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      01.02.2014 22:46

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      For a while, I was using a leading brand tablet, citrus scent for my dishwasher and was left disappointed. A strange smell always lingered. On suddenly realising we had run out, my partner went to the shop to get some more and came back with Tesco 5 in 1 dishwasher tablets and I have to say, the results have been fantastic. No smell and my dishes are coming out so clean!I recommend this product to anyone who is skeptical about using own-brand products.

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      26.04.2012 10:55
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      Hate Washing Up? Get These!

      I have to say that when I moved into my new flat and found the dishwasher in the kitchen I couldn't be more excited. The thought of never washing up again made me so happy! This excitement was shortlived though, I then had to find a dishwasher tablet that was actually going to work at a reasonable price. I was unsure to begin with and weary to try an own brand so began with the leading company in the market. This can be extremely expensive so I decided to look around for a saving.

      I had tried several different tablets before coming across Tesco's own brand. At the time of purchase I was skeptical as to how well they would work as I have not had great experience with other own brand products. After the first use I was surprised by how well they had worked. I have been using the same tablets for months now and all my dishes and cutlery are now sparkling clean and I haven't needed to wash up for ages.

      There have been times during particularly large loads that one tablet hasn't cleaned everything to a satisfactory condition. This results in an annoying situation where you have to put the dishwasher back on and again wait for completion. This is still a better situation than actually washing up so maybe i'm being a bit harsh.

      I know some people are put off by the own brand label but you will not be disappointed with the results. I would suggest that you try first as they are usually on special for a very reasonable price and available from all Tesco stores.

      Overall this was a matter or price and quality for me & I am still so pleased I found these tablets. Buy now and look forward to sparkling dishes everyday!

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      01.09.2011 20:41
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      A good money saver

      I often find myself in a battle in supermarkets, between going for the cheapest brand and going for the one that will do the job when it comes to cleaning. I usually opt for somewhere down the middle, and there are a few things I know do a good job but at a discount price. Once I find these I tend to stick with them.

      One thing I have battled with since buying a dishwasher, is finding good value dishwasher tablets that don't leave your dishes covered in the previous evening's food. I tend to find the best way to do this is to buy a branded product when you see it on offer, but sometimes they're not on offer for a while (or the offer still isn't actually that cheap!), so I have tried the cheaper own label brands.

      I didn't hold out much hope for Tesco's own label dishwasher tablets to be honest, because generally I find that this is one area where you get what you pay for. However, I was pleasantly surprised that they did a very good job of cleaning my dishes but were very affordable without having to shop round to get them on offer.

      The tablets don't come in very fancy packaging, but this really doesn't matter. We keep ours in the cupboard so nobody even needs to know you're posh enough to have a dishwasher but not quite posh enough to afford branded tablets for it. The ones I have are the 'Daisy' Tesco brand, which come in a blue box with yellow writing on it. The box contains40 tablets and costs around £3.00, to put this in context I have just checked on the Tesco grocery shopping website and currently Finish are charging £10.50 for 39 tablets. A heck of a saving I'm sure you'll agree.

      The tablets look chalky compared to some others. They are green and yellow in colour, and come separately wrapped. They are solid chalky tablets rather than gel tablets. You simply unwrap the cellophane, pop it in the container where your tablets should go, and they will clean your dishes as well as the leading brand.

      The first time I used these I was pleasantly surprised, and have continued to buy these ever since. They struggle with very heavily soiled crockery, but only in the same way as other dishwasher tablets do. After all, if you're going to homemake curry and then leave the wok unattended for days, there is only so much technology and cleaning agents can do.

      I would say it's definitely worth giving these a go, if you don't like them at least you haven't spent too much on them to begin with, and you might just find a money-saving product to add to your collection.

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      29.10.2009 11:13
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      I was pleasantly surprised

      I've just unloaded my dishwasher after using Tesco value dishwasher tablets for the first time and have to say that I'm very pleasantly surprised. I tried Tesco value washing up liquid a few years ago and really didn't like it but as I'm on a tight budget at the moment I had to buy the value dishwasher tablets as they are half the price of others on the market but still seem to do the same job. All of my dishes have come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean even ones like pasta bake which I usually find can be difficult to get clean but not with value dishwasher tablets.

      These tablets are available in Tesco for only £1.72 for 30 tablets which is half the price of other brands with the next cheapest being Daisy for £3.49 for 40 tablets and for branded names like Fairy and Finish will cost you around £7- £8 for 30 tablets.

      The value tablets come in a box with the usual red and blue value stripes (it's simple but all you need, no-one can see once they are stored away). They need to be kept in a cool dry place (I usually store mine under the kitchen sink) and each tablet is wrapped individually in clear plastic which needs to be removed before putting into your dishwasher. Do not crush the tablets. They are not a fancy colour like others on the market just plain white and in a rectangular shape (who needs fancy colours and shapes if the end result is the same)

      Overall, I'm pleased I tried these tablets and will definitely be buying them again. Cleaning products really put the bill up at the end of the shop but this is one which I can trust as they are so cheap to keep that end bill down. I find that they clean as well as any others so will give them 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars for this product.

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        18.10.2009 12:30
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        Will buy again

        In the past I have always been pushed towards buying the expensive, branded dishwasher tablets, namely Finish tablets, after being brain washed by clever advertising that somehow, the expensive tablets are better at cleaning your dishes than the cheaper brands. I have no doubt that there probably is a bit of an advantage to the more expensive versions of this product, possibly better cleaning and nicer smelling results, but not enough to justify the extra cost.


        Recently, I dared to venture into the budget variety of the Dishwasher tablets market and bought myself some Tesco Value Dishwasher Tablets. I was suprised just how well they actually cleaned my dishes, they emerged from the dishwasher sparkling and smelling fresh and clean, just what you would expect from the branded varieties. They come in a box containing 30 tablets and you use just the one tablet per wash cycle, therefore each box lasting 30 washes, which for me is exactly one month. The cost of this box is probably the most important feature for me, being £1.72 which works out as only 6p per tablet! Comparing this even to the next cheapest, being the Tesco 'non-value' brand which cost 15p per tablet, a huge saving.


        The tablets themselves are each individually wrapped in a plastic packet and do not have any fancy super duper cleaning power ball's or Quantum super sparkling cleaning powder, etc. Their just simple and plain rectangular white tablets, but still clean effectively.


        Overall, these tablets are very effective and very cheap. I seriously believe that there is practically no advantage in buying the more expensive branded versions. Even if they are not as powerful in the removal of stuck-on grease, just leave the pans to soak before going into the dishwasher and pocket the money saving. I will undoubtedly be buying these again and again unless a cheaper alternative product comes out, which is unlikely. I give this product a Dooyoo rating of 5 stars out of 5. Once again, another great product from the Tesco value range.

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          09.01.2009 17:53
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          Fabulous own brand product - same cleaning power, less money

          I only got a dishwasher when I moved house about 7 years ago and I never understood what all the fuss was about until I had one. Oh the hours I saved standing washing up over the sink - to me it was like a minor miracle. And so this revered machine got the best that money could buy - Finish Powerball tablets - moving from 3 in 1 to 5 in 1 over the years. And I was very happy with the results but after I was made redundant, I had to review my shopping bill and Finish are really expensive.

          So, slightly uncertainly, I thought I would try the Tesco own brand alternative. There were two varieties available - original and citrus - and they were around £2 cheaper for a pack of 30. I picked up the citrus one and even though I thought they probably wouldn't be as good, I popped them in the trolley to give them a go.

          When I ran my first wash, I popped the tablet into the machine the same as normal. They were still the all in one type so there was no need to add extra rinse aid or salt. When it was over, I ran a (probably overly) critical eye over the results and honestly I couldn't spot any kind of difference. All plates and glasses were spotless and the dishwasher seemed clean and with a light lemony fragrance.

          Further to this, I was reading on the moneysavingexpert forum that you can split dishwasher tablets in two for each wash and get the same results so I decided to stretch things even further by trying this with the Tesco tablets. You can just snap them inside the packet with your fingers and pop in half a tablet instead of a whole one. On the whole , I haven't noticed any difference in the results although I do always use a whole one if I have some particularly baked on dishes to clean - so that is double the value from an already great product (and you can't snap the Finish ones because of the powerball bit).

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            02.11.2005 16:21
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            Good for the price

            Now THAT would be my ideal dishwasher material. But onto the review...

            I always used to buy Finish powerball dishwasher tablets, and was pleased with the results. However, they are horrendously expensive so a few months ago I decided to try Tesco dishwasher tablets.

            Tesco dishwasher tablets come in two fragrances: citrus and fresh. I tried the citrus tablets first, but found the smell a bit overpowering so I have switched to the “fresh” fragrance, which is much more subtle and actually hard to describe, other than “soapy” and slightly carbolic. The tablets come in cardboard packs of 15, 30 or 60, at a cost of £1.33, £2.45 and £4.57 respectively. This works out at around 7.6p per wash for the largest pack. In comparison, a pack of 60 Finish 4 in 1 tablets costs £11.78, or 19.6p per wash – a big difference.

            The Tesco tablets inside the box come individually wrapped in plastic, with crimped edges that are reasonably easy to rip open so long as your fingers are dry (but otherwise are a nightmare). The tablets have a central blue layer sandwiched between two white layers with tiny green flecks. You simply drop the tablet in the compartment, and turn the machine on. The tablets are supposed to have “4 in 1” action, that is, they have a built-in rinse aid and salt function, as well as detergent and stain removal agents (the flecks) - so in theory you don’t need separate rinse aid or salt. However, I have found that it is best to still use rinse aid, otherwise you can get streaks on glasses or occasionally debris left on crockery, which is a bit annoying and difficult to remove once it dries. Clearly, this cuts down on the price differential between the Tesco and Finish brands, but even taking this into account, Tesco is still cheaper.

            Overall, these do a good enough job at a knock-down price, although they lose one star for still needing separate rinse-aid.

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              23.08.2000 04:46
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              I have always used Tesco dishwasher tablets, except for a brief and unsuccessful trial of Fairy tab-in-tab (see opinion on that!). They come in 2 types, normal or citrus, and also in 2 box sizes, 25 or 50. Considering they are a shops own brand I didn't really expect them to be the best on the market, but they certainly stand up to what I throw at them. I don't rinse my plates before washing them and they can sit in there all day before I turn the machine on last thing at night, but in the morning I can empty the machine and don't have to inspect every item because I KNOW it is all clean and sparkling. The only things these tablets sometimes struggle with is oven roasting dishes, but I think that's more because actual scrubbing is required than being to do with the tablets. If you haven't considered using a store brand, do try these, what's the point in paying more when these do the job?

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