Dishwasher detergents

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Dishwasher detergents





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Member Reviews

    The Active Ultimate tablets are particularly good at removing baked on cheese and are good at removing all other stains.

    Test results

    • 89
      Egg yolk
    • 55
      Rice starch
    • 94
      Baked-on cheese
    • 71
      Red wine
    • 65
    • 86
      Minced meat

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    Good points

    • Very good at removing egg-yolk stains.
    • OK 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.


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    • Type


    • Cost per load


    • Washes per pack


    • Pack size


    • Dissolvable wrapper



    • pH


    • Origin

      New Zealand

    • Contain rinse aid


    • Phosphate free


    • Fragrance


    Member reviews

    3 Member reviews

    Active dishwash tabs




    the tablets wouldn't fit properly into my dish drawers (fisher and paykel) I broken them up and squashed them in but in the end threw them away

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Sheree F.

    Used 1 month or less

    Poor performance of a recommended product


    Price was a lot better than the previous tablets I was buying so thought I'd give it a try


    Even after the first washes I could see that it wasn't doing a good job - brown stains on the stainless steel cutlery handles which looked awful and we always rinse the cutlery first. They needed to be soaked for a day to remove the stains.
    Plates and glasses looked OK but not the cutlery, so I'll be going back to my previous product even though it's more expensive

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Robin T.

    Used 1 month or less

    Great, but!


    Absolutely spotless dishes


    Don't put silver cutlery etc in the dishwasher with this product. It left ours with a dull coating that took a lot of effort to get it off

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Dawn N.

    Used 6 months or more