The best car cleaning kits for comprehensive car care

As a gift or for yourself, here are the top car cleaning kits.

the best car cleaning kits

by Chris Williams |

Us car fans possess enviable, if not slightly disturbing love affairs with our cars. Cleaning and care is an essential element of nurturing the special human-car bond.

Car cleaning is quite meditative, and you can reach levels of zen that yoga masters only dream about. Furthermore, having a complete set of car cleaning products is as pleasurable and satisfying as a clean car itself. All lined up on the shelf in perfect uniformity.

Below, you'll find a shortlist of the best car cleaning kits. We've picked each one specifically because they all have a certain strong point. On top of this, you may be able to wiggle out of paying for these yourself if you drop a discreet (or not so discreet) ‘ahem, car cleaning stuff, ahem, early birthday present’ to your household.

The best car cleaning kits:

Greased Lightning Showroom Shine Exterior & Interior Car Care Bundle

Editoru2019s pick
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine Exterior & Interior Car Care Bundle
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This kit is waterless and consists of very effective products. The stars of this kit are the Waterless Wash & Wax and Stain Shifter. The former is an excellent bodywork cleaner that doesn't scratch paintwork; the latter is one of the best upholstery cleaners out there.

Contents
Interior 500ml Stain Shifter
Exterior 2 x 1L Waterless Wash & Wax; 500ml Bug Buster
Wheels 500ml Brilliant Black Tyre & Trim Restorer
Applicators 4 x Microfibre Cloths

Autoglym Bodywork, Wheels, & Interiors - The Collection

Silver award
Autoglym Bodywork, Wheels, & Interiors - The Collection

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This is the most comprehensive kit here. We like a lot of Autoglym's gear because it simply works. No fuss, just effectiveness, and at a reasonable price. The Autoglym Collection includes products for interior, exterior, and wheels plus applicators. It is ideal for those looking for a foundation set that covers all bases, or as a gift.

Contents
Interior 500ml Interior Shampoo; 500ml Fast Glass; 500ml Vinyl & Rubber Care
Exterior 325ml Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner; 325ml Super Resin Polish; 325ml Extra Gloss Protection
Wheels 500ml Clean Wheels; 500ml Instant Tyre Dressing
Applicators Sponge; Hi-Tech Finishing Cloth; Hi-Tech Microfibre Drying Towel

King of Sheen Waterless Car Cleaning Kit

Best for speed
King of Sheen Waterless Car Cleaning Kit
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Not having to get out the hose is an alluring prospect when faced with cleaning the car, it's fast and can even be done indoors. The Wash and Wax spray included in this set has carnauba wax in it and can be used not only on paint but also on plastic and glass. The only drawback is that it doesnu2019t last terribly long u2013 you might get ten cleans with it on a smaller car. On the positive side, there are other excellent products included:

Contents
Interior 500ml Glass Sparkle; 500ml Auto Fresh; 500ml Vinyl Shine
Exterior 500ml Universal Wheel Cleaner; 500ml Waterless Eco Wash & Wax
Wheels 500ml Tyre Shine
Applicators 2 x Professional Microfibre Cloths; 2 x Professional Microfibre Glass Cloths; Detailing Brush; Sponge

Autobrite Essential Detailing Kit

Best for detailing
Autobrite Essential Detailing Kit

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If you like aromas, this kit is for you. The polish and wax smell of chocolate and the interior cleaner emits a lasting fresh fragrance. Beyond the aromas, this kit cleans very well too and has fantastic applicators for a detailed clean.

Contents
Interior 500ml Crystal Glass Cleaner; 500ml Pink Sheen
Exterior 500ml Purple Velvet Shampoo; 500ml Chocolate Glaze
Wheels 500ml Very Chery Non Acid Wheel Cleaner; 500ml Well Dressed Trim & Tyre Gel
Applicators Synthetic Wool Wash Mitt; 3 x Microfibre Towels; Detailing Brush; 2 x Foam Applicators

CarPlan Demon Valeting Gift Pack

Best valueu00a0
CarPlan Demon Valeting Gift Pack
Amazon

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We like value for money here and heartily recommend such products that still do the job. With the exception of the air freshener, this kit is superb and the spray-on shine is ideal for people who really canu2019t be bothered polishing or waxing their car properly.

Contents
Interior 1L Demon Clean; Demon Air Freshner
Exterior 1L Demon Shampoo; 1L Demon Shine
Wheels 1L Demon Wheels; 1L Demon Tyres
Applicators Sponge

Autoglym The Collection - Perfect Interiors

Best for interiors
Autoglym The Collection - Perfect Interiors
Amazon

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The interior of a car is where we spend almost all of the time. Therefore, a dedicated kit to cleaning it is important. With Autoglym's interior kit, you can tend to the upholstery, plastics, rubber, and glass.

Contents
Interior 500ml Interior Shampoo; 500ml Fast Glass; 500ml Vinyl & Rubber Care

Meguiars Paint Restoration Kit

Best for paintwork
Meguiars Paint Restoration Kit

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For car owners finickity and pedantic about the condition of their caru2019s paintwork, this is the kit for them. It offers a full arsenal of effective weaponry specifically tasked to restore and rejuvenate paintwork.

Contents
Exterior 473ml Gold Class Car Wash; 25g Clay Bar; 295ml Quick Detailer; 295ml Ultimate Compound; 177ml Gold Class Carnauba Plus
Applicators 2 x Microfibre Cloths; 2 x Foam Applicator Pads

Meguiar's Ultimate Car Snow Foam Cannon Kit

Best snow foam kit
Meguiar's Ultimate Car Snow Foam Cannon Kit
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Unlike almost every snow foam kit out there, the one from Meguiar's fits both Karcher and Nilfisk pressure washer brands. The quality of the snow foam cannon is also exceptional - very well made and produces thick foam.

Contents
Exterior Snow Foam Cannon; 946ml Ultimate Snow Foam

Sonax Profiline Ceramic Coating Evo

Best ceramic coating
Sonax Profiline Ceramic Coating Evo
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Ceramic coating is a new and extremely durable and effective form of paint protection. We have a full guide about car ceramic products, and this is one of the best. It consists of a preparation coat to remove any previously-applied waxes or sealants, a basecoat, and final gloss coat. The end result is a long-lasting hydrophobic coating with high UV resistance and protection against bird poo, tree sap, and such substances.

Contents
Exterior Profiline Evo Prep; Profiline Evo Basecoat; Profiline Evo Glosscoat

Turtle Wax Soft Top Cleaner & Conditioner Kit

Best for ragtop cars
Turtle Wax Soft Top Cleaner & Conditioner Kit
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There are a few of us who own soft top cars, which we love dearly. Keeping the roof in prime condition is important not only for appearances but also condition and longevity of the fabric. This kit has a cleaner for removing dirt and a conditioner for weather protection and water repellency.

Contents
Exterior 500ml Soft Top Roof Cleaner; 500ml Soft Top Roof Conditioner

Car cleaning advice

We have a lot of helpful advice and content on the topic of car care. Click on the links below and learn about the best individual car cleaning products.

• The best snow foam for washing your car

• CAR's guide to cleaning leather seats

• Car upholstery cleaners that truly work

• Learn the difference between car polish and car wax

• To get a professional polish on your car, check out the best car polishing kits and best polishing tools

• What is a clay bar? Find out with our guide

• The best car detailing brushes for spotless interiors

• The best alloy wheel cleaners and protective sealants

• What are the best pressure washers for cars? Find out via the link

• The best car vacuum cleaners

For further car care advice, check out our other content:

The best car scratch repair kits

Best car covers: protect your car in storage

Best car battery chargers

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