“ Brand: Asda / Type: Dishwasher Tablets / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Dishwasher tablets aren't cheap, and I'd already changed from my usual Fairy Platinum to a non named copy but they were still £3 for 20 so not cheap cheap themselves. I tried the Wilkinsons own brand tablets but whilst they washed well the little rinse aid tablet fell out of the packet when I was opening it and I thought this really dangerous as I have a toddler who will eat anything off the floor so I won't be buying them again. I thought I'd fallen onto a winner when I saw Finish tablets in Poundland, £1 for ten, but really that's still 10p a wash and I was extremely disappointed with the result - bitty, cloudy glasses needing a second rinse.
I recently ran out of dishwasher tablets so as a last resort I used two teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda and one pinch of soda crystals and it brought everything out beautifully! So off I went shopping to find some dishwasher powder, the cheaper the better, convinced that we didn't need to spend a fortune.
I couldn't find any powder so I settled for trying Asda Smartprice Dishwasher Tablets, I previously wouldn't have held out much hope, but given my successful experiment with the bicarb I was hoping that this was basically just a block of bicarb and soda! The box is so plain and in my Asda right on the bottom shelf in the corner - it's a white box, longer than it is high, with a green crockery motif and the Smart Price logo on it. A lot of the reviews on here seem to be for a box of 30 but I've checked and mine is a box of 40, which I paid an amazing £1.42 for, which is fantastic and a lot more moneysaving than my £5+ bag of liquid dishwasher pouches.
So, I filled up my dishwasher, now there was dried on food from a pie dish in there, there were baby bottles, crockery, cutlery, chopping boards and serving spoons. I opened one plain white individual wrapper and inside was a plain block of white powder with chamfered edges.
My dishwasher's standard temperature is 65 degrees and takes about an hour so I left it to do it's job and when I came back I was pleasantly surprised to find that everything was sparkling clean, no residue, and no dulling of glass. There's no real scent with the dishwasher tablets other than 'clean', they're not scented, but I don't mind that especially for the price.
Since then I have used it for big baking bowls, serving spoons covered in mash (no way would the Finish tablets have managed those), burnt on cheese on a baking tray and the crock pot from the slow cooker, and it has managed the lot! Not once have I had to pre soak, or rinse afterward. Brilliant.
I can't believe I've found such a great dishwasher tablet for such a low price, I wish I had tried these earlier, I would have saved an absolute fortune. As long as they don't change the recipe or hike up the price I will stick with these Asda Smartprice Dishwasher Tablets, they're really good!
A very well deserved five out of five stars from me.
Recently after trying to grind down the budget and cut corners on various essential items I decided that I needed to bring down the price of the dishwasher tablets I had been currently using (which were Finish Quantum - veerrry pricey but Fantastic results).
I was on a mission to try something cheap and cheerful that would deliver a good clean to my dishes and glassware. Being somewhat realistic, I did not necessarily expect the smart price ones to be on the same level as Finish in any way shape or form. However as long as they cleaned the pots and pans etc. and it was a cheaper product I would be happy.
I bought the Asda smart price ones at a great price 30 tablets for £1.67 = which equates to
5.6 pence each. Ching-ching what a bargain ..or so I optimistically thought!
~~ Using them and Results ~~~
The consistency of these tablets is as most dishwasher tablets a chalky white feel to them. I used the tablets both on a super high intensity wash, quick wash, and normal dish cycle wash - so that I could really see at what level they were working well at or not as the case was. The first normal wash I used (the regular one I use) the cups came out stained and glasses dull and smeary, plates still had bits of food dried on them which was pretty yukky.
I was pretty astonished at such poor results on this product as I had been so used to the dishwasher producing sparkly glasses and pristine plates that I reckoned it was all in the machine and the tablets although one of the big factors in how clean the dishes got was not the over-riding factor. However having used these I realise that that is so not the case; the tablets and how good they are have to work well with the machine to get that squeaky and shiny clean finish.
In one respect it has given me further respect to the Quantum Finish tablets having used these inferior ones as sadly these Asda ones were woefully inadequate for the job. I ended up washing and rinsing out various pots, pans and plates in the washing up bowl with a squeeze of washing up liquid to get them really clean - which really defeats the purpose of having a dishwasher not to mention the added cost of hot water, washing up liquid and used tea towel washing on top of the £1.67 I had forked out for the tablets.
I ended up using these crushed up and in the sink to soak some old metal oven ware items that had been needing a good soak. I have to add I had to use a lot of them to get any sort of results on the ovenware too.
It is for these reasons that I would not purchase these asda smart price tablets again. However I am not totally averse to going down a cheaper brand route, as long as the pots are clean then that's fine and I will trial some others in my effort to get the cost down on my dishwashing tablets
All-in-all looking at the quality of the product and the value I have to say that personally I felt it was a waste of £1.67.
My search continues for a lower priced but good product that will rival the superior Finish tablets or at least produce clean dishes.
In my opinion, Asda make some great dishwasher tablets as part of their Smartprice (cheap) range. This no frills range makes quite a lot of different things and we have tried most of them but these dishwasher tablets are probably one of their best I think.
For thirty tablets you will pay just £1.69 which is a fantastic price, especially when you compare it to something like Finish for example and other brand names.
The packaging is very plain and simple but that's fine as far as I am concerned. The cardboard box is plain white with green writing and each little tablet is individually wrapped.
They dissolve very quickly and easily in the machine during a wash cycle I always find and there are no clumyy bits left behind after the wash has finished as I have found with some other cheaper (and more expensive) brands.
They bring just about everything up lovely and clean and gleaming. Glasses are streak free and even heavily soiled pots and pans come up a real treat. They are well worth the money.
The tablet does not have a scent at all as I've ttried to smell it but can only detect a very slight whiff, nothing too heavy.
If I was comparing these to the likes of Finish dishwasher tablets I would actaully prefer these as they are very economical and do just as good a job, if not better than the higher priced tablets. They have never failed to let me down and I would recommend them to anyone with a dishwasher.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
I've had my fair try of different dishwasher Tablets. I tried the cheaper ones when I first started buying them but found that they weren't that good in my eyes, so I stuck to the brand named ones for a good few years. Although they worked out a lot more expensive I just felt that they done such a better job, but I tried a box of cheaper ones from Poundland and was impressed so with my new found saving money determination I decided to "splash" out and get these.
These come in a box of 30 and I think they only cost me around £1.70. So a good few tablets for not much money.
The box isn't all that pretty. A thin cardboard box which is white and green coloured - just like the picture. I just ripped the top off this and popped the box in my cupboard, so easy enough to just reach in and get a Tab out. The Tablets are wrapped in just a little wrapper which is easy enough to open at the end. The Tablets are just a rectangular lump of what looks like compacted Salt, but what I mean by this is that some Tablets are a kind of Gel consistency, and have different bits to them, but these are just the 1 thing in here which is obviously made up of different ingredients.
Just use this as you would normally use a Tablet - funnily enough. Pop in the Dishwasher Tablet bit and let it do it's work.
So how did I find these to work? I can say that they are ok, but not exactly for me. Yes, the dishes and everything else came out clean enough, and the glasses had a nice enough sheen to them, but I done the "scrape" test, so took a plate and pulled my finger down the plate and I felt that it was a little bit squeaky in the same way that I found other cheaper ones done. There didn't seem to be a film on the dishes or that, but I felt that I had to rinse a few things whereas usually I don't have to rinse anything (although I think they advise you to.)
I could say that I would recommend a try of these and especially if you use Supermarket own branded ones as i've not noticed much difference between Supermarket and these budget ones. If you don't like them then you haven't lost a huge amount of money, but if you do like them then think of the saving you will have?
cleans terribly. All our cutlery is still stained and dirty and the cups stink.
The product is cheap but definately is not worth it. If you don't mind dirty spoons etc, or smelly cups unlike me who hates it, then this is a great product. I think I might go out now and buy some new cups and cutlery, the saving of say thirty pounds a year is not exactly worth it when you have to change a lot more then that to replace the cutlery and cups. I'm gonna try washing them again in fairy, I gues the horrid smell should go away, and hopefully the stains in the cutlery. :( wish I never baought that excuse for dishwasher tablets. NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO- DO NOT try these at home. Thank you for reading my review...
Now you know!
Asda dishwasher tablets are bad.
I could NOT LIVE without my dishwasher!......
I have tried many many types of dishwasher products since having my first dishwasher about six years ago!
From powder, to tablets, to those expensive five in one super dooper expensive tablets etc.
These tablets come in a cardboard box of 30. It is a white box with green writing. They are also individually wrapped. The cardboard box can be widely recycled. In total they are 540g. There is a removable strip on the top of the box to open and it has flap built in so that the box can also be closed for conveinence. There is information regarding useage and cautions as well as an ingredients list on the box.
I have used these tablets on short 30 degree cycles (great for quick washes when dishes arent too dirty or you are short of time), 45-50 degree cycles (hotter longer cycles) as well as the intensive 70 degree cycles. They are suitable for all dishwasher cycles.
These tablets are removed from their packaging and used by putting in the powder/ tablet drawer located inside the dishwasher door.
At around £1.75 for 30 tablets therefore 30 washes they work out at 6p a wash..... very cheap compared to many other leading brands.
*DO THEY WORK..... my opinion*
I have always been impressed with the quality of these tablets mainly because even on a cooler cycle they dissolve well to wash and cleanse. I have often found that on the cooler cycles (I use these for energy efficiency, time and enviromental saving) some other tablets I have used have not always dissolved effectively, leaving a clump of powder in the bottom of the dishwasher..... However, a tip if you do find this is happening is to break the tablet into about four to aid it to dissolve.
I have found that these tablets clean exceptionally well and on the odd occasions that I have extremely dirty dishes I use two tablets, for around 6p a tablet you dont mind occasionally.
Please be aware these are not "all in one" tablets so you do need dishwasher salt and rinse aid but Asda do these at reasonable prices too!
GREAT PRODUCT AT A GREAT PRICE!
Carrying on my Value range reviews. I do actually shop at both Asda and Tesco so you will see value/smart price reviews on here as i don't really have a favourite supermarket although i do think Asda can be cheaper than Tesco most of the time.
When I was pregnant with my second baby last year I decided it was time to invest i a dishwasher. I also have a toddler and there is only 12 months between my Daughter and Son (crazy i know) so i knew i would need a dishwasher to help me out with my full hands!
I got my lovely new dishwasher and went straight to the shop and purchased some top of the range 'finish' tablets as i assumed i would need to use an expensive brand in order to get the best results. I used these tablets and was impressed, just not about the price of them! I prefer to spend my money on clothes and make up not £4.00 on dishwasher tablets!
Anyway, one day my Auntie came to visit and nearly hit the roof when she saw my box of finish tablets! she had had a dishwasher for years and tried all the brands and said the best ones were Asda smart price!
Needless to say, i bought these on my next trip to Asda and was so pleased when i saw the £1.28 price tag! At this point I just wanted to try them so i could see if they gave a sparkling result like the finish ones did.
As you have probably guessed, they did! I could not believe it when i opened my dishwasher and could not see any food or residue in sight!
If you do try these out you will never buy brand again! They give a perfect finish and at £1.28 for 30 tablets who could complain?
I saw these in ASDA and thought I might as well give them a try.
Value for Money
As a family of five we create a lot of washing up, so dishwasher tablets make up a significant part of our family gracery spend. These tablets cleaned well and cost so much less than the branded equivalents. They are £1.72 for 30 tablets, giving a cost per wash of just 5.7p, compared with Finish value packs at 13.3p per wash. As with so many of the smartprice products these do the job at a fraction of the price.
Ease of Use
These couldn't be simpler. One tablet in the dispenser for each load. Much easier than using powder which until now was the cheaper option for us rather than the more expensive branded tablets.
The smartprice dishwasher tablets are available from ASDA stores and online at asda.co.uk.
These do a great job for an even better price. I can't see why I would ever switch to using an alternative. There are no disadvantages to these at all as far as I can tell.
I ove my dishwasher as I absolutely hate to do the washing up by hand and it is a source of constant arguments in the house when something needs washing that cannot go in the dish washer such as oily roasting tins.
Dishwasher tablets are not cheap however I reckon that these ones from Asda are the best on the market, for a start they are really cheap, you get 30 tablets in a box and they cost £1.75 in my local supermarket which makes them excellent value, this means that effectively I get a months use out of one single purchase as I rarely use the machine more than once a day and sometimes not even that as we are both out at work all day during the week.
Te packaging is pretty basic and the tablet itself is a standard white and blue colour and they are very effective at getting food stains off the cutlery and plates. I do tend to rinse my stuff before it goes into the machine as this reduces the risk of a clog however they are still in need of a clean and this product is excellent. I also like the fat that it is not at all abrasive on delicate items and glass wear and I have used the product for a few mionths now and have not noticed any lasting effects.
A super, cheap affordable product and one I would certainly recommend.
Due to the exceptional good value of these dishwasher tablets, we have been using them in our household for months. For a box of 30 for under £2, you can't go wrong - especially when you compare them to the other brands available.
Other than the price, they do a good job! Yes, there's the occasional thing still stuck to a pan, but no more than you'd usually get from your dishwasher - a little considerate rinsing of plates before hand, or soaking the more heavy duty pans and bakeware first, doesn't do anyone any harm. It's still better than doing all the washing up by hand!
Occasionally, after the wash has finished, we have found the tablet still in the dispenser, semi dissolved and basically a soggy mess. The first time this happened we thought it was our fault, and maybe we're put it into the dispenser while the dispenser was damp, and then not put the dishwasher on straight away. But it's happened a few times now, including times when the dispenser has been bone dry and the washing cycle put on straight away.
Overall, a good product for everyday dishwashing. If you use your dishwasher on a regular basis, this is probably the product to go for. Yes, you might get a stuck tablet every now and again (and they can explode over your hands a little when you open the little packets sometimes!) but for the price, you don't mind so much. If you use your dishwasher only occasionally, and for stubbon cooked on stuuf, then maybe a different brand would be better.
You would think having a boyfriend would mean that in these enlightened times you would not need a dishwasher after all if they do not do that what use are they however sadly my fella is a bit neanderthal and I need a dishwasher, mind you even that is a struggle to get him to load.
These dishwasher tablets from Asda are I reckon the best on the market, for a start they are really cheap, you get 30 tablets in a box and they cost £1.75 in my local sore so excellent value, rarely does out machine go on more than once a day inless we are entertaining and sometimes not even once a day so a single box comfortably covers us for a month.
These are a standard white and blue tablet shape and they are very effective at getting food stains off the cutlery and plates. I do tend to rinse my stuff before it goes into the machine as this reduces the risk of a clog however they are still in need of a clean and this product is excellent. It is also very effective on glass and does not appear to be abrasive at all with no marks or scratches being caused.
Considering the price they are excellent value and definately worh the extra trip to Asda to get a product I trust.
I have never had a dishwasher before but now that I am flitting between a couple of different houses from time to time house sitting and what not I have now used these a couple of times at my Mums house and they seem to be pretty good.
You can buy 30 tablets for the very reasonable price of £1.72 and these come packaged in a green & white box which contains the blue & white individually wrapped tablets. The tablets are a standard size and quite crumbly so to use them you simply unwrap one and pop it in to the dishwasher tablet drawer, close it up & turn on the cycle.
When the load had finished I did find that everything was cleaned satisfactory. All of the caked on mess from the previous nights spaghetti bolognese had been completely removed and my only small complaint was that some of the cutlery appeared to have slight water marks on but this was easily rectified by giving them a quick rinse under the tap and then drying them off with a tea towel and to be honest I didn't mind doing this because of the amount of time and effort that I had saved by not having to wash the dishes up myself!
I think that these tablets look very simple but they seem to do a pretty good job overall and for the price I think that you really can't do wrong with something like this. They clean & the dishes look good, what more could you really ask for?
I am rating these tablets 4/5 and have knocked off one star because they don't make things sparkle quite as much as I would like them too but I am overall quite satisfied with the results.
My never ending quest to save money and try out all the value, supermarket brand products that I can lay my grubby little fingers on continued recently with a purchase of Asda Smart Price Dishwasher Tablets.
These tablets are mindbogglingly cheaper than every other available brand of dishwasher tablets (aside from other supermarket own brands). They cost just £1.72 for 30 tablets. The other brands available at Asda are:
Ecover Tablets: £4.59 for 25
Finish Tablets: £4.50 for 30
Fairy Active Bursts: £6.98 for 30
You can see from this list that Smart Price tablets are in a completely different league, price-wise. I have worked out that if you use a packet of these a month, putting the dishwasher on once a day as many families do, you would save around £35 a year compared to using Finish or Asda 5 in 1. This is a decent saving in my book.
The tablets come in a green and white cardboard box. The packaging is not very attractive but I keep my dishwasher tablets hidden away in the cupboard under the sink, so nobody sees them anyway!
Each tablet is individually sealed in a plastic cover which is easy to rip open. The tablets are blue and white and slightly crumbly, but I usually manage to transfer them intact into the dishwasher. After putting them in, you just close the compartment and turn on the dishwasher, simple.
But what are the results like? Well, in general I have found the tablets really effective. I usually just put the dishwasher on a quick economy wash and even on this setting the dishes, mugs and glasses come out really clean. Baked on food comes off easily. The patterns on mugs haven't faded and I don't have any ugly white marks on the glassware.
The only problem is that I have found my cutlery doesn't respond very well to the tablets. A lot of it has become tinged in an unattractive brown or green colour. This isn't a big problem for me as a lot of the time I eat alone and am not trying to impress anyone! Plus, most of my cutlery is cheap stuff from Argos or Poundland! However, if you have posh cutlery, you might want to avoid these tablets.
However, if you don't mind a bit of staining on your cutlery, these tablets are a good way to cut down your monthly spend.