Best waterless car wash products

Fast and effective, CAR recommends the best waterless car wash products.

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by Chris Williams |

In a world where fresh water is sacred and time is always short, only one product remains appropriate for car cleaning.

It’s not a synopsis that is going to win funding for a Hollywood blockbuster but despite that, waterless car wash products can seem rather appealing in principle.

Does waterless car wash work well?

As the idea of waterless car wash has grown in popularity, the demand for their improved effectiveness has too. It’s got to the point where top waterless car wash products are a viable alternative to car shampoos.

That being said, many waterless car wash products are advertised as a wash and wax. In the same way that regular car shampoos sometimes come as a wash and wax, remember that they will not offer the same quality of coating as a dedicated wax applied after a wash.

Similarly, for the most stubborn grime and bird poo use something a bit more powerful. Two such products we rate highly are the Greased Lightning Bug Buster and 26JPN Bug & Grime sprays.

There are certain practical elements that lean in favour of waterless car wash products. They’re faster to use and apply than normal car shampoo; depending on how thorough you want to be you can have a waterless car wash done in five minutes. Waterless car wash sprays also allow you to clean a car indoors too.

We've kept things straightforward and chosen a small selection of the very best waterless car wash products.

The best waterless car wash products

Greased Lightning Showroom Shine Waterless Wash & Wax (1L)

Editoru2019s pick
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine Waterless Wash & Wax (1L)
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The cleaning solution from Greased Lightning is no-nonsense and works an absolute treat. You can use it beyond the metal paintwork and use it to equally good effect on glass and plastic too. Additionally, the value is excellent; but when you run the one-litre bottle empty, you can buy 3.78-litre refills.

Diamond Shine System Waterless Wash & Wax (1L)

Silver award
Diamond Shine System Waterless Wash & Wax (1L)
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On the face of things, the Diamond Shine is exactly the same as the offering from Greased Lightning. Indeed, the volume is the same and you also get two microfibre cloths throw in. In fairness it is a close contest, but the Greased Lightening just edges ahead in terms of effectiveness. But the Diamond Shine cleaner still earns silver. Itu2019s very good and minutely cheaper.

Dirtbusters Waterless Car Wash & Wax (500ml + 5L)

Best value
Dirtbusters Waterless Car Wash & Wax (500ml + 5L)
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When we recommend a best-value product, it doesnu2019t come at the expense of effectiveness. The Waterless Wash & Wax from Dirtbusters remains a sound cleaning solution while also offering top value. It comes with the added benefit of fragrance. This is a sort of berry fragrance, but there is cherry too.

No-H2O Waterless Car Wash In A Box Kit (2 x 500ml)

Best kit
No-H2O Waterless Car Wash In A Box Kit (2 x 500ml)
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No-H2O is a different type of business compared to the other brands here. It is primarily a water-free car-washing business, but No-H2O thoroughly deserves a place here with its car wash kit. In it there are two 500ml solutions, one for bodywork, the other for wheels, plus four microfibre cloths. Both the wash and wheel cleaner are very effective. The Wash & Polish cleans well and creates a surprising level of shine; the wheel cleaner is pH-neutral and biodegradable.

Shine Armor Spray Wax Quick Coat (237ml)

Best wax
Shine Armor Spray Wax Quick Coat (237ml)
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Small volume and relatively pricey; those are this product's shortcomings. However, shine and protection is not something you tend to gain from one product. Ordinarily, you need a polish for sparkle followed by a sealant or wax. While the Shine Armor Spray Wax does not work to the same effect of specific products, for a multi-purpose product. It uses SiO2 ceramic coating, to achieve a coating that generates a good shine and protections that lasts for a few months.

303 Products Automotive Speed Detailer (473ml)

Best detailer
303 Products Automotive Speed Detailer (473ml)
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303 Products produces some of the very best cleaners and protectants for not only cars but boats and home use too. Its Speed Detailer is a very handy spray that works best in between washes. We recommend it not only because you can use it on essentially every relevant material including your fibreglass TVR, but also because it has brilliant UV protection u2013 like several of its other products.

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