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If you like cooking and baking, the following scenario will probably sound familiar: You fry something in the pan and grease splatters on the wall. If you stir too vigorously in the saucepan or the batter bowl, more stains adorn the kitchen wall. A splash guard helps to prevent this.

In this article, you will learn how to effectively protect your kitchen from unsightly stains and splashes of all kinds, which different products are available for this purpose and for whom each splash guard is suitable.




Summary

  • A splash guard is made of heat- and dirt-resistant material and protects against unsightly stains and grease splashes in the kitchen. Splash guards come in different designs and price ranges.
  • Mobile products for standing on or covering the pan are comparatively inexpensive and offer protection in all directions.
  • A wall splash guard in the form of a plate made of glass or metal is permanently mounted on the wall in the area of the hob. This type is particularly recommended for untiled kitchens.

The Best Splash Guard: Our Picks

The different splash guard products all have advantages and disadvantages and are adapted to different needs. Here we present a selection of products that we favour. This will help you to get an overview of the product range.

Buying and evaluation criteria for splash guards

To help you with your decision, we have compiled the most important distinguishing features and selection criteria here. These will help you to compare splash guard products.

Which splashback is best for you depends mainly on your kitchen situation. If you take the following points into account when making your choice, you will quickly find out which is the best splashback for your kitchen.

Type of application

There are three different types of splashback products. Firstly, there is the splash guard that is applied directly to appliances or cooking utensils, for example the pan splash guard. This is simply placed on the pan as required.

More universal and large-surface protection is provided by a kitchen splashback that is attached to the wall above the hob. A third form is a three-sided splash guard for standing on, which also provides lateral protection and is also suitable for free-standing hobs, mobile hotplates or camping cookers.

Material

All types of splash guards are made of different materials, which have different advantages and disadvantages. A pan guard made of mesh fabric, for example, provides lasting protection against grease splashes, but is more difficult to clean than metal or silicone products. Kitchen splashbacks are available in different types of glass, but also in foil, stainless steel, aluminium or laminate.

Depending on the material, you can cut the splashback to fit yourself or cut recesses for light switches or similar. Not every material is suitable for every type of cooker. If you use a gas cooker with an open flame, you should choose neither high-pressure laminate nor acrylic glass as the material.

Size

Both the pan splash guard and a splash guard for the wall can be bought in different sizes. Some manufacturers even offer the latter made to measure to ensure a perfect fit.

Fitting

This point refers to the kitchen splashback. The splashback can either be screwed into the wall with dowels or glued to the wall. There are also magnetic or plug-in brackets that are screwed into the wall and make it easy to remove the splashback. With some products, the holes for attachment have to be drilled by the user.

Cleaning option

A wall splash guard is usually easy to clean, regardless of the material. Removable versions also allow the occasional cleaning of the kitchen wall behind it.

With a fixed screw connection, any gaps should be sealed with silicone to prevent dirt collecting behind the panel. Stand-up or covering splashback products are partly dishwasher-safe.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about splash guards answered in detail

In the following section you will find some background information on the topic of splash guards. We have researched and answered the most important questions for you.

What is a splash guard?

As the name suggests, a splash guard is a product that protects against unwanted splashes in the kitchen. This is not only useful to prevent stains on the wall if the kitchen is not tiled.

A splash guard also helps to keep your kitchen cleaner when cooking and baking and reduces the amount of cleaning you have to do. A splashback is heat-resistant, resistant to spills and grease splashes and usually very easy to clean.

What types of splash guards are there?

A common form of splashback is a large-area covering of the affected wall surface in the form of a foil or a thin plate made of glass, metal or plastic.

These are available in different sizes and in plain versions or printed with pictures, sayings or your own photo. They are particularly suitable if a large part of the kitchen wall is to be protected because it is not tiled, for example.

Kochfeld eines Gasherdes mit blauen Flammen

If you use a gas cooker with open flames, make sure that the material of the splash guard is suitable for this type of cooker. If in doubt, ask the manufacturer. (Image source: Maklay62 /pixabay)

As an alternative to the permanent kitchen splashback, there are mobile foldable splashback elements. These consist of three sides and are folded out and placed around the hob, pan or mixing bowl.

This keeps the entire work surface clean and you have to spend less time cleaning afterwards. However, the hinged splash guard may restrict your freedom of movement. When folded, however, they take up little space and are easy to store.

A third option is the splash guard made of metal or a mesh structure that directly covers the pan. This does not affect the cooking process or the kitchen space. This type is not very universal, but not only protects the kitchen from contamination, but also the person cooking from grease splashes.

How do you clean a splash guard?

For most products, wiping with a damp cloth or a gentle washing-up liquid is sufficient. Microfibre cloths and aggressive cleaning and scouring agents should not be used as they can damage the surfaces. Pan protectors can sometimes be put in the dishwasher.

How do you attach a splash guard?

A glass or metal splash guard must be fixed to the wall by gluing or screwing it in place. The advantage of gluing is that no holes have to be drilled in the wall. A silicone or assembly adhesive can be used for gluing. The wall must be well cleaned and dried beforehand.

Alternatively, the panel is fixed to the wall with screws and dowels. Sometimes the holes for this have to be drilled in the panel itself. There are two things to bear in mind with glass panels: Since glass expands when heated, a few millimetres must be left free to the kitchen cabinets and the worktop. In addition, the screws must not be tightened too much so as not to put the glass under tension.

Conclusion

A splashback helps you keep your workspace clean and is an asset to any kitchen. Thanks to the different product types, there is a suitable splash guard product for every kitchen.

Mobile products such as the pan splash guard or a stand are inexpensive and can be used flexibly. These protect against splashes in any direction and are also suitable as a supplement in tiled kitchens to save cleaning effort.

If you have an untiled kitchen wall, you should buy a kitchen backsplash to protect it from stains in the long term. These are available in various materials and also with stylish colour prints. The type of installation determines whether the splashback is removable. If you don't want to drill holes, adhesive versions can be an alternative.

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