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The first product we are reviewing is the Mr. Grill 18" Gril Brush. For those of you who don't know, a grill brush is used to help clean and maintain the grilling surface of your grill. After each use of your grill you probably notice a build up of grease, charred meat and general gunk. It can be difficult to remove this leftover residue which is where a grill brush comes in handy. In a pinch you can use a ball of foil to clean a grill, but to get a deep clean a brush is recommended. We also suggest pre-heating your grill before using the brush. The heat will help burn off and loosen any food particles on the grill making it easier to clean.
Let's find out a bit more about the brush in question. It is made by Mr.Grill, who makes a handfull of other grill related accessories. The grill brush itself is 18" inches long with brass bristles and a nice sturdy oak handle. The bristles are about half an inch long and are securely attached. The brush has a nice weigh to it and feels as if it could withstand the force needed to clean a grill. First impressions suggest that this is a well made product. It is available online for $19.95 regularly, but is currently on sale at $7.99.
Now it's time to get this show on the road, here are the patients. We have not one but two grills to test this brush on. One is our standard grill which we use rather frequently and the other is our tailgate specific grill for those long days in the Meadowlands parking lots. Both grill have taken some abuse and have not been cleaned recently so they are the perfect test for Mr. Grill.
As you can see these guys need a little love and a lot of cleaner.
Now for the reveal..
Before (with the grill pre-heated):
After (with the grill pre-heated :
The brush was able to handle the cooked on remains with ease. Pre-heating the grill helped to make it easier to clean. We were able to clean the surface of the grill, but with the shape of the brush and the length of the bristles we were also able to get in-between the individual grates. The brush worked great and we were very happy with the results.
So what about the grill that was not pre-heated? Was it the heat or the brush that did all the work on our other grill? Only one way to find out.
Before (with the grill not pre-heated):
After (with the grill not pre-heated):
Even without heating up the grill, the brush was able to remove the built up remains of our Sunday tailgates. Again the brush was able to get into the small nooks and crannies of the grates above. This grill did require a bit more applied force than the other grill but the brush was able to withstand it.
Two Grills, both clean. So how did the brush fair after this abuse
Except for some minor discoloration the brush looks very close to the way it did out of the box. The bristles were slightly matted due to grease but held up very well.
Should or Should not Buy:
This is a sturdy well made grill brush that is perfect for all you grillers out there. This brush can take some abuse while dishing out some serious cleaning power. Not only is it built to last, but it comes with a 1-year guarantee. It is normally $20, but is listed on Amazon right now for $7.99. You can't beat that price and we classify this Mr. Grill grill brush as a Should Buy.
Since our grill was clean, we could't help but fire it back up and make some lunch.