Not all brooms are made the same. You might think, “It’s just a broom. How many options can there be?” The answer is a lot. First, you have to consider the broom type: sweeping, push/pull, or dust mop. Next, you have to choose the type of bristle fiber, the broomstick design and material, and whether you want to go dry or wet.
These decisions matter, especially if you’re looking for the best broom for hardwood floors. We’ll examine the options according to broom type: sweeping, push/pull, or dust mop. At the end of each section, you can weigh the pros and cons of the recommended brooms with our handy comparison chart.
Sweeping brooms are the stereotypical brooms, the kind Harry Potter and his pals ride to play Quidditch. You use them in a back and forth motion with the pole mostly upright.
The bristles of sweeping brooms come in a range of fiber types.
- Bissell Smart Details Upright Wide Floor Push Broom: Horsehair • $23 • 36-50 inches • 1 pound
- TreeLen Broom/Dustpan Set: Microfiber • $28 • 40.5-54 inches • 2.2 pounds • Dustpan
- O-Cedar Power Corner Large Angle Broom: Microfiber • $20 • 51.2 inches • Angled • 1.5 pounds • Recycled
- Bissell Lightweight Tile, Wood Floor, and Hard Surface Pet Hair Broom: Microfiber and rubber • $25 • 38, 48, 56 inches • 2 pounds
A horsehair broom is soft so it won’t scratch your hardwood floors. It’s also able to reach into nooks and crannies because the horsehair is so pliable. Finally, dust cleans off the horsehair more easily because the bristles are so smooth.
The main drawback is that it can shed, adding horsehair bristles to the content of your sweeping.
For just $$, the Bissell broom gives you a good horsehair sweep. It’s called a push broom, probably because the broom head is short. However, the best way to use this is as a sweeping broom because it’s upright and doesn’t have the pole-to-head angle of a push broom.
The adjustable pole makes the broom easy to store and easy to use. You can extend the handle from a 36-inch to a 50-inch length.
Customers like the softness of the bristles and how well they pick up the smallest debris. The main drawback is that the broom does shed its hair. A lesser problem is that the short bristles make it hard to reach very far under low furniture or into deep crevices.
Microfiber bristles are a little stiffer than horsehair. The stiffness means that they’re not as pliable, and dust bunnies are more apt to cling to them. However, they are less likely than horsehair to shed.
The TreeLen set gives you a perfectly sized dustpan with a broom for $$. One of the most innovative features of this set is the cleaning teeth mechanism on the dustpan: Use them to rake through the microfiber bristles to discharge any clinging dust.
An optional extension pole increases the length from 40.5 to 54 inches.
The pan and broom conveniently snap together neatly for storage, with the dustpan folded up to occupy less space. But the dustpan also locks open, so you don’t have to worry about it snapping up while sweeping into it. And its rubber lip is designed to minimize dust creeping underneath it when you brush into it.
Some customers have found the lip to be uneven, permitting dust to escape the pan. But one person devised an ingenious solution: Soak the dustpan in hot water for five minutes to soften the rubber. Then use weights to flatten the rubber against the floor.
Other customers complained that, because the microfiber bristles are stiffer than horsehair, they miss the finest dust.
Another microfiber broom, O-Cedar’s version is angled to help the sweeper reach difficult corners. The Power Corner is also eco-friendly: The broom block and bristles are 80 percent recycled.
At $$, the broom is quite affordable. People also like how lightweight it is, and they appreciate how the head is low enough to fit under cabinets.
The biggest complaint is that the handle is weak. Another criticism is that the length isn’t adjustable. If you’re tall, the relatively long 51.2 inches won’t be a problem, but if you’re short, you might find the broom to be unwieldy.
Rubber bristles are great for picking up pet hair. Their main drawback is that they make the broom heavier. They will also miss very fine particles and cannot reach into nooks and crannies.
Most rubber brooms are push/pull types. But the $$ Bissell Pet Hair Broom is an unusual sweeper with retractable rubber bristles. Need to clean up pet hair? Just lower the rubber. Want to sweep up fine debris? Reverse the motion and use the microfiber.
The handle is retractable as well, with stops at 38, 48, and 56 inches, so that it will serve the needs of people in a range of heights.
Fans of the Bissell say it works great for gathering pet hair. They say that the broom also works on carpet. However, most pet brooms don’t do well on carpet unless you pull them, like a rake, and this isn’t a push/pull type.
The main drawback is that the rubber makes it a little heavier. At 2 pounds, it’s double the average broom weight. Customers also complain that the bottom joint has a tendency to break.
Push/pull brooms tend to have low heads and, therefore, short bristles, and the broom heads tend to be at an angle to the pole to facilitate the raking or hoeing motion. Like sweeping brooms, these products offer a range of bristle types.
However, because people mostly use push brooms outside or for industrial-type flooring, the bristles are often rough and not a good choice for indoor wood floors. So we will only consider rubber bristles here, which are ideal for hardwood floors.
- Evriholder FURemover Broom: Rubber • $14 • 36-60 inches • 1.14 pounds
- RAVMAG Rubber Broom and Squeegee: Rubber • $30 • 55 inches • 1.65 pounds
- LandHope Push Broom: Rubber • $22 • 31.5-54 inches • 1.06 pounds
Evriholder FURemover Broom
The FURemover is a bargain. For just over $, you get a versatile tool that cleans up pet hair and can squeegee liquid. The rubber bristles work well on hardwood floors. To sweep pet hair from carpet or to deal with a liquid spill, flip the broom over and use the squeegee edge.
The trick for cleaning pet hair is to use the broom like a rake. Getting the job done requires a certain amount of elbow grease. If you don’t have the oomph, use a vacuum.
Once the broom is dirty, you can rinse it off under the faucet.
The adjustable handle telescopes from 3 to 5 feet. Some customers complain that the handle isn’t sturdy enough, which might be a result of its being lightweight. This one is just 1.14 pounds.
The FURemover and RAVMAG’s version are virtually identical except on two counts: RAVMAG’s is more than double the price, $30, and the reason is that the handle is much sturdier, made of steel with a powder-coated finish.
Because the pole is steel, it’s also heavier, 1.65 pounds. And the handle is not retractable, so you have to deal with the 55-inch length.
But, like the FURemover, it does the trick, sweeping up debris and pet hair from hardwood or other types of floors. You use both brooms the same way, like a rake. And both come with a squeegee edge for liquid.
LandHope’s offering also features rubber bristles. Amazingly, this one is even lighter than the FURemover: only 1.06 pounds.
The reason it weighs less is that the pole is lightweight aluminum, which is also its main drawback. People complain that the handle, especially the swivel joint where it meets the head, breaks easily. Another complaint is that the swivel function makes the broom harder to use.
The pole is adjustable, expanding from 31.5 to 54 inches. Like the FURemover and RAVMAG, it can be rinsed off for cleaning. It also has a squeegee edge for cleaning up liquid from the floor.
In terms of price, it falls right between the two other push broom options at $$.
The best broom for hardwood floors may, in fact, be a mop. Dust mops meet a lot of hardwood floor cleaning needs. Because hardwood is smooth, a dust mop won’t get snagged on it. You can use a dust mop to clean along edges and under surfaces by dragging or pushing. And a dust mop can hold the dirt, not just move it into a dustpan.
The problem with dust mops is that you have to clean them, and it’s in their cleaning that dust mops show their weaknesses. Many mop heads quickly come apart in the washer.
The main decision you have to make with a dust mop is whether you need it to be able to handle wet cleaning as well.
- O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Sweeper Dust Mop: Dry • Chenille and microfiber • $18 • 56 inches • 14.4 ounces • Swivel
- JINCLEAN Microfiber Floor Mop: Dry • Microfiber cloth and chenille • $21 • 30-51 inches • 1 pound
- Nine Forty Industrial Mop: Dry • Cotton yarn • $40 • 42-72 inches • 3.95 pounds • Swivel
- Turbo Microfiber Floor Mop System: Dry/Wet • Microfiber • $40 • 35-60 inches • 1.2 pounds • Swivel
- O-Cedar Microfiber Flip Mop: Dry/Wet • Microfiber • $17 • 48 inches • 1 pound • Swivel • Flippable
O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Sweeper Dust Mop
O’Cedar’s entry in this category is an affordable $18 microfiber mop that offers refills. The mop head is chenille and microfiber. It’s lightweight, only 14.4 ounces.
Customers like the effectiveness of the sweep. They say it gets up a lot of pet hair and debris. Some of that debris sticks to the chenille mop fibers. You can remove the mop head and shake it out to clean it or throw it in the washing machine. The company claims you can wash it 50 times before it falls apart.
Criticisms of the mop mostly focus on the quality of the handle, which can be bent and crushed, and of the swiveling mophead, which sometimes flopping onto its back during use.
Although the manufacturer describes it as an industrial mop, plenty of people use the JINCLEAN for home cleaning, and at $21 it doesn’t come with an industrial price. The refillable mop head has two different surfaces, one described as a “super-fine microfiber cloth” and the other as “ultra-absorbent microfiber chenille.”
Although the manufacturer claims the head is machine washable, be sure to keep it below 120 degrees F and don’t throw it in the dryer or it will break down faster. Some customers say not to machine wash it at all.
Because the mop head holds dust fast, you can carry it outside to shake it out without losing all the dirt on the way. The aluminum pole adjusts from 30 to 51 inches. The mop weighs 1 pound.
You get what you pay for. This monster runs for $$, but if you have a lot of hardwood, it’s probably worth it.
For one thing, the head is made in the USA of natural cotton yarn with heavy stitching. For another, the mop head sits on a steel frame. The frame can rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to get to those hard-to-reach places. The aluminum pole extends from 43 to 72 inches, so it meets a wide range of height needs. And you can choose between three head sizes.
The biggest problem with this mop seems to be that it can get shredded in the washing machine. It’s also a little heavy at almost 4 pounds.
The Turbo truly is a system, with a variety of change-out pads to meet a wide range of needs, from dry mopping to wet mopping hardwood, vinyl, cement, tile, and marble. The pads are all washable, up to 100 times according to the manufacturer. The system includes an aluminum pole, two microfiber pads, and two scrubbing pads.
The head swivels 360 degrees to facilitate cleaning. The pole is adjustable from 35 to 60 inches. And it’s lightweight, only 1.2 pounds. But the price is a little heavy: $$.
Some customers complain about the ease of attaching the mop head to the pole because the mop can come with an alignment problem.
This flip mop does just what it says: It flips over so you can use the other side too. All that means is that you can clean for longer without having to wash the mop head.
For the low price of $, the mop does what it’s supposed to: Clean hardwood floors. You can use it dry or damp. It’s lightweight—just over 1 pound—and the head swivels 360 degrees, so it’s easy to use. The replaceable mop head is machine washable, up to 100 times, but some users prefer to rinse it out in the sink.
You can’t adjust the 48-inch pole length, and some people may find it to be too short.
Hardwood floors are beautiful, but they get dirty fast, and the dirt shows. When trying to figure out what the best broom for hardwood floors is, don’t forget to consider your ergonomic needs. Is it hard for you to lift something heavy? Is it easier for you to push than to sweep, which can strain the neck?
Think too about your environment. Do you live in a large house with wide-open spaces? If so, then a wider broom or mop head will help you get the work done faster. On the other hand, if you live in a more cramped environment, you’ll want a smaller and perhaps swiveling broom or mop head that won’t crash into furniture and make sweeping an annoyance.
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Finally, think about your dirt. Do you have hairy pets? If so, go for a rubber bristle push broom. On the other hand, if your pets are limited to cats, you might be more worried about fine cat litter dust, in which case a horsehair broom might be the best option. Is your main concern dirt and mud from kids? Then you might want a wet/dry dust mop.
Try to think methodically about your physical needs, your space, and your specific dirt sources. Then you can narrow down the choices even further with our comparison charts. When you finish with our guide, you’ll be left with the very best broom for hardwood floors—specifically, your hardwood floors.