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Dishwasher detergent reviews

Last updated: 01 May 2020

It doesn't matter how good your dishwasher is if the detergent you use performs poorly. Switch to a good quality detergent and you'll notice better cleaning performance straight away, without needing to upgrade your expensive appliance.

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We review tablet, powder and gel dishwasher detergents to determine which products:

  • give the best cleaning performance
  • offer the best value for money
  • claim to be environmentally friendly and cruelty-free.

Time for an upgrade? Pair our top-performing detergent with a CHOICE Recommended dishwasher for the cleanest clean.

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    Does the dishwasher tablet have a soluble wrapper?


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      Whether the dishwasher detergent is a tablet, powder or gel.

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