Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

Finish

Powerball Quantum Tabs original

recommended

70

Avg price

$24.00

Member Reviews

    This tablet had little trouble cleaning baked on cheese, mince meat and egg yolk stains. 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

      $24.00

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Cost per load

      60c

    • Washes per pack

      40

    • Pack size

      40

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      Yes

    Specifications

    • pH

      10

    • Origin

      Poland

    • Contain rinse aid

      No

    • Phosphate free

      Yes

    • Fragrance

      None