Canstar Blue’s 2019 dishwashing liquid review sees ALDI Unamat, ALDI Tandil, Earth Choice, Palmolive, Morning Fresh, Fairy, ALDI Green Action, Coles Ultra, Coles, Shine and Woolworths Homebrand rated on customer satisfaction.
When you’re tucking into a delicious meal, the last thing you’re thinking of is the dishes. But when the final mouthful is done, the mountain of plates and cutlery still needs attention, potentially spoiling your appetite for dessert! While many of us will turn to our trusty dishwasher to take care of business, some of us may stick to the more traditional way of cleaning – handwashing. As a result, dishwashing liquid is a staple in many homes, but just which one do you turn to for squeaky clean dishes?
While it might seem like an easy decision to make, your next visit to the supermarket cleaning aisle may tell a different story when you’re met with no shortage of options, all boasting that shiny end result. To find which one dishwashing liquid washes up best, we conduct an annual review of brands based on the feedback of consumers who have recently bought and used them. Sure, you could try every dishwashing liquid available and decide for yourself which is best, or you can try something new based on our ratings, formed by people just like you.
With over 2,200 survey respondents forming our 2019 results, it was ALDI Unamat that came out on top with five-star reviews for effectiveness, final results, ease of use, value for money, and overall customer satisfaction.
Canstar Blue’s 2019 review of dishwashing liquids saw 11 brands compared, rated in the following order for overall customer satisfaction:
ALDI Tandil, Earth Choice, Palmolive, Morning Fresh, Fairy and ALDI Green Action were rated four stars for overall satisfaction, with Coles Ultra, Coles, Shine and Woolworths Homebrand earning three stars. And despite ALDI Unamat taking out the top spot in most categories, a number of other brands got in on the five-star action, including Earth Choice being rated best for environmental friendliness.
Read on for a summary of the brands who made our ratings this year, as well as what each brand offers on the supermarket shelves.
Our survey also revealed plenty of insights into what Aussies think about dishwashing liquids and their personal experiences:
Generally the cheapest dishwashing option at ALDI, ‘Unamat’ claimed top spot in our latest review, with five stars for overall satisfaction, final result and effectiveness, as well as the only top ratings for ease of use and value for money.
ALDI Unamat was also rated four stars for environmental friendliness, and three stars for scent, and can be picked up at your local ALDI store for less than a dollar for a 1L bottle. While you may not expect such a cheap choice to be especially eco-friendly, the Unamat formula is said to be phosphate free, greywater safe and biodegradable.
Another popular choice for ALDI shoppers, Tandil was rated four stars across the majority of categories this year, including effectiveness, value for money and overall satisfaction, while also scoring three stars for environmental friendliness.
Tandil Original can be picked up for around $2.50 for a 900mL bottle, with the brand stated to be grey water safe, coming in a recyclable bottle.
Arguably the biggest eco-friendly option on the market, Earth Choice dishwashing liquids are all claimed to be plant-based, and both greywater and septic system safe. Earth Choice also boasts its dishwashing liquids as being biodegradable, Cruelty Free accredited, and packaged in fully recycled bottles, so it’s no surprise it was the only brand to score five stars for environmental friendliness.
Earth Choice was rated four stars across all remaining categories, including ease of use, value for money and overall satisfaction. Earth Choice also remains one of the most affordable choices when it comes to the big-name cleaning brands and comes in plenty of fruity scents, plus a fragrance-free option for those with sensitive skin.
It seems only a natural progression for one of the longest-running soap companies in Australia to turn its hand to cleaning our dirty dishes as well. The Palmolive product range covers the regular formulas, ultra concentrates, ‘Fusion Clean’ baking soda combos for tough cleaning, as well as ‘Divine Blends’ for those who want to feel like they’re in a cloud of perfume while scrubbing pots and pans.
Palmolive scored five stars for effectiveness this year, as well as final result and scent, while scoring four stars for overall satisfaction and ease of use, with just three stars on value for money and environmental friendliness.
Offering one of the largest ranges of dishwashing liquids of any brand, Morning Fresh scored well across the board in this year’s results, with five stars for final result and scent, four stars for effectiveness, ease of use and overall satisfaction, along with three stars for both environmental friendliness and value for money.
Morning Fresh dishwashing varieties cover regular, ultimate, advanced, antibacterial and eco formulas, with the latter said to be made of plant-based, biodegradable and septic tank safe ingredients packaged in a recycled bottle. Across the range, all the usual original, lemon, lime and fragrance-free scent choices are covered, plus orange and tea tree, jasmine, white tea and eucalyptus. The bottles can be found in a range of sizes, from a handy 350mL bottle up through a bulk-buy 5L pack.
It’s been washing dishes for over a century, and Fairy still keeps it old-school simple, with two different dishwashing liquid formulas to pick from – Regular, in original or lemon scents, or Platinum in a lemon scent.
Fairy is also helping to fight back against pollution by using 25% post-consumer recycled material in its packaging, with the aim to move that up to 100% renewable or recycled packaging in the future. Fairy was rated five stars for effectiveness and final results, along with four stars for ease of use and overall satisfaction, plus three stars for all remaining categories.
Another option for those who shop in ALDI is its Green Action dishwashing liquid. ALDI Green Action is claimed to be made from biodegradable, plant-based surfactants and is phosphate free. It’s suitable for greywater use, and septic system safe.
You can pick up a recyclable PET plastic bottle in a choice of lemongrass and kaffir lime, pomegranate & mango, and vanilla scents. Rated four stars for final result, value for money, environmental friendliness, scent and overall satisfaction, ALDI Green Action also got three stars for effectiveness and ease of use.
While the most expensive Coles option for consumers, (although still fairly cheap in comparison to other brands), Coles Ultra comes in 450mL and 900mL bottles, with the choice of lemon, lime, or sensitive. It also offers limited-edition fragrances from time to time.
Coles Ultra scored four stars for both value for money and scent, but three stars in all other categories, including effectiveness, environmental friendliness and overall satisfaction.
For a ‘no-frills’ detergent with a lemon scent, Coles Dishwashing Liquid costs just a dollar for a 1L bottle. Despite being cheap and simple, Coles was rated four stars for value for money, along with three stars in all remaining categories.
The next price point adds an extra 60 cents to nab a litre of Coles Super Strength dishwashing liquid, also in lemon, giving consumers on a tight budget a few options to choose from.
Offering a number of options for supermarket shoppers to choose from, Shine dishwashing liquid comes in 450ml and 900ml capacities. They come in a few fragrances including lemon, lime and peony & lychee varieties to entice you.
Shine is also available in ‘Shine Pro’, which includes active enzyme technology to cut down on grease. Shine was rated four stars for value for money, with three stars in all other categories, including ease of use, final result and overall satisfaction.
If you’re after a simple option, Woolworths Homebrand may be the dishwashing liquid for you, with the Homebrand line only available in lemon scent, with a 1L capacity.
While it doesn’t boast the same level of varieties and environmental-friendly packaging as other brands, Woolworths Homebrand – the cheapest private label brand from the supermarket giant – scored three stars in every category this year, except for value for money and ease of use, where it gained four stars.
While the dishes are often just another chore to tick off the to-do list, you’ll want a dishwashing liquid that actually does the job, otherwise you’ll have to use a lot more elbow grease! With plenty of options available, choosing one to put in the shopping trolley will likely come down to personal preference, such as one that leaves your dishes smelling fresh, or sensitive on your skin, or even sensitive on your budget! Whatever your decision, if you’re left slaving over the sink every time you need a clean plate, it might be time to switch.
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 dishwashing liquid in the last 3 months (Note: this is for hand washing dishes only. It does not refer to detergent that is used in the dishwasher) – in this case, 2,223 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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