Ariel All in 1 Pods + Oxi Stain Removers review

£7.00Typical price

Test score

75%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 28p per wash
  • 25 washes
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 verdict: The best capsules we tested

Leading laundry-detergent brand Ariel’s All in 1 Washing Pods with Oxi Stain Removers are a pricey choice – but are they also a wise one? Mud, tomato purée and tea are just some of the stains we tested them on, and we’ve also assessed how pristine they can keep your white shirts. Find out whether you should stock up on these laundry capsules by checking our full test results.

Pros
  • A good all-round cleaner
  • The only capsules to achieve a maximum five stars for removing drink and make-up stains
  • Good at keeping colours from fading
  • Whites stay bright without greying
Cons
  • The joint-most expensive on test
A very good stain-buster across the board, Ariel All in 1 Washing Pods with Oxi Stain Removers are the best choice for removing make-up and drink stains. They will keep your whites pristine and looking fresh and won’t fade bright colours, either.

Aldi Almat Bio Washing Powder review

£2.99Typical price

Test score

74%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 8p per wash
  • 40 washes
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 verdict: Great-value Best Buy

Aldi claims its Almat Bio Powder is ‘tough on stains’ and can help turn out ‘brilliant whites’. We’ve put these claims to the test in our lab, to see how well this Aldi laundry powder removed a variety of stains – from red wine and tea to blood and mud. Check out our results to decide whether it’s worthy of a place in your shopping basket.

Pros
  • One of only two powder detergents to achieve a maximum five stars for removing food stains and marks left by mud and grass
  • The joint-best powder on test for keeping white items looking bright
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Not as effective as other laundry powders at preventing colours from fading
Aldi Almat Bio Powder is the best powder detergent we tested and a great-value product – it costs a little under 8p per wash. It’s impressive at removing stains and was one of only two washing powders to achieve five stars for food stain removal. It will also keep your whites brilliant, even after multiple washes.

Aldi Almat Super Concentrated Bio Laundry Liquid review

£1.49Typical price

Test score

73%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 6p per wash
  • 25 washes
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 verdict: Best laundry liquid on test

Costing just 6p per wash, Aldi’s Almat Bio Super Concentrated laundry liquid is the cheapest liquid or gel we’ve tested – but is it one of the best? Check our full test results to find out how well this bio laundry liquid detergent shifts stains while keeping whites and coloured laundry bright

Pros
  • Good all-round stain removal
  • Best liquid or gel at removing grease and oil stains
  • One of the only laundry liquids to score five stars for keeping whites bright
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Could be better at removing drink stains such as red wine and tea
This is the highest-scoring laundry liquid. It’s great at shifting a variety of spills and stains while keeping your whites pristine, wash after wash. It’s also great value; at 6p per wash, it’s one of the cheapest laundry liquids we’ve tested.

Sainsburys Bio Laundry Powder review

£4.00Typical price

Test score

72%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 9p per wash
  • 45 washes
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 verdict: A good choice

‘Tough on stains’ is how Sainsbury’s describes its Bio Laundry Powder. So we’ve put this to the test in our lab, and also looked at how well it keeps whites bright and preserves colours. Find out how it matches up to big brands and other supermarket own-brand washing powders in our full test results.

Pros
  • One of only two powder detergents to achieve a maximum five stars for removing food stains and marks left by mud and grass
  • Joint-best powder for keeping whites bright
Cons
  • Not the best at removing oil and grease stains
  • Other powders are better at protecting coloured clothes from fading
A good stain-buster across the board, Sainsbury’s Bio Powder is a great choice for removing marks left by food spills, plus mud, blood and ink stains. It will also keep your whites pristine – it’s one of only two laundry powders that scores five stars for this.

Ariel Original Washing Liquid review

£7.00Typical price

Test score

71%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 13p per wash
  • 54 washes
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 verdict: Great all-round Best Buy

Leading laundry brand Ariel’s Original Bio washing liquid is a pricier choice than some – but is it also a wise one? Mud, tomato purée and tea are some of the stains we tested it on, as well as assessing how pristine it can keep your white shirts. Find out whether you should stock up on this laundry liquid by checking our full test results.

Pros
  • One of the only liquids or gels we tested to score five stars for keeping whites pristine
  • A solid choice if you’re faced with a lot of different stains
  • Keeps colours bright
Cons
  • More expensive per wash than some other Best Buy liquids
Whether you’re tackling food splashes on shirts, or mud and grass on clothes worn during a day in the garden, Ariel Original Bio Washing Liquid is a good choice. It will also keep your whites pristine – it’s one of the only laundry liquids or gels that scores a maximum five stars for this – and won’t fade bright colours, either.

Morrisons Bio Laundry Capsules review

£3.00Typical price

Test score

71%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 15p per wash
  • 20 washes
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 verdict: Good-value Best Buy

Morrisons states its Bio Laundry Capsules are ‘tough on stains’ and ‘keep whites bright’. We put them to the test on dirty laundry and pristine whites to find out whether they deliver on those claims. Read our full results and verdict on these laundry capsules to see what our tests revealed.

Pros
  • Good at removing all types of stains
  • Colours stay vibrant and don’t fade
  • Whites stay bright without turning grey
  • Well-priced at 15p per wash
Cons
  • Not quite as good as Ariel Pods with Oxi Stain Removers at tackling make-up and drink stains
You can rely on these laundry capsules to get your clothes clean, keep your whites and colours bright and save you money, compared with a branded Best Buy.

Sainsburys Non-Bio Laundry Powder review

£4.00Typical price

Test score

70%

Key features

  • Non-bio
  • 9p per wash
  • 45 washes
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 verdict: Best non-bio powder

Sainsbury’s Non-Bio Laundry Powder is one of the cheaper non-bio products on the market. But how well will it clean your clothes? We put this Sainsbury’s washing powder through its paces to see whether or not it’s value for money. You can use our test results to find out how good Sainsbury’s Non-Bio Laundry Powder is, and whether it’s worthy of a place in your shopping trolley.

Pros
  • The only powder to score a maximum five stars for tackling make-up stains
  • Joint-best for removing everyday stains such as mud and grass
  • Does a good job of removing grease and food stains
  • Good at keeping coloured clothes bright
Cons
  • Whites turn grey over time
It’s years since we saw a non-bio detergent worthy of being a Best Buy, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see this powder from Sainsbury’s at the top end of the table. It could be better at preventing white items from greying, but overall it’s an impressive non-bio laundry detergent.

Method Laundry Detergent Wild Lavender review

£6.50Typical price

Test score

70%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 17p per wash
  • 39 washes
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 verdict: Best ever eco detergent

It says on the bottle of this plant-based Method concentrated laundry detergent that it’s a ‘powerful stain shifter’. So we put plant power to the test in our lab to find out how well it shifts mud, blood, chocolate and more. Find out how Method’s laundry liquid fared in our full test results.

Pros
  • Works well when removing food and make-up marks
  • Does a good job of shifting grass and mud stains
  • Keeps colours vibrant and whites bright
  • Eco-friendly credentials
  • Bottle made from 50% recycled plastic
Cons
  • Could do a better job of removing oil marks and stains from tea and wine
  • Expensive compared with other washing liquids
This is the first time a plant-based eco detergent has earned our Best Buy recommendation and it’s well deserved. It tackles most tough stains, keeps whites bright and protects colours from fading.

Ariel Original Bio Laundry Gel review

£4.00Typical price

Test score

70%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 17p per wash
  • 24 washes
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 verdict: Impressive all-rounder

Ariel claims its Original Bio Gel delivers brilliant cleaning. But does this branded laundry gel really banish all traces of tough marks from your clothes? Head to our results to see whether this laundry gel did well enough in our tests to earn a place in your shopping basket.

Pros
  • A very good all-round laundry gel
  • Can handle all types of stains
  • Will preserve your coloured clothes without turning your whites grey
Cons
  • Not among the cheapest per wash
This solid all-rounder is effective on troublesome drink and make-up marks as well as grease and food stains. It’s not among the cheapest per wash but will stop bright colours from fading, although whites won’t stay quite as brilliant as with Ariel’s Best Buy laundry liquid.

Tesco Bio 3 in 1 Detergent Capsules review

£2.75Typical price

Test score

70%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 17p per wash
  • 16 washes
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 verdict: One of the best

Tesco claims its Bio 3 in 1 Detergent Capsules remove stains and keep whites brighter for longer, which sounds great if you don’t want your clothes to gradually end up grey. But do these capsules really shift stubborn curry, make-up and red wine stains while keeping your whites dazzlingly bright? Read our full test results to find out.

Pros
  • A good all-round stain-buster
  • Preserves colours
  • Helps prevent whites from greying after multiple washes
Cons
  • Not quite as good as Ariel Pods with Oxi Stain Removers at tackling make-up and drink stains
Whether you’re tackling food splashes on shirts, or mud and grass on your kids’ sports kit, Tesco’s 3 in 1 bio capsules are a good choice. They’ll keep your whites pristine and colours bright too.

Tesco Bio Capsules review

£2.75Typical price

Test score

69%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 14p per wash
  • 20 washes
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 verdict: Good cleaning and well-priced

Costing just 14p per wash, Tesco’s Bio Capsules are the cheapest laundry capsules we’ve tested – but are they also one of the very best? Check our full test results to find out how well these laundry capsules shift stains while keeping whites and coloured laundry bright.

Pros
  • The cheapest capsules on test at 14p per wash
  • Consistently good at removing all types of stains
  • Colours are protected from fading so stay vibrant
Cons
  • Not as good as some at keeping whites bright through multiple washes

 

 

Lidl Formil 3 in 1 Bio Caps review

£2.99Typical price

Test score

68%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 15p per wash
  • 20 washes
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 verdict: Worth a look

If you’re looking for budget-friendly liquid capsules, Lidl Formil 3 in 1 Bio Caps may be on your shopping list. They’re just 15p per wash and one of the cheaper products on test. But how do they match up with pricier capsules on cleaning power, and keeping whites and colours bright? Our test results reveal all.

Pros
  • Good all-round stain buster
  • Colours are protected from fading
  • Well-priced at 15p per wash
Cons
  • Other capsules do a better job of keeping whites bright

 

 

Lidl Formil Bio Caps review

£2.99Typical price

Test score

68%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 15p per wash
  • 20 washes
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 verdict: Good option

These budget-friendly capsules from Lidl are among the cheapest on test, but they could prove to be a false economy if they don’t clean properly. We tested these Formil Bio capsules to find out how they compare with pricier products when it comes to cleaning away everyday stains. Read on for our expert verdict and full test results.

Pros
  • Removes a range of stains well
  • Colours are protected from fading
  • Well-priced at 15p per wash
Cons
  • Not among the best at keeping whites bright

 

Tesco Bio Detergent Powder review

£3.50Typical price

Test score

62%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 9p per wash
  • 40 washes
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 verdict: Decent, not dazzling

Packs of Tesco Bio Detergent Powder announce that this powder has ‘powerful stain-lift’ for ‘simple and effective cleaning’. We tested Tesco’s Bio Powder to see just how true the supermarket’s claim is. From curry stains to ink spills, we saw how well this powder removed the most common stains. Find out how it fared in our full lab test review.

Pros
  • Shifts make-up and drink stains effectively
  • Good on oil and grease
  • Keeps whites and colours bright
Cons
  • Unexceptional on food and other everyday stains
This powder gets a lot of things right, removing most types of stains while protecting colours and keeping whites bright. But it falls down a little when tackling everyday stains, such as those caused by blood and grass.

 

Lidl Formil Non-Bio Caps review

£2.99Typical price

Test score

59%

Key features

  • Non-bio
  • 15p per wash
  • 20 washes
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 verdict: Best non-bio capsules on test

These liquid capsules from Lidl are among the cheapest on test, but they could prove to be a false economy if they don’t clean properly. We tested these Formil Non-Bio Caps to find out how they compare with pricier products when it comes to cleaning away everyday stains. Read on for our expert verdict and full test results.

Pros
  • Good at getting rid of stains left by spilled drinks
  • Shifts grease and oil marks
  • Preserves whites and colours
Cons
  • Unexceptional cleaning of make-up and food stains

 

Ecover Bio Laundry Liquid review

£8.00Typical price

Test score

59%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 19p per wash
  • 42 washes
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 verdict: Decent eco-friendly option

Ecover says that its bio laundry detergent liquid will revive colours and fight against tough stains. Our tests include repeatedly washing materials to see how well vibrant colours are preserved and whether stains such as wine, mud, mustard and make-up are removed. Discover how Ecover Bio laundry liquid compares with other laundry detergents by checking our full test results.

Pros
  • Good at removing make-up and food stains such as curry and mustard
  • Works well on mud and grass marks
  • Won’t fade colours
  • Eco-friendly credentials
  • Bottle made from 100% recycled plastic and lid made from 50% recycled plastic
  • 5 and 15-litre refill bottles available
Cons
  • Whites aren’t kept pristine
  • Unexceptional drink and oil stain removal
  • More expensive than most
A decent stain-buster across the board, Ecover Bio laundry liquid is a good choice for removing food and everyday stains, such as ink and sweat. It will help prevent bright colours from fading, but don’t expect your whites to remain pristine for long, as we found they started going grey after repeated washing.

Tesco Non-Bio Laundry Gel review

£2.60Typical price

Test score

56%

Key features

  • Non-bio
  • 11p per wash
  • 24 washes
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 verdict: Decent non-bio option

Tesco says that its Non-Bio Laundry Gel will deliver powerful cleaning. Our independent test results reveal the truth behind the claims, including how well this laundry detergent removes a raft of stains, and how well it preserves the brightness of whites after repeated washing. Check our full results to find out how Tesco’s non-bio gel compares with other laundry liquids and gels.

Pros
  • Very good at dealing with grease and make-up stains
  • Does a fine job of keeping whites white
  • Protects colours from fading
  • Well-priced at 11p per wash
Cons
  • Struggles to get rid of stains caused by curry or mustard
It’s a bit of a mixed bag of results for this Tesco laundry gel; it does well on greasy marks and make-up smudges, but falters when tackling food stains, such as chocolate ice cream. On other stains it’s mediocre, but it will keep whites bright and help protect colours from fading.

Ariel All-in-1 Pods + Active Odour Defence review

£7.00Typical price

Test score

55%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 28p per wash
  • 25 washes
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 verdict: Inconsistent stain-buster

Ariel claims that its All-in-1 Pods + Active Odour Defence are ‘its most potent laundry capsule when it comes to getting rid of malodour’ – but do they shift stains, keep whites pristine and colours bright at the same time? We’ve sent them to our lab to find out and reveal all in our in-depth test results.

Pros
  • Good at removing make-up stains
  • Colours are protected from fading so they stay vibrant
Cons
  • Poor on greasy stains
  • Not particularly impressive at shifting the other stains we use in our tough tests
  • The joint-most expensive on test

Ariel Original Bio Washing Powder review

£6.75Typical price

Test score

55%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 17p per wash
  • 40 washes
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 verdict: Mediocre

Ariel claims its Original biological washing powder removes tough stains by cleaning deep down into the fabric’s fibres. But can this big-brand washing powder really banish all traces of food, drink and grease from your laundry? Read on to find out the results of our tests.

Pros
  • Colours are protected from fading
Cons
  • Not as effective as the best laundry powders at removing stains
  • Lags behind when it comes to maintaining the whiteness of whites
This Ariel powder had an unremarkable run through our tests. Its ability to shift tough stains doesn’t live up to the claims and, while it will protect coloured clothes from fading, it can’t keep whites as bright as a Best Buy detergent.

Aldi Almat Premium 3 in 1 Bio Laundry Capsules review

£2.99Typical price

Test score

53%

Key features

  • Bio
  • 15p per wash
  • 20 washes
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verdict: Hit and miss

Aldi’s detergent products are often praised for combining great cleaning with outstanding value. But how do Almat Premium 3 in 1 Bio Laundry Capsules compare with other laundry capsules powders on the shelves? We measured their cleaning power on a broad range of stains, from baby food to beef fat. Check out our results to decide whether they’re worthy of a place in your shopping basket.

Pros
  • The only capsules we tested to score a maximum five stars for keeping whites bright
  • Protect colours from fading
Cons
  • Not the best at removing drink stains and don’t excel when tackling oil and grease spills