Can you help me to identify the right word that can match with the following description for a product:

basic and budget-friendly but not holding the negative context of "cheap."

I have come up with many options: simple, basic, traditional, etc. but the "right" word has not come to mind yet.

Any helpers? I would very much appreciate it!

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    How ’bout value?
    – Jim
    Oct 13, 2015 at 20:27
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    economical for "cheap", regular for "basic/standard".
    – Graffito
    Oct 13, 2015 at 20:38
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    – bib
    Oct 13, 2015 at 20:50
  • Requests for name suggestions are strictly off-topic. Before closure or deletion, it might be a good idea to edit your question. Ask simply for synonyms. Having said that, I'm going to pour myself a glass of Waitr*se Essentials grapefruit juice.
    – JHCL
    Oct 13, 2015 at 21:46
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    What about affordable for budget-friendly? And classic for traditional?
    – Mamta D
    Oct 14, 2015 at 5:18

3 Answers 3


Economical can mean budget-friendly.

Depending on the context, 'entry level' can mean basic; such as an entry level model for cars. You could also try 'standard', which doesn't imply cheap in my eyes.


You can try essential for basic and affordable for budget-friendly.

From the definition found in Merriam-Webster website



  • Can you offer any definitions, sources or examples to support your suggestions?
    – JHCL
    Oct 14, 2015 at 9:05
  • @JHCL-------definition from Merriam-Webster----- used to describe a product that is not expensive to own and use ----, I am attaching the link here---merriam-webster.com/dictionary/economical Oct 14, 2015 at 9:38
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    You posted the dictionary link for economical, which you never suggested in your answer. (?)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 14, 2015 at 10:07
  • Sorry for my mistake, corrected now....@Mari-LouA Oct 14, 2015 at 10:15
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    You still have the dictionary entry for economical, but your answers are: essential, and affordable. Give the definition for these two terms.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Oct 14, 2015 at 13:53

Not a single word but nevertheless a compound noun, so you can join the two words with the hyphen best-buy. Oxford Dictionaries say

best buy
An item or product which gives the best value for money out of all its competitors.

e.g. Their recommendation of which shop has the best buy must then be reviewed by the 23 member Ethics Committee to make sure that the shop doesn't sell alcohol or Lottery tickets.

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