Canstar Blue’s 2021 laundry liquid review compares ALDI Almat, Earth Choice, Fab, Dynamo, Radiant, Coles, Biozet Attack, ALDI Trimat, Cold Power, Surf and OMO on their cleaning quality, feel of clothes after wash, scent, packaging design, eco-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 nearly 1,000 consumers for their feedback on the liquid laundry detergent(s) they purchased and used in the last three months. Respondents scored brands on quality of cleaning, feel of clothes after wash, scent, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received at least 30 responses are featured in our report.
ALDI Almat is still pegged as the best brand for laundry liquid, after achieving the only five-star review for overall satisfaction. It also earned extra full marks in several other categories!
Here are the best laundry liquids in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest laundry liquid review:
ALDI Almat cleaned up nicely on five stars for overall satisfaction, with most other brands scrubbing up a respectable four stars overall. ALDI Trimat, Cold Power, Surf and OMO eventually rounded up the scores on three stars for overall satisfaction.
Fab and Biozet Attack also impressed consumers with their quality of clean, earning five stars, and also took the lead for feel of clothes after wash. Coles did the same when it came to value for money and scored an additional five-star review for scent, as did Fab. Earth Choice similarly rated as the most environmentally-friendly brand for laundry liquids.
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.
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 1980s. 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 Laundry Liquid for people who need a product that’s gentle on the skin as well as Eco Power Triple Action Laundry Concentrate to target bad odours.
These are generally available in 1L, 2L or 4L bottles, Earth Choice laundry liquids are said to be greywater and septic safe, and come in a recyclable bottle. Prices usually range from $2.40 and go up to $16 for the largest bottle.
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 choices when it comes to those swayed by scent.
Similar to its laundry powder line-up, Fab has several 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.
Launched in Australia in 1979, Dynamo has a rich history with Aussie families. The brand offers many liquid variants, including the Dynamo Professional 7-in-1 With Eucalyptus, to tackle whatever stains you throw in the washing machine. If you’re after something specific, Dynamo also offers the Dynamo Professional Odour Eliminating Laundry Liquid for those smelly sports stocks, or the Dynamo Professional Free & Clear for people who want a product that’s kind on the skin.
Suitable for both front and top loader machines, Dynamo is available as capsules as well as in bottle form. Bottle sizes available range between 1.8L and 3.6L. The brand is a bit more expensive than the other labels 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.
One of the brands that likely comes to mind when you think of laundry detergent, Radiant has plenty of laundry options, including for whites, blacks and products that target damp and musty odours. Radiant additionally offers the Laundry Liquid Mixed Colour Wash for households that don’t have time to sort through colours, and is said to feature an anti-dye transfer system to prevent colour transfer.
Its liquid range is suitable for both front and top loaders. The brand’s products are priced fairly competitively compared to what’s offered by many other brands, with Radiant’s range usually available anywhere between under $10 and $18, although there are products like the 4L bottle of Laundry Liquid Whites & Eco that are available for $24. Radiant’s laundry liquids typically come in 1L, 1.8L and 2L.
Supermarket Coles offers much more affordable alternatives to major brands, with its line-up starting from just $5.50 for a 2L bottle and going up to $6.50. These are all claimed to be Australian-made and typically suitable for both top and front load washing machines.
For people with sensitive skin, the Coles Ultra Laundry Liquid Sensitive is said to be dermatologically tested and gentle on the skin. Otherwise, there’s the Coles Laundry Liquid that’s described to be tough on stains and to offer long-lasting fragrance.
Biozet Attack is another brand that promises not to use any bleaching agents in its laundry products and provides recyclable packaging. It offers a variety of laundry liquids to suit different needs, such as stain removal, odour removal and options for a quick wash.
One option is 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 Quick Wash cycle. It’s said to be ideal on all types of garments, including everything from sports gear and baby clothes to bedding and towels. This product also contains the brand’s PC Stain Lifter and can supposedly kill up to 99.99% of odour-causing bacteria.
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. The Sensitive variety is claimed to be dermatologically tested and contains a concentrated formulation that only requires a small dose per load. The product is also stated to contain powerful active surfactants for supposedly stronger cleaning power. And when it comes to environmental friendliness, ALDI’s Trimat range apparently doesn’t contain any added phosphates.
ALDI Trimat is alternatively available in the Regular Laundry Liquid, with both options sold in a 2L bottle for $7.99 each.
Owned by German company Henkel, Cold Power is regularly available in Australian supermarkets and stores. It offers multiple laundry liquid detergents to suit your wash preferences, including Cold Power Advanced Clean and Cold Power Sensitive. There’s also the Cold Power Clean & Smooth, which is said to use a ‘special ingredient’ that helps make ironing easier.
Suitable for both hot and cold washes, Cold Power’s liquid laundry detergent is designed for front and top loader washing machines, with the brand also offering fabric softeners and cleaners to help when you’ve stained your clothes. The line-up generally offers 1L, 1.8L, 2L and 4L varieties.
Surf aims to make waves with affordable laundry liquids that promise to provide long-lasting freshness. There are a few Surf laundry liquids to choose from, including the Surf Laundry Liquid Coastal Luxury, Surf Laundry Liquid and Surf Laundry Liquid Tropical Lily. These are usually available in 2L bottles, usually costing between a fairly affordable $7 to $8 or $15 for the 4L variety. Surf’s laundry liquid detergents are typically suitable for top and front load washing machines and cold water settings only.
Under the same brand as Surf, Unilever, OMO offers a wide variety of laundry liquids to target different needs. For an all-rounder, there’s the OMO Ultimate Liquid. It’s claimed to contain biodegradable enzymes and naturally-derived stain removers and is described by the brand as its most effective stain remover. There’s also the OMO Ultimate Sensitive Liquid, which is stated to be dermatologically tested and made without perfumes or dyes. OMO additionally has the Expert Odour Eliminator Liquid to tackle sweat stains and smells.
OMO is on the pricier side compared to some other brands, with its cheapest laundry liquids selling for $17.50 for a 665ml bottle and going up to $22 for a 1.8L alternative. These are suitable for both top loaders and front load washing machines.
With Aussies spending an average of $18 on laundry liquid, it pays to know what’s best. This year’s ratings reveal ALDI Almat is a good all-rounder, especially as the only brand to receive five stars for overall satisfaction. Although several other brands impressed in multiple areas, such as Fab when it came to cleaning quality, feel of clothes after wash and scent. Biozet Attack also took the lead in terms of clean quality and post-wash feel.
If you’re like the 21% of respondents that opt for whichever is cheapest or on special, supermarket labels from ALDI and Coles are among some of the most budget-friendly options. Both supermarkets received full marks for value for money. However, if you’re worried about finding an eco-friendly laundry product, as do a handful of Aussies surveyed (17%), Earth Choice has got five-star reviews in a variety of research categories, including eco-friendliness.
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 every week, 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 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 a laundry liquid in the last three months – in this case, 995 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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