How to Choose the Best Alloy Wheel Brush for your Car


Author: Rob Mobberley

How to choose the best alloy wheel brushYou have just bought yourself a nice set of shiny new  alloys or better still a new car with a nice set of rims and now want to ensure they stay clean using the best alloy wheel brush you can get your hands on.

But which one is the best for your rims? In a recent Auto Express product review their testers looked at a range of wheel brushes on the market in order to decide which is the best buy. Their choice was the Muc-Off Wheel & Component Brush – but is it necessarily the best one for you and how does it compare to others…

The test was split between assessing how safe the brushes were to use on your wheels – they used a separate metal panel to assess scratches or marks caused by the brush. Secondly how easy to use, comfortable and effective the brushes were on cleaning your spokes, bolts and inner rim. And finally the build quality and price.

One thing we noted about the review is that it appeared not to include some of the more longer reach brushes, such as the Meguiars Ultra-Safe Wheel Brush. Their top three places were as follows:

  1. Muc-Off Wheel & Component Brush
  2. Kent Grill & Spoke Brush
  3. Nova Soft Grip Alloy Wheel Brush

As mentioned their Best Buy Wheel Cleaning brush for 2011 was the Muc-Off Wheel & Component Brush which the judges concluded had a good all-round performance, being easy to hold, with a soft yet grippy handle. The twin bristle loops provided good cleaning properties of an alloy wheel brush whilst being soft enough not to scratch your alloy wheels. Finally they concluded that being slightly longer than most of the others tested, it allowed better access to the inner rim and was also very fairly priced – the perfect combination for their best buy alloy wheel brush award.

The Kent Grill & Spoke Brush was one of the longest they tested with a head length or around 20cm. The judges concluded that it had no problem in reaching the inner rim, although with a longer single shaft it did tend to flex a little more than some of the others. This was however compensated for by the comfortable rubber handle. They did not mention how it performed in the scratch test but we would imagine it would not have received their 2nd place spot if there had been any problems in this area.

Thirdly was the Nova Soft Grip Wheel Brush. Whilst we are not familiar with this brand, from the image that Auto Express printed it looked remarkably like the Professional 4 Way Super Soft Car Alloy Wheel Brush that we are familiar with. This brush appears to have had many of the features of the Muc-Off alloy wheel brush with the twin loops of bristles but was reported as being a little shorter than its rival, thus slightly reducing its reach to the inner rim. But won its place on a good value buy.

So which one is best for your wheels.

The answer to that really depends on the type of wheels you have. If you have a a really large set of wide alloy wheels (18″+) then you still might find yourself struggling with the the Muc-Off and even the Kent brush. You may therefore be better off looking at a Longer reach brush such as the Meguiars or Long Reach Alloy Wheel & Spoke Brush with Non Scratch Safety Tip. In fact both of these have the safety tip. The only thing to bear in mind is that the longer you get the more flexible the head tends to be.

If you have chrome wire wheels then you will probably find another brush from the Muc-Off stable, the Muc-Off Two Prong Brush, will be more suitable. This brush has two prongs of compact but soft bristles side by side which will encase the spoke of your wire wheels for better all-round cleaning. Alternatively products such as the Luster Lace Polishing Strips which wrap around the spokes and clean/polish with a back and foreward motion are also an excellent choice.

For an average size 15-17″ of good quality alloy wheels we would tend to go with the Muc-Off or Nova style soft bristle brush as your best alloy wheel brush choice, combining firmness, cleaning ability and softness of the bristles. Please let us know below your preferred brush.

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