I am fat, and I am not ashamed of it.
If you share the same physique, you would attest to the fact that obese people have some unique problems in their life. One such problem is the itching on the back.
Well, itching is universal. Anybody and I repeat anybody, can get caught up in it. Plus, it is equally annoying and frustrating for all. The trouble with the bulky fellows like me is that due to our large size, reaching some part of our body is particularly difficult for us.
For me, this physical limitation led to frustration and eventually to hopelessness until I looked up and successfully found a solution for it: a back scratcher.
Back scratcher turned out to be a perfect solution for itching at hard-to-reach parts of my body. And, after trying a number of back scratchers, I finally settled for Snowyee Stainless Steel Backscratcher.
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Best Back Scratchers
In this article, I would like to share with you some of the best back scratchers available in 2020. Also, there is a comprehensive buying guide in the end to arm you with valuable insights and adequate knowledge about what goes into making the best backscratcher.
So buckle up! Let us delve deeper into it.
1. Snowyee Backscratcher
For what it is offering, this backscratcher is extremely underpriced scratcher in the market. You can’t find even a single backscratcher in the price range in which it is offering not two but three different options in a single design.
The stainless steel ranks higher in durability than wood and plastics. It doesn’t chip or is not unnecessarily flexible. All I know by my personal experience with this backscratcher is that its sturdy stainless steel construction is dependable.
It comes with three head options: human hand, Bear and Eagle Claw. All these heads are made up of stainless steel.
I have tried all of them myself, and I prefer Eagle Claw of all these. There is a reason for that. My itches are usually at specific points and eagle claw sharpness makes it a better choice than others.
You will be surprised by the maximum size to which it can extend. 22.64 inches is the number. And if you want to know its collapsed size, again you will be dumbstruck. It can be reduced to a minimum size of 8.27 inches.
As far as comfortability is concerned, you will never be disappointed. The thing that I love about this handle is that you can apply maximum pressure on it without hurting your hand.
As I have already mentioned, this scratcher can be collapsed to the size of a phone. Therefore, it is highly portable. However, there is a catch. If the company had added a hole in the back, it would have been easier to hand it.
I would certainly give it the title of the most sophisticated backscratcher in 2020. Reason? It looks more like a utensil in first look than a backscratcher thus can easily fit the interior décor of any house.
2. Basswood Cat Back Scratcher
It’s a bit pricy. I won’t recommend this backscratcher to users who are looking for a practical backscratcher in the minimum possible budget. While this scratcher is very much practical, it is far from economical in terms of price.
This backscratcher is made from lightweight and sturdy basswood that is going to last for several seasons. Unlike bamboo wood, basswood is much more durable and reliable.
In design, it definitely has an edge over another backscratcher. It is hand-crafted to be shaped in a cat design, an uncanny yet attractive design for a backscratcher. The paws of the cat are sharpened enough to adequately scratch the itching point and not to the point where it can peel off your skin.
Due to its appealing design, this backscratcher can be an excellent Christmas or birthday gift for the cat lover around you.
The 19-inch length of this backscratcher makes it easy to access nearly all hard-to-reach itching point of the body.
Its handle has no grip and is not comfortable. You might get annoyed while scratching as it will keep falling again and again from your hand. You won’t find a hole in the back so you won’t be able to hang this one.
It will definitely make space in your storage area. Also, the not-so-ergonomic handle further makes it less convenient to use.
All the cat lover would instantly fall in love with it. For them, the design is simply irresistible. The oily finish of the wood will make it a perfect match for the furniture in your home.
3. Japan Bargain Bamboo Wood Back Scratcher
The best thing about this backscratcher is that it is highly affordable. If budget is your foremost selection criterion while buying a scratcher, this is an ideal product for you.
Made from mature bamboo wood, it has a strong and sturdy construction. As compared to steel, it is along more flexible. Also, you won’t have to worry about the rusting of this scratcher as the last time I read it wood doesn’t rust.
It has a claw-like design on the top with a comparatively less surface area than a steel scratcher. If you are not a big fan of claw design, you should consider skipping this one.
No matter what is your preference in design, you must give this backscratcher its due regard for being environment-friendly.
This backscratcher doesn’t disappoint in size. It is pretty long which makes it suitable for nearly all users. However, it won’t work if you try to scratch the back of your spouse sitting at the far corner of the bed (pun intended).
You can’t expect a low-budget scratcher to feature a comfy handle. This backscratcher truly disappoints in terms of its handle which has no padding at all. However, there is a hole in the back of it for easy hanging.
As I mentioned earlier, there is a hole in the back of this backscratcher for easy hanging. But it will take up more space than a retractable steel backscratcher.
I would give it five stars for the looks of it. Its polished wooden surface is aesthetically appealing and will probably match the interior décor of your house.
4. Bearback Back and Body Scratcher
It is a premium quality backscratcher which means you will have to fork out extra dollars for it. However, if you can afford it, don’t worry about the investment. It will pay off in terms of longevity and sturdiness.
Despite having a plastic construction, this item is sturdy enough to withstand the wear and tear of prolonged use. The most vulnerable point in any backscratchers is in the middle of it. Bearback scratcher is retractable and a securely placed hinge can easily withstand normal pressure.
There is a lifetime replacement warranty with this product which makes it useless to worry about the durability of it.
I will give the company full credit for its design. It is truly impressive.
First and foremost, the scratcher is retractable with a curved design to give you maximum reach. Next, it has two-way use. One side has a wide 4.5 inch bristled scratching head, while on the other, it has bear knuckles for targeted itch and pressure point release. Lastly, it has a textured grip so you can easily provide downward pressure without the scratcher slipping out of your hand.
It is a 17-inch long backscratcher. Yes, it is a bit short, but it will do the job quite effectively. If your height is more than 6 feet, you should probably skip this one as you will have to overstretch a lot while scratching.
The handle is ergonomically designed to give you a tight grip. It is textured to make it a non-slip grip.
As I mentioned earlier, it is a foldable scratcher. It reduces to half its size after folding and can be placed inside your pocket. It is highly portable.
It has a bulky construction and a visually unappealing design. However, when it is folded, it looks more like a brush. You will love it more when it is folded.
5. Plastic Backscratcher with Shoe Horn
In one line, it is an expensive item. You value you are going to get in it far exceeds the money you are investing in this backscratcher. You are getting both a backscratcher and a shoehorn in the price of one.
The best thing about plastic is that it does not break as easily as the wood and does not rust like steel.
This backscratcher is featuring a high-grade plastic that is flexible enough to sustain heavy pressure. Surely, durability is the last thing you should be worried about in this backscratcher.
It has a human hand-like design at the top and a shoehorn on its bottom. One major reason for its popularity among users is the versatility of this product. You will be scratching the back when there is itching at one moment, and using the shoehorn to get on your shoes at another.
Some users reported that the fingers are not sharp enough, which, if true, is a major downside. However, you can easily sharpen them yourself.
It is a bit longer than the average size of backscratchers. With approximately 20 cm length, anyone can access any point in his/her body with much ease.
The handle isn’t a plus point of this back scratcher. Due to shoehorn design at the bottom, it is not very comfortable to hold. Also, it doesn’t allow for a tight grip.
The scratchers come with a hole for easy hanging. However, just like the bamboo wooden backscratcher I have added in the list, it will take up some of your storage space.
Despite the fact that it comes in a variety of colors when it comes to aesthetics, this plastic backscratcher is no match to its wooden and stainless-steel alternatives.
What to look for in a Back Scratcher?
For your convenience, make a checklist. In case you are unsatisfied with the products I have enlisted above or want to explore backscratchers on your own, the checklist will help you navigate through the multitude of products to choose from.
I assure you that this buying guide has covered all the critical features that a good backscratcher must-have.
I know you will be tempted to buy a cheap scratcher. After all, nobody wants to invest heavily in such items.
I caution you not to do so.
If you can afford, try looking for scratchers that are priced a little higher than others as often quality has a price to be paid.
First and foremost, the backscratcher should be sturdy enough to sustain maximum strain.
No matter which material it is made up of—plastic, wood, or steel—it should not bend out of shape while we apply pressure on it. Well, it definitely not mean that you expect it to be rock hard.
A steel scratcher should be resistant to rust and fatigue. Whereas, plastic and wood scratchers must allow for maximum flexibility without breaking.
A backscratcher is disguised by its design. Some have claw design at the top, while others incorporate bristly or brush-like design. It is all subjective to one’s preference.
I personally prefer claw design that is often shaped like miniature hands or paws. For me, it has adequate sharpness to help with my itching.
You should be especially careful of sharpness as if it exceeds a limit, you might end up peeling off your skin in the process.
You will have to consider your own height and weight prior to choosing the size of the backscratcher.
The scratchers should be long enough to reach each and every area in your body that is otherwise hard to access. There is no point in buying a backscratcher if you have to overstretch yourself every time you use it.
It goes without saying that the handle of the backscratcher must be soft and ergonomically designed. Just make sure it is mentioned in the specification of the product.
A soft-to-hold handle adds to comfort, and a tight grip adds to the effectiveness of the backscratcher. For instance, a sturdy handle offers the best downward pressure during use.
Some backscratchers feature a hole in the handle so you can hang it in an easily assessable place. Also, some handle is designed in the shape of shoehorn to help you put your shoes on without having to bend. These ergonomic design elements should be preferred in a backscratcher.
The backscratcher must be easy to store.
The retractable or foldable steel versionshave an edge over wooden backscratchers, for the obvious fact that they take little space.
The weight of the backscratcher is also an important consideration. If it meets the criteria for all other features, a backscratcher must have minimal weight.
I am a big fan of aesthetics. I have bought no product in my life without making sure that it would match the interior décor of my house.
I know there are many of you out there who put emphasis on the color of the product. Believe me, there is no harm in rejecting a product because of its not-so-appealing color. The case with backscratchers is no different.
For a backscratcher to be used most often, it must be elegantly designed and has a color that is aesthetically appealing.
In this section, I would try to address the most frequently asked question on the internet about the backscratchers.
How does a backscratcher work?
It is pretty straight forward. Whenever you have itching on your back, scratch your skin and itching will go away.
What is the ideal length of a backscratcher?
It dependson the size of the person and particularly the height. There is no one-fit-all-size solution. However, the average length is 17-20 inches.
Can we make our own backscratcher?
If you are a DIY enthusiast, you can certainly give it a try. It doesn’t take rocket science to make a backscratcher by assembling different used products. However, I would recommend you to buy one, it doesn’t cost you a fortune.
Can we use the backscratcher for pets?
Yes, you can. Dogs love it.
Which backscratcher design is best? (Claw, hand, brush)
It is subjected to the preference of users. I personally recommend buying a claw-like top. It is sharp and can deal with itching quite effectively.
Last update on 2021-07-15 at 07:04 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API