Costco Review Requests

We’ve rounded up the latest review requests from Costco. Se what we think and where you can switch to save.

Planter’s Nuts & Chocolate Trail Mix vs. Kirkland Signature Trail Mix Snack Packs

Similarity Score: 88%

Testers liked the packaging of the store brand because it is a better shape for snacking. The name brand bag is square so pieces kept spilling out. The taste of the Planter's peanuts seemed more appealing to testers but if we ate these by themselves we wouldn't mind the difference. The store brand does come with cashews, which is a nice plus. Overall, Kirkland makes a great product and we'd be more than happy to make the switch here.


Folger’s Classic Roast Medium Ground Coffee vs. Kirkland Signature Ground Coffee Medium Roast

Similarity Score: 77%

Testers actually preferred the store brand in this case. Folgers has a more acidic smell and taste, which seemed really strong compared to Kirkland's flavor, which was nutty and milder. If you're reaching for the medium roast looking to get a mild coffee, we recommend going for Kirkland!

Monari Federzoni Balsamic Vinegar of Modena vs. Kirkland Signature Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Similarity Score: 74%

The fancy pour spout that pops out of the store brand is unexpected and so cool! We noticed that the store brand's flavor was more mild whereas the name brand had a more sour, vinegary taste. One tester preferred the sour taste of the name brand, but if you tried these alone you might not be able to tell the difference. If you don't mind the slightly milder flavor, we say go for Kirkland!

StarKist Solid White Albacore Tuna vs. Kirkland Signature Albacore Solid White Tuna in Water

Similarity Score: 65%

Both products come in the similar packaging but right away you can notice the store brand has a slightly fishier smell. The name brand's texture was a lot easier to break up and pick up with a fork whereas the store brand was tougher. Testers much preferred the taste of the name brand and all decided they would be sticking with the StarKist tuna.

Pam Original Canola Oil Cooking Spray vs. Kirkland Signature Canola Oil Cooking Spray

Similarity Score: 64%

Testers were not impressed with this dupe. The store brand sprayed up like a foam, which is not what you'd expect from an oil based cooking spray. It also tasted kind of fishy (ew, what?!) and that was enough to turn testers off. We recommend sticking with the name brand.

Sweet Ella’s Organic Peanut Butter vs. Kirkland Signature Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

Similarity Score: 60%

Testers were not fans of this store brand dupe. It smelled like natural peanuts and had a slight burnt taste to it. Plus, it had WAY too much oil on top, which was a turn off. The name brand had a grittier texture, but its sweet taste was much more pleasing. Also, Kirkland claims to be creamy but it was really thick and hard to get out with a knife. The name brand was actually a creamy consistency. We recommend sticking with the name brand here.

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