Cleaning and polishing

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What Car? Staff
02 December 2009

Cleaning and polishing

We've picked the best car gadgets and goodies so you don't have to Picking the best sat-nav, Bluetooth or even alloy wheel cleaner can be almost as tricky as choosing the right car.

With so many similar products around, how can you be sure you're getting the best?

Read our 2010 Product Awards and you won't go far wrong. You'll find more detailed reviews of more than 100 products online at

If you're looking for less-conventional inspiration for gifts this Christmas, we've also added a page packed full of lucky dips.

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CarPlan Wonder Wheels

Best wheel cleaner
Best price 7.99
For Brilliant results; simple to apply; good value; useful applicator brush
Against Feeble spray action
Verdict The lazy way to get your
wheels showroom shiny.

Turtle Wax Extreme Speed Wax

Best car polish
Best price 6.49
For Little effort required; no need to wait for polish to dry; superb results
Against Inaccurate spray
Verdict A super-glossy finish for minimum effort and cost.

Dyson DC31

Best portable car vac
Best price 132.56
For Lightweight; powerful suction; easy to empty; stylish; handy around the home
Against Not exactly cheap
Verdict The best we've tested, but undeniably expensive.

Krcher K3.65 Jubilee

Best pressure washer
Best price 176.14
For Powerful water jet; well made; bundled with accessories; easy to wheel around
Against Pricey; you may never use some accessories
Verdict Fairly expensive, but really powerful and comes with lots of accessories, including a patio cleaner.

Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner

Best car shampoo
Best price 5.99 for 500ml
For Little elbow grease required; great results; car stays clean for longer
Against Other shampoos are cheaper
Verdict We reckon this is worth the price premium over other shampoos.