These Are the Worst Kirkland Products From Costco

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Kirkland products aren’t always a great deal at Costco. | Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Every Costco fan knows often Kirkland products are the best bang for your buck. However, not all Kirkland products are created equal. Read on to find out which Kirkland goods to skip the next time you head to Costco.

1. Kirkland Signature Gel Dishwasher Detergent

Costco’s Kirkland Signature gel is one of the lowest-rated detergents on the market. According to Consumer Reports, “It struggled with dishes, pots and pans, and resistance to water spots.”

Next: Don’t buy this Kirkland product for your baby. 

2. Kirkland diapers

Kirkland diapers

Customers complained about leaks. | Costco

Skip the Kirkland option, and go for the name brand when it comes to diapers. While they are cheaper and ultimately get the job done, reviewers have complained about leaking. “The first ‘Kirkland brand’ item I won’t buy again,” said one Amazon reviewer.

Next: You’re better off with the name brand for this product. 

3. Kirkland facial tissues

Kirkland tissues

They’re not the worst, but name brand is better. | Costco

Facial tissues are one of the few items that are almost always better when they’re a name brand. You’re just not going to get much softer than Puffs. Consumer Reports says that Kirkland Signature facial tissues are in the middle of the pack when it comes to facial tissue ratings and that consumers are better off with Puffs Basic.

Next: A healthy choice, but not worth the cash

4. Kirkland whole grain products

Kirkland Signature Quinoa

Kirkland Signature Quinoa | Costco

Trying to better your diet by eating whole grains? Good for you! But don’t get them at Costco. Buying whole grains in bulk can end up being a big waste of cash. The oils in whole grains can cause them to go rancid if you don’t eat them fast enough. So unless you’re planning on shoveling down a lot of whole grains each day, this might be a bad choice.

Next: Don’t buy these from Costco.  

5. Kirkland jeans

Kirkland jeans

The fit isn’t great. | Costco

If you’re looking for any old pair of cheap jeans, Kirkland can provide that. But if you’re looking for a nice fit and something a little more stylish, stay away from the Kirkland brand. The Kirkland jeans reviews on Amazon frequently complain about a baggy fit and incorrect sizing.

Next: This Kirkland product just isn’t durable.  

6. Kirkland toilet paper

Kirkland toilet paper

It’s not very durable. | Costco

Kirkland toilet paper is actually pretty soft, but where it suffers is in the durability department. “Kirkland Signature toilet paper offers only so-so strength and tearing ease,” says Consumer Reports, giving the product a lower toilet paper rating.

Next: How about a cuppa?

7. Kirkland Signature Coffee

Kirkland Signature Coffee

Kirkland Signature Coffee | Costco

We all have our favorite coffee flavors, and we all know the pain of getting up in the morning only to find we’ve run out. So wouldn’t it be great to stock up on a bunch ahead of time? That’s what you’d think, but coffee could gradually lose its flavor over time. So overstocking might end up being a major waste.

Next: This product earned bad reviews.  

8. Kirkland Ultra Clean laundry detergent

Kirkland laundry detergent

Reviewers didn’t find it effective. | Costco

The Kirkland Ultra Clean laundry detergent doesn’t have the best reviews. It scored 2.8 out of 5 stars on Consumer Reports. Reviewers complained about the detergent not being very effective on especially dirty laundry.

Next: Don’t buy the cheap version of this product.  

9. Kirkland Hair Regrowth for Men

Kirkland Hair Regrowth for Men

Customers have complained about irritation. | Costco

Like facial tissues, hair regrowth serum is another thing you should probably spend a little more for. The reviews for Kirkland Signature 5% Minoxidil Hair Regrowth For Men aren’t the best. Customers frequently complain about the product causing irritation, dandruff, or just being ineffective.

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Additional reporting by John Wolfe