High-quality products don't have to come at a high price. We combed our ratings to find 15 top-performing products that sell for $15 or less. You won’t get fancy packaging or fancy features. But that’s the point: These items do exactly what they’re supposed to do without giving you extras you don’t want or need. (Click each product for more information.)
Share your smartest money-saving tips in our best shopping deals discussion.Panasonic RP-TCM125 headphones (shown)
Why a bargain: Sound quality as good as some much higher priced models, and you can have them for $10! It has integrated function control, microphone, and call connect/disconnect.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for headphones.Kirkland Signature alkaline batteries (Costco)
Price: $13 for 48
Why a bargain: Brand-name batteries can be quadruple the cost. These kept our flashlights and other gadgets powered for at least as long. Tip: Power up flashlights and remotes with inexpensive alkaline batteries. Save pricey lithium batteries for cameras and game controllers.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for batteries.
Why it's a bargain: Durable, accurate, and easy to use, this stick-type pressure gauge measures your tires’ air pressure from 5 to 99 PSI. The similar Accutire MS-4021B goes for about $10 and measures pressure up to 150 PSI.
Why it's a bargain: Excellent accuracy and reliability in our tests makes this model a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for thermometers.Equate Ultra Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 (Walmart)
Price: $7.50 for 16 oz.
Why it's a bargain: This sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays, and you get a lot for the money. In our tests, it was one of the best of 12 similar products tested and a Consumer Reports Best Buy.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for sunscreens.Great Value Facial Tissues With Lotion (Walmart)
Why it's a bargain: Aaah. Lotion. Gentler on sore noses. This one is ultrasoft and a lot cheaper than big brands with lotion.
Check our Ratings of facial tissues.Kirkland Signature Paper Towels (Costco)
Price: $15 for 12 rolls
Why it's a bargain: Costco’s paper towels are great at sucking up spills. So if you go through sheets like crazy, why pay more?
Check our buying guide and Ratings for paper towels.
Price: $6 for a 12-roll pack
Why it's a bargain: Strength, softness, and disintegration time are all excellent. Not only is this toilet paper a Consumer Best Buy, it is also the No. 1 rated toilet paper tested in our labs!
Check our buying guide and Ratings for toilet paper.
Price: $8 for 16 oz.
Why it's a bargain: A Consumer Reports Best Buy, the Nu Finish NF-76 is the No. 2 out of 12 liquid/gel wax in our ratings—and is less than half the of the No. 1 rated wax.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for car wax.
Price: $5 for 4 oz.
Why it's a bargain: Classic Elmer’s brand, in its Ultimate line, is excellent on wood and plastic, good on metal. Water resistance: very good. A Consumer Reports Best Buy.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for glue.
Price: $10 for package of 110 pacs
Why it's a bargain: Another great bargain product from Costco, these pacs made our dirty pots and dishes sparkle!
Price: $14 for 177 oz.
Why it's a bargain: It was second only to Tide Ultra Plus Bleach Vivid White+Bright in our lab tests—and it’s half the price! It out-cleaned dozens of big-brand and store-brand high-efficiency detergents at only 12 cents per medium-sized load.
Why it's a bargain: Fried eggs didn’t stick, and pancakes cooked as evenly as in some expensive pans.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for cookware.Proctor Silex Cool Touch 22203 toaster
Why it's such a bargain: With such an affordable and great performance, this everyday appliance has made our annual bargain list three times.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for toasters.
Price: $2.91 for two single-serving pies
Whay it's a bargain: Keep these in your freezer and save on takeout. The crust is crisp and tasty, the cheese is good and stretchy, and the sauce has a nice kick.
Check our buying guide and Ratings for frozen pizza.
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