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CHOICE reveals the best and worst dishwasher detergents

Aldi topped testing, beating premium brands costing almost 10 times as much.

Last updated: 04 October 2023

Consumer group CHOICE has revealed which dishwasher detergents will leave your dishes sparkling clean and which ones aren't worth your money. 

"Aldi Logix Platinum 18 in 1 Dishwashing Tablets took first place in this year's testing, with a score of 79%. If you're looking for value for money, this is an excellent option, costing only 19 cents per wash," says CHOICE Director of Reviews and Testing, Matthew Steen. 

The Aldi Logix Platinum product ranked above several products from well-known brand Finish, who took out second place with its Finish Powerball Ultimate Plus Ultimate Pro products, both with scores of 77%. 

"Finish products always rank well in our testing but they're on the expensive side.Their Finish Powerball Ultimate Plus product, which tied for second place, costs $1.87 per wash. We recommend switching to the Aldi Logix Platinum if you love a good bargain, as it only costs around tenth of the price," says Steen. 

The best performing dishwasher detergents

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Aldi Logix Platinum 18 in 1 Dishwashing Tablets Lemon Fragrance

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 79%
  • Price per wash: $0.19
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Finish Powerball Ultimate Plus All in 1 Lemon Sparkle 

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 77%
  • Price per wash: $1.87
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Finish Powerball Ultimate Pro All in 1 Tabs Lemon Sparkle

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 77%
  • Price per wash: $1.63

The worst performing dishwasher detergents

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Lucent Globe Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Detergent Sheets

  • CHOICE Expert Rating: 12% (same as plain water)
  • Price per wash: $0.37

CHOICE tested a new product in this year's testing - Lucent Globe Ultra Concentrated Dishwashing Detergent Sheets. 

"Detergent sheets are a relatively new product touted as being biodegradable, plastic free, and gentle on sensitive skin. Unfortunately, Lucent Globe's product did not stack up comparatively in its performance," says Steen. 

"The Lucent Globe product scored a very low 12%, the same as plain water. We found plain water was actually more effective than the Lucent Globe sheets in removing red wine and egg yolk through a dishwasher cycle," says Steen. 

The following detergents also performed poorly in our testing:

  • Somat Excellence Duo Power Gel Active Degreasers (45%)
  • Somat Excellence Duo Power Gel Lemon and Lime (49%)
  • Ecostore Dishwasher Powder Lemon (49%)
  • Woolworths Shine Dishwasher Powder Concentrate (50%)
  • Coles Ultra Concentrate Dishwasher Powder Lemon Fresh (50%)

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