Margarine Reviews

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Compare margarine brands Bertolli, Nuttelex, ALDI PureVita, ALDI Sunnyvale, Flora, Meadow Lea, Olive Grove, Coles, Gold’n Canola, Logicol, Woolworths Homebrand & Woolworths Select on taste, texture, freshness, packaging, value for money and overall customer satisfaction.

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Most Satisfied Customers | Bertolli & Nuttelex

The two previous winners share top spot in our margarine ratings this year. Bertolli and Nuttelex both earned five stars from shoppers for overall satisfaction, with four stars for value for money.

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Nothing beats a spread of margarine on a freshly toasted piece of bread in the mornings. Whether it’s jam or vegemite that takes you fancy, the first layer is almost always margarine – and it has to be a good one! But with a lengthy aisle of margarine brands to navigate at the supermarket, which one should you choose? Our annual customer reviews are here to help solve just that dilemma.

We reached out to over 1,800 Aussie consumers and asked about their recent purchase of margarine to identify which brands make up the perfect blend of quality and price. Respondents rated their brand on several factors, including packaging, texture, taste and value for money, which is all reflected in the star ratings table above. A healthy 12 brands received the minimum sample size to be included in the results, but only two were deemed worthy of five stars for overall customer satisfaction – Bertolli and Nuttelex.

  • While Bertolli exceeded in taste, Nuttelex was a winner for texture. However, both brands only received four stars in terms of value for money. ALDI PureVita was the only brand to receive five stars for value.
  • Bertolli, Nuttelex and ALDI Sunnyvale earned five stars for packaging.
  • While half of the brands received four stars for taste, Bertolli was the only brand to achieve the maximum five stars in this area.
  • Supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths both scored four stars in terms of value for money, but notably only achieved three stars for overall satisfaction, taste and packaging.

Margarine is one of those supermarket essentials that many consumers buy without much thought. You probably always pick up the same brand without paying much attention to the others around it. There’s nothing wrong with that, but our ratings suggest that two of the perhaps lesser-known brands may also be worth a try sometime.

About the winners

Bertolli

The Bertolli brand, along with Flora, is owned by Unilever – a global consumer goods company that has a range of products on our supermarket shelves. Whether its food & drink, personal hygiene or household cleaning products, you have almost certainly seen the Unilever label.

Bertolli boasts “authentic Italian” foodstuffs, including a range of spreads and olive oils for any occasion. Its spreads are said to be made with Mediterranean olive oil that has 65% less saturated fat than butter. However, it’s not the only brand to claim a healthy alternative to normal margarine. The ingredients list on the packaging is your best friend.

Nuttelex

The Nuttelex brand produces a range of plant-based table spreads, all being Australian made. From its beginnings, Nuttelex has aimed to be the pioneer of enriching margarines with vitamins, while refusing to add bright colouring.

It prides itself as being a “healthy alternative”, with its range being salt reduced and using no artificial additives. It’s also stated to be free from nuts, gluten, soy, cholesterol and dairy. It recently introduced new blends using coconut oil and olive oil. Most of its range comes in 500g tubs, while the Nuttelex with Coconut Oil spread is available in 375g tubs. Its core Nuttelex Original spread is also offered in a 1kg tub.

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Frequently asked questions

Canstar Blue surveyed 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. Data was collected use Qualtrics’ online sample aggregation from ISO accredited panels. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have bought and eaten margarine from a supermarket or grocer in the last 3 months – in this case, 1,866 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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