“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Dishwasher Tablets / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
Our family is like a lot of families at the moment who are trying to make their money stretch a little bit further in these economic times. In order to do this we have tried MOST value/basics/smart price products. Some of these items are worth a try, others aren't. But these dishwasher tablets were a good gamble and I'm very glad we bought them.
-- The Packaging --
The packaging for this product is very plain. It is a white cardboard box with the usual orange Sainsbury's Basics logo running along the top of the box with '30 Dishwasher Tablets' written on the front with pictures of 2 shiny wine glasses with the tagline underneath 'cleans with no added promises'. Looking at that I wasn't expecting a lot, but anything to save a few pennies I will try.
-- The Product & the Results--
Inside the unexciting box are the individually wrapped dishwasher tablets. They are wrapped in white plastic with Dishwasher Tablet written on them with blue and white lettering. The tablets are plain white with no jazzy coloured streaks on (unlike the more expensive alternatives). Very simple to use, simply unwrap the dishwasher tablet and place in the dispenser and shut the flap, select the programme, press start and away it goes. (Well it should, my dishwasher is slowly losing the will to live, and doesn't like opening the dispenser so I chuck an unwrapped tablet into the cutlery holder and it does the job).
I am very happy with these, they do a great job of cleaning even baked on dishes. I think they would be even better in a newer dishwasher that wasn't so temperamental as mine).
The only thing I have noticed is they don't makes glasses quite so shiny as expensive tablets but for the price difference I can live with it!
-- Price and Availability --
Obviously as these are Sainsbury's own basics brand they are only available in Sainsbury's Supermarkets or using their online delivery service. This is the best bit - they only cost £1.67 for a box of 30. MAJOR BARGAIN! Even compared to Sainsbury's All in one tablets which cost £4.00. Great saving!
-- Overall Summary --
I love these dishwasher tablets, cant believe that they do such a good job for so little money. I would recommend this. It was actually down to the results of these tablets that I have started trying more 'basics' products, food and cleaning products. If I can save that much money who can blame me?
Thanks for reading.
My husband did a recent shop at Sainsbury's and decided to go credit crunch crazy by buying lots of the store's Basics range. Now I don't have any problem with this ... but I must admit the one thing I did look suspiciously at were these Basics Dishwasher Tablets! As soon as I saw them I was pretty convinced they wouldn't do the job! So is this a case of not judging a product by its cover...?
These tablets cost an incredibly cheap £1.80 for 30 tablets. The packaging of course reflects the price and is in Sainsbury's Basics white and orange minimal packaging. Inside the little individual wrappers, the tablets are completely plain - no fancy powerballs or coloured layers or anything. They really are as basic as they can get!
You pop these into the relevant place in your dishwasher as normal ... and then hope that they may clean your dishes - even just a tiny bit! I didn't hold out much hope if I'm honest but of course I had to give them benefit of the doubt!
A clean surprise
Using my normal economy wash cycle, I was surprised and very pleased to find that, on opening the dishwasher everything was actually really clean. No grubby dishes or messy plates - everything was perfectly clean!
Okay - so I did ensure that nothing too soiled went into the dishwasher but even still I was impressed with the results. The items didn't have that sparkling, squeaky clean feel they have when I use my usual dishwasher tablets - but given they are several times more expensive I really wasn't bothered by this.
A good basic product
Overall I was really pleased with these tablets and would definitely buy them again. The box my husband bought is now finished - and what I did was mix and match them with the pricier tablets - using the basics ones for less soiled washes. It's a good way to save yourself a bit of money on your monthly shop and really I have no complaints about the results - especially when you consider how cheap they are. So it's five stars from me!
I have only had a dishwasher for the last couple of years, so I still really appreciate the work that it saves me. Washing up was always my least favourite household chore and nothing spoils a meal more that knowing you'[ve got a whole pile of dirty plates to wash after you've finished eating.
After I'd had my two girls, the amount of washing up just got ridiculous and I could never keep on top of it. At this point my husband weakened and finally bought us a dishwasher. Since this exciting purchase made it's home in my kitchen, I have generally used the Finish dishwasher tablets. These seem to produce great results and I rarely have problems with plates not being cleaned properly. The Finish products are expensive however, and subsequently I try and stock up when they are available in the supermarket on special offer.
If I am not able to get hold of any reduced Finish dishwasher tablets, I have used the Tesco's own brand version. These have also been really good and significantly cheaper.
Bearing this in mind, I was recently doing a rare weekly shop in Sainsbury's. I needed a box of dishwasher tablets and the Finish range was all full price. I searched for the Sainsburys equivalent and picked up these All in One dishwasher tablets in the lemon variety. I paid a reasonable £4.59 for 30 tablets so hoped that these would be as good as the Tesco's version.
I used the tablets from that point onwards in my machine and I quickly noticed a real difference in the cleanliness of my dishes. When unloading a supposedly clean machine I would find half the dishes had a kind of dried on scum or were just not really clean.
My first instinct was that my machine was dirty and perhaps the filters needed a clean. I did this and even invested in some dishwasher cleaner but the things didn't really improve. I then had the lightbulb moment that it was the dishwasher tablets that weren't up to scratch.
Over the next couple of weeks, I continued to use these tablets but I had to check the clealiness of every single thing that came out of the machine. I would say about 50% wasn't up to scratch and therefore I ended up either running the machine half empty or washing lots of things by hand.
Next time I go shopping I am going to buy a new box of Finish tablets, it is worth the extra pennies to avoid these rubbish results. It completely defeats the object of having a dishwasher if it can't be relied upon to clean what's in it.
Having recently moved into a larger house we managed to inherit the old dishwasher that was left behind as well. I had never had a dishwasher before and excitedly trotted down to Sainsbury's to see what I needed to make it run.
I was absolutely gobsmacked at the prices of dishwasher tablets and nearly decided there and then not to even bother with the old thing and carry on doing it by hand. However I spotted the Sainsbury's own brand label and decided I would give them a whirl and just have a taste of what it is like not to have to wash up all the time.
To give you an idea of the difference in price I buy these Sainsbury's own label dishwasher tablets for £3.99 for 30 tablets. This lasts me the whole month and I think it is pretty reasonable (now having experienced the delights of a dishwasher!) To buy Fairy equivalent dishwasher tablets you are looking at £6.78 for 30 tablets. Why oh why is there such a huge difference in the price?
Anyway, back to the Sainsbury's tablets and I have found them to be most reliable. I buy the lemon version and they are individually wrapped within the box (perhaps Sainsbury's could have packaged differently to cut down on the plastics??) although I do find this easy to use because you can simply pull one from the box and unwrap it straight into the dishwasher tray slot.
The tablets are very solid and hard and I have never experienced one breaking up and crumbling when I try to put it in the machine. I have however, experienced them sticking to the soap tray and not dissolving completely or at all on a couple of occasions. However the heat of the water has still cleaned my plates and so on when this has happened so it is not the end of the world.
The lemon scent comes through when I open the door after a wash has finished and wafts gently up to my nose. It is a pleasant clean smell and one that I wish would linger in the air after opening the door. Alas it lasts only a few minutes and the plates and cups etc are thankfully left smelling of nothing at all either.
The cleaning power of these tablets is more than adequate for my needs as well. The dishwasher is always full to the brim before I switch it on and it has a variety of items to be cleaned, ranging from plates through to glass jugs and cutlery. I only occasionally experience something that has not cleaned properly. I find this tends to be the more dried on food remains, such as weetabix from the morning's breakfast, or a particularly messy plate of pasta sauce.
The longer they are left before washing the more chance there is that some residue will remain. This does not happen every time and is certainly nothing to complain about when it does, as I just leave it in the machine for another go round with the next load. I am never entirely sure whether it is more to do with my loading skills rather than the effectiveness of the cleaner anyway.
These tablets have all sorts added to them to help you buy less for your machine. For instance I never buy any rinse aid or salt. The tablets have everything packed into them within the three layers of each tablet. I am not one to look too closely about how something works and I am not interested if they have enzymes or oxygen bubbles or little tiny people in there with tiny brushes. I care about what my dishes look like when they come out and I really don't have too many complaints.
Overall, for £3.99 (and sometimes on offer) these tablets are totally reasonable and adequate for my needs. My glasses are maybe not as shiny as the sparkling adverts but I am not sure they ever were. For a normal family, who use normal tableware and nothing too fancy, I think Sainsbury's dishwasher tablets are perfect for the job.
It is still cheaper to wash by hand but think of the work you save!