Porcelain or ceramic coated grills are great for withstanding and retaining heat, while also galvanizing the metal underneath from moisture, to keep it from rusting. If you own one, though, you’re likely already familiar with the damage that harsh contact with sharp or blunt objects, from cooking utensils to cleaning brushes, can cause. Cracks and chips both damage the non-stick capabilities of the grill, as well as expose the metal underneath to moisture.
Picking the right BBQ brush to pair with your ceramic grill is therefore critical, to prolong your grill’s longevity as well as get the job done. Brushes with fine, stainless steel bristles usually go well with porcelain, as they’re gentle enough to avoid damaging enamel surfaces, but also sturdy and textured enough to offer a thorough clean. Let’s take a look at our picks for the best brushes to use with your ceramic grill.
Kona Bristle Free Barbecue Grill Brush
This brush is bristle-free, but structured out of hardwired, rust-proof stainless steel, which lets you easily scrape off any residue left clinging to the tops and sides of your grill after use. The three-in-one brushes offer a thorough clean, reinforced to be 125% stronger than a regular brush and designed to prevent pieces of wire or bristle falling off, so you don’t have to worry about metal bits getting mixed into your food. The robust design also lets you take care of anything from minimal mess grilling to foods which leave more residue, not bending when you apply pressure and angled with a handle of just the right height to keep your hands away from the grill’s heat as you clean. All you need to do is dip the brush head in some water and go at it on a grill just post-use, for a thorough steam clean.
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BBQ-Aid Barbecue Grill Brush and Scraper
A two-in-one brush and scraper, this little tool bags points for both looks and effectiveness. Fashioned with an ergonomic, acacia handle that gives the tool a premium, rustic vibe, the brush head comes with strategically spaced out, fine stainless steel bristles that will let you angle it just so to get even the most stubborn of residue off your grill without risking damaging the ceramic surface. The handle is also an ideal 15 inches long, perfect to let you reach into the nooks and crannies of your grill without having to get close enough to it to risk getting burnt. Compact but highly sturdy and durable, this aesthetic little tool is a great gift option for the BBQ enthusiasts amongst your family and friends.
FEROS Safer Scraper and Wooden Grill Cleaner
With an innovative, bristle-free design that not only lets you scrape the tops of the grills but lets you get in between the grates as well, this dual-ended tool combines several functions into one. The pointed ends of the brush can be used to get at that hard to reach residue stuck in between grates, while the grooves at the other end of the brush will fit the shapes and contours of any grill to give a thorough but scratch- or damage-proof clean, making it ideal for use on ceramic grills.
Built out of sustainable bamboo, which is not only highly resilient and weather-resistant but also doesn’t come at the cost of damaging existing ecosystems and the environment, this is a very green product you can opt to use, with even the packaging made of recycled materials.
Grillinator Grill Brush
Think the Terminator of grill brushes, and this is what you’ll get. One of a kind, this Kickstarter funded grill brush packs the credibility crowdfunding lends to projects approved by consumers themselves, and bears a patented, innovative design unlike any other grill brushes out there. The brush head is bi-directional, meaning it is decked out with both long and short bristles, on rollers, running in perpendicular directions. This lets you get maximum coverage as you clean both on top of and in between the grates of your grill, in just one sweep.
The brush head is also removable and replaceable, so once it has worn down or grown too caked up with scraped off residue, you can simply keep the heavy duty steel handle and switch out the head instead. The handle comes with a hanger you can use to hook it up with the rest of your BBQ tools or against the grill, as well as an ergonomic rubber grip to let you safely hold the brush as you clean.
Choosing the Best BBQ Brush for Ceramic Grills
While brass brushes fall on the softer end of the spectrum when it comes to BBQ brushes, and are therefore less risky to use on enamel surfaces, they also tend to get misshapen or flattened more easily. Stainless steel, on the other hand, is highly handy, as bristles made out of this material are both flexible enough to slip into the crevices of your grate, but also hardy enough to endure thorough cleanings over longer periods of time. Although there is some risk that the more rigid construction of stainless steel brushes might scratch or chip porcelain or ceramic, brushes with very fine bristles usually don’t pose this risk.
Heat-resistance and sturdiness is also very important. Nylon brushes pose the threat of melting when exposed to the high levels of heat coming off a grill, and some wired options might break apart, creating the risk of you accidentally ingesting metal if bristles find their way into your food. Stainless steel options do away with both these risks, though it’s important to look out for bristle-less or reinforced bristle options that don’t stand a chance of breaking apart. Brushes with removable heads are also great options to consider, as rather than having to replace the whole thing, you can just swap out the worn out part.
For ease of use, pick options which have reasonably long handles, the length suited to angle the brush as you need to get at every corner of your grill, as well as keep you well away from getting scalded.