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Dishwasher detergent reviews

Last updated: 22 October 2015

Even the worst dishwasher performs better with a good dishwasher detergent. But a cheap price doesn't always mean a bad quality detergent, nor does a high price mean you're buying the best. Want to know what to look for in a dishwasher detergent? Check out the buying guide or our how we test to find out the science behind the scores.

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We review dishwasher detergents of all types, including tablets, powders and gels, to determine which products:

  • perform best
  • are the best value for money (based on cost per wash)
  • are environmentally friendly and cruelty-free.
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List of brands we tested in this review.

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This is the average price we found for the pack size listed, but the price you pay depends on the retailer and the specials available on the day.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 1.99 and 29.99

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enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0.08 and 0.78

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At the moment there are three versions of dishwasher detergent: tablet form, powder and gel.

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Calculated on the recommended dose for a normal wash.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 20 and 72

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Tested at 1% solution at 20°C.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 8.3 and 11.1

Coffee removal (%)

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 29 and 75

Egg yolk removal (%)

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 23 and 89

Red wine removal (%)

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 14 and 83

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  • Baked-on diet cheese removal (%)
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