Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

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Powerball Quantum Tabs Lemon Sparkle

recommended

70

Avg price

$19.99

Member Reviews

    This tablet cleans most stains well. But it doesn’t contain rinse aid so you'll need to keep the dispenser in your dishwasher topped up.

    Test results

    • 80
      Egg yolk
    • 76
      Rice starch
    • 92
      Baked-on cheese
    • 39
      Red wine
    • 50
      Coffee
    • 85
      Minced meat

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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 minced-meat stains.
    • Dissolvable wrapper.

    Bad points

    • Poor at removing red wine stains.
    • Just OK at removing coffee stains.

    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

      $19.99

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Cost per load

      50c

    • Washes per pack

      40

    • Pack size

      40

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      Yes

    Specifications

    • pH

      10

    • Origin

      Poland

    • Contain rinse aid

      No

    • Phosphate free

      Yes

    • Fragrance

      Lemon