Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

Finish

Powerball Quantum Ultimate Original

score

75

Avg price

$14.00

Member Reviews

    This tablet dishwasher detergent performs well overall and costs 78¢ per wash. It's excellent at removing baked-on cheese stains, very good at removing egg-yolk and minced-meat stains and good at removing rice stains, but it's just OK at removing red wine stains and just OK at removing coffee stains.

    Test results

    • 89
      Egg yolk
    • 79
      Rice starch
    • 93
      Baked-on cheese
    • 48
      Red wine
    • 53
      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 minced-meat stains.
    • Dissolvable wrapper.

    Bad points

    • Just OK 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.

    Extra test results

    • Minced meat

      8.7

    Model

    • Avg price

      $14.00

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Pack size

      18

    • Cost per load

      78c

    Specifications

    • Washes per pack

      18

    • pH

      10.8

    • Origin

      Poland

    Features

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      Yes

    Label claims

    • Contain rinse aid

      No

    • Septic safe

      Yes

    • Phosphate free

      Yes

    • Cruelty free

      No

    More Info

    • Notes

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    Member reviews

    2 Member reviews

    Good choice

    Pros

    We ahve used this product for years and have found it good on tea stains and general cleaning of dishes

    Cons

    Occasionally leaves residue in cups - but more linked to positioning of items and dishwaher performance.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    David M.

    Used 6 months or more

    Great for soy milk

    Pros

    Removed soy milk stains (I use the soy milk with extra protein) that the top detergent recommended here didn't even make a dent in.

    Cons

    Not the cheapest per wash.

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Sarah D.

    Used 1 - 3 months