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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)

Which supermarket was cheapest in October 2017?

Morrisons retained its position as the cheapest supermarket for a basket of groceries in October. The average price for a basket of 65 branded items at Morrisons was ?116.41, making it the cheapest of all the supermarkets we compared during the month. Waitrose was the most expensive place to buy the same grocery basket of branded products, with an average cost of ?129.93 – that’s ?13.52 more.

It is the fifth time this year that Morrisons has come out on top in our monthly grocery price comparison. Asda has won the top spot three times in 2017, while Tesco has been cheapest twice. To see the full price comparison results, including Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, head to our supermarket prices compared[1] page.

Supermarkets in the news in October

This month, Sainsbury’s announced it was cutting 2,000 payroll and human resources jobs amid food inflation and rising wage bills.

The move follows Tesco and Asda both making cuts to office staff earlier this year. It’s not all bad news for supermarkets, though. Tesco recorded soaring half-year profits after seven consecutive quarters of sales growth in its core UK business.

The supermarket giant said statutory pre-tax profit rose 691.5% to ?562m in the six months to 26 August 2017. Meanwhile, Aldi unveiled plans to build a ?75m distribution centre in Bedford to employ more than 400 people. It would be its twelfth warehouse in the UK.

Plus, Aldi, Iceland and Tesco defied the Royal Mint by accepting the old ?1 coin after the deadline of 15 October 2017. You can’t spend your round pounds there any longer, though, as all have since stopped accepting the old coins.

How we compare supermarket prices

Each month, we start with a list of more than 100 popular branded products that are likely to be sold in the six supermarkets we cover (Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose). The products range from PG Tips tea to Warburtons bread and John West sardines.

Using data from the independent shopping website MySupermarket[2], we calculate the average price (including discounts, but not multibuys) for each item across a whole month. We add up those average prices to get the cost of the basket. If a product hasn’t been sold in one or more of the six supermarkets during the month, then it’s removed from that month’s basket altogether to ensure a fair comparison.

This month, we included 65 items in the basket.

Supermarket price comparison schemes

Many supermarkets have a price-matching scheme, where they compare their prices against other supermarkets and give you a voucher for the difference if your shopping would have been cheaper elsewhere. We’ve rounded up the differences between each scheme below. Click the links to find out how each supermarket compared in our customer satisfaction survey:

  • Asda[3] will give you a voucher for the difference if your ‘comparable grocery shopping’ isn’t 10% cheaper than at Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
  • Morrisons [4]no longer has a price-match scheme.
  • Ocado[5] price matches against Tesco and will give you a voucher for the difference.
  • Sainsbury’s[6] no longer has a price-match scheme.
  • Tesco[7] checks prices on branded products against Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s.

    Tesco will deduct the difference from the price of your shop before you pay at the till or online, so should charge the same as Morrisons for our basket.

    But you need to buy at least 10 items to qualify for the scheme.

  • Waitrose[8] price matches Tesco on branded items.

    There aren’t any vouchers – it claims to sell these items at the same price.

References

  1. ^ supermarket prices compared (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ MySupermarket (www.mysupermarket.co.uk)
  3. ^ Asda (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Morrisons (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Ocado (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Sainsbury’s (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tesco (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ Waitrose (www.which.co.uk)