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Our comprehensive washing powder and liquid tests... The results are in for front and top loaders and they’re surprising

Today Tonight has lab-tested Australia’s most popular washing powders and liquids for results and value. Below are the top 5 performers in each of our four tests:

FRONT LOADER -- HOT

  1. Cold Power liquid (48 cents per wash)
  2. Coles Ultra liquid (22 cents per wash)
  3. Omo powder (45 cents per wash)
  4. Radiant liquid (38 cents per wash)
  5. Power of 4 powder (32 cents per wash)

FRONT LOADER -- COLD

  1. Omo liquid (57 cents per wash)
  2. Omo powder (45 cents per wash)
  3. Radiant liquid (38 cents per wash)
  4. Coles Ultra liquid (22 cents per wash)
  5. Power of 4 powder (32 cents per wash)

TOP LOADER – HOT

  1. Coles Ultra liquid (22 cents per wash)
  2. Radiant liquid (38 cents per wash)
  3. Omo powder (45 cents per wash)
  4. Coles Ultra powder (18 cents per wash)
  5. Omo liquid (58 cents per wash)

TOP LOADER -- COLD

  1. Coles Ultra liquid (22 cents per wash)
  2. Omo powder (45 cents per wash)
  3. Radiant liquid (38 cents per wash)
  4. Omo liquid (58 cents per wash)
  5. Coles Ultra powder (18 cents per wash)

Below is the list of washing powders that we tested (where a product had separate top- and front-loader versions, we tested both):
-- Biozet (top loader)
-- Biozet (front loader)
-- Black & Gold (top and front in the one box)
-- Cold Power (top)
-- Cold Power (front)
-- Coles Ultra (top)
-- Coles Ultra (front)
-- Drive (top)
-- Drive (front)
-- Fab (top)
-- Fab (front)
-- Omo (top)
-- Omo (front)
-- Planet Ark Aware (top and front in the one box)
-- Power of 4 (top and front in the one box)
-- Radiant (top and front in the one box)
-- Spree (top)
-- Spree (front)
-- Surf (top and front in the one box)
-- Woolworths Select (top and front in the one box)

Below is the list of washing liquids that we tested (where a product had separate top- and front-loader versions, we tested both):
-- Cold Power (top loader)
-- Cold Power (front loader)
-- Coles Ultra (top and front in the one bottle)
-- Dynamo (top)
-- Dynamo (front)
-- Omo (top)
-- Omo (front)
-- Radiant (top and front in the one bottle)
-- Woolworths Select (top and front in the one bottle)

The testing was done through Chesser Chemicals, Adelaide, in October 2015.
DISCLAIMER: Chesser Chemical produces Power of 4, one of the washing powders that was tested.

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