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Five products, when buying which it is better to overpay for a well-known brand

Products crafted as a cheaper copy of a branded original are a good way to save money, but in some cases the real version is noticeably superior to them. Of course, we overpay for many products of well-known brands only because of the famous brand, but sometimes it's worth it. Money Talks News.

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We, as consumers, easily fall for the lure of advertising, in which products are portrayed as more effective, much prestigious, or of significantly superior quality, when in fact there are other brand or no name products that are essentially identical and cost less. But there are exceptions when buying a branded product makes sense, even if it costs you more.

1. Means for washing clothes and linen

If you are not one of those who refuse synthetic detergents, and prefer to buy laundry powders and gels in stores, then it is best to stick to well-known and proven brands. Such a powder not only washes well, but can also serve as a stain remover.

A recent Consumer Reports test used two proprietary laundry detergents - Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release and Persil ProClean Stain Fighter - against six spray stain removers (all branded). Pretreating stains with laundry detergents was more effective than five of the six stain removers and came close to the sixth OxiClean MaxForce stain remover.

2. Replaceable nozzle for an electric toothbrush

Is it worth paying more to buy branded electric toothbrush heads? Definitely yes.

What is at stake? In many ways, the analogs that the Wirecutter project tested were just as good. They sit well on toothbrushes and have the same colored rings that will help you distinguish your own nozzle from the nozzles of other family members. But the difference was in the sensations.

The heads of the tips should be soft enough to avoid irritation of the gum tissue. Wirecutter concluded that after six months of testing the cheaper and branded heads, the Oral-B and Philips Sonicare tips were rated the best, especially because they are softer on the gums than their counterparts.

Marcelo Araujo, vice president of the American Dental Association's Science Institute, explained to Wirecutter, "Gentle is the unprofessional term we use to say [toothbrush] is safe."

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3. Dishwashing detergent

If you have washed a lot of dishes by hand, then you know well that foam matters, and aqueous detergents can be cheap, but they cannot handle the task.

The Good Housekeeping home improvement project recently named Dawn Platinum dish detergent the best because it cleans twice as many dishes.

"Dawn dissolves grease and cleans so well that it meets the gold standard that we adhere to in the GH Cleaning Lab tests," the publication concluded.

4. Paint for home

“You get what you pay for when you buy paint for your home,” professional painters told Wirecutter.

In their opinion, branded paints require fewer coats to apply, last longer and look better than cheaper products. Benjamin Moore Regal Select was named the best choice by half a group of eight professional painters.

Poor quality paints contain lower percentages of irreplaceable pigments and binders, as The Spruce found out when testing interior paints. Top quality products are Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, Valspar and Behr.

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5. Ice cream

If you're aiming for the best taste possible, don't ditch premium ice cream brands - including the big ones like Häagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry's, Talenti, or Blue Bell (and many others) - in favor of cheap local store products.

Looking at the label of high-quality ice cream, you will see only a few ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and, possibly, eggs, as well as natural flavors, crisps and crumbs that you love so much.

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