Searching for Bathroom Brushes – The New York Occasions

Shopping for Toilet Brushes - The New York Times

The toilet brush may be one of the least glamorous things to do in your home, but it's still worth having one that isn't completely off-putting. That's because it's a tool that – like it or not – is always on display and sits next to the toilet.

If you're interested in what your bathroom looks like, "you want it not to be so ugly when you sit there," said Scott Henderson, a Brooklyn-based industrial designer who has created cleaning products for companies like OXO and Casabella.

Fortunately, many designers and manufacturers have gone beyond functional scrubbers and are now making toilet brushes that are more attractive. Some are even in the Museum of Modern Art's collection – like the Excalibur toilet brush designed by Philippe Starck for Heller in 1993, which protects a user's hand from splashes like a sword guard. (Unfortunately it is no longer in production.)

"That was a very inspiring piece for me as a young designer," said Henderson. "The goal is to transform the everyday so that it becomes something you want as opposed to something you just need."

  • Should your toilet brush be a statement? That depends on your creative vision, said Henderson. Some designs offer a light color or touch of humor while others take a back seat.

  • How does it fit next to the toilet? Mr Henderson suggested looking for "the most modern, but also the smallest and easiest to stow away".

  • Do you mind seeing the brush? Some storage canisters are open while others have a cover, and some act like a clam shell when you lift the brush.

Plant-shaped toilet brush by Stefano Giovannoni

$ 62 at Alessi:

Covered brush with marble canister

About $ 30 at CB2: 800-606-6252 or

Plastic brush with an automatically opening canister

Over $ 16 at OXO:

Thermoplastic resin brush in different colors

Starting at around $ 38 at Build with Ferguson: 800-375-3403 or

Stainless steel brush with stoneware container

Over $ 7 at Ikea: 888-888-4532 or

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