What are the BEST supermarket buys? Experts reveal their number one grocery picks – including a $2.79 block of butter and an unlikely loaf of bread
- Consumer advocate CHOICE has revealed the top supermarket-owned products
- The food experts compared bargain buys from Aldi, Coles and Woolworths
- The judges found the house brands tasted no different from well-known labels
- A $1.39 tomato sauce and gluten-free white bread are among best budget buys
A $1.39 bottle of tomato sauce, an unlikely loaf of bread and a $2.79 block of unsalted butter are among the best budget supermarket buys, according to consumer experts.
Australian consumer advocate CHOICE has revealed the top supermarket-owned products from Aldi, Coles and Woolworths following a blind taste test of more than 70 grocery items.
Besides its affordable price tags, the food industry judges found the house brands tasted no different from well-known labels, with some even outshining the expensive alternatives that often cost more than double.
‘House brand products have really improved in quality recently, and often score well in our testing,’ CHOICE food editor Rachel Clemons said.
‘They’re a good option if you’re looking to save a bit of money on your grocery bill, as they’re usually a fraction of the price of more premium products.’
Australian consumer advocate CHOICE has revealed the top supermarket-owned products from Aldi, Coles and Woolworths following a blind taste test of more than 70 grocery items
Aldi Australia upstaged its bigger rivals with six wins across 10 categories. It scored the highest points for the best pesto, strawberry jam, tea, tomato sauce, butter and ice cream
Aldi’s Colway tomato sauce ($1.39) squeezed out its bigger rivals to take out the top spot in the condiment category with a stellar 70 per cent.
Woolworths ($1.50) and Coles ($1.50) were also praised after beating out fan favourites such as Heinz, MasterFoods and Fountains.
Surprisingly, Coles ($4.50) came out on top with its gluten-free white bread with a credible 77 per cent, proving just how far the dietary has come in recent years.
Of the breads tested, Aldi’s Baker’s Life ($1.49) scored 73 per cent, beating Woolworths’ Country White loaf ($2.70).
Coles tied in second with Woolworths for its best gluten-free white bread, mozzarella cheese and instant coffee
Woolworths tied second with Coles overall with the best three products. The chain had the best muesli bar, and it also tied first with Aldi for the best strawberry jam and vanilla ice cream
The cheese industry judges voted Coles’ Mozzarella ($4.20) the best house brand on the market after scoring the product 80 per cent.
Woolworths Mozzarella ($4.20) came second with 76 per cent, followed by Aldi’s Westacre Tasty Light ($3.99) with just 66 per cent.
Despite its low rating, the experts found Aldi outscored 15 other varieties including popular household names such as Coon and Bega.
Beautifully Butterfully ($2.79), which is one of Aldi’s exclusive brands, scored the highest rating of 83 per cent in the ‘best butter’ category.
Coles Australian butter ($3.25) received 76 per cent, followed by Woolworths’ Macro Certified Organic’s salted butter ($3.70) with 72 per cent.
Revealed: The winners of the top supermarket-owned products
1st: Aldi Beautifully Butterfully Unsalted Butter – 83%
2nd: Coles Australian Butter – 76%
3rd: Woolworths Macro Certified Organic Salted Butter – 72%
BEST PREMIUM ICE CREAM
1st: Woolworths Vanilla Bean – 81%
1st: Aldi Monarc Indulge Vanilla Opulence – 81%
2nd: Coles Vanilla Bean – 79%
BEST STRAWBERRY JAM
1st: Aldi Grandessa Signature Jam – 74%
1st: Woolworths Essentials Jam – 74%
2nd: Coles Jam – 62%
BEST MUESLI BARS
1st: Woolworths Chewy Choc Drizzle – 72%
2nd: Coles Choc Chip – 71%
3rd: Aldi Hillcrest Chewy Choc Squiggle – 68%
1st: Aldi Diplomat Tea Cup Bags – 73%
2nd: Coles Cup Tea Bags – 72%
3rd: Woolworths Essentials Tea Bags – 70%
BEST WHITE BREAD
1st: Coles Gluten Free – 77%
2nd: Aldi Baker’s Life – 73%
3rd: Woolworths Country White – 72%
BEST TOMATO SAUCE
1st: Aldi Colway Tomato Sauce – 70%
2nd: Woolworths Tomato Sauce – 67%
3rd: Coles Tomato Sauce – 64%
BEST SHREDDED CHEESE
1st: Coles Australian Mozzarella Cheese – 80%
2nd: Woolworths Australian Mozzarella – 76%
3rd: Aldi Westacre Tasty Light – 66%
1st: Aldi Remano – 63%
2nd: Coles Basil Pesto – 55%
3rd: Woolworths Basil Pesto – 32%
1st: Coles Fairtrade Organic Freeze Dried Coffee – 74%
2nd: Woolworths Freeze Dried Classic Coffee – 69%
3rd: Alcafe Aldi Classic Gold – 67%