I was recently asked if I would consider reviewing Finish Dishwasher Tablets and thought this might be a good opportunity to test whether Finish, as a premium brand, are actually worth the extra money that they cost.
I was sent a packet of Finish Quantum, which I've always considered as 'top of the range' when it comes to the dishwasher. The wrapper free tablet is made up of a gel powerball with ultra-shine technology, detergent, and a gel with rinse aid function. I actually hadn't realised that it combined rinse aid as this is something I have always purchased separately to the detergent. This is something that needs to be considered when I compare prices.
I like that there's no wrapper so they are better for the environment. And this may sound daft but I like the design. They sort of look the part with that red powerball in the middle. I know it's all going to dissolve in the wash but it makes me think that it's going to do a good job.
So what about the wash? Well, all I can say is that my dishes came out sparkling clean after every wash. I don't believe in rinsing dishes before they go in the dishwasher (after all, a dishwasher is supposed to be about saving water, not washing the dishes twice) so the tablets did have to clean some very dirty dishes, but they did live up to the job.
I have to admit that with my old tablets, I sometimes had to rewash some of the dishes but I thought that it was the fault of my dishwasher being old and cranky. Now I think it must have been the tablets as Finish Quantum managed to clean them properly.
I do have to take cost into account though. Finish Quantum are more expensive than some other brands with the price ranging between 20p - 40p per tablet, depending on what size pack you buy and where you shop. I've been having a quick look online and have been surprised that most of the other dishwasher tablets available are around the same price. Considering that Finish Quantum also contain rinse aid and wash the dishes first time round then they actually seem quite good value for money.
Having done this review I have realised that you do get what you pay for and paying that little bit more for a premium product means that you may end up paying less in the long run.