Best waterless car wash products to slash water use

To achieve a clean car without using litres of water you need a waterless car wash. Parkers recommends the best products.

Parkers testing No-H2O waterless car wash

by Chris Williams |

The time-saving and water-saving sides of waterless car wash you're already sold on. But the question that stays in your mind is whether they work as well as regular car shampoo.

Like you, many other people have become increasingly interested in this option. That, in turn, has driven producers to deliver effective products. Today, there are a selection of waterless car wash products that sit as viable alternatives to car shampoo.

How well does waterless car wash work?

Many such products are sold as a wash and wax double act. The best of these are able to attend to light and medium levels of dirt while adding some subsequent shine and protection. But do remember, if you want the best levels of shine, and protection it remains advisable to stick proper polish followed by a wax, sealant or ceramic coating.

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.

But bear in mind the time saving that you can gain from waterless car wash. A full wash can be done in 20 minutes and a quick touch up can be done in less than 10; indoors too, if need be.

The best waterless car wash products

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

Editors pick
Greased Lightning Showroom Shine Waterless Wash & Wax (1L)
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Supplied in a generous one-litre bottle and even with a pair of microfibre towels, the Showroom Shine Wash & Wax takes out the top spot for effectiveness too. It cleans a lightly dirty car without scratching and generates a decent shine too. There is a 3.78-litre refill available too, when the time comes.

Diamond Shine System Waterless Wash & Wax (1L)

Second place
Diamond Shine System Waterless Wash & Wax (1L)
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Slightly cheaper than the Greased Lightning wash and very nearly as good, the Wash & Wax from Diamond Shine System takes a close second place. Like the Greased Lighting wash, this too comes with a couple of microfibre cloths.

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

Best value
Dirtbusters Waterless Car Wash & Wax (500ml + 5L)
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Though packing significant bang for your buck, this waterless wash still works a treat. In addition to the value and effectiveness is the fragrance. This is a sort of berry fragrance but there is cherry available 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 Fortify Quick Coat (237ml)

Best shine
Shine Fortify Quick Coat (237ml)
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For the best waterless wash to achieve a glossy coat, this is the option to go for. It's not cheap and the bottle is small but what lies inside produces great results. It uses SiO2 ceramic polymers to help create a good shine and a lasting, durable coating.

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, but also because it has brilliant UV protection, like several of its other products.

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