage your hardwood floors. And, thanks to the sturdy 31-inch steel broom handle, this is a durable option that can handle being left outdoors or repeated use without falling apart. Over 9,800 Amazon users have invested in this broom and it’s earned a glowing 4.5-star overall rating. According to one reviewer: “This broom is great on concrete or pavement. It's also great on smooth floors too!” 7 Best Floor Sweeper For Multiple Surfaces
innovative floor sweeper is one part vacuum one part broom, and works great on multiple surfaces, including carpets, hardwood floors, and area rugs. The dual-rotating brush rolls underneath its silver design powerfully lift up dirt and dust, and requires no electricity to operate. That makes this operationally much more similar to your favorite broom, but able to functionally work similar to a vacuum. Over 25,500 Amazon users have been compelled to leave reviews for this best-selling cleaning tool, and it has a 4.2-star overall rating. According to one reviewer: “Love this sweeper! I don’t have to pull out the heavy vacuum now every time I see dirt or dust, which is fabulous. So quiet to use also. Works well on hard floors, carpet, and area rugs.” 8 Best Electric Broom
electric broom as they are sometimes referred as, is qualitatively a stick vacuum. It’s also a household tool that Bustle Editor Wesley Salazar uses to clean up messes from her floors. She says, “While it’s not the most powerful vacuum out there, it’s really handy for sweeping up dust and debris from hard surfaces. Its lightweight, compact design makes it easy to store and navigate. Plus, I’ve never noticed it leaving behind any scratches on our hardwood floors.” Unlike other options on this list, this has a corded design which is something to keep in mind if you’re looking to be able to move freely from room to room in your space. But, given that the handle can come off so it functions as a handheld vacuum, and it has two attachments for crevices and stairs, this is a versatile option that won’t set you back. According to one reviewer: “Perfect for hair on hard wood/ tile floors. [...] Use this every to every other day to vacuum my kitchen, hall way and bathroom. So much better than sweeping! Sucks up dog/ cat hair, litter, crumbs etc like a dream. Fits right between the fridge and the counter. [...] Couldn’t be happier with the quality and price. Honestly makes my life easier and less stressful.” 9 Best Adjustable Broom
For small messes or very hard to reach areas, a smaller
dustpan-style broom is a great purchase that is easy to store, but can also be adjusted into a full-sized broom, as well. Not only does it have soft bristles that are safe for hardwood floors, but since the broom clips into the dustpan, it’ll take up almost no room in your cleaning closet or drawer. When you want to use it in its full-sized design, simply pull the handle up and extend it. It can turn into a 52-inch telescoping pole, so you can tackle all manner of messes. According to one reviewer: “I am so happy with this for our small camper. It extends to use as a full sized broom and folds up for small storage and can be used as a hand broom with a nice dust pan attached. I hung in an in our if the way corner in the bathroom. Works great too! First thing I did was sweep out our new camper and it was very effective. Would definitely recommend.” 10 Best For Dry & Wet Mopping
microfiber mop is another route you can take to leave your hardwood floors spotless. It comes with two types of cleaning pads (four pads total): The chenille microfiber pad works similarly to a broom and is ideal for dry mopping to pick up dust and debris, while the smooth microfiber pad sops up spills and other wet messes. They’re both safe to use on hardwood surfaces and as a bonus, they can be cleaned in the washing machine. The adjustable handle — made of stainless steel — is sturdy, and the mop’s 360-degree swivel head makes it easy to maneuver around and under furniture. According to one reviewer: “I love this mop for my hardwood floors. Very functional. Comes with multiple pads both for wet and dry cleaning. Very good quality.”
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This article was originally published on
May 19, 2019