Best-Rated Stainless Steel Cleaners

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Most Satisfied Customers | Magic

Aussies have rated Magic as the top brand in Canstar Blue’s latest stainless steel cleaner ratings, with the brand scoring five stars for effectiveness, value for money, ease of use, scent and overall satisfaction.

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How we rate stainless steel cleaners

Our review compares stainless steel cleaners on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which stainless steel cleaner they think is best!

Canstar Blue surveyed 487 Australians for their feedback on the stainless steel cleaner(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last 12 months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their stainless steel cleaner brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with a stainless steel cleaner brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Effectiveness: the stainless steel cleaner was effective in cleaning stainless steel surfaces (i.e. removing build-up and leaving surfaces shiny, etc.).
  • Value for money: the cost is reasonable for the quality and performance of the stainless steel cleaner.
  • Ease of use: the stainless steel cleaner was easy to use, with sufficient instructions provided.
  • Packaging convenience: the stainless steel cleaner was easy to open, use and store.
  • Scent: the stainless steel cleaner has a pleasant odour that matches the description (i.e. lemon, etc.).

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  1. Magic
  2. 3M
  3. Steelo
  4. Brasso
  5. Glitz

Find more detailed information on our Most Satisfied Customer methodology.

Top Stainless Steel Cleaner ─ Magic

Magic Stainless Steel Cleaner

Owned by Australian cleaning brand Rubbedin, Magic offers a number of cleaning products, including stainless steel cleaners and wipes. The Stainless Steel Cleaner and Protector removes daily grime, fingerprints and water spots on stainless steel, chrome and aluminium surfaces, and is available as a 200ml or 5L container, while the wipes look to do the same thing, and come in a pack of 20.

  • Magic was rated five stars for effectiveness, value for money, ease of use, scent and overall satisfaction, with four stars for packaging convenience.

How do you clean stainless steel?

You can easily clean stainless steel by wiping away streaks and fingerprint smudges with a cleaning scourer or microfiber cloth, using natural or chemical-based products. What you use ultimately depends on the type of surface and the amount of grease or residue, but it’s important to wipe in the same direction. This means avoiding randomly switching between clockwise and counter-clockwise motions, otherwise you run the risk of leaving streaky marks.

What can you do to prevent stainless steel discolouration?

Discolouration of stainless steel products generally occurs when stainless steel products are exposed to harsh, direct heat or chemicals. It can therefore be hard to avoid discolouration if you use stainless steel pots and pans to cook. Consistently cleaning your stainless steel items is the best way to avoid any future discolouration.

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About our consumer experts

Dean Heckscher: Site Editor

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.


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Samantha Howse: Consumer Research Specialist

Sam Howse Research Specialist

Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.


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Past Ratings

Here are the past winners from Canstar Blue’s stainless steel cleaner ratings:

  • 2022: Steelo
  • 2021: Steelo

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