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Dishwash Detergent Tested By Consumer Reports

November 4, 2013

Cascade Complete ActionPacs leads the pack in Consumer Reports’ new ratings of 35 dishwasher detergent tablets, packs, powders and gels, but rival brand Finish took three of the four top spots with its Finish Powerball Tabs, Finish Gelpacs and Finish Quantum Powerball Capsules.

The full report is featured in the October 2013 issue of Consumer Reports and online at

Dishwasher detergents have come a long way in reliably producing clean loads of dishes and pots, but only Cascade Complete ActionPacs excelled in pot-washing tests, according to the organization. The tests use one-quart pots encrusted with cooked-on macaroni and cheese to test cleaning performance. Cascade Complete Powder was also the top-performing powder in the tests.
Finish Powerball Tabs earned the distinction of being named one of the CR Best Buys in the Ratings.

Seventh Generation had the two best green cleaners in the Consumer Reports’ tests.

According to Consumer Reports, two-thirds of the dishwasher detergents tested were excellent at resisting the buildup of the white film. Most detergents also aced CR’s hard-water performance test. What separated the best from the rest was the ability to vanquish a baked-on mash of pudding, peanut butter and a dozen other ingredients from dishes, flatware and glassware, according to CR’s editors.
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