Dishwasher detergents

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Dishwasher detergents

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Ultimate Tablets

recommended

83

Avg price

$11.99

Member Reviews

    This tablet dishwasher detergent performs very well overall and costs 40¢ per wash. It's excellent at removing baked-on cheese stains, very good at removing egg-yolk, red wine, and minced-meat stains, and good at removing rice stains and coffee stains.

    Test results

    • 89
      Egg yolk
    • 73
      Rice starch
    • 90
      Baked-on cheese
    • 83
      Red wine
    • 77
      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.
    • Very good at removing red wine stains.
    • Good 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

      $11.99

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Pack size

      30

    • Cost per load

      40c

    Specifications

    • Washes per pack

      30

    • pH

      9.1

    • Origin

      New Zealand

    Features

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      Yes

    Label claims

    • Contain rinse aid

      Yes

    • Septic safe

      No

    • Phosphate free

      No

    • Cruelty free

      No

    More Info

    • Notes

      Confirmed as phosphate free by the manufacturer.

    Member reviews

    1 Member review

    Not great for soy milk

    Pros

    It's a generally very good detergent.

    Cons

    I found this to be very bad at removing soy milk (with extra protein) stains. I had to rewash by hand.

    Recommend it?

    Maybe, it depends on what you're after.

    Sarah D.

    Used 1 - 3 months