Top Rated Laundry Detergent Comparison
More for the Money
Americans could save as much as $140 per year by choosing the right laundry detergent. This is according to Consumer Reports, who also give ratings on affordable washers and dryers to help consumers save on energy bills.
Studies show that name brand detergents, even though they cost more, can actually save money down the road. Bargain brands of laundry detergent may be costing money, and may not be getting clothes really clean.
Consumer Reports rated Tide 2X Ultra for Cold Water as the leading brand of laundry detergent. Using cold water can help money on your energy costs by reducing the amount of hot water used. Tide 2X Ultra for Cold Water cleans almost as well as its opponent Tide 2X Ultra with Color Clean Bleach Alternative.
Tests ran on over 1,000 cotton swatches show that cheaper, bargain brand laundry detergents didn't remove tougher stains. Purex Ultra Concentrate HE After the Rain rated lowest in the high efficiency detergents category. In the conventional detergents category, Xtra New 2X Concentrated Lasting Sensations Spring Sunshine rated the lowest.
Besides the type of laundry detergent, for $500 or less energy efficient washers and dryers can save money on annual laundry costs. Overfilling the machine with laundry detergent can lead to extra rinse cycles and increase water costs.
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