Canstar Blue’s 2020 dishwasher detergent review has seen Fairy, Logix (ALDI), Finish, Morning Fresh, Earth Choice, Shine and Coles Ultra rated on their effectiveness, final result, ease of use, scent, 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 1,600 Aussies about their thoughts on the dishwasher detergent they’ve purchased and used in the last six months. Brands were rated on their effectiveness, the final result, scent, ease of use, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those which met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.
This year, Fairy topped our dishwasher detergent ratings, after earning five-star reviews in most categories.
Here are the best dishwasher detergents in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2020 review:
Fairy soared to the top, being the only brand to achieve five stars for overall satisfaction, as well as for final result and ease of use. It also got full marks for effectiveness and scent.
Logix (ALDI) slipped to second place after dominating our ratings last year, landing on four stars for overall customer satisfaction, alongside most brands. Coles Ultra ultimately rounded up the scores on three stars overall.
It’s worth mentioning ALDI’s own range of dishwasher detergent, Logix still managed to rate best for value for money and get full marks for effectiveness. Morning Fresh also achieved five stars for scent, similarly to Earth Choice when it came to environmental friendliness.
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 from 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 that dried-on grease doesn’t stick around, with the lemon scent also stated to leave your dishes and your dishwasher smelling fresh.
ALDI has become an increasingly popular option for many shoppers, with the supermarket chain offering a comprehensive range of home cleaning products, including 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 breakdown tough stains and ensure you’re left with shiny dishes, ready for your next dinner party.
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, the 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.
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.
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 options, including tablets and powders. If you’re after a tablet, Earth Choice offers two varieties, 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 you a bit more. But with the extra price, Earth Choice claims to provide a plant and mineral based formula for your dishes, with a dissoluble wrapper for more convenient use. If you prefer powders over tablets, Earth Choice offers a ‘lemon fresh’ dishwasher powder, available in a 1kg recyclable bottle. Grey water and septic safe, Earth Choice’s powder is stated to be made from plant-based products, and can usually be picked up for under $10.
Costing under $5 for a 28-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 All-In-1 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 all that tough food residue, Shine detergent is also stated to prevent limescale, helping to keep your dishwasher working effectively.
Available in powder and tablet forms, Coles Ultra offers 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 delicate dishes.
The tablets – available in both 6-in-1 and ‘Active Oxygen’ varieties – contain a phosphate-free formula, with dissoluble wrappers for easier use. In addition, Coles Ultra also offers protection against limescale, stated to help save on maintenance costs in the long run.
Analysis of our latest research reveals the final result (30%) and effectiveness (30%) of a dishwasher detergent to be the biggest factors affecting overall satisfaction. Plus, one in three (34%) consumers have used more than one type of dishwasher detergent to find out what works best. And it seems some households have found what they’re looking for, with a similar portion of people sticking to the same brand of dishwasher detergent (36%). Quite a few people also make sure to grab the largest container or packet size available (26%), while just 18% stay with whichever product is the cheapest.
Additionally, our latest survey shows that half (50%) of respondents give their dishwasher a helping hand by rinsing the dishes before loading them inside. Nearly two-fifths (37%) of Australian adults also regularly use a dishwasher cleaner.
When it comes to unpacking our cleaning habits, many prefer to use tablets instead of powder detergents for convenience (45%) and a whopping 61% 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 (6%), while 36% of consumers 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 market. 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 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 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 (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, 1,631 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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