The 8 Best Stovetop Cleaners for Removing Grease and Burnt-on Food
To find the best stovetop cleaners, we spent hours researching the various options on the market, considering factors like versatility, ingredients, ability to clean certain materials, and ability to de-grease. We also asked Emma Barton, cleaning expert and founder of Steam Clean Queen, for recommendations and tips on how to use—and choose—a stovetop cleaner.
Here are the best stovetop cleaners for a sparkling-clean cooking surface.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall Stovetop Cleaner: Bar Keepers Friend Multipurpose Cooktop Cleaner
- Best Stovetop Cleaner Kit: Affresh Cooktop Cleaning Kit
- Best Glass Stovetop Cleaner: Scotch-Brite Glass Cooktop Pads
- Best Gas Stovetop Cleaner: Weiman Gas Range Cleaner and Degreaser
- Best Ceramic Stovetop Cleaner: Cerama Bryte Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner
- Best Stainless Steel Stovetop Cleaner: TriNova Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
- Best Natural Stovetop Cleaner: Everneat Soft Scrub Cleaner
- Best Stovetop Cleaner for Burnt-on Grease: Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser
Best Overall Stovetop Cleaner: Bar Keepers Friend Multipurpose Cooktop Cleaner
Best Stovetop Cleaner Kit: Affresh Cooktop Cleaning Kit
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaner: Scotch-Brite Glass Cooktop Pads
Best Gas Stovetop Cleaner: Weiman Gas Range Cleaner and Degreaser
Best Ceramic Stovetop Cleaner: Cerama Bryte Ceramic Cooktop Cleaner
Best Stainless Steel Stovetop Cleaner: TriNova Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish
Best Natural Stovetop Cleaner: Everneat Soft Scrub Cleaner
Best Stovetop Cleaner for Burnt-on Grease: Goo Gone Kitchen Degreaser
The best and most effective choice for most stovetops is Bar Keepers Friend Multipurpose Cooktop Cleaner. We love that the expert-recommended formula works on a variety of surfaces, and it's even versatile enough to clean other parts of your home (including sinks and showers). For tougher messes (like burnt-on grease), we recommend Goo Gone's Kitchen Degreaser, which is a foaming spray that cuts through stubborn grease and grime with ease.
How to Shop for a Stovetop Cleaner Like a Pro
Not all stovetops and gas ranges are made of the same materials. Stainless steel, glass, ceramic, and enamel are some of the most common types. It's important to know what type of stove you have so you don't accidentally buy a cleaner that could damage the surface.
Many cleaners list the recommended surface types on the back of the bottle and the product page, but if you're ever unsure, you can test it out with a small amount. "It's always wise to try them on some invisible or inconspicuous area on your stove before going full blast," says Barton.
If your stovetop is particularly messy and in need of more TLC, Barton recommends checking the label to make sure you're buying the most effective cleaner. "The golden rule of thumb is if it says 'heavy-duty degreaser,' she says. "However, use [these types of cleaners] on gas stoves or stainless steel stoves only."
Another tool that can help you tackle tough messes is a razor scraper, which usually works best on glass stovetops that need a completely smooth surface. However, it's important to use scrapers with caution to avoid causing irreparable scratches.
Getting rid of baked-on grease, stains, smudges, dust, oil, and other grime on stovetops takes quite a bit of power. This usually entails formulas that contain chemicals such as ethanolamine and sodium hydroxide. That's why you should always make sure to follow the cleaner's instructions and take the recommended safety precautions. You can also opt for a natural cleaner as an alternative to chemical formulas.
If a store-bought cleaner is not for you, another option that Barton recommends is making a homemade mixture using household ingredients. "Vinegar, baking soda, dish soap, and hydrogen peroxide are all-mighty cleaning combos that can outperform even the most expensive cleaners," she says. "Vinegar and baking soda are a bit more aggressive when combined, so always use them on stainless steel, gas, or electric stovetops. Just be sure to have patience and lots of elbow grease!"
Questions You Might Ask
Can you use glass cleaner on glass stovetops?
If you have smooth glass stovetops, it might be tempting to spray a bit of glass cleaner for a quick clean and shine. Luckily, Barton says it's totally fine to do this.
"Besides removing grime from your windows, glass cleaners are the cavalry in cleaning your glass stovetop spotless," she says. "With chemicals designed to evaporate before you even blink, they don't leave any water marks or residue."
Can you use oven cleaner on stovetops?
Oven cleaners are powerful degreasers that can make a dirty oven look brand new after a thorough cleaning. However, cleaning your stovetop with an oven cleaner can be tricky because it highly depends on the material.
"Whatever you do, don't use oven cleaners on glass or glass-ceramic stovetops," says Barton. "However, oven cleaners are perfectly safe to use on electric stovetops, since their surface is coated with a special heat-treated paint that'll stand the test of oven cleaners."
Can you use an all-purpose cleaner on stovetops?
All-purpose sprays are another type of cleaning product that's probably not the best option for stovetops. Most enamel cooktops could handle an all-purpose cleaner, but Barton recommends avoiding it on glass-ceramic and stainless steel stovetops.
"Depending on the brand, some all-purpose cleaners can discolor the stainless steel, making it go black or even purple," she says.
If using an all-purpose cleaner is your only choice, it's always best to spot test to make sure it does not cause any damage. As always, you should only use a stovetop cleaner once the surface has completely cooled down.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by L. Daniela Alvarez, a contributing writer for Real Simple with nearly three years of experience writing about lifestyle content and product reviews. To compile this list, she spent hours researching stovetop cleaners. She also received recommendations and tips on how to shop for stovetop cleaners from Emma Barton, cleaning expert and founder of Steam Clean Queen.