Brandless Not Worth The Hype?!

by alexandriawill

Brandless is a website that has one big mission. with one little $3 price. It’s a site that basically had brandless aka generic/store brand products for one flat price $3. It focuses on the essential products for the kitchen and home. Every  single item in the store is $3. YES. You heard and read it right.

Literally every single thing on the site is $3.

From can openers to organic granola, it has a little bit for everyone all within a few clicks of a button.  Most of the products is non-geo, organic or free or crazy additives and chemicals. This sounds to good to be true to me.

Brandless has gotten a lot of press and crazy fans of the web since launching just a few months ago. As a frugal shopper, I knew this would be the site for me to help keep me right with my budget and on the healthy track. I was super excited and even reached out to the company regarding my upcoming purchase. So I decided to do a review of my first thoughts of what I ordered and much more.

Is Brandless Worth the Hype? First Impressions & Unboxing

What did I get for $3? Or the Grand Total of 34.50 bucks + Shipping

I ordered a few items that were both good for the belly, body, and household from Brandless — and the whole thing was only $34.50. At first, my order was well over $50 bucks, which is part of the problem. Everything is $3, so you feel like you can go HAM on things you think you want and or need. I had to cut out a lot and only got essential items I needed or could use up should I not like them. Here is the list of items I purchased.

  • Multi-Surface Cleaner
  • Dish Soap – wasted and opened
  • Peppermint Mouthwash
  • Can Opener – scratches on it 
  • Organic Oats & Honey Granola
  • Organic English Breakfast Black Tea
  • Fig & Thyme Crisps – can get locally for same price but good 
  • Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (2 bags for $3)
  • Organic Brown Basmati Rice
  • Gochujang Korean Sweet & Spicy Cooking Sauce
  • Organic Poppy Seed Dressing
  • Organic Light Brown Sugar

There area few items that are not $3 such as canned beans and chips. They offer those as a certain amount for $3. In this case, the bag of chips were 2 for $3.  The items in bold are the ones I like and say are winners. The ones italicized I liked but were questionable as I noted about them in my video.

Shipping, Discounts & Membership

Shipping is where things get iffy. It is $9 via FedEx, which comes in about 2-3 days. Not too bad. If you want free shipping, you have to spend $72, so that’s roughly purchasing 24 products at one time. They have a membership called B-Program, which cost $36 bucks a year. It allows you free shipping at $48 instead of the $72 price tag. Additionally, you get a sneak peak at new releases early and access to special events. You can learn more about their B-Program here.  Meh….  

For first time orders you get shipping at $3 after that it’s $9.  I was so excited when I opened the package but unfortunately it turned into disappointment. It was packaged nicely, but most of my items had some issue with them. From scratches on the can opener to chips and ships and crackers being broken. I think they need to rethink the shipping part especially if I order again and am paying $9. Thanks to shipping issues and most my products looking like they went through hell to get here, I say this is a major FAIL for me. Additionally, by paying $9 for shipping for a little bit over ten products means my items were almost $4 with no way for a refund thanks to the damages.

Overall Brandless is a No For Me

With Amazon (Prime, Now and Grocery), Trader Joes , Sprouts and Costco all sitting within my finger tips or backyard, I don’t find the need for Brandless. Most of the household items I honestly can purchase at the same price or less even online for name brand products or other ones I trust. Most items that are $3 honestly looked like they were worth $3. I like the packaging of things but most of my items were broken upon arrival or opened and damaged. This is a major fail for me. It get’s a no for me. Save ya coins.

ALTERNATIVES FOR BRANDLESS & GREEN CLEANING

If you are looking for a site that does have a cool membership and great healthy products for the house. I really love The Grove Collaborative. They have some of the best natural products at great prices, delivered right to your door. It’s my favorite online site to shop for organic, eco-friendly and sustainable items like Dr. Bronner’s, Meyer’s and Seventh Generation. On my first order, I grabbed a special filled with 4 free products – making this FREE 99 for products. Check out why toxic chemicals can affect you hair and my shift to all natural products. Additionally, you can grab $10 bucks to shop on the Grove Collaborative by clicking here.  

Disclaimer: I wasn’t contacts nor sponsored for this post or to review Brandless. Paid  for everything out of my pocket.  

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