Best forParents looking for an affordable dishwasher detergent
Top BenefitsBudget-friendly, easy to store
ConsiderationsWhen you open the container the detergent smell may be too strong for some
Bottom lineGreat Value Automatic Dishwasher Detergent Packs are an effective and affordable option for families on a budget
Parents looking for an affordable dishwasher detergent pack that won’t skimp on cleaning power should look no further than Great Value Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Packs. Exclusive to Walmart, these detergent packs are essentially a powder detergent packaged for grab-and-go use, and according to Today’s Parent Approved editors and parent testers, they get the job done. Plus, these dishwasher detergent packs are phosphate-free.
In the Today’s Parent Approved lab, theGreat Value Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Packs were tested against a variety of crusted-on foods and food residues—cheese and tomato sauce, baked pasta, peanut butter, egg yolk, mashed potatoes, milk and pulpy orange juice—on dishes (plastic and ceramic), glasses, pots, baking dishes, cutlery and a box grater. And the detergent packs delivered; though some glasses had to be rinsed again, and there was some crust left over on a ceramic bowl. Still, our parent testers agreed that compared to the competition, the quality of these detergent packs is good.
Our editors noted that there are minimal instructions on the package, potentially leaving room for misuse. However, all of our parent testers agree that the instructions that come with this detergent are easy to understand and carry out safely. One interesting discovery made by both the Today’s Parent Approved editors and parent testers is that the packs start dissolving on contact with anything wet, so the key is to get them into the dishwasher while still dry—and this includes making sure your hands are dry when picking them out of the box so they don’t start dissolving in your hands. The packs also have a slight chemical smell; however, it doesn’t linger after the dishes have been washed and dried. It also helps that the box has a snap-close seal, so the packs store easily and the smell is contained.
The Today’s Parent Approved editors and parent testers feel the detergent lives up to its name: Great Value. At $0.17 cents per load, and at 54 packs for a regular sized container, these detergent packs are a deal for any family on a budget. In fact, all of our parent testers said they would purchase these detergent packs again.
Shopping can be tricky when you're on a budget and purchasing household cleaners can add up quickly. That’s where brands like Great Value come in. Our parent testers and Today’s Parent Approved editors were all pleasantly surprised at the power behind these packs. While some were not in favour of the smell, all of our parent testers agreed they would recommend this product to other families. The majority of our parent testers gave this detergent top marks for quality, value and ease of use. Budget-friendly Great Value Automatic Dishwashing Detergent Packs are worthy of the Today’s Parent Approved seal. It’s a smart dishwashing option, especially for families using the dishwasher on a daily basis.