Condiments (Sauces) Compared

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Canstar Blue’s condiments review of 2020 has seen Beerenberg, Mcilhenny Co., Maille, Colway (ALDI), MasterFoods, Rosella, Heinz, Fountain, Woolworths and Coles compared on their taste, consistency, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Most Satisfied Customers | Beerenberg

Beerenberg has rated best in Canstar Blue’s inaugural condiments review, earning five stars for taste, consistency, variety and overall satisfaction. It also got four stars for packaging and three stars for value for money.

Beerenberg dips into top spot in condiment ratings

Finding your soulmate is good and all, but have you tried tomato sauce on a Bunnings sausage sizzle? How about mango chutney on Indian curry? That’s true love. In our first ever condiments review, one in five (20%) Aussies said they usually pick up a bottle or jar during their regular grocery shop. And it’s no surprise considering a similar number of people also enjoy hot sauce (27%).

We surveyed over 2,000 Aussies about the sauces they’ve purchased and eaten in the last three months. Respondents compared and rated brands on a wide spread of factors, including taste, consistency, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

From the 10 brands which received the minimum sample size (30 responses) to be featured in our first ever condiments review, Beerenberg rated number one for overall satisfaction. It also achieved full marks for taste, consistency and variety, as well as four stars for packaging and three stars for value for money.

Best Condiments (Sauces)

Best condiments sauce rating review

Here are the best brands for condiments (sauces) in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2020 review:

  1. Beerenberg
  2. Mcilhenny Co.
  3. Maille
  4. Colway (ALDI)
  5. MasterFoods
  6. Rosella
  7. Heinz
  8. Fountain
  9. Woolworths
  10. Coles

Beerenberg took the number one spot in Canstar Blue’s inaugural condiments review, dishing up five-star ratings in most categories surveyed. The majority of brands compared scored four stars, while supermarket brands Woolworths and Coles landed on three stars.

That’s not to say Beerenberg was the only company to taste a win. Mcilhenny Co. managed to grab a bite with five stars for packaging design, along with ALDI’s Colway brand which earned full marks for value for money.

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Beerenberg

Best condiments sauce rating review Beerenberg

With a name which appropriately translates to ‘Berry Hill’, Beerenberg stirs up a variety of jams, chutneys, sauces and dressings from a family farm that served up its first batch of strawberry jam back in 1971. Beerenberg caters to a variety of tastebuds with flavour options like:

  • Beerenberg Mango Chutney
  • Beerenberg Relish Burger
  • Beerenberg Caramlised Onion Spicy BBQ
  • Beerenberg Blood Orange Marmalade
  • Beerenberg Apricot Jam

Prices for Beerenberg products usually start from $4.95 for a 300g jar of fruit jam and reaches up to $5.40 for a 260g jar of chutney.

  • Beerenberg was an absolute cracker in our 2020 condiments review, coming out best in four out of six categories, including taste and overall satisfaction. It rated four stars for packaging design and three stars for value for money.

Mcilhenny Co.

Best condiments sauce rating review Mcilhenny Co Tabasco

Whether you’re looking to top up a plate of tacos or bowl of chicken wings, Mcilhenny Co. has a list of Tabasco-branded hot sauces to spice things up. The classic Original Red Pepper Sauce was first dished up in Louisiana 1868 and has since been a go-to for many foodies. Some products from the Mcilhenny Co. range include:

  • Habanero pepper sauce
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Scorpion sauce
  • Buffalo style hot sauce
  • Chipotle pepper sauce

Prices range from $4.60 for a 60ml bottle and can reach up to $8.33 for some 100ml alternatives.

  • Mcilhenny Co. ctook the lid off with some pretty impressive packaging, achieving the only five-star rating given for design. It also ranked alongside Beerenberg as a top brand for taste and consistency, before ultimately landing on four stars for overall satisfaction and three for variety and value.

Maille

Best condiments sauce rating review Maille

Apparently created by a French father and son duo all the way back in 1747, La Maison Maille continues to be the perfect pair for tastebuds around the globe. With the belief that the right condiment can truly define a meal, the brand now sells a variety of premium mustards, oils and vinegars, and cornichons. Some products from the Maille range include:

  • Maille Mustard Dijon
  • Maille Mustard Wholegrain
  • Maille Mustard Dijonnaise
  • Maille Hollandaise Cream Sauce with Lemon Juice

Prices vary from $1.90 for a 100g jar to $4 for a slightly larger 215g option.

  • Maille slipped into third place after it achieved four stars in most categories, including taste and overall satisfaction, but rated three stars for value for money.

Colway (ALDI)

Discount supermarket chain ALDI stocks a variety of its own brand items at affordable prices, in addition to other branded products. So, it makes sense for the retailer to include its own line of condiments on the side. Options like Colway Real Mayonnaise are available in a larger packaging compared to other alternatives, weighing in at a whopping 446g.

  • ALDI doesn’t mess around with its discount prices, with Colway rating best for value for money. It also got four stars for overall satisfaction and for the majority of the remaining factors, except variety where it got three stars.

MasterFoods

Best condiments sauce rating review MasterFoods

MasterFoods can teach us all a thing or two about flavour, selling a wide variety of herbs and spices, seasonings, marinades, gravy, sauces, relishes and spreads, among other things. Some MasterFoods products include:

  • MasterFoods Tomato Sauce
  • MasterFoods Red Wine Garlic Marinade
  • MasterFoods Barbecue Sauce Reduced Salt & Sugar
  • MasterFoods Carolina BBQ Style Mustard
  • MasterFoods Chipotle Style Sauce

Prices start from $2.95 for a 475ml bottle and can cost up to $7 for a larger 2L bottle.

  • MasterFoods maintained a smooth rating of four stars in all aspects, including taste, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Rosella

Best condiments sauce rating review Rosella

Rosella uses Australian grown ingredients to create its range of sauces and soups because ‘we all know nothing tastes as good as home grown’. The brand’s range spans over a few categories, including sauces, soups, chutneys and onions. Some products from the Rosella range include:

  • Rosella Fruit Chutney
  • Rosella Tomato Sauce
  • Rosella Aristocrat Green Cocktail Onions
  • Rosella Aristocrat Red Cocktail Onions

Prices vary between $2.70 for a 250g jar and $10.80 for a 1kg jar.

  • Rosella squeezed out similar results to MasterFoods, scoring four stars across the board.

Heinz

Best condiments sauce rating review Heinz

One of the most recognisable names in the supermarket, Heinz hit Australian shelves back in the 1880s to provide us with a hearty selection of pasta sauces, beans, spaghetti and chicken products. Some Heinz condiments you’ll be able to spot on most supermarket shelves include:

  • Heinz Spicy Peri Peri Mayonnaise
  • Heinz Special Burger Sauce
  • Heinz Organic Tomato Ketchup
  • Heinz [SERIOUSLY] GOOD Creamy Tartare

Prices start from a cheap and cheerful $1.80 for a 220ml bottle and upwards of $6 for a 500ml bottle.

  • Heinz scooped up four-star ratings in most categories, including taste and overall satisfaction, although ended on three stars for value for money.

Fountain

Best condiments sauce rating review Fountain

Fountain says it takes pride in being a company that transforms flavours by complementing meals. Since the brand’s first tomato sauce was introduced back in 1906, its product range has expanded to feature different types of tomato, BBQ, Asian, hot and traditional sauces. Today, Fountain continues to embrace new ingredients, cuisines and tastes. Here’s a product selection from Fountain’s range:

  • Fountain Steak Sauce
  • Fountain Plum Sauce
  • Fountain Tomato Sauce Reduced Sugar
  • Fountain Soy & Honey Sauce
  • Fountain Thick Mint Sauce

Prices vary between $2.50 for a 500ml squeeze bottle and $6 for a large 2L bottle.

  • Fountain had an even spread of four stars across all categories, including taste, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Woolworths

Best condiments sauce rating review Woolworths

The Fresh Food People aim to offer a home brand range of condiments and sauces to make grocery shopping ‘easy, lemon squeezy’. Whether you’re looking for lime juice, soy sauce or classic tomato sauce, the supermarket has a bunch of affordable options to choose from. Products include:

  • Woolworths Worcestershire Sauce
  • Woolworths Hoisin Sauce
  • Woolworths Apple Sauce
  • Woolworths Salsa
  • Woolworths Cranberry Sauce

Prices start from $1 for a 250ml bottle and $2.65 for a 275g jar.

  • Woolworths achieved a respectable four stars for value for money and variety, but ultimately landed on three stars for overall satisfaction and the remaining categories.

Coles

Best condiments sauce rating review Coles

Coles is another supermarket giant serving up its own line of condiments at affordable prices. It sells a wide variety of products, from olives to Canadian maple syrup. Here’s a condiment selection from the Coles brand.

  • Coles Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Coles Soy Sauce
  • Coles Sun-Dried Tomato Strips
  • Coles Stuffed Green Olives
  • Coles Coconut Cream

Prices can vary between $1 and $6.25 for Coles condiments.

  • Coles rounded up the results with four stars for value for money and variety, but finished up on three stars for overall satisfaction and the rest of the categories.

Which condiments should I buy?

Looking to spice things up in the kitchen but don’t know where to start? Our survey reveals Aussies to be an adventurous bunch, with half (50%) of the people we surveyed saying they have tried multiple brands. For anyone looking to pair their BBQ with a unique flavour and not just your stock standard tomato sauce, Beerenberg, MasterFoods and Fountain have ranges you’ll likely think worth a closer look. Otherwise, if you’re like the one in five (21%) survey respondents who simply stick to the cheapest option, home brand alternatives from ALDI, Woolworths and Coles rated among the best in terms of value for money.

Paying attention to the nutritional information might also make a difference, especially with brands now selling ‘healthier’ versions of your favourite sauces with supposedly less sugar and/or salt. This is definitely a habit a handful of Australians are now trying to pick up (15%). But whatever you choose, we hope you find our ratings to be a useful guide during your next grocery shop.

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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  • Best overall: Beerenberg rated best for overall satisfaction, ranking just a fraction higher than Mcilhenny Co. and Maille.
  • Best taste: Beerenberg was also rated the tastiest brand, beating Mcilhenny Co. and Maille.
  • Best consistency: Mcilhenny Co. came out on top for consistency, ahead of Beerenberg and Maille.
  • Best value for money: Colway (ALDI) rated best for value for money, followed by Woolworths and Coles.
  • Best packaging design: Mcilhenny Co. topped the leaderboard in terms of packaging design, with Beerenberg and Maille closely behind.
  • Best variety: Winner Beerenberg also dominated when it came to variety, leading ahead of MasterFoods and Fountain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased and consumed a condiment (e.g. tomato sauce, mustard and relish) from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not homemade or bought from a market) within the last three months – in this case, 2,173 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 by mean overall satisfaction. 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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