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post #1 of 22
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Have you seen these handy new Tide Pods at the store?  The concept is like that of the Cascade Action Pacs.  All the detergent is pre-measured into one handy "pod" you throw in the wash.  But are they worth the price?   Here is a cost comparison of non-sale prices without coupons.

 

Tide Pods

62 Packs = $15.99

Price per load: $.257

 

Tide Liquid

45 Loads = $10.99 (reg. price, not sale price)

Price per load:  $.244

 

You'll see that the price difference between the Tide Pods and the Tide Liquid isn't huge.  In fact, the Tide Pods were only a couple pennies more per load.  The convenience factor alone is worth that.  The biggest area of savings here, however, isn't done using math.  It's the fact that most people pour much more liquid into their loads than necessary.  Using the Pods will help you avoid overdosing your laundry with too much detergent, in turn saving you money.

 

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post #2 of 22

I noticed this too.  I was expecting the price to be much higher.  And with any  new product, I'm sure there will be a ton of coupons available to try it and make the cost even lower.

post #3 of 22

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I use LESS detergent than Tide recommends.  So the 45 load bottle lasts closer to 75 loads, making the Tide Pods much more expensive per load - for me.

post #4 of 22

Hmmmm interesting!  DH pours WAY too much detergent when he does his barn clothes... this might be the perfect product for him.  Maybe it'll keep me from nagging... I just about have a heart attack every time I see him pour detergent.  (The other day I went to do laundry after him and there were STILL soap bubbles in the washer!!)

 

I do the rest of the family's laundry & linens though so I'll probably just keep using the liquid b/c I tend to use a bit less than the recommended amount (it works just as well).

post #5 of 22

It would not even be about the cost for me I would want to know if they have that disolvable film over them like the dishwashing soap ones I would not want to use that with my clothes. I quit using the dishwasher ones because they eventually started gunking up my dishwasher.

 

I agree if you use the full amount recommended on the bottle it might be better but I never us what they say on the bottle.

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by swishina View Post

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I use LESS detergent than Tide recommends.  So the 45 load bottle lasts closer to 75 loads, making the Tide Pods much more expensive per load - for me.


Agreed. I think it's been proven many times that you do NOT need to use the recommended amount. The pods you can't divvy up the amount. At face value it looks like a decent deal, in real world application it is not.

 

I use at most a tablespoon of normal detergent so I'm way above that 45 load count. Using the 75oz/45 load count as said above, that is a calculated 1.67 oz/3.3 tbs per load. So, a 45 load bottle lasts me about 150 loads. Which is cool. I never bothered to figure that out before haha Obviously thats a more extreme example, but for me the price given your comparison is $10.99/150 loads for Tide liquid, or $.073/load. Or the pods, at $.244/load - over triple the price. I think the more widely accepted cutback is to use half the recommended amount, which puts the pods at almost double.

post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 

Susannah pointed out in another thread that these are great for kids learning to do their own laundry (they tend to overdose the laundry detergent).  I also liked the idea of bringing them on vacation because they're so much more easily transported than liquid detergent.

post #8 of 22

I really like the new Tide Pods, simple to use with great results and the clean scent is the best.  I resisted trying the product at first but was given a few by my brother in law; now I use them regularly.  Way to go P&G!  Keep the fabulous and always cost conscious products coming our way.

 

Teresa

post #9 of 22
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Originally Posted by swishina View Post

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I use LESS detergent than Tide recommends.  So the 45 load bottle lasts closer to 75 loads, making the Tide Pods much more expensive per load - for me.

Me too. I had a repairman tell me that dishwashers and washing machines clean just as well with 1/3 to 1/2 the amount of deteregent recommended on the box. So I use less than the directions on the box say to use as well, and get at least twice as many loads out of a box or bottle of detergent as it says on the label. Pods would be a waste of money for me.

post #10 of 22

I think they're great for travelling, or for people who have to walk far to the laundry mat.

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