The best laundry detergent comes down to personal preference; however, Tide ranks higher than Gain on a 2013 Consumer Reports list. According to the Consumer Reports' top seven list of the best and the worst laundry detergents for standard top-loading washers, Gain Icy Fresh Fizz comes in last place.
As reported by ABC News, in the 2013 Consumer Reports' list of high-efficiency brands for both top-loading and front-loading washers, Tide products come in first, fourth, fifth and seventh place. Consumer Reports does not include Gain in this list. Consumer Reports tested the products' effectiveness in general cleaning and removing stains such as grass and blood.