Dishwasher detergents

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Dishwasher detergents

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Rapid Tablets

recommended

80

Avg price

$9.50

Member Reviews

    This tablet dishwasher detergent performs very well overall and costs 32¢ per wash. It's excellent at removing baked-on cheese stains, very good at removing egg-yolk and minced-meat stains, good at removing rice stains and red wine stains, and OK at removing coffee stains.

    Test results

    • 89
      Egg yolk
    • 78
      Rice starch
    • 90
      Baked-on cheese
    • 73
      Red wine
    • 67
      Coffee

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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.
    • Good 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.

    Extra test results

    • Minced meat

      8.5

    Model

    • Avg price

      $9.50

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Pack size

      30

    • Cost per load

      32c

    Specifications

    • Washes per pack

      30

    • pH

      8.2

    • Origin

      New Zealand

    Features

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      Yes

    Label claims

    • Contain rinse aid

      Yes

    • Septic safe

      No

    • Phosphate free

      Yes

    • Cruelty free

      No

    More Info

    • Notes

      -

    Member reviews

    2 Member reviews

    Not so good

    Pros

    Works only OK. Cleans most of the time.

    Cons

    Extra bad on Tea stains. Used a brush after easily.
    Every now and again, have to scratch food off.
    Don't know why so high a score.

    Recommend it?

    Maybe, it depends on what you're after.

    Paul P.

    Used 3 - 6 months

    Poor choice

    Pros

    Low price

    Cons

    Leaves tea stains as if cups hadn't even been washed. A waste of time - amazed that the product is recommended by Consumer!

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    David M.

    Used 1 - 3 months