Thanks to our latest tests, we've discovered supermarket own-brand dishwasher tablets that will leave your dishes sparkling for half the price of the most expensive branded products.
Our latest dishwasher detergent tests found two Best Buys - both scored highly 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 10p per wash.
We've tested eight all-in-one dishwasher tablets from big brands - including 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.
With some tablets costing as much as 32p 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.
During the lockdown, the chances are you've been using your dishwasher a lot more frequently than usual. Eating three meals a day at home means the dishes soon start to pile up.
If you run your dishwasher five times a week, that could mean a saving of almost £40 across the year if you opt for a budget Best Buy ahead of the most expensive tablets on test.
We examine dishwasher tablets' ability to remove everyday food and drink stains, including burnt-on milk, tea stains and egg, and we scrutinise 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.
Below, you can see how a Don't Buy dishwasher tablet fares against a Best Buy when tasked with removing tough tea stains from a mug.
We also test for grease removal, in order to separate out the tablets 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.
Both our Best Buys managed to remove all of this tough grease, scoring full marks and an impressive maximum five stars for this part of the test. But they were the only dishwasher tablets to manage it.
Below are all the dishwasher tablets we've just tested.
Follow the links to read our latest reviews:
Whichever tablets you're using, you'll give them the best chance of reaching their cleaning potential by loading your dishwasher properly.
Bear these tips in mind to make the most of the dishwasher space available: