Excellent products aren't developed in a vacuum.

We compare diverse quality parameters and consumer-relevant characteristics, emphasizing practical test design for real-life conditions and considering current regulations and standards.

Establish the strengths and weaknesses of a product in direct competition with equivalent articles in order to:

In comparison, we have a lot of experience.

Hohenstein has compared products for manufacturers, retailers and consumer organizations since the 1950s.

For example:

Consumer Products

We develop test scenarios that realistically reproduce usage conditions for textile-related consumer articles as diverse as gloves, bags, jackets, shirts, denim, bedding, paper towels and lint rollers. Our wealth of experience allows us to develop a test plan that is tailored to your requirements.


Developing innovative products requires the right inputs. Our customized testing plans help you develop materials or source the right technologies, ensuring they’ll fit the specific requirements of your customers.


To assess stain removal capability and color protection, we test with detergents, washing agents and cleaning products.  We also conduct standardized test procedures, such as the EU Eco Label, IKW recommendations and A.I.S.E.


To obtain practical and reliable results, we use a unique system to compare cleaners, detergents and washing agents, washing machines and dryers (white goods) as well as other household appliances.

More sustainable sourcing.

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Comparison + product development.


So is Hohenstein. We work with any application where textiles interact with humans and the environment.

Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America