Pros: Easy to use, no measuring, no mess, works well.
Cons: Not 100% affective
I have been using the Cascade dishwashing packets lately and I like them, however someone recommended the Electrasol Powerball tabs and said they worked really well so I decided to give them a try.
Electrasol Powerball Tabls 3 in 1
Electrasol Powerball Tabls 3 in 1 tabs go into your dishwasing machine. They come individually wrapped in a box of 20. To use you simply remove one from its personal packaging you then just place it ball side up in the soap dispenser part of your dishwasher, and wash dishes as usual.
The Electrasol tabs are about 2 inches long by one in wide, and about ? of an inch in height. It looks like sort of a rounded edge rectangle of compacted dish washing detergent powder. In the center of the little compacted rectangle is a little pink ball that is embedded inside of the compacted powder. What looks like compacted powdered dishwashing detergent is actually 2 levels. One of the layers the blue layer is a powerful cleanser, the other layer is a Jet-Dry rinse agent. The agent helps rinse away residue, and eliminates spots and allows shine to come through.
The little pink ball is called the power ball. The powerball helps to soften food residue so that it comes off of the dishes more easily. It helps to dissolve he dried on food.
The Electrasol power tab is nice and easy to use. You not have measure anything, you dont have to worry about spilling it or over filling the cup. You just simply place it in the detergent cup close it up and let it do its thing. One advantage it has over the Cascade 2 in 1 is that you dont have to worry about puncturing it, or about that it will be ruined if you accidently get it wet. When it is in the dishwasher the tab completely resolves and is all gone when you are finished so there are no worries.
There is of course a warning on the box that this should not be eaten, if it does get eaten the mouth should be washed out, and a glass of water should be drunk, and a physician or poison control should be called. If you happen to get some of this in your eye remove contact lenses and rinse the eye continuing for 15 minutes.
Thoughts and Experience
I like the tabs they are really easy to use. Of course when I am in the midst of putting dishes in the dish washer I hate having to stop to remove the plastic wrapping from the tab, but that is not really that bad.
As far as how they work, they work better than regular powders, the definitely work better than liquid dishwashing detergent, and the equally as effective as the Cascade 2 1. I have had a couple of pads that did not completely dissolve for some reason and that load failed to get completely clean, but I have also had that happen to me with the Cascade 2 1, but for the most part and for the majority of the time these work really well. Seldom is there left over food when I use this, although sometimes there is but I have never found anything that is perfect when it comes to my dishwasher so I would say it is about 92% effective. While I would say a normal powder would only be about 80% effective and for a liquid dishwashing detergent I would go even lower on the effective percentage.
They are a tad bit cheaper than the Cascade 2 in 1s but the I prefer the packaging of the Cascade to the Electrasol.
Over all I would say this is not a perfect product, but it is a pretty good product that for the most part gets my dishes clean. So I do recommend Electrasol 3 in 1 tabs.