2018 – Dishwasher Detergents Compared
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Compare dishwasher detergents ALDI Logix, Coles, Coles Ultra, Earth Choice, Fairy, Finish, Morning Fresh and Woolworths Select on factors including final product, ease of use, effectiveness, value for money, scent, environmental friendliness and overall satisfaction.
Canstar Blue research finalised in April 2018, published in May 2018.
Fairy shines in latest dishwasher detergent review
Waking up to clean dishes can often be something that we take for granted, with our dishwashers – and the detergent that we use – a blessing for busy households and lazy bachelors everywhere. However, if your detergent doesn’t do the job properly, you’re quickly left with a big pile of dirty plates and cutlery, which is the last thing you’ll want to do after dinner, or in the morning.
Finding a detergent you can rely on can be a struggle, especially when every brand in the supermarket seems to claim more or less the same sparkling finish. As a result, choosing one to put in your shopping trolley becomes a big decision. In our survey, asking more than 1,500 Australians about their dishwasher detergent of choice, Canstar Blue found that 71% of respondents have used more than one type to find one that works best, meaning you’re not alone if you’ve switched things up in search of better quality or value.
If you’re not sure which dishwasher detergents are worth a try, our 2018 ratings saw eight major brands listed in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:
- 1st Fairy
- 2nd ALDI Logix
- 3rd Earth Choice
- 4th Finish
- 5th Morning Fresh
- 6th Woolworths Select
- 7th Coles
- 8th Coles Ultra
Final product (30%), ease of use (21%) and effectiveness (21%) were the greatest drivers of satisfaction for consumers, the survey found, with value for money (17%), scent (8%) and environmental friendliness (3%) less of a priority for most. So where can you strike the best balance between quality and price? This year, Fairy has emerged top of the tree.
Read on to learn more about the eight brands in our latest review.
Originating in England back in the 1950s, Fairy has long been a titan of the detergent industry, being sold worldwide in a variety of types and scents. In Australia, Fairy detergent is available in both a liquid and tablet form, with the latter type available for purchase in 18 capsule packs, up to 67 capsule packages. Retailing for between $10 and $30 depending on which supermarket you visit, Fairy offers various tablet varieties, including Lemon scented, Platinum tablets and All-In-One tablets.
Fairy’s detergent also includes glass and silver protection, along with built-in salt and rinse aid to ensure dried-on grease doesn’t stick around, with the lemon scent also leaving your dishes and your dishwasher smelling fresh.
- In addition to taking out top spot, Fairy got five stars for final product, ease of use, effectiveness and scent, along with four-star ratings on value for money and environmental friendliness.
An increasingly popular grocery destination for many Aussies, ALDI has a comprehensive range of home cleaning products, including dishwasher detergents. Logix – the German chain’s own brand – is available in a variety of types and capacities, suitable for households of all sizes and dishwasher workloads.
Coming in 30, 40 and 60 tablet packets, Logix is available in Complete and Platinum varieties, with both featuring a dissolvable wrapper, a phosphate-free formula and a lemon fragrance. The Platinum 18-in-1 action additionally delivers active enzymes and uses oxygen to breakdown tough stains, to ensure you’re left with shiny dishes, ready for your next dinner party.
- Scoring a four-star rating for overall customer satisfaction, ALDI Logix was the only brand to get five stars in terms of value for money.
Owned by Nature’s Organics, Earth Choice has graced Aussie supermarket shelves for years, offering consumers an environmentally-friendly alternative for their household chores. For the dishwasher, Earth Choice boasts a number of options, including tablets and powders.
If you’re after a tablet, Earth Choice offers two choices, the All-In-1 tablet, or the newly patented Stream Tab – both of which are available in 42 tablet packages, along with smaller packs available at your local supermarket. The All-In-1 42 tablet pack will set you back around $16 at the major supermarkets, while the new Stream Tab will typically cost a bit more. But with the extra price, Earth Choice provides a plant and mineral based formula for your dishes, with a dissolvable wrapper for convenient use.
If you prefer powders over tablets, Earth Choice has Lemon Fresh Dishwasher Powder, available in a 1kg bottle. Grey water and septic safe, Earth Choice’s powder is said to be made from plant-based products, and can usually be picked up for under $10.
- With the only five-star for environmental friendliness, Earth Choice also got five stars for scent, with a four-star rating for overall satisfaction and final product.
Established back in 1953, Finish has long been a go-to name for many families, with the brand available in supermarkets all over the world. In the detergent range, Finish has a wide range of tablets, in addition to powder for all your cleaning needs.
The ‘Quantum’ series is Finish’s top of the line tablet range, offering an advanced powder with bleach to take on those tough stains. Available in Regular, Lemon Scented, and with Baking Soda for an extra deep clean, Quantum detergent generally retails for $10 for a 16-tablet pack.
If you’re after a cheaper tablet option, Finish also has the Max-in-One tablet (known as the Powerball), with a 27-tablet pack available for $17, and a 94-tablet pack retailing for around $35, depending on your local supermarket of choice. The Powerball range is arguably Finish’s flagship product, available in Fresh Scent and Ultra-degreaser with Lemon Scent.
Finish also offers Gelpacs and powders for those not keen on the tablets, with the Gelpacs coming with a pre-soaker to soften tough food residues, while the powder is formulated with ‘Shine Boost’ to brighten up your old dishes.
- Rating four stars for overall satisfaction, Finish scored four stars for final product, effectiveness and scent, while scoring three stars for value for money.
Operating in Australia for over 30 years, Morning Fresh offers shoppers both gel and powder detergents for their dishwashers, with both products featuring a glass-friendly formula that targets food scraps and grease.
Morning Fresh’s powder comes in a 1kg bottle, which will reportedly take care of up to 50 washes per pack. The powder is also biodegradable and dermatologically tested, apparently making it ideal for those with sensitive skin. The Gel comes in a 450ml packet, which will able to get you through up to 18 washes per pack, but also includes a built-in rinse aid to ensure no residue is left behind at the end of the wash.
- Morning Fresh scored four stars consistently across every research category this year, with value for money the only three-star score.
Costing under $5 for a 28-tablet pack, Woolworths Select may be a handy option for those on a budget, as well as those loyal to the Woolies brand. Known as the ‘Shine All-In-1’, the Woolworths Select tablet contains a self-dissolving wrapper, as well as built-in salt and rinse aid for a deeper clean. With active enzymes and active oxygen technology to help break down any tough food residue, Woolworths Select detergent also prevents limescale, helping to keep your dishwasher working effectively.
- Rating four stars for overall satisfaction, Woolworths Select also got a four-star rating for ease of use and value for money, with three stars in all other categories.
One of the cheapest powders available, Coles Dishwasher Powder will usually cost $2 for a 1kg packet, potentially making it a worthwhile purchase for customers on a tight budget. While it may not offer a lot when it comes to range, Coles has you covered for most home cleaning categories, which should still do the job reasonably well.
- Coles scored three stars across all survey categories, including effectiveness and environmental friendliness.
Available in powder and tablet forms, Coles Ultra costs more than Coles-branded detergent, with a 1kg bottle typically setting you back around $4, while a 30-pack tablet box will cost $5. Coles Ultra powder features a Lemon scent, along with a dual enzyme formula to tackle tough stains while protecting glass and delicates.
The tablets – available in both 6-in-1 and ‘Active Oxygen’ varieties – contain a phosphate free formula, with dissolvable wrappers for easier use. In addition, Coles Ultra also offers protection against limescale, helping to save on maintenance costs in the long run.
- Coles Ultra was rated four stars for value for money, with three stars in all remaining categories, including overall satisfaction.
Which dishwasher detergent should I buy?
Dishwasher detergent can be a tricky purchase, especially if it’s your first time down the detergent aisle, or you’re under pressure to have clean plates and utensils for that special dinner. With a wall of options to navigate, finding one that does the job everytime can quickly become an exhaustive search.
57% of Aussies always buy the same brand of dishwasher detergent, our latest survey found, with the majority of these consumers choosing the same brand due to how well it does the job. Overall, 39% of consumers base their decision on price – going for whichever detergent happens to be cheapest.
Which dishwasher detergent you choose to buy and use will be based on personal preference, including how often you’re using your dishwasher, your budget, and how environmentally-conscious you are.
While it might not be a weekly purchase for most households, buying dishwasher detergent can quickly become a noticeable expense, so it might pay off in the long run to do your research into which brand and product may be the best option for you. With plenty of brands to choose from, as well as the option to choose between tablets and powders, keep our customer ratings in mind the next time you head out for a big shop.
Frequently asked questions
Canstar Blue surveyed 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and used detergent (tablets, liquid, gel, powder) for their dishwasher in the last six months – in this case, 1,520 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.