Like us, we’re sure you’ve had the same experience, where you’ve got that incredibly itchy spot and it’s in one of those parts of your back that are almost impossible to reach. Without having the rough bark of a tree to hand that you’re able to rub against like Baloo from The Jungle Book, or a partner/spouse to help sort that itch, what do you do about it?
Lying on the floor and trying to rub the itch out of your back is one way. Having a nice hot shower is another. However, the quickest and most effective way to deal with any itchy spots on your back that your human physiology will not allow you to reach is with a back scratcher. Back scratchers may just be one of the best inventions human beings have ever come up with. Well, they certainly feel like that when you’ve got a killer itch on as described at the outset and your handy and reliable back scratcher deals with it in minutes, rather than the half an hour it may have taken you to deal with it on your own.
Admittedly, back scratchers don’t represent too big of an investment compared to other health and well-being products. So, you might wonder, why put together a guide to the best back scratchers in the first place? Well, cheap and affordable most back scratchers may be, but they are not necessarily all equal. Some are better than others and if you really want good value for money, you need to take a pause and think carefully about your buying decision, rather than just opting for the first one you come across.
That’s why we’ve put this handy guide together. To help you out.
Best Back Scratcher 2019
WOVTE Bear Claw Black Telescopic Back Scratcher
First in our guide we’ve got this awesome and unique back scratcher from WOVTE. This has a very unique design featuring a bear claw (though we think it looks pretty human to us). Both the bear claw scratcher and the handle are made from stainless steel. The handle is built in three sections and can fully extend to 23-inches in length, so provides you with a comfortable amount of reach for getting to those awkward spots.
If the idea of running a bear claw over your back sounds a bit too much, don’t worry. The bear claw has been made to be sharp enough to get rid of itches easily, but rounded and blunt enough that it won’t cause lasting damage to your skin. The handle of the bear claw scratcher is made from a durable, but very soft rubber material that fits nicely into your hand making this a lot of fun and easy to use.
DGI Back Scratcher
Next in our guide we’ve got this fun little thing from DGI. Their back scratcher is very small, about the size of a pen, but can extend to fully give you the reach you need when trying to scratch those itches in those tough spots on your back.
Beneath the sharp enough but not too sharp prongs is the delightfully comical OUCH! If you’re looking for a no-thrills, no bells and no whistles design, then this is the one for you. No fuss or hassle, simply take it out of the packaging, adjust it to the length you need and scratch until your heart and back are content. We can’t say fairer than that for something that costs roughly the same as a four-pint carton of milk!
OWUDE Portable Telescopic Back Scratcher Pack of 2
How about, instead of just one back scratcher, you buy 2 for the price of 1? This is a great idea if are looking to get something to deal with those itches for you and your partner or more than one person in your household. Made from stainless-steel, this particular scratcher has a five-section handle with telescopic capabilities that extends it from just 6.29-inches to 19.6-inches with no trouble at all.
There is nothing out of the ordinary with the design of this back scratcher, but really, why fix something that didn’t need breaking. It’s actually very similar to the above item. We like this one though because you get two, so whether you’re buying it for two different people or just so you have a spare, we think this offers great value for money.
Anself Stainless Steel Extendable Back Scratcher
Next up is a very similar option to the two products directly above. This time from a company called Anself, this stainless-steel back scratcher can extend to 26.-inches long. It features a very soft and comfortable to hold grip that means even when you need to have a good and long scratching session, your hand won’t feel too fatigued holding it for that time.
We should point out that there’s no reason why you need to stick to just using back scratchers on your back. They can be used just about anywhere you get an itch. Again, this is hardly the fanciest or glamourous product. But, really, do you need that from something you’re just going to use every so often to work at those itches? The bottom line is that it has been made using good quality materials and has been finished to a high standard and offers you relief and comfort for under a fiver.
G&D Wooden Bamboo Massager Back Scratcher With Body Stick Roller
Next up we’ve got a great back scratcher that does more than just tackling itches. This is a 2 in 1 type of product that features the hand-like scratcher at one end, as you’d expect. At the other end, however, it features four generously sized rollers that can be used to provide a soothing and therapeutic massage. If you like the idea of prolonging your itch scratching session and transforming it into a full body tension reliever, this is the back scratcher for you.
It’s made from 100% bamboo and wood and measures around 18-inches in length, so is more than big enough for most people. We really like that it’s not metallic and has that more natural look and feel to it. If it were as long as it is and hand just the scratching end, this would still be a great deal, but the fact it has the rollers and can offer tension relief in two different ways, makes it a great investment for yourself or as a fun and practical gift.
BackBliss Back Scratcher And Exfoliator
Next we have another interesting twist on the back-scratcher formula, this time from a proudly British company called BackBliss (emblazoned on the front of the packaging is the fact it’s made in Britain). Rather than looking like the other back scratchers we’ve featured so far; this is similarly designed to a brush.
The scratching head is made of more than 110 pointy plastic cones, that’s able to cover a surface of 60-sq-cm, meaning at any one time you’ll have at least 50 of them working on those itches. Although it’s not extendable, thought has been given to make it easier to reach the tougher parts of your body. The handle tapers in gradually from the head, allowing you a degree of flexibility when using it.
Thanks to the flexible design and construction of the scratching cones, it bends with the shape of your back. This means that you can always have just the right amount of pressure against that itchy skin, from the top of your shoulders to just above your buttocks and beyond. Did we mention it can be washed in the dishwasher or that it was featured on Dragon’s Den? Oh look, we just have!
Renook Bamboo Wooden Back Scratchers, Pack of 5
Now, at Internet Eyes, we appreciate that once you find a suitable back scratcher that gives you the relief and experience you’ve only dreamed of, you’d want to make sure it was always there ready and waiting whenever and wherever you need it. We also know how easy it is, in busy households for things like the remote controls for the entertainment system and TV, your car or house keys, reading glasses and oh, back scratchers to go missing. That’s why we had to include this awesome 5 pack of back scratchers in our guide.
Made from high quality mature bamboo, these are strong, sturdy and as they are handmade each one is slightly different. This makes it great if you’re buying a set for the family and want to assign one to each member, so there’s no fights, bickering or arguing about who’s turn it is. As they are not completely identical you won’t have the confusion and arguments of ‘Dad, he is using mine’ or ‘Why are you using my one mum?’. With these back scratchers bliss in more than one way is possible.
Even if you’re just buying a set for you or one person, they are a great option. You can have one in different rooms, so you never lose them and always have one at the ready.
KissDate Telescopic Back Scratchers & Handheld Scalp Head Massagers Kit, Pack of 4
At Internet Eyes, we are always on the look out for a great money-saving bargain and we think we’ve found just that with this back scratcher and scalp head massager 4-pack. Like most people, we’re sure that it’s not just your back that needs relief from time to time. Heads can get itchy too and even if they’re not itchy, a head massage can be a sublime thing to say the least.
First of all, this pack as claw-style extendable back scratchers that can grow from 21.8 to 58cm. The scratcher part of the device is made from stainless steel, while the handle is made from a comfortable and easy to grip rubber. The scalp massagers do not have extendable handles, but then who really needs extendable handles when you’re working on your head or someone else’s?
Amazing Health High Quality Antique-Style Brass Back Scratcher with Wooden Handle
It’s fair to say that a lot…okay, most of the back scratchers in our guide, apart from this one, are well-made but lack anything special in the design side of things. If you’re looking for something a little more outlandish, then this next back scratcher should be right up your street. It features a nice long wooden handle with ornate finishing to really make it stand out.
The real star of the show, however, is the antique brass shaft and claw back scratcher. This really makes it feel like more than just a practical gadget and something that won’t look out of place in the sophisticated décor of your living room or bedroom. The fact that it’s a hand also gives it a quirky vibe that would definitely be a talking point with guests. Even on those swanky dinner parties and soirees.
Fanwer Plastic and Wood Composite Materials Double-Sided Massager Scratcher
The final product we’ve got to discuss in our guide is this awesome and practical 3 for the price of 1 item from Fanwer. It includes a massage hammer and massage comb at the top and an itch scratcher that can be removed, in the handle. The massage end is also extendable.
There is something extremely clever about having all this functionality in one handy and lightweight product. It’s like a swiss army knife of personal relief. It’s also extremely affordable.
Best Back Scratcher – Buyer’s Guide
As you can see there are a lot of different back scratchers available on the market. With so many different types and styles, though, it’s tough trying to find the best product to help you reach those itchy spots easily and comfortably. That’s why, alongside the reviews we’ve put together a handy buyer’s guide to help make your decision even easier.
There are several things you need to consider when looking for that great back scratcher that will help you sort those irritating itches when your spouse or a good friend is not around.
Size and Shape
It may seem like a fairly obvious place to start, but the size and shape of the back scratcher is a crucial aspect to consider. There is no one size that fits all, no matter how much advertisers and brands try to make you believe there is. We are all different heights and shapes, and all have different levels of flexibility and mobility. So just because one may seem to be right for many people, it doesn’t mean it will actually be the best choice for you.
You obviously need to choose the back scratcher with the right amount of length to cover the entirety of your back. As you’re undoubtedly aware and especially if you’ve looked through the reviews before this section, not all back scratchers are made exactly the same way either.
Some are minimalist and simple pieces of stick, that are completely straight and offer no bells or whistles. Whereas other back scratchers have flexible handles that allow you to bend and twist them to allow you to reach even the toughest parts of your back to reach. Others still incorporate strapping that connects to a small circular plate or ball that you can then hold at either side and rub from side to side up and down your back in a similar way to drying using a towel.
Furthermore, there are many back scratchers that feature retractable and extendable handles that allow you to adjust the length to suit your needs. So, if you’re trying to reach the part of your lower back where it meets the top of your buttocks, you can scratch it just as easily as your shoulder blades.
The construction of a product, including the method and materials used, should always be at the forefront of your mind. This is true when you’re buying anything, but given you want to invest in one that will last a long time and handle a lot of usage, it’s crucial when buying a back scratcher.
There are a wide variety of different materials used to make back scratchers, including metal, plastic, silicone and wood. Although the traditional back scratcher was made from wood and while that’s still a popular material, metallic and plastic back scratchers have increased in popularity over the last couple of years. This is largely because, as mentioned above, many are now retractable and extendable and use tubing within the design to make this possible. That kind of design is most commonly found in metallic and plastic products, as it’s harder to achieve with wooden back scratchers.
It’s also beneficial to choose a back scratcher with a degree of flexibility, because of the very nature of these products. The last thing is you want to try and scratch your back, only to cause yourself an injury because it wouldn’t follow the curves and contours of your back enough.
Although you should never base the decision to buy something solely on price alone, it’s still an important factor to consider. The price can be used as an indicator for quality. While it’s true that most back scratchers are fairly inexpensive, some are cheaper than others with good reason. Either because of the materials used or how they have been constructed.
If you have a tight budget, you might not be interested in getting the priciest of back scratchers. However, if you want one that is going to stand the test of time and regular use, you’ll want a high quality one. That’s not to say that expensive = better quality. You need to use your common sense, while relying on our reviews, this buying guide and checking out customer reviews on sites like Amazon, to get a clearer and fuller picture about the quality of a product.
Well, there you go, folks, a look at the intriguing world of back scratchers. We hope from the various different options we featured in our top 10, that you’re able to find the product that meets your needs most!