Dishwasher detergents

Tablet or powder? See which type tops our test.

Dishwasher detergents

Necessities

Dishwasher Tablets

don't buy

36

Avg price

$2.50

Member Reviews

    This tablet dishwasher detergent performs poorly overall but only costs 13¢ per wash. It's just OK at removing red wine, coffee, and minced-meat stains, poor at removing baked-on cheese stains, and extremely poor at removing egg-yolk stains and rice stains.

    Test results

    • 24
      Egg yolk
    • 11
      Rice starch
    • 35
      Baked-on cheese
    • 53
      Red wine
    • 50
      Coffee

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    Good points

    No obvious good points.

    Bad points

    • Extremely poor at removing egg-yolk stains.
    • Extremely poor at removing rice stains.
    • Poor at removing baked-on cheese stains.
    • Just OK at removing red wine stains.
    • Just OK at removing coffee stains.
    • Just OK at removing minced-meat 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

      4.5

    Model

    • Avg price

      $2.50

    • Type

      Tablet

    • Pack size

      20

    • Cost per load

      13c

    Specifications

    • Washes per pack

      20

    • pH

      10.8

    • Origin

      China

    Features

    • Dissolvable wrapper

      No

    Label claims

    • Contain rinse aid

      Yes

    • Septic safe

      No

    • Phosphate free

      No

    • Cruelty free

      No

    More Info

    • Notes

      Available at The Warehouse stores.