best baby bottle brushes

Your baby’s health and hygiene lie in your cleanliness.

Is your baby’s feeding bottle ready for her next meal? Are you sure that there will be no leftover dirt on the bottle when you serve your daughter her next meal? The truth is, giving an answer to these two questions depends on what you use to clean the bottle.

Let’s make one thing clear, a kitchen sponge won’t get the work done, and we advise against it for baby’s feeding equipment. You have to get the best bottle brush. The best bottle brush reaches all the curves and areas a sponge doesn’t reach, and it will, therefore, clean the bottle best.

It is advisable to clean the feeding bottle immediately after feeding but if that isn’t possible, rinse the bottle first. A high level of cleanliness around babies is necessary because babies have weak immune systems.

The underdeveloped immune system is unable to ward off infections from pathogens that may reside in a dirty bottle. For protection, you will have to scrub the bottle thoroughly. The brush’s bristles must be stiff but flexible; the handle too.

A bottle brush must get into all the nooks and crannies in the feeding bottle. Otherwise, get ready for more sleepless nights and multiple trips to the pediatrician.

With these in mind, which is the best baby bottle brush?

Features to Look for When Buying Baby Bottle Brush

  • Type of Bristles
    There are two main types of brush bristles – the soft and the stiff. These bristles serve different purposes. A bottle brush with soft bristles is ideal for gentle cleaning. These soft bristles will only work well if you clean your baby’s feeding bottles immediately after feeding.

    The stiff and even hard bristles, on the other hand, work best if you don’t clean your bottles immediately after use. These bottles will have a build-up of gunk that only stiff bristles can clear.

    Even though these two types of bristles seem suitable for different parents, it is advisable that you buy both. Even when you are a clean freak, you may forget a bottle in the diaper bag, and the stiff bristles will come in handy.
  • Durability
    You will be feeding your baby with those bottles for a few years – will the brush last long enough to clean those bottles? The brush should withstand pressure and not break off when in use.

    The wire should be strong, and it shouldn’t twirl. Also, the bristles and the sponge should last for a few months before it breaks.
  • Safety
    The brush must be BPA-Free. It should also be rust-resistant and not susceptible to mold or mildew. A wire brush will rust eventually but, it shouldn’t rust within a few weeks or days of use.
  • Length
    Is the brush long enough to reach the bottom of the bottle? And, if the brush reaches the farthest end, do you remain with handling space? Can you still hold the handle and clean the bottle well? To pick the right length, keep the bottle in mind or purchase the bottle and the brush at the same time.
  • Sponge Tip
    A bottle brush with a sponge tip makes it easy for you to scrape off milk buildup in a single move. A sponge tip also cleans gently. Unfortunately, sponge accumulates filth, and you have to clean it thoroughly after use. You should also keep in mind the fact that a sponge wears off fast.
  • Non-slip handle
    Can you scrub and scrape off the dried up milk from the bottle without losing the brush? A brush with a handle that keeps slipping isn’t the best bottle brush for you.
  • Flexibility
    Is the neck of the brush easy to manipulate? Will the neck allow you to reach the unreachable parts of the bottle easily?

6 Best Baby Bottle Brush Reviews 2017

1 - OXO Good Grips Bottle Brush

This is our favorite bottle brush because it lets us clean all the way to the bottom of the bottle. It has short and firm bristles which clean thoroughly without causing scratching. You can use it to clean wine glasses and crystal too.

The bristles have dual functionality. The soft side bristles work well for bottle walls while the short and firm bristles clean the bottom of bottles well.

This brush has a long and a durable neck. It is therefore ideal for cleaning carafes, mason jars, pitchers, blenders, travel mugs and electric kettles besides the feeding bottles. You can use it to clean bottles with narrow necks too.

It has a soft non-slip handle which makes it easy and comfortable to use especially when wet. After use, you can store it easily in the kitchen caddy or on the hook.​

Things We Liked

  • It has a long handle.
  • It offers dual functionality with the soft and the firm bristles.
  • It is affordable.
  • It is versatile cleaning more than feeding bottles.

Things We Didn't Like

  • Due to its large size, you can't clean small bottles with this brush.
  • Not narrow enough to fit into narrow neck bottles.

2 - Dr. Brown's Bottle Brush

This blue bottle brush by Dr. Brown is what you need to clean all standard and wide-necked bottles natural flow baby bottles by Dr. Brown. It has a grooved non-slip handle which prevents the brush from slipping as you clean the bottles.

This brush has a soft sponge and bristles which help in cleaning the bottles efficiently. The sponge is perfect for cleaning the bottle gently. It prevents scratches.​

This brush also features chevron channels. These are specific to this brush and make it easy for you to clean the nipple easily. Therefore, with this brush, you will be able to clean all the dirty bottles and their accessories once.

Knowing that you are using a high-quality brush gives you peace of mind over the health of your child. You won’t have fears of contaminants.

Sponges call for extra attention after use because they become filthy. A sponge can hold milk particles from the previous feeding, and that can get to a clean bottle. So, after use, you’ll have to clean it well. This brush comes with a storage clip for drying.

It also has a suction system meaning that the brush stands alone on the counter if you don’t use the storage clip.​

Things We Liked

  • It has affordable price.
  • It cleans nipples easily thanks to the chevron crevices.
  • The handle has a comfortable non-slip design for a good grip.
  • It cleans all Dr. Brown’s bottles easily.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The sponge may fall apart after a few uses.
  • No nipple brush included.

3 - Philips AVENT BPA Free Bottle Brush

Your ability to clean baby bottles well gets better once you get this bottle brush. It is one of our favorite brushes that clean bottles and nipples easily.

The curved brush head has durable bristles that help in cleaning feeding bottles and all other feeding equipment with ease. The bristles are strong and soft, and they do not cause scratching on the bottle.​

For cleaning nipples, this Philips AVENT BPA Free Bottle Brush has a molded tip. The curving of the handle and the brush head make it ideal for cleaning any gunk on the rounded sides of the bottle.

This bottle brush is dishwasher safe. It is also BPA-free, and you don’t have to worry about the safety of your child. After cleaning, you can hang it to dry thanks to the cutout in the handle.​

Things We Liked

  • Cheapest price.
  • It had high-density bristles for complete cleaning of bottles.
  • The bristles are soft but sturdy and don’t cause scratching.
  • It has a cutout on the handle for air drying.
  • It is versatile, and you can use it to clean dishes as well.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The bristles are on one side of the brush.
  • The nipple cleaning end is a bit hard.

4 - OXO Tot Bottle Brush with Nipple Cleaner and Stand

One of the features that sets this bottle brush apart from the rest is the fact that it comes with a stand and a nipple cleaner. The brush head features soft and stiff bristles for gentle and tough cleaning of bottles.

This OXO Tot Bottle Brush fits most bottle sizes because of its flexible neck which makes it easy to reach deep into tall and short bottles.

Once you have this brush, you won’t require additional cleaning items. For cleaning nipples, this brush has a silicone nipple cleaner. This cleaner gets into small and tight spaces. You can use it to clean sippy cups, bottle nipples, and breast pump parts.

The handle has an ergonomic design for comfort. It is soft but has a good grip, and it will not slip even when your hands are wet and soapy.

After cleaning, you can dry the brush with the bristles in the air because it comes with a stand. It also has ventilation holes in the nipple cleaner for fast drying. The nipple cleaner fits in the handle.​

Things We Liked

  • It is available in various colors.
  • The support dries the bristles fast, and the ventilation holes dry the nipple cleaner.
  • Silicone nipple cleaner gets into tight spaces and is ideal for bottle nipples, sippy cup or breast pump parts.
  • Fits most bottle sizes; flexible neck for easy reach to get a deep clean inside bottles.

Things We Didn't Like

  • The handle is a little slippery.
  • The nipple cleaner doesn’t clean too well.

5 - Rubbermaid Comfort Grip Bottle Brush

This is an all-around bristle brush that cleans baby bottles well. It is a favorite because it also cleans glasses, pitchers, carafes, pots, pans, and you can use it to clean dishes too.

Note that you shouldn’t use a baby bottle brush to clean household utensils.

The contouring on the non-slip rubber handle means that the brush has an excellent grip. You can, therefore, clean using this brush easily. Although its construction is plastic, it is safe and durable giving you value for your money.

It has strong synthetic bristles which have an excellent bristle bend recovery. The bristles are durable, and they have high shear/break strength. It is lightweight and easy to use.

Things We Liked

  • It has stiff bristles which work great for scrubbing bottles, coffee mugs, and glasses.
  • The bristles have an excellent bristle bend recovery, and they can withstand tough scrubbing.
  • The brush cleans tall and short bottles.

Things We Didn't Like

  • It doesn’t fit into narrow-necked bottles.
  • Expensive price.

6 - Munchkin Sponge Bottle Brush

Munchkin is a favorite brand for baby products for most moms like us. It hardly disappoints, and this bottle brush is one of the best on the market.

It has a BPA-free plastic construction and safe for use around your home. After use, you dry the bristles easily thanks to the fact that it can stand upright and away from household germs. This brush is also dishwasher safe, but you have to keep it on the top rack.

It has durable and soft nylon bristles which clean well without causing any scratches. These bristles reach all parts of the bottle. It also has a soft rubber nipple cleaner with smaller bristles.

The nipple cleaner fits in the handle, and it can also stand on its own for fast drying. The sponge tip helps in cleaning all parts of the bottle gently.​

The handle’s non-slip design makes this brush easy to use even in soapy water.

This brush is preferable for cleaning most standard plastic and glass baby bottles. You should, however, replace the brush after 30 or 45 days.​

Things We Liked

  • It has sturdy bristles.
  • It dries fast thanks to the upright standing base.
  • The stem is ideal for narrow bottles.
  • Durable nylon bristles are scratch-free, yet soft.

Things We Didn't Like

  • You can knock it easily because the stand lacks a suction system.
  • The metal end of the brush lacks coverage.

Conclusion

The best bottle brush has strong but not rough bristles, soft but not weak bristles. It also has a sturdy construction design, and the handle offers a comfortable grip. It is also safe. A good bottle brush cleans gently but well.

Unfortunately, finding the brush with all these features isn’t very easy when searching on your own. This is why we have this review of the six best. We considered the efficiency, durability, versatility, and the safety of the brushes.

This is because a good brush keeps bottles clean and prevents your child from contracting diseases from pathogen lurking in the bottle.

Out of the six brushes, the OXO Good Grips Bottle Brush is our best bottle brush. It has a long and a durable neck and cleans tall bottles easily. It is also versatile, and you can use it to clean utensils.

The handle is comfortable, and it gives a great grip even when your hand is wet and soapy. It also has soft and stiff bristles for total cleaning. It is dishwasher safe, and you can hang it to dry the bristles.​