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Cleaning Your Grill
Whether you’re grilling burgers, fish or making grilled veggie kabobs for your entire extended family or just a casual evening, grilling is an art and you are the artist. As an artist, you need the best tools of your trade. And of course, part of being an artist is starting with a clean palette for each new piece. For grilling, this means you want to make sure all of the residue from the last time you grilled is gone so that you don’t have any char or gunk on your food or that your food cooks unevenly due to chunks of stuff stuck on the grate. You also need the best quality grilling tools to accomplish this: a good, stainless steel brush.
It’s important to use a stainless steel brush for a couple of reasons. First, cleaning your grill isn’t a pretty process! You need a brush that can withstand some serious pressure. Second, stainless steel doesn’t rust, and you definitely don’t want rust in your food! Since you’re grilling out in the elements and maybe even storing your grilling tools outside as well, anything else will easily rust and need to be replaced much faster.
To clean your grill, preheat your grill for about 15 minutes or, if you are cleaning immediately after grilling, let your grill cool down until the grate is just warm. Use a high-quality stainless steel brush to brush off the grates and racks, making sure that you get all the corners and hard-to-reach places. If there is a lot of residue that isn’t coming off, try dipping your grill brush in water before scrubbing to create some steam to help loosen up those tough spots. Next, use a stainless steel scraper to loosen any remaining tricky charred bits. Finally, wipe the grates and racks with a damp rag to remove any remaining pieces. It’s very important to make sure there are no bristles that have fallen off the brush! Stainless steel bristles that end up in your food can be very dangerous if you swallow them!
We have compiled a list the best SEVEN stainless steel grill brushes, taking design, lifespan, effectiveness and more into consideration. We’ve included several bristle free brushes so you don’t have to worry about bristles ending up in your food. However, since we know some people still prefer bristle brushes, we’ve included a few of those as well! Just make sure that if you do use a bristle brush, you replace it about once per grilling season or as soon as you notice the bristles are getting loose. It’s always better to be safe than to end up having to take a trip to the emergency room!
The 7 Best Stainless Steel Grill Brushes
This is the brush for those who live on their grill all summer long, the ones who are deferred to as soon as “grilling” is mentioned. This is the brush for the grill master. With three heavy duty stainless steel coils and an attached stainless steel scraper, the Grillaholics Grill Brush does not mess around.
This brush has triple the cleaning power of a standard grill brush. Instead of the traditional single brush attached to a handle, this brush has three separate coils; essentially like using three brushes at the same time, meaning it cleans three times faster with three times less work! Additionally, this brush has a built in scraper for cleaning those tough charred spots from your grill.
This brush has several safety features that set it apart from the crowd. First, its handle is 18 inches long: the perfect distance to keep your hand a long ways from the heat while still providing enough leverage that you can thoroughly brush off your grill. Second and most important, this grill brush does not have bristles. Instead, it is made with three continuous stainless steel coils. Unlike normal grill brushes with bristles that could break off with extended use, these coils cannot break off. This eliminates any possibility that a broken-off bristle could end up in your food.
This GRILLART brush is similar to the Grillaholics Grill Brush except that it has bristles instead of coils. Every piece of this brush has been meticulously crafted to perfection.
This brush has an 18 inch long handle, designed to keep your hands a long ways from the heat of your grill. It is made with high-quality and non-slip material, ensuring that it will not break, nor will you will not lose your grip under the pressure of cleaning your grill and then possibly hit your hand on coals or hot metal. The handle and brush is placed at an angle to maximize effectiveness while minimizing effort required, which is great since nobody wants to spend more time or effort than necessary cleaning their grill!
The GRILLART brush is three brushes in one. The bristles are tightly bound and woven around the frame, not just stuck into the frame. This keeps the brush from wearing apart and the bristles falling off and possibly into your food. This brush also has a scraper attached to it so if you need to scrape, just flip the brush over! The scraper is narrow enough that it can fit in between the grates so you can get every last spot on your grill!
For the grill master who wants to keep their grilling atmosphere as classic as the burgers they grill, this is the perfect brush. Unlike many other grill brushes on this list, the BBQ-Aid Grill Brush is a beautiful light wood and stainless steel mix. We love that this brush doesn’t sacrifice aesthetic for quality!
This brush has a premium quality acacia wood handle, giving it a rustic, outdoorsy look. If the rest of your grilling tools have wooden handles or even if you just want a cozy, backyard setup, this is a great brush to get that will fit right in. The handle is 15 inches long so you can use both hands but still keep them away from the heat.
This brush doesn’t just look good though! The bristles are stainless steel and tough enough to clean your grill so it’s shiny and new! Like the rest of the bristle brushes, make sure you replace this brush if you notice that a bristle has fallen out or that they are getting loose!
This is another great bristle-free brush! Three stainless steel continuous coils create a tough brush surface that will clean any gunk and char from your grill. There is absolutely no chance of dangerous bristles falling from this brush and into your food! The shape of this brush head is triangular, allowing you to angle use the corners to get into those tricky crevices on your grill.
The handle is 10 inches of sturdy rubber and metal, making sure your hand is safely away from the heat. Overall, this is a great, no-fuss, no-bristle grill brush!
If you want to clean your grill with no extra fuss, just a study brush, this is the one for you. The Weber 6494 grill brush has a single triangular stainless steel frame with stainless steel bristles. The head of the brush is seven inches wide, making it easy to clean large surfaces quickly. You can use the shorter, one inch sides to clean the edges of your grill and to dislodge anything stuck in between the grates. The bristles are thick and sturdy to resist wear and tear.
This is a great simple stainless steel brush. It is high quality but, like with any bristle brush, make sure you replace it once it begins to wear out so no bristles end up in your food!
The Rocky Mountain Goods Grill Brush is a lovely wooden brush with non-scratch bristles, making it perfect for any grill but especially for porcelain, ceramic or char broil grills that scratch easily.
We love how aesthetically pleasing this brush is with its wooden handle and stainless steel bristles. The handle is nice and long so you can reach the far parts of your grill without any trouble. It is a pretty, solid, light wood that doesn’t bend with pressure like a plastic or thinner wood handle would. The bristles are stainless steel and tough enough to clean your grill after cooking anything on it, but still soft enough that they won’t damage your grill. On the back of the brush, there is a stainless steel scraper for those tough burnt bits. The last feature on this brush is a small leather loop on the top of the handle so you can hang it up with the rest of your grilling tools or on the side of your grill for easy access as soon as you’re done cooking.
The Kona 360 Clean Grill Brush is is a three in one brush that is designed to efficiently clean your grill with little effort from you!
The Kona 360 has three stainless steel hard-wired bristle brushes attached to an 18 inch handle. The brushes are angled slightly so you can put even more pressure on them without having to bend your arm in any weird angle. The entire brush frame is covered in bristles, 360 degrees around, so it cleans thoroughly even on the edges of your grill. You can even easily clean in between and under the grates with this brush.
We love that this brush comes with a five year warranty! Many brushes only last a few months to a year, but this brush is built to last and the manufacturer’s stand by that!
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