When it comes to choosing the best car wash mitt for cleaning your car there are a number of factors you need to take into consideration. If you are receiving my car car cleaning guides you will know that my first recommendation is to ditch your sponge and replace it with a good quality car wash mitt.
The first question will be what type of wash mitt should you choose? Should you go for a natural wool mitt, a microfibre wash mitt or some other material. How much should you expect to pay for a good quality mitt? Here I guide you through the 5 of the best car wash mitts available as I answer these questions for you.
Why Use A Car Wash Mitt
Essentially a good quality car wash mitt will pick up the dirt and grime particles on your paintwork and hold them within the fibres of the mitt and importantly, away from your paintwork. Thus helping remove the potential for them to be dragged across your paintwork, causing fine scratches and swirl marks as you wash.
This is also where the type of wash mitt and the length/plushness of the fibres plays an important role as we will see below.
Wool Mitts vs Microfibre or Synthetic
Of all the car wash mitts available the pure wool mitts tend to have the longer softer fibres and thus are gentler on your paintwork help keep the particles of dirt and grime away more effectively.
The downside is that they do not tend to have so much of the dirt removal powers of microfibre and also being a natural product will not tend to last as long as the microfibre types. However a good quality wool wash mitt, properly cared for should last you at least a couple of seasons.
The downside of the microfibre mitts, including the noodle variety is that the fibres tend to be shorter and thus risk some the particles they pick up making contact back with your paintwork.
Thus it is equally important to have a process of regular swilling of your wash mitt during your car washing process. The two bucket method also significantly helps here, full details of which can be found in my guides.
Another type of mitt is the synthetic wool type, which tend to have equally long fibres, are much cheaper than the pure wool but not as gentle on your paintwork.
Meguiars Lambswool Wash Mitt
This is one of the most popular and highly regarded car wash mitts available on the market. When it comes to quality car detailing products Meguiars have a great pedigree.
Their lambswool mitt is no exception. On the reverse of the mitt you will also find a mesh surface that is ideal for removing bugs and other stubborn particles from your lights or windows. Note: this side should not be used on your paintwork.
This mitt has been one of the most popular mitts purchased by enthusiasts over the last 10 years or so. However in more recent times other car wash mitts have appeared on the market with longer and plusher fibres and although more expensive, have started to challenge the Meguiars Mitt in terms of appeal.
The price of Meguiars Lambswool Mitt is in the region of £12 ($19).
Now I am not sure why by Meguiars US appear to have dropped this excellent product from their catalog. However there is an alternative from one of their major competitors – Mothers Genuine Lambswool. A fair bit more expensive in the UK and about the same price in the US, it does come with a thumb space for easier control.
Meguiars Super Thick Microfibre Wash Mitt
This is the second incarnation of the microfibre mitt from Meguiars.
Their first one had much shorter fibres which, whilst still having exceptional cleaning power was not as effective at keeping the dirt particles away from your paintwork.
The newer super thick version solved this issue and quickly went on to become one of the most popular microfibre car wash mitts.
The price of the Meguiars Super Thick Microfibre Wash Mitt is in the region of £9.99 in the UK and about $8.99 in the US.
Dodo Juice Tribble Mitt
This particular mitt is fast becoming the popular “mid-range” mitt for detailers and car enthusiasts alike. It is a classic sheepskin wash mitt with longer plusher fibres than the Meguiars version it also has the added benefit of the ergonomic “thumb” shape which some prefer over the more oval or square shape of other mitts.
This can also help getting into harder to reach areas and around trim.
Similar to the previous two mitts it also has an elasticated cuff for better fit. Unlike some lambswool mitts with wool glued to a synthetic backing these mitts are totally natural with a hide backing and thus need a little more care to avoid them “moulting”.
They should be left to dry naturally and if there are going to be periods where you don’t use it for a long period, the occasional re-soaking to avoid it over-drying is recommended.
The price of the Dodo Juice Tribble Mitt is in the region of £12.99
Kent Microfibre Noodle 2 in 1 Wash Mitt
This is more of a mass market car wash mitt and by far the cheapest amongst these 5 mitts we look at here. It is however a very popular car wash mitt and gets some good reviews on retail sites like Amazon.
It is the microfibre noodle variety and whilst the individual noodles themselves are very long, the actual fibres on each of the noodles are very tight and compact, thus not as effective at holding back any dirt particles from your paintwork as the wool fibre mitts.
As with the other mitts reviewed here it also has an elasticated cuff and the reverse side of the mitt also has a bug mesh like the Meguiars Lambswool mitt.
The price for the Kent Microfibre Noodle Mitt is in the region of £3.99. Although the Kent mitt isn’t generally available in the US, very similar mitts can be found ranging from $5-$15.
Dodo Juice Supernatural Wookie’s Fist Wash Mitt
This is the “Rolls Royce” of wash mitts. Made from the softest pure Merino wool it is by far the plushest, thickest & softest car wash mitt you are ever likely to use. This is clearly shown in the image opposite when comparing it to the average sized pure wool mitt.
As such it can also hold plenty more soapy water than the other mitts reviewed here. The slight downside to this is that it can be slightly weighty when fully loaded but the security of knowing the extra long wool fibers are providing excellent protection against swirls, in my mind, significantly outweighs this.
As with the other mitts it also has the elastic cuff for a tighter fit and to avoid it dropping off your hand.
Being such a superior quality mitt does come with the added price tag, which in this case is in the region of £29 in the UK and around $39 in the US.
If you are looking for the ultimate in a car wash mitt, then the Dodo Juice Wookie’s Fist is one of the best by far and certainly worth considering.
Over To You
Do you have a favourite car wash mitt? Do you prefer lambswool or microfibre? I’d love to hear details of your experiences with a wash mitt and whether you have already converted from using a sponge? Please let me and your fellow readers know with a comment below.