12 AmazonBasics Products Worth Buying Over Their Name-Brand Counterparts

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Back in 2009, Amazon started selling select products—mostly electronic accessories—under the AmazonBasics brand. It now sells more than 1500 items, and with a range of products that includes everything from batteries to electric kettles, the brand is anything but basic. Here are a few of the products that reviewers and experts agree are just as good as the name brands—for a fraction of the price.

1. 100 Pack AA High-Performance Alkaline Batteries; $27

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The AmazonBasics line really got its start with these batteries, and according to one source, they're still one of the brand’s bestsellers. One out of every $10 spent on AmazonBasics sales is a battery purchase, OneZero reports. It’s not much of a surprise when you look at the price—at $0.27 per battery for a pack of 100, it’s half as pricey as name brands like Energizer, and its 68,000 five-star reviews suggest that customers are more than satisfied. If you’re looking for a more eco-friendly option, AmazonBasics also sells rechargeable batteries in five different sizes.

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2. 14-Piece Kitchen Knife Set; $26

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Kitchen knife sets from name brands like Cuisinart can cost up to $160, making this 14-piece set a bargain at just $26. The knives in this 4.5-star-rated set are made of a sturdy high-carbon stainless steel, meaning they’re durable, resistant to rusting, and capable of maintaining a razor-sharp edge for longer. Plus, their sturdy plastic handles make them easier to clean than knives with wooden handles.

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3. 8-Sheet Capacity Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder; $41

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Wirecutter speaks highly of AmazonBasics paper shredders—this affordable model was its top pick in 2019. With its cross-cut shredding function, it’s appropriate for destroying more secure documents and ID cards that you don’t want anyone getting their hands on. Reviewers say that it’s a “surprisingly good value” and relatively quiet when compared to other paper shredders.

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4. 3-Piece luggage Set; $161

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Luggage is infamous for being wildly expensive. If you’re a casual traveler just looking for a durable three-piece set, AmazonBasics should be more than acceptable for what you need. This lightweight set—which has a higher star rating and far lower price than its Samsonite equivalentcomes with 21-inch, 26-inch, and 30-inch luggage, complete with an interior organizer and three zippered pockets.

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5. Lightweight Microfiber Sheet Set; $14-$25

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At $20 for a queen set, Amazon’s signature bedsheets are about as affordable as they come. Plus, they're available in more than 40 different colors and patterns, and the pockets are large enough to accommodate mattresses up to 16 inches deep. Reviewers say that the material is “super soft” and cozy for cold nights.

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6. 2-Pack Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mats; $14

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These reusable baking mats replace the need for cooking spray and parchment paper, and they make the clean-up process far more manageable. They’re oven-safe up to 480°F, making them a perfect companion for whatever you’re planning on baking—whether that’s cinnamon rolls or salmon. Once you’re done cooking, simply place them in the top rack of your dishwasher and let the machine do all the clean-up.

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7. Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker; $21-$29

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This portable Bluetooth speaker can pair with devices up to 33 feet away, and it also comes with an auxiliary jack to accommodate devices without Bluetooth capability. It can play for eight uninterrupted hours after a full charge, and at just $21, it’s perfect for casual listeners. But if you’re looking for something with a little more audio oomph, we’ve put together a list of the most popular portable speakers Amazon has to offer.

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8. Nylon-Braided Apple iPhone Charger; $14

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Apple’s signature iPhone charging cord sells for $29 on its own website, so it’s no shocker that the AmazonBasics version has more than 58,000 five-star reviews. This charging cord is wrapped in durable nylon fiber to prevent fraying and extend its lifetime. Not an iPhone user? AmazonBasics has you covered with this $9 USB-C charging cable.

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9. Leather-Padded Adjustable Swivel Office Desk Chair; $76

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A good home office requires a sturdy, comfortable desk chair. With its fully adjustable controls, contoured padded back, and affordable price, this office chair might just do the trick for your new work-from-home lifestyle.

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10. 24-Pack Microfiber Cleaning Cloths; $15

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AmazonBasics really excels when it comes to affordable staples for the home, and this set of cleaning cloths is no exception. The microfiber used in these washcloths is super absorbent and as effective for cleaning vehicles as it is household items. Plus, they can retain their absorbency even after dozens of washes.

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11. 15-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set; $52

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Complete with multiple saucepans, frying pans, and utensils, this 15-piece cookware set can handle anything from robust Sunday dinners to quick weekday breakfasts. Everything here is durable and functional, and while you may need something sturdier to make stews and roasts (more on that below), this is perfect for a first apartment or a family looking for a real value. It's also $100 cheaper than this comparable set from Rachael Ray, which sports the same 4.5-star rating.

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12. 6-Quart Dutch Oven; $51

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Your stomach may want you to spring for that vaunted Le Creuset Dutch oven, but your wallet probably doesn't want to take the $360 hit. Luckily, Amazon makes its own version of this kitchen staple that's earned more than 6900 five-star reviews. The oven's cast-iron build ensures consistent heat throughout, making it the ideal vessel for soups, stews, and more.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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This Four-Layer Face Mask Has a Two-Speed Fan Inside

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If you're looking for another face mask to bring with you while you're out and about, the Electric Respirator LED Fan Mask offers plenty of protection, thanks to a four-layer, KN95-certified filter and a two-speed fan motor for constant fresh air. And while it may sound like a massive contraption to wear, it’s actually a tiny geometric piece that's available in black or white.

The custom four layers of filters in the Electric Respirator LED Fan Mask are designed to keep the air you breathe safe and clean, which starts with a strong anti-bacterial net to filter large particles in the air. Anything that gets through there will be checked at the second filter—the activated carbon filter, where particles are sterilized and deodorized. It’ll even keep you safe from harmful substances like formaldehyde.

If stubborn particles like pollen, smoke, and dust still make their way through the first two layers, they’ll be faced with a HEPA filter at the third layer. A fourth and final layer works to inhibit bacterial growth through the release of negative oxygen ions. The two-speed fan motor doubles down on moisture prevention.

You can get the modern four-layer mask in black or white, and for a limited time, you can get them each in black or white two-packs for $87.

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