Our Top Pick for 2018: Grand Grill Daddy Platinum
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Summer is coming up soon, despite what the weather may be saying. When the sun is shining in the cool spring air, what could be better than getting over to your grill and cooking up a few burgers for the family? With delicious food comes a clean grill, an important factor in whatever you decide to cook. A grill brush is one of the most important tools for keeping your grill clean, and this review will go through four great options for your summer adventures.
Let’s Have a Quick Look of Our Top 4 Picks:
|Grill Daddy GL13186C Grand Platinum Steam Grill Brush, 20", Gray||145 Reviews||from $89.00||Buy on Amazon|
|Alpha Grillers 18" Grill Brush. Best BBQ Cleaner. Safe for All Grills. Durable & Effective....||1,276 Reviews||from $7.99||Buy on Amazon|
|USA Kitchen Elite BBQ Grill Brush by 17" Barbecue Cleaning Brush With 3 Thick Brushes- Perfect...||127 Reviews||$37.99||Buy on Amazon|
|Weber 6494 12-Inch 3-Sided Grill Brush||1,891 Reviews||$10.99||Buy on Amazon|
#1. Grand Grill Daddy Platinum
The first pick in this review is the beautiful Grill Daddy Grill Brush. At first look, the brush seems to be intensely creative and hard to manage, however do not let its many bells and whistles fool you. This grill brush is a multi-power tool packed into one brush that is guaranteed to keep your grill clean.
Grill Daddy is composed of both aluminum alloy and heavy-duty stainless steel, allowing it to be lightweight and extremely powerful to use. With the stainless steel composition, it will last longer than any other brush on the market and will not rust. It also gives the brush a classy and shiny sheen that will be easy to rinse off and clean when you are done. The product is available with different attachments you can choose based on your needs, but the platinum model specifically has a “Steam and Crud Buster” that will take care of any leftover goop that you might not want to hang around on your grill after cooking a delicious meal.
The handle is ergonomically correct so you can grip it and scrub as hard as you want without getting a sore, cramping hand from it. The superior leverage that it gives your arm will benefit the grill in addition to the natural design of the handle. Also, with the design of the handle, it will protect your hands from the heat of the grill while you clean, preventing burns. Even if you have plenty of buildup on your current grill, this will help to remove what years of cooking has caused.
With a three-row scraper brush, it can fit into all of the nooks and crannies and still work effectively at any angle you might need it to. The bottom bristles form a flat square surface in order to reach into the corners of the grill to remove any built up grease. The top of the brush also has an attached head filled with bristles for removal on the lid, or if you want to scrape in-between two grates for multi-level grills. Most grill brushes require additional products filled with chemicals in order to enhance the efficiency of the brush. With this one, it does all of its work through steam, meaning you will never need to use any harsh chemicals for ultimate cleaning.
Years of any type of grease and food related build up may be making you think about buying a whole new grill. Instead of throwing away hundreds of dollars for a grill that still works great, the Grill Daddy promises to remove anything stuck on the grill that you may have given up on trying to get rid of. One of the most unique features of this brush is that is has the ability to steam the grease right off of the grates. All you have to do is fill the brush with water, turn it on and it will steam it right off. This is especially helpful when you are entertaining guests and would like to sit down to the nice hot meal you just cooked yourself. Instead of letting your food get cold and cleaning the grill right away fearing permanent damage to the grill by letting the grease set, you can feel free to eat and clean later.
Replacement bristles are available for when your Grill Daddy gets worn out, so you don’t have to worry about reinvesting your money in a new brush every time you cook. Although it does take quite a while for them to wear down to the point where they need to be replaced. When you purchase it for the first time from Amazon, the package will include two sets of professional-grade, dishwasher safe brush heads that have the possibility to last a lifetime. If you do need to change the bristles, simply pop the old ones off and attach the new set. It is safe for use on all stainless-steel, ceramic and iron grills. The measurements are 7.5 x 20 x 6-inches for the entire brush. It is built to last and will do its job wonderfully for many years.
If you are going to use it for the first time on a grill that has tons of dirty build up, all you have to do is preheat the grill, and with the Grill Daddy steamer it will release the measured amount of water you put into it as you clean. This will turn into steam and rinse away all of the burnt-on food and grease. If your grill is really tough to clean, you can adjust the amount of steam simply by loosening the cap. After each use, just pour the excess water out and turn the brush off.
The brush comes with 100% satisfaction guaranteed, and a lifetime warranty if you ever feel that it did not live up to its expectations, or there is an issue with the brush. It is available to purchase on Amazon for only $37.39.
#2. Alpha Grillers BBQ Grill Brush
The Alpha Grillers BBQ Brush combines simplicity with the toughness needed to bust any and all grease or food stains stuck on its grill. The design features a standard handle with metal coils attached to increase the strength of cleaning. However, this BBQ Brush offers three brushes in one. There is triple the surface area of any standard wire brushes, so you can easily clean the entire grill fast quickly without having to spend hours slaving over it.
The 18 inch long handle will also keep your hand and fingers away from the heat, minimizing the possibility of any burns. The specific measurements were designed so that it was long enough to prevent burns, yet short enough to give you any additional leverage you may need. With cheaper one time use brushes, the flimsy metal that attaches the bristles to the handle will often warp and bend under the pressure of the scrubbing and the heat of the grill combined. However with the Alpha Grillers brush, the handle has been reinforced with 6 shafts of wire that will not bend no matter how much pressure you need to put on it. The wires are enclosed in a hard plastic that will keep it rigid for many years to come and will create leverage and control over your grill.
With one thin line of bristles, it is nearly impossible to clean a grill thoroughly. This is why this one comes with three thick rows of bristles for the best cleaning experience as well as a longer lifetime of use. Alpha Grillers comes with the guarantee that it will make light work of the toughest burnt on sauce and grease in only a fraction of the time.
While the bristles are tough enough to get out any grease stains, you don’t have to worry about it damaging the surface of your grill. Even on porcelain grates, not a single scratch will be found. The company itself has done extensive tests on various types of grills without ever getting a mark on them, and ten thousand customers have not mentioned a single scratch on their grill.
The bristles are also reinforced onto the wiring so they will not come out and end up on your food. Weber.com mentions the dangers of the bristles dislodging and sticking to cooking grates where they eventually adhere to the food you cook. Ingesting these can cause serious injuries, making this brush a possible life-saver.
If you are skeptical about purchasing this brush, it does come with a one year 100% money back guarantee. While it is true that eventually all brushes will wear out, this one is guaranteed to give you a minimum of one year solid use when you grill without it breaking. For any reason if you are not completely satisfied with the brush, or it does wear out on you, you can return it for a refund with no questions asked.
This easy to clean brush is available on Amazon for $12.97. While this brush will not last you a lifetime, the one year money back guarantee will give you a brush you love for a great price. With 351 five star reviews, what could go wrong?
#3. USA Kitchen Elite 2016 Edition Grill Brush
This brush carries generally similar qualities as the Alpha Grillers BBQ Grill Brush. The main difference between the two, is this USA Kitchen Elite has a wider brush head than the other. This does however, carry the three thick brushes for optimal cleaning. The idea behind the three bristle heads is to create a more effective and uniform pressure on the grill gate. Instead of having elongated brush heads, this one does have wider ones, which depending on what type of grill you have, has the possibility to work even better.
USA Kitchen has recently changed its old grill brush, and this model is the new and improved version of a favorite. The head is even thicker than the old version, and the bristles are guaranteed to stay in much better. Tough on grime, grease and other types of food, you may not even need to used additional chemical products to clean off your grill. According to ewg.org, Oven and grill cleaners often emit toxic chemicals and can build up a hard chemical residue that will stay on your grill, and may have the ability to affect the food you put on it. Also, some cleaners can eventually wear through the metal and composition of your grill, causing permanent damage and shortening the life of it. Investing in a good grill brush so you do not have to use hard chemicals for cleaning will benefit your own health, and the longevity of your grill.
One of the interesting parts of this brush is the angled head that will help to clean all of the nooks and crannies on your grill, no matter what hard to reach places they may be at. The handle is also 17 inches which is just one inch shorter than the previous option. This does not mean that you will burn your hand under any circumstances. If anything, it has the ability to give you extra leverage when you are cleaning. Although this does not require a tough hand to get all of the food out. Also, for those who struggle with heavy objects, the handle only weighs 12 ounces. Considering the 6 layers of reinforced metal to hold the bristles onto the brush, this is relatively lightweight. The brush also includes a free bag for storage and protection. One of the worst things you can do for a brush is leave it out in the weather where it will rust and be exposed to the elements. Even if you do forget the brush and get distracted by a tasty meal, this will keep it from becoming rusty and damaged.
No matter what type of grill you may have, this brush is tested to make sure it works on all types. It is also guaranteed to never scratch your porcelain or ceramic grill plates. It is available on Amazon for $19.95. While this brush does have many great benefits, one drawback is the lack of a warranty. Prior options on this list have come with a minimum one year full refund or replacement warranty, allowing you return it in the event that you do not care for it. While this brush does have extensively positive reviews, the additional peace of mind that a warranty can bring is always comforting.
#4. Weber 3-Sided Grill Brush
For this cheap pick, you can still clean your grill if you want a good quality brush without breaking your bank. The Weber Grill Brush is a very simple brush that may not have any bells and whistles, but it will still give you exactly what you need to clean your grill well in just a matter of minutes.
It does not matter if you prefer to cook on a charcoal or a gas grill, as this brush will be able to remove any of the build up associated with either. Keeping your grill grates free of food or debris can prolong the life of your grill and give you long summers full of delicious BBQ and kabobs. The ergonomic handle will keep your hand from hurting when you are scrubbing, making it easier to get into problematic spots. The single oblong bristle end is thin enough to reach in between the grate rails, allowing you to also scrape off any grease that may have sunk down in between there through the years.
Amazon also gives you the option of two different sizes for the handles if you prefer to keep your hand away from the heat when you scrub, or if you want to get down and dirty with the grill to clean it. The two choices are a 12 inch handle, which will still keep your hand away from the heat, but gives you a bit more leverage for scrubbing purposes, or there is also the 21 inch handle. Either one will get the job done well, it only matters what your preferences are. Both options come with a hanging strap for added convenience. Instead of setting the dirty brush down wherever you have room, you can hang it up from any surface and let it dry, minimizing rust that can occur from it sitting in water, or the flattening of the bristles from it being placed on a flat surface.
No special cleaning is needed for this brush either, simply soak it in warm soapy water, then rinse it off and hang it up and you are all set to grill again tomorrow. This Weber grill brush is available on Amazon for $7.99 for the 12 inch, or $9.99 for the 21 inch. It only matters what your personal preference is. Of course, this item is also available at other stores, including Home Depot, for the same price.
How dirty is your grill?
For some people, cleaning is at the bottom of your to-do list when you are extremely busy and have a million other things to do. When you make a delicious meal, sometimes it’s nice to just sit down and eat without having to worry about cleaning. If this sounds like you, then a more heavy duty grill brush might be in order. Letting grease and food set in is a major cause for build up and reside, which the longer it has been sitting, the harder it can be to get off. Something like the steamer will be beneficial to you in this situation.
How often do you cook?
A full time job with kids is a huge time commitment. More often than not the beautiful grill you bought might just be sitting outside begging to be used. If you truly don’t get to get out and use your grill that much, a cheaper option might be the best choice so you don’t have to regret your purchase later if you don’t get the chance to use it.
How much are you really willing to spend?
The choices in this list range from $8 to $37, allowing you plenty of wiggle room in between. Each one of the choices will give you a cleaner grill and will allow your food to taste great after you have removed all of the build up. If you don’t want to spend that much, or maybe you just want a mid-range brush to get you through the summer, you definitely have the option to do that.
If you and your family has a cookout every Saturday night during the summer, investing in a good grill brush to keep your grill in good condition is a great idea.
Do you have the strength to do some hardcore scrubbing?
For some of the built up gunk on the grill, upper body strength for the scrubbing is a necessity. If you just don’t feel like really putting your back into scrubbing a grill every time you use it, a higher end model that treats the grill with steam first will make it a lot easier to get built up gunk off. If you don’t mind using strength to clean it off, or don’t want to fork out any extra money to simplify the job, than a cheaper model what lets you do all of the work sounds like the best option for you.
Conclusion (Wrapping it up)
All in all, your preferences will decide what you are looking for, and exactly what you want when you choose to grill up a delicious meal. There is something in this list for everyone, and everything in between. The Grill Daddy Platinum is a great all around pick, and will make quick work of any grill, whereas the Weber Grill Brush is an amazingly well built product for those who want to ball out on a budget. Either way, all of these options will keep any grill clean.