We’ve discovered supermarket own-brand dishwasher tablets that will leave your dishes sparkling for less than a third of the price of the most expensive branded products.
Our latest dishwasher detergent tests found two Best Buys – both scored top marks for overall cleaning. But while each branded Best Buy dishwasher tablet will set you back more than 20p, a supermarket own-brand Best Buy costs less than 15p per wash.
We’ve tested 11 all-in-one dishwasher tablets from big brands – including Finish, Fairy and Ecover – and major supermarkets, putting each tablet through tough tests to separate those that will leave your dishes sparkling from the ones best left on the shelf.
A low-scoring dishwasher tablet will leave you having to wash your dishes again by hand. Save yourself time – click to reveal our Best Buy dishwasher tablets.
Great savings with the cheapest Best Buy
With some tablets costing as much as 26p per wash, dishwasher detergent may well be the most expensive cleaning product in your shopping trolley. However, you can save money without compromising on cleaning power. Our tests revealed a great-value Best Buy dishwasher tablet that costs less than a third of the price of the most expensive option.
If you run your dishwasher four times a week, that could mean a saving of more than £37 across the year. Read all of our dishwasher tablet reviews to see which ones will save you money, which ones are worth spending a little more on, and which ones are best to avoid.
New, tougher tests
We test dishwasher tablets’ ability to remove everyday food and drink stains, including burnt-on milk, tea stains and egg, as well as scrutinising how much film builds up on dishes after multiple washes, leaving them looking dull. We also check for spots and watermarks left on crockery and glasses.
For this year’s tests, we also added an additional grease-removal element, in order to separate out the cleaners that can tackle the dirtiest roasting tins and casserole dishes. We make up a blend of peanut oil and lard, which is mixed with albumin (a protein found in egg whites) to imitate the types of greasy stains you’ll find in an everyday kitchen. This is then spread evenly across a set of metal tiles, which we wash in a dishwasher alongside cups, plates and glasses. We weigh the tiles before and after the cycle to see precisely how much tough grease has been removed.
Only the two Best Buys managed to remove the bulk of this tough grease, with one of the products scoring full marks and an impressive maximum five stars for this part of the test. For all the details of our rigorous tests, find out how we test dishwasher tablets.
Dishwasher tablet reviews
Below are all the dishwasher tablets we’ve just tested. Follow the links to read our brand-new reviews:
- Aldi Magnum All in One Complete
- Ecover All in One Original
- Fairy Platinum All in One Original
- Fairy Original All in One Lemon
- Finish All in 1 Powerball Max Shine & Protect Original
- Finish Powerball Quantum
- Lidl W5 All in One
- Morrisons Power Burst Lemon
- Tesco All in One Lemon
- Waitrose Essential
- Waitrose Optimum Original