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Best Feather Duster

UPDATED JUNE 2022

Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews on the best feather dusters that are currently available on the UK market. The only real purpose of a feather duster is to remove dust from areas that are hard to reach.

Typically dust and cobwebs will gather in the corners of rooms, around the top of ceiling pendants and lights, the tops of curtains and curtain poles, etc. This can be hard to reach especially in hallways, stair cases and landings. Others will use a feather duster to try and clean down the back of radiators.

As any home owner will know dust simply just gathers no matter how hard we try to keep clean and shining surfaces. Most of these we can reach with a cloth and some polish. Other areas, as described above, are more difficult to reach unless you get out a chair, a stool or a set of steps.

That is where something as simple as a feather duster will come in very useful.

Feather Duster Quick Pre-Buying Tips

Before you buy a feather duster, here are a few handy buying tips that are worth your consideration:

  • Price: - The prices for these vary from £5-£25. At the lower end you get a basic short handled duster, an extendable feather duster costs between £7-£10 and a full duster kit costs around £25
  • Feathers - High quality feather dusters are made from ostrich feathers. Some cheaper versions are made from chicken feathers. If you object to the use of animal feathers then there are also microfibre options and man made synthetic options. Microfibre tend to be the most popular with UK buyers.
  • Dust Gathering - Feather dusters work by wiping across where the dust is and that builds up static electricity in the duster and makes the dust stick to that electricity. Make sure that any duster you buy does this well and also that they last for a long time and are easy to clean. A buyer satisfaction rating of 90% or higher is a good indicator of that.
  • Extendable - We would highly recommend only buying a feather duster that can extend quickly and easily. You do not want to be on your tip toes reaching or perching on a chair to reach high areas

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Best Seller - HTLY SPR Extendable Feather Duster

This is the best selling feather duster that uses fibre technology, and it becomes electrostatically charged as you use it

This then attracts dust, pollen and hairs and can be used both wet or dry

This is a telescopic 95-inch long stainless steel pole  and there is a wire rod built into the cleaning head which is flexible.

That allows you to bend the head into various angles

88% buyer satisfaction based on 10,000+ online buyer reviews

The pole is lightweight and can extend from 60-253 cm. The microfiber duster can be used many times. It does need to be cleaned from time to time and you do this by sliding the head off the telescopic wand, soaking it in warm water, and then rinse and air dry it.

Pros

  • 64% of buyers rate this one as a full 5 star product  
  • Buyers say this is lightweight and extending it is very easy
  • Buyers say it certainly gets rid of the dust
  • Buyers say that this is very good value for money when compared to other similar products

Cons

  • 3% of buyers give this a poor rating
  • A few buyers say it is too flimsy when fully extended

Highest Rated - TDB Microfibre Feather Duster

This is the highest rated feather duster that uses microfibre which becomes electrostatically charged as you use it

We like this as it has a hand duster and also a telescopic duster which makes it really useful for all types of dusting

The hand duster is 40 cms long and the extendable can go from 110-140 cms

Both dusters have a flexible spine which allows you to bend these feather dusters for cleaning in different directions.

That makes it easier to clean awkward spaces such as on top of shelves.

90% buyer satisfaction based on 1,500+ online buyer reviews

The head of the long handle duster can be removed and can be washed in the washing machine on a light cycle or hand washed in warm water.

Pros

  • 71% of buyers rate this one as a full 5 star product  
  • Buyers say this is lightweight and the reach is very good
  • Buyers say the combination of a small duster and the extending one is all you need to get all your dusting done quickly
  • Buyers say that this is very good value for money kit

Cons

  • 1% of buyers give this a poor rating
  • A few buyers say it is too flimsy when fully extended

Best Ostrich Feather Duster - Addis 517676 Super Soft

This is the traditional ostrich feather duster with a bamboo handle and an ostrich feather head

This is typically the type of duster they use for delicate dusting in art galleries and in some museums

This is a short duster (12" long) so no extendable handle and used more for normal dusting and especially around ornaments, desks, mantelpieces etc.

You will notice that real ostrich feather dusters are much more expensive than microfiber dusters

90% buyer satisfaction based on 100+ online buyer reviews

Pros

  • 71% of buyers rate this one as a full 5 star product  
  • Buyers say this gathers all of the dust very quickly thanks to the longer feathers
  • Buyers say this does not shed feathers unlike many other models
  • Buyers say that although expensive is worth the investment

Cons

  • 1% of buyers give this a poor rating
  • A few buyers say it is short so no good for high up dusting

Feather Duster Buying Guide

We always like to include a buying guide for any product where we have completed detailed reviews. People buy feather dusters to quickly get rid of dust and cobwebs in hard to reach places.

For a long time feather dusters were considered to be old fashioned. Old films with maids scurrying around with a black feather duster in rich households filled our TV screens.

That perception has now changed and feather dusters are now simply seen as a quick method of dealing with areas that are hard to reach, but very prone to gathering dust.

Are feather dusters really made of feathers?

That initially may sound like a very sill question to ask? However, we think our readers like to know the answer to this type of question.

Some feather dusters will use real feathers such as ostrich feathers. There are a few brands who will use chicken feathers. Other brands use man made or synthetic fibres that have the same properties as real bird feathers.

If that is something that you are not happy about, then you should buy a synthetic feather duster instead.

Farmers will kill animals for food and in some cases they will also sell the feathers of these animals. Ostrich feathers are the most popular choice for feather dusters because of the particular filament properties that they have.

Ostrich feathers are black in colour and have a soft and fluffy texture. This type of feather duster is used by museums, art galleries and high end brand car manufacturers to prepare their cars before paint application.

Do feather dusters really work?

We will all have dust in our homes. The most effective way to get rid of it is with a vacuum cleaner as it quite literally sucks it up a pipe and into a bag. The reality is that any vacuum cleaner can only do so much despite the number of accessories that you get with it.

You don't always want to be pulling out a vacuum cleaner, and it is handier to get a cloth and some polish for furniture etc as there is no risk of scratching the furniture.

If you don't have the time to do that, then a quick run over with a feather duster will certainly do the trick. Likewise any dust in hard to reach places can quickly be reached using an extendable feather duster.

They work by firstly moving the dust particles which then stick to the duster by means of static electricity, and you can then shake the duster outside to get rid of it.

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