What Is The Best Wheel Cleaner?

In this article we will look at the various types of wheel cleaner available and find out which one is the best. The biggest problem when trying to keep your wheels clean is of course the dreaded brake dust. That stuff can get just about everywhere. That’s why we thought we should put these cleaners to the test, and see which one produces the very best results.

There are plenty of these products available, some better than others and some just not worth the money. That’s why I have put together my top ten list of the best ones out there. That way you can see them all side by side and decide which is the best one for you.

Top 10 Wheel Cleaners in 2017

Here we list the best 10 wheel cleaners on the market today. Please note the number of reviews, average rating and average price are taken from Amazon. These were correct at the time of writing but are subject to daily change so please always check at the time of purchase. Last Updated March 2017
NameImageAverage Rating Average PriceAmount
Griot's Garage 11224 Wheel Cleaning Kit4.0Around $381,034 ml + tools
Sanctiond W30016 Wheel and Tire Cleaner - 16 oz.4.6$11473 ml
Meguiar's Hot Rims Wheel Cleaner. 24 oz.Meguiar's G9524 Hot Rims Wheel Cleaner4.4Around $5709 ml
Sonax 230200-755 Wheel CleanerSonax Wheel Cleaner Full Effect4.3Around $20500 ml
Mothers 05824 Pro-Strength Chrome Wheel Cleaner - 24 oz4.2$7710 ml
Chemical Guys CLD_997_16 - Diablo Gel Wheel & Rim Cleaner (16 oz)]4.2$15500 ml
MOTHERS 05924 Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner - 24 ozMothers 05924 Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner4.1Around $4710 ml (24 ounces)
Griot's Garage 11106SP Wheel CleanerGriot's Garage 11106SP Wheel Cleaner4.1Around $1535 ounces
3M 39036 Wheel and Tire Cleaner - 16 oz.4.1$11500 ml

So as you can see plenty to chose from, but the easy outright winner, as far as we are concerned is the Sonax wheel cleaner. This sprays out of the bottle as a foam and you can simply watch it remove any rust or iron from in and around your wheels. It is safe to use on aluminium, chrome, painted or even clear coated wheels.

This product comes from Germany and they are a very well known brand in Europe. Once you spray this product on, allow it to do its stuff for about 5-10 minutes. Then get a good quality wheel brush, give it a quick work over, and then rinse off with a hose. That is pretty much all there is to making the best use of this product. Here is a video of the product being used along with their opinion.

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Mothers Wheel Brush
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It is also at a pretty keen price point as you can see from the comparison table above. If we had to recommend a wheel brush it would be the Mother’s wheel brush, as we think that one does a really good job. It also lasts for a very long time which we liked a lot. You can pick one of these up for about $6-7 depending on where you buy it.

This one works particularly well on the rims, and it is really soft so will not cause any type of scratching. We were actually rather surprised that as the bristles are so soft, that it would actually work. We have to say though it works a treat, and anything we used it on came up really well.

We also noticed that a lot of wheel cleaners came in the various car cleaning kits that were on the market. Our opinion of those is that we tended to find, any products that formed part of general purpose car kits, were in the main really low quality. We think it is just much better to buy a product that is very specific for the job, rather then these multi-buy type of offers.

So although there are plenty of options when it comes to cleaning your wheels, the Sonax wheel cleaner appears to stand out from the others.


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