Full fabric conditioner test results
By Patrick Gallagher
We've conducted our first ever test of fabric conditioners. We put big brands, such as Lenor and Comfort, head-to-head against supermarket own-brands, discounters Lidl and Aldi, and rival brands Fair and Ecover.
We wanted to find out which conditioners would leave you with huggable, soft laundry that has a long-lasting fragrance. And which would leave your clothes more coarse than cuddly, with none of the fresh scent claimed on the bottle.
Our top scorer got 74%, while the lowest-scoring conditioner only got 48%. As prices vary from 2p per wash to 9p, our fabric conditioner results will tell you which conditioners you should buy, and which you shouldn't bother spending your money on.
We've also spoken to textile technologists, allergy experts, bed and bathroom linen buyers and a toxicologist to answer common fabric conditioner questions - what shouldn't you use fabric conditioner on and what should you do if you have sensitive skin?
Fabric conditioner test results - October 2015
|Product||Price||Washes per bottle||Cost per wash||Bottle size (ml)||Overall softness||Strength of smell||Long-lasting smell||Score|
Price: The average price for a bottle. Price per wash: Based on average price divided by the number of washes stated on the bottle.
Overall softness: How soft the conditioner makes washing feel overall, based on a panel judging it separately after one and five washes. We used towels in our tests as they are the most tangible material to test softness and we weren't examining absorbency.
Strength of smell: Combination of how strong the fragrance is (not whether it's pleasant) when the clothes are wet and then when dry.
Long-lasting smell: Strength of smell left on washing after seven days.
Test score: Ignores price. Based on: softness 60%; strength of smell 25%; long-lasting smell 15%.