The Australian CHOICE lists the best and worst detergents of 2021

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What’s the best laundry detergent in Australia? Consumer experts rank popular brands – and some underperform WATER

  • CHOICE consumer experts have named the best and worst detergents
  • The Australian experts have tried 130 products – liquid and powder for top and front
  • Of the brands tested, Omo Detergent Triple Capsules Front came first
  • Shockingly, the experts found that 29 products had outperformed water

Consumer experts of CHOICE named the best laundry detergents in the market of 2021 – and the products that performed worse than plain water.

The Australian experts have tested 130 products – liquid and powder – for both top and front loaders to efficiently remove stains such as sweat, oil, tomato, makeup, chocolate ice cream and starch from clothing.

Of the brands tested, Omo Laundry Detergent Triple Capsules Front ($ 22) took the lead as the most effective front loading detergent with a creditable score of 85 percent.

CHOICE consumer experts have named the best detergents on the market

Revealed: the best detergents

1. Omo Detergent Triple Capsules Front ($ 22): 85%

2. Coles Ion Wash Liquid Concentrate Front Colors ($ 9): 84%

3. Coles Ion Wash Liquid Concentrate Original Front ($ 9): 84%

4. Coles Ion Wash Capsules Original Front ($ 24): 82%

5. Dynamo Professional 7 Actions in 1 Wash Front ($ 20): 82%

6. Dynamo Professional Oxi Plus Front ($ 20): 82%

7. Omo Laundry Detergent Ultimate Front ($ 22): 82%

8. Dynamo Professional Deep Clean Odor Eliminating Front ($ 20): 81%

9. Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Liquid Front ($ 7.99): 80%

10.Omo Detergent Active Front ($ 22): 80%

11. Omo laundry detergent Ultimate Front ($ 22): 80%

12. Omo laundry detergent Ultimate Sensitive Front ($ 22): 80%

In a big win for budget purchases, Coles dominated the next three places with its Ion clothesline front loading.

The supermarket chain Original ($ 9) and Colors ($ 9) were in second place after earning 84 percent. The duo only cost 27 to 28 cents per wash, compared to Omo’s 73 cents.

In fourth place, Coles’ Capsules Original ($ 24) received 82 percent.

Dynamo Professional 7 Actions in 1 Wash Front ($ 20), Dynamo Professional Oxi Plus Front ($ 20) and Omo Laundry Detergent Ultimate Front ($ 22) all scored 82 percent.

Dynamo Professional Deep Clean Odor Eliminating Front ($ 20) earned 81 percent.

Best and worst for top loaders

BEST

Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Powder ($ 5.69): 66%

Omo Ultimate Powder ($ 22): 60%

Coles Lemon Fresh Hot and Cold Wash Powder ($ 3.70): 60%

Coles Ultra Concentrate Powder ($ 4.20): 60%

Omo Active Powder ($ 22): 58%

Aldi Almat Washing Powder Arctic Breeze ($ 4.99): 58%

Cussons Radiant Brilliant Whites Sharper Colors ($ 6): 58%

WORST

Coles Lemon Fresh Hot & Cold Wash Liquid ($ 1.50): 47%

Woolworths Essentials Clean Wash Apple Liquid ($ 1.49): 47%

Surf Tropical Tiger Lily Liquid ($ 8): 47%

Fab Intense Fresh Liquid ($ 6): 47%

Cold Power Pure Clean Sensitive ($ 17.50): 47%

Biozet Attack 3DCleanAction ($ 19.99): 47%

Omo Dual Capsules Sensitive ($ 22): 47%

Dynamo Professional 7 Actions in 1 Wash Front ($ 20)

Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Washing Liquid Front ($ 7.99)

Dynamo Professional 7 Actions in 1 Wash Front ($ 20) and Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Liquid Front ($ 7.99) were named as some of the best front load detergents

The loader cleaners that performed worse than water

Front water only ($ 0): 51%

Woolworths Essentials Washing Powder Top ($ 3.69): 51%

Coles Ion Wash Capsules Sensitive Top ($ 24): 50%

Coles Ultra Concentrate Top ($ 8.40): 50%

Earth Choice Ultra Concentrate Top ($ 6): 50%

Omo Laundry Detergent Expert Odor Eliminator Top ($ 22): 50%

Surf Plus Stain Attacker Top ($ 8): 49%

Fab Essential Oils Malaysian Orchid & Sandalwood Top ($ 6): 48%

Cold Power Pure Clean Sensitive Top ($ 17.50): 47%

Tru Earth Eco-Strips Laundry Detergent Fresh Linen Top ($ 19.95): 43%

As one of the cheapest brands on the market, Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Liquid Front ($ 7.99) scored 80 percent, alongside Omo’s Active Front ($ 22), Ultimate Front ($ 22) and Sensitive Front ($ 22).

Omo Laundry Detergent Triple Capsules Front ($ 22), Coles Ion Laundry Liquid Concentrate Original ($ 9), and Dynamo Professional 7 Actions in 1 Wash Liquid ($ 20) were some of the top performers for front loaders.

While Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Powder ($ 5.69), Omo Ultimate Powder ($ 22) and Coles Lemon Fresh Hot and Cold Wash Powder ($ 3.70) were some of the products that dominated the top loader laundry detergent category.

Alarmingly, washing clothes with plain water in a front loader scored 51 percent and outperformed 29 products, including Cold Power Pure Clean Sensitive Top ($ 17.50) and Earth Choice Ultra Concentrate Top ($ 6).

The ‘worst’ top loader detergents were Surf Tropical Tiger Lily Liquid ($ 8), Fab Intense Fresh Liquid ($ 6), Biozet Attack 3DCleanAction ($ 19.99), Omo Laundry Detergent Sensitive ($ 22) and Bosistos Sensitive Liquid ( $ 12).

For front loaders, the experts urged shoppers to select Woolworths Essentials Powder ($ 3.69), Aldi Laundrite Powder ($ 3.69), Coles Lemon Fresh Hot & Cold Liquid ($ 1.50) and Tru Earth Eco-Strips Fresh Linen ($ 19.95) to avoid.

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