The structure of the Wadge degrees on zero-dimensional spaces is very simple (almost well ordered), but for many other natural nonzero-dimensional spaces (including the space of reals) this structure is much more complicated. We consider weaker notions of reducibility, including the so-called Δ0
α-reductions, and try to find for various natural topological spaces X the least ordinal α
such that for every α
⩽ β < ω1 the degree-structure induced on X by the Δ0
β-reductions is simple (i.e. similar to the Wadge hierarchy on the Baire space). We show that α
⩽ ω for every quasi-Polish space X, that α
⩽ 3 for quasi-Polish spaces of dimension ≠ ∞, and that this last bound is in fact optimal for many (quasi-)Polish spaces, including the real line and its powers.