I used to think that only dishwasher tablets such as Finish or other well named brands would really work to get my dishes clean but over the years I have discovered that there is not really much difference in the results and so I tend to buy the cheaper ones more often now.
There are thirty tablets in the box and the last time I bought them I paid just £1.95 so they are much cheaper than most other brands. The tablets are wrapped individually in a plastic wrapper which is easy to make a tear at the end and then pull them open. I know with some of the more expensive makes you can put them in with the wrapper on but it really only takes a few seconds to remove it. I will place the tablet in the small drawer in the door of the dishwasher but if I am only doing a small or a quick wash I will place the tablet at the bottom of the dishwasher as it will dissolve quicker this way. They have a sort of soapy lemony smell and they feel chalky to the touch especially the top layer but also quite firm.
I would say that the majority of the time my dishes and glasses are clean apart from when I cram it so full that things are on top of one another so the water can't get to them. My glasses come out with no smudges or marks and even my roast dishes and casserole dishes generally come out clean unless I have not rinsed them well before putting them in the dishwasher. If there are one or two little bits of food left I find that by just running a hot tap over them this will remove it.
I have been more than happy with these Tesco value tablets and would say that they are no different from any others I have used. At under £2 for a box I think these are fantastic value and I would definitely buy them again.
As a general rule, I buy Finish Dishwasher Tablets and not having tried the Tesco's own brand before (unusual for me, I know) I decided to give these a go a few months back. They cost only £1.60 for a box of 30 individually wrapped tablets. This is a huge saving on the branded type I usually buy and I was keen to see how they compared.
The packaging of these tablets is very plain and simple. It's quite obvious they are a Tesco own brand and they state simple on the outside of the box that they are Dishwasher Tablets, and don't claim to be anything else besides. One tablets is to be used every cycle and the immediate thing I noticed about these is that they are rather small when I compare them to the Finish Dishwasher tablets. I was initially concerned that this might mean that they might not be large enough to wash a full load.
I have used most of the tablets in this box now and I think I possibly have about three of them left. I have used them to wash glassware, and delicate items on a lower temperature wash, as well as heavily soiled pots and pans and oven trays which have been fairly encrusted with food (on hotter washes).
I must admit that they have impressed me so far. High or low temperatures, these great little tablets wash to perfection each and every time. Glasses come out gleaming and streak free, whilst saucepans and oven ware are equally as impressive. No job is too large for these fantastic tablets. I wish I'd bought them sooner, actually.
I really don't believe you need to pay over the top prices in order to be able to affectively was your dishes any more. I am so very impressed by these Tesco own brand tablets and I have recommended them to lots of friends and family members since I have been using them myself.
Great low price and a great wash every time! Highly recommended.
I took the risk and bought a pack of these dishwasher tablets for £1.65. I usually buy the more expensive brands but decided that I'd give these a go just for the sake of curiosity.
The packaging is the typical Tesco Value Range. A white box with blue writing on it. Tesco staff had put the box on the very bottom shelf so it was not easy to find. There are 30 tablets in the pack so it would last me for a whole month. Great value as long as they worked.
The individual wrappers that contain the tablets are see through plastic and are very easy to tear open. The tablets are sometimes a bit 'loose' and have crumbled in the packets but I just emptied the whole lot into my dishwasher tablet dispenser and there was no problem.
I have tried these tablets on the economy cycle and the longer programmes and they have worked perfectly well on all cycles. The dishes come out clean and shining, just as they do with the more expensive tablets. They cut through grease and hard to shift, dried on food.
They don't really smell of anything so, occasionally, you do have to do a rinse with lemon juice for your dishwasher to get rid of the smell that can build up over time.
On the whole, I would heartily recommend this product.
I've been trialling cheaper options on some items lately to see if anything is good enough to swap to in order to save a bit of my hard earned cash. As some readers may remember, I reviewed some fairy dishwasher tablets recently and they didn't score top marks from me - the dishwasher range is something I saw as a bit of an open market. I really love the finish quantum tablets but their price seems to be getting out of control at around £6 for 30 tablets even when on a special offer and these Tesco value ones only cost £1.60 for the same amount of tablets! I'd seen mixed reviews from my fellow dooyooers but decided to try these out for myself because the saving was so huge. I was so keen to try that I still have lots of branded ones left in the cupboard as I dipped straight into these first!
The dishwasher tablets come in a box of 30 - nothing fancy to the packaging, in fact it's a bit dull but I would much rather a company save money on fancy packaging if that saving is then passed to me. It is very different to the picture, although that's because they're part of Tesco's rebranded value range, now 'everyday value' which was introduced a few months ago. Although it is a bit of a flimsy cardboard box, there's a tab at the top, similar to one on a cereal box. It's very good at keeping it closed when not in use. In fact, I've found it to be a better fastening than the fancy seal close tops on the more expensive branded tablets as they seem to pop open now and again. Each tablet is individually wrapped which I find very hygienic - no hands have possibly touched them before using, something else you don't get with the expensive brand ones. The box states the usual warnings of keeping out of children's reach stating that they are irritant. They should only be used as directed in a dishwasher and hands rinsed after use as it can be easy to get a bit of powder on your hand when removing it from the wrapping.
One tablet is required per cycle and all it needs is to be removed from the wrapper and popped into the dishwasher dispenser - the tablets are quite small to be honest, smaller than the brands I've used previously, so I assume that they would fit in the majority of dishwashers very easily. They are blocks of white powder with blue specks in them and feel very similar in texture to some washing machine tablets I've used in the past. They are not enclosed in a capsule type coating and are instead very simple and cheaper looking. Again though, I don't really care what they look like as long as my dishes end up nice and clean.
The first few times that I loaded the dishwasher up, I purposely didn't overfill it like I normally do because I wanted to give them a fair go. I just loaded up so that it was full and using most of the racks available but not as I usually do where I pile things up inside. I use my normal cycle wash of 1 hour 50 minutes and have never found the need to change that to a more intensive clean to compensate for the cheaper tablets. There is always a mixture of dishes, plates, mugs and cooking trays in the washes I do and every item comes out lovely and clean on the whole, there is just a very rare occasion when something has needed a second wash. Even when it has, it's been heavily soiled items such as cooking trays with food embedded on them. Like I say though, this is not regular and these are always items that I'd have spent ages struggling with in the sink. I have since used them in the dishwasher when it's extremely full and the results have been just as good.
The only small downside that I've come across is a few small streaky marks when I've lifted plates and dishes out of the dishwasher but I don't know if our dishwasher is partly to blame for this as it doesn't dry things particularly well. Even with a small wipe with a tea towel, they are easily removed anyway and as our dishes often come out wet, I am used to wiping over all of our dishes and plates before putting away so it is only a very minor issue.
If I'd have bought these tablets without reading reviews and with no preconceptions, I really would not have been expecting much at all from them as from the packaging and the look of the tablet they don't look great. But, I was surprised at how superbly they clean things - in fact I'll go so much to say that I think they are pretty on par with those really expensive tablets available getting on for quadruple the price! I will definitely continue to purchase these tablets in the future and save a lot of money in the process. I can even see the expensive ones in the cupboard staying there for a long time as I'm happy sticking to these. I have to rate them 5 stars on that basis - I can't see where you can go wrong with them.
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Like most other people I am looking for different ways to tighten the purse strings in the current economic climate. One of the ways I have started this is by buying own brand products. In all honesty, following Tesco's change of packaging for the Tesco Value range I have been a lot more attracted to the range and have purchased a few of the items.
These tablets come in a box of 30. The box itself doesn't look "cheap" but has a simple design the same as all the other products in the range. The tablets themselves come individually wrapped which is handy for storage and are plain white.
After using much more expensive brands over the past couple of years, I expected a big difference when I changed to the value alternative. HOWEVER, I was very very impressed with these. I have been using them daily for a couple of weeks and all my dishes have been completely clean when the dishwasher is finished. I have also noticed that the glasses etc still have a nice sheen (although I still handwash any "nice" glasses). Amazing results for the price and stigma surrounding value products.
For the box of 30 you are £1.67 at the moment which is a lot cheaper than the main brands and works out at 6p per cycle. I think this is fantastic value for money considering the results!
Tesco Value Dishwasher Tablets are something I have bought on one occasion and I'm afraid I won't be buying them again. I believe that some of the Tesco Value range are really great value, but some other products leave a lot to be desired, however in order to find the bargain value products I do find that I've needed to sample some rather duff ones as well. These dishwasher tablets are one of the less good products. A packet containing 30 tablets costs £1.67, which equates to just 5p per tablet which, on the surface, seems like good value.
The packaging is basic and not inspiring, but this is not really important when it comes to value products and if I can save money by having plain packaging them that seems like a good plan to me. However, all of the instructions needed for the safe use of the tablets is included on the packaging. Basically you need one tablet per dishwasher load and so, in theory, this is enough for thirty loads.
My main criticism of the tablets is that they just do not wash the items in the dishwasher very well. It's okay cups and things that haven't had a lot of dirt or grease on them - but overall it's just not great. Greasy products can remain quite greasy at the end of the cycle and therefore I ended up putting on the load again. Items with more ground in food, like baking trays, are just still dirty at the end of the cycle and I ended taking these out and washing them by hand. And glasses, while clean, look quite dull and are certainly not sparkling as tends to be the case with the branded dishwasher tablets I have used.
Overall, I really don't think that these are a very good bargain and I'd suggest buying another product.
When my hubby was made redundant a while back, naturally I had to rethink my household budget. I have been trying all the value brands I could to see which were the most good value for money and which ones were really not worth buying.
Unfortunately, Tesco Value Dishwwasher Tablets come into the latter category. I would never have bought them before we hit hard times, but I thought they were a good price....if they worked!
The tablets cost £1.80 for 30, which works out at 6p per wash. Not bad on paper! The packaging is the usual red, blue and white of Tesco's Value range and the box is easy to open. The tablets look like any other ones that you can buy and fit most powder dispensers. They have reasonably pleasant smell.
I have to say, the first time I used them, they did a good job. The only thing I found was that as time went on, the cleaning became less effective. Cups would still have tea-stains on them and it would take 2 or three cycles to get really baked-on food off dishes. I still used salt and rinse aid with them too, and do keep my machine topped up regularly with those, so that wasn't the issue. The cheaper tablets just were not doing a good enough job.
I finally gave up with them and changed to the next best discount brand, Daisy, which actually worked out less expensive and they gave better results.
I won't be using Tesco Value Brand Dishwasher Tablets again. For me, they were a false economy.
I seemed to remember some while back that these were recommended by 'Which' magazine as being a good buy, not a Best Buy, but just a good buy. So I bought a pack to try them out. That was about 4 years ago, and I still use them to this day on every wash in my dishwasher.
The first thing about them is that they are cheap, about £1.72 for 30 washes which works out just under 6p a wash, compared to between 15 and 20p a wash for the more 'popular' hyped brands that you can also freely get from the supermarkets. For that 6p, you get a simple dishwasher tablet. Now the interesting thing is, many people put salt and rinse aid in their machines as separates. They then go out and buy the more expensive brands of dishwasher tablets, which also have extra salt and rinse aid bits included. So they end up paying twice and the whole wash thing becomes expensive. With the Tesco Value range, you just get the tablet and rely on the salt and rinse aid already separately in your machine - theoretically the way the machine was designed to work to bring the 3 elements together.
Performance wise, well I can't really fault them. Over the years I've used them in 3 different dishwashers against a variety of stains, plates, pots etc and the results have always been excellent. In addition, I was also 'selected' to trial one of those fancy 12 shot automatic dispensers for 2 weeks that are on the market now from one of those more expensive dishwasher powder brands, and to be honest, I couldn't really tell the difference. On top of that, when I compared the costing - 6p per wash compared to about 24p per wash for the 'fancy' brand - I really didn't think (ignoring all the TV hype) that the additional 4x in the cost was matched by a 4x improvement in the cleaning performance.
The thing I would recommend to anyone is to give these Value ones a try. Then look at the results and be honest with yourself and, ignoring all the TV hype, is the 'apparent' cleaning performance of the more expensive brands really worth the extra cost? To me, I couldn't see a difference.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Tesco value dishwasher tablets
I have bought a number of Tesco value food products before and in the main have been happy with most of them though have always avoided items such as dishwasher tablets, washing powder and other such goods like this from the value range as I did not hold much hope though with the way prices are rising I thought I would give it a try and I was pleasantly surprised.
At £1.72 for 30 tablets, these are a real bargain and a lot less than other more expensive brands but do they do the job?
With some other tablets I have been able to use half a tablet for my small dishwasher when full though I do need to use a whole one with these though once the dishwasher has spun a full cycle I find the majority of the dishes are spotless. I say the majority as these are the dishes which have been well rinsed first. If you put a dish or fork etc into the dishwasher without properly rinsing it then these tablets are just not powerful enough to clean them. The same goes with greasy pans. All you will find with these is the grease will be transferred to the rest of the items.
It states that you should not use a pre-rinse programme!
Tesco 30 Dishwasher Tablets contain amongst other ingredients:
> 30%: Phosphates.
5- 15%: Oxygen based bleaching agents.
<5%: Non-ionic surfactants, phosphonates.
Overall I would recommend this item as it does work well on the dirty dishes as long as they are not heavily soiled. This review is also written when using a small dishwasher.
Up until recently I had never ever used a dishwasher. I owned one once, never ever used it and felt it was pointless lol. I used to have to wash items up a bit before bunging them in said dishwasher so couldn't see the point in bothering with it.
Then recently I came to stay with a friend who has been having a hard time. She's having to move out of her house and all-sorts and then when I arrived the boiler broke down meaning that we had no running hot water or central heating but luckily we did have a gas fire, a shower (till that broke and she had to replace it lol) and a dishwasher! I soon had to get to grips with the dishwasher and it has to be said that although at first I was sceptical about them I now am a huge fan of things and don't want to ever have to go back to not owning one!
We do get through a lot of dishwashing products though. We make so much washing up it's daft really and because we get through so many tablets we decided to try a cheaper option so when we spotted these in Tesco costing £1.72 a box for 30 tablets we decided they really had to be worth a go!
The tablets come in individual wrappers and in a white, red and blue box with a photograph of clean plates on the front of it and I'm told that they are Tesco 'Value' 30 Dishwasher Tablets. Other information listed on the back of the box tells me how to use them and storage advice is given as are safety instructions, the weight is stated (which in this case is 540g), ingredients are listed as are contact details for Tesco. It is a cheap looking box, sort of no frills but for me it's always the product that counts!
To use these we are told to scrape things clean and then pop one of squarish and large white tablets into the dispenser in the dishwasher and select the cycle you wish to use. The tablets have no real smell to them at all and they are large but fit well into the machine I've been using.
Easy to use and unmessy and none irritating to handle we usually always go for a 2 hour intensive wash with our stuff and we leave these to do it's job of course!
These are not bad for ordinary sort of washing up and nothing too dirty. I find them to bring glasses up clean and cutlery looks shiny. However for really dirty and greasy washing up these are simply rubbish! Even though we rinse stuff off first before using these they do not remove baked on bits one bit and grease can be left untouched leaving stuff really unclean looking and feeling.
In the end me and my friend used these only for light washing up as we got sick of having to wash things through twice with these cos it took about 4 hours to get our washing up looking acceptable and in the end decided we wouldn't get these again and we can now understand why these are so cheap. They don't leave a residue on stuff though to be fair to them but that's the only compliment I can sadly give them. We're not impressed by these one bit and won't be repurchasing them!
Only available in Tesco stores and 30 tablets cost £1.72.
This review is also posted on Cio under this same username.