It can be worthwhile to reach for the private labels of German supermarkets, such as "Gut und cheap" or "Ja" - without the consumer having to fear major losses in quality. Stiftung Warentest came to this conclusion in an evaluation of its food tests over the past four years, as announced on Wednesday. During this time, 1414 products were tested and now evaluated again.
The result: the quality ratings are comparable – they average a rating of 2.8 for brands and 2.7 for private labels. With the latter, however, money can be saved, according to Stiftung Warentest. The example shopping basket with the best private labels was 34 percent cheaper than the one with the best branded products. Chips, mineral water and balsamic vinegar were only half as expensive.
The testers published their findings in the February issue of Test magazine. There they also compared the chains Aldi, Lidl, Edeka and Rewe. Products from the entire range of products were tested – from drinks and meat to smoothies, coffee beans and tofu.
In addition, Stiftung Warentest tested how well liquid products clean under the color detergents. The result: Many liquid products failed. "We also found good liquids, four in all," said the testers. However, three of the four products can no longer be purchased in the tested form.
The winners of the comparison of color detergents are the powders. Six of the seven products were rated “good”. Five were even "good" in color retention - a crucial factor in why people buy colored detergents in the first place.
The product testers also tracked down a point that is repeatedly mentioned in advertising: Do you actually need sensitive detergents? Preservatives and fragrances are not used in these products because they are considered to be allergenic. The examiners have now tested all products – including the non-sensitive ones – for their potential to irritate the skin. With no evidence of such an effect. Incidentally, none of the sensitive products was convincing when it came to the washing effect. The best product achieved a "satisfactory".