Trader Joe’s store brands are the highest quality among 68 store chains, according to Consumer Reports.
Only Trader Joe’s earned the magazine’s highest rating — excellent — for its generic brands. The chain also earned the second-highest score (97) for overall satisfaction.
The ratings for store brand quality are based on how survey participants rated them on a scale from “completely satisfied” to “completely dissatisfied.”
The rest of the best
Only a half-dozen chains earned Consumer Reports’ second-highest rating — good — for house brands.
They include Wegmans, which the magazine named the best supermarket overall in the country (score of 100), and the second-best overall, Publix, which tied with Trader’s Joe’s (97).
- Whole Foods Market
- Harris Teeter
Most of the 68 chains’ store brands received an average rating for quality. No brands received the lowest rating, unacceptable, but about a dozen received the second-lowest rating, poor. Those getting a poor rating include:
- Food Lion
- Stop & Shop
- Pick ‘n Save
- Tops Markets
- Walmart Supercenter
For more ways to save on off brands, check out “12 Items You Should Buy Generic (And 4 You Shouldn’t)” and “Definitely Buy These 15 Things At A Dollar Store.”
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