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The Best Loofahs and Shower Sponges for Everyday Exfoliation

These devices deliver smooth, soft skin from neck to toe.

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The loofah is misunderstood by many. This shower accessory does so much more than build a body wash lather. Yes, the best loofahs do that, but they should also give your skin proper buffing—leaving things smoother and fresher than before. Furthermore, they should do this without coming undone, or without being so bulky that they accumulate bacteria between washes. The best loofahs are thoughtful even when they aren’t in use.

But not all products in this category are the same—and that’s a good thing, because it means you can find the right product for you. Some body sponges can give you the same benefits, albeit a lighter exfoliation. And, some loofahs are entirely natural (typically made from sea sponges or dried-out gourds), while other tools are engineered as washcloths or dry-use buffer-downers.

If you’re looking for a new loofah (or sponge!) for your routine use, then check out our picks for the best loofahs below. And remember to keep things hygienic, too: Replace your loofah every month, unless the brand educates you on how to properly disinfect the loofah at certain intervals. Even then, make sure to discard as advised by the brand itself.

Best Dual-Sided Loofah

Dove Men+Care Shower Tool

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Amazon

Dove’s double-sided device is part loofah-like mesh scrubber, part gentle lather-building cloth. It’s great for the guy who likes a “church and state” approach to his show regimen: Use the washing side to cleanse the skin, then use the loofah to buff away any rough patches. Chase that with a body lotion or oil after the shower, and you’re basically giving yourself a spa treatment on the daily.

Buy Now on Amazon: $19.96 for 4


Best Loofah Cloth

Earth Therapeutics Super Loofah Exfoliating Wash Cloth

Ulta

If you prefer your loofah to resemble a washcloth, then get this one from Earth Therapeutics. It’s much easier to target the face, in particular, but should be used gently yet to avoid irritation (your face is super sensitive). It’s also the easiest to wash, store away, and use ad-hoc as needed, like on some grimy buildup around the ankle, or as part of a periodic at-home spa day.

Buy Now on Ulta: $7


Best Natural Shower Loofah

Yemtal Natural Loofah

These all-natural, dried-out vegetable innards are among the most popular types of shower scrubbers—though they’re also terrific for cleaning dishes, surfaces, and even pets. Best of all, you can compost them when you’re finished, rather than adding to the planet’s trash buildup.

Buy Now on Ulta: $15.99 for 4


Best Shower Sponge

Baimei Bath Sponge Loofah

Amazon

If you want all lather and a little scrubbing, then swap out your loofah for a sponge. Baimei’s two-pack is a super sudsy pick and dries out efficiently between uses despite its bulk. You can hang it to dry with the rope handle or use that handle like a bracelet so it doesn’t slip out of your grip during use.

Buy Now on Amazon: $9.99 for 2


Best Dry Body Brush

Ecotools Exfoliating & Smoothing Dry Body Brush

Ulta

This is admittedly the least loofah-like product on the list, but for good reason: If you prefer your exfoliation out of the shower, then get a dry body brush like this one. (It can also be used in the shower, too.) Synthetic bristles and a sturdy bamboo grip—with a handle—make it easy to smooth skin at any angle and with any force.

Buy Now on Ulta: $5.99


Best Exfoliating Mitt

Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt Body Scrub

Amazon

This is one of the easiest ways to get full-body exfoliation without dropping anything (and without having to navigate weird angles). Viscose exfoliation mitts are especially popular with self-tanners since they can give the body an even, uninterrupted smoothness between sessions (and buff away any excess buildup after a session). But they’re great for anyone who craves a refreshing, tingling smoothness all over. Dermasuri’s is designed for all skin types (even the softest out there), delivering a gentle but heavy-duty buff, so you can use it twice monthly and wash it between.

Buy Now on Amazon: $19.99


Best Back Scrubbing Loofah

Toem Loofah Back Scrubber Set

Amazon

There’s no spot this loofah on a stick can’t reach. Built with a handsome wood handle bringing the full length to 17 inches, it can easily wash and smooth that otherwise impossible-to-reach center back. Plus, it has a grippy section so it won’t easily slip from your hand even when wet. The head is a matching, chic shade of slate gray that’s densely ruched to create ample texture that cleanses and exfoliates simultaneously. For ease of storage, it comes with a simple loop on the handle end so it can be hung on the included hook. But if you’d rather do things with more dexterity try using the other included loofah pouf sans handle.

Buy Now on Amazon: $11.99


Best Charcoal Loofah

Shower Bouquet Large Loofah Bath Sponge Set

Amazon

There’s little use grabbing a loofah if it’s going to be fussy. Luckily, the model in this set of four is an extra-large version that quickly covers the maximum amount of surface area so as to be time-efficient. Designed to hold a ton of lather, it has a wonderfully silky feel as it cleanses. But it’s more than meets the eye. Charcoal has taken skincare by storm over the past few years for its ability to remove excess oil and grime while sweeping away other impurities. All four of the poufs included in this set are infused with the natural cleansing agent so they instantly supercharge any body wash you apply them with.

Buy Now on Amazon: $29.99 for 4


Best Low-Cost Loofah Set

WhaleLife Black Loofah Set

Amazon

At just $2.25 a loofah, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this soft and fluffy 4-pack. That same soft texture also aids in building a substantial lather that helps cleanse like a dream without being too harsh on the skin. Coming in a set of four, there are enough to act as replacements should one become worn out. Better yet, each family member can be assigned their very own. All come with loop handles so they can be hung to dry and it also makes it simple to keep them attached to your wrist as you go about exfoliating. If all that wasn’t enough, it comes with a nifty tortoiseshell comb as a free gift.

Buy Now on Amazon: $12.99 for 4


Best Family Loofah Set

TungSam 4-Color Bath Loofah Set

Amazon

There’s no confusion about whose loofah is whose with this low-cost 4-pack. TungSam’s collection comes with four mesh poufs, each of which is a different color—yellow, green, pink and gray. The poufs are made from a soft, recyclable material that will gently exfoliate and clean your skin.

Buy Now on Amazon: $10.99 for 4

1. Toem Loofah Back Scrubber Set

We all have that one spot on our back we can never seem to reach. With this loofah, those days are gone. Built with a handsome wood handle bringing the full length to 17 inches, there’s nowhere this model can’t cover. Plus, it has a grippy section so it won’t easily slip from your hand even when wet. The head is a matching, chic shade of slate gray that’s densely ruched to create ample texture that cleanses and exfoliates simultaneously. For ease of storage, it comes with a simple loop on the handle end so it can be hung on the included hook. But if you’d rather do things with more dexterity try using the other included loofah pouf sans handle.

Toem Loofah on a Stick

Courtesy of Amazon

Toem Loofah Back Scrubber Set: $11.99


2. Shower Bouquet Large Loofah Bath Sponge Set

There’s little use grabbing a loofah if it’s going to be fussy. Luckily, the model in this set of four is an extra-large version that quickly covers the maximum amount of surface area so as to be time-efficient. Designed to hold the a ton of lather, it has a wonderfully silky feel as it cleanses. But it’s more than meets the eye. Charcoal has taken skincare by storm over the past few years for its ability to remove excess oil and grime while sweeping away other impurities. All four of the poufs included in this set are infused with the natural cleansing agent so they instantly supercharge any body wash you apply them with.

Shower Bouquet Large Loofah Bath Sponge

Courtesy of Amazon

Shower Bouquet Large Loofah Bath Sponge Set: $16.99


3. WhaleLife Black Loofah Set

Constructed with a soft and fluffy texture, these poufs are a pleasure to use every time you jump in the shower. That same texture also aids in building a substantial lather that helps cleanse like a dream without being too harsh on the skin. Coming in a set of four, there are enough to act as replacements should one become worn out. Better yet, each member of the family can be assigned his very own. All come with loop handles so they can be hung to dry and it also makes it simple to keep them attached to your wrist as you go about exfoliating. If all that wasn’t enough, it comes with a nifty tortoiseshell comb as a free gift.

WhaleLife Black Loofah Set

Courtesy of Amazon

WhaleLife Black Loofah Set: $9.99


4. TungSam Bath Loofah Set

Looking to add a splash of color to your bathroom. This set from TungSam should do the trick. The brand’s collection comes with four mesh poufs, each of which is a different color—yellow, green, pink and grey. The poufs are made from a soft, recyclable material that will gently exfoliate and clean your skin. If that isn’t enough, the brand’s loofahs are also made from recyclable materials.

TungSam Bath Loofah Set

Amazon

TungSam Bath Loofah Set: $8.97


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