The 6 Best Olive Oil Brands
Posted on August 23, 2012
There are endless choices at the grocery store when it comes to olive oil, but if you want to make sure you’re getting the highest quality olive oil with the most health benefits, check out our list of the best olive oil brands based on user reviews on Amazon.
Is your favorite olive oil not on the list? Let us know in the comments section and in the future we might put together a list of our readers’ favorite olive oils.
1. Frantoia Barbera Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sicily
The best rated olive oil by Amazon reviewers is Frantoia Barbera Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Sicily. It is unfiltered and made in Sicily. 32 out of 33 reviewers at the time of this writing gave it 5 stars. According to several reviewers, Mario Batali uses this olive oil on his tv show.
Reviews say it is “absolutely the best,” “lovely golden green color,” “worth spending a little extra,” “really olivey,” “worth it to splurge,” “great gift,” and “best olive oil ever.”
2. Columela Extra Virgin Olive Oil From Spain
The second best rated is Columela Extra Virgin Olive Oil From Spain. This olive oil ranked #1 in a blind taste test done on the tv show, America’s Test Kitchen and is recommended by Cook’s Illustrated.
Reviews on Amazon say it is “delicate and floral,” “very light taste,” “the best EVOO under $40,” “tastes good by itself,” and “can’t say enough about it.”
3. Bariani California Olive Oil
Third on the list is Bariani California Olive Oil and it is the olive oil that I currently use. It is organic, cold pressed and stone crushed from Manzanillo and Mission olives grown in California. No heat is used in the processing which makes this oil good for those on a raw food diet. It also comes in a dark green bottle which is important because olive oil degrades when exposed to light.
Reviews say that it is “pure and great tasting,” “a superb product,” “wonderful drizzled over antipasti,” “great price,” “superior to any other olive oil,” and “this stuff is perfection.”
4. Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
The fourth highest rated is Zoe Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This oil is certified organic and comes from Cornicabra olives in Castilla-LaMancha, Spain and contains no additives, chemicals, or pesticides.
Reviewers say it is “light and mild,” “clean taste,” “best oil I have tasted,” “great flavor,” and “mellow and smooth.”
A fresh, fruity fragrance accompanies a light and sweet taste with a visually appealing, golden yellow hue. Eco-cert Organic certification ensures no chemicals, pesticides or additives are used during the growth, harvest or pressing of the olives.
This first cold press of hand selected Cornicabra olives from the groves of Castilla-LaMancha, Spain, will benefit your health, help protect the environment and enhance all of life’s flavors.
5. Olio Taibi Monocultivar Nocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil
This oil, Olio Taibi Monocultivar Nocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is 100% certified organic, made in Sicily, cold pressed, and made from Nocellara del Belice olives. There are some people in the review section questioning whether the good reviews are legitimate because some of the people who reviewed this did not review any other products on Amazon. However, I checked and while some of the reviewers did not review any other products, there were quite a few who had.
Reviews say that it is “a delight,” “wonderful flavor,” “hint of peppery spiciness,” “absolutely outstanding,” “found myself drinking it,” and “near the top of my list.”
6. Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Finally, there’s Kirkland Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is organic, first cold pressed, and is one of only a handful of imported olive oils that is 100% extra virgin olive oil according to testing done at UC Davis in 2010. The other oils tested, including Newman’s Own and Whole Foods brand, were found to be a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and other oils.
It does not have very many reviews but 6 our of 7 of them are 5 stars. Most people said they bought this oil because of the UC Davis test results but there were not many comments about the flavor or quality of the oil.