The best wash brushes for car bodywork and wheels

Short, long, wide, or narrow, CAR picks a range of the best car wash brushes for wheels and bodywork.

best car wash brushes for wheels and bodywork

by Chris Williams |
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Brushes may seem Neolithic in a world where car cleaning involves ceramic coatings and other such high-tech products. But humble brushes still have their rightful place.

The tricky thing with car brushes is knowing which ones are any good. More specifically, which ones have soft bristles; a handle and head that won’t get banged against the bodywork; and are made to last. We’ve selected and recommended the best car washing brushes largely following these requirements.

If it's detailing brushes you're after, read our guide on the best car detailing brushes.

The best car wash brushes:

Quality general wash brush
Vikan Hand Brush
Price: £14.81


Very sturdy and basic. The bristles splay out from the head, meaning it is only the bristles that

Top 2-in-1
Draper Wide Telescopic Squeegee and Sponge

Rrp: £13.99

Price: £11.45


The classic two in one. The sponge and opposing rubber squeegee blade are both 200mm wide, and the

Best long-reach brush


The Hozelock brush incorporates a number of useful features. Naturally, you can attach it to the

Best for small cars


Perfect for smaller cars, Hozelocku2019s second winner (is that an oxymoron?) here bears several

Best for wheels
Meguiar's Vera Angle Wheel Cleaning Face Brush
Price: £23.99


Designed specifically for [car

Best Karcher car brush
Karcher Soft Washing Brush

Rrp: £21.99

Price: £20.99


Designed specifically for use with Karcher [pressure

Karcher Wheel Rim Brush

Rrp: £32.99

Price: £20.99
Alternative retailers
Currys£22.99View offer
Halfords£24.99View offer


Also for use specifically with Karcher K2 to K7 pressure washers. Elongated and with all-round

Meguiar's X3002 Microfibre Car Wash Mitt, White
Price: £12.16


Not technically a brush, but microfibre wash mitts are great allies for a car wash. The noodles on

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