Blast away brake dust and other grime with our top wheel cleaner picks.
Like your car's body and interior, its wheels are just as important to take care of. They're a bit like a pair of shoes. They complete the look of your car, and while you need to replace them every now and then, you can extend their life and beauty by cleaning them regularly. The more you do so, the longer they last. That's why finding the right restorative products is so important and why we've tested and compiled the best wheel cleaners available in 2022.
There are a lot of wheel-cleaning products out there, so which you should invest in before grabbing a brush and a microfiber cloth and starting to scrub down that wheel surface?
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Have no fear, CNET Cars is here with what we recommend as the best car wheel cleaners on the market (based on our hands-on experience). Read on for our picks and some handy wheel-cleaning tips.
This rim cleaner is the one. By far, Sonax makes a killer wheel cleaner with its Wheel Cleaner Plus product. There is one important note, however. If you have a set of aftermarket wheels on your ride, check to make sure Sonax wheel cleaner will play nice with them. The product is rated for a host of different materials, but do be sure you won't cause any damage when using it. Otherwise, spray on, scrub some of the tougher, dirtier spots with a wheel brush and rinse the Sonax wheel cleaner off. Clean as a whistle.
This wheel cleaning product nearly made it to our top pick, but Sonax is just slightly easier to use in our experience. However, Chemical Guys' Diablo Wheel Cleaner is safe on all factory coated wheels and aftermarket wheel types, so no need to do any homework to make sure you're good to go. This product is also, as it notes, a gel. You'll need to dilute it properly to get the best results cleaning up dirty wheels, but it returns very good results washing away stubborn dirt, road grime and brake dust.
Another solid choice for any type of wheel surface like painted wheels, clear coat wheels and chrome wheels, but we like this spray bottle one a lot if you happen to rock Plasti-Dipped wheels. It works very well on all sorts of wheel type coatings, though. You'll have no complaints about this product.
Maybe you can't swallow the prices on our other alloy wheel cleaner top picks. That's alright, we get it. Fortunately, there's decent wheel cleaner at affordable prices, and the best of them all comes from Turtle Wax. The All Wheel and Tire Cleaner does what it says: It cleans wheels and tires. The foaming wheel cleaner sits, you scrub with a wheel cleaning brush and then rinse it off for a nice clean set. For the price, you can't beat the wheel finish it produces.
Wheel cleaning requires the right tools, and this kit is currently on sale and provides all sorts of brushes to ensure every type of wheel, no matter its design, is prime for a good cleaning.
|Best wheel cleaner||Brand||Name||Price|
|Overall||Sonax||Wheel Cleaner Plus||$24|
|Aftermarket wheels||Chemical Guys||Diablo Gel Wheel Cleaner||$13|
|Plasti-dipped wheels||Car Guys||Wheel Cleaner||$45|
|Cheap||Turtle Wax||All Wheel and Tire Cleaner||$4|
Any of our top picks will leave you with sparkling clean wheels. Follow our tips to give your car a proper and clean look.