Review: Is Brandless Worth It? and What to Buy

I’ve partnered with Brandless to review their online shopping experience, products, and bring you a discount code on your first purchase. The opinions in this post are my own. 

Have you ever gone to the store for one thing, and came out with an entire cart full of items that you felt you needed because once there, you realized that your pantry needed a little refill?

This happens to me all the time. I don’t know if it’s a mom-thing or what, but with five (or more) people at my house, my pantry often needs a good restock.

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Having pantry staples like beans, pasta, and sauces, allows me to whip up meals quickly -like black bean tacos or a Thai Peanut Chicken Pasta in literally minutes. Then there are the items I need to have on hand to make fresh lunches for the kids and me – every single day. Or they come home from school, and I find half the neighborhood kids hanging out in my living room… mom-snacks need to come out.

So, all in all, the pantry is nearly always in need of a refill. But buying items on a whim can get expensive because that store trip just went from $30 for that “one thing” to $120 of “other things” really fast.

 

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Until I heard of Brandless. Brandless, is a website that offers high quality, everyday essentials all for $3 or less?! Yes, you read that right $3 or less! That same price goes for organic virgin coconut oil, organic peanut butter, and hundreds of better-for-you food and household items.

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I first saw an ad for Brandless on Facebook and wondered, is it too good to be true? How does Brandless really work? So, I decided to reach out and give them a try.

What is Brandless?

Brandless is a website offering a variety of everyday essentials like non-GMO and organic food, clean and cruelty-free beauty products, non-toxic household cleaners, and kitchen utensils for $3 or less.

Some items are 2 for $3, others are 3 for $3… but always, simple and fair prices.

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How are Brandless products so affordable in price?

Like in many things in life, when you cut out the “middle-men” you eliminate costs. Brandless does this through building a direct relationship with their suppliers and selling their products online. This way, they can eliminate the extra costs associated with unnecessary markups.

Many of their products are competitive to what’s sold at other stores; but when you add the extensive organic selection, non-GMO product lines, and clean ingredients, I’ve found that purchasing many of their products are well worth it.

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How does Brandless work?

Shopping at Brandless.com is like going into your favorite store. Everything is separated by section: Food, Household and Kitchen, Beauty and Personal Care, and Stationary.

You can purchase from any area and place any product in your cart. Free shipping starts at $39; otherwise, it’s a flat $5 shipping fee. I’ve found that the best approach is to create a monthly or bi-weekly order to restock or stash.

My order arrived fast, in just 3 business days. However, if you are a frequent shopper and want to skip shipping fees or order in small quantities, their annual membership is $36 which gives you free shipping on all your orders regardless of amount ordered.

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What items are worth buying from Brandless?

That really depends what you’re looking for. I went all out and ordered a lot of items to stock my pantry. There are some reviews online that say that some items are cheaper at other retailers, but quite frankly, I’m not driving 20 minutes to save 30 cents. Door-to-door delivery… ye, please!

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What’s worth buying from Brandless?

I bought a lot of things from each section for this review. Not only to try them but also to tell you what my favorites were. To make it easy, I am going to separate this by section.

Food

Snacks

Chips & Pretzels

Cookies

Crackers & Crisps

  • Organic Cheese Square Crackers (7oz/$3) – These tasted delicious and are made with ingredients I feel comfortable giving to my kids. Worth buying if you want an organic option.
  • Cheddar Cheese Bites made with 100% Cheese (2oz/$3) – These were a splurge for my lunches. Pricewise, they are similar to what I was paying at the health food store. I can’t wait to try the Gouda ones next.

Seeds & Nuts

I purchased a lot of seeds and nuts for the office. I wanted variety without having to go to the store and buy a huge bag that would go stale. Price-wise it’s competitive and the nuts are very fresh.

Baking

I purchased sugar because I was out and the price was comparable. Their organic flour is also well priced so if organic baking is a priority for you, this is one section you might want to explore. Another item worth purchasing is the Coconut Flour (16oz/$3) because I typically pay $3.99 for the same amount.

Gluten-Free Mixes

What I like about their gluten-free mixes is that they are each in 8oz packages, allowing me to make just the right amount of a treat that my family needs in a single sitting. While they are not an everyday thing, on occasion it’s nice to have in the pantry for gluten-free needs. I would highly suggest purchasing these.

Organic Oils & Condiments

This is the section where I stocked up the most. Organic ingredients are important in the items we consume every day and I found Brandless to have great pricing.

Fair Trade Coffee

I found the coffee to be rich in flavor and cost-effective for organic coffee. The teas are worth purchasing for organic farming practices and they are also well priced.

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Office Supplies

I purchased a few office supplies for our homeschool room and the office. They work great, and they are priced well. The pack of recipe cards is one of my favorite finds!

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Kitchen Gadgets

I needed a few new items to replace the ones in my kitchen. Yes, a wire whisk is a wire whisk, but for $3 I couldn’t pass it up! The oven mitts and potholder are of good quality and only $3! While this section isn’t essential, I was able to update some items for a much lower price.

Final Thoughts on using the Brandless Service

I enjoyed discovering a one-stop-shop for organic and non-GMO items that I would have to purchase from a few different places both online and at local stores.
Pricing was comparable per ounce, and in many instances, it was cheaper than the brands I would previously purchase.

Every item we ordered tasted great and arrived well wrapped. While I read a few things online that some people’s items did not arrive intact, I did not find it to be the case with my order, and I had three boxes.

Purchasing from Brandless was a great option for me to stock up on all my pantry staples because I value high-quality ingredients. I did not explore, or price compares the household cleaning essentals and personal care beauty areas, but I will do that in the future.

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So, is Brandless worth it?

For me it was. I liked having so many organic options of items I already purchased delivered straight to my door without having to go to several stores. Even some of the items that are comparable and the same price as other branded items were shown in an organic version at Brandless. In other words, some items were the same price as at the store but the counterpart was non-organic. I will definitely purchase again. To browse their products go here.

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Brandless Gluten Free Pancakes from Mix

Easy gluten-free pancakes with Brandless’ Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix

  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 8oz package Brandless Gluten-Free Pancake Mix
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter (or oil)
  • 1 large egg

 

Instructions

In a large bowl, whisk together the milk, butter, and egg. Stir in the mix until combined.

Preheat large skillet or griddle to medium and lightly grease. Pour less than 1/4 cup of batter onto hot griddle. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until bubbles form on top of pancakes and bottoms are golden brown.

Flip, and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 190
November 29, 2018

4 thoughts on “Review: Is Brandless Worth It? and What to Buy”

  1. Paula Rollo says:

    Feel like I need one of everything. Especially those sour cream & onion chips and all those organic sauces and dips! I’ve never tried brandless, but I keep hearing about it. Thanks for the discount code!!!

  2. Anna Beth says:

    I tried Brandless a few months ago and I love all their products. It was convenient to have them delivered to my door. You reminded me to get a refill on some things we need.

  3. Grace says:

    Hi!
    I am looking to hear about their diapers. I just got myself a bag of diapers, wipes and lotions to try out because I’m expecting my first baby. I’m tempted to put water in a diaper to test it, unless someone who has used them can share a comment. I want to update my registry before my shower next month. Thanks!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Grace, I’ve heard great reviews on their diapers but I haven’t used them because I have no babies at home anymore :(. Diapers are very personal to the baby’s shape much like underwear that fits you well might not fit me best. Leaks often happen because they are on too long or just not the right fit. Congrats on your first baby!

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