Why break the bank on a premium brand if there’s a low-price alternative that’s just as good? Amazon is a treasure trove of options. I scoured the site for popular, affordable versions of some of the most wished-for premium products.
How about a gorgeous $68 handbag that has a similar look and feel to a $138 Coach bag? Or the $6 Maybelline mascara that has more rave reviews than $22 prestige brand Buxom. Then there’s the $12 wireless charging pad that’s way more popular than the Samsung version, and saves you nearly $30 over the name brand.
Here are 15 brand-name products and 15 money-saving swaps.
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Brand: Lululemon — Go from hatha to happy hour in these soft, body-hugging yoga pants
Lululemon knows what its doing when it comes to yoga wear. These babies are their bestselling 7/8-length pant. Made of 92% nylon and 8% lycra elastane, they have a smooth, wide waistband (with hidden pocket) and flat seams to keep chafe in check. They’re the perfect combination of comfort and style.
Swap: 90 Degrees By Reflex — These buyer-fave yoga pants have high quality at a low price
For those who want unbeatable performance without the high price tag (who doesn’t?), these 7/8-length tummy-control yoga pants are to die for. Made of 87% nylon and 13% spandex, they have a similar look and feel to the much higher-priced Lululemon pair, but with a savings of more than $100. They have a high, wide waistband (with hidden pocket), a streamlined fit and interlock seams to minimize chafing. 90 Degree By Reflex is Amazon’s number one seller of athletic leggings. These ones have the same high rating (4.3) as the Lululemon pair, but with many more reviews.
Brand: Scunci — Get 20 beautiful velvet scrunchies from the brand that made scrunchies famous
Who made the first scrunchie you ever owned? Probably Scunci. They’re the brand that made scrunchies a household word back in the ’80s when every girl in the world had at least six of them on her wrists and in her hair. (Color coordinated to match her outfit, of course.) Well, Scunci is still around and still going strong. With this offer, you get 20 colorful velvet scrunchies that won’t snag or leave those annoying lines in your hair.
Swap: Chloven — Adorn your hair in a rainbow with 45 soft velvet scrunchies that buyers LOVE
Chloven may not be the originator of the scrunchie, but they’ve sure taken the creation to new heights. With this offer, you get 45 velvet scrunchies in a rainbow of colors for $7.99, which is $4 less than the 20-pack from Scunci. And buyers LOVE them. They’re rated a whopping 4.8 on nearly 13,000 reviews! People say they’re shocked by the high quality for such a great price, noting that the scrunchies have sturdy elastic and are super soft.
Brand: Coach — This black leather satchel is gorgeous elegance, for $138
There’s something so classic and beautiful about a Coach purse, and this model is no exception. This lightweight, dome-shaped bag is inspired by the styles of the ’60s. The patent leather exterior has a fabric lining, and there are three handy compartments inside.
Swap: Aldo — This stylish faux-leather satchel has the look and feel of the Coach for only $68
At $100 less than the similar Coach bag, this adorable black satchel is a great deal. It’s approximately the same size as the Coach bag, and like the name brand, it’s got a fabric lining and three interior compartments. Obviously you won’t choose this bag if you have your heart set on real leather or the name-brand logo. But for those who want the look without the cost, this bag is a hit, earning 4.4 stars. Oh, and it’s available in red, white, navy and leopard-print, too!
Brand: Clinique — Get the super popular Chubby Stick moisturizing color balm in a gorgeous red
These Chubby Sticks are some of Clinique’s bestsellers. They give you a subtle lip color described as not-quite-sheer and not-quite-opaque. This one is called Mightiest Maraschino, and it’s beautiful! What’s extra great is that these Chubby Sticks are super-nourishing and loaded with mango and shea butters. This one comes in at $16.
Swap: Revlon — This bright red matte balm is bolder than Clinique’s and costs $10 less
This balm, like Clinique’s, is nourishing. Revlon uses a triple butter complex of shea, mango and coconut. Mmm! At a cost of only $6 and change, this balm is an amazing deal. And the delicious red color — “Striking” — is aptly named. Unlike Clinique, Revlon’s balm is designed to provide solid coverage, so these sticks will give you the look of classic lipstick with the feel of a balm. I prefer that, but if you’re into the subtler semi-sheer look, the Clinique Chubby Stick is worth the extra $10.
Brand: Nespresso — This mini espresso machine gives you the perfect cup of coffee every time
This is the updated version of the Nespresso machine I actually own, and I can say with authority that it makes a delicious cup. It heats up in just 30 seconds. Pop in a pod and you have an espresso (1.35 ounce) or lungo (5 ounce) with a dense crema every time. Nespresso has a huge array of tasty flavors, and the pods are recyclable. This basic black model comes in at around $119, or you can upgrade to a cool red or lime green color, or pair it with accessories for a bit more.
Swap: AeroPress — This no-frills coffee and espresso maker gives you a smooth, delicious cup for $90 less than Nespresso
This coffee-brewing experience will be more interactive than the one you have with a Nespresso machine, but you can think of it as a nurturing ritual for creating your morning treat. At $29, this is a great low-cost option for high-quality results. The AeroPress is a total immersion brewing process that’s sort of like a French press, except faster and with a filter. Those key differences eliminate the high acidity and bitterness of a French press cup, and make cleanup easier since all the grit is caught in the filter. Brew 1-3 cups of heavenly coffee in about a minute!
Brand: Pureology — Strengthen your hair with this nourishing superfood treatment
As a brand, Pureology is all about healthy, natural products that nurture color-treated hair. Their products are vegan, sulfate-free and sustainable. This hair treatment mask is packed with essential nutrients like goji berry extract and coconut oil to fortify your locks and prevent future breakage. It offers softer hair and better color retention in a six-ounce jar for $42 and change.
Swap: SheaMoisture — This intensive strengthening masque nourishes and restores, for less than $10
Like Pureology, SheaMoisture is all about natural ingredients and sustainability. Their products are free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oil and other bad stuff, and they never test on animals. This treatment strengthens and restores natural or chemically processed hair using Jamaican black castor oil, Fair Trade shea butter, peppermint and apple cider vinegar. (Sounds sort of delicious, doesn’t it?) Personally, I use SheaMoisture and Pureology and love them both. But you can’t deny the deal you get on this SheaMoisture product, at just under $10. It comes in a 12-ounce jar, which is twice the size of the Pureology product — and at less than one-fourth the price.
Brand: Samsung — This QI-certified wireless charger is an Amazon buyer favorite at $40
Charge your devices fast by simply setting them on this charging pad from Samsung. It works for all QI-compatible devices, including Galaxy and Apple phones, earbuds, smartwatches and more. It comes with a USB-C wall charger and has a built-in fan to cool down your devices while they’re charging.
Swap: Yootech — For under $12, this top-selling QI-certified charger does everything the Samsung does
The Yootech wireless charger is a big hit, with an overall 4.3 rating on more than 38,000 reviews. This charger works for both Apple and Galaxy devices that are QI-certified, and is especially good for Apple AirPods, which fit perfectly into the charging area and are kept securely in place by the device’s rubber ring. Built-in technology provides temperature control, surge protection and short-circuit prevention. With a savings of almost $30, the Yootech is a compelling alternative to the Samsung.
Brand: Apple — This Apple Watch sport band is durable and stylish, for $49
One of the coolest things about the Apple Watch is that you can change the bands and create whole new looks with a single watch face. The sport band is soft and strong, and comes in loads of fun colors, like this beautiful red. Buyers love this product, giving it 4.8 stars!
Swap: RUOQINI — This soft silicone sport band for Apple Watch is a buyer fave, and only $11.99!
For $40 less than the official Apple Watch sport band, the RUOQINIsport band has similar style and function. It’s lightweight, flexible and water-resistant. Choose from two sizes and more than two dozen colors. And with a price so low, you can buy several colors at once and mix them up as you wear them. (Like a red band on one side and a black band on the other.)
Brand: Swarovski — These beautiful crystal studs sparkle at $47
These rhodium-plated button earrings feature a single clear crystal chaton framed in a ring of smaller clear crystals. The pavé setting sparkles and shines, for a classic look that’s sophisticated with a hint of glamour.
Swap: DwearBeauty — These cubic zirconia studs have the look of Swarovski, for less than $10
With a cubic zirconia stone surrounded by a ring of smaller cubic zirconia stones, these 7mm earrings have the same look and feel as the Swarovski ones, but for less than a fourth the price. They’re in a silver-colored setting that’s lead- and nickel-free and hypoallergenic. What an easy, affordable way to dress up an outfit!
Brand: Dr. Martens — Comfortable and stylish, these combat boots are everything Dr. Martens is known for
It’s the ’90s all over again, and Docs are back! These Pascal combat boots have a zipper to make them easy to get on and off. (Oh how I wish I had a zipper on mine 25 years ago!) These $150 beauties have an all-black look, which is a subtle change from the classic yellow stitching, and the leather on these is matte rather than shiny. I love this more sophisticated version of the traditional combat boot.
Swap: Dream Pairs — These combat boots have Dr. Martens’ style for less than $35
These combat boots aren’t an exact match to the Dr Martens, but they’ve got the same general look, and at a crazy affordable price. They’re made of matte faux-leather and have a rubber sole. They also have that handy zipper to make them easy to get on and off. At less than one-fourth the price of Docs, these boots sure do scratch that itch to look street-stomping cute.
Brand: NutriBullet — This fast, easy one-cup smoothie maker is an industry leader, for just under $50
This basic NutriBullet model has everything you need for those morning smoothies, and the streamlined size means less space taken up on your countertop. With a 600-watt motor and refined nutrient-extraction blades, the NutriBullet breaks down fruit, vegetables, ice and other ingredients, turning them into delicious fuel for your body. This model comes with a 24-ounce cup and to-go lid, plus a recipe book.
Swap: Cincred — At about $20 less than NutriBullet, the Cincred personal blender scores high with Amazon buyers
The Cincred, like the NutriBullet, is designed to be compact and powerful, churning out delicious, nutrient-packed smoothies you can drink right out of the blender cup. In this case, the cup is 400ml in size, which is smaller than the 24-ounce cup you get with the NutriBullet. This model, like the NutriBullet, touts its nutrient extraction capabilities. Buyers rave about it, giving it an average 4.4 rating, with some saying it’s the best personal blender they’ve ever tried.
Brand: Bose — These wireless headphones have noise-canceling and voice control for $299
Alexa voice control is built into these state-of-the-art wireless headphones, which pair easily via bluetooth. Use the Bose Connect app to adjust the level of noise cancellation, enable music sharing, manage bluetooth connections and access software updates. With 20 hours of battery life and a comfy fit, these Bose headphones are powerful luxury. Available in rose gold, black or silver.
Swap: Cowin — For almost one-fourth the cost of Bose, these wireless headphones pack a powerful punch
You get 30 hours of playtime on a single battery charge with these headphones, as compared to 20 hours with the Bose. For $60-$70, you can choose from several fun colors — black, blue, green, purple, white, red and yellow. They have active noise-canceling, a built-in microphone for phone calls, soft ear pads and easy bluetooth pairing. With more than 32,000 4-star ratings, these Cowin headphones are real contenders!
Brand: Buxom — This $22 lash volumizing mascara is a premium beauty fave
As anyone in the beauty industry knows, women love Buxom mascara. It defines, lengthens and lifts, offering three-times the volume. Plus, it’s infused with vitamin E and rosewater, helping to condition lashes while you’re wearing it. The special hourglass shaped wand is designed to fan-out lashes, with zero clumps.
Swap: Maybelline — Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara is a four-star bestseller for $15 less than Buxom
This mascara promises a full-fan effect, courtesy of a curved fanning brush with 10 layers of bristles. This is Maybelline’s bestselling mascara, and (according to a 2020 Nielsen report) Maybelline is America’s number one mascara brand. Maybelline Lash Sensational gets the same 4.4-star rating from Amazon reviewers as premium product Buxom, for only $6 and change.
Brand: Utilyze — Massage and deep-clean your face with sonic technology using this $79 cleansing brush
Say goodbye to that washcloth you’ve been using to clean your face at night, and say hello to a therapeutic spa treatment you can hold in your hand. With advanced sonic technology that produces 300 movements per second, the Utilyze brush gives you a clean that’s said to be 10 times better than traditional spinning brushes or bare hands. It has three speed settings and two pre-programmed face-care routines. You get a cleansing brush head and a rolling massage head to stimulate blood flow, relieve tension and detoxify. Simply charge the brush by USB and you’re ready to revolutionize your skin.
Swap: Liberex — This $35 sonic cleansing brush has three speeds and comes with three brush heads
This cute egg-shaped cleansing brush uses ultrasonic vibration technology to gently clean and get deep into pores, for results that are said to be six times better than a manual cleanser. It has three intensities for massaging, exfoliating or deep cleansing, and a smart timer function to ensure you don’t over-cleanse. Plus, you get three brush heads: A soft one for sensitive areas, a deep cleansing brush and a silicone brush for gentle exfoliation. This powerful little tool gets four-star reviews and comes in at $40 less than the Utilyze brush.
Brand: Apple — The second generation Apple Pencil has even more precision and responsiveness, for $125
Turn your iPad into a notepad or canvas with Apple Pencil (2nd generation), which magnetically attaches and pairs to iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd and 4th generation) and iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation). Never lose your Pencil again, because it’ll be magnetically attached to your iPad, where it’ll wirelessly charge. The new pencil design has one flat side for easier grip, and even more precision and fluidity.
Swap: JamJake — This stylus pen for iPad Pro rates 4.7 stars and costs only $34
This upgraded iPad pen with palm rejection technology provides a natural writing feel and fast responsiveness. Compared to previous stylus pens, the JamJake is designed to have increased sensitivity, a more accurate signal and more comfortable feel in your hand. It has a 1.5mm fine tip (with one spare tip included) and charges by USB. (Be sure to check the listing for which iPad models it’s compatible with.)
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