The 8 fast-food chains with the cleanest restaurants in America, according to customers

Gregory Smith/Associated PressChick-fil-A, In-N-Out, and Starbucks topped the list of cleanest fast-food chains in America.

No one wants to visit a fast-food chain with a grubby dining room and unknown germs lurking in the kitchen.

People across America are sceptical of many fast-food chains’ abilities to meet basic standards of cleanliness. So, Business Insider asked more than 3,000 people who read our fast-food coverage which chains they believe have the cleanest restaurants.

To avoid penalising smaller regional chains, we crunched the numbers to create a score based on the percentage of people who said they visited a chain in the last six months and who said the brand had the cleanest restaurants. While the data collection wasn’t super scientific, it quickly revealed which fast-food chains customers believe to be the cleanest.


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Few customers were willing to vouch for most fast-food giants’ cleanliness. In the case of most chains – including McDonald’s, Burger King, and Subway – fewer than 10% of respondents said that they believed the brand had the cleanest restaurants in the industry.

However, a handful of chains stood out. Here are the eight fast-food chains with the cleanest restaurants in the industry, according to customers.


8. Five Guys

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10% of people who had visited Five Guys in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.


7. Whataburger

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11% of people who had visited Whataburger in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.


6. Chipotle

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15% of people who had visited Chipotle in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.


5. Culver’s

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20% of people who had visited Five Guys in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.


4. Panera Bread

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21% of people who had visited Panera in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.


3. Starbucks

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27% of people who had visited Starbucks in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.


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2. In-N-Out

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30% of people who had visited In-N-Out in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.


1. Chick-fil-A

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55% of people who had visited Chick-fil-A in the last six months said the brand had the cleanest restaurants.

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