FACT: SA8 with BioQuest tops Consumer Reports comparison

SA8 with BioQuestSA8 with Bioquest , available exclusively from Amway and Quixtar Independent Business Owners, topped the ratings of the soon to be published January 2007 “Laundry detergents” comparison from Consumer Reports . SA8 scored a possible 99 out of 100 points, putting it 15% better than the next best rated detergent, Tide with Bleach, with 87 points. SA8 with Bioquest was the only detergent to rate “excellent” in all three categories – Cleaning, Keeps Dirt Off, Keeps Dye Off.

The Consumer Reports study did have some flaws however. First of all, it reports SA8 with BioQuest is only available for purchase online via Quixtar.com. This is incorrect – SA8 is available from any of the hundreds of thousands of registered Quixtar Independent Business Owners throughout North America, or any of the millions of Amway Independent Business throughout the world.

Consumer Reports also claims the “price per wash” of SA8 at full retail price was 61 cents. I am unable to see how they made that calculation. In the United States, SA8 with Bioquest is available in a variety of forms, with pricing as follows –

Product Size Uses RRP RRP cost
per use
Members
Price
Members
cost per use
1.6lb/750gr 25 $8.50 0 .34 $7.30 .29
6.6lb/3kg 100 $22.75 0.23 $18.85 .19
9.9lb/4.5kg 150 $34.10 0.23 $28.10 .19
50lb/22.7kg 766 $152.95 0.20 $122.36 .16

It’s also interesting to note that Consumer Reports picks as one of their “best buys”, Kirkland Signature Ultra from CostCo. CostCo is a members only shopping club, and the yearly membership fee is higher than for Quixtar. Thus, when comparing CostCo to Quixtar pricing, it should be done at members only price.

The full comparison chart is below. (apologies for the formatting)

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Availability Most products in stores through June 2007.
In performance order.
indicate Quick Picks.
Products with equal scores are listed alphabetically.
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Product Type Cost Overall score Test results
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keeps dirt off
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HIGH-EFFICIENCY (HE) DETERGENTS

SA8 With Bioquest (Quixtar.com)

P $61
99.
N

Gain HE

L 28
86.
N

Tide Free HE

L 27
85.
N

Cheer Color Guard For High Efficiency HE

L 23
82.
N

Kirkland Signature Ultra 38722 (Costco) CR Best Buy

L 12
80.
N

Sears Advanced Formula Plus With Oxi-Clean Ultra HE 982

P 12
78.
Y

Method Fresh Air 3X Concentrate HE

L 22
74.
N

All Small & Mighty Fresh Rain HE

L 12
64.
N

Purex HE

L 21
61.
N

Dropps

G 52
49.
Y

CONVENTIONAL DETERGENTS

Tide With Bleach Alternative

L $35
87.
N

Tide With Febreze Freshness

L 27
86.
N

Tide Cold Water

P 31
8.
N

Great Value Ultra Glacier Breeze (Wal-Mart) CR Best Buy

L 12
76.
N

Wisk Dazzling Whites & Colors

L 26
76.
N

Arm & Hammer Clean Burst With Color-Safe Bleach

P 17
74.
N/A

Tide With Bleach

P 24
74.
N

Gain With Bleach Alternative

L 19
72.
N

ShopRite Ultra Free ‘N Clear

L 12
72.
Y

Era Max With Bleach Alternative

L 24
68.
N

Cheer Dark Formula

L 23
67.
N

Sears Ultra Plus Stain Fighting Formula 9835

P 11
62.
Y

Seventh Generation Free & Clear

L 3
59.
N

All Small & Mighty Free Clear

L 12
57.
N

All Small & Mighty Stainlifter

L 12
55.
N

Arm & Hammer Free Of Perfume & Dye

L 2
55.
N/A

Cheer Color Guard

L 19
54.
N

Purex Free & Clear

L 11
47.
N

Purex Plus Renuzit

L 15
44.
N

Xtra With Bleach

L 7
42.
N/A

Kroger Tempo Mountain Scent

L 6
41.
N

OxiClean Toss-N-Go Ball

B 52
25.
N

DETERGENTS WITH FABRIC SOFTENERS

Tide With A Touch Of Downy

L $29
74.
N

Gain Plus A Touch Of Softness

L 23
71.
N

Sears Advanced Ultra Plus With Fabric Softener 9812

P 8
68.
Y

Purex Plus Fabric Softener

L 21
54.
N

Arm & Hammer Plus A Touch Of Softener

L 14
53.
N/A

Tide With A Touch Of Downy

P 31
48.
N

Gain Plus A Touch Of Softness

P 16
42.
N

Available only online. Price doesn’t include shipping, which can add $5.75-$2. Will be reformulated for January 2007, according to the manufacturer. For high-efficiency washing machines. Without brighteners.

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