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Best Oven & Cooktop Cleaners

Best Rated Oven & Cooktop Cleaners Brand: Hillmark

The most effective and easiest to use oven and cooktop cleaner of the bunch, Hillmark was also rated as having the best smell.

Key facts about oven and cooktop cleaners

  • Cleaning up those kitchen messes can be much easier if you have the right products at your disposal.
  • To find the best oven cleaner and cooktop cleaner for your kitchen, shop around and compare a range of products.
  • You'll need to consider the type of cleaner you prefer, how easy it is to use, and whether you need to tackle a heavy-duty job or just stay on top of regular maintenance cleaning.

What are my main options?

Oven cleaners are available as aerosols, sprays, creams, gels and wipes. One of the main factors to consider when choosing an oven cleaner is whether you want a caustic or non-caustic formula.

Caustic products are designed for heavy-duty work when you need to remove tough, baked-on residue. They're powerful and effective, but they can also create potentially hazardous fumes and you'll need to carefully follow safety instructions when using them.

Non-caustic oven cleaners are gentler, so while they may not be as efficient at tackling the tougher cleaning jobs, they're less likely to cause irritation. Of course, you should always carefully follow the safety instructions on the label when using any type of oven cleaner.

Cooktop cleaners are available as creams, sprays and wipes. Certain products are also designed for use on different surfaces, such as glass and ceramic stovetops or stainless-steel surfaces.

How to compare oven and cooktop cleaners

There are a few key factors you'll need to consider when comparing oven and cooktop cleaning products. Be sure to take the following into account:

Ease of use

Check the label to find out what you need to do to apply the oven or cooktop cleaner. For example, how long does the product take to work? Does it need to be applied to a cold or warm surface? Will you need to scrub surfaces after applying the cleaner or can you simply wipe it clean?

Safety

Read the label for instructions on how to use the product safely. In particular, find out whether you need to wear gloves when using the product, whether you need to use the product in a well ventilated area, and what to do in case of accidental exposure.

Environmental impact

If you're an eco-conscious buyer, look for a product free of harsh chemicals. You may want to try a product that features biodegradable or plant-based ingredients, and that uses recyclable packaging if possible.

Odour

There's a wide range of scented and unscented products available, so consider your personal preference when choosing a cleaner.

Versatility

Check whether the product can be used for multiple cleaning jobs. For example, some oven cleaners can also be used on BBQ grills and stainless-steel surfaces.

Fume-free

If you're choosing an aerosol spray, there are now many fume-free oven cleaners available.

Type of cooktop

Any cleaner you select must be suitable for use on your cooktop and be able to leave a scratch-free and streak-free finish. Check the label to find out the surfaces on which you can safely use the cleaner.

Price

The price of oven and cooktop cleaners can vary depending on the type of product you choose. Whichever type you're shopping for, be sure to compare similar products on a like-for-like basis. For example, the price per 100g when choosing an aerosol spray.

Oven cleaning tips

Cleaning the oven is one of those jobs that most of us dread and put off for as long as possible. These simple tips will help you keep your oven looking spick and span:

  • Ensure adequate ventilation. Make sure there's sufficient ventilation in your kitchen, particularly if you're using a caustic product.
  • Remove the racks. For best results, remove the racks from the oven and clean them separately. This will also make it easier to access all nooks and crannies inside the oven.
  • Follow the instructions. Everything you need to know about using an oven cleaner is found on the product label. Follow these instructions carefully to ensure safe and effective use of the product.
  • Consider homemade remedies. If you don't want to use chemicals, try using a mix of baking soda, white vinegar and water to clean your oven.
  • Know what you can and can't clean. Some oven cleaners cannot be used in self-cleaning ovens. It's also a good idea to check your oven owner's manual to find out which parts of the oven you can and can't clean.

3 things to consider

There are a few other factors you should consider before you start shopping for or using an oven or cooktop cleaner:

  1. Cleaning kits. Some cooktop cleaners are sold in kit form, so you get the cleaning formula as well as other items like scrubbing pads and razor scrapers. Oven cleaning kits are also available, and they typically allow you to apply cleaning gel to oven racks and trays and then place them in a bag to clean.
  2. Pyrolytic ovens. Also known as self-cleaning ovens, pyrolytic ovens offer a special cleaning cycle that allows you to heat the interior of the oven to temperatures as high as 500°C to burn away any baked-on food residue. The resulting ash can then be wiped away, saving you time and effort. However, pyrolytic ovens are more expensive than conventional ovens — find out more in our oven buying guide.
  3. The importance of regular cleaning. A dirty oven isn't just an eyesore; it can also affect the taste of your food. An unclean cooktop also looks unsightly and can throw off nasty odours, so it's essential to give your kitchen's most-used cooking appliances a regular clean. Not only will this ensure that they perform at their best, but that you'll need to spend less time and effort keeping them clean.

Got other cleaning jobs you need to tackle around the home? Check out the following guides:

Best rated oven and cooktop cleaner brand award breakdown

Total Score Overall rating Value for Money Ease of use Effectiveness Smell
Hillmark 8.01 4.32 4.32 4.48 4.48 4.08
Powerforce (ALDI) 7.79 4.21 4.41 4.23 4.18 3.95
JIF 7.76 4.32 3.96 4.24 4.18 3.84
Selleys 7.71 4.22 4.02 4.39 4.30 3.89
Mr. Muscle 7.62 4.20 3.88 4.20 4.27 3.47
Glitz 7.60 4.15 4.10 4.20 4.00 3.90
OzKleen 7.55 4.13 3.97 4.13 4.16 3.94
Easy-Off 7.52 4.20 3.92 4.18 4.16 3.14
Bar-B-Chef 7.12 3.88 4.13 3.94 3.69 3.69
Rubbedin 6.89 3.33 4.33 3.89 4.11 4.00
Other 8.08 4.52 4.27 4.30 4.27 4.00
Data: Finder Retail Brand Survey, 2020, Kantar. Metric out of 5 stars unless indicated. Methodology and more information. Kantar logo

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