Canstar Blue’s glass cleaners review compares Earth Choice, Windex, ALDI Power Force, Strike, Ajax and Coles Ultra on effectiveness, ease of use, smell, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Earth Choice clear winner in glass cleaner review for 3rd year running
You missed a spot! Or maybe it’s just your glass cleaner letting you down on the job. While window cleaning might be an annual task, shower doors and mirrors, on the other hand, will require much more attention, so you need to make sure you have the right tool at all times. But, with so many brands flooding the supermarket shelves, where do you start? Can the supermarket private-label cleaners do the job, or should you opt for a big-name brand?
To find out, we’ve again surveyed more than 1,200 Australian consumers for their feedback on the glass cleaner(s) they’ve bought and used in the last 12 months. Brands were scored on effectiveness, ease of use, smell, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received at least 30 responses are featured in the results.
Earth Choice continues its winning streak as the best-rated brand for glass cleaners by overall satisfaction, for the third year in a row! It also earned top marks in several other categories.
Best Glass Cleaners
Here are the best glass cleaners in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:
ALDI Power Force
Earth Choice once again topped our ratings for glass cleaners, receiving five stars for overall satisfaction for the third year running. Windex, ALDI Power Force and Strike landed on four stars, while Ajax and Coles Ultra rounded up the scores on three stars.
ALDI Power Force and Strike got the edge when it came to value for money, earning five stars, with Strike also getting full marks for packaging design. Windex similarly rated best for effectiveness and ease of use and got an additional five-star review for packaging design.
What makes a good glass cleaner?
Whether you’re cleaning windows, glass doors or mirrors, there are several factors to consider before jumping into your purchase decision. Our research identified the following drivers of customer satisfaction when it comes to buying a glass cleaner:
Ease of use: 20%
Value for money: 17%
Packaging design: 15%
Environmental friendliness: 9%
It’s no surprise effectiveness was the number one priority on many consumers’ lists, and it may explain why 43% of respondents have tried multiple glass cleaners. Ease of use was seen as the next most important factor, with 40% of people we surveyed also opting to use paper towels or newspapers with their glass cleaner rather than a cloth.
What should you not use glass cleaner on?
It goes without saying that glass cleaners aren’t suitable for all surfaces, so it’s important to be aware of what you can and more importantly, can’t use these products on, including:
Mixing with products containing bleach ─ mixing glass cleaner and bleach can create harmful fumes
Electronic devices such as phones, computers and TVs
Car windows ─ car windows should be cleaned with an ammonia-free glass cleaner
Although many brands now produce multipurpose glass cleaners that can be used on countertops, it’s always worth checking the instructions on the packaging to see which surfaces are suitable.
Glass Cleaners Compared
Part of the Nature’s Organics group, the Earth Choice Glass Surface & Window Cleaner is stated to be Australian-made and owned, and suitable for glass, chrome, stainless steel, laminates, mirrors, appliances, countertops and fixtures. It’s claimed to be formulated with plant-based cleaning agents to help remove dirt and grime, plus leave surfaces streak-free.
Earth Choice rated five stars for packaging design, environmental friendliness, smell, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for effectiveness, ease of use and value for money.
Windex is well-known for its window and glass cleaning products, but it also has a multipurpose cleaning spray within its range. The Windex Surface & Glass Multi-Purpose Cleaner is suitable for most surfaces, including glass, mirrors, countertops, appliances, sealed marble, laminates and stainless steel, and is claimed to leave a streak-free shine.
Windex earned five stars for effectiveness, ease of use and packaging design. It scored four stars for smell, environmental friendliness and overall satisfaction, and three stars for value for money.
ALDI Power Force
Budget grocery chain ALDI has a wide range of private labels covering staples such as face moisturisers, chocolate, meat, coffee and oven cleaners. For glass and windows, ALDI offers its Power Force Glass Cleaner in a 750ml bottle and its Power Force Heavy-Duty Cleaner with thick bleach in a 1.25L bottle.
ALDI achieved a five-star review for value for money, before rating four stars for effectiveness, ease of use, smell, environmental friendliness and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for packaging design.
Strike is a private label of household cleaning products, exclusive to Woolworths. The Strike Glass Cleaner comes in a 600ml or 750ml trigger spray and is claimed to provide a quick-drying solution, while leaving your glass streak-free. Strike alternatively has glass wipes which come in packs of 50.
Strike earned five-star reviews for value for money and packaging design, plus four stars for effectiveness, ease of use, smell, and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for environmental friendliness.
Part of the Colgate-Palmolive group, Ajax boasts a large range of cleaning products for around the house, including Ajax Spray n’ Wipe Triple Action Glass Cleaner, available in a 500ml trigger spray. It’s claimed to offer anti-streak, anti-fog and anti-scratch action.
Ajax got four stars for environmental friendliness, smell and packaging design. It scored three stars for effectiveness, ease of use, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Coles has a range of cleaning products under the ‘Coles Ultra’ branding, from floor cleaners to toilet cleaners. Coles Ultra Glass & Window Cleaner trigger spray comes in a 750ml bottle, and is by far one of the cheapest in the supermarket aisle. It’s said to remove fingerprints and smudges, plus leave a streak-free shine.
Coles Ultra rounded up the results with four-star reviews for ease of use and environmental friendliness. It got three stars for overall satisfaction, effectiveness, value for money, smell and packaging design.
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.
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 a glass cleaning product (i.e. for windows, mirrors, etc.) in the last 12 months and have used it – in this case, 1,206 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.