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Best Dishwasher detergents

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Dishwasher detergents

Best Dishwasher detergents

We tested 35 dishwasher detergents to determine the best-performing models. Our expert lab technicians tested each Dishwasher detergent based on the following criteria:

  • Size of package
  • Cleans dishes
  • Resists food deposits
  • Cleans pots
  • Resists water spots
  • Resists film/discoloration
  • Type

Below lists the Dishwasher detergents that rated best in each of the tests our experts looked for. Learn about how these tests were performed and find out which Dishwasher detergent is rated best when you subscribe.

Consumer Reports Ratings for Best Dishwasher detergents

Best Dishwasher detergent for Size of package

The package size in ounces for liquids or powders or count for tablets, tabs and packs.


This Dishwasher detergent which tested best for Size of package has the following features: Contains enzymes.

Best Dishwasher detergent for Cleans dishes

Gauges how well a detergent removed a caked-on puree of foods from glass dishes.


This Dishwasher detergent which tested best for Cleans dishes has the following features: Contains enzymes.

Best Dishwasher detergent for Resists food deposits

Indicates the ability to prevent washed-off food from resettling on dishes and glasses.


This Dishwasher detergent which tested best for Resists food deposits has the following features: Contains enzymes.

Best Dishwasher detergent for Cleans pots

Indicates how well a detergent cleaned pots that were covered with baked-on macaroni and cheese.


This Dishwasher detergent which tested best for Cleans pots has the following features: Contains bleach and Contains enzymes.

Best Dishwasher detergent for Resists water spots

Shows the ability to prevent water spots on glass plates.


This Dishwasher detergent which tested best for Resists water spots has the following features: Contains bleach and Contains enzymes.

Best Dishwasher detergent for Resists film/discoloration

Ability of the detergent to prevent deposit of minerals.


This Dishwasher detergent which tested best for Resists film/discoloration has the following features: Contains bleach and Contains enzymes.

Best Dishwasher detergent for Type

Liquids and powders generally pour easily; gels have a thicker consistency than liquids. Tablets are a dry, solid premeasured amount of detergent. Pacs have a dissolvable outer package containing a premeasured amount of liquid, gel, or powder. A dispenser product uses a cartridge that automatically dispenses a charge of detergent for 12 loads of dishes.


This Dishwasher detergent which tested best for Type has the following features: Contains bleach and Contains enzymes.