Updated 4 Aug 2016

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Fabric Conditioner

Bottom line: This liquid fabric softener has OK softness but just OK water absorbency.

Fabric Conditioner
Consumer score
63
Avg price

$6.59

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Test results

Overall score
OK
63
Softness
OK
6.9/10
Water absorbency
Just OK
5.4/10

Good points

  • OK softness.

But

  • Just OK water absorbency.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Softness (60%)
Water absorbency (40%)

To test fabric softeners, we wash cotton swatches, with cotton sheets and pillowcases to approximate a typical load of washing. We put the load through a regular wash with just laundry detergent. We then run the top-loader machine on a rinse-and-spin cycle with the fabric softener. The swatches are dried and their softness and absorption are tested.

Softness

We get 10 people to test softness by using a paired method where each person is presented with two swatches and asked which is softer. A product scores a point if it’s softer than its paired product. The softeners are then ranked by their total score. All the products in the test are compared against each other.

Water absorbency

We also test for water absorbency of the swatches because fabric softeners tend to reduce the water absorbency of fabrics as a side effect of the making them feel soft. We use a dyed solution in a beaker and place a swatch into it. The dyed solution can then be seen travelling up the swatch, the further it travels, the better the water absorbency, which means the higher we score it.

Key data

Model

Type
Liquid
Avg price
$6.59
Cost per wash
$0.25
Pack size (g/ml)
2000
Fragrance tested
Sunny fields for the family
Other fragrances available
Dosage (ml per L of water)
78
Claimed number of washes
25
Notes
-