Pros:easy to find, work well, leaves dishes and glassware clean and residue-free
Cons:doesn't work any better than Cascade Complete, price
The Bottom Line: I think that these detergent packs work very well but the company's Complete Action Pacs work just as well for a lower price.
Dishwasher detergent is one of those items that just automatically goes on the shopping list each week. There are only two people in this house, but we manage to create incredible amounts of dirty dishes each day. I prefer to use pre-measured gel pacs and tablets in the dishwasher and am always trying new ones in my quest to find the best. I've been using Cascade Platinum Pacs Dishwasher Detergent for the past week and I can report that they are definitely one of the best types of gel pacs that I've ever used. They are also the most expensive gel pacs that I've ever used.
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Cascade Platinum Pacs are pre-measured little gel packages of dishwasher detergent, degreaser, and rinse aid. The company claims that these detergent packs eliminate the need for pre-rinsing dishes and can scrub away food that has been stuck on plates and pans for 24 hours. The formula is supposed to help prevent residue on your plates, glassware, and even the inside of your dishwasher.
Cascade products are sold in grocery stores, drug stores, home improvement/supply stores, and in discount retailers. I paid about $6 for a package of 23 gel pacs at the local Walmart.
There has been an incredible amount of things run through my dishwasher this week thanks to all of the cooking and preparation for and cleanup after our annual 4th of July BBQ. Despite the claim that these gel pacs eliminate the need for pre-rinsing dishes (and the fact that the dishwasher supposedly has a built-in grinder so I don't have to rinse), I always try to get as much stuff off of things as possible. I've learned over the years that the dishwasher doesn't handle food bits very well and will eventually clog and stop working which then requires taking parts apart to remove the nasty accumulation of food particles. Needless to say, I try to avoid having to do that so I'm not going to test out Cascade's claim that you don't need to pre-rinse dishes when you use these Platinum Pacs.
Dish-rinsing issues aside, I can report that these detergent packs do an excellent job of cleaning dishes, pots/pans, glassware, and silverware without leaving a film or residue on them. I've put heavily-greased cake pans, bowls with sticky marinades, and baking sheets with burned-on sauce through the dishwasher with these Platinum Packs and they have all come through the cleaning cycle spotless and sparkling clean.
I would happily buy these detergent gel pacs again... except for the price. When I was considering purchasing them instead of the regular Cascade Complete pacs, the bag of these Platinum pacs was about 50 cents more. But not only are you paying more for them, but you are getting fewer pieces per bag which means that they are really more expensive than just an extra 50 cents. While I can confidently say that these dishwasher detergent packs work very well, I haven't seen much of a difference between them and the Cascade Complete Pacs to justify the higher price. I think I'll stick with the Cascade Complete packs instead.
Cascade Dishwasher Detergent Platinum Pacs do an excellent job of cleaning dishes, pots, pans, etc. They remove greasy residue and burned-on food leaving them sparkling clean. I can't say that they work any better than the company's Complete Action Pacs, though, and don't plan to spend the extra money to buy these instead.
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