Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

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recommended

79

Avg price

$9.50

Member Reviews

    These dishwasher tablets are the top in our test as they removed all stains well and are reasonably priced at 32¢ per wash.

    Test results

    • 87
      Egg yolk
    • 70
      Rice starch
    • 94
      Baked-on cheese
    • 68
      Red wine
    • 66
      Coffee
    • 86
      Minced meat

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    Good points

    • Very good at removing egg-yolk stains.
    • Good at removing rice stains.
    • Excellent at removing baked-on cheese stains.
    • OK at removing red wine stains.
    • OK at removing coffee stains.
    • Very good at removing minced-meat stains.
    • Dissolvable wrapper.

    Bad points

    No obvious bad points.

    How we test

    Overall score is the average of 6 scores for stain removal.

    We test in a controlled lab environment using plates that are pre-stained. We get the plates from the same company that supplies consumer organisations and dishwasher manufacturers globally. We set the dishwasher to a standard cycle at 60°C and test each detergent 4 times. To see how well the detergents have cleaned the plates, we measure the reflectance with a spectrophotometer before and after cleaning.

    Model

    • Avg price

      $9.50

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Cost per load

      32c

    • Washes per pack

      30

    • Pack size

      30

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      Yes

    Specifications

    • pH

      9

    • Origin

      New Zealand

    • Contain rinse aid

      Yes

    • Phosphate free

      Yes

    • Fragrance

      Lime and baking soda

    Member reviews

    3 Member reviews

    Very effective

    Pros

    Totally whitened the inside of our teacups for the first time in years.
    Everything is well cleaned.
    Septic tank safe is important even if you connect to the sewer system.

    Cons

    Don’t try to get the soluble plastic wrapped tablets out of the box with wet fingers - big mess.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Richard & Paula S.

    Used 6 months or more

    Excellent

    Pros

    Used these for last year - great!! Run out so tried my sons expensive brand - rubbish but dearer. Everything always comes out sparkling clean.

    Cons

    Nil

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Sheryl N.

    Used 6 months or more

    Excellent results

    Pros

    I’ve been using this for several years now and the results have been consistently excellent.

    Cons

    I’ve never had any problems at all.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Allen G.

    Used 6 months or more