Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

Active

Rapid

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

    7 Member reviews

    Great results

    Pros

    Excellent cleaning
    Great price on special

    Cons

    Tablets stick together in packet

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Nicholas G.

    Used 6 months or more

    Effective and convenient

    Pros

    Pleased to see Active rates so well. Have been using for past year and very happy with results after deciding to "trial" them, and I will continue to use them. I have an older f&p dishwasher so have always rinsed plates etc first - regardless these do clean better on short and full washes.

    Cons

    I don't think this relates to Activ more to my older dishwasher, but after time the cutlery builds up a film, esp spoons, which I manually clean and polish up occasionally.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Christine C.

    Used 6 months or more

    Not impressed

    Pros

    Pretty much nothing

    Cons

    Have to bleach the cups all the time as do not remove stains. Never had this problem with my previous tablets. I only tried them after reading your recommendations

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Judy B.

    Used 1 month or less

    Great Product

    Pros

    Haven't had anything stuck of left on any dishes.
    Nice fresh smell.
    Leaves the dishwaher filter etc nice and clean. Do a "glass wash" with vinegar once a month to totally clean the machine.
    Lowest cost cleaner.
    Watch for them on special $7.99.

    Cons

    None

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Mike

    Used 6 months or more

    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