Product Type: Finish Household Cleaning
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A classic example of "You get what you pay for"
Finish Powerball Quantum Dishwasher Tablets
Member Name: Holland1
Finish Powerball Quantum Dishwasher Tablets
Date: 26/04/12, updated on 26/04/12 (167 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent cleaning, no cloudy marks on glass, smells fresh, dissolve properly, no wrappers
Like most people, my method of grocery shopping these days consists of looking for brightly marked offers, and spending a bit longer comparing the prices of all the alternatives to make sure I get best value for money. Last time I went to Morrisons, these dishwasher tablets were on offer, making them better value than Morrisons own-label dishwasher tablets! I can't remember exactly how much we paid but it was a bargain. According to the Tesco website, at full price these cost £10.20 for 30, which I would NEVER pay for dishwasher tablets. At that price, I'd expect someone to come and load the dishwasher for me, and get on top of my ironing whilst they're at it.
The variety we ended up with were the lemon scented ones. The tablets came in a box, although looking online they also come in bags depending where you buy them. The box had a plastic lid which it stated on the packaging was really important to keep closed to keep the tablets fresh. They are individually wrapped with a clear cover, and you pop them in your dishwasher compartment as they are, so there's no messing with fiddly wrappers. It also states on the packaging that they should only be handled with dry hands, otherwise they might disintegrate before they reach the dishwasher.
Finish have a very good reputation with dishwashing products, and claim to be recommended by dishwasher manufacturers. I must admit, with some of the cheaper tablets, I do notice that sometimes we have to put things through the dishwasher a couple of times to get them fully clean, and I was confident that this wouldn't happen with Finish. Although I'd never pay full price for them, I know they are probably better for my dishwasher, and that they have better cleaning capabilities.
**The Science Bit**
The marketing for Finish is quite powerful, with the following just some of the claims they make on their products:
"Unique gel powerball"
"Ultra shine technology"
"No 1 recommended by renowned dishwasher manufacturers"
"High efficiency formula"
The Finish tablets are unmistakable with the blue tablet containing a red ball in the middle of it. They are supposedly unique in that the tablet has 8 different actions which give perfect results.
These are: a powerful clean, salt function, rinse aid function, tea stain removal, grease cutting, machine limescale protection, wrapper free, and amazing shine. It isn't made clear whether the salt and rinse aid function are in place of the usual salt and rinse aid you'd use, so we have carried on using ours as normal. However, it is good to know, when these start running low, the tablets contain salt and rinse aid as this should prevent the quality of cleaning being hindered, as sometimes happens with the cheaper tablets.
I am confident in saying that these dishwasher tablets do in fact live up to their claims. Since using these, we have not once had to wash anything by hand, or put things through the dishwasher twice due to food or stains being left on crockery. These tablets have dealt with things such as casserole dishes which had food left on them for a couple of days (in our defence, there's only two of us so it takes a bit longer to fill the dishwasher, it's not just that we're lazy. Well, maybe a little!).
The most noticeable difference about these tablets, is that they do get rid of stains and leave things sparkling. We had some mugs with tea stains at the bottom, and these dishwasher tablets have got rid of those so they are now perfectly white. They are also good for cleaning glass, because in the past I've noticed glasses can come out with those horrible cloudy marks on them, but with these, they come out sparkling.
As for the lemon scent, I notice it faintly when the wash has finished, but it's not overpowering, and it doesn't linger on the items in the dishwasher. It just makes the inside of the dishwasher smell much cleaner than it usually does. I've noticed these tablets ALWAYS dissolve during the dishwashing cycle, which is good because it's very annoying when you open the dishwasher door to discover the dishes aren't all clean because there's a semi-dissolved tablet at the bottom of the dishwasher.
I can highly recommend these tablets, they are not just a gimmick or marketing ploy, but they do actually give excellent results. My only issue is with the price, which is why I've knocked a star off, but I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for offers on this product in future.
(This review is also posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
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