Woman wearing black stockings.

Top-priced stockings not top performer

Consumer NZ’s latest test of stockings found you don’t need to pay an arm and a leg for a decent pair of tights this winter.

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The test assessed 10 well-known brands of 70 denier stockings, ranging in price from $3.99 to $29.95. The tights were tested for their ability to withstand laddering and their overall strength.

Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin says the top scorer was a $10 pair of Razzamatazz tights, which out-performed products costing 2 to 3 times as much.

Three of the brands tested performed poorly when it came to laddering. The cheapest pair, $3.99 Pams-brand tights, returned very poor results.

“These tights were very quick to ladder, even with minimal stretching. You’re unlikely to get much wear out of them once they snag,” Ms Chetwin says.

Other brands that performed poorly for laddering were Stepout ($16.99) and Kayser ($15.99).

The laddering test involved a small hole being punctured into the fabric, which was then stretched.

Ms Chetwin says most products performed reasonably well in its “burst” test, which measures the strength and elasticity of the fabric.

“Our test results show paying a higher price for winter tights may not guarantee a superior product.”

The testing was conducted for Consumer NZ by the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority.

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