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Best olive oils revealed by Which?

The best oil is not always the most expensive

Napolina olive oil

Napolina extra virgin olive oil has come out on top in a Which? taste test of olive oils from supermarkets and big brands.  

But the results proved that the most expensive extra virgin olive oil is not always the best. 

Which? experts rated the standard Napolina higher than Napolina Special Selection, despite it being nearly £2 cheaper.

Napolina was the only olive oil to achieve a Best Buy, but Aldi’s EVOO Extra Virgin olive oil also impressed the panel, gaining the second-highest score in the test.

What makes a good olive oil

To find out what makes a Best Buy olive oil and how to match olive oil with food, watch our interview with olive oil expert Charles Carey.

 

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About the test

Three olive oil experts rated 12 extra virgin olive oils on aroma, taste, balance and complexity. The oils on test were:

  • Aldi EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Asda Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Bertolli Originale Extra Virgin 
  • The Co-operative Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Lidl Primadonna Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Marks & Spencer Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
  • Morrisons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Napolina Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sainsbury’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Tesco Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Waitrose Extra Virgin Olive Oil

The experts also assessed two market-leading premium varieties, Napolina Special Selection and Filippo Berio Special Selection, to see if they were worth the extra cost.

Join the debate over at Which? Conversation and let us know how much you spend on olive oil and whether you feel it’s good value for money.

Full results

Which? members can see the full olive oil article in the July issue of Which? magazine. If you’re not a Which? member, you can sign up for a trial for just £1 a month.

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