There are two styles of Grate Grill Scrapers to choose from: standard and universal. Each style comes in both Stainless Steel and Brass, all of which I will include in this review. But first, let me mention the handle. The photo above shows a handle that you can use with all models of grill scrapers. The handle is made of solid, anodized aluminum, so it is more durable than a wooden handle. It allows you to use a Grate Grill Scraper to clean your grill while it is still hot. You can even use it to spot clean while you are cooking without worrying about it contaminating your food. The suggested retail price of the handle is $14.95.
So why is each version available in both Stainless Steel and Brass? Well, Stainless Steel works best on chrome plated, stainless steel and cast iron grills. You should also use it on any old, rusty grill grates. Stainless Steel is more durable than brass, aluminum and wood; so it will last much longer. Brass works best on grills that are Teflon and Porcelain coated. It will not scratch these surfaces like Stainless Steel will because Brass is softer.
If you are not sure what type of grill you have, follow this rule of thumb: if the grill grate is black, use brass; if the grill grate is gray, silver or covered in rust, use Stainless Steel. The only exception to this rule is if your black grill grate is made of cast iron, you should use the Stainless Steel scraper. If your grill grate has a rough textured finish, it is most likely cast iron. Most other types have a smooth finish.
I found these Grate Grill Scrapers to be very easy to use. They effectively cleared away all of the stuck on food with far less effort than any other method of cleaning that I have tried. And being able to clean it immediately after cooking, without having to wait for it to cool off, was just an added bonus. I really like the peace of mind I have from knowing that I did not leave any dangerous pieces of wire behind to be picked up by the food at our next BBQ. And I love the portability that their small size gives them.