Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

Active

Ultimate

recommended

77

Avg price

$11.99

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
      Coffee
    • 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.

    Model

    • Avg price

      $11.99

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Cost per load

      40c

    • Washes per pack

      30

    • Pack size

      30

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      Yes

    Specifications

    • pH

      10

    • Origin

      New Zealand

    • Contain rinse aid

      Yes

    • Phosphate free

      Yes

    • Fragrance

      Citrus

    Member reviews

    1 Member review

    Great, but!

    Pros

    Absolutely spotless dishes

    Cons

    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