Quality is very important for grill brushes and a high-quality grill brush is the best way to safely keep your grill grates clean for great tasting food. Unfortunately there are many popular grill brushes that use steel wire bristles that are known to cause some major health scares! The small wire bristles from these cheap grill brushes tend to fall out and land on the grill, ultimately ending up in your food and getting lodged in your throat! Don’t believe me? Check out this scary news article complete with x-ray photo. Yikes!
Check out my list of the top five best grill cleaning brushes that are safe and won’t fall apart in your grill so you can eat your burgers, brats and dogs with confidence.
IMPORTANT: Read Your Instruction Manual. Some grates are very fragile (looking at you porcelain coated grates) and easily damaged from scrubbing and scraping. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions down to the very last detail or you might end up voiding your grill’s warranty.
#5 The Cuisinart Professional Brisk Grill Brush
The Cuisinart Professional Brisk Grill Brush comes with an angled handle and two padded hand holds that help you position the brush at the best angles for cleaning your grates. It’s safe for all grills and uses red nylon bristles have angled tips that cut through grime quickly BUT can only be used on cold grill grates (it will melt if your grill is hot!). They also threw on a food scraper for getting rid of stubborn food debris.
Market price: $14.99
#4 The Great Scrape 18” Wood Grill Scraper
Wood scrapers are relatively new to the grill brush landscape and are pretty cool. It’s recommended to use the wooden grill scraper to clean your grill once you’re done cooking but while the grill is still hot — the exact shape of your grill’s grates will burn into the wood scraper for a better fit over time. This scraper is made from real, solid Red Oak and Beech hardwoods and is completely metal free! Favorable ratings on Amazon currently although there’s not a lot of data just yet (5-Stars & 7 Reviews).
Market price: $29.99
#3 The Char-Broil Cool-Clean 3X360 Grill Brush
The Char-Broil Cool Clean 3X360 grill brush was one of the first (and best) brushes on the market to feature red nylon bristles. The red bristles are made from rugged industrial-grade nylon (no steel wires to worry about) that won’t rust and are lab-tested to ensure they can exceed over 50,000 cycles without breaking. This brush can only be used on cold grill grates (it will melt if your grill is hot!) People really seem to like this unique brush with very positive ratings & reviews on the Char-Broil website (4.5 Stars & 36 Reviews)
Market price: $15.99-$19.99
#2 The Qually United 18” Bristle Free BBQ Grill Brush
This brush uses coiled stainless steel for cleaning grates instead of steel wire bristles. The manufacturer claims the 18” brush to be "more effective and 5 times faster than a conventional brush." There are two options for coiled steel orientation on this brush, either vertical or horizontal, and both are priced very attractively (under $20.00). Amazon.com ratings & reviews are very favorable as well (4-Stars & 167 Reviews).
Market price: $13.99-$16.99
#1 The Grillart Safe 18” Grill Brush and Scraper
This brush is bristle free and 100% Rust Resistant and uses stainless steel coils instead of steel wire bristles making it exceptionally safe while being incredibly effective at cleaning grill grates. This brush features a scraper tool at the end for tough food debris and won’t damage or scratch porcelain, ceramic, stainless steel and cast iron grates. It comes with a very attractive lifetime satisfaction guarantee and has very strong ratings & reviews on Amazon.com (5-Stars & 361 Reviews).
Market price: $19.99