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Name Brand vs. Store Brand: Putting them to the Test

Name Brand vs. Store Brand - Pickles

   





I tried to pick brands that would be available almost anywhere, and that were what I considered to be affordable. As you can see in the picture, the three brands compared were Great Value, Claussen, and Vlasic. I've broken down the results into three categories:


Cost

  • MOST EXPENSIVE: Claussen: $2.98 at ($ 0.149 per oz) 
  • SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE: Vlasic at $2.56 or ($0.107 per oz) 
  • LEAST EXPENSIVE: Great Value at $2.24 or ($0.093 per oz) 

Flavor

  • BEST: Claussen
  • SECOND BEST: Tie between Vlasic and Great Value

Crunch

  • BEST: Claussen
  • SECOND BEST: Vlasic
  • WORST: Great Value (there WAS a difference- these tasted mushier than the others, but it wasn't gross, just a little less crunch!)


OVERALL WINNER: Tie between Claussen and Great Value-- keep reading to see why.


Claussen

We really liked how crunchy, garlic-y, and flavorful the Claussen pickles were. They also looked a little more natural, unlike the Great Value and Vlasic that had that weird neon greenish look to them. The only problem? The cost.


Great Value

There was a difference in the crunchiness between the Vlasic and Great Value, but when compared to the cost difference and the fact that they tasted the same, I think Great Value is the better option. And, unlike Claussen, these are actually affordable.


Now, I should note that Claussen pickles are 'fresh', meaning they must be refrigerated all the time, and are never cooked. That is why they are crispier. We definitely liked the Claussen pickles the best. But, judging from the other article I read (see beginning of post), they rated Claussen last, quite a bit lower than Vlasic! Make your own conclusions...but they must have liked the 'standard' Vlasic flavor better. And, I think their classification scheme may have been a little more sophisticated than mine.


In doing this test, I've opened my own can of worms...or in this case 'jar of pickles'...my husband ate the entire jar of Claussens in less than a few days, and asked for more. I don't know if my budget will be able to keep up with his newfound pickle appetite!



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I enjoy finding ways to save money we can life comfortably on one income. We have 5 kids. I enjoy reading, cooking and spending time with my family. I have a BS degree in Elementary Education and do freelance writing from time to time.

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