Best Oven & Cooktop Cleaners
No one looks forward to cleaning the oven or cooktop in their kitchen, but with the right cooktop or oven cleaner, getting rid of grease, grime, and food spills doesn't have to require too much elbow grease.
Selleys Oven Plus Heavy Duty Gel easily removes grease and grime from inside your oven, leaving even old units looking almost brand new.
Effectively removes grease
Doesn't have chemical smell
Easy to coat oven surfaces
- Value for Money5.0 (1)
- Ease of Use5.0 (1)
- Smell5.0 (1)
If your oven racks and interior could do with a scrub, OzKleen Oven Power can help leave them silver and sparkling.
Straightforward and tidy to use
Doesn't smell bad
Sometimes doesn't clean oven interior well
- Value for Money3.7 (3)
- Ease of Use3.7 (3)
Turning your dirty cooktop from your kitchen’s greatest eyesore to its cleanest asset is easy with Hillmark Cerapol - it effortlessly removes grease and grime and doesn’t leave a streaky finish.
Effectively removes marks and stains
Also works on showers
Rubbedin Cooktop Magic effortlessly removes marks and stains from your kitchen cooktops, giving you freedom to make a mess and cook the way you want.
Leaves cooktops spotless
Effortlessly lifts tough marks
A two-in-one dish and surface cleaner, the Fairy Platinum Easy Spray helps take the elbow grease out of removing grease.
Easily removes oil and grease
Effective on variety of surfaces
Sometimes ineffective on tougher grease
- Value for Money2.7 (3)
- Ease of Use2.7 (3)
What to look for in an oven or cooktop cleaner
Oven cleaners are available in either caustic or non-caustic formulas. Caustic formulas are probably the most powerful cleaner you can find - they’re highly effective at removing baked-on mess, but they’re also corrosive and emit toxic fumes, so you’ll need to strictly follow the product’s safety instructions.
Non-caustic cleaners aren’t as tough on mess, but can still be effective. They aren’t as hazardous to use, and are less irritating on the skin.
You can also find oven or cooktop cleaners as concentrated formulas, which are generally more pricey than non-concentrated formulas, but last longer and let you adjust the concentration to suit how heavy duty your cleaning needs to be.
Consider whether you’ll be using the cleaning product when others - particularly kids or pets - are around. Oven cleaner products in particular can emit toxic fumes and some require you to keep the kitchen well-ventilated while using it. If this is the case, see whether you can feasibly keep the little ones away from the kitchen.
Ease of use
Look for an oven cleaner that’s suitable for all parts of the oven, that acts as both a surface cleaner and an oven rack cleaner. Some oven cleaners come as part of an ‘oven kit’ with gloves and a closure bag, letting you do all the cleaning within the bag. This means minimal mess, and for many, is an easy oven cleaning option.
You should also consider how long a cleaner takes to work. Consult the label to see just what needs to be done. Some cleaners require the oven to be warm for you in order to use them, meaning you’ll need to factor in the time it takes to preheat the oven.
It’s also a good idea to look for a cleaner that offers a streak-free finish, so that you don’t have to go in again with a washcloth afterwards.
If you’re shopping with the planet in mind, then look out for natural ingredients or a biodegradable product. You can also find cleaners with non-plastic, recyclable packaging.
Before purchasing an oven or cooktop cleaner, check whether the cleaner is compatible with the type of appliance you’re using it on. For example, cooktop cleaners are usually designed for particular types of cooktops - some are ceramic or glass cleaners that are more suitable to induction or electric cooktops, while others are designed for use on stainless steel that’s usually found in gas cooktops.
- Before buying an oven cleaner, try using baking soda and vinegar - baking soda lifts stains and vinegar is great for tackling grease. You’ll also likely already have these in your cleaning cupboard.
- Clean the oven roof last, as dirty cleaning residue might drip down onto the rest of the oven and require a second clean.
- To make cleaning easier, clean your oven regularly (every 1 to 3 months, depending on how often you use it) so that mess doesn’t bake on so much that it’s almost impossible to remove.
- Follow the instructions of any oven cleaner you buy to a T - if it says to keep the kitchen well-ventilated, or to wear safety glasses, do so.