Best dishwasher tablets?

(20 Posts)
Chloe94 Mon 06-Jun-16 11:14:12

Sorry for the boring question! But the house we just brought and moved into has a dishwasher! Something I have always wanted as I HATE washing up and HATE seeing washing up on the side... so I use it all the time and have been using the finish ultimate or whatever there called wich are fantastic and I've noticed no 'chalky' feel to them after... but there expensive and as my dishwasher goes on twice a day (we do alot of cooking) I need something a bit more affordable? Where's best to buy them and what ones will still do a good job to a high standard ? Thank you!

PippaFawcett Mon 06-Jun-16 11:15:13

I use Fairy and buy them when they are on offer. Do not use the Aldi ones, despite having a Which best buy thing on them, they are shit.

Enb76 Mon 06-Jun-16 11:15:28

Aldi dishwasher tabs - if there's one near you. Better than Finish in my opinion.

ReedBunting Mon 06-Jun-16 11:15:52

Aldi ones are very good and came out top on trial with either which or good housekeeping. Plus very cheap.

Enb76 Mon 06-Jun-16 11:16:16

Ha, ha - horses for courses then smile I live in a very hard water area if that helps, Aldi work best here.

dementedpixie Mon 06-Jun-16 11:16:51

Fairy or finish bought on offer

treaclesoda Mon 06-Jun-16 11:17:49

Fairy Platinum. I never really believed that a dishwasher tablet could make a big difference but it does. I am one of those boring frugal types who is always wanting a bargain but even tight fisted old me thinks that Fairy Platinum are worth paying for. I only buy them when I see them reduced in price though, so sometimes I stock up on them and have multiple bags of them shoved in my cupboard.

BananaL0af Mon 06-Jun-16 11:18:09

I was just coming on to recommend the Aldi ones - cheap and does a great job for us. Why are they shit for you Pippa?

Don't use the gel tablets, apparently the gel doesn't always melt / dissolve and can clog up a machine's innards (so I've been told...)

PippaFawcett Mon 06-Jun-16 11:30:56

They are AWFUL for me. I kept thinking we hadn't put the dishwasher on/hadn't forgotten to use a tablet. The glasses and cutlery were particularly awful. We persevered for a bit but I got really irritated having to handwash everything again so I revered back to Fairy. I have half an unused box under the sink, do you think Aldi will let me return them?!

PippaFawcett Mon 06-Jun-16 11:31:53

had forgotten not hadn't forgotten

WorriedOrStressed Mon 06-Jun-16 11:40:45

We use Finish liquid (not liquid pods). Bottle lasts a good couple of months - you can adjust quantity depending on how full dishwasher is rather than always using a complete tablet which can be a bit of a waste imo.

nemno Mon 06-Jun-16 11:51:49

I came on to say exactly the same as treaclesoda. Since using Fairy Platinum I've never had to remove a teastain from a white mug by hand. The incidences of having to put a soiled dish through 2 cycles are always because of bad positioning and burnt on stains on old cookwear are actually dissappearing. Glasses etch less badly too. I still am a no brand buyer for most things but buy Fairy when on offer.

wowfudge Mon 06-Jun-16 12:11:49

Fairy tablets tainted plastics and silicone when I used them. Took ages to get rid of the disgusting soapy taste and smell and I had to throw some things out. Finish stripped the pattern of some crockery.

I swear by Aldi magnum tablets. Everything is perfectly clean and no unwanted side effects.

wowfudge Mon 06-Jun-16 12:12:52

Just a thought on you having the dishwasher on twice a day: would it be worth getting more crockery, etc? Depends whether the machine is actually full or not of course.

ScrambledSmegs Mon 06-Jun-16 12:16:15

I prefer Finish liquid. Keep your salt and rinse aid at a decent level and use a good liquid, no worries about residue and it cleans brilliantly.

For some reason tablets are more popular in the UK but I think liquid is just as convenient and works better.

ChocolateChangesEverything Mon 06-Jun-16 12:19:40

I use Waitrose own brand which are surprisingly cheap - they also do a powder you can tip in that is even cheaper. They do a great job. Don't forget to keep your salt topped up especially if you are in a hard water area.

Pjmaskswrecksmyhead Mon 06-Jun-16 13:17:21

I find asda smartprice ones amazing and so cheap! I handwash my pans though.

HoggleHoggle Mon 06-Jun-16 13:33:17

Use Sainsburys own brand, they do a really good job.

P1nkP0ppy Mon 06-Jun-16 20:56:24

I use Lidl 5x (?), as recommended by the company that fitted the kitchen. The boss said he recommends them to everyone and to do an empty hottest cycle once every 4-6 weeks to clean the machine.

Chloe94 Mon 06-Jun-16 21:22:51

Thank you so much for all your replies! I will give the aldi ones a go if there no good I'll try and stock up on the others when I see them on offer :D haha yes enb67 it is slighlty horses for courses! grin haha

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