Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

Ecover

All-in-One Dishwasher Tablets

score

67

Avg price

$14.85

Member Reviews

    This tablet dishwasher detergent performs OK overall and costs 59¢ per wash. It's very good at removing egg-yolk, baked-on cheese and minced-meat stains, and it's OK at removing red wine and coffee stains, but it's extremely poor at removing rice stains.

    Test results

    • 89
      Egg yolk
    • 17
      Rice starch
    • 82
      Baked-on cheese
    • 63
      Red wine
    • 63
      Coffee

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    Good points

    • Very good at removing egg-yolk stains.
    • Very good at removing baked-on cheese stains.
    • OK at removing red wine stains.
    • OK at removing coffee stains.
    • Very good at removing minced-meat stains.

    Bad points

    • Extremely poor at removing rice stains.
    • Wrapper is not dissolvable.

    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

      8.7

    Model

    • Avg price

      $14.85

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Pack size

      25

    • Cost per load

      59c

    Specifications

    • Washes per pack

      25

    • pH

      10.6

    • Origin

      Belgium

    Features

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      No

    Label claims

    • Contain rinse aid

      Yes

    • Septic safe

      Yes

    • Phosphate free

      No

    • Cruelty free

      Yes

    More Info

    • Notes

      Confirmed as phosphate free by the manufacturer. Available online at ceres.co.nz and other organics stores.