The wheel cleaners in this article went through two rounds of reviews. We started by searching retailers like Amazon, RealTruck, and Advance Auto Parts for top products, looking at factors such as cleaning power, customer ratings, and prices.
Our product testing team then ordered the wheel cleaners that best met these standards. A team member tested each product on a station wagon, taking note of how well the wheel cleaner removed grime and added sheen to each tire. Each wheel cleaner was given a rating out of 5 stars based on these criteria.
Wheel Cleaner Testing Process
We tested each wheel cleaner according to the instructions on the package. In each case, this meant applying the cleaner, waiting one to five minutes, scrubbing the wheel (using a ProElite wheel and spoke brush or a car wheel brush), and afterward rinsing the wheel with water.
We tested the wheel cleaners head-to-head on the same tire, applying each product to half of the wheel for a direct comparison. After each test, it was easy to compare cleaner performance side-by-side.
The WeatherTech TechCare acid-free wheel cleaner was tested separately from the five other cleaners in this list in order to update and expand our recommendations. While we were not able to use it on the same tire as any other wheel cleaners on this list, we did test it under similar conditions as the other cleaners and found it to be worthy of recommendation based on our experience.
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