The best car wash soaps 2018

Shampoo, or shampoo and wax combined, we’ve come up with a list of the best car wash soaps for a clean, gleaming ride

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Whether you don’t trust the automatic car wash (it can be known to throw up grit), you think the people down the local hand car wash aren’t quite up to the finish standard you require, or you just want to save yourself some bucks, buying the best car wash soap, or shampoo as it’s otherwise called, is important if you’re looking for fantastic results.

The best car shampoos will contain a delicate mix of ingredients that will work together to ensure your car is treated to the showroom shine, so to speak. Products like the Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner, work to lift and shift the dirt from your car, rather than you having to scrub at it and scuff up the paint job in the process. 

It’s not a necessity to buy a shampoo with wax in it, although if you aren’t known to wash your car regularly, it’s a good quick fix buy. Those whose cars have a protective coating over the paintwork should make sure they purchase a pH neutral car soap, although these days, most are. 

The best car soap

1.Autoglym Bodywork Shampoo Conditioner

The market leaders in auto shampoos bring you this incredibly effective product

Reasons to buy
+Conditions to preserve for the finish of your vehicle

This car wash shampoo from Autoglym is ideal for lifting off every day traffic muck without you jeopardising the perfection of the paint job. Containing conditioning properties, the car soap works to strengthen and protect the exterior of your car, and thanks to the powers of electro-molecular attraction, a glossy, water repellent barrier forms for a high shine finish. While the cost of the car soap is fairly expensive, the heaps of 5 star reviews certainly indicate that this shampoo conditioner works, which is massive tick for us. 

Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax

2.Meguiar's Ultimate Wash and Wax

For the just waxed look, every time you wash your car

Reasons to buy
+Uses hydrophobic polymer technology to lift dirt

Waxing your car takes time and money, but with this car wash soap from Meguiar’s containing ingredients for both a wash and a wax, treating your car to that glossy, just waxed shine couldn’t be easier. As with our top product, the shampoo uses special ingredients to lift dirt from the paint so you don’t risk scuffing the paint job, while the carnauba wax boosts protection and glossiness to ensure your car remains in good nick for as long as possible. 

Bilt Hamber Auto Wash Car Shampoo

3.Bilt Hamber Auto Wash Car Shampoo

Ideal for older cars, this car wash is friendly on bare metal

Reasons to buy
+Highly concentrated so should last you a while

Containing no thickeners, colours or sodium chloride, this car wash soap is ideal for older cars where paint work may be marked and steel exposed. The ingredients work together to form a soapy lather, which gently lifts the dirt from the paintwork without leaving marks or corroding exposed surfaces. Having won heaps of recognition in the Auto Express Magazine's Product Awards, Bilt Hamber Auto Wash Car Shampoo is a popular simple, effective and environmentally friendly car shampoo. 

Turtle Wax Car Wash Shampoo & Wax

4.Turtle Wax Car Wash Shampoo & Wax

Fantastic value and offering a quality wash, there’s every reason why Turtle makes the top lists everywhere

Reasons to buy
+At under £5 for one litre, Turtle isn’t slow off the shelves

Turtle is an old faithful in the car wash world, especially when it offers exceptional value. Containing wax in addition to shampoo, this product will help to ensure your car benefits from that just waxed finish each time you wash it. Turtle promise that it’ll provide a streak-free finish, while the 5L bottle should provide up to 300 washes. It may not have the accolades of Meguiar's but at a substantially lower cost, you can’t complain at the value for money.

Valet PRO Advanced Poseidon Car Wash Shampoo

5.Valet PRO Advanced Poseidon Car Wash Shampoo

Effective, yet gentle, Valet PRO is a top option, with the 5L bottle great for car washing businesses

Reasons to buy
+Should leave behind a white gloss finish without wax

If you’re worried about your paint sealant, this car shampoo is gentle on any protective layer while still effectively shifting grime. The formula is well lubricated, which means it’s easy to stroke on with a cloth or sponge, although it should also work well with a foam lance or gun. Valet PRO boast that it rinses to leave a high gloss finish, which repels water to ensure your car remains clean and streak free. Although expensive, it comes in a 5L container and it’s highly concentrated so it should last you a long time to come. 

Simoniz Car Shampoo & Wax

6. Simoniz Car Shampoo & Wax

Cleans well, and the price can’t be contested

Reasons to buy
+Great value for money

If you can’t justify the expenditure on a shampoo and wax for your car, Simoniz is a great option. Our choice comes in a 2L bottle and it sets you back less than £6, which makes it the perfect competitor to Turtle. Simoniz promise that the product will deliver a deep clean, and once buffered, the wax will bring it out in a super shiny finish. With users saying it smells great and creates a good foam, this offers all the characteristics of a good car wash soap.