The Best Laundry Detergents Ranked: Is Yours on the List?

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laundry roomAre you a little overwhelmed by all the different choices of laundry detergent at the store? You stand in that aisle, looking at all those colorful boxes and bottles, all promising you whiter whites, stain-fighting powers, total defeat of your dirt enemies. But which ones are the best? I guess that's why we have Consumer Reports -- they've just come out with their list of best laundry detergents. I checked out the list to see if any of the detergents I use are the top performers.

Consumer reports divided their survey into two lists, conventional detergents and high-efficiency brands:

Top Conventional Brands, for standard top-loading washers:

1. Wisk Deep Clean, liquid

2. Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Vivid White + Bright, liquid

3. Tide for Cold Water, liquid

4. Cheer Stay Colorful for Darks, liquid

5. Tide Ultra Free & Gentle, powder

6. Tide TotalCare, liquid

7. Gain Icy Fresh Fizz Oxi Boost 2-in-1 FreshLock, liquid

Top High-Efficiency Brands, for front-loading or high-efficiency top-loading washers

1. Tide Ultra Plus Bleach Vivid White + Bright, powder

2. Wisk Deep Clean Free & Pure, liquid

3. Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Pacs (Costco), pods/packs

4. Tide Ultra HE, powder

5. Tide HE Plus Bleach Alternative Vivid White + Bright, liquid

6. Kirkland Signature Ultra (Costco), powder

7. Tide Pods, pods/packs

So a lot of familiar faces here, but it's interesting that a Costco brand made the list. I was happy to see a "greenish" (or at least dye and fragrance-free) detergents here since that's a priority for me. 

Will a list like this change which detergent you buy? A lot of factors go into our choices, don't they? You may be clipping coupons or looking for what's on sale. I shop at this hippie food coop that doesn't carry any of these brands -- and I don't have time to make a special trip to a different store just for laundry detergent. Or you may go by word of mouth, what your friends recommend.

Still, I think this is useful information to have. We all want to know what really works -- and what doesn't.

Do you use any of the detergents on these lists?


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amberleh amberleh

i use Purex because most other brands make me itchy....

jrphelps jrphelps

Purex detergent & softener for me!!

ALove... ALovelyWife

I can't use Tide; I use All Free & Clear.

SuzyB... SuzyBarno

I hate tide. I always feel like it fades our clothes. We use gain detergent, fabric softener and dryer sheets. Got great looking laundry.

Casey Dalbey

I have tried the costco brands. They work great, I just am not a fan of their scent. I am a religious tide user except when I tried to be cheap and get all a few weeks ago. Bad choice and I am back to tide.

Jamie Wicker

We use purex or all, everything else breaks my kids out

Sarah Ray

Charlie's. We love love love love love Charlie's and I will never use anything else again

nonmember avatar Lisa

P&G uses fiberglass as a filler in Tide, which is why so many people have issues using it and many other brands. RenewLife.Info

Andre... Andreamom001

I make my own at home--cheap, chemical-free, better for us, better for the Earth, better for the septic system, easy.  The clothes get clean.  Commercial laundry products are full of yucky chemicals.

This was a disappointing list.  What was the criteria?  (Not safety or health, obviously.)

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