The 2017 Best Wash Mitts For A Clean And Scratch-Free Car
Do you still use an old rag or sponge to wash and clean your car? You should stop doing that immediately. Seriously.
Why settle for a dirty and ineffective sponge when you can buy a cheap microfiber wash mitt? Sure, microfiber towels are a bit more expensive than a terry cotton rag or car wash sponge, but not by much. You get what you pay for and they last longer as well.
Perhaps the best reason to use the best wash mitt is performance. It can effectively lift off dirt, grime, and particles from the paint without scratching the clear coat. Microfiber mitts are also good for applying and removing wax/polish, cleaning expensive alloy wheels, polishing glass, and general cleaning purposes. Hell, you can use them at home, in the car, and even on your gadgets.
Before we get down and dirty with the 2017 best wash mitts, you should take the time to know the difference between an ordinary cloth and a microfiber towel.
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What Is Microfiber?
Microfiber is the choice of discerning enthusiasts because they clean better and last longer than cotton cloth and woolskin. Microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is 1/100th the diameter of human hair.
Microfiber is woven from two materials: polyester and polyamide. The ratio of polyester and polyamide will dictate the specific texture and thickness of the mitt. If a microfiber towel has a blend of 80/20, it simply means that the fabric is 80% polyester and 20% polyamide. As the ratio of polyamide increases so does the softness and plushness of the material. A microfiber wash mitt with a blend of 70/30 will be softer and thicker than 80/20.
The density of the microfiber is expressed in GSM or grams per square meter. As the density increases, the number of fibers in the material will also increase. This means that a microfiber wash mitt with a higher density will be thicker and more absorbent.
Let’s use an example. Let’s say that your wash mitt has a GSM of 350. This does not necessarily mean that the mitt will weigh 350 grams. But if you will compare it to a microfiber mitt with a density of 600, then it simply means that the latter will be more absorbent, plusher, and thicker than a 350 GSM wash mitt.
With that being said, I’m not saying that the 350 GSM will be inferior when it comes to cleaning performance. While the 600 GSM wash mitt is best suited for buffing and drying your car, the 350 GSM will do a better job of cleaning glass, wheels, and general cleaning purposes.
You have to remember that a microfiber cloth with a density of 600 GSM will be generally more expensive as well. The higher the density, the higher the price. It’s as simple as that.
The General Types Of Microfiber Towels
1. Short Pile (80/20 220 GSM) – This type of microfiber towel is best suited for general purpose cleaning, particularly non-sensitive surfaces. This type of microfiber towel is best for cleaning the windows and the interior of your car.
2. Medium Pile (75/25 360 GSM) – This type of microfiber towel is softer than a short pile. It is great for applying and removing polish and buffing the paint.
3. Long Pile (70/30 600 GSM) – This type of microfiber is one of the softest that money can buy. However, this is not good for extremely dirty surfaces. Great for buffing and drying the paint.
4. Micro-Chenille (75/25 360 GSM) – This is the ideal microfiber towel for washing the car. It is extremely absorbent and produces the thickest suds to remove loose dirt and mud from the paint.
Advantages Of Microfiber Over Cotton Rags
- Attracts dirt and dust - Microfiber is positively charged. It attracts dirt like a magnet.
- Supremely absorbent - It soaks water better than a sponge.
- Stronger and more durable - It lasts longer than cotton rags.
- Lint-free - It doesn’t have lint so it cleans better without leaving a fibrous residue.
- Versatility - You can use it in the car or at home.
- Dries quickly - It dries faster than cotton.
- Softer than cotton - This makes it ideal for delicate cleaning.
The 2017 Best Wash Mitts
Now that you know a thing or two about microfiber, it is time to review the 2017 best wash mitts that you can buy today.
The Chemical Guys Chenille wash mitt is a 70/30 wash mitt with large caterpillar-like microfiber strands. Off the bat, this thing absorbs so much water that it can feel heavy in the hands when fully wet. I also had some issues with the elastic cuff because it feels like it can get torn easily.
However, it did a good job of removing dirt and grime from the paint. It also produced a lot of foam when I dipped the wash mitt in my bucket of soapy water. Chemical Guys say that this microfiber wash mitt is machine washable, and I believe them. But the elastic cuff feels flimsy, which raised some doubts about the long-term durability of this wash mitt.
- Super soft
- Great price
- Issues with quality
- Can get extremely heavy when wet
I was raving about the BlueCare Premium Microfiber Wash Mitt because it not only offers great value, but it performs extremely well. It is an 80/20 microfiber mitt with 1500 GSM. The fluffy strands feel super smooth and the overall quality feels like it can last for many car washes.
You can use this wash mitt wet or dry, indoors or outdoors. It is extremely absorbent but it doesn’t feel very heavy when it absorbs water. It can also fit big hands (which is great) and comes with a lifetime warranty.
However, I did have a beef with the size or surface area of the wash mitt. It looks smaller than most, but it does perform admirably whether wet or dry.
- Extremely plush and smooth
- Great quality
- Good absorbency
- Good value
- Surface area is a bit small
The first thing I noticed when using the Meguiar’s X3002 Microfiber Wash Mitt is that it is highly absorbent yet it’s not too heavy when the mitt is full of soapy water. Meguiar’s is one of the leaders in the auto finish industry, so this car wash mitt should also be the best.
The good news is that this is one of the finest car wash mitts in the market today. It is also priced cheaper than the competition. It is super soft, super absorbent, and leaves no lint and swirl marks on the finish. If you’re a stickler when it comes to surface gloss and clarity, then you’ll love this microfiber wash mitt.
This might sound strange, but I did have a problem with the color of the wash mitt. It is white. I don’t know about you, but it is hard to keep this wash mitt looking pristine after a couple of washes. Yes, it is machine washable as well, but there were mild stains after I used this thing on my extremely filthy 4x4 truck.
- Highly absorbent
- Super soft
- Fantastic quality
- Good price
- It’s white and stains easily
The Zwipes Microfiber 3-in-1 Cars Wash Mitt offers superb value. It is a 2-pack wash mitt with a unique custom feature: it is basically a 3-in-1 wash mitt.
The chenille side with the noodle weave is best for wet washing. It is soft, plush, and highly absorbent. Turn it over and you have a short weave microfiber that is best suited for cleaning glass and chrome. Sandwiched in between is a mesh-type microfiber that is ideal for removing stubborn contaminants such as bugs, tree sap, and bird droppings.
I had a lot of fun using this wash mitt. It is lint-free and it cleans like a charm. The 3-in-1 feature works well for general automotive cleaning, but I had some concerns about cross-contaminating the wash mitt. I don’t like using the same wash mitt for cleaning the paint and the wheels.
- Superb versatility
- Excellent for general cleaning purposes
- Great value
- Super soft
- Not exactly ideal for show-quality cleaning purposes
In a sea of microfiber contenders, the Mothers Genuine Lambswool Wash Mitt sticks out like a sore thumb. As the name implies, this wash mitt is made from genuine wool. No doubt that this is one of the softest wash mitts in the market, and it cleans great too. It is also highly absorbent and lint-free.
But again, there is a reason why microfiber wash mitts are the preferred choice of discerning enthusiasts. There were pieces of wool on the paint surface after washing and rinsing my truck. I initially thought that this only happens upon first use of the wash mitt. But after using it for a second time, the wash mitt was shedding wool all over the place.
Lambswool is perfect if you insist on using the 2-bucket method in washing your car. You basically get one bucket with soapy water and another one with clean water. The idea is to rinse the wash mitt after wiping the paint with soapy water. If you like this method, then you should give this wash mitt a try.
- Super soft material
- Scratch-free and lint-free
- Good absorbency
- Durability issues and shredding issues
This is another unique 2-in-1 type of wash mitt. On the top, it is a chenille microfiber with 1-inch long strands that is perfect for washing purposes. Turn it over and you have a microfiber mesh surface that is ideal for scrubbing away bugs, tar, and tree sap from the surface of the paint.
This wash mitt is also equipped with a soft and elastic cuff that keeps the mitt secure in your hands. The chenille microfiber has a luxurious softness that absorbs high amounts of soapy water. It also produced a lot of foam when I dipped this wash mitt in the bucket.
It is also hard to argue with the price. You are getting two microfiber towels for the price of one. This is probably one of the best wash mitts that I used in a while.
However, nothing is perfect. After two or three washes, there were blue strands of fiber left on the surface of my truck. This is not a big deal since there were no scratches or swirl marks left on the finish.
- Great value
- Versatile wash mitt
- Luxurious softness
- Good absorbency
- Shredding issues after a couple of washes
If there are shoes that resemble feet, then we also have wash mitts that resemble the shape of your hand. The Eurow Microfiber Interior and Exterior Cleaning Glove is a versatile wash mitt. Like the others we tested here, this is a 2-in-1 product that literally fits like a glove.
What I really like about the Eurow Microfiber is that it can be worn on either your left or right hand. This is an ambidextrous wash glove that is both highly absorbent and lint free. On one side, you have a gray chenille microfiber that is great for washing. On the other side, you have a green scrubber microfiber that works well in removing bugs and tree sap from the paint.
The design of this microfiber wash mitt makes it perfect for cleaning hard to reach places. It is good when used wet or dry, and it is ideal for both the interior and exterior of your ride. Some people might have an issue with the glove design since the wash mitt feels like it could tear when you put it on. But it cleans like a champ without leaving traces of lint or residue from the finish.
- Good for wet and dry cleaning
- Versatile wash mitt
- Fits like a glove so it’s easy to use
- Long-term quality issues
You will notice that the primary complaint I had when testing the 2017 best wash mitts is I had issues with quality and durability. It is a known fact that microfiber towels are more durable than cotton rags, but you have to treat them with care if you want them to last.