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Whether you only barbecue in the summers or are a die-hard grill enthusiast, it's important to clean your grill before and after each cooking session for many reasons: frequent cleaning of your grates protects them from corrosion and rust, prevents bacteria and carcinogens from transferring from residue build-up to your food, and makes it easier to cook and handle food on the grill. Plus, your food will taste better and your grill will last longer.
But properly cleaning your grill requires the right tools, which is where wire grill brushes come in. There are many types of these tools available depending on your needs and the type of grill, from steel to wireless to nylon. Here, our list of the best wire grill brushes.
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.
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!
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.
Brushes with loose bristles can sometimes get left behind and pose a threat to your health. When loose bristles stick to the grill's surface during cleaning they can accidentally transfer to your food—resulting in an unpleasant mouth or throat injury. 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.
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.
Brass is a softer material than stainless steel, so it’s a great choice for a 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.
We awarded the Kona 360° Clean Grill Brush the top spot because of its efficient design and high-quality construction: it's able to withstand frequent, vigorous use. Prefer something with no bristles? Try the BBQ-Aid Barbecue Grill Brush and Scraper. Made of wound stainless steel wires, this scraper guarantees no loose bristles in your food, and it's sturdy and easy to clean, too.