Best Drum & Percussion Brushes in 2020

Drum Sticks incl 1 Pair 5A Nylon Drumsticks and 1 Pair 5A Non-Slip Maple Wood Drum Sticks with a Velvet Drawstring Bag(Black) Review:

I like these a lot. They do offer good rebound and the weight is nice. they are also holding up real well, including the tips, to rim shots and hi-hat workouts. I have only had this pair a couple of weeks so cannot really speak to their increased longevity yet but the early signs do seem to support that they are a hardier stick.

ProMark PMBRM1 Medium Broomstick Review:

 Just received the broomsticks in the mail. Had a chance to test them out on my Meinl cajon, and they are quite nice! They add another sound I can add to my arsenal. Definitely sounds quieter than playing with hands or even rods. I like the subtle brushed sound though. It's so quiet though I wonder if the cajon might require miking when it normally wouldn't, if I have singers or other instruments behind me. I'm going to attach a short video of me playing it on the cajon so you can get an idea of how it sounds.

Vater Drum and Percussion Brushes (VBM) Review:

When I bought these Monster Brushes three and a half years ago, I was looking for an alternative to rods for lower volume with tonal range beyond jazz brushes. And I absolutely love these Monster Brushes. I use them for practically every gig. Over time, I've expanded the range of uses for them as well. Playing cajon with them in both low-volume and plugged-in contexts is transformative. And they're equally applicable for playing my stand-up, quasi-rockabilly cocktail kit. There are now four necessary tools in my stick bag: Vater 7A Stretch sticks, jazz/wire brushes, mallets and these Monster Brushes. Again, to be absolutely honest, I play the Monster Brushes at every gig.

Regal Tip BR-565-FC Fat Cat Nylon Brush-Single Pair Review:

If you routinely play Latin and Brazilian grooves with brushes check these out. While this model can also be used in more traditional forms of jazz, I have found that the feel of the larger brush area, as well as the nylon itself, is not optimum for ballads and some straight ahead playing. Of course, that may just be me set in my ways. In the hands of other drummers they may be perfect for those styles.

The brushes are remarkably well balanced considering that nearly half the length is comprised of the bristles. The handle is also relatively heavy, but I am guessing that the ball shape on the butt end is what gives these such a nice balance and feel.

One of the reasons why I mentioned that these are not optimum for ballads is the nylon does not make the traditional, legato sweeping sound that I use to mark quarter notes. On the other hand, for fast, staccato rhythms this brush is hard to beat.

This is also an ideal brush for Americana and roots music that uses cajons for percussion, so do not limit these to jazz. In fact, even if you play rock (and especially alternative rock) check out The Complete Guide to Playing Brushes: Brush Skills for Playing Jazz and Pop Music for some excellent tips and ideas.

Vic Firth Jazz Brush Plastic Handle Review:

I bought these for my son who normally uses sticks only. At first, he didn't care for them, but the more he used them, and learned how to manipulate them, the more he has enjoyed using them. As a Christian artist, the softer sounds are necessary, but the best part is how you can extend them all the way, or only partially. Different levels of extension create different sounds so it's actually like having several pairs of sticks in one. I can't say enough good things about them.

They're not "cheap" either. Construction is important in tools like this and these didn't let us down. For instance, if you extend them halfway, a quarter of the way... whatever... they stay there. I've seen some extendables that will slide farther out as you play, but not these. We are very content.

Meinl Percussion Retractable Nylon Brushes for Cajon, Pair - Made in the U.S.A - Create Sweeping Effects and Grooves (CB2) Review:

Nearly a five-star rating but for some oddities that might not even register for most folks. Firstly, I'll stress that I'm not using these 'right' - that is to say, I'm using them on a kit, not a cajon. I wanted something to lower volume and raise attack. These can do that, no problem. They're not uncomfortable to grip, but they lack any kind of center - they do not bounce, not on a kit. At first, I took that as a negative, but they do force me to practice precision. A beginner like myself has the tendency to use bounce as a smear effect, rather like a damper pedal, instead of a tool for ghost notes and sixteenths, etc... Anyway, these are quite good in the end... But they smell terrible. The plastic in the handles is definitely off-gassing. Not pleasant, probably not especially safe. But, hey, music.

Vic Firth Heritage Brush Rubber Handle Review:

I must say that I was initially disappointed with these brushes because they are extra light and have a really wide fan-out. They are very reminiscent of my first set of brushes way back in the early 60's. I found them difficult to get any kind of decent sound with them playing matched grip, so I decided to try them with traditional grip: BIG difference! They are actually perfect for old school brush work!

So, it all depends on what you're looking for. By the way, they do have a couple of notches that allow you go with a more narrow fan-out, but I found that such a setting changes the balance too much to be practical. If you want a narrow fan-out with stiffer wires, buy something else. But if you're playing 50's-60's style jazz a la Roach, Philly, or Motian, these may well be as good as you'll find these days.

Vic Firth Steve Gadd Wire Brush Review:

I was "I dunno" about the bent end sell point, but after hearing "Country" on Steve's "GADDITUDE" I had to have them...and they are that smooth...being Steve Gadd helps a little. Even the steel wire feels like velvet! Mine were solid and the retractor give the stiff/soft option. I would like to try the Ed Thigpin, but for now...this is my #1 pair of brushes.

Using them on a Ludwig Millennium 51/2 x 14 with REMO Renaissance batter, and Yamaha Rock 61/2 x 14 with EVANS reverse dot 14".

WeiMeet Drum Brushes Retractable Drum Wire Brushes with Comfortable Rubber Handle(2 Pieces) Review:

As a professional who uses brushes constantly, I'm tired of paying a huge premium for the mainstream brands' brushes only to end up with expensive trash when they quickly fail. These WeiMeet brushes are much better, for a much smaller cost, it's really incredible.

They're certainly no-frills, basic brushes. The pull rods are much thicker and heavier duty than most "traditional" brushes from the main brands, however, and the sliding action is butter-smooth. Unlike most Ludwig models, the rod doesn't click around loosely inside the shaft. The rubber used on the handles is also much thicker than competing traditional brushes. The wires are medium gauge and work in a variety of contexts; they hang out past the end of the rubber handle about 3/4" when fully retracted, but they're still well protected from bending in a stuffed stickbag.

If these last a while for me (I'll update this review after a few months), I've found my go-to brand.

UPDATE: These brushes are the heartiest traditional-style brushes I’ve come across! Their thick rubber has withstood a lot of impacts, even on relatively sharp rim and cymbal edges, with no notable signs of wear. They also still slide smoothly in and out with no sticking even after much play time. I’m really struck by how these cheap no-name brushes have bested my much pricier purchases from Regal Tip, Zildjian, Ludwig, etc. I only have the one pair, so maybe they’re not manufactured consistently, but barring that possibility, these are the brushes of choice for me!

Tinksky Jazz Drum Rod Brushes Sticks Made of Bamboo for Jazz Folk Music (Black) Review:

Probably actually give these 4 stars, but 5 star reviews come up first...
Here's the facts:
I'm not a drummer, but about 20 close friends of mine are, and I have 4 drumkits setup in a "Home Studio" Recording situation.
Ludwig, Tama, Gretch, and an Alesis Midi kit...
As most could guess, not highly useful on a cheapish Midi Kit...
But here's the "Skinny" of the review, mixed from about 5 drummers of various styles on various kits...
All of them loved them, the ability to slide the "Sleeve" up and down, definitely gives you a variety of sound.
I bought several pairs of these, for me and my friends. Upside, their decently priced at $7? $8?
We all played and tested them, I've only had one drummer who hits EXTREMELY hard, but thats his play style...
Actually "Shatter" a pair of these.... Not just the "Sleeve" came off, his whole right stick one night during a session...
While he was heavily intoxicated, I wasn't able to see if it broke from a "Snare" hit, or he missed and hit something else?
Either way, Ka-boosh! bamboo everywhere, took some electric tape, re-wrapped it, actually worked okay...
Other then that, nothing but praise for these sticks, especially in a Recording Scenario, Their cheap enough if you break a pair, you can easily buy them...
But from what I've seen, and take it with a grain of salt as I'm not a "Skilled" drummer, more a String Player personally...
All the other drummers, who I gave these sticks too, minus the one...4-5 months later, still using them, No issues of breaking.
So, I definitely think these are worth their Price, but not a bad idea to buy 2 pairs...