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I'm never brand loyal when it comes to household products and often buy some from my local pound world shop. Recently whilst looking around there I spotted they had small boxes of Finish Dishwasher tablets obviously being sold for £1.00, although there were only 10 tablets in the box I decided it would be a good way of trying some I hadn't used before without forking out a lot of cash.
Finish Classic Dishwasher Tablets are sold in a small blue box which displays the Finish logo across the front along with the image of a gleaming glass. The front of the pack also states these are Powerball Tablets.
The back of the pack tells you a bit about the tablets and how to use them. The tablets have a small red ball stuck in the middle of them this is the powerball which will soak and soften tough food stains, the rest of the tablet contains powerful detergents to lift of and remove all traces of food. The back of the pack also informs the customer that these should be used along with dishwasher salt and rinse aid.
Inside the box all the tablets are individually wrapped in foil which needs to be removed, personally I prefer this type of wrapping rather than the plastic that dissolves in the water. The tablets are pretty much the same size as most other dishwasher tablets and consist of a white layer, blue layer and a red powerball.
Price and Availability
As I mentioned I bought my Finish Classic Dishwasher Tablets from my local Pound world but they are available in most major supermarkets. Tesco are currently selling these at £12.00 for 90 tablets and at Waitrose and Sainsburys a box of 30 will cost £4.50.
I've used the box of tablets up now and on the whole they weren't bad, most of the items came out of the dishwasher clean but I did have quite a few things that still had baked on food stuck to them. Cereal bowls too occasionally had bits of Weetabix welded to them after being washed with these. I know occasionally you do sometimes get something that hasn't cleaned perfectly but these were things, especially the cereal, that all the other dishwasher tablets I've tried have cleaned.
All in all these are not bad, I would buy them again for £1.00 for a small box ad use them only when I've got a load of washing up that isn't very dirty however I wouldn't pay full price for a larger box.
A dishwasher is something that I'd never be without - ever again. Even my husband agrees, years ago before we had a dishwasher I cooked the dinner, and he did the washing up. He always used to say, and still does, that I have the ability to use virtually every single pot, pan, and piece of cutlery just to make beans on toast. I think that I probably agree with him, as we have a full size dishwasher, there's only the two of us, and the dishwasher is on every single night. In fact some days it's on two or even three times if I've been baking that day.
Although having a dishwasher makes life easier i.e. no washing the pots, a dishwasher does require all sorts of products to go along with it; tablets powder or liquid, rinse aid, special salt, fresheners, cleaners, and protectors. Granted you don't need all of these products to run a dishwasher, but you do obviously need some sort of tablets, powder or liquid to actually clean your dishes - the dishwashers version of washing up liquid I guess!
I always buy Finish Dishwasher Tablets, I've tried cheaper brands in the past, but they just don't give the same results that the Finish tabs do. Finish Dishwasher tablets are available in 3 different varieties; Finish Classic - the most basic and the cheapest of the 3 (these are the ones that I buy), Finish All-In-One - middle of the road in both performance and price, and Finish Quantum - the all singing all dancing tabs and the most expensive of the 3.
Dishwasher products aren't exactly cheap, which is why I have tried cheaper versions of dishwasher tablets. However I always come back to Finish tabs for the superior results that they give. One of the major supermarkets will normally have the Finish products on offer though, so you can normally pick them up for less than full price.
The Finish Classic dishwasher tablets claim to have 2 'power actions'; a powerful clean, and tea stain removal. No-one drinks black tea in our house so I can't comment on whether they remove tea stains, but they do remove every other stain you could think of. I can even have the dishwasher on a gentle 35 degree wash and everything will come up nice and clean. I've found that when I've tried cheaper dishwasher tablets that they can sometimes strip away any logos on glasses or plates, this isn't the case with the Finish tabs.
Unlike the two more expensive Finish tabs which claim to have the salt function and the rinse aid function built in, the Classic tabs don't, and Finish do recommend that you supplement the Classic tabs with both the Finish Rinse Aid and the Finish Special Salt. I do this and to be honest I've found that I also need to supplement the more expensive Finish tabs with both the rinse aid and the special salt too. So that's why I buy the cheapest Classic tabs. I will buy one of the more expensive Finish tabs if they work out to be cheaper than the Classic tabs if they're on offer though. More often than not it's the Classic tabs that are the cheapest, so these are what I use probably 90% of the time.
I'd definitely recommend Finish Classic dishwasher tablets, but I would advise shopping around to get them that little bit cheaper. I have a Siemens dishwasher, and Siemens do recommend Finish products. I suspect that you can use Finish dishwasher tablets in any brand of dishwasher though.
I have tried Supermarket Dishwasher tablets and have never found them to be all that good for me. They do clean alright but I just felt that the Glasses end up a bit squeaky feeling so it is normally Finish Tablets that I use but a different one than these ones. The reason I have ended up changing to these ones is that my local Poundland has been salling a box of 15 of these for - you guessed it £1. I stocked up on a few boxes of these as they were good value and although I don't know how much these cost in a Supermarket but they will be more expensive than £1. In the chain of Dishwasher Tablets these are more "basic" and although they do the job they are obviously meant to do they aren't like the Quantum ones which do 4 different things.
The box for these is pretty simple. Just a cardboard box which doesn't have anything fancy or that on it. The tablets are individually wrapped in a simple white wrapper and when you unwrap these the Tablets are quite chunky and just seem to made of compressed powder. There is a little red ball in the middle of the tablet.
So how do I find these perform? They are just fine. They clean the dishes and there is a sheen to the dishes. When I drag my finger down the Plate it does squeak but not in a kind of sticky, residue kind of way, but in a deep down clean way.
Although these tablets may not claim to do this, that or the next thing these clean just fine and when I was in my local Poundland last week they still had a bit of a stack of these and although I perhaps have around 10 tablets left I may just buy a couple of more boxes as it is a good buy.
Good buy and worth £1 definitely.
==Finish Classic Powerball==
Many of us are fortunate enough to have a dishwasher, which means there is no need to wash up hardly anything by hand (unless it's absolutely greasy of course!). But there a some people who are not so lucky, now, let's take a couple of minutes of silence for them...2 minutes later...anyway, now with the review! Our dishwasher at home is a 7 year old Hotpoint Aquarius (in graphite) & mostly the programme we use is the quick wash at 40c. I have persuaded my dad to regularly use a dishwasher cleaner every month because ours has a half load function which enables us to do so & whenever we use the dishasher cleaner we use the intensive 65c cycle which gives good results in the dishwasher.
One brand we use all the time is Finish. The Finish Classic Powerball (Mainly Original, sometimes Citrus) in a box of 90 which my dad gets from his workplace to be precise. They cost him £6 that's all! A box of 90 lasts us a good couple of months but whilst in Poundland last week I spotted a box of 15 Finish Classic Powerball Original for guess what? Only £1! I immediately picked up a box & plonked them in my basket along with other several bits & bobs I picked up. I had seen in Morrisons that a box of 15 were £3! This meant you could have 45 tablets for the price of 15!
These Finish Dishwasher tablets come in a square box similar to that of a little 5 wash box of Surf. The box is dark blue with light blue on the top of the box all the way around. The Finish logo in in front of a Sparkling glass which shows they are dishwasher tablets. The variety which in this case, is 'Classic' is in the top left hand corner. Under the Finish logo is the '#1 recommended' sign. The number 15 is displayed in the bottom right hand corner.
The sides have directions for use, cautions & the dishwasher cleaners available. Also Finish are the No.1 recommended brand of dishwasher detergent.
They are recommended by:
As you can see that is a LOT of brands. The back of the box displays a lot of information. The Classic variations have a soaking action with x2 power actions: a Powerful Clean & Tea Stain Removal. Apparently the powerball soaks away food stains & lift off traces of food during the wash. Apparently for the best results use with Finish Rinse-Aid & Special Salt. On the back too their is a list of all the varieties & what jobs they do. They compare the powerful clean, tea stain removal, salt, rinse-aid & anti-limescale functions along with cutting grease, wrapper free & amazing shine.
Quantum: Do all of the above which is good as they're wrapper free
All in 1: Do all except wrapper free & amazing shine.
Classic: Do only 2 of the jobs & don't do salt, rinse-aid & anti-limescale functions along with cutting grease, wrapper free & amazing shine. That is quite dissapointing but they still do a good job without rinse aid but rinse aid does help.
==My Experiences with Finish Classic==
Last night it was my duty to load the dishwasher & instead of the usual dishwasher tablets I tried one of these without asking! I unwrapped the tablets & all they are is a white layer on the bottom with a blue layer at the top, with a red, plastic looking ball sitting on top. I unwrapped one of these, put them in the dispenser, & decided not to use rinse-aid for the first time. I then switched the program to Quick Wash, 40c & pressed start. As the machine purred into life, I looked closer at the box & read all the machine they are recommended by. I did see that Hotpoint was on the list too.
When the machine had finished I took out the plates & began to put them back onto the plate rack to see they were clean, but not just clean, SQUEAKY CLEAN! I was instantly impressed by the fact I did'nt either add rinse aid to the cycle! I looked a the glasses & cutlery to see they had no smear marks or no streaks, spots or stains either! I was really impressed by the cleaning power by these, especially since they only had 2 cleaning actions!
For £1 for 15 these are an EXCELLENT buy! They are also good for when you go on holiday if you know a dishwasher will be there! No need for Rinse Aids or even special salt unless you live in a hard water area. I will be stocking up on these! That's all for now, I'm off to watch My Parents Are Aliens!
Thanks for Reading! :)
Finish PowerBall Dishwasher Tablets are expensive but I have used them quite a few times when they have been on a special offer. I paid £3.15 for sixteen tablets but I have seen them a lot cheaper since. The classic variety are the ones which I personally prefer.
They are individually wrapped and a little bit fiddly and awkward to open up the cellophane packaging on each one I sometimes find.
They are advertised as being a three in one tablet so you have no need to have to use additional rinse aid or salt, which is cost saving and less time consuming in my opinion. Simply pop in the little tablet into your dishwasher and let it get to work.
Dishes come out fine some days, sparkly other days and then not so great on the odd day.
They tend to leave my glasses and cutlery quite clean and sparkling but it is obvious they do struggle sometimes with the greasier dishes we put in there as sometimes food remnant on greasy dishes have not been washed off properly and there are marks left behind - this is depite the washer being set on a very hot cycle, as I do with all my pots and pans.
As they are so expensive, I think I was expecting better results from this product and we were perhaps a bit disappointed. They are good but not great and would not be my first choice if I am completely honest, especially as they are heavily marketed and not the cheapest you can find.
I would recommend but not their number one fan.
Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead
INTRO - HOW WE MET....
Living in an area with super hard water, our dishwasher is my mortal enemy - its one thing after another....spewing out water, breaking pots, worst of all STAINING my glasses with yucky white marks and actually baking on tiny remnants of food so no one can scrub them off...with all this in mind I decided to try out Powerball!!!
WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
A dishwasher tablet with rather impressive televisual advertising, the viewing of which led me to buy a box. It promised me extra cleaning power and removal of food stains....
MY EXPERIENCE AND THE GOODS/BADS
An interesting product - I've not quite worked out what the purpose of the red ball is, but apparently it plays a vital part in the overall cleaning task. It seems to work ok - my plates are a lot cleaner, and the glasses have stopped getting quite such bad white marks- yay!!
However, there's still remnants of food left on some of my crocs - mainly items such as mugs and cups. I don't quite understand why however, as the stains that are left on (and subsequently STEAMED on by the rebellious white good) as they're always from liquids like tea, or milk, which I'd have thought would come off quite easily.
OVERALL - IS IT WORTH IT?
Average. They do smell good as dishwasher tablets go (this is important!), however don't seem to do exactly what was promised on all the adverts. They have improved my dishwashing experience somewhat, but they're in no way the answer to my problems! Ah well!
I love my dishwasher as it saves me so much time and effort when it comes to washing up and I have tried and tested lots of dishwasher tablets and powders since I bought it, as there are so many to chose from and they vary in price too.
I bought Finish Powerball the last time I needed dishwasher tablets as they were on offer at morrisons for £4 a box and there was 28 in the box, but when they are not on offer expect to pay more around the £6 mark per box or more depending on where you buy them from.
The powerball has a fizzing action that disolves quickly in the diswasher to clean your dishes, pots and pans. Each tablet is layered blue and white and has a little red ball in the middle of the tablet, it doesn't really matter which way round you pop them into the dishwasher compartmant as they get catapulted out into the water when the machine is washing the dishes.
They are individually wrapped so that they stay fresh and don't get wet and you only need one per wash. The powerball releases bubbles to clean the dishes and has strong ingredients to cut through grease so it does clean well on dirty dishes.
It can remove tea stains and helps reduce limescale in your dishwasher. It also contains salt to help shine the glasses and dishes. These have to be kept out of reach of children as they are an irritant.
There is a web site to look at if you have any questions that need answering about the products www.finish.co.uk where you can find out about their ranges of liquids and tablets.
These tablets are recommended for numerous dishwasher machines like Hoover, Beko, Zanussi, Smeg, Hotpoint and most other dishwashers. I have a Indesit and they work fine in it.
The results are quite good, the glasses come out shiney and the plates clean, the pans look clean and other cutlery and dishes clean well too.
Having said that, there are powders I have bought that are cheaper brands and they give the same result.
I will only buy this if it is on offer as I get better value for my money from the powders that are for sale in the supermarkets and why pay more than you should just beacause something has a well known name.
All in all these do the job well, but the price when not on offer is too much to keep buying when other brands are cheaper.
I have used other dishwashing tablets over the years....not only trying to find the best product, but also the cheapest product that will provide me with the quality I demand. And I do continually come back to Finish Powerball - because, in my experience, it stands head and shoulders above the other dishwashing products on the market. Cost wise its not too bad either. Usually I pick up a box of 15 powerballs from Boots for £3.99 - which equates to 27 pence per dishwashing cycle. I probably could get them for a lot cheaper if I bought them in bulk, but I simply never seem to be organised enough for this!
The Finish Powerball comes individually wrapped which means that the Powerball remains fresh and dry. The Powercall is white and blue and then has a pinkish (power) ball on the top centre.
Using it is easy. I simply pop the little Powerball tablet inside the powder compartment of my dishwasher - and then set my dishwasher appropriately. The tablet does fit inside the compartment easily - both in terms of width and height.
The results are good. China, plastic and cutlery comes out clean, even those items which were more encaked with food. As long as I scrape off the tougher residues from baking trays etc. these also come out clean and sparkling - although occasionally I need to finish these off by hand (although that's rare). I have never found any greasy residues on any items once the cycle is finished. In addition to this, everything smells fresh and it doesn't have that chemical dishwasher smell that some dishwashing products can leave.
The manufacturers explain why using Finish Powerball is recommended.
***THE MANUFACTURER CLAIMS THAT THE PINK POWERBALL BREAKS DOWN THE TOUGHEST AND MOST STUBBORN RESIDUE***
I concur to an extent....although sometimes baking trays need some extra manual help!
***THE MANUFACTURER CLAIMS THAT THERE IS AN INGREDIENT THAT ENSURES THAT ITEMS ARE STREAK FREE AND GLASS UNDAMAGED***
I concur. Even glasses come out sparkly clean and streak free. None of my glassware seems to have been unduly affected by being put in the dishwasher with this product.
***THE MANUFACTURER CLAIMS THAT LIMESCALE DEPOSITS ARE MINIMALISED***
I can't really comment on this - except to say that I haven't had a problem with limescale deposits...but then I haven't with other dishwashing products either.
Overall, I would recommend this product for anyone who uses a dishwasher. There are cheaper products out there on the market, but in my experience, purchasing them is a false economy.
Everyone hates washing up, which is why we bought ourselves a dishwasher. We tend to buy Finish powerball classic dishwasher tablets, they cost around £3.30 in most supermarkets for 15 tablets.
They come in a blue cardboard box, the background colour is mainily blue and it has a picture of a sparkling wine glass on the front. The box is fairly easy to open which is always handy!
Each tablet is individually wrapped in a foil wrapper which means they can easily be stored under the sink without getting damp. When you open up the package you are hit by a very strong fresh smell, at first I thought the smell would somehow rub onto the dishes, but it doesn't at all, and after you use them it leaves the dishwasher smelling nice and fresh. Each tablet is split into three sections, there is a white base, a blue stripe and a red ball stuck in the centre, I guess this is the power ball.
To use these all you do is put them in the small draw on the inside of the door of the washer, We always do an intensive wash with ours, which is about 70degrees and washes for around two hours. Our dishwasher does have shorter cycles but we always find putting it onto intensive gives the best results.
Whilst in the cycle, the red ball is supposed to be released first to soak on to the plates etc... then the white layer does all the work giving them a good clean. Finally, the blue layer gives everything a good shine.
We always rinse stuff before we put it into the dishwasher, but we have used it without rinsing and the finish tablets still leave everything very clean and smelling fresh. We put all sorts in the dishwasher, pots, pans, plates etc... Everything always comes out spotless.
The price tag does seem a bit expensive for these tablets, but when you look at the time saved standing at a sink washing up; it is well worth having a dishwasher and buying these tablets.
As well as pots and pans, we also put our scrubbing brush and scourers into the dishwasher too, they come out like new!
Well recommended product
I have an Ariston dishwasher and have to break up the tablet in order to get it into the door dispenser. This is a messy procedure. I also find that I am having to bleach the inside of mugs and cups as they are not cleaned properly. Will not be buying this product again.
It's only when I am housesitting for friends & relatives that I tend to get to use a dishwasher and these seem to be the tablets of choice at my friends house.
The tablets come within a thick cardboard box and are easy enough to store under the sink so that I can just remove a tablet when needed.
Each tablet is around an inch and fairly thick and come individually wrapped for easy use, however, these tablets no longer require unwrapping as they have a wrapper which is 100% water soluble and these tablets are suitable for use in the eco cycle of your dishwasher (if you have one).
I am a fairly keen cook and have been known to use many pots & pans in my quest for delicious dinners and desserts and therefore the dishwasher gets a lot of use whenever I have access to one. I usually wash things quickly beforehand, load up the dishwasher, throw in a tablet and then just forget about it until the cycle is finished.
I have found these Powerball Classic tablets to be very good at cleaning off baked on dirt & grease which making sure cutlery & glassware are kept lovely and shiny & smear free which is great as I don't have to re-wash things after emptying the dishwasher or scrub things to remove water marks.
These tablets work very well and 28 tablets currently cost £7.50 from Tesco stores or www.tesco.co.uk and I do think this price is quite steep so would advise stocking up on these if you were them on offer as they are great tablets just a little overpriced when compared with cheaper alternatives which may not work quite as well but would give you a considerable saving each month.
I am rating these tablets 4/5 as they work very well and I would definitely use them if I had a dishwasher, however, the price would be a little prohibitive to some people and I'd only want to purchase these if they are on offer.
Although there are only 3 of us at home now the washing up never seems to diminish & although I do a fair bit by hand the dishwasher still runs once a day in our house.
I've tried cheaper dishwasher tablets but none, in my opinion, are of the same high standard as the Finish Powerball ones which ave given us consistently good results.
Hubby buys them in the large 1680g (90 tablets) boxes from Makro which cost around £12 which may sound a lot but lasts about 3 months (not including Christmas) & they save me a lot of time & energy.
Each tablet is individually contained in a white & blue foiled wrapper which helps them keep solid & preventing crumbling. On opening one the nice fresh smell hits you - initially it seems a bit strong but once used although the dishwasher smells nice & clean the scent doesn't linger of crockery, pans, glassware or cutlery.
They are the perfect size for our dishwasher drawer , have a thickish white base, a thinner blue top & & good sized pinkish red ball in the centre. All you need do is open the packaking & pop in the drawer, close & off you go - our cycle takes around 40 minutes & these Classic Powerballs work their magic on everyday items.
I've found that they don't work as well on oven & baking trays or on some well-used pans which is when I have to get my scouring pads out & do the job by hand but I doubt whether any dishwashing tablets would give a great result on these.
The Classic Finish Powerball has a pre-soaking action included which claims to 'soak & soften tough food residues' whilst the powerful dtergent 'lifts off & washes away all traces of food'. I'd say these claims were true as items come out fresh, clean & no 'bits' are visible & it seems to rinse just as well as it cleans.
Greasy plates, bitty cereal bowls, glasses & cutlery, serving bowls etc are all ready to be used & very rarely have I ever had to pop anything back for a 2nd wash.
All the directions for use plus cautions are clearly marked on the reverse of the pack in words & clear diagrams. On the bottom of the carton it lists the ingredients which include enzymes, phosphates, oxygen-based bleaching agents, perfume etc & there is a warning that the tablets 'may cause allergic reaction' (rather vague don't you think?)
There's plenty of positive information provided which encourages you to use the product - eg it's claimed to be more hygienic & more economical than washing by hand & it states on the box that 'over the course of a year a dishwasher could save you up to 3 weeks of time!' ( it doesn't, however. give any examples of this claim).
There's also a useful website www.saveenergyandwater.com.
- in my opinion these are the best dishwasher tablets I've used.
- dishes, plates, glasses, cutlery, serving bowls etc all come out clean, rinsed & smelling fresh but leaving no residue.
- they don't crumble or fall to bits.
- easy to use.
- recommended for all dishwasher-users.
I have used Finish Powerball product for the last two washings. The glasses are filmed; the blue glasses are a total disaster and required cleaning with vinegar to remove it. I called the 800 number and was told the water most likely was not hot enough. I checked my manual it is 140 for all cycles. I used the very dirty plus power scrub and it made no difference. This product does not measure up to the old powder products which validates the old "if it ain't broke don't fix it." Save your money, why pay for frustration! ("a word to the wise.) Actually, it is not worth a half a star rating in my opinion!!!
I recenly bought these as a change from my normal ones as they were on special offer - these now currently cost £4.69 in Tesco for 32 tablets.
On the front of the packaging is a picture of a sparkling glass besides some lemons - so I was looking forward to some nice fresh smelling dishes.
How to use
Each tablet is individually wrapped and once you have removed the wrapper, simply place in your dishwasher drawer as usual and turn it on.
What are the claims
The tablet has two layers two it. The blue layer is supposed to break down and lift dried food , while the white layer cleans the dirt away and the powerball is there to remove those stubborn tough residues and soak - such as scrambled egg.
Is it any good?
With a few exceptions it does a very good job. Most of my dishes came out extremely clean and all glasses were indeed sparkling. However, despite the powerball, I was a little disapointed to find it did not remove the dried on scrambled egg from my pots, though in fairness I have yet to find a tablet that is successful on this. There was a faint smell of lemons upon opening the dishwasher when the cycle had finished which was quite nice. I would say these are very good but don't expect miracles -
some items simply always need to be handwashed or soaked for a while before hand.
We recently had a dishwasher fitted in our kitchen in preparation for the holiday period. We gained advice from the mother in law as too what dishwasher tablets we should use and was told these are the best. So off we went and purchased a box.
The finish Powerball tablets we got were packaged in a mainly blue coloured cardboard box. We chose the Classic cleaning tablets. On the front there is a picture of a shiny glass and lemons cut in half. The pack contained 30 of the tablets and was called Lemon sparkle.
The tablets are individually wrapped and are very easy to open. The tablet itself is very pretty. The tablet is white and blue with a red ball in the middle. The Powerball claims to soak and soften tough food residues.
To be economical we always make sure our dishwasher is full to the brim before we doo a wash. This ultimately results in many of the plates having dried on food. I have been very impressed with the Powerball. We have never had a problem with plates or cutlery being left dirty. Even baking trays come out spotless. Stains have been removed from cups and spoons. The glasses that we put in have come out clean smear free and shining. Baby bottles come out fresh and clean too. The dishwasher always smells fresh and clean when we open the door. I cannot say I can really detect a lemon scent but it does smell fresh.We will continue to use these tablets as they do seem to be very powerful and effective.
They are a bit more expensive than supermarkets own brands but are often on special offers. For the box of 30 tablets we paid £4.69. Finish do make other powerball tablets as well as the classic ones.
The Powerball contains Stain Soakers which dissolve instantly to soften really dried on food residues such as baked on egg and cheese sauces / The blue layer then works to break down and lift off food remains while the while layer cleans all traces of dirt away for a spotless and brilliant finish.