28 Surprisingly Good Costco, Walmart, and Target Products
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28 Surprisingly Good Costco, Walmart, and Target Products

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28 Surprisingly Good Costco, Walmart, and Target Products
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Store-Brand and Solid

Most savvy shoppers know that certain store-brand foods are just as good as pricier name-brand versions, but what about other products? We've examined expert and consumer feedback on a range of household essentials, from paper towels and plastic wrap to leggings and sheets, to see if the same holds true outside the grocery aisles at Costco, Walmart, and Target. We found 28 great buys that won't do you — or your wallet — wrong.

Note: Price and availability are subject to change.

Related: 12 Reasons Why Shoppers Are Addicted to Costco

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Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Detergent

Price: $17 | Buy it from Costco
Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean laundry detergent "is a pretty smashing deal," according to testers with The Wirecutter. It can remove blood and beef fat stains as well as the name brands, they say, and actually does a better job at tackling odors.

Ozark Trail Vacuum-Sealed Tumbler
Walmart

Ozark Trail Tumbler

Price: $9 | Buy it from Walmart
A store-brand product doesn't amass more than 9,000 glowing reviews without being the real deal, and everyone says this tumbler is worth the hype. A dead ringer for the trendy, pricey Yeti tumbler, Walmart's version performs just as well as the Yeti, reviewers say — but as Prevention notes, it's less than a third of the price.

Related: 14 Hacks and Secrets for Shopping at Walmart

Project 62 Round Decorative Brass Wall Mirror
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Project 62 Round Decorative Brass Wall Mirror

Price: $60 | Buy it from Target
Target has perfected the art of store-brand chic, so it's no surprise that design lovers have gone gaga over a mirror from its Project 62 home-décor line. The on-trend piece has inspired hundreds of happy reviews. As one buyer points out, it's "literally 1/5 the cost of similar mirrors I've found elsewhere."

Related: 14 Secrets for Shopping at Target

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Kirkland Signature Men's Crewneck T-Shirts

Price: $19 for a 6-pack | Buy them from Costco
Costco members declare these T-shirts a great deal for a wardrobe staple. The soft, substantial cotton doesn't disintegrate after many trips through the washer and dryer, despite the cost of only about $3 a shirt. Some buyers say the shirts are a little too long; others like the length because they don't come untucked.

Made by Design Stainless Steel Cookware, 8-Piece Set
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Made by Design Stainless Steel Cookware, 8-Piece Set

Price: $100 | Buy it from Target
Believe it or not, this inexpensive cookware from one of Target's newer store-brand labels outperforms an All-Clad set that is five times the price in independent expert testing. In fact, Made by Design's stainless-steel pieces get good reviews across the board from owners, too, who say they're surprisingly sturdy for the price.

Great Value Paper Towels
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Great Value Paper Towels

Price: $15 | Buy them from Walmart
Paper towels are not created equal, but that doesn't mean you have to overspend on a name brand. Experts who tested these paper towels gave them above-average marks in all major categories, including absorbency, scrubbing power, and ability to resist tearing when wet.

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Threshold Fretwork Rug

Price: Starting at $20 | Buy it from Target
Hundreds of reviewers say Target's line of Threshold fretwork rugs offers good design and quality at a low price. They come in five sizes and seven colors, making it easy to find one that works with your decor. Owners say the nylon fabric is durable for even high-traffic areas such as entryways or living rooms.

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Mainstays Huge Pillow

Price: $4 | Buy it from Walmart
This almost unbelievably cheap polyester fiberfill pillow gets great reviews from Sleep Like the Dead and Walmart shoppers. Its middle-of-the-road firmness and loft is best suited for back and side sleepers, experts say. Some note that, despite the name, these pillows really aren't "huge" — they fit standard pillowcases just fine.

Tranquility Weighted Throw Blanket
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Tranquility Weighted Throw Blanket

Price: $70 | Buy it from Target
Weighted blankets have exploded in popularity lately, with devotees saying they help combat anxiety and insomnia. Target has seized on the opportunity to make its own weighted blanket, and at a much friendlier price than other brands. It passes a test by Reviewed.com with flying colors, and owners rave that it provides a comfortable amount of pressure without being too heavy.

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Threshold Performance Sheet Set

Price: Starting at $30 | Buy it from Target
You can spend big on sheets, but Target's Threshold Performance 400-thread-count sheet set proves it's not necessary. Testers at The Wirecutter declare these sateen sheets nearly as good as much pricier competitors, and they ace tests of softness, wrinkle resistance, and durability.

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Mainstays Format Picture Frames

Price: $8 to $9 | Buy them from Walmart
Buyers say Walmart's store-brand frames are the cheapest way to buy frames in bulk for kids' rooms, special events, or large projects such as gallery walls. Although they aren't weighty or expensive-looking, the frames get particular praise for a front-loading design and thin edge, which lets artwork shine.

Related: 11 Cheap Ways to Print and Display Your Photos

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Threshold Waffle Weave Shower Curtain

Price: $25 | Buy it from Target
Crisp and white, this shower curtain impressed testers at The Wirecutter with its substantial, durable fabric and metal grommets, which make it easier to hang. Most owners give it high ratings, but a few warn that it might shrink after washing.

Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen
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Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen

Price: $7.50 | Buy it from Walmart
Expert product testers say it's hard to beat Equate sunscreen for the money, and it's one of Cheapism's top picks. It offers effective protection against UVA and UVB rays, and most buyers say it doesn't require constant reapplication, although some complain about a strong scent.

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Up & Up Kids' Sunscreen Sticks

Price: $8 for a twin pack | Buy it from Target
If you prefer a sunscreen stick for quick protection, particularly on wiggly kids, Target's Up & Up sunscreen sticks get great marks in consumer product testing for UVA and UVB protection. The SPF 55 sticks are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free for sensitive skin and finicky noses.

Kirkland Signature Golf Balls, 24 Count
Costco
Great Value Dishwashing Detergent
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Great Value Dishwashing Detergent

Price: $7 for a twin pack | Buy it from Walmart
Good Housekeeping sings the praises of Great Value dishwashing detergent, saying it's the best-performing powder out there, even at its budget-friendly price. It eliminated hard-water spots handily and cut through baked-on food residue in casserole pans.

Kirkland Signature Stretch-Tite Plastic Food Wrap, 2 ct.
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Kirkland Signature Stretch-Tite Plastic Food Wrap, 2 ct.

Price: $11 | Buy it from Costco
If it's good enough for Ina Garten, it's good enough for the rest of us: The famous chef reportedly uses Stretch-Tite, also sold under Costco's Kirkland brand name, and editors at The Kitchn say it's thicker, stretchier, and all-around easier to manage than other brands.

Up & Up Ultra Soft Tissues
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Up & Up Ultra Soft Tissues

Price: $4.50 | Buy them from Target
Testers at the Good Housekeeping Institute like the thickness and softness of these Up & Up tissues. They're recommended for "strong blowers" because they resist tearing when wet, although testers say they can tear too easily when dry.

Great Value Light Bulbs
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Great Value Light Bulbs

Price: $5 | Buy them from Walmart (in store only)
Walmart's Great Value 10-watt LED bulbs (equivalent to a 60-watt incandescent) impress CNET editors, who say these are some of the brightest and most affordable bulbs they've tested. They do note that these bulbs are not the best choice for buyers who use dimmers, as they didn't get dim enough and flickered on the lowest settings.

Parent's Choice Baby Wipes
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Parent's Choice Baby Wipes

Price: $13.50 for 800 ct. | Buy them from Walmart
Hundreds of Walmart shoppers say these wipes are a great value for cash-strapped parents, calling them a gentle choice for sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic and alcohol-free, these quilted wipes also have aloe and vitamin E.

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Kirkland Signature Leggings

Price: $13 | Buy them from Costco
Few products inspire devotion like Costco's Kirkland leggings, which enthusiastic buyers consider soft and substantial enough to wear during cooler weather. Reviewers say they aren't shiny like athletic leggings and, more important, they aren't see-through like some other budget-friendly leggings.

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Kirkland Signature Clear Cutlery

Price: $14 | Buy it from Costco
This is the disposable flatware to keep on hand for your next big bash, according to The Wirecutter. Why? The utensils are easier to hold and much stronger than most of the competition. The cutlery comes in individually wrapped 20-piece packages, so you don't have to dive into the whole box for every occasion.

Kirkland Signature Shampoo
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Kirkland Signature Shampoo

Price: $10 | Buy it from Costco (in store only)
Tough critics at Makeup Alley give Costco's sulfate- and paraben-free Kirkland Signature Professional Salon Formula Moisture Shampoo high marks, saying it leaves hair soft and manageable with minimal buildup. Some appreciate the extra value Costco's version offers compared with pricier competitors, as you'll get a hefty 34-ounce bottle for the money. Can't get to Costco? You can buy it on Amazon, albeit at a big markup.

Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers
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Kirkland Signature Supreme Diapers

Price: Starting at $30 | Buy them from Costco
Buyers are passionate about Kirkland diapers, with many saying they beat not only other store brands, but name brands like Huggies and Pampers. Good Housekeeping agrees that they're a top pick, saying they absorb and trap moisture quickly and effectively.

Great Value Strong Flex Trash Bags, 90 ct.
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Great Value Strong Flex Trash Bags, 90 ct.

Price: $10 | Buy them from Walmart
Who knew that a Walmart trash bag could hold its own against the big boys? Reviewed.com finds that these bags are thick, flexible and almost as sturdy as pricier Glad and Hefty bags. They're available in a range of scents for extra odor control (or unscented, if you prefer) and happy buyers say they're definitely good quality for the price.

Women's Mad Love Keava Footbed Sandal
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Women's Mad Love Keava Footbed Sandals

Price: $23 | Buy them from Target
Target has always been a go-to for "cheap chic" fashion, and its Mad Love Keava Footbed Sandals have all that casual Birkenstock style for a fourth of the price. Like their more expensive inspiration, they have a flexible EVA sole, and owners say they're much comfier than their price would suggest.

Kirkland Signature Ladies' Ankle-Length Travel Pant
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Kirkland Signature Ladies' Ankle-Length Travel Pant

Price: $15 | Buy them from Costco
Pants don't amass close to 3,000 glowing reviews if they aren't a worthy buy. These travel-friendly Costco pants, made from a stretchy blend of nylon and spandex, earn raves because they're quick to dry, UPF-resistant, and flattering for most body types. They do run large, buyers warn.

Equate Deep Moisturizing Body Wash, 2 ct.
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Equate Deep Moisturizing Body Wash, 2 ct.

Price: $6 | Buy it from Walmart
Walmart has some surprisingly good dupes of popular beauty and personal care products, and one of the best is this moisturizing lotion, which reviewers say is creamy, long-lasting, and just as good as name brands like Dove for a much lower price.