Updated 17 Sep 2018

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Ultimate Tablets

Bottom line: 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.

Ultimate Tablets
Consumer recommended
83
Avg price

$11.99

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Test results

Overall score
Very good
83
Egg yolk
Very good
89%
Rice starch
Good
73%
Baked-on cheese
Excellent
90%
Red wine
Very good
83%
Coffee
Good
77%

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.

But

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.

Key data

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.

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