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All you have to do is fry a little bacon or simmer a pot of tomato sauce and just like that, a clean, shiny stovetop is covered with greasy splatters and burned-on bits. And the longer these messes sit, the more they bake on and the harder they are to remove. If you have a flat electric or induction stovetop, any build-up, even residue from using the wrong cleaner, can impact the appliance’s heating and cooking performance. So, because you likely use — and clean — your cooktop more than, let’s say, your oven, a good stovetop cleaner should be an essential part of your kitchen cleaning arsenal.
When we test stovetop cleaners in the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, we dirty our gas, electric and induction cooktops just the way you would at home. We fry bacon and hamburgers to make grease splatters, spill and bake on pasta sauce, and let pots bubble over. We also have the benefit of testing cleaning products in the GH Institute Test Kitchen and Labs where recipes are developed and appliances are evaluated daily. We assess how well the products clean, how neat or messy they are to use, how easily they rinse off, and how much residue they leave behind. Finally, we review the labeling for how complete the directions are and for any safety precautions that may be required based on the ingredients they contain.
Here are the best stovetop cleaners from Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab tests:
Best Overall Stovetop Cleaner: EZ Brite Glass and Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner & Conditioner
Best Gas Stovetop Cleaner: Weiman Gas Range Cleaner & Degreaser
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Paste: Weiman Cooktop Max Cleaner & Polish
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Wipes: Affresh Cooktop Cleaning Wipes
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Kit: Affresh Cooktop Cleaning Kit
Best No-Residue Glass Stovetop Cleaner: Carbona Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Tool: Scotch-Brite Glass Cooktop Cleaning Wand
Best Stovetop and Kitchen Cleaning Pads: Glisten Cooktop & Kitchen Cleaning Pads
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Best Overall Stovetop Cleaner
Glass and Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner & Conditioner
EZ Brite Glass and Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner and Conditioner is a versatile gel cleaner that does it all. Not only does it tackle grimy glass and ceramic cooktops, but it works on glass and enameled cookware and bakeware and shines up stainless steel and quartz surfaces, too. In our Cleaning Lab tests we found that because it’s a gel, it goes on and rinses off easily. And as a multi-use product, it not only cleans, but helps clean out the clutter in your cleaning product cabinet, too.
Best Gas Stovetop Cleaner
Gas Range Cleaner and Degreaser
Good Housekeeping Seal star Weiman Gas Range Cleaner and Degreaser has an easy-to-use trigger spray bottle that dispenses the grease-cutting liquid right where you need it and is an easy way to do a quick cleaning. It works on drip pans, knobs, stainless steel, glass, enameled grates, even glass and metal bakeware. To remove heavy, burned-on gunk, let the cleaner penetrate for a few minutes before wiping down.
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Paste
Cook Top Max Cleaner and Polish
Weiman Cook Top Max is a cleaner and a polish all-in-one. This GH Seal star paste contains micro-beads for better scrubbing action and protectants to restore shine. To use, moisten the scrubbing pad, dip it into the paste, and scrub in a circular motion. It did a better job of attacking burned-on soil with less scrubbing and mess than liquid cleaners did and in our GH Cleaning Lab test, it didn’t turn a small mess into an even bigger one. Nice!
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Wipes
Cooktop Cleaning Wipes
Nothing beats on-the-go cleanups like GH Seal star Affresh Cooktop Cleaning Wipes. They are double-sided for extra cleaning power. Use the scrubber side to loosen up stuck-on gunk and the smooth side for everyday light cleaning and polishing. They work on gas stovetop burners and grates, too. We found them to be an easy way to stay ahead of messes without a lot of work.
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Kit
Cooktop Cleaning Kit
For those times when a cleaner alone isn’t enough to cut through heavy grime that’s built up on a glass cooktop, GH Seal star Affresh Cooktop Cleaning Kit has everything you need to clean off big cooked-on messes. The kit include a scraping tool to nudge off stuck-on bits, a creamy cleanser, non-scratch mini scrubbing pads. Use the scraping tool first, then apply the cleanser and scrub with the pads for a deep clean.
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaning Tool
Glass Cooktop Cleaning Wand
This little tool was awarded a 2020 Good Housekeeping Best Cleaning Product Award for how easy it is to use and how well it cleans grime and gunk from glass stovetops with just water. The scrubber is abrasive enough to clean without scratching and when we tested it on a heavily-used GH Test Kitchen cooktop, we were amazed at how well it powered through grease and stuck-on grime. It’s comfortable to hold and an easy way to speed through after dinner cleanup without extra steps or mess.
Best No-Residue Glass Ceramic Stovetop Cleaner
Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner
Generally, creamy cooktop cleaners can be messy to use and difficult to rinse off, making cleaning your glass stovetop a real chore. But not Carbona’s Glass Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner. In our tests, it was not only effective at removing burnt-on messes, but rinsed away easily — eliminating any chance of leaving behind a residue that can build up over time and hamper the cooking performance of your stovetop.
Best Stovetop Cleaning Pads
Cooktop & Kitchen Cleaning Pads
These handy pads can be used way beyond the stovetop. Sure, they dissolved grease and stuck-on messes from the glass cooktop we tested them on, but there’s no need to stop there. Simply wet the dry pads to activate the built-in cleaner. Then, use the sudsy scrubbing side on your cooktop, microwave, sink, range hood and more. After cleaning, rinse the pad under water and use the polishing side to wipe the surface clean. Each pad is perforated so it can be divided in half for smaller jobs.
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