Everything for $3?: A Brandless Review

For the last few weeks, I have had one request of my friends and family; please take my debit card away! Unfortunately, all I get is a laugh and a change of subject. As much as I would love to blame their refusal for my constant spending, I’ve no one to blame but myself. So, I figured I would put some of my spending to good use. This week I will be doing a review of products from the company Brandless.*

Brandless was founded in 2012 by Tina Sharkey and Ido Leffler. The goal was to sell products without adding a “brand tax”, or the extra money that you pay for a brand-name product. With this expense eliminated, everything on this site is $3. Yes, you read that right. $3! The food is also all non-GMO and over half is organic. Shipping can get pricey if you are unable to meet the free shipping threshold, though it is possible to find a promotion like I did. In total, I paid $16.50 for six items: Organic Creamy Peanut Butter, Sweet BBQ Popped Potato Crisps, Chocolate Chip Cookie Thins, Organic Creamy Tomato Basil Soup, Tree Free Facial Tissues, and Organic Cheese Square Crackers.

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I received my order in the mail quickly. The box itself was large and brown with words like “non-GMO” and “Organic” decorating the inside. The items came neatly packed with a little note inside from the founders, as well as a card that the customer can fill out and give to friends, helping them “go brandless”.

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The first item I opened was the cheese crackers. Here I would like to emphasize the word “cracker”. Their look is very Cheez-it-esque, yet their taste is much closer to a cross between a saltine and a goldfish cracker with less salt. Though I did knock out almost the whole box in the process of writing this review, they failed to satisfy my salt craving. 

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Since the wannabe Cheez-its had let me down, I moved on to the BBQ chips. I personally didn’t like them, but I felt odd just writing a trash review because of my own taste. So I got a second opinion. According to my brother, the chips are similar to a mesquite BBQ Popchip. Having never had Popchips, I’m not quite used to the flavor, and didn’t like the taste. My brother gave his thumbs up with a  mouthful of chips, so clearly taste is subjective.

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Next we move on to the Chocolate Chip Cookie Thins. These cookies are extremely fragile. So much so that I’m surprised the were cookies in tact when I opened the bag. Again, I found that I wasn’t a huge fan of the taste, but they are definitely a great alternative to the entire box of Oreos I would usually eat.

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One of the cool things about Brandless is that they sell household items in addition to food. I didn’t really have use for a new spatula, but since it’s pollen season, I bought a set of tissue boxes. I didn’t think I would miss my brand-name tissues, but I’m sorry to say that I did. These tissues were what I like to call “no-ply”, which caused me to double them up during use. Not only that, but when I blew my nose, the tissue flaked off onto my clothing. It made me sad to see these fail, but I’m going to stick with my Puffs.

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I figured trying a basic like peanut butter is a great tell for a company’s quality. The jar itself must have gotten a little roughed up in transport, which I gathered from the torn labelThis peanut butter is as basic as it gets, but in a good way. It tastes like someone squeezed the life out of a peanut into a jar. My only complaint is how thin the peanut butter is, which makes sense since it’s really only made from a few ingredients. Overall, it’s good peanut butter, and as you can see from the picture, my dog is a fan.

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In an effort to leave on a high note and save the best for last, the final item was my hands down favorite. I want ten boxes of that tomato bisque soup at my doorstep tomorrow. It’s super easy to prepare (heat in a pot and serve) and adding a little bit of Parmesan cheese made for the perfect dish. I highly recommend this soup and would not only reorder, but would be willing to try the rest of their soup selection.

My conclusion? While I love the fact that all the items are cheap, the food items seem to be hit or miss depending on one’s specific tastes; I didn’t love the chips, but my brother did. If non-GMO and organic items are important to you, then this company could be a great alternative to more expensive stores. I would consider using this site again, but probably only for soup or household products like utensils. But seriously, try the soup.

 

What products or companies should I review next? Let me know in the comments!

*Note: This review is not sponsored. I purchased all products with my own money and all opinions are my own.

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Hello! My name is Monet, a 20 year old blogger from Tampa, Florida. I'm a marketing coordinator at a start-up and I love being able to share the fun things of life through my blog. Hopefully we can make adulting a little less daunting together.

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