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Work Well But Cost Is Higher Than Large Bottles of Liquid Detergent
Reviewed in Canada on July 12, 2017
While the Tide PODS with Downy clean clothes very well, the cost of PODS vs liquid is still very high for little additional benefit.
I ran several loads using these Tide PODS with Downy and they did the job. My clothes were clean, soft, and smelled nice. I didn't notice them any cleaner than liquid detergent, however, I didn't have any stains to try these out on to see if they really removed greasy or dirty spots well. The pods dissolved fine and I didn't find any residue from the pod left in my washer.
At 23 pods for $10 is 44 cents for a medium size load. That's much more than liquid detergent. It gets more economical with larger packs of PODS so the 61 count works out to 36 cents a load. Still, with large liquid detergent usually averaging between 20 cents and 25 cents a load, it's close to double the price to use PODS than regular liquid detergent.
I can see how pods are more convenient to apartment/condo residents with shared laundry. They're much lighter than carrying a large jug of detergent downstairs or down the street along with your laundry. And if you're doing that you're probably already buying smaller bottles to make it less of a pain, so these pods will be even easier to carry to the laundry room or laundry mat.
::::: Pros :::::
- Very Portable - Pods are a good choice if you're using shared laundry rather than carrying a large bottle of detergent
- Convenience - Effortless, just toss the pod in the washer - no measuring and no second guessing amounts
- Cleaning Power - Cleans just as good or better than liquid detergent
::::: Cons :::::
- Expensive - 1.5x to 2x the cost of liquid detergent
- Dangers to children - Child proof packaging is absolutely needed because these look like candies
Overall, if you have your own washer, it's still better to just buy liquid detergent because you will save money. If you're sharing laundry in your building or need to go to a laundry mat, then these are super portable and probably the preferred option. Do the math and see what you're actually spending per load and make the call from there. The performance is good for whatever liquid or pods you choose.