Best-Rated Laundry Powders

Canstar Blue’s latest laundry powder review compares Duo, Surf, ALDI (Trimat & Almat), OMO, Biozet Attack, Cold Power, Coles Ultra, Radiant, and Fab on their cleaning quality, feel of clothes after wash, scent, variety, eco-friendliness, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Best laundry powder 2022

Most Satisfied Customers | Duo

Duo scrubbed up best in Canstar Blue’s laundry powder review, with five-star reviews for feel of clothes after wash, packaging design, eco-friendliness, and overall satisfaction.

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While doing the laundry comes with risks – such as shrinking clothes or accidentally turning your favourite white shirt a different colour – it is a necessary chore to keep us looking and feeling fresh. For some, the washing machine is a mystery, with many of us sticking to the tried and true method of the regular wash for everything, while others venture out to different wash settings for a more targeted clean. Even if you’re a washing veteran, choosing the best laundry detergent for your needs can feel like guesswork.

Choosing between laundry liquid and powder is the first hurdle to get over, and for those who stand by powder as their favoured laundry weapon of choice, there are plenty of options to narrow down when it comes to finding the best brand for your needs and budget.

To help you in your search, we surveyed more than 1,000 Australian consumers for their feedback on the powder laundry detergent(s) they’ve bought and used in the last three months. Respondents scored brands on cleaning quality, feel of clothes post-wash, scent, variety, packaging design, environmental friendliness, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received the minimum survey sample size (30 responses) are compared in our ratings.

Duo was consumers’ top pick for laundry powder, receiving a five-star review for overall satisfaction and in several other categories!

Best Laundry Powder

Duo laundry powder

Here are the best laundry powders in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. Duo
  2. Surf
  3. ALDI (Trimat)
  4. OMO
  5. ALDI (Almat)
  6. Biozet Attack
  7. Cold Power
  8. Coles Ultra
  9. Radiant
  10. Fab

Duo topped our laundry powder ratings with five-star reviews for feel of clothes post-wash, packaging design, environmental friendliness, and overall satisfaction. Runner-up Surf rated best for scent and variety, while ALDI (Trimat) was the top choice for value for money and quality of clean, and also scored full marks for feel of clothes after wash, alongside OMO. Fellow ALDI brand Almat scored five stars for value for money.

Top Laundry Powders

Duo

Duo laundry powder review

Duo is a popular brand of laundry powder, suitable for both front and top-loading washing machines. All Duo products are claimed to contain a concentrated formula that features an ‘Opti-Brightener’ system that breaks down stains and lifts dirt from your clothes.

Duo’s range includes a ‘Cleans & Whitens’ option in a fresh linen scent, a fragrance-free Cleans & Cares Powder and a Cleans & Softener option in the ‘Exotic Tiger Lily’ scent. Duo is sold in most supermarkets and chemists, in either 1kg, 2kg or 5kg varieties (up to 95 washes).

  • Duo impressed consumers on feel of clothes after wash, packaging design, environmental friendliness and overall satisfaction, earning five stars in those categories. It got four stars for value for money, quality of clean, scent and variety.

Surf

Surf laundry powder review

Surf is another brand offering an affordable range of laundry powders, typically costing between $8.50 for a 2kg box and $17 for 4kg. There are several 5-in-1 options, available in ‘Tropical, ‘Herbals’ and ‘Luxury’ scents. Suitable for all machine types, these are said to remove bad odours, as well as dirt and grime to ensure a long-lasting fragrance.

  • Surf was seen as the best brand for scent and variety with five stars in both categories, and got four stars for overall satisfaction and the remaining areas like quality of clean, feel of clothes after wash, environmental friendliness and value for money.

ALDI Trimat

Trimat ALDI laundry powder review

ALDI Trimat is the discount supermarket’s very own ‘everyday’ laundry range, which includes laundry liquids and powders in Regular, Sensitive, Colour Care and Concentrate varieties. ALDI claims its Trimat range was developed with concentrated formulations that require less packaging and doses – to save you money and help the Earth at the same time.

Suitable for both front load washing machines and top loader models, ALDI Trimat contains pre-treaters to help boost whites and colours, with no phosphates for a more environmentally friendly wash. ALDI Trimat liquid detergents come in 1L bottles and will cost you just $3.99 at the checkout. Laundry powders come in 1.5kg packs for $5.79.

  • ALDI Trimat was rated best for value for money and quality of clean, and also scored five stars for feel of clothes after wash. It got four stars for packaging design and overall satisfaction, plus three stars everywhere else.

OMO

OMO laundry powder review

For households that need a product that’s gentle on skin, OMO’s Sensitive Laundry Powder is said to be dermatologically tested and contains no dyes or perfumes. The brand alternatively has the Active Clean line, which features built-in pre-treaters to remove tough stains made of messes like grease, chocolate, mud and grass.

OMO laundry powders are available in 1kg, 1.8kg, 2kg and 5kg boxes. These can set you back between $8 for a 1kg pack and up to $30 for the 5kg option. The range is suitable for all types of washing machines.

  • OMO received five stars for feel of clothes post-wash, and four stars for quality of clean, scent, variety, packaging design, environmental friendliness and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for value for money.

ALDI Almat

Almat ALDI laundry powder review

With ALDI now a popular option for the household grocery shop, the German chain offers a range of laundry powders for you to add to your trolley. Almat laundry powder is one of the cheaper options in comparison to other ALDI brands, with a 2kg pack priced at $5.29.

Suitable for top and front loaders, plus high-efficiency top loader machines, Almat is available in five scents, including ‘Spicy Temptations’, ‘Sunshine Fresh’, ‘Arctic Breeze’ and ‘Tropical Escape’. The range is claimed to use triple enzyme action to help remove stains effectively, plus different surfactants for strong cleaning power. ALDI Almat is also said to work in both hot and cold wash and to contain no phosphates.

  • ALDI Almat was rated five stars for packaging design and four stars for overall satisfaction and in the remaining categories like quality of clean, scent, variety and value for money.

Biozet Attack

Biozet Attack laundry powder review

Biozet Attack offers multiple laundry powders, including 3D Clean Action for stain removal and colour protection, and the PLUS Eliminator for getting rid of sweaty and musty smells and odours caused by the fabrics being left damp in the washing machine. Biozet Attack also offers the PLUS Softener, which is claimed to contain a fabric softener with fibre smoothing to help make ironing easier.

Biozet Attack is available in most supermarkets in packs of 1kg, 2kg, 5.4kg and 6kg, depending on the product. Most Biozet Attack laundry powders are suitable for both front and top load machines, but it’s best to check the packaging before you put it in your shopping basket.

  • Biozet Attack was rated four stars in most areas, including for quality of clean, feel of clothes post-wash, value for money and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for scent, environmental friendliness and variety.

Cold Power

Cold Power laundry powder review

Owned by German company Henkel, Cold Power began life in the United States in the 1960s before its global expansion. In today’s Aussie supermarkets, Cold Power is available in 900g, 2kg and 4kg packages, depending on the variety you’re after. Cold Power comes in ‘Sensitive’, ‘2-in-1’ and ‘Complete Action’ powders, along with special products that contain fabric softener for a more complete wash.

On the higher end of the price spectrum, Cold Power is suitable for both front and top loader machines. Expect to pay around $16 for its 2kg box and around $20 for the 4kg option. Its sensitive powder is said to be perfume-free and contain no added phosphate or dyes, and has been dermatologically tested, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin.

  • Cold Power achieved four stars in most areas including, quality of clean, feel of clothes after wash, variety, overall satisfaction, and more. It got three stars for scent and value for money.

Coles Ultra

Coles Ultra laundry powder review

With a couple of laundry detergents available, supermarket giant Coles has a couple of options for shoppers as they cruise down the aisle. There’s the Coles Laundry Powder Concentrate Sensitive, which is described as a dermatologically tested product that’s tough on stains and gentle on skin. Coles Ultra’s line-up also offers the Laundry Powder Concentrate, which contains odour controlling technology and is suitable for both top and front load washing machines. Coles Ultra’s laundry powders are claimed to be made in Australia and usually sold in a 2kg pack for $6.50.

  • Coles Ultra earned four stars for value for money and environmental friendliness, plus three stars for overall satisfaction and the remaining areas like scent, quality of clean, feel of clothes after wash, etc.

Radiant

Radiant laundry powder review

Radiant offers a variety of laundry powders to suit different types of fabrics and needs. For something seriously powerful, its Radiant Advanced+ Ultra Power is said to use a mix of built-in pre-treaters and enzymes to lift stubborn stains (even ones that have dried in for 48 hours). And for mixed loads, the brand claims its new Radiant Mixed Colours offers better colour protection than previously. It’s also said to use Colour Guard technology and an anti-dye transfer system to prevent colours from transferring onto each other.

Radiant’s laundry powders are available at all supermarkets, as well as other retailers such as Big W and Target. These are usually sold in 1.8kg, 2kg or 4kg packs, costing between $9.75 and $24.

  • Radiant scored four stars for quality of clean, feel of clothes post-wash and packaging design. It ended on three stars for overall satisfaction and in the remaining areas.

Fab

Fab laundry powder review

For many, Fab would be one of the first brands to come to mind when it comes to doing the laundry, operating around the globe for decades. Owned by German company Henkel, Fab delivers a range of powders and liquids to take care of all your washing needs. There are several products to choose from, such as Fab Intense Fresh for removing odours. Fab’s Fresh line, available in ‘Frangipani’ and ‘Fresh Blossoms’, is similarly designed to keep garments smelling fresh for up to 30 days (stored). Plus, there’s the Fab Natural Elements Powder which is said to contain recyclable packaging and no added phosphates.

Fab’s laundry powders come in 1kg, 1.8kg, 2kg, 3.8kg and 4kg packs. Prices start from $4.49 and go up to $12.99 for the value packs.

  • Fab rounded up the scores on four stars for variety and packaging design, plus three stars for overall satisfaction and everywhere else.

Which laundry powder should I buy?

What is the best laundry powder to use?

While for some of us, the only factor that influences which laundry powder we buy is the price tag, for others, picking a laundry detergent is crucial to feeling and smelling fresh. While most consumers we surveyed typically buy the same brand of laundry powder (39%), a quarter still opt for whichever product is the cheapest (25%).

With that said, general consumer feedback suggests that all-rounders like Duo and ALDI Trimat are the way to go. Both brands led this year’s laundry powder review, impressing respondents across several categories such as quality of clean, feel of clothes post-wash, eco-friendliness, value for money and packaging design (including ease of use).

With brands offering a range of powders to tackle any workload, households can also breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to things like skin allergies and sensitivity, with plenty of brands offering allergen-free powders for extra comfort and peace of mind.

Most laundry powders are now developed to work with both front and top loader washing machines. So, you might want to think about factors such as price, scent and environmental sustainability when deciding which laundry powder to buy. Most brands will have ingredients information on their websites, so it doesn’t hurt to do your own research before your next grocery shop.

About the author of this page

Luciana Lawe Davies - Canstar Blue This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Producer Luciana Lawe Davies. She writes about streaming, appliances and consumer products and services. Luciana enjoys bringing readers the best in what’s on TV and at the shops, including the best deals and latest reviews.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 laundry powder in the last three months – in this case, 1,061 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.

  • Best laundry powder for overall satisfaction: Duo was rated best overall.
  • Best laundry powder for value for money: ALDI Trimat was deemed the best bang for buck.
  • Best laundry powder for quality of clean: ALDI Trimat also ranked number one for quality of clean.
  • Best laundry powder for feel of clothes after wash: ALDI Trimat was also best for feel of clothes after wash, according to consumers.
  • Best laundry powder for scent: Surf was seen to offer the best scents.
  • Best laundry powder for variety: Surf also offered the best variety of laundry liquids.
  • Best laundry powder for packaging design: ALDI Almat had the best packaging design.
  • Best laundry powder for eco-friendliness: Duo was rated best for environmental friendliness.

Here are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s laundry powder review:

  • 2021: ALDI Almat
  • 2020: ALDI Trimat
  • 2019: ALDI Almat
  • 2018: Radiant
  • 2017: ALDI Almat & Biozet Attack
  • 2016: ALDI Almat
  • 2015: ALDI Almat

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