CHOICE Shared the Best and Worst Dishwasher Products, But How Did home recipes like Bicarb soda perform? You may be surprised!

CHOICE Shared, “It doesn’t matter how good your dishwasher is at cleaning if the detergent leaves dishes dirty.

These 12 products pictured below failed to score above 50% in CHOICE lab tests.

So which ones scored the best?

Earth Choice All in One Dish Tablets – 81%
Miele Dishwasher Ultra Tabs Multi – 80%
Miele Dishwasher Powder – 78%
Coles Ultra with Active Oxygen Tablets – 76%
Ecostore All in One Dishwasher Tablets – 76%
Fairy Platinum All in One Tablets – 76%
Finish tablets ranged from 70 – 75%

Meanwhile the good old homemade recipes like bicarb soda and vinegar or lemon etc rated only 14%.


CHOICE uses plates pre-soiled with stains most commonly difficult to remove from a plate. These plates are then loaded into a dishwasher and a program run. Plates are then removed and scanned via a spectrophotometer to get a reflectance value of how much stain is removed.

Read the full results here.

Share your comments below

  • This was interesting to read over, but great to keep in mind for when the house needs a clean again!!


  • Thank you. I didn’t realise Earth choice all in one dish tablets rated the best. Choice really know their comparisons.


  • I mainly use the Fairy one. The Finish one doesn’t fit in the compartment of my dishwasher.
    I use the Coles Ultra Rinse. It does as good a job as others and doesn’t leave a smelly residue at all. People forget that Coles do not manufacture their products. They are made by a major one and put in Coles labelled packaging.


  • I wish all choice comparisons were free resources. I understand why it’s subscription based, but their studies are useful. I currently use Aldi or finish tablets.


  • Choice does really useful studies, as a Rule.


  • I have always wondered about the Earth Choice All in One Dish Tablets. Will definitely try next time.


  • Thanks for testing them, it makes buying a lot easier!


  • i like things like this where you compare everyday products

    • I like to read reviews too and to make educated choices.


  • I like all the comparison tests. Makes choosing a product a lot easier.


  • Interesting. I’ve use bi carb home remedy a couple of times & I find it works a little but not a great difference


  • Interesting, I will try Earth Choice. I tend to use Finish as it seemed to work the best and had the least weird smell on the dishes upon completion.


  • Good to know I’ve saved the list for future reference.


  • Homemade remedies like bi-carb, vinegar and lemon for the dish-washer ? never heard of that ! They’re good for cleaning ovens, microwave and washing machine though.
    Personally I think that cleaning the dishes by hand, cleans them better then by dish-washer.


  • Thanks for this Choice article – most interesting.


  • Never heard of using Bi carb to wash dishes just to use in between washes. Very interested in what cleans the best as just learning to use my dishwasher.


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