Canstar Blue’s 2021 dishwasher detergents review compares ALDI Logix, Fairy, Finish, Coles Ultra, Morning Fresh, Earth Choice and Shine on effectiveness, final result (cleanliness of dishes), scent, ease of use, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Sitting back as the dishwasher takes care of stubborn stains can be a simple pleasure for many households until you realise that your dishwasher – or the detergent – isn’t doing the job. The last thing we want to be doing is using up more water, detergent and elbow grease to scratch off a piece of food that has hardened to the plate.
This year, we’ve asked more than 1,350 Aussies for their thoughts on the dishwasher detergent(s) they’ve purchased and used in the last six months. Brands were rated on their effectiveness, final result (cleanliness of dishes), scent, ease of use, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.
Supermarket ALDI sparkled with its Logix range in this year’s ratings, dishing out five-star reviews in six out of seven research categories ─ including overall satisfaction.
Here are the best dishwasher detergents in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
ALDI Logix topped our ratings of dishwasher detergents with five-star reviews for effectiveness, final result, ease of use, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Most other brands landed on four stars overall, except Earth Choice and Shine which rounded up the scores on three stars for overall satisfaction.
Notably, Morning Fresh rated five stars for scent, receiving the only set of full marks for the category. Earth Choice also got five stars for environmental friendliness.
ALDI has become an increasingly popular option for many shoppers, with the supermarket chain offering a comprehensive range of home cleaning products like stain remover, fabric softener and dishwasher detergents.
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 is additionally said to deliver active enzymes and use oxygen to break down tough stains and ensure you’re left with shiny dishes, ready for your next dinner party.
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 packs of 14 and in larger 64-capsule packs. Retailing for between $5 and $37 depending on which supermarket you visit, Fairy offers various tablet varieties, including lemon-scented, platinum tablets and all-in-one tablets.
Established back in 1953, Finish has long been a go-to name for many families. Its detergent range, lists a wide range of tablets, in addition to powder for all your cleaning needs. The Quantum Ultimate series is Finish’s top-of-the-line tablet range, promising advanced powder with bleach to take on those tough stains. Finish also offers its Powerball line-up with wrapper-free dishwasher tablets in each pack. Finish’s dishwasher cleaners also come in gel, liquid, rinse aid and powder varieties. Any of these can cost $6 to $40, depending on what you get, and are typically available in the lemon scent.
Coles is another budget-friendly alternative to check out, offering a mixed bag of dishwashing liquids, powders, tablets and gels. For dishwasher tablets, the Coles Ultra Advanced Dishwasher Tablets are said to minimise limescale build-up as well as neutralise odours and leave a streak-free shine. Otherwise, you can grab a 1kg box of its dishwasher powder in Lemon Fresh or a smaller 250ml bottle of rinse aid. Prices for dishwashing products from Coles’ private label start from $1.70 and go up to $3.90.
Operating in Australia for more than 30 years, Morning Fresh offers shoppers dishwashing detergents in gel, powder and rinse aid varieties. Its powders are described as super concentrated to help remove stubborn stains, while its gel range is said to contain rinse aid to quickly cut through grease.
Morning Fresh gel and rinse aid generally come in 450ml bottles (or 18 washes for gel products), and there’s also a 1kg box of Morning Fresh powder (equivalent to 50 washes). The powder is said to come in biodegradable packaging and features a rinse aid to avoid leaving residue. Morning Fresh products usually cost $4.30 to $7.50 at the supermarket.
Owned by Nature’s Organics, Earth Choice has graced Aussie supermarket shelves for many years, offering consumers an environmentally-friendly alternative for their household chores. For the dishwasher, Earth Choice boasts a number of liquids and tablets. If you’re after a tablet, Earth Choice offers a 42-pack of plastic-free dish tablets with in-built rinse aid. There’s also plenty of dishwashing liquid options to choose from, available in scents including Green Tea & Lime, Red Apple and Lemon Burst. These are generally sold in 500ml or 900ml bottles.
Earth Choice products are claimed to be greywater and septic-safe, and made from plant-based products. These usually cost about $3 or $5.35, depending on the size.
Costing under $5 for a 30-tablet pack, Woolworths Select, now operating as Shine, may be a handy option for those on a tight budget, as well as those loyal to the Woolies brand. The 10-in-1 tablets contain a self-dissolving wrapper and built-in rinse aid. They’re stated to provide a streak-free shine, prevent limescale and are safe to use on glass. The supermarket brand additionally has the Shine Pro 18-in-1 dishwashing pods, which can be used to pre-soak dishes and remove odours.
If you’re feeling a little lost in your search for the best dishwasher detergent, it’s worth thinking about what you need. Nearly one in five consumers we surveyed (18%) typically opt for whichever is cheapest, while 22% buy the largest pack available. A chunk of consumers alternatively buy dishwasher detergent from the same brand (34%), for the main reason that they’re happy with the product (47%) and trust the brand (29%).
When it comes to unpacking our cleaning habits, our survey revealed one in three Aussies (33%) regularly use a dishwasher cleaner, with 43% making sure to rinse their dishes before placing them inside. Many prefer to use tablets instead of powder detergents for convenience (63%) and 54% of people only run the dishwasher when it’s full. A small number of respondents even admit to chucking in items that are not dishwasher safe (5%), while 32% of consumers surveyed always use the same settings regardless of what they’re cleaning.
But of course, it’s always good to look at a variety of options available at your local supermarket. What you ultimately end up choosing will come down to personal preferences, whether it’s based on effectiveness, environmental impact or your budget. Keep these results in mind for the next time you hit the supermarket and you’ll be well-placed to make a better-informed purchase decision.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
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Canstar Blue surveyed more than 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 detergents (i.e. tablets, liquid/gel or powder) for their dishwasher in the last six months (note: this is for usage in a dishwasher only) – in this case, 1,354 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 by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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