Published July 1, 2009. From Cook's Illustrated.
Could either of these new grate cleaners do a better job than our original winner?
We love our longtime favorite grill grate cleaner for its ability to remove baked-on food from grill grates. Now, two new scrapers promise to do an even better job. One is a stainless steel rod topped with a wrench-shaped head that wraps around the grates to scrape them clean from all sides, like dental floss. The tool removed hard-to-reach food underneath the rounded grates of our charcoal grill, but we missed the ease of brush cleaning and the device wasn’t designed to work on the flat bars of our favorite gas grill. The second challenger works like a watering can with sharp bristles on the nozzle. After we were done grilling, we used it on the still-hot grill, filling the device with water, which was released through the brush at a turn of a knob. When the water hit the hot grates, it steamed and loosened grit. Unfortunately, water merely trickled out, minimizing steam cleaning. The bottom line: our original favorite still cleans up the competition.