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Bisto Best gravy granules beaten in Which? taste test

We put eight vegetable gravy granules to the test and just one was named a Which? Best Buy

Bisto Best gravy granules beaten in Which? taste test

Bisto Best gravy granules were beaten into last place by a supermarket own-label alternative costing less than half the price in a Which? blind tasting of vegetable gravy granules.

Our general public panel tasted eight vegetable gravies and only one was tasty enough for us to endorse, as well as being one of the cheapest we tested.

But, if our supermarket winner isn’t stocked in your local shop, our testing also revealed a handful of well-rounded gravies that would make a welcome addition to your Sunday dinner.

Find out which supermarket own-label gravy really floats our boat – see the best gravy granules.

The best and worst gravy granules

Bisto Best Vegetable Gravy


Most of our taste testers described our Best Buy gravy as having just the right level of saltiness, while others commented on the delicious aroma.

Its flavour went down well too, with one member of the panel describing it as ‘rich and herby’.

At the other end of the table, tied in last place with a supermarket gravy is our premium option, Bisto Best.

Both gravies lost points for their uninviting aroma, with some of the panel likening Bisto Best to something ‘artificial’.

Lots of the tasters also complained that the own-label loser was bland, while a further half of our tasters felt that Bisto Best was too thin.

Bisto Best is also three times pricier per 100g than our winner, proving that paying more doesn’t guarantee a better product.

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How we tested

gravy in a gravy boat
  • Each vegetable gravy was tested by 62 individual consumers who regularly eat gravy.
  • The test was conducted in laboratory conditions, and participants were unable to discuss their thoughts with the other tasters.
  • The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying, and they were given the gravies in a random order to avoid any bias.
  • We asked them to rate each gravy on taste, texture, appearance and aroma. Each gravy was served with the same Yorkshire pudding.

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