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The Best Toilet Plungers for 2019 (Detailed Review)

After spending over 20 hours of testing nearly 40 plungers, talking to professional plumbers and testing eight plungers on three toilets, we concluded that the best plunger is the Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger.

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The Korky has more pipe-cleaning power than any other plunger. This was clearly proven during a test we performed by building a transparent toilet-drain mockup and then using a foam ball to clog it. The Korgy was the only one that was able to move the ball down the pipe easily each time, the other plungers could hardly move it.

The Korky surpassed all other seven plungers with its unique beehive shape. Being made of soft, pliable rubber at the lower half, having thicker rubber near the upper part of the handle and a hard middle section, the Korky made a tight seal against the bottom of the bowl.

Another great feature is the Korky’s T-handle grip that it is designed to align with your arm as you plunge, making power strokes easier by using less wrist strain. There is also a special version of the the Korky that comes with a drip tray but the majority of the reviews claim that it falls apart easily and that it also holds the plunger in very tight way. We also reached the conclusion that the best drip tray for Korky is the MAXClean Universal Plunger Holder Drip Tray, as it is very easy to use.

Simplehuman Toilet Plunger : The Nicest looking Plunger!

If you are looking for a more nice-looking toilet plunger or if Korky is not available to buy, we suggest you go for the Simplehuman Toilet Plunger. It might not have the same power as the Korky but it is definitely the best-looking plunger we tested.

The Simplehuman Toilet Plunger comes with a stylish drip, which helps conceal the plunger cup and also has enough ventilation to dry easily and it is also very easy to clean.

You can easy transfer both the plunger and the tray by holding the plungers handle, as they are both attached to the handle with the help of a magnet.

What Professionals Use

 Several clogs are beyond any plunger’s skills. To reliably to deal even with the most wedged blockages, we recommend the Ridgid 59787 Toilet that is 3-foot Auger. This type of tool, often called a closet auger, is what the professionals use: Instead of clearing a clog by using water pressure, similar to a plunger, a closet auger sends a coiled metal down the drain to physically push, pull, and move around the obstruction until it is free. The only drawback of using a closet auger is that storage and cleaning are more difficult than when using a plunger. 

How toilets work

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There are only a few standard parts that need to be understood to make a toilet operate normally. Basically, toilet plumbing is a four step process. The flush handle on the outside of a toilet is connected to a chain inside the tank. This chain is connected to a “flapper” on the tank’s bottom. The first step begins when the handle is pushed down and the chain pulls the flapper up. This releases the water from the tank and sends it to the toilet bowl. With me so far?

Okay, the next step occurs when the toilet’s tank empties its water into the toilet bowl. This water performs a dual function. First, it pushes the dirty water and waste out of the bowl and into a pipe leading to the sewer or septic tank. Second, it refills the bowl with clean water. After this, the flapper again seals the passage of water from tank to bowl and the tank begins filling back up in preparation for the next flush.

The last two steps are carried out differently depending on the age of the toilet plumbing. The third step is refilling the tank, the fourth is stopping that refilling at the right moment. After a flush, the tank is empty and new water begins flowing in. In a conventional toilet, there is a float that sets this process in motion. The emptied tank causes the float to sink and rest at the bottom. The change in position of the float opens a valve (called a ball-cock), which allows clean water to run into the tank. As the tank fills, the float rises to its original position. When it hits that position, the ball-cock closes. The water stops flowing into the tank, and the toilet is ready for the next flush.

Newer toilets don’t have a float. The ball-cock itself is sensitive to water pressure. It opens to send new water into the tank after a flush (when the tank is empty and there is no water pressure). It closes when the water level hits a specified point (when the tank is full and water pressure is high).

Common Toilet Problems

Clogged Toilet: Both toilets that back up and toilets that inadequately flush can be caused by clogged piping. If you’re having trouble with a clogged toilet, you’ve probably already tried a plunger. It’s probably time to go and hunt down a plumber’s snake. Usually this tool will take care of your clog. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to call a plumber and talk to your kids about anything they may have flushed down the toilet. In fact, if you have a habitually clogging toilet, it’s probably some combination of flushing materials thicker than toilet paper and a low flush toilet. You may need to limit what you flush down your toilet and/or ante up and buy a power flush toilet.

Leaking Toilet: This is the most difficult toilet problem to identify and fix. Water on the floor around your toilet can be condensation from your tank, a leak in the incoming water pipes, a damaged toilet gasket, or simply a toilet bowl assembly that has become jarred. You can check the tank for condensation and examine any visible pipes and connections for leaks, but if the leak is hidden it may be beyond your expertise to locate and fix. It’s probably time to call a professional.

Running Toilet: Continuously running toilets are usually the easiest toilet repair to manage. The solution is usually as easy to identify as a clogged toilet and should permanently fix your toilet problem. Take the lid off the tank at the back of your toilet. Most likely, something has broken the seal that keeps the toilet valve from letting water into it after the toilet has refilled. Perhaps the flap, ball cock, or chain has fallen into disrepair. By inspecting the assembly you should be able to discern which toilet part needs to be replaced. You’ll need to be sure to cut off the water supply to the toilet before you replace the toilet part.

Our suggestion: Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger

Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger

In our tests, the power of the Korky far, far exceeded that of all the other plungers. It also had the easiest time conforming to irregular bowl shapes

During our evaluation (test), we discovered that the Korky 99-4A Max Performance Plunger stood very far above the rest of the plungers. The Korky fitted in very tight way on all three toilets, which, equipped with the super-larger toilet cup, created the most powerful plunge. In fact, the competitors were no match at all. During our staged test, the Korky managed to move the foam ball down the pipe at a rate 2/3 inches per plunge. All the other toilet plungers could hardly move the foam ball. Perhaps one of Korgy’s most unique feature is the T-handle design, which makes plunging a lot easier.

Given the Korky’s individual and outstanding plunging capability, it’s not surprising that the design of the kitchen plunger cup is different from the rest. Instead of a more typical shape, like a flange or a stepped-down tiering, the Korky is the only plunger we found with a rounded lower half.

The lower part of the cup has a slim wall, it is soft and flexible and can conform with ease to irregular bowl shapes, while the upper part is more stiff. At the middle of the bulb there are two rubber rings that extend the upper part more to prevent the cup from rapidly collapsing in on itself, a complication that we did not encounter with any other plunger we tested.

Also the Korky’s cup is very big when compared with the others we tested. It has the capacity to hold about seven cups of water, twice about the next-largest plunger cup. So not only does the Korky make an excellent seal at the bowl, but it also sends a tremendous amount of water down the pipe. While plunging, we could very well feel the difference between the Korky’s large, endured pushes and the smaller bursts of the other products. The right plunging method involves jiggling the blockage, and we found that the Korky successfully handled “pulling” as well.

The Korgy’s T-handle grip is another unique features that is aiding the plunger’s water-moving power as it aligns easily with the arm, keeping the arm straight, allowing it to move easier, making a more stress-free plunging movement. No other product we tested has such a user-friendly drip  to allow for comfortable plunging. Most handles have either a straight handle end, similar to a broom handle or a pommel grip, which made plunging more difficult by making it hard control the the power exercised.

Another great advantage of the Korky is the cup because it has seven times the capacity of any other plunger we tested. This means that the Korky does not only seal the bowl in the best way possible but it also sends a huge amount of water down the pipe. While testing with each plunger, we got to experience the Korky sending large quantities of water without requiring to exercise too much force, neither to push down on the plunger, nor to pull up the plunger as well.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Flaws but not deal breakers of Korky plunger include: its big size that doesn’t go well with drip tray.

    • Korky representatives admitted there is a version with caddy, the 95-4A, but it is not common in stores.
    • Another flaw is the falling of the drip tray or being too tight for the plunger. However, the Korky 99-4A is commonly available online and in stores and that the MAXClean Universal Plunger Holder Drip Tray is suitable for it.
    • The Korky’s height is another issue that make it harder to fit in the under-sink storage area.
    • Another plunging concern to Korky and other plungers is when there is an obstruction in the main drain line a strong plunge could pressurize the pipes enough to send water through the seal. But the chances of this to happen is rare as most of the clogs happen in the toilet not in the main line.
    • Lastly is the existing of a honeycomb pattern up at the handle end in the Korky cup which is hard to clean, but nothing was stuck in this area during the tests.
    • Korky has 4.5 over 7 stars on Amazon from more than 700 reviews which are in contrast like disagreeing on whether it fits a Kohler toilet or not but mostly they are positive reviews.

MAXClean Universal Plunger Holder Drip Tray

If you get the Korky, we also recommend the MAXClean Universal Plunger Holder Drip Tray. This third-party drip tray is nicely compatible with the Korky. It has a simple, no-frills design, but it gets the job done. A lot of the trays we looked at couldn’t hold the unusual beehive-shaped cup of the Korky, but the MAXClean cradled it with stability. The MAXClean has a one-piece design that is easy to rinse off and sanitize. It also has a helpful little handle on one side, which reduces the “ech” of picking it up.

The MAXClean costs about £6.17 at this writing, putting the total purchase at the £27 mark, a sum consistent with what other nice plungers and trays cost.

If there is a downside to the MAXClean, it’s that it isn’t the most attractive tray, and it does nothing to hide the jumbo plunger cup of the Korky. If that will be a problem for you, our runner-up pick offers a much better look.

If your main concern is a discreet look: Simplehuman Toilet Plunger

Including the test rig, we tried the plungers on three toilets, each of which had a different drain shape, and the Korky was always the most effective. The Korky also has a distinctive T-handle grip that naturally aligns your arm as you plunge, making it easier to use a powerful stroke with less wrist strain than you’d get with the typical straight handle.

Comparison of three different plunger cup shapes

Three cup styles (left to right): beehive (Korky), flanged (Simplehuman), tiered (Neiko).

You should avoid using the simpler sink plungers, which are marked by a reddish-tan plunger cup and the lack of any kind of lower flange. These plungers are designed to suction against flat surfaces like shower and sink drains, and can hardly make a seal against the irregular shapes of a toilet bowl. One supposed benefit of the flanged style of toilet plunger is that the flange can fold up into the cup, transforming the tool into a flat-bottomed sink plunger. This is a good trick to know in case of emergency, but we strongly advise having a designated plunger on hand for sinks. It’s wise to keep a toilet plunger confined to your toilets for, well, obvious reasons.

Pricing

As for pricing, most of the stand-alone plungers we looked at were in the £6.7 to £16.99 range. Generic models are available for less than £6.7, but those have quality issues, including poor cup-to-handle connections; thin, flimsy plunger cups; and uncomfortable handles. We were also concerned about the handle breaking—while in use, a plunger goes through a decent amount of strain, so durability is crucial.

Knowing it would be a secondary recommendation, we didn’t do a full dive into closet augers. Instead, we decided to test a pro-quality one alongside a smaller, feature-free auger to get a sense of the range of available options and to see if the added features and durability of the pro model are worth the cost. (Spoiler alert: They are.)

Simplehuman Toilet Plunger:Pretty but not powerful enough

The Simplehuman plunger ticks all the boxes of a good design and even comes with a nice container; however it’s not the best when it comes to power.

If you can’t find Korky anywhere and you want to purchase something that looks pretty without giving importance to the plunging strength than Simplehuman Toilet Plunger will be the best for you. Apart from Korky, majority of the plungers we have tested have approximately a similar water-moving power. With that said, what makes Simple human different from all other plunger is its beautiful design and handiness of the dip tray.

Simplehuman is easily one good looking plunger we have come across because of its chic caddy, stainless steel shaft and white accents. The drip tray not only provides a good hiding place of a plunger cup, it’s also has a back that is open that helps easy air circulation and helps it to dry. In addition, when the plunger is placed in the tray, it gets attached to tiny magnets that help them to bind together. This allows a drip free transportation of the plunger, and it’s as easy as placing it in the tray and then pulling up the handle. The design of the handle’s pommel is also extremely good; however it doesn’t have the precise control and efficiency of the Korky’s T-handle.

Just like non-korky plungers, Simplehuman was also not able to move the foam ball when we were carrying out our tests. No doubt, it had a decent seal on the old-fashioned Mansfield toilet’s rectangular opening but it experienced a difficult time with the irregular outlets of Foremost and Toto. During our tests we observed that Simplehuman was generating water movements, but it failed to deliver the actual pushing and pulling force. On toilets where it created an average seal, we are of the opinion that it can work enough to remove a common obstruction, but we aren’t sure whether it can do much more than that simple action.

If you make comparisons with a basic plunger of £6.7, Simplehuman provides a much better experience. The plunging strength might be the same, but the pommel grip of Simple human is easier to hold than inexpensive plungers. The plunger cup also has a better quality and is able to compress smoothly, which provides greater plunge control. The ordinary plungers have thin cups that can collapse very rapidly and they don’t always come back to their original shape.

The attribute that makes Simplehuman unique is its aesthetic and fully operational plunger caddy. If you like that your plunger remains hidden from sight, then its caddy is able to conceal the entire cup. It is also open from the back which is best to keep your plunger dry. The drip trays we have commonly seen don’t entirely cover the plunger cup. Other toilet plungers that are fully enclosed, we tested it the first day and the next day we saw that the plunger was still wet.

The caddy of Simple human can be cleaned very easily, and since we have tried many other plungers we can’t say the same about them. It has a simple one-piece design, which makes every nook and corner easily accessible. Other caddies we tested had odd groves or unreachable places that it was almost impossible to clean every single spot.

The magnet present on top of the caddy readily clicks with the handle made up of medal. This creates a strong bond between the two and makes it easy to pick the plunger and the caddy by just holding the plunger handle. Like we’ve mentioned before, the design of the plunger makes it drip free so there is no hassle if you want to take it to the garage, place it in the hall closet or basement or transport anywhere else in the house or outside.

The two main concerns that we have with this plunger is its inadequate plunging strength and the possibility of rust developing on the handle. We saw some amazon comments about this issue which made us realize that this is a big problem. However, we also saw some other comments from people who said that their plunger didn’t rust and they have been using it for many years. We have personally used Simple Human and have not detected any rust after two years.

The ultimate clog buster: Ridgid 59787 3-foot Toilet Auger

Ridgid 59787 3-foot Toilet Auger

Ridgid 59787 3-foot Toilet Auger : Powerful, robust but not very easy to clean and store

If you are looking for a robust, reliable tool that has unclogging ability and are not bothered by difficult storage and complex cleanup, then Ridgid 59787 3-foot Toilet Auger is definitely the one for you. It also called a closet auger and is used by many professionals.  

We tested two of their models, a simple minimalistic homeowner auger (Cobra 40030, which has now been discontinued) and the expensive pro version, Ridgid. After carrying out substantial tests we have arrived at a conclusion that it’s best to spend your hard earned money on Ridgid. It has a great build quality and contains numerous features that are extremely convenient. It is best in case of an emergency.

First let’s try to understand the closet auger and see how it actually works. It has a coiled wire wand that is flexible and easily slides in and comes out of the sleeve. There is a rotating handle on the top of the want that helps to rotate the coiled wand. You need to pull the want in the sleeve, put the bottom of the sleeve on the bottom of the toilet bowl. Then push the wand inside the drain while you rotate the handle.

This movement permits it to access the narrow places of the toilet trap. The end of the wand has a barb and flashes out a little, so you can exert force and push or pull anything that is present in the pipe. Closet auger design is much more dependable than a plunger that mainly counts on the water pressure. It comes in many sizes, but 3-foot wand is very common, the long want is good enough to reach the internal plumbing of a toilet.

Now let’s come back to why we said we preferred Ridgid at the beginning of the article. It comes with a huge handle that is present on the wand that makes it easy to maneuver and hold. The Cobra plunger has a handle present on the wand only, so if you want to rotate it you have to hold on to the sleeve which can sometimes slip. The sleeve of the Ridgid is made of metal and not of flimsy plastic like the Cobra.

We have observed that Ridgid is easy to use due to its two handles and extremely stable design. One the contrary, when we used Cobra for a couple of times it’s metal stem succumbed to the pressure and bent substantially which made it hard to push the wand in the sleeve. We didn’t experience this kind of situation with the Ridgid.

One more thing we admire of the Ridgid is that is has a place in which the wand can be secured against the shaft when it’s kept in storage. Its design also assists in lessening its footprint. Cobra also offers something similar like this, it has a metal loop that you need to thread around the wand to make it secure. It can be done by hand or you can hook up the wand’s end, rotate the handle and turn the wand on the loop. It’s definitely a mundane process and sometimes the wand still moves around even if it’s tied in the loop. On the other hand, the clip of the Ridgid secures the wand in a steady position.

There is a big difference in the prices for these plungers. Ridgid is currently selling for £42.60, whereas you can purchase Cobra for only £15.12, so the difference in quality isn’t a big surprise. Even if you don’t want to spend much, we still wouldn’t advise you to get models like Cobra, because it looks like they will break at any moment. With that said, we are not the only ones who are advising to go for the Ridgid. Sure, it’s a lot more expensive than a plunger but still does not cost as much as hiring plumber will probably use the same tool to solve your clogging problems.

Even though closet auger has many advantages it still comes with some complications. It is not something your normal guest can use and it’s too big to be kept in your bathroom. It’s 3 ½ feet long with a flexible wand that can’t be easily placed in any place you like. Even if you have a big hall closet you would still face some hardships.

To be really honest, it will probably end up in your garage or basement. An empty nail on the wall can be the perfect place to hook it up, but it can’t be possible for a person residing in a small space.

Due to its huge size, it’s also difficult to clean. There is no simple method to completely clean the metal sleeve and the coiled wand, specifically if the barbed wire sticking out gets caught on something. You can conveniently wash it with a garden hose or in the shower, and that’s completely your own choice.

How To Unclog A Toilet

To unclog the toilet, first bail out or add water so the bowl is half-full. Then use a funnel-cup plunger, specially designed to fit the bowl’s trap. If the plunger doesn’t clear the clog, use a closet auger. Its curved tip reaches deep-set clogs and its protective housing wont scratch the bowl.

Preventing An Overflow

If a toilet is about to overflow, quickly reach into the tank; push the tank stopper down into the valve seat and hold it while you turn off the water.

Use a funnel-cup plunger to dislodge a clog in the toilet trap. Rapidly pump the plunger a dozen times or more to push the obstruction through the trap.

Use a closet auger to break up a deep-set clog in the toilet trap or closet bend. To maneuver the auger, simultaneously push it and turn the handle.

A good septic tank system doesn’t require a great deal of maintenance or call for many special precautions. But the maintenance it does require is crucial, since failure of the system can constitute a serious health hazard. You should have a diagram of your septic tank’s layout, showing the location of the tank, pipes, manholes, and disposal field. If you don’t, the information may be on a lot plan filed with the county or city clerk.

Chemicals, drain cleaners with lye, and thick paper products should never be disposed of through the system. Some chemicals destroy the bacteria necessary to attack and disintegrate solid wastes in the septic tank. Paper products can clog the main drain to the tank and smaller pipes to the disposal field, making the entire system useless. Also, don’t let cooking grease enter the system; it will coat the surface of the earth in the disposal field and prevent absorption.

Hire a professional

Have your septic tank checked by a professional about once a year. To function properly, the tank must maintain a balance of sludge (solids remaining on the bottom), scum (gas containing small solid particles), and liquid, as shown on the drawing at right. The proportion of the sludge and scum layers to the liquid layer determines whether pumping is needed.

Have your septic tank pumped by a professional whenever necessary to remove sludge and some of the scum. The best time to do the work is in the spring, since during the winter the bacterial action is slowed down.

How to properly use a plunger

You might think that using a plunger is as a putting it in the toilet and jamming it up and down a few times, but it is not as simple as that. You need to know a few things first, if you want to make the process easier and achieve better results. So here is what you need to do:

Fill the plunger’s cup with water first before plunging. Unless you fill in the cap with water, it is very likely that the result of your first plunge, will be nothing more than water exiting the sides of the cup. However, if instead of doing that you start by tipping the plunger over to its side as you move it closer to the water, this will result into water coming into the cap and filling most of its part.  

The next step is to slowly replace any air in the cap with water by plunging gently. This movement actually is considered the best method as it also offers the advantage of pulling the clog up close to the bowl. Now, depending on the shape of the toilet you also need to orient the the plunger’s handle either vertically or at angle, otherwise it does not make a tight seal over the toilet bowl.

Watch also the following videos on Youtube on “How to unclog a toiler in 11 seconds” and How to Unclog a Toilet: Pro Techniques

How To Clean A Plunger

Cleaning a plunger is not that complicated and there are actually only a few ways to do it. The first thing you need to do is to is a “ cleansing flush” to wash off of the remaining dirt from the plunger cup, while still being in the toilet bowl.

For disinfecting it, you either roll the plunger’s cup for a while in the toilet bowl after adding a little bit of bleach or oxygen bleach of you use a septic tank. Alternatively, you can simply rinse the plunger in the bowl with water and when you take it out of the toilet bowl and you need to spray it with a disinfectant. In case you have a drip tray, you can postpone the disinfection part and do it later after the plunger has dried out.

If you have a drip tray, you have the third option of postponing the disinfecting until the plunger dries out and then hitting it with a spray disinfectant.

Summary of Findings

    • Old-fashioned plunger with the straight handle and black rubber cup is the most recommended for unclogging a toilet. the ability to make a tight seal against the bottom of the toilet bowl is the most essential characteristic of a plunger. With a successful seal, the force of the plunge is directed into the drain line toward the obstruction. Added characteristics include a plastic or metal anti-microbial handle.
    • There are some plungers with a drip tray, which is a support to stand on while utilization. Its benefit is providing a space for a wet plunger to stand on after use and before cleaning. Sometimes it is a simple dish, others are extended upward to hide the plunger cup which hide the wet part of the plunger and allows air circulation for the plunger to dry.
    • By testing eight chosen plungers from clients’ satisfaction on Amazon and other shops and having manufacturer reputation factored, lots of plungers were found. Thus, it was confirmed to have samples of various shapes and styles. And was concluded that If a plunger is able to perform well, drip tray can be second option.
    • Two closet augers (aka toilet augers) were tested as well. They can handle what plunger cannot as they pull and push the obstruction rather than depending on water pressure. Thus, closed augers are preferred to act with pro plumbers. However, they are hard to clean and awkward to use. A good one costs between £12 – £30 but it is worthy in comparison to the cost of plumbing service call.
    • Flaws but not deal breakers of Korky plunger include: its big size that doesn’t go well with drip tray. Korky representatives admitted there is a version with caddy, the 95-4A, but it is not common in stores. Another flaw is the falling of the drip tray or being too tight for the plunger. However, the Korky 99-4A is commonly available online and in stores and that the MAXClean Universal Plunger Holder Drip Tray is suitable for it.
    • The Korky’s height is another issue that make it harder to fit in the under-sink storage area. Another plunging concern to Korky and other plungers is when there is an obstruction in the main drain line a strong plunge could pressurize the pipes enough to send water through the seal. But the chances of this to happen is rare as most of the clogs happen in the toilet not in the main line.
    • Lastly is the existing of a honeycomb pattern up at the handle end in the Korky cup which is hard to clean, but nothing was stuck in this area during the tests.
    • Korky has 4.5 over 7 stars on Amazon from more than 700 reviews which are in contrast like disagreeing on whether it fits a Kohler toilet or not but mostly they are positive reviews.
    • The MAXClean Universal Plunger Holder Drip Tray is recommended to work with the Korky which is simple and with no-frills design. It is easily rinsed and cleaned and has a helpful little handle on one side.
    • One disadvantage the MAXClean has is that it is not very attractive and the jumbo plunger cup of the Korky is visible through it. From our runner-up picks is Simplehuman Toilet Plunger that has a better looking.
    • Upon testing, the Korky was proved to be the most effective over other plungers and had the easiest time conforming to irregular bowl shapes.
    • There are three plunger cup styles which are beehive (Korky), flanged (Simplehuman), tiered (Neiko).
    • The simpler sink plungers are known by a reddish-tan plunger cup and the lack of any kind of lower flange. These plungers are made for flat surfaces and cannot handle irregular shapes of toilet bowl. However, from their flange style advantages is the ability of the flange to fold up into the cup.
    • Stand-alone plungers range from £10 to £20, with drip trays are around £10 to £30, other generic models are available for less than £10 depending on the quality.
    • Pro-quality one alongside a smaller, feature-free auger was tested to identify available options and other adjustable features regarding to cost.
    • The eight plungers and two augers were tested on three toilets where each toilet represented a different drain shape: Mansfield’s traditional rectangular, Toto’s oblong, and the unusual Foremost with a rectangular drain but a straight vertical rear wall. There were also natural clogs to be handled.
    • In order to test the suction and the water-moving power of the plungers, a tightly fitting Franklin foam baseball was pushed into the end of a clear pipe then was flushed with water into the toilet bowl. Each plunger was used to dislodge the ball while monitoring the water and ball movement. Wet leaves were also used to obtain other clogs.
    • The home installed plungers were tested by submerging them in the bowl’s natural water level and attempting to clear the toilet by plunging the water into the drain line. Even without submerging them in the bowl’s natural water level and trying to clear the toilet by just plunging the water into the drain line, the plungers’ ability to whether make a seal or not was revealed. We had natural clogs in this case too.
    • The ergonomics of the handle, the stiffness of the rubber cup, and the sturdiness of the cup-to-handle connection were carefully monitored during testing. The Korky 99-4A was able to push the ball into the pipe easily while no other plunger could.
    • In case of having a drip tray, postponing the disinfecting for the plunger to dry out and then hit it with a spray disinfectant is available.

The Competition

The Neiko 60166A is the most sought out plunger, because recently it has seen a boost up in tits Amazon rating, which has garnered 4.4 out of 5 starts and is rated by more than 1500 reviews. Unfortunately, we have discovered that it doesn’t perform much better than many different non-Korky models. It comes with a tiered plunger cup, along with aluminum broomstick handle that has a plastic piece at its end. The handle design is very simple which aids in a comfortable grip, however we still like the pommel grips and T-handle better.

We have seen that OXO Good Grips Toilet Plunger and Canister and Neiko look quite alike in terms of handle design and general cup, but we have observed some problems in the drip tray. It is made up two doors that open upward when you take the plunger out, which also uncovers an inner bowl that has drainage hole that is fixed within the outer shell of the drip tray. The only issue is that both of the pieces can’t be opened up, so there is absolutely no opening to disinfect the area where the water is dripping in. If you wish to move the plunger, you can do that by carrying the drip day, which is not as simple as picking up the Simplehuman by its handle.

The Kleen Freak Antibacterial Toilet Plunger is out in the market with a variety of designs, but when it comes to the plunger cup, it’s the same in every plunger. It is squat tiered just like Neiko, but not as big with one less tier. This plunger passed in our test, but we didn’t experience anything that makes it outshine in a sea of its competitors. Its drip tray is quite similar to MAXClean Universal Plunger Holder Drip Tray that we personally suggest for the Korky. When we were carrying out tests and research of this plunger, at that time Kleen Freak had trays being sold separately, but this is no longer the case now.

The InterDesign Una Plunger is dainty and looks pretty, but it’s not unique and we found it to be very common. It has a basic flange design and doesn’t have any extra features.

We also tested BrassCraft Plunge-N-Store Plunger and the Libman 0598004 Premium Toilet Plunger and Caddy, but currently they have been discontinued. It’s safe to say that this decision was correct by all means, because we didn’t find them as impressive as our picks.

As we mentioned previously, we tested Cobra 40030 Toilet Auger, which is plain and low-priced, and doesn’t have the quality required for a trustworthy tool that will work for quite some time. It has now been discontinued, however if you come across one then it will definitely work but will not last that long.

Cobra has also launched an expensive closet auger, the 46030, which looks similar to Ridgid 59787. It has a good build quality than the 40030; on the other hand the wand clip is extremely annoying and costs more than Ridgid. Moving on, we didn’t test any other models of Cobra.

Our experts disliked liked the accordion- or bellows-style plungers like G.T. Water Products MP100-3 Master Plunger. Precision Plumbing & Mechanical’s Tim Byrne said, “I wouldn’t use one of those. Pretty nasty.” Having read the comments online, we have deduced that they have the required power but are very hard to use. The plungers are made up of stiff plastic, which can probably spoil the toilet bowl’s inner side.

You’ll also come across plungers that work on the similar principle as a bike’s pump e.g. Johnny Jolter. The only difference is that it makes a stream of dirty toilet water rather than the stream of fresh air. Majority of its reviews are good, but some bad reviews comment on the manifestation of “blowback”, which to be honest, sounds horrible. Their uncommon design makes it usability difficult for guests.

This design allows you to blast the filth with a thing similar to a handgun, but most people don’t prefer plunging their toilets like that. Kinetic Water Ram is a professional version of this tool, which makes use of compressed air. It is priced more than $200, still it’s the tool Tim Byrne’s reaches for the most.

The PlungeMAX is yet another innovative plunger. It comes with huge bellows that you fix in between the lid and the rim of the toilet. A soon as you lift the lid, and then place it down, this up and down movement helps to pressurize the pipes.

It has a rating of 2.2 stars out of 5, and is reviewed by 220 users, so we made a decision of not testing it all. Pong Tu takes the credit of having the most unique design. It has a big sticker that you stick on the rim of a bunged up toilet. This act creates an airtight seal.All you need to do is flush the toilet so the water can bulge on the underside of that sticker. Lastly you have to take both your hand and press it on the sticker like you perform CPR. This creates pressure which apparently releases the clog.

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