The 5 Best CD Repair Kits to Buy in 2018

Restore your music collection and say goodbye to skipped tracks

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No matter how much the music industry continues to drive full steam ahead to a streaming-only world, CDs represent a part of history that many audiophiles won’t soon forget. Unfortunately, after years of use, a CD can skip or jump during listening sessions because of fingerprints, scratches or age. The good news is that there are relatively inexpensive ways to fix these surface scratches (and for the deepest of scratches to a disc, some expensive solutions that promise to fix just about anything). Keep reading to find the best CD repair kits to buy today.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Monoprice 105164 CD Repair Kit

Monoprice 105164 Cleaning and Repairing Kit for CD/DVD media
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If you're looking for a great multifunction, name brand CD repair kit that can work on nearly every type of disc, the Monoprice 105164 is your best option. Capable of working with CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray or even old-school HD-DVD discs, the Monoprice works to remove dust, scratches, stains and fingerprints right off the CD without utilizing any harmful or dangerous chemicals.

The circular design measures a compact size of 5.7 x 1.9 x 6.3 inches with enough room to neatly tuck away all the relevant cleaning supplies. User reviews note that the Monoprice isn't as effective with deeper scratches as its more expensive competitors, but overall the Monoprice does a solidly reliable job of helping restore your CD and DVD media to their glory days.

Best Budget: Maxell CD/CD-ROM Repair Kit

Maxell CD/CD-ROM Scratch Repair Kit

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The Maxell CD/CD-ROM scratch repair kit is best served to wipe away fingerprints, dust and surface scratches. Ideal for discs that are skipping while in a CD Player, the Maxell comes with both a scratch remover and a cleaner/polish/sealer formula for a two-step process to repair gently scratched discs. There's enough formula to handle repairs for up to 100 discs, allowing them to avoid skipping music or reducing sound loss that can occur from surface scratches. Beyond CDs, Maxell highlights that its two-step process works just as well on DVDs, as well as game station discs for Microsoft Xbox or Sony's PlayStation.

Best Splurge: JFJ One-Step Eyecon

The JFJ One-Step Eyecon 110V repair machine is ready to take on any scratched disc and work its magic. Measuring 27 x 12 x 11 inches, this is very much a desktop or table unit with a supply kit that can last for up to 2,000 repairs. Based on the cost of the unit, that's enough repairs to break down the cost of ownership to 1 or 2 cents a repair, which sounds like a great cost for the life of the unit.

It includes a pad for wiping discs and a compound for repairing scratches in one step or in as little time as 15 seconds per disc. For even deeper scratches, the JFJ includes a sanding option for gouges that alternative options would struggle to fix. Additionally, the JFJ has a patent-pending Blu-Ray formulation that is 100 percent silicone-free and can work on Blu-Ray repairs just as easy as traditional CDs.

Best Silent: Memorex OptiFix Pro

Featuring an automated cleaning and repair process, the Memorex OptiFix Pro does a great job of knocking out surface scratches like a pro. It takes off all the dirt and dust that can accumulate on a CD over the years. The OptiFix Pro utilizes a chemical-free cleaning solution paired with soft cleaning pads for removing surface scratches that can lead to audio skipping.

The included auto timer takes all the guesswork out of when a CD is ready for removal (most scratches are removed or reduced within three minutes of activating the OptiFix Pro). It works with CDs, DVDs and any video game disc. With everything you need to make fixes, the silent-running OptiFix Pro won't tackle the deepest of scratches, but for basic scratches, it's an excellent solution.

Best Compatibility: JFJ Easy Pro

The JFJ Easy Pro repair machine is capable of fixing deep gauges just as easily as light scratches ​and the combination of the internal lightweight motor and chemically-safe compounds will make a CD look and play like the first day you took it out of the wrapping. There's no water or hose to get in the way or clean. The single-step machine does all the dirty work for you. The JFJ Easy Pro can easily tackle hundreds of repairs making it incredibly cost effective when you consider that each disc will only cost around 15 to 20 cents to repair over the lifetime of the Easy Pro. Compatible with Xbox and PlayStation discs, as well as Blu-Ray, CDR, DVDR and audio CDs, the Easy Pro is ready for any home or business.