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The Best Buy washing-up liquid that costs less than £1

Choose one of the three Best Buy washing-up liquids revealed in our latest tests and you’ll breeze through the washing-up after festive feasts – and you could save money, too. It’s the perfect time of year for big gatherings of friends and family, but once the crowds disperse, the task of scrubbing and scraping your way through piles of plates begins. Whether you’ve used five roasting tins for a show-stopping recipe, or Christmas revellers have used up every glass in the house, the best washing-up liquids will make light work of the challenge.

In our washing-up liquid tests, the very best clean up to twice as many plates as the worst-scoring options. We’ve tested 12 popular washing-up liquids from big brands and major supermarkets – three triumphed as Best Buys and, weight for weight, one of our Best Buys cost less than half the price of another. Want to find out which washing-up liquids are best – and best value for money?

Head to our Best Buy washing-up liquids[1].

Don’t pay more than you need to

Washing-up liquid probably isn’t the priciest item on your shopping list, but you can still save money without compromising on cleaning power. Our tests revealed one great value Best Buy washing-up liquid which costs less than GBP1 per bottle – that’s less that a third of the price of the most expensive option (per 100ml). Plus, Best Buy washing-up liquids can power through more grimy plates than others, so you’ll buy fewer bottles in the long run.

Ever splashed out for ‘premium’ options? We found one washing-up liquid that did just as well as its ‘premium’ counterpart, so you could be paying for ‘extra power’ that isn’t really there. Read all of our washing-up liquid reviews[2] to find out which it was.

Plus, our tests also revealed four Don’t Buy washing up liquids[3] that you might be best to avoid.

New, tough tests

Anyone who has tackled a cheesy lasagne dish or a gravy-encrusted roasting tin will know that baked-on fat is the most difficult foodstuff to wash off by hand. In 2015, we added a new ‘tough grease’ element to our washing-up liquid tests that revealed big differences between products. This year, we’ve enhanced this part of the test to make it even more realistic.

First, we bake tough grease into a metal tile. Then, we wipe it with even strokes of a sponge containing each washing-up liquid and count how many strokes it takes for all the baked-on grease to be completely removed. The results really separated the best from the rest – one standout performer cleared all the grease in just seven swipes, while the worst hadn’t shifted it after 100 strokes.

Our tests also measure how well each washing-up liquid removes lighter fat and grease, and how long the foam lasts when you’re cleaning everyday grime. That means that the washing-up liquids that score top marks are good all-round choices, while those that score poorly will leave you using extra elbow grease. For all the details on our rigorous testing process, find out how we test washing-up liquid[4].

Washing-up liquid reviews

Below are all the washing-up liquids we’ve just tested.

Follow the links to read our brand-new reviews:

References

  1. ^ Best Buy washing-up liquids (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ washing-up liquid reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Don’t Buy washing up liquids (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ how we test washing-up liquid (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Aldi Magnum Premium Original (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Ecover Lemon and Aloe Vera (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Ecover Zero (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ Fairy Original (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ Fairy Platinum Original (www.which.co.uk)
  10. ^ Lidl W5 Original (www.which.co.uk)
  11. ^ Lidl W5 Platinum Original (www.which.co.uk)
  12. ^ Morrisons Original (www.which.co.uk)
  13. ^ Morrisons Power Burst (www.which.co.uk)
  14. ^ Method Lemon Mint (www.which.co.uk)
  15. ^ Tesco Original (www.which.co.uk)
  16. ^ Waitrose Ecological Grapefruit and Eucalyptus (www.which.co.uk)

BT notifies customers of price hikes

Update (December 6): BT is currently rolling out emails to customers notifying them of price increases. If you’re affected, note that you have a 30 day notice period from receipt of the email within which you can cancel. Read on for more information.

November 7: BT has announced that a range of price rises affecting landline, broadband and BT Sport customers will come into force on January 7 2018. In November and December, BT will be writing to its customers to inform them of the price rises, which it claims will allow it to upgrade its services and answer more of its customer service calls using staff in the UK and Ireland. The latest price increases come just nine months after the last price hikes, which happened in April this year.

They’re also the third round of price increases BT has made in 18 months. Recently, BT was forced to slash the line rental fee charged to landline-only customers, after telecoms industry regulator Ofcom intervened[1]. See how BT compares to other providers using our broadband deal reviews[2].

BT price increases

Unsurprisingly (given the recent intervention by Ofcom), BT won’t be putting up its line rental fee for broadband and pay TV customers, although it will increase the price of several of its broadband, BT Sport and landline services.

The worst-hit customers will have to pay an additional GBP36 per year. Here are the prices and how they’re changing: Broadbando BT broadband (standard broadband) will rise from GBP35.99 to GBP37.99 per month.o BT Infinity 1 (fibre) will rise from GBP42.49 to GBP44.99 per month.

BT Sporto BT Sport (for BT Broadband customers) will rise from GBP7.50 to GBP10 per month.o BT Sport (for non-BT broadband customers using Sky or TalkTalk) will rise from GBP22.99 to GBP25.99 per month(BT Sport for BT TV customers will remain at GBP3.50 per month). Calls packageso Anytime calls add-on – will rise from GBP8.99 to GBP9.50 per month.o Unlimited evening and weekend calls add-on – will rise from GBP3.80 to GBP4 per month.o Calls to UK landlines – will rise from 12p/minute to 13p/minute.o Calls to mobiles – will rise from 16p/minute to 17p/minute.o Call set-up fees – will rise from 21p to 22p. If you’re affected by any of the price rises and don’t wish to remain a customer of BT, you can choose to cancel your broadband contract penalty-free[3] – although BT Mobile and BT TV customers won’t be able to cancel those services because their prices aren’t rising.

Once you’ve received notification of the price rise affecting you, you have 30 days to let BT know you want to leave.

Time to switch?

For some customers this will be a good opportunity to explore the options available from other broadband providers. If you’re mostly concerned about price, find out the competitive prices on offer using our guides on the best broadband deals[4] and the best fibre deals[5]. But price isn’t the only thing to consider: you’ll also want to keep in mind the speed and reliability offered by other providers, as well as whether they offer decent customer and technical support.

When we surveyed over 1,700 broadband customers about which providers get the basics right, BT didn’t make the top five. Find out which of its competitors are the best broadband providers[6].

Beat the BT price rises

Another option is giving BT a call to haggle for a better price. BT essentially invites this on its website, saying that any customers who are unhappy with the price changes should get in touch.

If you give this a go, you’re likely to be offered the opportunity to sign up to a new 18-month contract with a fixed fee.

Read our tips on how to haggle for the best broadband deal[7] to make sure you get the best deal possible.

References

  1. ^ Ofcom intervened (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ broadband deal reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ cancel your broadband contract penalty-free (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ best broadband deals (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ best fibre deals (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ best broadband providers (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ how to haggle for the best broadband deal (www.which.co.uk)

New research: EE offers the fastest 4G speeds in Great Britain

New research exploring which mobile phone network is fastest in Great Britain has revealed that EE comes up trumps – offering the highest speeds in eight out of 11 regions of Great Britain, including both Scotland and Wales. In the other three regions, EE’s speeds were matched by Three. The research, conducted by OpenSignal, explored mobile network speeds throughout the country in June and August.

It compared providers in Scotland, Wales and the nine official regional divisions of England. Find out more about how EE, O2, Three and Vodafone compare in our guide on which phone network offers the best signal[1].

The 4G battle in the east

While EE offered the highest speeds in most parts of Great Britain, in three regions it has competition from Three. In the north-east, East Midlands and the east of England, the speeds offered by Three are statistically equal to those offered by EE.

Three offers its fastest speeds in the north-east, where Open Signal found it offered average 4G speeds of 30Mbps. Its slowest speeds were found in London, where it reaches speeds of 14.5Mbps. EE is its best in Scotland, offering an average 4G speed of 30.3Mbps.

Its lowest speeds are in Yorkshire and the Humber, where it manages a still respectable 25.9Mbps. By comparison, O2 and Vodafone don’t manage EE’s lowest speed in any part of the country. O2 offers its best speed in the east of England, with 17.3Mbps, and Vodafone’s strongest showing is in the north-west of England with 22Mbps.

Use our infographic, below, to see how the providers stack up in your region.

Which is the best mobile phone provider?

Deciding which mobile provider is best doesn’t just come down to speed. Price and customer service should be considered too, as well as coverage in the areas you spend the most time. Use our mobile phone coverage map[2] to work out which is the best provider in your area.

EE, O2, Three and Vodafone aren’t your only options, though: there are also multiple virtual networks you can choose from. Virtual network providers use the infrastructure put in place by other networks but offer their own plans, and customer service. We’ve surveyed thousands of customers to see what they thought of 14 of the biggest phone providers, rating them on value for money right through to customer service.

Find out which came out on top by reading our overview of the best mobile networks[3].

References

  1. ^ which phone network offers the best signal (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ mobile phone coverage map (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ overview of the best mobile networks (www.which.co.uk)

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