Laundry detergent isn't just a fancy name for soap. The best ones will remove general stains as well as specific spills like oils, tomato and starches. Detergent also amounts to half the running cost of your washing machine, so it pays to pick the right one. We've tested more than 50 laundry detergents to tell you which one:
- is for top or front loaders
- cleans best
- is value for money
- is best for the environment.
We also ran a test in both a top loader washing machine and a front loader washing machine, with no detergent to show how much soil is removed by water alone.