I've been using a "name brand" compression stocking for some time at a cost three times the amount of the Ontel hose. I thought I'd try the Ontel to see how they compare, and they beat the name brand hands down!! The compression is the same or better than the name brand without the constriction below the knee. I can wear the Ontel throughout the day without irritation. I would recommend them over the name brand, definitely! My only regret is that I only found them in black, but I can live with that!