The 7 Best Grill Cleaners of 2019

Remove burnt-on messes with the best tools available

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Kona Safe Grill Brush at Amazon

“Durable and weather-resistant brush that will last a long time.”

Best Budget: Weber 12-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush at Amazon

“A simple brush that will remove stubborn food.”

Best for BBQ: Grillbot Robotic Barbecue Grill Cleaner at Amazon

“Just put it on the grill, press the button, and let it go to work.”

Best for Stainless Steel: Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush at Amazon

“The hard-wired bristles will get your stainless steel grates residue free.”

Best Steam Cleaner: Grill Daddy Steam Brush at Amazon

“Clean and sterilize your grill naturally.”

Best for Indoor Grills: OXO Good Grips Electric Grill Brush at Amazon

“Soft bristles are perfect for cleaning electric indoor grills and cast iron.”

Best for Outdoor Grills: Grillinator 18" BBQ Grill Brush at Amazon

“Extra long handle and unique brush-head design clean large, outdoor grills.”

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    Best Overall: Kona Safe Grill Brush

    Rather than cut bristles, this brush has coiled metal wires that scrape the grill clean. Because the wires don’t move or bend, this is a brush that will last a long time, and you’ll never find bristles missing from the brush.

    This stiff brush doesn’t bend very much to fit between the grates, but the unique design lets you hold the brush at different angles to clean the surface of the grill grates as well as the sides of each rod.

    The handle is designed to be the perfect length to keep your hands away from the heat, and you can use it with both hands to apply extra pressure on tough, encrusted food. The handle is weather-resistant, so you can leave it outdoors, hanging from your grill, where it will be handy.

    The wires are made from stainless steel, so they won’t rust or corrode. When you’re done with cleaning, you can simply rinse it to remove any residue.

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

    A simple brush that won’t break your budget, this still does a great job on your grill grates. The single wide brush fits neatly between grates, to get stubborn food stuck to the sides, or tip it to use the corners to get into tight spots. A hanging loop lets you hang this on a convenient hook, so you can keep it close to the grill when you need it. The brushes are made from stainless steel, so they won’t rust or corrode. When cooking is done, this is easy to rinse clean.

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    Best for BBQ: Grillbot Robotic Barbecue Grill Cleaner

    Great for serious grillers and barbecue enthusiasts, this robot does the work for you, so you don’t need to end the evening by scraping a messy grill. Just put it on the grill, press the button, and let it go to work. It can operate on either a hot or cold grill, as long as you’re not cooking it while it cleans.

    This operates on rechargeable batteries, and it turns itself off automatically when it senses that the grill is clean—typically 10-20 minutes. If you want to check the amount of time it has been cleaning, it has an LCD screen that shows the elapsed time, and an audible alert lets you know when cleaning is done.

    This has three independent motors that power three separate brushes. If the brushes get dirty, they can be removed and washed in the dishwasher, and replacement brushes are available for purchase. A carrying case is included for neat storage.

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    Best for Stainless Steel: Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush

    Three brushes in one will clean your grill quickly, cleaning the top and sides of the grill grate rods with each swipe, and even fitting between the rods to get to the underside of the grates.

    The stainless steel hard-wired bristles are more rigid than your typical bristles, so they won’t bend or break with normal use while getting your stainless steel, cast iron, or porcelain grates spotlessly clean.

    The 18-inch length will keep your hands away from the heat of the grill while still allowing you to use both hands to apply extra pressure to clean stubborn bits of burned-on food.

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    Best Steam Cleaner: Grill Daddy Steam Brush

    A unique handle configuration along with the power of steam makes this brush easy to use, no matter how much of a mess you’ve made on your grill. The handle keeps your hands away from the heat of the grill, while the dual brushes clean and scrape your grill to get it spotlessly clean.

    A hook on the end of the handle lets you hang this on a convenient hook, so you can keep it close to your grill. The stainless steel brush heads won’t rust or corrode, and they’re dishwasher safe so you can keep them clean until you need them again. Replacement brush heads are available.

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    Best for Indoor Grills: OXO Good Grips Electric Grill and Panini Press Brush

    Great for those who do their grilling indoors using an electric grill or nonstick grill pan. The bristles are soft, flexible, and completely safe for all of your nonstick cookware, while the bristles fit neatly into the grooves of your ridged grill. A silicone wiper blade lets you scrape off difficult bits of food without damaging your cookware.

    The handle is comfortable to hold and gives you a secure fit, even if your hands are wet and soapy. While this should not be used for outdoor grills, it’s safe for use up to 600 degrees, so you can start cleaning your electric grill while it’s still hot from cooking. When you’re done, this is completely dishwasher safe, so it will be ready for you the next time you grill.

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    Best for Outdoor Grills: Grillinator 18" BBQ Grill Brush

    A long, 14-inch handle and a unique brush-head design make this grill great for all your outdoor cooking, even when you’re cleaning a large grill. The grill head has brushes that are oriented in two different directions and the bristles are two different lengths, so they clean the top of the grates and between the rods at the same time. A scraper at the end of the brush lets you scrape off any stubborn bits of food that won’t release easily.

    The hole on the handle lets you hang the brush on a convenient hook, so you can keep the brush near your grill or hang it in the garage. The hole also doubles as a bottle opener, so you won’t be thirsty while you cook, and the handle has a formed rubberized grip so you can hold it securely as you clean.

    The brush head is removable, and replacements are available. They attach easily with standard screws.