A review by consumer advocacy group Choice of top and front-loader laundry detergents found that when it comes to top loaders, the budget laundry powder was the best on the market.
A bargaign buy, the powder beat out products more than three times its price to nab the top spot, and the supermarket’s Almat Laundry Powder Concentrate Arctic Breeze came in an impressive fourth.
In second and third place were Omo Ultimate Whitens and Brightens and Omo with a Touch of Comfort Inspired Freshness, the two products costing $22 and $21 respectively, with the Aldi buy almost one-quarter of the price.
Trimat costs just 27 cents a wash, something Choice laundry expert Ashley Iredale says gives it a real edge on other products available.
"You may think that paying a premium for detergent means your clothes will be cleaner, but time and time again we find that price isn't necessarily an indication of performance," Ashley said.
"Aldi Trimat's performance in our tests goes to show that you can get a great wash for a fraction of the cost of the leading brands."
Aldi also performed well in the front loaders rankings, though legendary laundry brand Dynamo took out the top three spots with Professional 7 Actions in 1 Wash, Professional Oxi Plus and Professional Deep Clean Odour Eliminating, each scoring 82% leaving them tied for first.
Aldi’s Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Liquid came in fourth with 80% and for just $4, less than half the cost of Dynamo, it’s a couple of percentage points some will be willing to sacrifice.
Not all Aldi products are created equal however, with Aldi’s Laundrite Laundry Powder receiving a lacklustre 59% for front loaders.
Omo similarly dropped the ball when it came to top-loaders with their Omo Sensitive option also scoring 59%, both options barely beating the ranking of a plain water wash which was given 55%.
The full list of winners and losers:
- Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Powder (66%)
- Omo Ultimate Whitens and Brightens (63%)
- Omo with a Touch of Comfort Inspired Freshness (61%)
- Aldi Almat Laundry Powder Concentrate Arctic Breeze (59%)
- Cussons Radiant Brilliant Whites Sharper Colours (58%)
- Fab Intense Fresh liquid (47%)
- Biozet Attack 3DCleanAction liquid (47%)
- Woolworths Essentials Laundry Liquid Clean Wash Apple Fragrance (48%)
- Surf Tropical Tiger Lily liquid (48%)
- Fab Perfume Indulgence Sublime Velvet liquid (48%)
- - Fab Essential Oils Malaysian Orchid & Sandalwood liquid (48%)
- ecostore Eucalyptus Laundry Liquid (48%)
- Cold Power Pure Clean Sensitive liquid (48%)
- Dynamo Professional 7 Actions in 1 Wash (82%)
- Dynamo Professional Oxi Plus (82%)
- Dynamo Professional Deep Clean Odour Eliminating (81%)
- Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Liquid (80%)
- Omo With a Touch of Comfort Inspired Freshness (79%)
- Omo Ultimate Whitens and Brightens (79%)
- Aldi Trimat Advanced Concentrate Laundry Powder (78%)
- Woolworths Essentials Laundry Powder (55%)
- Woolworths Essentials Laundry Liquid Clean Wash Apple Fragrance (55%)
- Plain water only (55%)
- Omo Sensitive (59%)
- Aldi Laundrite Laundry Powder (59%)
- Surf Tropical Tiger Lily powder (60%)
- Surf Tropical Tiger Lily liquid (61%)