We review 27 dishwasher detergents, including tablets, powders and gels.
- we test and compare which detergents are better for removing specific stains.
- we also calculate the cost per wash to find which product gives the best value for money, as dishwasher detergent is a significant expense when running your dishwashing machine.
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According to the ABS, over 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 expensiv - especially when bought in smaller packs.
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.
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.
For more energy and water saving tips with your dishwasher, see our article on dishwasher reviews.
We picked the top-selling brands of dishwasher detergents, that were nationally available.
Coles Smart Buy
Coles Smart Buy 3 in 1
Coles Ultra Action
Coles Ultra Max
Earth choice All in 1
Earth choice Lemon Fresh Ultra Concentrate
Eco Store Lemon
Fairy All in One Original
Fairy All in One Platinum
Finish 2X Powder Concentrate Bottle Lemon
Finish Advanced Lemon Sparkle Concentrate
Finish Powerball All in 1 Regular
Finish Powerball Max in 1
Finish Powerball PowerGel Quantum
Finish Powerball PowerGel Quantum with Baking Soda
Home Brand 3 in 1
Kwit 2X Concentrate Lemon
Logix Lemon Fragranced
Morning Fresh 2X Super Concentrate
Morning Fresh Super Concentrate Sparkling Fresh
Select 5 in 1
Select All in 1
You'll often find differing pack sizes and scents. These have no impact on performance.
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.