20 Name-Brand Products Worth Choosing Over the Generic, According to Lifehacker Readers

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What’s successful a sanction brand? Would a merchandise by immoderate different sanction not sensation arsenic sweet, oregon arsenic salty, oregon arsenic affluent successful mayonnaise-y goodness?

Last week, inspired by my resigned suspiration astatine cracking unfastened a caller container of disappointing store-brand food crackers, I asked you each which name-brand products person earned your undying devotion, contempt the information that you’ll usually beryllium paying a small (or a lot) much for them. Your answers were some beauteous overmuch what I was expecting (I excessively cognize the symptom of trying to teardrop disconnected a expanse of no-name insubstantial towel without it ripping into useless shreds) and amazingly passionate successful ways I did not anticipate. Which is to say, wow, radical truly emotion Dawn crockery soap.

If Dawn was the astir fashionable response, though, different trends emerged arsenic well. It seems astir of you tin archer the quality erstwhile it comes to condiments, for example, from mayonnaise, to ketchup, to Worcestershire sauce. Many of you gravitate to sanction marque cereals and sodas. And I was pleased to spot that—other than a fewer errant, misguided souls connected Facebook (of course)—nearly

everyone agrees Cheez-Its are worthy their value successful MSG.

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Now, we did person a fewer contrarians pointing retired that store brands are often perfectly fine, actually, if not made connected the aforesaid instrumentality (and successful the aforesaid formulations) arsenic their name-brand competitors (with Costco’s Kirkland marque singled retired for peculiar its premix of prime and value). And I agree—I travel present not to hide generics, but to praise them by omission: You tin safely presume that if your generic merchandise of prime doesn’t look connected this list, you are cleared to proceed choosing it and keeping a fewer other bucks successful your pocket.

Just don’t effort to get distant with utilizing non-Dawn crockery soap. They volition know, and they volition travel for you.

Dawn crockery soap

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Dawn: It’s much than conscionable the astir fashionable babe sanction of 1971.

“Imagine utilizing thing too Dawn dishsoap.” —ncbo

“I’d besides similar to suggest crockery soap. The inexpensive worldly sucks.” — Golden Ballfield

“Dawn™️ Dishwashing Liquid…. That worldly is similar magic.” —WorkGorgeousFierce

Sorry Palmolive, nary 1 is buying that crap astir “dishpan hands.”

Laundry detergent

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There was nary marque statement with this one, but galore radical successful the comments connected the station and connected the Lifehacker Facebook leafage agreed, if you privation your apparel to beryllium clean, you gotta wage for the privilege. And I picked up this utile hack:

“Buy some the bully worldly and the inexpensive stuff. Use the inexpensive worldly successful the acheronian loads wherever stains don’t substance anyhow and usage the bully worldly connected the lighter clothes.” —PhoebeCaulfieldTheThird

Cat litter

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A fewer radical cautioned against going with generic feline litter, but this remark says it all:

“Cat litter: Buy the inexpensive worldly if you bask the odor of feline poop.” —AngryBob-VA

Cereal

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A spot mixed connected this 1 myself—we lone bargain cereal astatine Aldi unless determination is simply a merchantability involved, and astir of it is fine. But possibly I conscionable don’t cognize immoderate better, due to the fact that tons of you disagree.

“I privation thing to bash with ‘Toasted O’s’...” —Sarah Showfety (Lifehacker unit writer)

“What I’ve really recovered is that the much sugary the cereal, the sensation isn’t that hard to re-create and the generic brands bash OK (the Malt-o-Meal mentation of “Oreo O’s” is really spot on). But immoderate generic Cheerio oregon Raisin Bran oregon Wheaties oregon immoderate is awful. They don’t person 2 spoonfuls of sweetener to fell behind.” —closet-meathead

“I americium a cereal junkie and volition lone devour the sanction brand.” —Moishe Oofnik

Macaroni & Cheese

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Don’t skimp connected the mac & cheese, commenters agree—but whether you spell with accepted Kraft Dinner oregon the fancier Velveeta is simply a substance of idiosyncratic preference.

“Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. Accept nary substitutes.” —jrhmobile

“Velveeta Shells & Cheese >>>>>>>>>>>>>> Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. It tastes better, you don’t request thing but what’s successful the box, and you ne'er person to woody with clumps of undissolved food powder. Sorry, but them’s the breaks.” —Executor32

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese

Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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As a nonmigratory of NYC, bagel superior of the U.S., I find the enthusiasm for immoderate market store packaged pick food a small sus, but if you gotta bargain it, spell with the sanction you tin trust.

“Philadelphia pick food is the lone pick food that has ever existed.” —E=MC Hammered

“Fun fact: In Israel, “Philadelphia” is the generic sanction for immoderate pick cheese.” —tag007

Oreos

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In a superb spot of branding, the makers of Oreos managed to indelibly nexus the institution sanction with the merchandise everlastingly successful my mind: “O-R-E-O Nabisco (ding!).”

“Hydrox cookies. It’s Oreos oregon GTFO implicit here.” —JoshMC

Ah, but bash Hydrox cookies really number arsenic a generic alternate to Oreos?

“Hydrox aren’t generic. They really predate Oreos. I tin ne'er find them wherever I unrecorded and I’ve work that Nabisco apt has a manus successful that.” —optimusconvoy1

“Oreos are much palmy due to the fact that “Hydrox” sounds similar the sanction of a crockery detergent.” —diasdiem

Band-Aids

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Y’all are stuck connected Band-Aid Brand.

Band-Aids. Generic bandages SUCK.

” —ChiSwede

“I recovered that generic bandages adhesive was truly anemic vs Band-Aid brand.” —soosheeroll

Jif peanut butter

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It goes beyond conscionable picking a sanction marque seed butter—choosey commenters choose... well:

“Jif peanut butter. There is nary acceptable substitute. Not Peter Pan, not Skippy, not Justin’s and the different integrated versions, not the generic. Just archetypal reddish statement Jif.” —Given2Dream

If it doesn’t person a Jif label, it’s not peanut putter. Skippy has a weird texture and Peter Pan tastes burnt.

” —Marty Funkhouser

Heinz ketchup

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Folks mostly hold this sanction marque ketchup is the mode to go. (Sorry, catsup.)

Heinz ketchup. Absolutely nary substitute comes close.

” —kimboinatl

“Any ketchup different than Heinz conscionable tastes weird. It’s usually excessively saccharine and bland.” —Kathleen Grimes Ricker

Coffee

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The responses present went truthful overmuch “I ever bargain this brand” arsenic “never bargain the no-name/store brand,” truthful don’t kick to maine if you deliberation Starbucks beans are bad. (That said, I don’t deliberation anyone was referring to Folgers. Sorry, Folgers.)

“I americium sometimes tempted by the siren’s opus of on-sale President’s Choice coffee. Every time, I upwind up having to chopped it with existent java conscionable truthful it’s not a implicit discarded of money.” —V. vulgaris

Saran Wrap

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I person agelong harbored an aggravated loathing for integrative wraps of immoderate kind, due to the fact that I find them astir intolerable to use. But possibly it turns retired I’m conscionable a cheapskate who is getting what helium paid for.

“Cling wrap. It’s got to beryllium saran wrapper oregon you’ll walk each your clip tearing disconnected portion sized strips of garbage stretched integrative that doesn’t cling to anything.” —TS8

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Bounty insubstantial towels (or similar)

Bounty insubstantial towels (or similar)

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But of course. It is the quicker picker-upper, aft all.

I request Bounty oregon the similar sanction marque insubstantial towel. My woman bought immoderate kirkland worldly a portion backmost (granted Kirkland is usually good, TP is aces) but it was unspeakable and I’ve ne'er forgiven her for it.

” —The_Red_Mage

“Why is it that generic insubstantial towels won’t teardrop astatine the perforation? It’s maddening.” —wmac8898

I agree, that is maddening. Probably the fig 1 origin of my room swearing.

NyQuil and Robitussin

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Look, I can’t travel you radical everywhere, and volition support buying Walgreens marque OTC drugs.

(T

hey are chemically the same! Check the progressive ingredients!)

. I’m conscionable the messenger here:

NyQuil. This took maine everlastingly to fig retired due to the fact that I astir apt usage it little than erstwhile a year, but store marque NyQuil is similar taking fractional a dose. No thought why; the progressive ingredients are dispensed successful the aforesaid amount, yet the store marque is garbage.

” —Good Ol’ Uncle Meat

“It mightiness conscionable beryllium successful my head, but generic Robitussin does not enactment for me. I get thorax colds reasonably often and the generic worldly doesn’t bash anything. I person to get the sanction brand, different I won’t halt coughing.” —ImNotaHeather

Aluminium foil

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It turns retired this commercialized that has been haunting my representation for decades is much than bully marketing.

“Aluminum foil. I cognize radical that enactment astatine a good known marque of aluminum foil, and they besides marque the generic store brands arsenic well. The store brands are made astatine fractional the thickness of the sanction brand.” —Josh Bailey

Soda (generally)

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People are precise passionate astir their soda/pop preferences. This was not unexpected.

Store-brand soda. No substance however overmuch you effort to marque it sensation similar Coke, it doesn’t sensation similar Coke. And their attempts astatine a Dr. Pepper substitute? Laughable. If the Coca-Cola institution can’t propulsion it disconnected with that pitiful pretender Mr. Pibb, what makes market chains deliberation they can?

They bash astatine slightest sensation amended than Pepsi, though.”

diasdiem

Brutal, but accurate.

Pop-Tarts

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I erstwhile had a occupation that offered a escaped vending instrumentality arsenic an worker perk, and it had Pop-Tarts successful it. It’s probably amended that I nary longer person unfettered entree to escaped Pop-Tarts.

Probably Pop Tarts. Everything other I could sanction gets an asterisk due to the fact that a amended alternate does beryllium (even if store brands are worse), but I’ve ne'er had amended popular tart, adjacent from gourmet knockoffs.

” —Lintor

“I’ve yet to find a generic popular tart that wasn’t massively inferior.” —Hey, Shut The Fuck Up

Mayonnaise

Yeah, this statement   is successful  Spanish. Mayo belongs to the world.

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Q-tips

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Ah, the Q-tip, the unofficial mascot of the COVID-19 pandemic. What are non-generic Q-tips adjacent called? (Oh right, fabric swabs. Well, erstwhile is the past clip anyone asked if you had immoderate “cotton swabs”?)

“Q-Tips: With immoderate magnitude of pressure, the generics volition fold successful fractional similar a inexpensive tract chair.” —Stinkfist

Batteries

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No 1 professed a penchant for Duracell implicit Energizer, existent (guess they request to bring backmost that damn bunny), and 1 idiosyncratic again praised the prime of the Kirkland alternative, but galore agreed you conscionable don’t cognize what you’re getting with a no-name battery.

(A commenter successful peculiar made this constituent succinctly, but the remark was racist, truthful I can’t paste it here. Suffice it to say, if your artillery was purchased astatine the dollar store, don’t expect it to last.)