The Better Broom & Dustpan

A broom and dustpan may seem like a simple thing, but adding a couple of smart features will make cleaning up a whole lot quicker and more pleasant. To create our list of better brooms, we looked for clever features like: a click-lock dustpan for no-touch dumping, feather-tip broom bristles to collect small particles, and a built-in comb to pull out hair and dust bunnies from the broom.

All four brooms and dustpans are well-featured, but the only product that seems to have them all is the OXO Good Grips Upright Sweep Set (Photo 1).

Features to Consider:
  1. Dustpan stands open hands-free for quicker two-hand sweeping
  2. Dustpan locks open for no-touch dumping
  3. Split-end or feather-tip broom bristles to collect fine dust and small particles
  4. Tapered or soft rubber edge on dustpan to capture small particles and fine dust
  5. Handles clip together for compact storage
  6. Broom stores inside dustpan
  7. Built-in comb to pull out hair and dust bunnies from the broom
Shown above, clockwise from the left:
  1. OXO Good Grips Upright Sweep Set, from OXO, $24.99
  2. Libman Lobby Broom & Dust Pan (Closed Lid), from Libman Co., $17.49
  3. Butler Neat Sweep, Stand-up Dust Pan & Broom, from Butler Home Products, $27.77
  4. Carlisle Duo-Pan Dust Pan and Lobby Broom Combo, 11-4/5" Head Width, 36" Overall Length, Black, from Carlisle, $20.37


(Images: As credited above.)