Stainless Steel Cleaners Reviewed

Canstar Blue’s review of stainless steel cleaners compares Steelo, Brasso, 3M and Glitz on effectiveness, ease of use, smell, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Most Satisfied Customers | Steelo & Brasso

Steelo & Brasso rated best in Canstar Blue’s stainless steel cleaners review, each scoring five stars for overall satisfaction. Both brands also achieved full marks for effectiveness and ease of use. Steelo additionally got five stars for value for money, as did Brasso for packaging design.

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Steelo & Brasso shine best in stainless steel cleaners review

Sometimes we need to use a little elbow grease to clean our pots and pans, stovetops, refrigerators and other appliances, especially if stubborn streaks, burnt-on food and other bits of residue cause our home to lose a bit of its sparkle. Fortunately, you can get the job done faster (and with a little less sweat) when you’re paired with the right stainless steel cleaner.

In our first-ever stainless steel cleaner review, we asked more than 300 Australian consumers for their feedback on the stainless steel cleaner(s) they have 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 compared in our ratings.

Steelo & Brasso wiped out other brands in our inaugural review, both receiving five stars for overall satisfaction and in several other categories!

Best Stainless Steel Cleaners

Best stainless steel cleaner

Here are the best brands for stainless steel cleaners in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:

  1. Steelo & Brasso
  2. 3M
  3. Glitz

Steelo and Brasso rated best after both brands finished with a sleek five-star review for overall satisfaction. Meanwhile, 3M and Glitz ended on a respectable four stars overall.

It’s worth mentioning that 3M also impressed consumers, rating best for environmental friendliness and smell. It also earned full marks for ease of use and value for money.

About the Winners ─ Steelo & Brasso


Steelo stainless steel cleaner

Steelo promises that its stainless steel cleaners won’t lead to rust. Its Scourer Steel Wool Soap Pads can be used either wet or dry, to remove grease from a variety of surfaces. The brand also offers the Steelo Soap Lemon for heavy-duty cleaning, although this cannot be used on delicate items such as non-stick cookware.

  • Steelo achieved five-star reviews for effectiveness, ease of use, value for money and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for smell, packaging design and environmental friendliness.


Brasso stainless steel cleaner review

For a versatile stainless steel cleaner, Brasso might be worth considering. Its Metal Polish is claimed to be suitable for cleaning, restoring and polishing brass as well as steel, stainless steel, chrome, copper, pewter and zinc. You can grab a 250ml can for just under $10 in most supermarkets or from Bunnings.

  • Brasso received five stars for effectiveness, ease of use, packaging design and overall satisfaction. It scored four stars for value for money, environmental friendliness and smell.

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. Either way, it’s important to wipe in the same direction. This means avoiding randomly switching between clockwise and counterclockwise motions, otherwise you run the risk of leaving streaky marks.

How do you clean badly-tarnished stainless steel?

For big messes that require more muscle, vinegar and baking soda may not be enough. If this is the case, you can find plenty of cleaning products specifically designed for cleaning stainless steel.

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 you stainless steel items is the best way to avoid any future discolouration.

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 stainless steel cleaner in the last 12 months – in this case, 327 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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