When your jewelry requires a serious cleaning, using one of the best ultrasonic jewelry cleaners can help. These powerful devices can easily lift away dirt, grime, oil, and even mold from most jewelry without causing damage. That’s because they use ultrasound waves to clean hard-to-clean corners and nooks on your jewelry.
Ultrasonic cleaners have a built-in motor and tank. For the picks below, all you have to do is fill the tank with your pieces and add water, then turn the tank on and it creates vibrations through the liquid to clean and restore your jewelry’s luster — usually in around 5 minutes.
However, before you decide on an ultrasonic cleaner, consider the materials your jewelry is made of. Soft stones like pearls, opals, and turquoise should not be placed in an ultrasonic cleaner because they can be damaged. And the same is true for gems with a lot of inclusions or flaws as they may chip. But for most hard gemstones, like diamond, sapphires, rubies, and even cubic zirconia, ultrasonic cleaners are a great choice. They can also handle precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum. However, ultrasonic cleaners are also not the most effective at removing tarnish from silver. But no matter what material you’re putting in, always check to make sure your jewelry is compatible with the cleaner and not cracked or damaged first. Some of these cleaners can even handle non-jewelry items like eyeglasses, razor blades, and utensils.
To help you pick the right device, here’s my roundup of the best ultrasonic jewelry cleaners. All of these machines are top-rated and easy to use. Many of these even come in multiple sizes so you can choose the one that best suits your collection.