A dishwasher is the type of gadget that seems a bit unnecessary to people who don't have one, whereas the people who do have one can't imagine their lives without it. Although it's important to remember that a dishwasher is nothing without good dishwasher tablets. You can spend all the money you want on a fancy machine, but if you want clean plates and cutlery, you need good tablets.
Luckily for us here in the UK, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to excellent dishwasher tablets. We thought we'd round up the best that we've found and tried, let's get into it:
Ecover Classic dishwasher tablets
We really feel that if you're going to choose dishwasher tablets, as well as looking for an effective option, you should also look for an eco-friendly option. Luckily, the Ecover Classic Dishwasher Tablets definitely tick both of these options - not only do they leave dishes clean without any residue or streaks left behind, but they're also made from entirely plant-based, biodegradable ingredients. On top of this, the box itself is made from recycled cardboard too. We like the Lemon & Lime scented tablets (pictured) which leave the dishwasher smelling amazing. Learn more and buy them here - amazon.co.uk
Homethings eco dishwasher tabs
Another great eco-friendly option for dishwasher tablets is these tabs from Homethings. These tablets are made using non-toxic, completely vegan ingredients without any phosphates or chlorine, and the packaging is totally plastic free. These dishwasher tablets are powerful and are especially effective against sticky stains, so ideal for washing plates or cutlery with dried stains. Learn more and buy them here - waitrose.com
Finish Powerball ultimate
Finish is one of the most popular dishwasher tablet brands in the UK, and it's with good reason - these tablets are very effective. Of all the Finish tablets that we've tried, we'd say that the Powerball Ultimate All in 1 tablets are the most effective and the best value for money - with the unique Activelift Technology which can deal with the toughest dried-on stains, there is no need to pre-rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher if you're using these tablets. We're seriously impressed by these, learn more and buy them here - tesco.com
Fairy Platinum All in One
Many people will be familiar with the Fairy brand, particularly the washing up liquid from this brand. But some people don't realise that Fairy also produces dishwasher tablets, and that they're among the best that you can buy. The Fairy Platinum All in One dishwasher tablets have built-in salt and rinse aid action which not only help to provide a deep clean, but they also leave your dishwasher smelling fresh and clean. The tablets are ultra soluble and are designed to dissolve fast, which means they get to work quickly. These are seriously good, learn more and buy them here - sainsburys.co.uk
Essential Waitrose all-in-one dishwasher tablets
When we were trying dishwasher tablets for this guide, the other supermarket which impressed us, as is so often the case, was Waitrose. These Essential all-in-one dishwasher tablets are no-nonsense and might not be as fancy as some of the other options we've included in this guide, but they absolutely do the job and they have that unmistakable Waitrose quality. With built in rinse aid and salt action, these are tough on stains and will easily remove any stubborn dried-in stains. Learn more and buy them here - waitrose.com
Morrisons 'The Best' Power Burst Dishwasher Tablets
We have to admit that not all of the supermarkets had a range of own-brand dishwasher tablets, and of the ones that did, we weren't too impressed by most of what we tried. But these power burst tablets from Morrisons really impressed us. Designed to cut through grease without leaving streaks, these tablets leave a refreshing scent and are especially good for leaving glass sparkling. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.morrisons.com
Hopefully, this guide helps you find some excellent dishwasher tablets. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other suggestions for us to try!