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Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Tablets
Member Name: jo1976
Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Tablets
Date: 07/10/12, updated on 06/02/14 (104 review reads)
Advantages: Cleans dishes thoroughly, no residue, leaves glasses sparkling and degreases dishwasher
Disadvantages: Full RRP is expensive, lemon variety doesn't offer any additional fragrance
With a family of five to feed and clean up after, my dishwasher has to be one of my favourite kitchen appliances. I always use premium branded dishwasher tablets in my machine as I believe that cheaper brands can be a false economy if items aren't cleaned properly and have to go through a second wash.
These Fairy Platinum dishwasher tabs definitely fall into the premium category with the full RRP being around £10 for just 30 tablets! I never pay full price for household staples such as dishwasher tablets and fortunately find this brand to be on promotion fairly frequently. Generally, I buy these at half price so £5 for 30 washes which is still comparatively expensive.
These tabs come with the distinctive Fairy logo on the packaging and the reassurance of a name that has been the brand leader in dishwashing products for decades. These Platinum tabs are no ordinary dishwasher tablet - even the design of the metallic packaging looks superior. The tabs themselves are very strange looking objects with an unusual combination of a powdery base and three separate differently coloured liquid sections at the top. The whole thing is wrapped in a kind of plasticky outer coating but is designed to be shoved straight into the tablet compartment, without needing to be unwrapped at all before use. At the risk of sounding incredibly lazy, I much prefer dishwasher tablets that don't need unwrapping! There is no fiddling about with these at all as they just go straight into the machine.
These tablets are described as an 'all in one' product, helping to justify the high price tag a little, although I still tend to use this in conjunction with added rinse aid and dishwasher salt - if only to prevent the annoying red warning light from automatically showing on my machine. I use this within my standard dishwasher cycle and find them to be an effective cleaning product, leaving my dishes clean and visibly sparkling. I've particularly noticed how effective these are on glasses, which can sometimes end up with a slight almost sandy residue inside from powder based tablets such as Finish Powerballs. There is absolutely no residue left behind when using these tabs and the glasses are absolutely gleaming, with that sparkle I had always looked forward to having from a dishwasher.
My dishwasher is only a compact model so I don't tend to wash too many pots and pans inside to safe space. I do slot in Pyrex roasting dishes and the like after a Sunday roast and have been impressed with the cleaning performance when using the Platinum tabs. With some other brands, I've had to rewash really greasy dishes, or put them through an Intensive wash programme, but Platinum even managed a Pyrex jug used to microwave scrambled eggs and produce gleaming results at the end of it.
The other added benefit of these pricey tabs is that they also claim to clean the dishwasher itself, as well as cleaning the dishes inside! The liquid sections are supposed to be particularly effective at removing grease, even so far as cleaning grease from the machine's filter and degreasing interior parts that aren't even visible. These are fascinating and impressive claims, especially as it helps me to justify not shelling out on a separate and expensive dishwasher cleaning product as often as I intend to. Obviously, using these tablets does not mean that you can avoid emptying and cleaning the interior filter on a regular basis, as they can't prevent any stray bits of food or debris collecting inside the filter. It does seem to make the process less unpleasant as most of the greasy, sticky build up that coats the netting is visibly removed, leaving just the larger pieces to clear away. This seems to be proof indeed that Platinum really does clean beyond the wash load inside and leaves everything, literally, visibly cleaner.
The only minor disappointment with this product is that I don't feel there is any noticeable difference between the original and lemon varieties. I bought the latter expecting to experience a distinct lemon aroma when I opened the dishwasher but I can't really detect any lemon fragrance at all, simply the standard scent of hot, clean dishes. Whilst I obviously don't want my dishes to end up tasting or stinking of lemon, I did expect some results to indicate that I'd actually used the lemon variety.
It is possible to get hold of a money off coupon to print off online via the www.supersavvyme.co.uk website, so might be worth trying to this to get a little extra discount. I would also recommend waiting for a half price promotion as they come around so frequently and I don't think the full price can be justified, despite the thorough cleaning performance.
I'm not sure that I could ever be brand loyal when it comes to dishwasher tablets, as there is a lot of competition in the market and I am always influenced by promotional offers. I can certainly say that Fairy Platinum is one of my favourite brands and one that I would choose to buy whenever it is on offer, due to its superior cleaning performance.
Summary: A premium product that cleans the dishwasher as well as the dishes