The 8 Best Wire Grill Brushes to Buy in 2019

Find out which tools stand up to the task

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Once you buy a grill, the next thing you need to purchase is a good grill brush. Cleaning your grill after each use will eliminate any leftover food residue that may cause buildups. Grill brushes come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, and configurations, so there are plenty of great choices, whether your grill’s grates are stainless steel, coated cast iron, or chrome plated steel. Wire grill brushes are extremely effective at removing dried on food, which makes them a popular choice, but you have to replace them regularly as repeated used might lead to bristles breaking off. To help you decide on the right brush for you budget and needs, we rounded up the top-rated wire grill brushes on the market today.

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    Best Overall: Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush

    Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush

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    Kona has developed a reputation for quality grill tools, and this brush is highly rated by users who appreciate the efficiency of the design. With three separate brushes in a side-by-side configuration, this fits on top of the grates and slips between them to clean the top and sides of the grates all in one swipe. The brushes are designed to flex just a little, but not bend, so they won’t lose their efficient shape with vigorous use.

    This brush is a full 18 inches long, so you can hold it with two hands if you prefer, while still keeping your hands away from the grill surface. The bristles are made from stainless steel so they won’t rust or corrode, and the brush is designed so the bristles are less likely to come loose and stick to your grates where they could end up in your food.

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    Best Budget: Weber 6494 12-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush

    This budget-friendly brush doesn't skimp on quality—it's sturdy enough to clean even the toughest messes without falling apart. The wide design cleans a large swath of the grill in one swipe while the corners let you nudge into small spaces. This is only 12 inches long, so you’ll need mitts if you’re cleaning a large grill, but the small size also makes it easier to store once grilling season is done. For convenience, this brush has a leather loop on the end of the handle, so you can hang this on the grill to keep it handy at all times. Of course, with the modest price, you can simply discard it at the end of the season and buy a new one when grilling season begins again!

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    Best Splurge: Grill Daddy GL13186 Grand l Brush Platinum Edition

    A great grill deserves a great cleaning tool, like this Grill Daddy that cleans with steam without the need to dip the brush in water repeatedly. The handle design makes this look like a space-age vacuum, but it also offers a comfortable grip while you steam and scrub. Just fill it with water, turn the valve to the on position, and the brush dispenses just enough water for efficient cleaning without dousing the coals.

    This brush has two different brush heads—a standard brush, and a crud-buster scraper brush for stubborn debris, so you can clean every nook and corner of your grates. The brushes are made from stainless steel and are removable and dishwasher safe, so you can get rid of that sticky barbecue sauce and have clean brushes when you need them.

    While the brush heads are durable and long lasting, all brushes need replacement eventually. But when you buy this brush, you needn’t discard it when the brushes wear out since replacement brush heads are available. There are accessories available as well, to make this even more versatile. This is a serious tool that should last for many, many grilling seasons.

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    Best Traditional Wire: Barbecue Grill Brush and Scraper

    This is the classic grill brush that everyone’s familiar with, from the wooden handle to the metal scraper above the brush head. The scraper has notches to curve around grill grate wires, and a hanging hole at the end of the handle so you can hang it from a convenient hook. The bristles are made from stainless steel that’s safe for all types of grills, yet they’re sturdy enough to scrape food and burned bits from the grates. The wooden handle is comfortable to hold, and won’t get hot while you work on the grill.

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    Best Bristle-Free: Kona Safe Clean Grill Brush

    Brushes with loose bristles can sometime lose those bristles as the brush wears out over time. If the bristles happen to stick to the grill during cleaning, they can then transfer to the food, resulting in an unpleasant surprise. This brush solves the loose-bristle problem since it has spring-like wound stainless steel wires rather than pointy individual bristles. This also makes it safer, since there are no sharp edges or stabby points to worry about. Since the wire doesn’t bend during cleaning, it’s less likely to break, and the stainless steel won’t rust or corrode, so this brush will last much longer than traditional styles.

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    Best Wire-Free: BBQ Grill Brush Scrapers

    Rather than a wire brush, this is a nylon scrub pad with a handle, so you can scrub the grill grates just like you scrub your pots and pans. In fact, when you’re not using this on the grill, you can use it indoors on your pots, pans, grills, and griddles. Unlike metal scrubbers that work best with hot grates, this should be used on a cool grill. When you’re done cleaning the grill, you can toss the scrubber in the dishwasher to get rid of the bits of barbecue sauce and grease. This comes as a set of two scrubbers, so you can keep one near the grill and one in the kitchen.

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    Best Brass Wire: Do-Be Products Brass Grill Brush

    Brass is a softer material than stainless steel, so it’s a great choice for ​grill with grates that can be damaged from hard scraping, yet it’s sturdy enough to clean any kind of grill. The wide brush head lets you clean a large swath of grate surface in one motion, while the ends of the brush can be used to dig into corners and in between grates where food might have dripped and burned. The extra-long handle keeps your hands further from the hot grill while you clean, while the cord on the end of the handle lets you hang this on your grill in between uses.​​

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    Best With Replaceable Heads: Grill Brush with Scraper

    There’s nothing worse than grabbing the grill brush and realizing that the brush head is too beat up to do its job. This brush solves that problem since not only are the brush heads replaceable, it includes two extra brush heads that you can tuck away for that day when you really need a fresh brush.

    The brush heads have an incorporated metal scraper that can loosen burned-on food, while the ends of the scraper have rounded cutouts to fit individual grill wires to clean them thoroughly. A metal hanging loop on the end of the handle makes it easy to hang the brush safely, so it’s always ready for the next use.

Our Process

Our writers spent 5 hours researching the most popular grill brushes on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 14 different brushes overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 4 of the brushes themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.