Barbecue Cleaners Reviewed

Canstar Blue’s BBQ cleaner review compared Selleys, BBQ Buddy, Weber and Glitz on effectiveness, ease of use, smell, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Best BBQ Cleaner Review 2021

Most Satisfied Customers | Selleys

Selleys wiped the competition as the best-rated BBQ cleaner in Canstar Blue’s review. It cooked up five stars for effectiveness, ease of use, packaging design and overall satisfaction.

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Selleys grills the competition in barbecue cleaner review

Do you know what to do when the grease and grime on your grill start ‘charcoal-ing’ your name? Finding the best cleaner for your BBQ is certainly a good place to start. Our survey revealed a third of Aussies (33%) have a go-to brand that ‘meats’ their needs, while nearly a quarter (24%) simply opt for the cheapest product they can find.

In our first-ever BBQ cleaner review, we surveyed more than 300 Australian consumers for their feedback on the barbecue cleaner(s) they’ve purchased and used in the past 12 months. Brands were rated on effectiveness, ease of use, smell, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received at least 30 responses are compared in our report.

Selleys topped our ratings with five-star reviews in several categories including, effectiveness, ease of use, packaging design and overall satisfaction.

Best Barbecue Cleaners

Best BBQ cleanerHere are the best brands of barbecue cleaners in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:

  1. Selleys
  2. BBQ Buddy
  3. Weber
  4. Glitz

Selleys scrubbed up best with five stars for overall satisfaction, followed by BBQ Buddy on four stars and Weber and Glitz on three stars each.

It’s worth mentioning that Glitz was the only other brand to receive full marks in any category, impressing consumers with its value for money, smell and environmental friendliness.

About the Winner ─ Selleys

Selleys BBQ cleaner review

Selleys cooks up a variety of BBQ cleaners, whether you’re looking for wipes, scourers or sprays. This includes Selleys’ BBQ Tough Clean, a product used to remove residue from BBQ plates, grills and racks. The brand also offers the BBQ Tough Grease & Grime Cleaner for people who want a scrub-free approach, and it can even be used on outdoor furniture and other surfaces as well as on grills and BBQ hotplates. Here are some of Selleys’ other products:

  • Selleys BBQ Tough Wipes
  • Selleys BBQ Tough Scourer
  • Selleys BBQ Tough Exterior Clean & Shine

Selleys rated best with five stars for effectiveness, ease of use, packaging design and overall satisfaction. It also earned four stars for value for money, environmental friendliness and smell.

How to clean your BBQ

How to clean BBQ

Keeping your grill well-maintained can not only prevent dried-out grease and fat from seeping into your snags, but it will also help your BBQ perform at its best, for longer.

Here are a few tips on how to clean a dirty BBQ:

  1. Ensure your BBQ is turned off.
  2. Check there are no leaks or cracks in the gas hose. If there are, make sure to replace the hose before attempting to clean or use the barbecue.
  3. Disconnect the gas bottle from the gas hose.
  4. Take out the drip tray from under the BBQ and use a BBQ cleaner and BBQ scraper or scourer to scrape off fat and grime. You can then follow with BBQ wipes (or regular soap and water) to clean everything else.
  5. Use a BBQ scraper or stainless-steel-friendly scourer to remove any leftover residue on the hotplates. Then, soak the hotplates in soap and water.
  6. Use soap and water, paper towels and a grill brush (or whatever go-to cleaning products you have) to clean the inside grill. This includes parts like the lid, cooking grates and burner tubes.

How do you clean the inside of a BBQ?

Once the grill has started to cool down, it’s a good idea to clean inside the BBQ after each use to help keep it well-maintained and avoid unwanted debris mixing in with your food. This can mean wiping down the BBQ lid with a paper towel, before giving it a good scrub with soap and water. The same goes for cooking grates, although it may be more useful to use a brush or metal scourer since it might need more elbow grease. Don’t forget to wipe the burner tubes down too.

Brands like Weber point out that any leftover grease and smoke vapours on your BBQ turn into carbonised grease over time and create deposits that eventually start to peel. While these are generally non-toxic, the flakes might fall onto your food if the BBQ lid isn’t regularly cleaned.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used a barbecue cleaning product in the last 12 months – in this case, 323 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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