Best-Rated Glass Cleaners

Canstar Blue’s glass cleaners review compares Windex, Strike, Earth Choice, ALDI Power Force, Coles Ultra, Ajax, and Glitz on effectiveness, ease of use, smell, environmental friendliness, packaging design, value for money, and overall satisfaction.

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Best glass cleaners 2022

Most Satisfied Customers | Windex

Windex topped Canstar Blue’s glass cleaner ratings, achieving five stars for effectiveness, ease of use, packaging design, and overall satisfaction.

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Windex wipes out the competition in glass cleaner ratings

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 1,500 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.

Windex took the lead in our latest glass cleaners review after rating best for overall satisfaction and several other factors!

Best Glass Cleaners

Best glass cleaner to use

Here are the best glass cleaners in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. Windex
  2. Strike
  3. Earth Choice
  4. ALDI Power Force
  5. Coles Ultra
  6. Ajax
  7. Glitz

Windex topped our ratings with five-star reviews for effectiveness, ease of use, packaging design, and overall satisfaction. Woolworths brand Strike was rated best for value for money and also got full marks for ease of use. Earth Choice was consumers’ top pick when it comes to environmental friendliness and also rated five stars for smell and packaging, alongside ALDI Power Force.

Top Glass Cleaner Brand – Windex

Windex glass cleaner

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. Other Windex products available include:

  • Windex Crystal Rain Glass Cleaner
  • Windex Original Glass Cleaner
  • Windex Original Glass & Surface Wipes

Windex scrubbed five stars for effectiveness, ease of use, packaging design, and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for smell and value for money, plus three stars for environmental friendliness.

What makes a good glass cleaner?

Which glass cleaner should you buy?

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:

  • Effectiveness: 44%
  • Value for money: 18%
  • Ease of use: 17%
  • Packaging design: 9%
  • Smell: 7%
  • Environmental friendliness: 6%

It’s no surprise effectiveness was the number one priority on many consumers’ lists, and it may explain why 40% of respondents have tried multiple glass cleaners. Value for money was seen as the next most important factor, followed by ease of use, with 38% 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
  • Carpets
  • Countertops
  • Chopping boards
  • 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.

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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 a glass cleaning product (i.e. for windows, mirrors, etc.) in the last 12 months and have used it – in this case, 1,560 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.

  • Best glass cleaner for overall satisfaction: Windex was rated best overall.
  • Best glass cleaner for value for money: Strike was seen as the best bang for buck.
  • Best glass cleaner for effectiveness: Windex was perceived as the most effective glass cleaner.
  • Best glass cleaner for smell: Consumers rated ALDI Power Force best in terms of fragrance.
  • Best glass cleaner for ease of use: Windex was seen as the easiest to use.
  • Best glass cleaner for packaging design: Windex also scored best for packaging.
  • Best glass cleaner for environmental friendliness: Earth Choice was seen as the most environmentally friendly brand.

Here are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s glass cleaners review:

  • 2021: Earth Choice
  • 2020: Earth Choice & ALDI Power Force
  • 2019: Earth Choice