Dishwashing doesn't have to be an intense chore. Having the right tools makes all the difference. A good dish scrubber is convenient to use, effective on the toughest baked on food, but gentle enough to protect your dishes.
For a go-to long handled dish brush, the Cuisinart Angled Brush is a great choice. I love the unique angle that allows you to scrub in tight places, although tall glassware was still not possible to reach. The bristles are tough enough to clear away stuck on food, yet gentle enough for delicate dishes and non-stick pans. The brush is great if you hate holding onto a scrubber or sponge, exposing your hands to the scrubbing and gunk. It also cleans up easily and stores compactly. Cuisinart also makes a square head brush that does a great job, too. It's a good option if you dislike the angle of this brush. Both dish brushes are nicely designed.
For a smaller brush that fits in the palm of your hand, Oxo's Good Grips Soap Dispensing Palm Brush is a great choice. This little scrubber packs a powerful punch with it's tough bristles. The handle fits perfectly in your hand. The convenience of having soap within the brush is a wonderful addition. It's unique design allows it to fit in the tight corners of your cookware as well. The bristles rinse clean easily. Storage is simple. Overall this is a handy tool to have in the kitchen. This same tool would also work well for scrubbing bathroom surfaces. Just be sure to have a separate one that is marked for bathroom only.
For dishes that you'd like to be extra careful with, the Casabella Dish Scrubber takes the prize. The soft gentle scrubbing action won't damage surfaces, but still packs a powerful cleaning punch when dealing with dirty dishes. And because the Casabella uses refills, you won't need to toss an entire brush when bristles start to wear and tear. The mesh part of the scrubber makes food bits a little more difficult to rinse fully away, but with proper maintenance and refills, this brush should be cleaning dishes for a long time. The brush is durable and beautiful which is a nice added touch. Refills can be purchased in two packs. A refill will last a 2-3 weeks depending on usage.
Chore Boy makes scrubbers that do a fantastic job on those pots and pans that make you want to hang your head and give up. With plastic, stainless steel, and copper scrubbies to choose from, whatever your dishes need, they can have. I love that Chore Boy's scrubbers stand up to a huge workout from your dishes. Many scrubbers disintegrate in your hand making more of a mess than what you started with. I also love how disposable these scrubbers are. If your scrubber has seen better days, toss it and get a new one. Make no mistake, Chore Boy Kitchen Scrubbers are a must have accessory for your kitchen.
If you are looking for an inexpensive scrub/sponge combo, Ocelo's Scrub and Wipe Sponges work well on a variety of dish types without damaging surfaces. They may not pack as powerful a punch as some other specialty scrubbers, but they will definitely get the job done. I've also been impressed that after years of using their scrubbers for some intense jobs, I've only ever had one sponge that separated before I was ready to toss it. Ocelo sponges have designs that can be a little more beautiful than the standard sponges. Ocelo sponges won't crumble to pieces after only a few uses. Be sure to rinse the sponge thoroughly. Also, allow it to dry competely overnight to extend its life. Overall, these are great scrub/sponge options that can be tossed when they are past their prime.