Product Type: Finish household products
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Finish Powerball All in 1 Tabs
Member Name: k444tmc
Finish Powerball All in 1 Tabs
Advantages: Works well
Disadvantages: Normal price - Look out for offers - Could do something more with child safety
Over the last few months I have been using Fairy dishwashing tabs for my Diplomat dishwasher. A couple of weeks ago I recieved a free sample of 10 Finish Quantum tabs through the post (these can still be requested through the Finish website) and I have the say the Finish tablets really surprised me and left me very happy.
With the fairy tabs I noticed quite a lot of things coming out the dishwater still soiled and marked, with the impressive results from my free sample I decided to change to Finish on my next shopping trip.
Last week I entered Tesco, where I could have bought 30 Finish Powerball tabs for £7.50 or I could buy 39 tabs for £5.00 - No contest, I picked the 39 tab box where I got 9 tabs more and it was £2.50 less. The Quantum tabs were more expensive than the box I purchased but I but I figured I would be safe as the brand had impressed me before :-)
The exact product I purchased was Finish Powerball All in 1 Lemon.
About the packaging
The box itself is made out cardboard. The packaging notes on the bottom of the box the total contents come to 772g.
of The box I have purchased is Limited Edition for the Queens Diamond Jubilee - it also advertises the chance to win a pair of Dartington Crystal Champagne Flutes (60,000 pairs to be won in total). Hope I win!
Compared to the regular Finish box's which are blue, the limited edition box shows a big distorted Union Jack in the background - red, blue and white in colour. As you normally see on the Finish box's you have the brand logo in the middle of the front and the caption "#1 Recommended" and a couple of lemons in the bottom left corner to show the scene of the product.
On the top of the box, there is a slit in the cardboard which one of the sides goes into place - meaning you have a securely sealed box and keeps the product inside fresh :-)
On the product it states it has 6x power actions which are
* Powerful clean
* Salt Function
* Rinse & aid function
* Tea stain removal
* Grease cutting
* Machine limescale protection
* The product states that the built in salt function is effective in soft/medium water and for hard water up to 26oe. If your water hardness is hard it can be improved by adding Finish Salt (another product from the brand). This however does not effect me as I live in the north west which is very soft water otherwise if I lived in a hard water area I would think twice about using a dishwasher for the fear of damaging due to whats in the water.
The only difference between this product and the Quantum range is that these tabs come in a white wrapper - Quantum is wrapped free (less mess) and Quantum apparently gives amazing shine. The amazing shine option to be is aimed at glasses which makes no odds to me as I never put them in the dishwasher due to having a wine glass smash inside it once - I prefer to hand wash to avoid this happening again... So I can't justify paying more for the Quantum tabs for two things which don't bother me.
The following dishwasher manufacturers recommend Finsh:
My dishwasher is a Diplomat which does not appear on the list but never had any issues with the dishwasher due to these tabs. I think as long as you have a good reliable dishwasher you will be fine :-)
The packaging also advertises maintenance products from finish:
* Finish dishwasher cleaner
* Finish rinse aid
I can't say I have purchased either of those products to maintain the dishwaster i run some soda crystals through every few weeks to keep it in good condition
Appearance of the tabs
The tabs are quite hard to touch - and not feeble where they will break to bits in your hands. The tabs are of a rectangular shape, they are white on the bottom and blue spotty on the top. There is also a red ball in the middle of the top - the packaging states that this ball is a "New fizzling Powerball" - which releases bubbles that disperse deep cleaning agents to wherever they are needed. The blue and white layers are described as containing powerful ingredients to lift off tough stains plus a rinse & salt action to deliver a great shine.
The white and blue sections of the tab
Like all good products it gives the normal information like if swallowed seek medical attention / if product gets into your eyes rinse with water and seek medical attention... KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN ESPECIALLY - the appearance of those tabs can be mistaken for sweets by kids so always keep out of their way...
How to use?
Really easy to use tabs... you just unwrap the tab from the white wrapper it comes in, and place in the dishwasher dispenser - shut the dispenser... The packing also states the Finish range are suitable for use for properties who are connected to a septic tank - not connected to public sewers.
For short cycles you can place the Finish tab on the floor of the dishwasher next to the filter for best results.
Under this is gives little diagrams on how to use the product as well as instructions.
Finish powerball contains:
>30% Phosphates, 5-15% oxygen based bleaching agents, < polycarboxylates, non-lonic surfactants, phosphonates, enzymes (protease, amylase), perfume, limonene.
You can find more ingredient information at: www.rbeuroinfo.com
Overall I think this is the best product you can buy for your dishwasher at this price. I think the quantum range do clean slightly better - with the powerball all in one I have noticed two things come out still showing slightly dirty. The best advice I could give is to give soiled plates ect a rinse with water before placing in the dishwasher to get best results.
It sounds strange to say but when you lift plates and cups out the dishwasher after using this everything feels really clean to touch and they actually smell clean. Although the product is lemon scented I believe they use lemon as it is often used as a cleaning agent (it works really well I'm forever using lemon juice to clean my house!) & the smell of lemons doesn't linger at all on your things.
One suggestion for them - me having a young child - is to possibly look into making child safety box's to stop any unexpected hospital visits in children? I'm not aware any other dishwasher tab company does this and I think it would be a brilliant idea :-)
My opinion is just to buy these - they work just as well as quantum if you give your dishs a quick rinse.
Its currently on offer in Tesco at the moment for £5.00 for 39 tabs. Not a bad deal I don't think.
Summary: Would buy again - would recommend to all :-)