Dishwasher tabs, also called multitabs or dishwasher tabs, are small all-rounders that clean, rinse and dry your dishes and soften the water in the process. The tabs are also extremely easy to use: open the dispenser, insert the dishwasher tab, close it, rinse away. In the dishwasher tab test, Stiftung Warentest tested 29 different brands and found that organic is not always better. The supposedly sustainable dishwasher tabs can even destroy the dishes. At the very top of the podium, however, are the inexpensive own brands from Kaufland, dm and Aldi Süd.
Stiftung Warentest published the test for dishwasher tabs in October 2020. We last checked the test results in March 2021.
Whether high-quality porcelain or inexpensive crockery from IKEA: Plates and Co. should be in the dishwasher get clean and not discolour. In its test of dishwasher tabs, the Stiftung Warentest unfortunately found that three agents were more likely to damage the dishes than to clean them. In return, the inexpensive own brands from Kaufland, Rossmann and Lidl were convincing for around 3 euros.
You can read that in this article: First, we will first introduce you to the test winner tabs and then the further test field in more detail. Then we explain the test procedure of the Stiftung Warentest and clarify which type of detergent is right for you. Finally, we answer all the important questions about washing up.
Dishwasher tabs test at Stiftung Warentest: These are the best multitabs
Kaufland K-Classic Dish Cleaner Tab All in 1
around 3 euros
not available online
Aldi Süd Alio Dishwasher Tabs Complete
around 3 euros
not available online
Own brands Kaufland, Aldi Süd and dm: These are the best dishwasher tablets
All dishwasher tabs rated “good” belong to the own brands of German supermarket chains. The best rated tabs come from Kaufland (“good”, 2.1), closely followed by the Aldi Süd product Alio (“good”, 2.2). Third place with the rating “good” (2.5) is shared by the dishwasher tabs from dm, Edeka, Netto and Norma.
Kaufland K-Classic dishwasher tabs All in 1: “good” (2.1) The multitabs from Kaufland almost consistently achieved good ratings in the test. They remove all kinds of dirt well or very well, and even stubborn tar edges disappear after washing. They also mostly protect the material, only printed decorations fade over time. The Kaufland tabs only weaken when it comes to environmental properties: There they only achieved the rating “satisfactory”.
Lidl W5 Dishwasher Tabs Multi-Power All in 1 Like the Kaufland tabs, the W5 Multi-Power All in 1 dishwasher tabs also achieved the grade “good” (2.1). When it comes to cleaning, the product even scores slightly better than the competition from Kaufland, but they leave feathers when it comes to material protection and environmental properties. Here the tabs only achieve the rating “satisfactory”.
Rossmann Domol Gschirr-Reiniger-Tabs Ultra Power All-in-one Like Kaufland and Lidl, the Rossmann brand also shines with the grade “good” (2.1). Almost all of these tabs achieved the grade “good” in the test, only the environmental properties left a lot to be desired.
The best dishwasher tabs: other multitabs in the test
The following multitabs are also “good”:
Aldi Süd Alio Dishwasher Tabs Complete: Grade “good” (2.2)
Aldi Süd Alio crockery cleaner tabs All-in-one: grade “good” (2.2)
Aldi Nord Alio crockery cleaner tabs all-in-one: grade “good” (2.2)
The own brands of the drugstore and supermarket chains all show good values for cleaning and rinsing dishes and cutlery, as well as for the user-friendliness of the packaging. Only Norma’s dishwashing detergent failed to take care of the material and only achieved the grade “sufficient” here.
The dishwasher tabs from Ecover, Frosch and Rossmann failed completely. These discolored the dishes and therefore only received the grade “poor” (5.0) in the material protection category.
This is how Stiftung Warentest tests
Over a period of five months, Stiftung Warentest carried out over 10,000 wash cycles with various types of crockery and cutlery. This should simulate long-term use of different dishwashing detergents. The testers checked how well the multitabs did the dishes clean, flush, Prevent limescale deposits, dry and the Protect material. In addition, the laboratories examined how environmentally friendly the tabs and how user-friendly the packaging is.
Dishwasher tabs or normal detergent? How should I clean my dishes
Depending on how hard or soft your tap water is, you should also adjust your detergent. For example, if you live in a place that is supplied by particularly soft water, you do not need a chemical club to finish off leftover food. Dishwasher tabs channel many chemical substances – such as salts to soften the water – into the wastewater, which are not necessary in the case of lime-free water. Inquire at your water company about the hardness of the water, set your dishwasher accordingly and use the appropriate means. There are powders and solotabs for every water hardness. In this case, however, you also have to rinse with rinse aid and rain salt.
The most important questions about dishwasher tablets at a glance
What are the best dishwasher tabs?
The best tabs at Stiftung Warentest are the K-Classic dishwasher tabs All in 1 from Kaufland. They achieved the grade “good” (2.1) in the test of the Stiftung Warentest. The Alio Tableware Cleaner Tabs Complete from Aldi Süd also achieved good values.
Which is better for the dishwasher: tabs or powder?
In any case, multitabs are more convenient than powders. After all, all you have to do is unpack the tabs, insert them into the compartment and start rinsing. They contain a number of ingredients that also protect dishwashers from limescale. However, if you use dishwasher tabs without additional rinse aid and salt, you must also use the appropriate means to protect the machine, as with conventional powder. However, powder is always easier to dose than tabs.
What is rinse aid good for?
Rinse aid helps the dishwasher to dry the dishes and thus reduces limescale stains. However, if you use too much rinse aid, streaks can form on your dishes.
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