“ A significantly cheaper alternative to most, Daisy Dishwasher Tablets perform surprisingly well. Dishes come out sparkling, none streaky and free from grease. Whilst fragrance isn't as strong, they clean well. „
I used to think that only dishwasher tablets such as Finish or other well named brands would really work to get my dishes clean but over the years I have discovered that there is not really much difference in the results and will now buy the ones on special offer at the time.
This box of Daisy is quite eye catching as it is bright with yes you've guessed it a picture of a daisy on the front and also some sparkling cutlery to depict how it should look after using the tablets. There are forty tablets in the box and they retail at around £4 but I bought several boxes when they were on offer for £2.15 and am still using them now.
The tablets are wrapped individually in a plastic wrapper which is easy to make a tear at the end and then pull them open. I know with some of the more expensive makes you can put them in with the wrapper on but it really only takes a few seconds to remove it. I will place the tablet in the small drawer in the door of the dishwasher but if I am only doing a small or a quick wash I will place the tablet at the bottom of the dishwasher as it will dissolve quicker this way. They have a sort of soapy lemony smell and they feel chalky to the touch especially the top layer but also quite firm.
I would say that the majority of the time my dishes and glasses are clean apart from when I cram it so full that things are on top of one another so the water can't get to them. My glasses come out with no smudges or marks and even my roast dishes and casserole dishes generally come out clean unless I have not rinsed them well before putting them in the dishwasher. If there are one or two little bits of food left I find that by just running a hot tap over them this will remove it.
I have been more than happy with these Daisy tablets and would say that they are no different from any others I have used. I think it is a lot to do with how you stack the dishwasher and how much there is in it really. At 5p each I think these are fantastic value and I would definitely buy them again.
A dishwasher is just one of those things I can't seem to live without! I can't imagine having to ash everything up by hand, it seems like it would take so much time! The problem is though, that we get through so many tablets the price can really add up if you are not careful and shop around. I often buy premium brands when they are on special offer, which works out better value, but the other day when I went to Tesco, there were none on special offer and these daisy tablets caught my eye. I did a quick price comparison and they were close to 10p per tablet which works out as good value in my opinion. I decided to give them a go an hoped all my utensils came out clean as I dreaded having to re-wash everything with dried on dirt!
Price and availability:
Daisy, the brand, is exclusive to Tesco. It was introduced to give extra choice in the bottom end of the market, as previously there was just Tesco Value (which has since become every day value). I think a lot of people felt self conscious about buying Tesco Value products, and this is a more subtle way of being a cheap skate (!) in my opinion! I have seen the Daisy brand in all sizes of Tesco store, so relatively easy to track down.
The dishwasher tablets come in a cardboard box (which is 100% recyclable). Inside the box comes powdery tablets wrapped in a plastic sleeve, which needs to be removed before you use them. Each tablet gives one whole dishwasher cycle.
I found no downsides at all to using these bargain dishwasher tablets. They left all the washing perfectly clean. Left no build up, no damage and no scratches. They had only positive effects and I have no complaints what so ever. I have used about 4 packets of these now and I can honestly say I haven't seen my glasses fade or deteriorate any quicker than I would expect. I would 100% recommend these. I think Tesco should promote these more!
When we first got our dishwasher I would buy the most expensive tablets, thinking they were better quality and would give good results. Frankly, I wasn't impressed. Glasses became cloudy after a while and the dishwasher kept breaking down for some reason. Anyway, as time went on and I had to consider my budget I decided to try some of the less expensive tablets. Daisy were the first discount brand I tried and I was very impressed by their effectiveness.
The tablets are sold in packs of 40 tablets and I buy them from Tesco. Not sure if any other supermarket sells them. The box has an perforated opening on the top which is easy to open. The tablets have several different coloured layers and are individually wrapped in cellophane. They can be a little bit difficult to tear open at times. The label on the packet claims that they have a 5 in 1 action, so I presume they contain rinse aid and salt. That said, I still always use a seperate rinse aid and dishwasher salt in my machine as well as the tablets. I was told that this would still be necessary by a dishwasher repair man.
The tablets have a pleasant scent and do not smell too chemically. They fit snugly in the powder dispenser, though you can also use them if you put them in the cutlery tray. I find that they give really good results, even when I do an economy cycle. Glasses always come out gleaming with no cloudiness and plates sparkle. I always soak baked-on dishes and sometimes these do take a couple of wash cycles to get clean, but that was the same with the more expensive tablets anyway, so no real difference.
The main difference is in my purse!
They currently cost £2.00 per box, which if you are sad like me and have worked it out, means it costs 5p per wash! That's really good value for money as far as I am concerned. We all need to watch the pennies these days!
I never buy expensive dishwasher tablets now. Daisy does a good job for less!
In the past, I have always paid out for premium dishwashing powder/tablets, (probably mistakenly) believing that it would protect my crockery and the expensive dishwasher in the process. However, after my parents experience of using Finish for years and ending up with large dishwasher repair bills and 'misty' glasses, I decided to end my false economy and try a different brand. As I rarely shop anywhere but Tesco, the obvious choice was Daisy Classic 5 in 1 dishwasher tablets.
The cardboard box contains 40 tablets and currently costs £2 - a vast difference to the comparable box of 42 tablets from Finish for £10.50! I know Finish products are regularly on offer (which was when I would normally buy them anyway) but in my experience they have never been as low in price as 5p per tablet.
The box is easily opened by a rip top tab kind of arrangement on the top surface and inside are individually wrapped green and yellow tablets all in their little plastic wrappers. There are some fairly standard safety instructions and an ingredients list on the box, along with directions for use. This includes advice to use a dishwashing powder rather than the tablets on cycles of less than 50 degrees centrigrade which is something I wasn't previously aware of.
So, once I've liberated the little tablet from it's packet, it has a pleasant soapy smell and subtle lemon fragrance. It fits well into the usual powder container and doesn't crumble when you handle it. To my mind, it's actually firmer and denser than the Finish tablets I used to use. The tablet fits easily into the palm of your hand and is almost entirely green with a thin yellow section at the bottom (or top, depending on which way up you hold it!).
At this point, I do have to say that I rarely put heavily soiled crockery and pans into the dishwasher without rinsing them first and will often handwash our large pots, pans and roasting tins in the sink. But I do regularly use both the standard and soiled programmes on my dishwasher with it totally full of all the usual mixed crockery, cutlery and glasses etc. So far, I have not noticed any difference to the cleanliness and 'squeekyness' of the dishes when the programme is finished - I like to rub my thumb over the outside of a glass to check it's 'squeekyness'. I have used these tablets now for a good couple of months and I had previously used Finish for many years. I am very impressed with how well they measure up by comparison and cannot find any fault with them at all for our everyday dishwashing. There are 4 of us in our house (although 2 are only little) and I normally put the dishwasher on every other day so I have got through enough of them in the last weeks to form a decent opinion.
Just a point of note: I also always have a dishwasher freshner hanging from the top rack as I have found that regardless of which powder I use, the dirty dishes will always whiff a bit after a day or so.
So in summary, I am very happy with the price and performance of my Daisy 5 in 1 Dishwasher Tablets and have no hesitation in giving them 5 stars, a big thumbs up and recommendation to anyone wanting to save more than a few pennies on their premuim brand tablets.
We've been using these tablets for a while now since we've been on a bit of an economy drive and have tried to cut back (but not cut back on the use of the dishwasher!) They cost about £4 for a box of 40 which makes them 10p per wash. I always used to think that 10p a wash was a good price so this was my benchmark for if another brand was a good price or not when it was on offer.
The Daisy brand is the new cheaper range by Tesco and I don't think you can get them anywhere else. I'm not too sure what to actually think of this range in Tesco and I like to judge things on quality so I've tried quite a few of the Daisy range and the other new low price things Tesco have brought out.
The tablets themselves are the standard size and they are rectangular. They come individually wrapped in little plastic packets and once these are removed, the tablets go in the slot of the dishwasher as normal. They are half green and half yellow and they are pretty solid. I've had tablets in the past which have been a bit crumbly but I haven't noticed these being crumbly at all. They don't have a noticeable smell or any fancy bits like a finish Powerball. In general, appearance wise, they are un-remarkable.
The dishes get clean with these tablets. Totally greasy and dirty things get rinsed before we put them in the dishwasher and we also don't put pans etc in. These ones do work though and they have left me wondering why we are thought to believe we need powerballs and extra super duper special things in our dishwasher tablets. Dishes on the whole come out clean. They aren't totally sparkly and shiny like they maybe could be but they are clean and soap free and I haven't ever noticed a residue or any leave-behind on the dishes. Glasses come out a bit boring, they aren't at all shiny which is a shame but they are at least clean which is really all they can be and they are probably cleaner than if they had been washed by hand.
They don't seem to have a scent which they leave in the dishwasher and sometimes my dishwasher can smell (I do clean it and I know about cleaning the filter etc but when I've used other tablets they have left it feeling a lot fresher). I would like them to leave a smell because when you open to hot dishwasher it would be nice to be greeted with a fresh feeling.
So they're very basic but they do the job. I do always check out the offers of other brands when I'm shopping for tablets but in general, these are fine and they are a very good price.
Staying with my friend at the moment I now have first hand of using a dishwasher on a daily basis! Actually I'm so addicted to it now that I have it on 2/3 times a day due to all the mess me and her four dogs make and can't imagine going back to where I normally live and not having a dishwasher again!
However the one thing about this new addiction is how much dishwasher tablets can set you back financially! We used Fairy for a while and whilst I liked them they didn't half work out expensive. Now we use 'Finish' (which we picked up at a pound a box in Asda as they are currently on offer) and have a supply of these too which we use as well.
These Daisy one's are Tesco's own branded one's and my mate paid £4.08 for a box of 40 which is really good value when you compare prices to other dishwasher tablets that are on the market!
Oblongish cardboard dark blue box and the front there is a picture of a daisy and of one of the tablets. We are told that they are Daisy 'Classic dishwasher tablets 5 in 1 action' and that they are a discount brand from Tesco and there are of course 40 tablets in the box. Other information given on the box includes directions for use, ingredients and warnings and contact details for Tesco are all listed. It's a very informative box that is nicely laid out and inside the box each tablet is individually wrapped in clear plastic wrappers that are easy to split open.
The tablets are quite thick oblong solid powders. A light yellow to the underside of the tablet and a light green to the top they have a soapy but light smell to them when you first open one up to place it n the dispenser of your dishwasher. Your then left to select the programme you want and away you go just leave them to do their magic!
A really good dishwasher tablet. We always rinse out our really filthy washing up first and we find these to do a great job at cleaning off debris and cutting through grease and grime with ease. We always make sure we choose a long and hot cycle anyway to make sure everything is well sanitised and we have no complaints about these really. I would say that the washing up, particularly glass doesn't come out as shiny as when using say Fairy or Finish tablets but then you are paying out a whole lot more pennies for those to be fair. These don't leave taste or residue on washing up and all round for everyday use I think they're an excellent choice!
Only available in Tesco stores.
Dirty dishes. I have a deep aversion to them. Seriously, my aversion to the dirty dishes and the washing thereof is almost clinical in its pathology. So much so, that when we decided to buy our own house, I insisted I had to have a dishwasher. Armed with the facts regarding the savings of power and water that are made when running afull dishwasher on the new eco settings they employ, I approached him over the matter. Quite frankly, probably tired of seeing the dishes pile up until I absolutely had to wash them, not to mention the fact that it disturbed his peaceful TV viewing when he heard my wails of despair over the suds, hubby agreed and so we actually bought the dishwasher before finding the actual house.
Now, having a dishwasher means you have to use dishwasher detergent. Pretty obvious, right? Thanks to limescale and deposits and streaks and what not, you also have to add other goops and solids in there, or you can do what I do, and buy an all in one formula product that already has all these magic potions tucked away inside. I have to admit that Finish is my number one favourite amongst the big brands, followed by Fairy, but at £9 for a two to three week supply this is not very economical, seeing as a bottle of washing up liquid costs much, much less. So, off to try the discount brands I went. Now, I used to shop regularly with Asda, and I absolutely adored Asda's own 5 in 1 powder. But the time came all too soon whereby the tallies at Mysupermarket.com showed that Asda was not the cheapest place for my desired shop by several pounds, but Tesco was instead. What to do? Obviously, I cannot buy Asda branded products at Tesco, and Tesco do not do a five in one powder.
Well, the answer was to find a suitable alternative that IS stocked by Tesco. Tesco had just launched an entire new range of discount brands that had their own brand names rather than saying TESCO on them, and Daisy was one of them. It's not the cheapest of the budget brands, as the value range is much cheaper, but I have to admit I am not prepared to risk my glassware getting scratched by trying something too far down the budget range. This seemed about the same price point as the Asda product, so I hoped it was of similar quality. I was not disappointed.
When it arrived I was somewhat amused to see that despite appealing towards the more brand conscious consumer by giving it a "brand name", some oddball at Tesco thought they should still stick a big banner on it with a pair of scissors cutting through a pound sign graphic proclaiming it to be a Budget Brand from Tesco! Yep, yep, way to win them over..NOT. That aside, the box looked business as usual. Inside were two toned tablets, one side blue, the other yellow, wrapped in a small cellophane type wrapper. You use it the normal way too, by unwrapping it, and placing it in the detergent drawer. For baked on food soiling, you may wish to use two tablets, but I have never had to do this. It does say if you live in an area with very hard water, it is still recommended that you add dishwasher salt to your machine. We live in a medium soft area, so this is not an issue for us.
Now, my dishwasher has two eco settings. The heavy duty wash cycle at 70 degrees, and the ordinary eco setting of 50 degrees. I usually wash at 50, and the tablets dissolve very well and do a nice job of cleaning the dishes. I have to admit that every once in a great while, I do get a tablet that fails to dissolve completely, but in the past 7 months, it has happened all of three times, so it is acceptable, and the dishes were still very clean. My glass and table ware have not come out cloudy, water marked, or scratched, my plastics are not greasy or scored, and my pans sparkle, so have to say it does what it is supposed to. Now, when using Finish or Fairy, I detect a strong scent upon opening the door, which is absent with this product. There is a scent, but it is very, very mild. This is fine by me, as my dishwasher does not suffer from bad odours that need masking, and it certainly does not need to wear perfume in order to attract a mate. Priced at 40 tablets for just under £3, which is about 1/3 of the cost of a similar big brand, a box lasts me about 6 weeks. I only run my dishwasher when full and we reuse our cups and glasses throughout the day, so I can get away with this. It is a little more than a bottle of washing up liquid, but my savings in water and power, not to mention my pathological disorder regarding dishwashing, more than make up for the difference.
I have always had an aversion to 'value' dishwasher products after buying some own brand tablets a few years ago that left my glasses streaky and my crockery greasy so have always gone for branded products when on offer. However, a couple of weeks ago there were none of my usual items on offer and I just really couldn't justify spending so much (almost £9!) on something to wash the pots. I've been impressed with other items from the Daisy range and they were significantly cheaper than Finish so I gave them ago. I am very happy with the results. There is not as much of a fresh fragrance that I have been used to with the branded tablets however my dishes come out sparkling. None streaky glasses, grease-free plates and shiny knives, forks and spoons, yay! These are such good value and I will definitely be buying them again in my weekly shop! Don't be a brand snob like I was and give them a go!
I find that this product although much cheaper than the leading btands it also is much better as it seems more thourough in it cleaning power and does not leave streaks.Although it is called 5in1 it gives the impression that the tablets contain other ingredients which abobiates the need to use Salt or liquids that elimnate streking and helps with drying. The 5in1 title is unexplainded and it now occurs to me that I might damge my dishwaer by not adding these other items?The product does not give this info when purchasing or on the box.
Give me your answer do!
I'm half crazy,
Hoping a lot from you!
I hope you clean the dishes
I've not many other wishes
You're a discount brand not very grand
But you save me a penny or two!
I am quite happy buying Tesco's own make and do often use their dishwasher tablets unless the popular brands are on a good offer.
Tesco have started having a shelf with discount brands, at first I thought it strange to see biscuits , sauce, bleach, washing products and dishwasher tablets all mixed together, but it gives you a chance to pick them up quickly and hide them under your premium range foods if you don't want people to know you're trying to buy cheaply!
I did this with Daisy classic dishwasher tablets 5 in 1 action. It's a nice bright blue box with part of a white and yellow Daisy flower, some shiny cutlery and the name DAISY in red letters. Printed on the box in yellow with a red £ sign, and a pair of scissors cutting it in half, is a label that says "Discount Brands" at Tesco. I think they could be a bit more discreet!
*What are they like?*
I bought by box before Christmas and there are 40 x 20gram tablets , they look like a lot of other dishwasher tablets and are wrapped in clear cellophane with arrows printed on it to for you to tear open. I have found some quite difficult to tear whilst others tear easily. There is a thin layer of yellow on the base and then a deeper layer of green compressed powder, with a little green topping that is rougher. When I ripped open the covering I could smell the lemon, but must admit I haven't smelled it after the wash cycle. I'm pleased to say no little pearls as these can be a problem fitting into my dispenser!
*Did it work?*
I have tried various washing programmes as my main eco wash cycle reaching 50C takes over 2 hours, the quick wash I tend to use only if I am in a hurry as I don't find the dishes dry as well, this happens whatever the tablet used! The results have been good, curry stained plates came out perfect, rice stuck on forks was removed, baked custard on ramekins disappeared, casserole dishes came clean, although the burned on deposits from previous times was still there and I know I have to soak these in something stronger and take a Brillo pad to clean. My glasses all sparkled and tea and coffee stains disappeared. I was really pleased with my purchase.
I don't put my saucepans into the dishwasher, they are a special non-stick and wash really easily, so I prefer to do by hand leaving more room for dishes etc.
*Any more Information?*
On the box it says to remove food scraps and rinse heavily soiled items before loading, I always do that, but I know a man who doesn't rinse and it still cleaned the plates! Care should be taken to avoid skin contact, and not to crush or break the tablets. A good point here was that the tablets were whole, I have had more expensive boxes with broken tablets, perhaps a problem in the shop. Some items aren't suitable for dishwashers so care must be taken.
I have 3 tablets left and I just read the information on the box! Typical me! They recommend not using for programmes lower than 50C, but to use a powder, so perhaps that is why my washing dishes weren't as dry! So it will be the 50C or intensive 70C for the last few washes!
Currently £3.49 for 40 tablets, less than 9pence each. Tesco's own make costs about 15pence each and other brands can be 20 -25 pence, so Daisy is a wee marvel and has cut my cost of washing the dishes by half.
I am enjoying the influx of reviews on supermarket own brand products at the moment. Like everyone else my weekly shop seems to have become a lot more expensive and its good to know what is and isn't worth trying (notably cheap toilet rolls - not worth trying according to the reviews here).
I normally use fairy for dishwashers or finish all in one tablets but when I spotted daisy classic dishwasher tablets in Tesco for less than ½ the price of the big brands I decided to give them a go.
- - How do they look - -
The box has an embarrassing large yellow slogan announcing "Discount Brands at Tesco" which although it gets you over to check it out, its embarrassing for anyone to see in your basket or under the sink. The tablets themselves are green on top and yellow underneath and very plain compared to the little power ball in the finish tablets or the little plastic top of the fairy one which encases what resembles fairy liquid.
- - What do they claim - -
The box indicates that like the big brands these tablets have a 5 in 1 action but very strangely doesn't say what the 5 things are. The only mention of its content is that it will work if the rinse aid or salt light is on.
On examining the ingredients in comparison to the fairy packet they would appear to be almost identical.
- - Using - -
To use simply remove the plastic wrapping and place in the drawer of the dishwasher.
- - Results - -
The results were very acceptable. A pyrex casserole which had been used for shepherds pie had no remnants of the baked on potatoes\mince, glasses were sparkling, plates which had contained last nights curry and the bowl used to heat baked beans were all thoroughly cleaned. The only problem was that a small number of items had a few droplets of water on them but I get that with my normal dishwasher tablets.
We don't put pots etc. into the dishwasher as they are usually easy enough to clean in the sink with a bit of fairy liquid (I don't compromise on fairy liquid) and you can't fit enough plates etc. in when you put in large items so I can't comment on whether burnt on food etc. on a pot would come off as easily with these as with the big brand as I have no experience of either.
- - Recommendation - -
At half the price of the big brands I would definitely continue to purchase these as they did just as good a job as the leading brands.
Price £2.91 for 40 tablets.
DAISY - CLASSIC DISHWASHER TABLETS 5 IN 1 ACTION
(DISCOUNT BRANDS AT TESCO)
I usually believe that you get what you pay for, (and still believe this for certain items), however, like most people I am examining what we spend money on as a family and the first place to start is the weekly grocery shopping.
I needed some new dishwasher tablets and was about to pick up the usual ones I get from Tesco, when I saw this Daisy discount brands alternative. I thought that I would give them a go as they were cheaper - after all, how big a difference could there be?
Instead of the usual Tesco 'value' brand packaging, this is branded as 'Daisy' and is in a blue and white packaged box, with daisies adorning the pack. At first I thought it was an independent brand, but the box had Tesco's address on the back. I have also noticed a few other products sprouting up packaged within this brand. They aimed to 'leave dishes clean with active enzymes'.
There are 40 tablets in the box that I purchased, they are individually wrapped and yellow and green in colour. On opening they smell lemony, but a have a clear chemical smell too. They do look a bit basic and cheap. I tried them on a day when I had to load up twice, using the standard Tesco brand and 'Daisy' to
The glasses and dishes that came out of the dishwasher at the end of the completed cycle were...........exactly the same!!!!
There was no residue or streaks and my crockery smelt clean and fresh. So there you have it - in this instance spending less made no difference to the standard of my dishes. I thought there might be some discernable difference - but there was none. It makes me wonder how the more expensive brands survive.
Looking both on the box and online, I tried to find out what the 5 in 1 functions were - couldn't find this out - but don't really care as they did the job anyway!
These are obviously only available from Tesco and are priced at £2.91 for 40 tablets. (7p each)
P.S. Maybe next time I will go one step further as there is also the usual value brand, Tesco Value Dishwasher Tabs 30's
for £1.72 (6p each) For comparison the standard brand is £3.91 for 30 (13p each)
There is also a Daisy powder option if you prefer to use powder - Daisy Dishwasher Powder 3kg - £4.39.
For more information go to:
5 in 1 action / Each individual tablet fits into the machine dispenser providing the exact dose with no mess or waste.