Compare glass cleaners from Earth Choice, Windex, ALDI Powerforce, Ajax, Coles Ultra and Glitz on effectiveness, value for money, ease of use, smell, environmental friendliness, packaging design and overall satisfaction.
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* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. By default, brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are sorted by the mean overall satisfaction score as rated by consumers. You can click the arrows at the top of any column in the table to sort by the results in that column. ^ By clicking on a brand or ‘details’ button, you will leave Canstar Blue and be taken to our referral partner to compare. You agree that Canstar Blue’s terms and conditions apply to this referral. If you click on a brand that our referral partner does not cover, you will be taken to a brand page on Canstar Blue. Canstar Blue research finalised in April 2019, published in April 2019.
Earth Choice has shined brightest in Canstar Blue’s inaugural glass cleaner ratings for 2019, earning five stars for smell, environmental friendliness, packaging design and overall customer satisfaction.
Earth Choice is Australia’s choice for glass cleaners
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, require much more attention, so you need to make sure you have the right tool at all times. 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? Our review aims to find out just that.
In our glass cleaner ratings, we’ve surveyed more than 1,500 consumers across Australia and asked them about glass cleaners they recently bought and used when it comes to factors like effectiveness, value for money, ease of use and smell. Six brands have featured in the final results, but only one was deemed worthy of the top spot in our ratings table – Earth Choice. The brand was rated five stars for overall satisfaction, smell, environmental friendliness and packaging design.
Best-Rated Glass Cleaners
The six brands in Canstar Blue’s 2019 glass cleaners review were rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:
1st Earth Choice
3rd ALDI Powerforce
5th Coles Ultra
Windex, ALDI Powerforce, Ajax and Coles Ultra all received four stars for overall satisfaction, while Glitz was left on just three stars. Other notable results include Windex receiving the only top results for both effectiveness and ease of use, while ALDI Powerforce was the only brand to receive five stars for value.
How to find a good glass cleaner
Whether you’re cleaning windows, glass doors or mirrors, there are a number of different 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:
Value for money: 19%
Ease of use: 15%
Environmental friendliness: 7%
Packaging design: 5%
Value for money was the second most important factor in our review, with our survey finding that 47% of consumers buy the cheapest brand or brand on special, while 49% always buy the same brand. More than half of consumers (53%) opt for cleaning products that don’t irritate or trigger allergies, while 80% said they have tried multiple glass cleaners to find one that works well.
Glass Cleaners Compared
Here is an overview of the six brands in this year’s glass cleaner review, in order of their ranking.
Part of the Nature’s Organics group, Earth Choice window and glass cleaner is stated to be Australian made and owned, and designed for glass, chrome, stainless steel, laminate, mirrors, appliances, counter tops 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 was the brand to beat in our 2019 review, receiving five stars for overall satisfaction, smell, environmental friendliness and packaging design, with four stars in all other categories.
Windex is well-known for its window and glass cleaning products, but it also has a multipurpose cleaning spray within its range. The Windex Glass Cleaners – available in both 500mL and 750mL variants – are suitable for most surfaces, including glass, mirrors, countertops, appliances, granite, marble, laminate and stainless steel, claimed to leave a streak-free shine, according to the brand. Windex received four stars for overall satisfaction, value for money and smell, as well as a three-star rating for environmental friendliness, but also claimed the sole five-star ratings for effectiveness and ease of use.
Budget grocery chain ALDI is earning a solid reputation for its household cleaning products, including its oven cleaners. For glass and windows, ALDI offers its Powerforce Glass Cleaner in a 750ml bottle, and its Powerforce Heavy Duty Cleaner with thick bleach in a 1.25L bottle. The ALDI brand scored four stars for overall satisfaction, as well as for most other research categories, with the sole five-star rating for value for money.
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 received four stars in all categories, including overall satisfaction, making it a solid all-rounder in our 2019 review.
Coles has a range of cleaning products under the ‘Ultra’ branding, from floor cleaners to toilet cleaners, and can be thought of as the supermarket chain’s ‘premium’ private label of household 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. Coles Ultra was rated four stars on overall satisfaction, value for money, ease of use and packaging design, with three stars in all remaining categories, including effectiveness, smell and environmental friendliness.
Glitz has a large household cleaning range, and offers a number of sizes for its glass cleaning product, including 750mL, 2L and 5L varieties. Glitz Glass Cleaner is stated to leave glass, windows and mirrors streak free and shining, plus is also boasted to help prevent fogging and is ammonia free, according to the brand. It’s suitable for use on glass, windows, tinted windows, mirrors, chrome, stainless steel, tile, laminate, porcelain, appliances, bench tops, microwaves, sinks and other hard surfaces. Glitz received three stars for overall satisfaction, as well as for all other rated variables.
Canstar Blue surveyed 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 6 months and have used it – in this case, 1,580 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.