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Best Drill Brush

This Jusoney Set is the only to buck the color convention. The orange ...
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By Jediah Porter ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 30, 2020
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To help you find a brush to attach to your power drill for faster, more thorough cleaning, we researched a dozen and purchased the 7 best drill brushes. Once we had them in hand, we used them on a variety of household and repair tasks to assess their relative function and value. Directly comparing these products yielded authoritative assessments that you can use for your own eventual purchase. All the products we tested are good, but each is slightly differentiated. Manufacturers have thought it through, and all the products we assessed hold up to scrutiny.


1

Best Overall Drill Brush Set


JUSONEY 23-Piece Brush Attachment Set


Number of Parts: 23 | Extension/Quick change included?: Yes
Nearly comprehensive
Versatile
Sturdy
Each component is indistinguishable from other brands
No medium stiffness brushes

The best product we tested is, not coincidentally, the largest set we tested. The Jusoney 23 Piece Set is a versatile, diverse collection of brushes and drill mounted scrubbing tools that work well for a wide variety of tasks around home and the garage. There are brushes of different shapes, sizes, and textures for light and heavy tasks. There are also fibrous and sponge scrubber attachments that affix with hook and loop ("velcro") to a dedicated scrubbing round. If you can't scrub it with a large set like the Jusoney, you can't scrub it at all.

Our primary issue with the Jusoney set is that it doesn't contain any medium stiffness brushes. The orange brushes included are most similar to red brushes from other companies. They include brushes at either end of the stiffness spectrum but omit medium options of any color. (Medium texture models come in different colors to avoid potential "cross-contamination" through cleaning tasks). Mid-stiff brushes are best for indoor hard surfaces like those found in a bathroom or kitchen. The brushes included with this set are optimized for carpet on one end of the spectrum and soiled, sturdy outside surfaces on the other end. We wish there were mid-stiffness brushes of at least one color in this kit.

One of the brushes included with this set is small, black, and tuned...
One of the brushes included with this set is small, black, and tuned for the most robust of tasks, like scrubbing baked-on crud from the inside of an oven.
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2

Best for All-Around Use


The Ultimate Drill Brush


Number of Parts: 6 | Extension/Quick change included?: No
Variety of stiffnesses
Variety of shapes
No non-brush scrubbers
No extension or quick-change adapter

This six-piece Attachment Set is versatile, compact, and affordable. Each component is robust and of high quality. The six pieces represent different textures/stiffnesses and different shapes. For most casual, household use, you will find some version of what you need in this set. That it's all available at a reasonable price only sweetens the deal. This is a solid, basic set of drill brushes.

For professional level or extended use, this set is limited. Because each piece varies in both shape and texture, it is possible you won't find the shape you want in the texture you need. Further, Drill Brush Inc. doesn't include an extension or fast-change adapter with this set. Most of the other high-scoring products have this in the package, and it gives you more options for changing shapes mid-task and getting into hard to reach corners. Any standard 1/4 inch drive bit extender will do the job, but we wish it were included with this set.

The Drill Brush brand set has a great variety of textures and...
The Drill Brush brand set has a great variety of textures and shapes. We only wish it had an extender/adapter.
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3

Best Soft and Gentle Brush Kit


Hiware 4-Piece Drill Brush


Number of Parts: 4 | Extension/Quick change included?: Yes
Different shapes of the softest brush texture
Included extension
No other texture options

The Hiware Four piece Soft Car Detailing Kit is good for even more than the model name suggests. Many, of course, will purchase it for automotive use. However, the brush textures are also suitable for carpet and upholstery inside your house. These white brushes are the softest available on the market. The three different shapes give you enough options to reach whatever corners you need to reach. We had great luck scrubbing stains from the carpet and buffing shinier surfaces with no damage to either.

Other kits in our test are more versatile than the Hiware Car Kit. Other colors are stiffer and, therefore, more suitable for challenging tasks on robust surfaces. If you want more versatility, another set will be more appropriate. However, if you do extensive scrubbing of sensitive and more delicate materials, this is our top recommendation. Choose a bigger, more versatile kit for all-around home and shop use.

The gentle bristles of the Hiware four piece set are well suited to...
The gentle bristles of the Hiware four piece set are well suited to carpets and automotive interior usage.
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[award=4, 914999]Excellent Home and Bathroom Brush Set[/award]


Number of Parts: 4 | Extension/Quick change included?: No
Simple
Inexpensive
Only one brush texture

The Bathroom Surfaces kit is just like it sounds. Four different-shaped brushes attach to your power drill for cleaning surfaces in your bathroom. The brushes in this kit have bristles of medium stiffness. This texture is tuned for various surfaces, including those in your kitchen, bathroom, and on many water sports equipment. Drill-mounted brush manufacturers have decided (unanimously, as best we can tell) on a color convention to differentiate medium-bristled brushes. Basically, they each make medium stiffness brushes in the same three different colors. The different colors allow you to have multiple medium stiffness brushes for different tasks without risking cross-contamination. Yellow is pitched as suitable for bathroom tasks. Yellow isn't fundamentally different from the other medium-stiffness colors.

In a small, informal market survey we performed, we found that most users will first try a drill brush for cleaning their bathrooms. Therefore, yellow is often your first choice. If you know you want more versatility in your set of drill brushes, this kit will be underwhelming. Larger, more expensive sets have a more extensive variety of textures and shapes. Though, if you're simply seeking a set that'll do the best for bathroom surfaces without getting your hands as tired or dirty as typical scrubbing, this is the one to take a gander at.

The yellow, medium stiffness brushes of this award winner can be...
The yellow, medium stiffness brushes of this award winner can be dedicated to bathroom cleaning. Tub scrubbing is a fast task with this sort of cleaning tool.
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5

Best For Water Sports and Equipment


Drill Brush 360 Attachment Kit


Number of Parts: 3 | Extension/Quick change included?: No
Blue color coding makes sense for water sports
A sturdy set of brushes
Small set
Limited function

The tested blue version of the Original 360 is optimized and pitched for use on your water sports equipment. The texture is medium in stiffness, which works well on plastic and fiberglass. The blue color is intuitively associated with water and water sports. The brush texture itself is indiscernible from the medium stiffness of other colors from other manufacturers. We couldn't discern a difference, and manufacturers do not claim a difference between medium stiffness brushes of different colors. Colors are differentiated to avoid potential cross-contamination from one use to the next.

This is the smallest set of brushes we tested. There are just three different shapes, and the 360 does not include an extension/quick-change function. Other sets and manufacturers include a standard, long 1/4 inch drive bit extender. The overall function suffers just a little for this simplicity, but we could reach pretty much all the surfaces we wanted to clean. As a result, it's a favorite for water-sports equipment as you can get into any crevice in that context easily enough.

This high scoreris tuned and marked for use on water sports...
This high scoreris tuned and marked for use on water sports equipment and outside fixtures like hot tubs and swimming pools.
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6

Nearly Comprehensive Set of Drill-Mounted Brushes


Holikme 22-Piece Drill Brush Attachment Set


Number of Parts: 22 | Extension/Quick change included?: Yes
Large set
Good variety of shapes
No stiffest brushes
No blue brushes

The Holikme 22 Piece Set is relatively comprehensive at a reasonable price. They include four of six possible colors, three of four possible brush textures, and all four different shapes that we know of. Further, this set includes a reasonably comprehensive set of abrasive scrubbing pads. All these options should cover your various scrubbing and brushing needs.

The Holikme 22 piece set is pretty expensive and doesn't include the stiffest brush texture in any shape. As a result, we had a hard time scrubbing out some of the toughest "stuff" that you might on a surface. If you're simply seeking various abrasive pads, this is one to take a look at. The stiffest brush texture is more useful than you might think. In all our testing, we tried all the different stiffnesses on a variety of surfaces. Despite what you might think, drill brushes aren't particularly damaging. Even when using stiff brushes on more delicate surfaces, we observed no damage. What we did notice, though, is that stiffer brushes do their work faster and with less pushing input from the cleaner.

The Holikme 15 piece set includes this sturdy, large red attachment...
The Holikme 15 piece set includes this sturdy, large red attachment for use on sturdy, outside surfaces.
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7

Home and Bathroom Cleaning Kit


Holikme 4-Pack Power Scrubber Brush


Number of Parts: 4 | Extension/Quick change included?: Yes
Sturdy brushes
Included extension
One texture

We tested the Holikme 4Pack and found it to be functional and simple. It features medium texture bristles in yellow color and has a total of four parts. It has three brushes and one extension/quick-change adapter. It is robust and sturdy, and tuned for your bathroom cleaning needs.

While we found this to be a functional set, it simply doesn't have the variety that we prefer in the number of brush heads. The brushes also come in one texture, which limits its versatility. While you can easily use it on a kitchen surface (as well as in the bathroom), you might want to color-code your brushes to avoid cross-contamination. If you're seeking a pared-down cleaning set for the bathroom, this simple option is a decent choice.

The Holikme 4-pack is also branded with "Dr Brush". We found its...
The Holikme 4-pack is also branded with "Dr Brush". We found its performance solid and in line with other similar offerings from other companies.
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Why You Should Trust Us


Our test team was led by an all-around handy person and long-time tester Jed Porter. Jed started with us as a mountain guide to test outdoor equipment. He still guides, but his professional and personal life has grown with us. He is now a homeowner, camper renovator, landlord, and Airbnb Superhost with a 5-star cleanliness rating. He knows home care and knows how to secure further consult in that category. Had he had access to a set of drill brushes at the apex of his Air Bnb hosting side hustle, he might have achieved that 5-star level clean in a fraction of the time.

Our testing included using each set in its intended application. Actual, "real world" testing is the best way to truly test a product. To do this, we pulled each product out of the package after ordering and cleaned an assortment of surfaces; this extends from bathroom surfaces to kitchen sinks, to outdoor equipment. We measured and counted each set's components and researched the entire field to make deductions and observations that complement our in-use findings.

This set has medium stiffness bristles suitable for all sorts of...
For cleaning up during construction and renovation products these...
Much of our testing was in "real world" applications to simulate...

Analysis and Test Results


We chose a wide variety of drill-mounted brushes to see which ones perform the best throughout a series of side-by-side tests. After using each while cleaning rentals and our homes, we rated each comparatively across a few metrics. This includes versatility, sturdiness, and ease of changing parts.

Versatility


Drill mounted brush sets can do any of several scrubbing tasks. Almost any scrubbing is more effective when the brush is attached to a power drill. The primary differences between individual options are shape and bristle stiffness. All manufacturers make brushes in four different stiffnesses. Different shapes include three different sizes of cylindrical brushes and two different sizes of hybrid cylinder/hemispherical brushes. None of the sets we tested had all the possible combinations.

Drill Brush brand products come with this explanatory card. All the...
Drill Brush brand products come with this explanatory card. All the others have a similar color coding convention.
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Each is tailored to either a particular intended usage or range of uses. The largest sets in our review have the most versatility. The Jusoney 23 Piece Set features maximum versatility. It isn't perfect, but it does have the most options in the review. Not far behind is the Holikme 22 Piece. Special mention must be made of the carefully curated Drill Brush Attachment Set.

This 15 piece set does a variety of tasks in an effective fashion.
This 15 piece set does a variety of tasks in an effective fashion.
Credit: Rosie De Lise

Further versatility is accomplished by including pad-mounted abrasive scrubbers. These are sturdier versions of your kitchen sink dish scrubby attached with hook-and-loop ("Velcro") to a spinning, flattened cylinder. Not all sets have such scrubbies.

Allow us to demystify some confusion surrounding color conventions and bristle stiffness. All of the manufacturers make different colors of medium stiffness brushes. Blue, yellow, and green brushes are all medium stiffness. In use, each performs the same. The brushes are colored differently to reduce the potential for cross-contamination. If you have medium brushes for the bathroom and kitchen, you might not want them to be used in the wrong place. Use yellow in the bathroom and green in the kitchen. Blue is recommended for water sports and hot tubs. You can, of course, use whatever color wherever you want.

Sturdiness/Durability


All of the brush kits we tested held up very well. In fact, this is a good time and place to point out that, to the best of our knowledge, these brushes have more in common than they are different. Brushes of the same shape and color are virtually indistinguishable from one another, regardless of the manufacturer. It is entirely possible that all are made in the same molds or same factory. Drill Brush brand brushes have stickers with that brand noted, and some raised embossing molded into the brushes themselves. None of the others have any markings on the products themselves. All non Drill Brush brand brushes look identical to one another. Even this brand of products, aside from the stickers and embossing, appears identical to the others.

White brushes are tailored for carpet and upholstery. The bristles...
White brushes are tailored for carpet and upholstery. The bristles are relatively soft, but still hold up to the significant forces involved in drill-powered scrubbing.
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In use, we found similar individual components to be seemingly identical. We could not distinguish between them. The result is that all the products are quite sturdy and durable, with no discernible differences in this regard. Even the branding is confusing. We tested from all the different brands we could find, but we still got some overlap. There is Jusoney, Drill Brush, Dr Brush Authorized by Holikme, and Drill Brush 360.

Ease of Changing Parts


All the tested components are built around a "standard" 1/4" drive bit format. Cordless drivers just require seating the brush into the bit driver. All adjustable chuck drills will hold these brushes too. Some of them include a dedicated extension that also serves as a quick-change adapter. This dedicated extension could be purchased aftermarket, but it is nice when it is included with the set. The Jusoney 23 Piece Set, both Holikme products, and the Hiware 4 Piece Set include extension/quick-change adapters.

The long, non-brushed component here is an adapter/extender that...
The long, non-brushed component here is an adapter/extender that enables greater reach and quick, tool-free changes of the brushes.
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Conclusion


We reviewed and compared a sampling of the best drill mounted scrubbing sets on the market. Individual components across brands are quite similar to one another (if not the same), but different sets have different functions and appeal. We hope that our comparison and advice will help you choose the best product for your purposes.

Jediah Porter