Best-Rated Breath Mints

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Most Satisfied Customers | Mentos

Mentos topped Canstar Blue’s breath mints review, rating best in ALL categories, including taste and flavour, effectiveness, value for money, consistency, variety, packaging, and overall satisfaction.


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It was ‘mint’ to be! Mentos takes out 1st place in breath mint ratings

Breath mints can be an absolute life saver when you are seconds from a date, a job interview, or even a long car ride. Deliciously fresh, powerful and great smelling, it’s no wonder 67% of Aussies we surveyed always pop a packet in their pocket to keep close by, and nearly half (40%) make a habit of chewing them every day. But with so many breath mint options available on supermarket shelves, which do you choose to keep bad breath at bay? That’s where our consumer review comes in.

How we rate breath mints

Our survey found that 40% of people use breath mints to keep their mouth fresh throughout the day. That said, it seems that the mighty mint works best as an accompaniment to good brushing habits, as only 7% of shoppers would chew them instead of brushing their teeth. Either way, it never hurts to keep some mints handy, especially after meals or for those rushed mornings you walk out of the door without brushing your ivories!

Canstar Blue surveyed 577 Australians for their feedback on the breath mints they’ve purchased and consumed in the last six months. (This excludes bubblegum, mint lollies and lozenges).

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their breath mints from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:

  • Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with breath mints as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Taste & flavour: the product was true to the flavour description on the packaging and had an authentic taste.
  • Effectiveness: the product was effective at helping with bad breath/worked as intended.
  • Consistency: the product had the expected texture and consistency (i.e. hard, chewy, etc.).
  • Range variety: good range of flavours and options available.
  • Packaging design: the product packaging was aesthetically pleasing, easy to open and provided sufficient information.
  • Value for money: good quantity, quality, and effectiveness of the product for the cost.

The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.

  • Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
  • When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
    • The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.

  1. Mentos
  2. Eclipse
  3. Tic Tac
  4. Wrigley’s Extra
  5. Coles

Mentos kept it fresh earning five-star reviews across the board including for taste and flavour, effectiveness, value for money, consistency, variety, packaging and overall satisfaction. Tic Tac was the only other brand to score five stars in any category, namely for range variety.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.

Top Breath Mint Brand – Mentos


The Mentos company has been producing lollies to freshen your breath since 1932. Interestingly enough, the original idea for Mentos was to make a soft fruit caramel with a minty flavour – a far cry from the classic chewy mints we associate with the brand today. Mentos now also offers some truly unique flavour combinations like rainbow, creaming soda, toffee apple, strawberry lime, passionfruit, chocolate, and pine-coco. You can pick up a roll of Mentos breath mints from supermarkets, convenience shops, and petrol stations, for $1.

  • Mentos received five stars in every category. These include taste and flavour, effectiveness, value for money, consistency, variety and range, packaging design and overall satisfaction.

While breath mints are never a complete substitute for a good session with the toothbrush, they can make the perfect accompaniment, and are super handy to have around. Next time you need fresh breath in a hurry, remember our ratings, and you’ll be reaching for the right mint in no time.

About the author of this page

Luciana Lawe Davies - Canstar Blue This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Content Producer Luciana Lawe Davies. She writes about streaming, appliances, and consumer products and services. Luciana enjoys bringing readers the best in what’s on TV and at the shops, including the best deals and latest reviews.

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