Best Drain Cleaners in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 10, 2019
Are you tired of constantly solving drain problems? When another cable or plunger fails a drain cleaner comes to help. Choose the best one from an amazing array of products presented on our shortlist and maintain a free-flowing system effortlessly.  ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
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OUR VERDICT
TYPE
SUITABLE FOR
BEST FOR
APPLICATION
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PROS

The solution takes just 5 minutes to handle any drain. It will melt grease in the kitchen sink, clear any blockage, and remove unpleasant odours. It reaches the entire pipe wall, cleaning and freshening it.

CONS

The cap can be a little difficult to remove (though it is just as much a plus as it is a minus). 

OUR VERDICT

Mr Muscle Max Gel Unblocker is the best drain cleaner on the market right now. It isn't just effective and fast-acting but also efficient and particularly practical. With it, you'll be able to clean practically any orifice.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Gel

SUITABLE FOR

Safe for use on all kinds of pipe

BEST FOR

Removes grunge and hair, destroys the worst clogs

APPLICATION

Pour the product, wait for 5 minutes, run drain with hot water. Repeat if needed.

FORMULA

Active formula destroys the worst clogs

VOLUME/WEIGHT

500 ml (pack of 2)

PROS

The cleaner is suitable for more or less all pipework out there, from plastic and PVC to metal and copper. Using the recommended 250 millilitres per treatment, you get 12 treatments out of the pack. 

CONS

You'll need more than 250 ml to clean severe blockages. 

OUR VERDICT

Pro-Kleen Super Strength Formula is about its effectiveness first and foremost. This drain cleaner allows you to treat all pipework. It doesn't matter how tough the blockage, this drain unblocker can clean them all.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Gel

SUITABLE FOR

Safe for use on all kinds of pipe

BEST FOR

Completely dissolves hair and grease

APPLICATION

For slow draining pipes: pour 250 ml of the solution down the drain. Leave for 1 to 3 hours, preferably overnight. Flush through plenty of hot water.

For regular use: 250 ml of the solution will be enough. 

FORMULA

Super strength formula is up to 20 times stronger than common drain openers

VOLUME/WEIGHT

1000 ml (pack of 3)

PROS

The non-acid composition of its formula makes the solution safe for all pipes. The bottle comes equipped with a nice little handle, making it easier to carry and pour the cleaner.

CONS

If the clog is closer to the bottom of the drain, it might take more than a night to dissolve. 

OUR VERDICT

This heavy-duty drain cleaner from Scotch Corporation makes an appealing case with its modest price, strong caustic formulation, and handy packaging. It also doesn't hurt that it doesn't discriminate between piping.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Gel

SUITABLE FOR

Safe for use on all kinds of pipe

BEST FOR

Dissolves grease and hair clogs

APPLICATION

Slowly pour 2 cups directly into the drain. Wait at least an hour before flushing with hot water. Overnight is best.

FORMULA

Strong non-acid formula is up to 10 times stronger than common drain openers

VOLUME/WEIGHT

1000 ml

PROS

You don't have to dilute the solution, reducing the splashing chances. It doesn't foam or splash when poured into the drain, keeping your hands nice and safe. It doesn't harm plastic pipes.

CONS

The solution is most effective with boiling water. 

OUR VERDICT

HG Classic Liquid Drain Unblocker doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before. It simply does its job and it does it well. The formula is powerful but surprisingly economical. Plus, it doesn't have a smell to it.

detailed parameters
TYPE

Gel

SUITABLE FOR

Does not affect plastic pipes; Do not use on aluminium and zinc

BEST FOR

Dissolves grease and hair clogs

APPLICATION

For regular use: pour 300 ml down the blocked drain. Leave the drain liquid to work for approx 30 minutes and rinse with plenty of cold water.

For slow draining pipes: add 300 ml to warm water, leave it overnight and rinse it the next day with warm water.

FORMULA

Neither-foams-nor-splashes special formula 

VOLUME/WEIGHT

1000 ml (pack of 2 and pack 3 are available)

PROS

A single sachet and 10 minutes is all it takes to clear any drain. It goes directly to the clogged area, meaning it doesn't matter whether the clog is close to the bottom of the drain or not.

CONS

The pack only gives you 3 treatments. 

OUR VERDICT

Duzzit DZT1030A will cost you less than practically any other option on the market today. But, despite how easy it is on the pocketbook, the solution gets the job done as well as the next drain cleaner. 

detailed parameters
TYPE

Sachets

SUITABLE FOR

Safe for use on plastic pipes

BEST FOR

Dissolves grease and hair clogs

APPLICATION

Put 1 sachet. Rinse it after 10 minutes. 

FORMULA

Fast-acting formula

VOLUME/WEIGHT

3 x 40 g (pack of 2 and pack 3 are available)

Mr Muscle Max

Flex the Cleaning Muscles

Advertised as a maximum gel unblocker, this product from Mr Muscle doesn't play around. The difference between this solution and its subpar counterparts doesn't just lie with how effective the former is but also how practical and convenient it can be. With your average drain cleaner, you'll have to wait for hours or leave it overnight.

That's hardly the case here. All you have to do is pour the solution, wait for 5 minutes, and run the drain with hot water. You can repeat if necessary but that will seldom be needed. It clears slow-draining pipes and regular ones equally fast.

It will melt grease in the kitchen sink, clear any blockage, and remove unpleasant odours. With a single dose, this fast-acting unblocker removes grunge and hair and destroys the worst clogs with ease. The solution reaches the entire pipe wall, cleaning and freshening it.

You can use this drain cleaner with sinks, kitchen, and bathroom pipes. Doesn't matter if it is plastic, PVC, metal, a septic tank, or a sewer line, this Mr Muscle gel cleans them all.

As for the downsides, the cap can be a little difficult to remove (though it is just as much a plus as it is a minus).

In other words, Mr Muscle Max Gel Unblocker is one of the best, strongest cleaners on the market right now. It isn't just effective and fast-acting but also efficient and particularly practical. With it, you'll be able to clean practically any orifice.

Review of Mr Muscle Max Gel Unblocker

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Pro-Kleen Super Strength Formula

20 Times the Strength

The people behind Pro-Kleen Super Strength Formula claim that their formula is up to 20 times stronger compared to any average drain opener. Now, that's a bold claim and we don't know how accurate it is. But we can definitely say that it is up there, somewhere in that vicinity.

As far as we can tell, it completely dissolves grease and hair, doesn't matter how serious the blockage is. You can use it with sinks and drains. Actually, it is suitable for more or less all pipework out there, from plastic and PVC to metal and copper.

With slow-draining pipes, the manufacturers recommend pouring 250 millilitres of their solution down the drain. After that, you should leave it for 1 to 3 hours (preferably overnight). Flush the remainings through lots of hot water and you should be good to go.

When it comes to efficiency, the product leaves mixed impressions. On one hand, using the recommended 250 millilitres per treatment, you get 12 treatments out of the pack, which is really nice. On the other, some of the more severe blockages may require more than 250 ml, so it is difficult to gauge exactly how cost-effective the formula is.

Bottom line, Pro-Kleen Super Strength Formula is about its effectiveness first and foremost. This drain cleaner allows you to treat all pipework. It doesn't matter how tough the blockage, this drain unblocker can clean them all.

Review of Pro-Kleen Super Strength Formula Plughole/Drain Unblocker

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Scotch Corporation Heavy Duty

Strong Caustic Formulation

This drain opener from Scotch Corporation is best described as an economical treatment for all household drain clogs.

The idea here is simple - you slowly pour two cups directly into the drain. With that out of the way, you wait somewhere between an hour or two and flush it with hot water. Though you probably won't have to, the company recommends leaving it overnight when faced with a severe blockage. That being said, it might take more than a night to dissolve the clog if it is closer to the bottom of the drain.

The best part of this product is definitely the formula. Its non-acid composition makes the solution safe for all pipes. Dissolving grease and hair, it will help you clean any blocked drain and sink. Just make sure to stick with the piping. Don't use the solution with waste disposal units as it can damage the non-stainless steel ones. The toilets are also out of the question. Though the chances are low, the product can overflow and that can lead to safety issues.

Though hardly a game changer, we really like that the bottle comes equipped with a nice little handle, making it easier to carry and pour the cleaner.

All in all, this heavy-duty drain cleaner from Scotch Corporation makes an appealing case with its modest price, strong caustic formulation, and handy packaging. It also doesn't hurt that it doesn't discriminate between piping.

Review of Scotch Corporation Heavy Duty Liquid Drain Opener

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HG CLASSIC

Fast but Safe

HG Classic Liquid Drain Unblocker, as the name ever so subtly implies, is a classic cleaner that doesn't really present any new ideas. It just does the job and it does it well enough to earn a spot on our list. When all is said and done, a classic formula is all about the speed and practicality. Needless to say, the product excels on these fronts.

With a regular blockage, you'll simply have to pour 300 millilitres down the drain. More often than not, it will take the solution around 30 minutes to work its magic. After that, you can rinse it with any water, cold, lukewarm, or hot.

As far as slow-draining pipes go, it is best to add the same amount of solution to warm water, leave that overnight and rinse the next day with warm water. That being said the formula is most effective when paired with boiling water, so you might want to crank up that "warm" part to treat the problem on the first try.

Now, as for practicality, the product boasts many advantages compared to its subpar counterparts. You don't have to dilute it, reducing the splashing chances. It doesn't foam or splash when poured into the drain, keeping your hands nice and safe. Plus, it doesn't harm plastic pipes, though we wouldn't recommend using with aluminium and zinc.

Again, HG Classic Liquid Drain Unblocker doesn't offer anything you haven't seen before. It simply does its job and it does it well. The formula is powerful but surprisingly economical. Plus, it doesn't have a smell to it.

Review of HG CLASSIC Liquid Drain Unblocker

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Duzzit DZT1030A

A Humble Pack

Duzzit DZT1030A is a little different from every other product in this review. As you can tell from the title above, you get a pack of sachets instead of a bottle with a liquid solution. There are advantages and disadvantages to a product like that.

The biggest advantage, without a doubt, is speed. The fast-acting formula allows a single sachet to treat practically any blockage in no more than 10 minutes. You simply throw one in the drain, wait the aforementioned amount of time, and flush it with any water. As you would imagine, a sachet like that doesn't pour nor splash. You won't be able to hurt your hands even if you wanted to. It doesn't hurt the pipes either, provided you stick with the plastic ones.

Finally, the biggest upside is the price. At the end of the day, what you get here is sodium hydroxide in a solid form. It's the same stuff they put in those fancy bottles but without the said fancy bottle and water.

The biggest downside is the limited number of treatment. A pack like that includes 3 sachets, giving you just 3 treatments before you run out of sachets. That being said, you can always buy an extra pack or two and it will still cost you less than a single cleaner in a bottle.

To make it simple, Duzzit DZT1030A will cost you less than practically any other option on the market today. But, despite how easy it is on the pocketbook, the solution is just as effective as the rest of them.

Review of Duzzit DZT1030A Drain Away - Sachets

 

What Is a Drain Cleaner?

From time to time drain pipes and sewer lines get clogged by grease or wastes. The water drains slowly or stops flowing at all. It's an inconvenient issue but something that we all face sooner or later. That's where the subject of this review comes in. Drain cleaners are designed for hassle-free, efficient, and quick cleaning of clogged drains, garbage disposals, septic systems, and tanks as well as for preventing their recurrent blockage. You don't have to be a professional plumber to figure these things out.

Usually, chemical drain cleaners are made in the form of powder, gel or liquid that will easily dissolve hair, grease, soap scums and break the waste clogs. A regular application of drain cleaners will not only ensure free water discharge but also prolong the service life of a sewage system.

For a perfect wash without spots and stains check laundry detergents that will make your clothes and linens fresh and clean. Meanwhile, high-quality dishwasher detergents will help your dishwasher cope with dirty dishes more efficiently.

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2. How to Un-Clog a Blocked Drain: Step by Step Guide for Homeowners, InspectAPedia

3. Best Drain Cleaners, eBay. March 13, 2016. 

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Publish Date: 2019-03-01 08:36:03