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Dishwasher detergent

Dishwasher detergent can cost you over $1000 over the life of your dishwasher - make the right choice
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01.Introduction

Detergent boxes

We review over 40 types of dishwasher detergent, including tablets, powders and gels.

  • We test and compare which detergent is better for removing specific stains
  • We also calculate the cost per wash to find which product gives the best value for money.
Your detergent can cost you well over $1000 over the life of your dishwasher (around 10 years) – so make sure you get both the best wash and the best price.

On this page, you'll find:

For more energy and water saving tips with your dishwasher, see our article on dishwasher reviews.

Brands and models of dishwasher detergent

Aldi Logix Lemon Fragranced Auto Dishwasher Powder
Aldi Logix Original 5 in 1 Lemon Fragrance Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Aldi Logix Platinum
Aldi Logix Platinum Lemon Fragrance Complete Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Coles Smart Buy 3 in 1 Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Coles Smart Buy Auto Dishwasher Powder
Coles Ultra Action 2x Concentrate Auto Dishwasher Powder
Coles Ultra Action Dishwasher tablets
Coles Ultra Max Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Earth choice All in 1 Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Earth choice Lemon Fresh Ultra Concentrate Dishwasher Powder
Earthwise Dishwasher Gel Concentrate Lemon and Lime
Earthwise Dishwasher Powder
Earthwise Dishwasher Tablets Baking Soda
Earthwise Dishwasher Tablets Lemon
Eco Store Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Eco Store Lemon Auto Dishwasher Powder
Ecover Dishwasher Powder
Ecover Dishwasher Tablets
Fairy All in One Platinum Lemon Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Finish 2X Powder Concentrate Bottle Lemon Auto Dishwasher Powder
Finish 2X Powder Concentrate Bottle Regular Auto Dishwasher Powder
Finish Advanced Lemon Sparkle Concentrate Gel
Finish Max in 1 Power and Pure Dishwash Tab with Active Oxygen
Finish Powerball All in 1 Lemon Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Finish Powerball Max in 1 Auto Dishwasher Tablet
Finish Powerball Quantum Power and Pure Dishwasher Tab with Active Oxygen
Finish Powerball Quantum PowerGel Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Finish Powerball Quantum PowerGel Lemon Sparkle Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Finish Powerball Quantum PowerGel PowerBall Apple Lime Blast Dishwashing Tablets
Finish Powerball Quantum PowerGel with Baking Soda Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Herbon Dishwashing Machine Powder
Kwit 2X Concentrate Lemon Double Action Auto Dishwasher Powder
Morning Fresh 2X Super Concentrate Lemon Dishwasher Powder
Morning Fresh Super Concentrate Citrus Zest Dishwasher Gel
Woolworths Home Brand 3 in 1 Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Woolworths Home Brand Auto Dishwasher Powder
Woolworths Select 5 in 1 Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Woolworths Select All in 1 Auto Dishwasher Tablets
Woolworths Select Dishwasher Powder
Woolworths Select Extreme Powerful Dishwasher Tablet

How do you choose the dishwasher detergent you test?

We picked the top-selling brands of dishwasher detergents, that were nationally available. You'll often find differing pack sizes and scents. These have no impact on performance.

How long does dishwasher detergent last?

If you only run your dishwasher occasionally or take advantage of buying detergents in bulk, and are worried about the life of ingredients in these products, we checked with the top performers. Both stated a recommended life of two years.

Costs of dishwasher detergent

According to the ABS, around half of Australian households have a dishwasher. It's no surprise then that the dishwasher detergent market is quite large, and growing. The tablet form of the detergent is the most commonly used, offering greater convenience (especially with dissolvable wrappers) than powders, but also much more expensive - especially when bought in smaller packs. But its all more convenient than doing the washing up.

Your dishwasher detergent will be a significant portion of the running costs over the life of your dishwasher, so invest some thought into whether you need the premium product or something a little less expensive with a similar performance.

While we generally purchased the smaller packs for our tests, you can get larger packs for a more cost-effective amount per wash.

How we test

Our testers measure out the manufacturer recommended detergent dose, and use it to wash specially stained plates. We do four test runs in the dishwasher and average the results for each stain. Stain plates used include egg yolk, rice starch, baked on cheese, red wine, coffee and minced meat.

Using a spectrophotometer, which measures how much light reflects off the stain plates measure how much dirt is removed. These readings are more accurate than the human eye – differences of about 5% are noticeable.

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