Welcome to our big barbecue cleaner test 2021. Here we present all the barbecue cleaners we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best barbecue cleaner 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 barbecue cleaner.
- 1 Weekly newsletter with the best personal finance tips
- 2 The most important information in a nutshell
- 3 Grill Cleaner: Our Picks
- 4 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a barbecue cleaner
- 5 Decision: What types of barbecue cleaners are there and which is the right one for you?
- 6 Buying criteria: Use these criteria to compare and rate barbecue cleaners
- 7 Trivia: Interesting facts about barbecue cleaners
The most important information in a nutshell
- ou should never grill on a grate that still has the remnants of the last barbecue. A barbecue cleaner can easily remedy this.
- The right barbecue cleaner enables you to clean your barbecue perfectly without a lot of time and physical effort.
- Basically, a distinction is made between grill cleaner spray, grill cleaner paste and grill cleaner gel.
Grill Cleaner: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a barbecue cleaner
Is every grill cleaner suitable for my grill?
However, since no one wants to scrub intensively and the use of aggressive household products can be harmful to health, special barbecue cleaners have been developed over time that not only save you a lot of work but are also environmentally friendly.
But be careful, before you buy, you should find out which materials your barbecue cleaner is suitable for, as the wrong barbecue cleaner can damage the surface of your barbecue.
Basically, you can remember that barbecue cleaner should not be applied to paint, plastic or aluminium. In addition, barbecue cleaners must dissolve the most intensive soiling in the most unfavourable places.
In order to develop its solvent effect, your grill cleaner should therefore adhere to the surface for as long as possible. That's why you should use barbecue cleaner sprays, gels or pastes.
What do grill cleaners cost?
|Grill Cleaner Spray||ca. 5-60 €|
|Grill Cleaner Gel||ca. 10-20 €|
|Grill Cleaner Paste||ca. 10-25€|
What alternatives are there for a barbecue cleaner?
- Rub the grill grate with oil before use.
- Wrap the grill grate in dampened newspaper immediately after grilling.
- Soak the grill grate in water with a dash of vinegar for several hours before cleaning.
- Rub the grill grate with a halved lemon, leave to soak overnight and rinse with warm water the next day.
- Rub the grill grate with cold coffee grounds, leave to soak for a short time and then rinse with warm water.
Decision: What types of barbecue cleaners are there and which is the right one for you?
If you want to buy a barbecue cleaner, there are basically three alternatives you can choose between:
- Grill Cleaner Spray
- Grill Cleaner Gel
- Barbecue cleaner paste
Due to the large and sometimes confusing range of products, we would like to help you find the perfect grill cleaner for your needs in the following section by giving you the advantages and disadvantages of the different grill cleaners.
What distinguishes a barbecue cleaner spray and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The spray is the best-known and most popular model among the grill cleaners. It is available in either a spray or pump bottle and is characterised by its ease of use. Because it can be applied quickly and over a large area, it is also the number 1 cleaning method in the catering industry. However, it should be noted that due to the low viscosity, very heavy soiling often remains.
What are the characteristics of a grill cleaner gel and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
To remove particularly stubborn stains, you should therefore use a grill cleaner gel or paste. You will need either a sponge or a small brush to apply the gel. This also makes the application somewhat more time-consuming.
What distinguishes a barbecue cleaner paste and what are its advantages and disadvantages?
The use of a barbecue cleaner paste is very similar to that of a gel. The only difference is that the consistency is somewhat thicker, which creates a better adhesion. In addition, there is a small negative aftertaste: the small selection of product alternatives.
Buying criteria: Use these criteria to compare and rate barbecue cleaners
The criteria you can use to compare barbecue cleaners include:
- Filling quantity
- Duration of action
In the following paragraphs we will explain what the criteria are.
The effectiveness of the grill cleaner is a decisive purchase criterion. After all, who wants to spend a few extra euros to buy an expensive barbecue cleaner that ultimately removes no more dirt than the usual household products?
The essential factor for effective cleaning, apart from the ingredients, is the viscosity of the grill cleaner.
Due to a particularly viscous consistency, the cleaner remains on the surfaces to be treated for longer, whereby clearly better results can be achieved than with particularly liquid grill cleaners.
The strong cleaning power of most grill cleaners is generated by the surfactants they contain. In order for the surfactants to reach their full potential, it is essential to adhere to the specified exposure time of the respective grill cleaner. In addition to the surfactants, alkaline active substances are also frequently contained. Therefore, grill cleaners should always be used with gloves and not in closed rooms. Even if toxic and environmentally harmful ingredients are avoided in the latest productions, you should inform yourself before your purchase decision whether the respective ingredients are still contained. You should also bear in mind that not every grill cleaner is suitable for every surface. Painted surfaces in particular can become porous if strong grill cleaners are used.
The ideal filling quantity depends on your personal needs. The standard quantity is approx. 500 ml, although there are of course also barbecue cleaners with a smaller filling quantity, as well as canisters with up to 6 litres.
While barbecue cleaner canisters are widely used in the catering industry, a standard size of 500 ml to one litre should actually be sufficient for the average hobby barbecue griller.
Basically, especially when using barbecue cleaners, the principle of "less is more!" almost always applies
Duration of exposure
The duration of the exposure time depends on the individual barbecue cleaner. Nevertheless, it should be noted that especially with good cleaning products, usually only a few minutes are needed. Nevertheless, you should inform yourself about the required exposure time and at the same time adhere to it in order to achieve a perfect cleaning of your barbecue.
The accessories required vary depending on the type or consistency of your barbecue cleaner. While you need a brush for the application of a gel or paste, you can also apply the barbecue cleaner spray directly without special accessories. On the other hand, when using a spray, you may have to buy an extra brush to remove particularly stubborn dirt. In addition, as already mentioned, the use of gloves can be advantageous depending on the ingredients contained.
Trivia: Interesting facts about barbecue cleaners
Use of barbecue brushes
If, despite intensive treatment with the recommended barbecue cleaners, unappetising residues remain, you can of course also use the well-known barbecue brush. Furthermore, you should not use random brushes, but commercially available brushes made of stainless steel with brass bristles, which have been specially manufactured for cleaning stubborn dirt on the barbecue grill.
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