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Apr 7, 2007 04:44 PM

Best Grill Brush

I seem to recall reading in Cook's Illustrated some time back about a test for the best grill brush. Does anyone recall which one they picked?

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  1. Bob, not to hijack your post, but on a similar subject, what kind of brush should I use on my grill - when I bought it, I thought I read some special directions not to use a steel brush because it would take the finish off, and of course I've since lost the directions -- anyone know what I'm talking about? Thanks in advance, and again, sorry Bob --

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    1. re: aurora50

      I just answered my own question, but this may help you. It's called the Grill Wizard. Link below:

      1. re: Bob Brooks

        Bob, thank you so much!!! : ) That IS what I was looking for.

        1. re: aurora50

          I went to the website, and the brush ($10.95) and ground shipping come to almost $20!! I understand there may be some concerns about the "finish" on grill grates, but shouldn't the grates be cast iron or strong steel anyway? I say forget frou-frou "bbq grill brushes" and go to your local hardware store, go to the paint department, and get a heavy duty paint scraper. Long wooden handle, strong durable metal bristles, even a flat scraping side -- total cost under $3.

          1. re: nosh

            Can you only get the grill wizard from online sources, or can you also buy it in a retail store? I've tried looking for it unsuccesfully, and I was wondering if somebody had more success than I did.

            CI spends all this time in trying to find best value products, but once you factor in shipping that kind of blows up the whole value proposition.

            1. re: hobbess

              After looking all over the state of N.J. I ended up buying mine online from a company called Wee Willy's
              While they charge for shipping, they end up sending you a whole bunch of other stuff along with your order for free. I Ordered the brush and a couple of pkg.s of replacement brushes and they sent me a whole bunch of other stuff for free!.
              I received my order within days and I highly recommend them. Good luck.


        At the moment this is my fav grill brush. Just tried it out yesterday and the ability to control the marinade and brush in one tool plus easy clean up def. sold me.

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        1. re: HillJ

          I do alot of bbq and have went through probably 20+ brushes stones etc. most lasting less then a month no matter the cost.

          However last year I tried a brush by libman I have solid stainless steel grates so I am able to use the stainless steel bristol brush but they also have a copper brush available for those that have porcelain coated grates. I have been using the same brush now for 15 months and it looks at good as the day I bought it not a single bent bristol.

          Also as a tip after preheating your grill dip or spray your brush with water and then scrub the steam created will make the job much easier.

          Happy Grilling

          1. re: quad150db

            Can you get these at, say, Home Depot?

            1. re: aurora50

              I purchased mine at bbqgalore they also have them available on there website.


              I searched online but there doesnt seem to be many retailers for these that I can find.

            2. re: quad150db

              A lot of misinformation I must say... Bristol? Copper? idiot poster obviously.

              1. re: chowI

                Did you create that ID just to make that comment?

                1. re: Paulustrious

                  i know really, i think someone needs to get some...

                  1. re: andieb

                    I went to Home Depot, and I realized that they sell brushes with different materials- some gold colored brushes that I think are brass and some silver colored brushes that I think are stainless steel?

                    Is there a difference and when should you choose one over the other?

                    I ended up buying the Weber stainless steel grill brush because I have already have a Weber and it said that they won't scratch porcelain enameled grills. But, I have a Weber One Touch gold and I think the grills are nickle plated.

                    Does this still mean that I should use stainless grill brush, or should I use brass?

                    1. re: hobbess

                      I would ask Weber just to be sure.

                      I find Weber brushes outlast the competition.

          2. Cook's Illustrated review of Grill Cleaning Brushes
            Published May 1, 2008:

            Highly Recommended

            The Tool Wizard Grill Brush, Mfg. by Barr Bros.


            Grill Wizard Grill Brush, Mfg. by Grill Wizard

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            1. re: Antilope

              Times Change? "tool wizard"/ Bar Bros. Co. now sells Charcoal Companion brand "Grill Scrubber" (has Bolt on with Washer scrubbie)... and "Grill Scrubber" product I don't think was ever tested by Cook's Illustrated. Maybe Cook's Illustrated will update their testing in 2011?
              Charcoal Companion also makes/ imports a double scrub "Grill Scrubber".

            2. This one is my favorite. Not available in W/S stores. If you order one, get an extra brush replacement (or 2) at the same time.