Persil takes down Tide in Consumer Reports' tests

Persil takes down Tide in Consumer Reports' tests

Newcomer sold at Walmart aces laundry detergent tests

Published: July 28, 2015 04:15 PM

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Tide has been Consumer Reports' top-rated laundry detergent for years, and that has helped make it the country’s best-selling detergent. But Persil, from German manufacturer Henkel, is challenging Tide’s supremacy. Persil ProClean 2in1 formula edged out Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release in our latest tests. Here’s how the two products compare:



Price per load: 25 cents

Compatibility: HE washers only.

Cleaning power: Tough on all stains.

Fragrance: A fruity-floral blend that many Americans equate with cleanliness.

Where to get it: Just about anywhere, including the black market, because Tide’s popularity has made it a commonly shoplifted and resold good.

Assessing the cap: Fill lines are easy to read, and its scrubbing bristles help with pretreating.


Price per load: 25 cents

Compatibility: All machines.

Cleaning power: Tough on all stains, with a slight edge over Tide on blood.

Fragrance: Described by the manufacturer as clean, crisp, and “European.”

Where to get it: Henkel signed an exclusive partnership with Walmart, but it plans to expand distribution to other retailers later this year.

Assessing the cap: Difficult-to-read fill lines make it easy to overdose.

—Daniel DiClerico

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