The Best Kitchen Sponges and Brushes
Lysol Polyurethane Sponge
The classic scrubber sponge is reborn with a gravelly high-tech surface that makes skillets sparkle. The dense, poreless flip side is unrivaled on glass and ceramic.
To buy: $2 for two, lowes.com.
The sunken grip protects ungloved fingers from friction and food grime. Superfine and nonscratching, this works wonders on everyday messes, like egg residue.
To buy: $5 for two, casabella.com.
Brawn With Brains
Dawn Kitchen Brush
A perfectly proportioned powerhouse, with a strong scraping edge up top to dislodge burned-on sauce or cemented cheese. The resting spot for pointer finger or thumb really lets you bear down as you scrub.
To buy: $3.50, cleanerhomeliving.com.
Sparkle Scrub Sponge
A past RS winner that still delivers, this chunky cube is great for routine washing and is safe on nonstick surfaces. Just know that battling a blackened pan steals its luster.
To buy: $10 for six, casabella.com.
Abrasive Yet Smiley
Scrub Daddy Cleaning Sponge
This fella stiffens in cold water, for added scour power. His ridged hairdo makes quick, 360-degree work of mugs and glasses. Use the eyes and mouth as finger holes, for a good grip.
To buy: $4, bedbathandbeyond.com.