Canstar Blue’s 2020 laundry liquid review has seen ALDI Almat, Radiant, Biozet Attack, ALDI Trimat, Surf, Earth Choice, Dynamo, Cold Power, Fab and Omo compared on their quality of cleaning, feel of clothes after wash, scent, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Finding a laundry detergent can often be as big of a chore as actually washing your clothes, with plenty of products claiming to bring your old favourites back to life, as well as removing those tricky and tough stains. While that’s what you want in a detergent, finding the one that’s best for your washing, whether it’s the day-to-day wash or you’re washing something specific, can be a difficult choice.
Add to the mix the choice between laundry liquid and powder detergents and the decision seems almost impossible. But thankfully, with the help of our annual laundry liquids review, the trip down the washing detergent aisle might be a bit easier from now on.
To help you out, we’ve surveyed more than 1,000 consumers to get their thoughts on the laundry detergent they purchased and used in the last three months. Respondents rated brands on quality of cleaning, feel of clothes after wash, scent, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Manufacturers which received the minimum survey sample size of 30 responses are featured in our report.
ALDI Almat cleaned up best in our latest laundry liquid ratings, being the only brand to achieve a five-star review for overall satisfaction. It also earned full marks for quality of clean, feel of clothes after wash, packaging design and value for money. It landed on four stars for scent and environmental friendliness.
Here are the best laundry liquids in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2020 laundry liquid review:
ALDI Almat turned the tables in Canstar Blue’s latest laundry liquid ratings when it achieved the only five-star review for overall satisfaction, while Fab trickled down several spots after placing first last year. A load of brands landed on four stars overall, such as Radiant, Surf, Earth Choice and Dynamo. The only exceptions were Cold Power, Fab and Omo which ended on three stars each.
But that’s not to say that the German supermarket’s own range of laundry liquids was the only one to make waves. Surf and Fab sniffed out what the private label couldn’t when it came to scent, with both brands beating ALDI Almat and achieving full marks for the category. Earth Choice similarly got the edge over this year’s champion in respect to environmental friendliness, receiving the only five-star review in a category that saw majority of brands end with three stars.
Radiant, Biozet Attack, Surf and Dynamo also matched ALDI Almat on quality of clean. The same went for Fab, which earned its second five-star rating for packaging design.
If you’re not sure what’s on offer in terms of fragrances, detergents for sensitive skin or those that will turn those white shirts from home attire to dinner attire, read on to find out which brand could be the best fit for your household.
ALDI Almat is a budget buy that’s got plenty of households raving. The supermarket private label product is available in 2L bottles and usually checks out at $4.99. It’s claimed to contain triple enzyme action for supposedly greater stain removal, and is described as phosphate-free to improve its environmental sustainability.
Available in four different fragrances infused with essential oils – Spice Temptations, Arctic Breeze, Sunshine Fresh and Tropical Breeze – Almat laundry liquid is said to provide a powerful clean at all temperatures. It can be used for both front loaders and top loader washing machines.
One of the brands that likely comes to mind when you think of laundry detergent, Radiant has plenty of laundry options, including for sports, whites, blacks, ‘no sort’ and sensitive. So, no matter how busy or messy your household gets, Radiant promises to be there to help out on wash day. Radiant’s formula is also claimed to be dermatologically tested and hypoallergenic, with the brand stating its products are free from dyes and contain a low allergen fragrance for sensitive skin.
Its liquid range is suitable for both front and top loaders. The brand’s products are priced competitively compared to what’s offered by many other brands, with Radiant’s range usually available anywhere between under $10 and $18, with the Brilliant Whites Sharper Front & Top Loader liquid being the pricier option. Radiant’s laundry liquids typically come in 750ml, 1.25L and 2.25L bottles.
Promising to get clothes squeaky clean without fussing too much on fragrance, Biozet Attack offers a number of laundry liquid products within its line-up. One of them includes the Biozet Attack 3D Clean Action Liquid, which is stated to penetrate deep into fibres to disintegrate tough stains, while working to brighten whites and protect colours. It’s suitable for top and front loaders and is said to work in either hot or cold water.
There’s also the Biozet Attack ‘Quick Wash’ liquid, which is described to give the most thorough wash during your washing machine’s fastest cycle. It’s said to be grey water and septic tank safe, and claimed to contain biodegradable surfactants that break down after washing. Biozet Attack’s laundry liquids are also claimed to not contain any phosphorus, bleaching agents or added fluorescers that can damage the environment or irritate sensitive skins. Bottles are available in 1L or 2L varieties, depending on the range.
Another cheap laundry liquid from the popular German supermarket is ALDI Trimat. For those who need a laundry liquid that’s gentle on the skin, the brand offers the Trimat Advanced Laundry Liquid. It’s claimed to be dermatologically tested, and to contain a concentrated formulation that only requires a small dose per load. The product is also stated to contain powerful active surfactants for a supposedly stronger cleaning power.
When it comes to environmental friendliness, ALDI’s Trimat apparently doesn’t contain any added phosphates.
ALDI Trimat is alternatively available in the Regular Laundry Liquid, with both options sold in a 1L bottle for $3.99 each.
Surf aims to make waves with affordable laundry liquids that provide long-lasting freshness, plus offers beautiful packaging. There are a couple Surf Liquids to choose from, including Surf Variants and Variant. The Surf Variants come in a wide variety of scents, including Floral Blush, Coastal Luxury, Tropical, Sunshine, Lavendar, Herbals and Floral Spice. For its Variant collection, you can choose based on what you need out of a laundry liquid. There’s a sensitive option, as well as one for quick washes and stains.
Surf laundry liquids can be used in top or front load washing machines. These typically come in 1L, 1.8L, 2L and 4L bottles. Prices generally start from $4.99 and reach up to $15 for the largest size.
Producing a range of household cleaners, whether it’s for the dishwasher, washing machine or even the toilet, Earth Choice has been readily available for decades, with the parent company Nature’s Organics starting back in the 1950s. Based on plant-based ingredients, biodegradable surfactants and sustainable packaging, Earth Choice has been a popular powerhouse for households looking to freshen up their clothes with a product that’s just as environmentally clean.
Earth Choice’s laundry liquids can be used in both front and top loader machines. The products are available in a variety of options, including its Sensitive Ultra Concentrate, with a fabric softener also available to help bring those old clothes back to life. Available in store in 1L, 2L or 4L bottles, Earth Choice laundry liquids are said to be grey water and septic safe, and come in a recyclable bottle. Prices usually range from $2.40 and go up to $16 for the largest bottle.
Launched in Australia in 1979, Dynamo has a rich history with Australian families. The brand offers a number of liquid variants, including Dynamo Regular, Dynamo Eucalyptus and Dynamo Professional, able to tackle whatever stains you throw in the washing machine. If you’re after something specific, Dynamo also offers a ‘Professional 5-in-1’, as well as a ‘Professional Odour Eliminating’ liquid, ideal for those smelly sports socks, or for colours that are beginning to dull.
Suitable for both front and top loader machines, Dynamo is available as capsules as well as in bottle form. Bottle sizes available range between 900ml and 3.6L. The brand is a bit more expensive than others mentioned, with prices starting from $12 and reaching up to $34. Although several Dynamo laundry liquid products cost around the $20 mark or slightly under.
Owned by Germany company Henkel, Cold Power is regularly available in Australian supermarkets and stores. It offers multiple liquids to suit your wash preferences, including Complete Action and Sensitive Pure Clean, which are available in a variety of fragrances.
Suitable for both hot and cold washes, Cold Power’s liquid detergent is designed for front and top loader washing machines, with the brand also offering a number of fabric softeners and cleaners to help when you’ve stained your clothes. It comes in 1.8L, 2L and 6L varieties.
The Fab laundry liquid range is based on different types of scents to help leave clothes smelling fresh and looking bright. It offers a variety of fragrances, including Frangipani, Fresh Blossom, as well as the Perfume Indulgence range and the Essential Oils range, giving shoppers plenty of choice when it comes to those swayed by scent.
Similar to its laundry powder line-up, Fab has a number of liquids suitable for both front and top loaders, claimed to be effective in cold, warm and hot water. Available in 1L, 2L and 4L bottles, Fab will cost you between $5 and $19.99, with 2L and 3.6L bottles being on the brand’s pricier end. But compared to many other options on the shelf, Fab is one of the most affordable.
Under the same brand as Surf, Unilever, Omo offers a wide variety of laundry liquids to target different needs. For something environmentally friendly, there’s the ‘Omo EcoActive’ which contains 70% plant-based cleaning ingredients in a bottle that is also said to be made of 25% PCR. The Omo Ultimate is alternatively described as the brand’s all-rounder, while bottles such as Omo Specialty Sports Active Liquid and Omo Specialty Blackwash Liquid are made to target specific messy loads.
If you’re after a laundry liquid that’s suitable for sensitive skin, Omo Senstive Liquid is said to be dermatologically tested and doesn’t contain any dyes or perfumes to irritate the skin. You can apparently get through one load with a 50ml dose.
Omo is on the pricier side compared to some other brands, with its cheapest laundry liquids selling for around $22 for a 2L bottle. Prices go up to $29.99 for a 4L bottle. Omo is suitable for both top loaders and front load washing machines.
Our survey revealed that shoppers usually spend an average of $15 on a laundry liquid, and 22% of people think all laundry detergents are pretty much the same. Around one in four (25%) simply pick the cheapest laundry liquid in the aisle or the product with the largest container (24%). Plus, there’s 44% of Aussies who always stick with the same brand. A small 3% of those also admitted to having tried making their own laundry detergent.
Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s always handy to know what’s available in the market, as after a bit of research, you might find a better option for your washing. With the amount of washing we do on a weekly basis, taking a closer look at which detergent is best to use might not only save you money in the long run, but save your clothes as well.
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.
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 a laundry liquid in the last three months – in this case, 1,089 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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