The best detailing brushes for your car

A small and simple car cleaning tool that will transform how your car looks inside and out.

A detailing brush on the Jeep logo

by Ryan Gilmore |

Detailing brushes may sound like something reserved for the experts, the types that maintain high-end classic cars and a little overkill for your family run-about. But in fact, a good collection of detailing brushes can not only help when it comes to cleaning your car but will make the job a good bit easier.

Pretty quickly you'll realise how important detailing brushes are for keeping your car clean. On the exterior, they can agitate surfaces and help remove caked-on mud and they can get into those little nooks on the interior without damaging anything. We recommend getting a couple for the interior and exterior and to help, we've chosen our favourites below.

Best detailing brush for your car's exterior

The outside of your car will be cleaned best if you use a tougher bristle to help cut away at mud without marring your car's paintwork. The benefit of using a brush on your bodywork is that it will help dislodge pieces of dirt that you may miss when using a wash mitt. They're particularly useful for grilles and cleaning other intricate areas of your car.

26JPN Ultra-Soft Detail Brushes

Editoru2019s pick
26JPN Ultra-Soft Detail Brushes
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If this is your first foray into the world of detailing brushes then a set that contains one bush for the exterior and one for the interior is a very solid basis, especially when it's as well made as this one. Each brush is made from boar hair which is incredibly soft and will not damage your paintwork. It is also made without any metal in its construction which should limit any chance of scratching your car. Tried, tested and recommended by us.

Autoglym Hi-Tech Wheel Brush

Best wheel detailing brush
Autoglym 21503060 AG 310017 Hi-Tech Wheel Brush
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Specifically designed for cleaning your car's wheels this brush from Autoglym is a quality item. Made from synthetic fibres and designed not to mushroom or deform over time, this wheel brush is fantastic for even the most intricate wheel design. The handle is also ergonomically designed meaning you won't get hand cramp.

Meguiar's Vera Angle Wheel Cleaning Face Brush

Best wheel brush
Meguiar's ME X1025 Vera Angle Wheel Cleaning Face Brush
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This larger wheel brush from Meguiar's may not be as good as the Autoglym option for detailed cleaning, but the larger surface area of the brush makes it a great option if you aren't too fussed about a flawless finish. It features soft bristles for a scratch-free finish and features a comfy handle too.

Best detailing brush for your car's interior:

Your interior is full of fabric, switchgear and small crevices that love to collect bits of dirt and debris. A softer detailing brush will allow you to sweep away with ease, removing that dirt without having to resort to the vacuum cleaner every single time you eat a bag of crisps in your car.

Meguiar's Dash & Trim Interior Detailing Brush

Best interior detailing brush
Meguiar's Dash & Trim Interior Detailing Brush
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This ultra-soft detailing brush from Meguiar's is designed for cleaning your car's interior properly. A slide lock allows you to select how long you want the bristles to be which is ideal for cleaning any surface or crevice you desire. The bristles are synthetic and the rubber-coated top makes it ergonomic to use.

Sonax Special Brush

Best for removing pet hair
Sonax Special Brush
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Own a pet that loves shedding its fur all over your car's carpets? You'll probably know how difficult it is to remove this hair so you'll be relieved to know that this brush from Sonax is designed to remove excess pet hair without giving you hand cramp. It uses rubber bristles which are delicate on fabric but will pick up hair with ease.

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