Trial #4: Verdict and vouchers

I shall keep you in suspense no longer. I know you’ve been on tenterhooks waiting to here what The Midlife Manual, one of the hand-selected jurors asked by Finish to trial what they are calling ‘a revolutionary new detergent dispenser system’ and we’re calling Finish QuantuMatic (that being what it’s called), thinks of QuantuMatic.

The first surprise is that for the first time in my life I actually have an opinion about a dishwashing detergent.

The second is that I never thought I’d find myself typing the following sentence: this really is the best dishwashing detergent I’ve ever used.

Why? Well in the fortnight or so I’ve been using it, my white tea-mugs have become white again, the pans have lost that baked on layer of grease, the glassware is no longer misty, and only once have I had to rewash anything and that was only because some idiot put the cafetière in without rinsing it properly first.

Was this ‘new technology’ difficult to use? No. In spite of copious amounts of information on exactly how to install the special dispensing cylinder, and explanations of how the ball bearing and wax technology work, basically you just hook it onto the top shelf and forget about it until it runs out. Then put a new cartridge in. Just remember to make sure it’s not leaning over at an angle.

Any drawbacks? There were times when it got a bit annoying, such as the fact that it is the size of a mug and thus takes up a fair bit of space, and that you have to wait for it to cool down between washes (only a problem after we’d had guests round). It’s also not suitable for short cycles or ‘rinse only cycles’, but like most people we are too lazy to experiment with more than one catch-all cycle anyway.

I won’t pretend the eco-concerns of extra packaging (the plastic dispenser lasts for 4 years) didn’t prick my conscience, but then if you have a dishwasher at all you’ve probably compromised your eco credentials somewhere along the line, although, fact fans, apparently ‘using a dishwasher rather than washing up by hand could save you 48 litres of water per wash’, and to be fair the QuantuMatic packaging is made from recycled materials.

Will I be swapping my regular brand for new Finish QuantuMatic? a) because I don’t have a regular brand as that would mean actually worrying about what that red ball in the middle of the tablet does, and b) it’s not cheap (£9.99 for the dispenser and refill, then around £6 for packs of 2×12 refills thereafter, depending on where you shop).

QuantuMatic is almost too good. It’s a high-end cleaning product which seems unnecessarily thorough for everyday use. To eek out my supplies I’ll probably just pop it in once a week, so to speak, to spruce everything up again. This is much the same relationship as I have with Special K, Innocent Smoothies, Chocolate Caramel Hobnobs and Yorkshire Tea Bags – stock up when they are on special offer and make do with the cheap stuff the rest of the time.

Luckily, QuantuMatic IS currently on special offer  (and often is in my local supermarket). Here’s a £5 off voucher.

[And if you live near an Iceland, they’ve currently got Special K on at 2 packs for £4]


About JCT

JCT was Deputy Editor of weekly London arts/listings magazine Time Out but left to freelance in 2007 – just before the recession. She writes for a number of publications and has edited 'London Calling: high culture and low life in the capital since 1968' (Time Out/Ebury 2008) and 'The World's Greatest Cities' (Time Out/Ebury 2009). She is the co-author of The Midlife Manual (Short Books, 2010).
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3 Responses to Trial #4: Verdict and vouchers

  1. Pretty much our verdict, too. A kind of ‘special occasion’ detergent – and a darned good one, at that.

  2. Margaret says:

    Enjoyed reading your postings. We all seem to have come to the same conclusions – fabulous product!

  3. Caroline Job says:

    Hey! Just thought I’d keep you informed, we’ve now used up our tablet stash and are converted to the new gadget! We bought loads of Quantumatic on special offer and live in amongst our crockery parading that permanent clean sheen. Hop over to the blog if you want to read the latest. Hope all’s well xxx

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