Whether you use gas or electric, keeping your stovetop clean helps your entire kitchen sparkle. Great stovetop cleaners tackle messes, spills, and built-up grease. Those that work within a budget are as good as gold in your kitchen cleaning kit. However, you do want to be careful of where you're using a stovetop cleaner. “When working with a gas stove, make sure to not spray the cleaner in the hole,” notes Krissia Garcia, CEO and founder of KrissKlean. “For glass stoves, make sure to cover the stainless steel.”
Our top pick, the Weiman Heavy Duty Glass Cooktop Cleaner and Polish, is effective and easy to use. It won’t scratch your stovetop and actually creates a protective barrier that makes future spills even easier to clean up.
Here are the best stovetop cleaners to keep your appliance looking brand new.
Best Overall: Weiman Heavy Duty Glass Cook Top Cleaner and Polish
Easy to apply
Requires cloth or paper towel
Be careful with the top of package
The superior performance of the Weiman Heavy Duty Glass Cooktop Cleaner and Polish puts it at the top of our list. It cleans off grime that has been burnt on better than any other cleaner out there. This cleaner also protects against future spills, making them easier to wipe up. It creates a polished surface that resists food being baked-on. Messes wipe away much easier when you clean the surface with Weiman cleaner regularly.
Application does require a cloth or paper towel. To use this cleaner, you can apply it directly to the cooktop surface or a cloth. Then wipe it around the stovetop thoroughly and buff until any extra is wiped away. The grime will wipe away with the cleaner. You can use it on glass or ceramic, although you should make sure that the cooktop is completely cooled before applying it—as is the case with a majority of stovetop cleaners.
The formula doesn’t scratch, an important consideration for glass and ceramic stovetop users. It comes in a liquid, wipe, and spray. We like the liquid for its ease of application and effectiveness. It is also the most budget-friendly option between the three. Even a little bit goes a long way, so one bottle can last through a year or more of regular use. Just be careful when you open the pouring spout, since breaking it will mean having to buy a new bottle.
Price at time of publish: $7
Best Budget: Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner Kit
Works on multiple surfaces, including induction stoves
Small capacity cleaner container
For one of the most affordable options, consider this Cerama Bryte kit. It includes a 10-ounce container of liquid cleaner, two cleaning pads, a scrub brush, and a scraper. You won’t need to purchase anything additional to get started, although the smaller cleaner will need to be replaced quickly, especially if you use your stovetop cleaner more often.
This cleaner works on a variety of surfaces without scratching, including glass, ceramic, induction, radiant, and halogen surfaces. It doesn’t contain any silicone, which can scratch, and all of the ingredients are biodegradable, making it a more eco-friendly choice. To use it, just apply some of the liquid cleaner, scrub or scrape with one of the included tools to get tough stains off, and wipe away extra. When it’s time to replace the cleaner, you can purchase refills separately and keep using the tools.
Price at time of publish: $12
Best Glass Stovetop Cleaner: Bar Keepers Friend Multipurpose Cooktop Cleaner
Works on a variety of surfaces
Easy to apply
Great for white cooktops
Don’t confuse with abrasive Bar Keeper’s Friend cleaners
Need to get separate cloth or pad
Bar Keeper’s Friend cleaner works on a variety of surfaces, but really performs well on glass. It works on any smooth stovetop surface, including glass and ceramic. You can also apply it to other kitchen fixtures, such as porcelain sinks, brass, stainless steel, and chrome. You can even use it on copper pots and pans.
There are a variety of Bar Keeper’s Friend cleaners, although not all are meant for cooktop surfaces. Make sure to get one that is non-abrasive or you risk scratching your surface. The multipurpose cooktop cleaner works on built-up grime and grease, as well as hard water stains. This makes it ideal for white stovetops. To apply, use a separate, non-abrasive pad or cloth.
Price at time of publish: $9
Best Ceramic Stovetop Cleaner: Stardrops The Pink Stuff Miracle Cleaning Paste
Works on a variety of surfaces
Paste is easy to apply
Only need a little bit
Hard to get off once dried
Container can get broken in shipping
This all-purpose cleaner is a true miracle worker. It can be used on stovetops, pots and pans, countertops, appliances, and even some furniture. You can clean your kitchen cooktop and your grill with the same product, making cleaning even easier.
The Pink Stuff is a paste and you'll need a sturdy cloth to apply it. Just scoop a small amount up and buff it into the surface to loosen grime and grease. We recommend using two cloths, one for application and one to buff away any extra cleaner. A little bit goes a long way. Make sure to buff away any extra quickly before it dries. It can be much harder to get off once it is dried.
The container is a bit flimsy for the weight of the product, especially when having it shipped. If you do have an issue with getting a broken container, most retailers will send a new one free of charge.
Price at time of publish: $6
Best Stainless Steel Stovetop Cleaner: Therapy Stainless Steel Cleaner & Polish Kit
Won’t scratch or dull
Works on black stainless steel
Stainless steel stovetops look great, but require frequent cleaning to stay sleek and sparkling. The Therapy cleaner is effective at removing grime, grease, and fingerprints. The pH is balanced to work on stainless steel, which can be prone to streaking and discoloration if you use the wrong products. It also works on black stainless steel without affecting the finish.
This spray cleaner uses eco-friendly ingredients, including coconut oil for cleaning and essential oils for scent. It is expensive, but if having eco-friendly ingredients that are effective is important to you, and you have a stainless steel cooktop that you want to clean regularly, this is a good option for you.
Price at time of publish: $20
Best Gas Stovetop Cleaner: Weiman Gas Range Cleaner and Degreaser
Works on multiple surfaces
Can go from the grates to the cooktop and knobs
Easy to direct spray
Need to use a separate cloth or paper towel
Some scrubbing may be needed
Gas ranges can get dirty quickly. Rather than let the grime accumulate, use a cleaner and degreaser made for a gas stovetop surface. The Weiman gas range cleaner is ideal for multiple materials, including the grates, surfaces, and knobs. You don’t need to switch between cleaners, which makes the entire process faster and easier.
Make sure you let the surface cool entirely before you use this cleaner. It comes in a spray that is easy to direct. You will need to use a cloth or paper towel to clean it up, and some scrubbing may be needed. We recommend using a cloth so that a paper towel does not get shredded while cleaning.
Price at time of publish: $15
Best Kit: Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner and Polish Kit
Includes scrubber and scraper
Scrubber has a sturdy handle
Cleaner is very effective
Needs separate cloth
Smaller container of cleaner
Our top recommended cleaner from Weiman also comes in a kit, which we recommend if you want to get everything needed in one purchase. The kit comes with our favorite liquid cleaner, a scrubbing pad with an easy-to-hold handle, and a scraper for the most stubborn grime. The blade on the scraper comes tucked inside so you will need to turn it around for the first use. You can reverse it again for safer storage.
The liquid is the same as the Weiman stovetop cleaner (sold separately). That means you can easily purchase a refill when you need to. This kit comes with a 10-ounce container, smaller than if you were to purchase it separately. To apply it, put it on the cooktop and buff away with a towel. The scrubber works on its own or to buff away stubborn stains.
Price at time of publish: $15
Best Wipes: MiracleWipes for Microwaves and Cooktops
Can work on multiple types of surfaces
Work on microwaves and countertop appliances as well
Need separate cloth for best results
Wipes are convenient to use, and MiracleWipes work for both microwaves and cooktops. They are more expensive than liquids, sprays, or pastes, but don’t need anything more to start working. All you have to do is use the wipe to scrub away dirt and stains. For the best results, use a microfiber cloth or paper towel to wipe away any extra cleaner.
These wipes don’t leave streaks or smudges, two key aspects that make them our best pick for wipes. They can also work on multiple surfaces in your kitchen other than your cooktop. For small messes, one wipe can go from a glass or ceramic stovetop to the microwave. You can even wipe down appliances, such as stand mixers, toasters, and pressure cookers. This is one of the best ways to get the most out of each wipe. The wipes work on larger appliances, such as refrigerators and dishwashers, as well, but are not the most economical choice for large surfaces.
Price at time of publish: $10
Best Eco-Friendly: Method Heavy Duty Degreaser
Spray is easy to use
Not tested on animals
Bottle is made with recycled plastic
Tendency to overspray
Need separate cloth
For plant-based cleaning power that works on even heavily soiled areas, the Method Heavy-Duty Degreaser is the best option. It works on cooktops, range hoods, microwaves, gas stovetop grates, and a variety of other kitchen surfaces. Because it is a spray, you may find that it makes its way onto other surfaces nearby, such as your backsplash.
The spray is still easy to use on most surfaces, though. You will need something to wipe it with and may find yourself scrubbing more than with liquid degreasers. Leave the spray on for a few minutes to work on the toughest spots before wiping it away.
If ethical business practices are important to you, Method is a company that you will love. Like many of their products, the Heavy-Duty Degreaser is not tested on animals and the bottles use recycled materials.
Price at time of publish: $28
Best Degreaser: Krud Kutter Original Concentrated Cleaner/Degreaser Stain Remover
Cuts through tough grease
Can use on multiple surfaces
Lasts for a long time when diluted
Diluting is an extra step
For something that can cut through even tough, burnt-on grease and food, the Krud Kutter KK32 Original Concentrated Cleaner and Degreaser is a top choice. It is a heavy-duty cleaner and very effective. Our tester noted that it worked so well that she ended up diluting it with water to make it last even longer. It still worked on everything from stovetops to glass shower doors.
It is a bit pricey, which is another reason that diluting it is a great idea. It isn’t antibacterial, which some people like in the kitchen, but if you want something to cut through grease, it is a great choice. You can even use it to remove stains on other surfaces, such as grout and tile.
Price at time of publish: $12
Our top pick is Weiman Heavy Duty Glass Cooktop Cleaner and Polish. It simply works the best, is the easiest to apply, and won’t scratch your glass or ceramic stovetop. The Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner and Polish Kit and the Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner Kit are both great options, as well, for those who want to pick up everything they need to make their appliances sparkle at once.
What to Look for in a Stovetop Cleaner
Ease of Use
Especially when it comes to cleaning tasks, considering the ease of use of a product is key. For stovetop cleaners, how easy a product is to use is determined by what type of cleaner it is. Liquid stovetop cleaner is popular because it is effective and made for scrubbing. Sprays are also effective, although it can be easy to overspray and waste some of the actual cleaner on surfaces that do not need it. Wipes are the most convenient, but also the most expensive. If you want to get everything in one purchase, including application tools, consider an all-in-one kit like the Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner and Polish Kit or the Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner Kit.
Some stovetop cleaners work for minor spills and messes. Others are made to take up grease and baked-on food. Consider the soil level that you need to tackle to decide which is the best for you. Heavy-duty cleaners typically include a degreaser that cuts through baked-on food. “When using these, absolutely wear gloves,” says Krissia Garcia, CEO and founder of KrissKlean. Light cleaners don’t have as many harsh chemicals and are ideal for daily upkeep.
Most stovetop cleaners come in containers between 10 and 32 ounces. A larger size will often last for a year with regular use. You can extend that by diluting it, although you should only do that with concentrated formulas or you risk lessening the effectiveness. Wipes need to be replaced the most often, since they are usually sold in containers of 30. Compared to a 32-ounce bottle that can last for up to a year of daily use, wipes are less economical but more convenient.
Scents in stovetop cleaners can come from chemicals or essential oils. Many stovetop cleaners are unscented, although they still do have a mild cleaner smell. Most cleaners tend to have kitchen-friendly scents, such as lemongrass or mint. The right scent for you comes down to personal preference and how sensitive you are to smells.
How do you clean a stovetop?
The best method to clean a stovetop will depend on the type of cleaner that you use. To use liquid cleaner, squirt a small amount onto the stovetop and buff it away. The dirt and grime will come up onto your cloth. Spray cleaners are used in a similar way, although you might need to scrub more. For the most stubborn dirt, you might need to scrub with a scratch-free brush or scrape the mess away. Stovetop cleaning kits often contain tools to help you tackle the job.
Can you use oven cleaner on a stovetop?
Yes, you can use oven cleaner on a stovetop. You will need to let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the product’s instructions. You can follow the same steps and often find similar results. Stovetop cleaners usually require less scrubbing.
How do you get stains off a white stovetop?
If you have a white stovetop, look for a stovetop cleaner that takes up stains, as well as dirt and grime. In addition, you may need to leave the cleaner on the stovetop for a few minutes before wiping it away. Another method is to apply the cleaner twice: once to get the cooked-on food off the stove and a second time to target stubborn stains.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Begley, a freelance writer specializing in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019. She has tested multiple cleaners on this list and always pays special attention to products that are easy to use. She also considered the best choices for different purposes, whether it be tackling grease or cleaning a gas stovetop, and consulted with our tester data to compile this list. She talked to Krissia Garcia, CEO and founder of KrissKlean, about the best ways to clean stovetops for additional expert insight.