Last updated: August 11, 2021

Our method

31Products analysed

64Hours spent

20Evaluated articles

121User reviews

Welcome to our big grease remover test 2022. Here we present all the degreasers we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best fat remover for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a grease remover.




Summary

  • Grease removers are very strong cleaning agents containing many chemical substances that are specially designed to combat grease stains.
  • Grease removers come in the form of sprays, foam, powder and tablets.
  • Care should always be taken when using grease solvents. Rubber gloves are essential when cleaning with grease solvents. Safety glasses can also be helpful in some cases.

The Best Grease in the United Kingdom: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a fat remover

What is a fat solvent?

Fat solvents are clean agents that have a particularly high fat solubility due to the addition of various chemical ingredients.

Grease solvent is a cleaning agent that is also effective against stubborn grease stains. (Image source: 123rf.com / 39575533)

They are used when universal or all-purpose cleaners reach their limits for stubborn grease stains.

With a grease remover, you can easily remove all grease stains without having to soak or clean the affected surface for a long time.

What are the applications of a grease remover?

Grease removers have a very wide range of applications. They are most commonly used in the kitchen around the cooker. A grease remover is used to clean cooker tops, ovens, extractor bonnets, work surfaces, kitchen accessories and much more.

This article also focuses on the properties and use of grease removers in the kitchen.

However, grease removers are not only used in the kitchen. In the case of grease stains on clothing or other textiles, the only thing that often helps is to use a grease remover.

However, you should always pay attention to the type of grease stain you are dealing with, as there are different grease removers for different types of stains.

Are grease removers toxic?

Because of their chemical ingredients, grease removers are very aggressive cleaning agents. Therefore, they can cause various reddening and other reactions on the skin.

For this reason, you should always use cleaning gloves when using fat solvents and also protective goggles in industrial use.

Under no circumstances should grease solvents be drunk!

Did you know that in Germany, your own household is the highest source of danger in terms of poisoning?

Most poisonings in the household are caused by various types of cleaning agents. Mostly it is children who swallow cleaning agents in an unsupervised moment because they do not yet understand that these substances are toxic. The most frequent accidents happen with washing-up liquid, dishwasher tabs, bath beads and cosmetics.

If handled too often and not properly, the use of fat solvents can also affect the respiratory tract. Therefore: Always use grease solvents sparingly and do not inhale the resulting gases directly if possible.

If a commercially available grease solvent is used properly in your own kitchen, grease solvents are usually not toxic.

How much does a fat solvent cost?

The price of a grease solvent is very variable and changes depending on the quantity, application area and effectiveness. Cheap grease solvents are available for as little as €1.70.

You can save quite a bit of money here, but you will have to make some sacrifices in terms of effectiveness.

Most conventional grease removers cost between €2.50 and €8. There are also fat solvents that cost 40€ or more, but these are mostly for industrial use and only available in large canisters.

What are the alternatives to grease solvents?

If you prefer not to use chemical grease solvents, you can also use some household products. Washing soda, baking powder, normal washing-up liquid or cooking oil are particularly popular.

The following table gives you an overview of the different household products and their use.

Remedy Application
Washing soda Mix a little of the white granulate with water, apply and let it work for a while. Afterwards, the grease can be removed without any problems. Not suitable for aluminium
Baking soda Either apply the baking soda directly with a damp sponge or mix it with washing-up liquid and water to make a paste. Apply the paste, leave to act and wipe off
Washing-up liquid Apply undiluted, leave to act and wipe off with a cloth and water
Cooking oil Apply a thin layer of cooking oil to the greasy surface, leave to act for a short time and wipe off with a cloth and water

Decision: What types of grease remover are there and which is the right one for you?

In principle, a distinction is made between four different types of grease remover.

Depending on the purpose for which you want to use the fat solvent, you should choose one of these types.

In the following, we will go into more detail on all types to help you make your decision.

What are the features of a grease remover spray and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Most manufacturers offer grease removers in the form of sprays. The practical spray bottles make for easy handling, where a thin, liquid film can be applied to the surface.

Furthermore, these spray bottles are characterised by the fact that they can be rotated 360 degrees and therefore reach almost every corner in the kitchen.

In addition, these bottles can be easily refilled, which can save a lot of money.

Advantages
  • Thin, liquid film
  • Refillable
  • 360 degree application
Disadvantages
  • Residue often remains in the bottle
  • Spray mechanism often faulty

The disadvantage of grease remover sprays, however, is that the residue of the cleaning agent often remains in the bottle because it cannot be reached by the spray mechanism.

Also, the spray mechanism in general is often faulty, which means that a little creativity is needed in the application every now and then.

What distinguishes a grease remover foam and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Similar to grease remover sprays, grease remover in foam form are also very popular. They are more effective, but take longer to work and develop their full effect.

Furthermore, grease remover foam has a very high adhesion capacity, which means that it can also be used on vertical surfaces without any problems.

Advantages
  • Increased effectiveness
  • Greater adhesion
Disadvantages
  • Cannot be refilled
  • Often unpleasant gas and odour development
  • Longer application time

Apart from the fact that grease solvent foam is usually filled in cans and therefore cannot be refilled, such cleaning agents often lead to unpleasant gas and odour development, which should not be underestimated.

What are the characteristics of a grease solvent powder and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Grease solvents in powder form are very rare and are usually only used in the hospitality sector or industry.

In general, they work in the same way as grease solvent foam in most cases, because here too a cleaning foam is formed when mixed with water.

Advantages
  • Foaming
Disadvantages
  • Lower cleaning power
  • powder residues

However, there are also some grease solvent powders that do not form a foam. However, we would advise you not to use these because they usually have less cleaning power and, depending on the area of application, can lead to annoying powder residues.

What are the characteristics of degreaser tablets and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Degreaser tablets are intended exclusively for coffee machines. They are relatively inexpensive compared to other cleaning agents for coffee machines and ensure quick and easy cleaning.

Advantages
  • Quick and easy cleaning
  • Inexpensive
Disadvantages
  • Limited area of application
  • Longer cleaning process
  • Good rinsing required

However, the disadvantage of such degreaser tablets is that they sometimes take longer to dissolve completely.

As a result, the cleaning process may take longer and repeated rinsing may be necessary to prevent undesirable taste effects.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate grease removers

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the different fat dissolvers.

The following criteria should help you to find the right fat solvent:

  • Quantity
  • Area of application
  • Effectiveness
  • Odour

Quantity

Grease solvents are available in many different quantities. There are individual spray bottles or spray cans, which usually have a filling quantity of 600 to 1000ml.

There are also canisters, which are mainly used for catering and industrial use. These hold up to 10 litres.

Many manufacturers also offer bottles and canisters in a multipack. Here you get several products in a collective package, usually at a lower price.

Area of application

Depending on the area of application for which you are looking for a grease solvent, you should choose a specific product.

In principle, you should always think about the material for which you want to use the grease remover beforehand and then read the manufacturer's information to buy the right grease remover.

You should be particularly careful with degreaser tablets, as these are usually only suitable for coffee machines.

Even if you are looking for a grease remover for clothes, you should never buy one that is suitable for use in the kitchen. It can damage your clothes.

Efficiency

Different types of degreasers have different levels of effectiveness. The best effectiveness is achieved with grease removers in foam form, but grease remover sprays are also a very good choice.

The choice of grease remover therefore also depends on how stubborn the grease stains you want to combat are. When buying a grease remover, you should always opt for quality.

Low-quality products often contain unnecessary chemicals and are less effective.

Odour

Odour is a very present issue with grease removers. As with many other cleaning products, a strong and unpleasant odour can develop.

Be especially careful with industrial cleaners, so you should never use them in your own kitchen at home.

A pleasant odour should be selected for fat solvents, especially for use in the kitchen. (Image source: 123rf.com / 50442976)

There are now many different grease removers with different fragrances that are supposed to make cleaning more pleasant. From lemon to orange to mint scents, there is something for everyone.

Picture source: 123rf.com / 63694519

Reviews