National Brand or Store Brand

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-20-2000
National Brand or Store Brand
Mon, 06-03-2013 - 3:38pm

I have a Swiffer Sweeper I’ve had it for a little over a year.  At first I would buy the Swiffer brand for the dry and wet refills and one day Family Dollar was out of the Swiffer brand.  I looked at the Family Dollar brand and it was much cheaper than the Swiffer brand at first I was skeptical but I didn’t have any refills at home.  I didn’t want to go to any other store to purchase the refills.  So I brought the Family Dollar brand and it works better than the Swiffer brand (in my opinion).

So what do you prefer national brand or store brand?



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Community Leader
Registered: 09-23-2010
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 11:07am

Definitely national. I bought the UP refills for the Swiffer Wet Jet. AWFUL. I loathe them. 

Sometimes you can find a gem or it doesn't really matter. Like cotton balls - I buy store brand. But I find that the refills are better for the product when they are the matching brand. 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-03-2005
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 11:32am

I have 2nd national brand. I've never had much luck with store brands. My great aunt buys only store brand and you can tell that something is off a bit.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-25-2008
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 12:36pm

When it comes to Swiffer products, I buy name brand. I have tried a few store brands and they are NOT the same.

As far as other cleaning products, it totally depends on the product and what I am using it for.


Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Fri, 06-07-2013 - 2:51pm

There has to be a big difference in quality before I will pay the extra for the national brand. Most of the time, the store brand is good enough for me.