Best Grill Brush 2019 (Bristle Free) Reviews and Comparison

- April 05, 2019
Are you looking for a brush to clean your grill?

When you’re done cooking, you will probably have a build-up of black crust right?

You need to remove them and that's why you need a grill brush.

Different types of grill grates needed different maintenance (and you should choose a brush that can work well with your grilling grates).

Let's get started:

GRILLART Best Grill Brush for Stainless Steel Grates

This Grilllart model comes with 18" handle to operate (and protect you from heat) while using a brush. This brush is best for stainless steel grates and the brush is made of stainless steel
GRILLART grilling brush
GRILLART Grilling Brush
It also has a scrapper (6.1") which help you to remove hard backed on crust from grilling grates.

With this safe grill brush and scraper, your food will stay 100% Bristle Free. No more worry about swallowing some metal pieces, enjoy a better food.
GRILLART Brush diamensions
GRILLART Brush dimensions
Pro tip: For best result, make sure to pre-heat the grates for 10-15 mins before cleaning. 

Features & Benefits

  • Stainless Steel Hard-Wired Bristle-Free
  • 18" Tough, Weather Resistant Handle
  • 3 Brushes In 1 with Scraper Design
  • Light weight around 13.6 ounce
  • 3 Year "No Hassle" Warranty

Weber 6494 Best Grill Brush for Weber

Weber is a well known company, serving since 1952. It comes with a wide brush head cleans large surfaces quickly and efficiently.

It comes with 12" handle and 3 sided bristle brush which can be titled angle for more precise cleaning.
Weber 6494 Grill Brush
Weber 6494 Grill Brush
This brush is best use for charcoal grills however if you're looking for Weber genesis grill brush, you can select the above one too.

Grillinator 18" Best Grill Brush for the Money

Grillinator has patented bi-directional cleaning brush head with long and short cleaning bristles arranged in a perpendicular design which will clean 50% faster.
Grillinator 14 Inch brush
Grillinator 14 Inch brush
It comes with 18" steel handle and comes with easy to replace brush head feature. You're not going to believe me that it has bottle opener in the handle top.

There are several rows of bristles that go in different directions so it cleans the gunk off better. I really like the idea of just replacing the bristle part when it wears down rather than buying a whole new brush.
Grillinator Replaceable Head Design
Grillinator Replaceable Head Design

Grill Daddy GD12952S Best Grill Brush for Large Grill 

Grill Daddy is another well known brand in grilling niche. The natural cleaning is done easily with steam, without chemicals, effortlessly removing baked-on food and gunk.
Grill Daddy Brush
Grill Daddy Brush
It has a 22 inch wide handle (+ brush) which is the longest one available on the market.

For hard-to-clean areas, flip the brush over to release water from scraper brush and use the scraper brush in a cross-wise direction to bust-up and melt-away even the most stubborn, baked-on residue with the power of steam.
Cleaning a grill with Grill Daddy Brush
Cleaning a Grill with Grill Daddy Brush

KONA 360 Bristle free Brush

This brush is designed for people who are both worried about bristles getting stuck to their grill grates, and want a brush that is safe to use on their ceramic or porcelain coated grates.

The Kona 360 clean does not feature any bristles. Instead, it features a continuous spiral of metal that can be used to get in and around the grill grates with ease.
Kona 360 brush
Kona 360 Brush
In addition, it features a long handle and leather strap. It’s also gentler than typical metal bristle brushes and can be comfortably used on ceramic or porcelain grill grates.

One thing the manufacturer does not do is tell us what materials the brush is made from. If it is not made out of stainless steel, it may easily rust.

How to Use a Grill Brush?

Step 1: Pre-Heat Grill

Step 2: Use the grill scraper to gently scrape off the dirt or grease on the grill

Step 3: Fill a small container with water to dip the grill cleaning brush in frequently while brushing.

Step 4: Work in square sections defined by horizontal grates. Please don't glide over horizontal grates as you would with a wire brush.

Step 5:Angling the bbq grill brush backwards slightly can provide a deeper clean.

Why Should You Clean your Grill ?

There are many important reasons to clean your grill, not least because grease and oil can turn rancid, if left on your grill grate will impart a bad taste on your food and could even result in flare ups and a grill fire.

When you’re done cooking, you will probably have a build-up of black crust. This is carbon that has burned onto your grill grate, caused by a combination of fat and meat that stuck to the grill, and barbecue sauce. It tastes like burnt toast and you don’t want it on your food.

If the fear of rancid grease and the flavor of burnt toast on your food doesn’t make you want to clean your grill, just remember: A dirty grill can attract insects.

Would you like a side of ants to go with your burger and weenies? I didn’t think so.

How to Clean Your Grill Grates?

The below video by UltimatePatio.com does a great job of describing how to properly clean your grill grates.

It’s best to clean your grill while the grates are hot. Whether you’ve just finished cooking, or are just starting, you should turn your burners on high and close the lid for 10 – 15 minutes.

This way, a lot of leftover grease will burn off, and what is left will harden and turn into carbon. This carbon will be much easier to clean off with a brush.

Once you have a hot grill, clean your grates by using a brush with strong bristles. The act of cleaning is pretty self-explanatory; simply apply force with your brush to the grill to remove any leftover carbon and grease.

For further information and detailed step by step guides on cleaning grill grates, you can see our two articles:

How to clean cast iron grill grates

How to clean stainless steel grill grates


Things to Look for in a Grill Brush

When it comes to a good grill brush, there are several factors that will help determine if it will make for a good barbecue cleaning tool:

The Right Brush for your Grill Grate
Most grills have either a stainless steel or cast iron grate, and truthfully you can get away with any type of brush with these grates.

If you have a grate that is coated in either porcelain or enamel you’re going to want a gentle metal, like brass, to not chip your coating.

If your coating starts to chip, you’re going to start seeing it come off on your cooked food – which is just gross – as well as your grates losing their ‘non-stick properties’ and just looking a bit unsightly, pock marked and not in top shape.

Long Handle

This may seem obvious, but I’m constantly surprised by the number I see with short handles – i.e. less than 6 inches.

Grills are hot! The longer the handle the further away from the hot cooking surface your hand is going to be and the less chance you have of being burned

Some Way to Hang it up

You’re going to want to be able to store your brush

Most grills come with hooks on so you can hang your brush and other utensils. So either a sturdy leather string or metal loop to hang yours on should be a must.

Sturdy Bristles

It’s been reported in the media lately that many people are having to be hospitalized due to ingesting metal bristles left on their grill from their brushes.

Obviously, you don’t want that to happen to you or your guests. So you should aim to find one with very sturdy bristles that will not easily come out.

Regardless of which you buy, if it has bristles, you should make sure you have a close look at your grill grate before you cook on it to inspect for loose bristles.

Integrated Scraper

We all forget to clean our grates after use occasionally…Don’t we? Well, I do.

When this happens, you can end up with a really solid, hard to remove crust on your grates that a brush is just not the right tool for. This is when you need a scraper.

A scraper is just as it sounds: It’s a solid tool, sometimes sharp, sometimes curved to fit around individual bars of your grate, that you can use to scrape away very hard baked on residue that a brush alone isn’t able to tackle.

Many brushes on the market today have a built in scraper, and for not much extra cost. So it’s wise to look for a brush that has a scraper included. Trust me, you will find it useful.

Things to Avoid in a Grill Brush

Just as there are certain aspects that make a good grill brush, there are certain things you want to avoid:

Plastic Near the Cleaning Area

Many grill brushes have plastic handles. While that is all fine and good, many brushes also have plastic that runs right down to the bottom of the brush where the bristles are attached that gets very close to the heat.

The downside to this is obvious: plastic melts. Even if you’re careful, you can still accidentally touch the hot grate with the plastic and have some melt off.

The last thing you want to do is get melted plastic on your burger!

Gimmicks

As with many products these days, there are lots of unnecessary gimmicks when it comes to grill brushes. Most gimmicky models are poorly made and should be avoided.

I’ve seen everything from “robot grill cleaners” to plastic brushes that have a squirt bottle attached to them (water makes the bristles rust, plastic melts, and the water inside the brush can freeze in the winter).

Trust me, if it seems like it’s a hokey gimmick, avoid it. The only ‘extra’ we can recommend is a built-in scraper. So let’s take a look at some models with built in scrapers first.

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