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


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What’s in a name brand? Would a product by any other name not taste as sweet, or as salty, or as rich in mayonnaise-y goodness?

Last week, inspired by my resigned sigh at cracking open a new box of disappointing store-brand cheese crackers, I asked you all which name-brand products have earned your undying devotion, despite the fact that you’ll usually be paying a little (or a lot) more for them. Your answers were both pretty much what I was expecting (I too know the pain of trying to tear off a sheet of no-name paper towel without it ripping into useless shreds) and surprisingly passionate in ways I did not anticipate. Which is to say, wow, people really love Dawn dish soap.

If Dawn was the most popular response, though, other trends emerged as well. It seems most of you can tell the difference when it comes to condiments, for example, from mayonnaise, to ketchup, to Worcestershire sauce. Many of you gravitate to name brand cereals and sodas. And I was pleased to see that—other than a few errant, misguided souls on Facebook (of course)—nearly everyone agrees Cheez-Its are worth their weight in MSG.


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Image for article titled 20 Name-Brand Products Worth Choosing Over the Generic, According to Lifehacker Readers

What’s in a name brand? Would a product by any other name not taste as sweet, or as salty, or as rich in mayonnaise-y goodness?

Last week, inspired by my resigned sigh at cracking open a new box of disappointing store-brand cheese crackers, I asked you all which name-brand products have earned your undying devotion, despite the fact that you’ll usually be paying a little (or a lot) more for them. Your answers were both pretty much what I was expecting (I too know the pain of trying to tear off a sheet of no-name paper towel without it ripping into useless shreds) and surprisingly passionate in ways I did not anticipate. Which is to say, wow, people really love Dawn dish soap.

If Dawn was the most popular response, though, other trends emerged as well. It seems most of you can tell the difference when it comes to condiments, for example, from mayonnaise, to ketchup, to Worcestershire sauce. Many of you gravitate to name brand cereals and sodas. And I was pleased to see that—other than a few errant, misguided souls on Facebook (of course)—nearly everyone agrees Cheez-Its are worth their weight in MSG.