Formulas From Tide & Wisk Top Consumer Reports' Latest Test Of Laundry Detergents
No Clear Winner in Powder vs. Liquid Contest; Target's Up & Up HE Fresh Breeze Only Detergent Deemed a CR Best Buy
YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- When it comes to overall cleaning, formulas from Tide and Wisk stood out in Consumer Reports' latest test of laundry detergents. Tide HE Plus Bleach Alternative and Ultra HE topped the Ratings of high-efficiency formulas and Wisk New Stain Spectrum Technology exceeded other conventional top-loader detergents. Up & Up HE Fresh Breeze from Target was the only detergent named a CR Best Buy for its combination of performance and cost of 11 cents per load.
The full results of the laundry detergent Ratings are available in the November issue of Consumer Reports and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
"We put laundry detergents through rigorous testing to determine how well they perform," said Pat Slaven, a program leader for Consumer Reports. "We pitch each product against seven hard-to-clean stains commonly found in households including red wine, grass, blood, chocolate and ring around the collar."Consumer Reports expanded its testing to include new types of detergents such as capsules and gels, which join the long lineup of liquids, powders and sheets. While these types tout convenience, results revealed that they don't trump their liquid and powder counterparts in cleaning performance. Of the more conventional liquids and powders tested, neither type was a clear winner. Among the new detergents evaluated were Dropps 6X Concentrated, a pod sealed in a single-dose dissolving capsule, and two gels from Arm & Hammer – Essentials Power Gel and Power Gel Plus Oxiclean Stainfighters – which all scored fair in Consumer Reports' tests. The Purex Complete 3-in-1 sheet, which contains detergent and a fabric softener that's released in the dryer, performed slightly better but was no match for more traditional liquids and powders.
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