Canstar Blue’s 2021 review of food dips compares Yumi’s, ALDI Deli Originals, Chris’ Dips, Black Swan, Obela, Ritz and Coles on taste, texture & consistency, range variety, packaging appeal, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Yumi’s dips into winning spot in food dips ratings
Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol chips and dip? Whether you prefer the classic guacamole and corn chip duo, or the healthier carrot stick and hummus combo, we can all agree that there are more than enough options to keep our stomachs feeling full and happy.
To find out which brand makes the best dips, we asked more than 1,400 Aussies for their feedback on the food dips they purchased (from a supermarket) and consumed in the last three months. Manufacturers were rated on taste, texture and consistency, range variety, packaging appeal, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum sample size of 30 responses are featured in our report.
Yumi’s crunched into the competition and was rated best for food dips in most categories and for overall satisfaction.
Best Food Dips
Here are the best food dips in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:
ALDI Deli Originals
Yumi’s is clearly leaving a good taste in Aussies’ mouths, after being rated best for overall satisfaction, taste, texture and consistency and range variety. Runner-up ALDI Deli Originals was the only brand to receive five stars for value for money. Chris’ Dips and Black Swan also achieved top marks for range variety, alongside Obela which also earned five stars for texture and consistency, taste, packaging design and range variety.
About the Winner ─ Yumi’s
Australian brand Yumi’s started in Melbourne before expanding into all areas of Australia, with dips found at supermarkets and local grocers. Offering a wide variety of flavours, Yumi’s is also competitively priced in the market. You may even have seen Yumi’s handed out as a free treat on Virgin Australia flights.
Yumi’s classic dip selection includes hummus, red capsicum, olive, sweet potato and cashew, spinach, roasted beetroot, and avocado, along with additional flavours, all priced at around $3-4 per 200g tubs. If you’re a big fan of its dips, Yumi’s also offers a range of 1kg tubs for selected flavours like traditional garlic, although they may not be available at all stores. Yumi’s provides a range of recipes on its website, plus ingredient lists and nutritional information.
Yumi’s rated best for taste, texture and consistency, range variety and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for packaging design and value for money.
Drivers of Dip Satisfaction
Ever shared a store-bought dip with friends and family and pretended it was homemade? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one ─ just ask the 4% of respondents who admitted to doing the same thing. But we won’t blame you, dip is seen as the ‘go-to’ amuse-bouche by 25% of Aussies whenever they’re asked to bring something to an event. So, what tickles everyone’s tastebuds?
Rather than settling for the cheapest pot of French onion or tzatziki, a third of our respondents (35%) showed that nothing is more important than taste. Value for money (26%) came in as the second biggest driver of customer satisfaction, followed by texture and consistency (17%), range variety (13%) and packaging appeal (9%). No wonder that a quarter of Aussies (25%) admit to being regular double dippers!
It also seems that more people buy dips as part of their usual grocery shop (32%), with 20% usually picking up multiple packs. A slightly smaller number of people save dips for special occasions or when entertaining (30%). Our research shows 33% of shoppers stick to the same brand, and 25% opt for the cheapest option available or whatever is on sale.
What are the different types of dips?
Dips are the perfect side dish for crackers and raw vegetables, and come in various different flavours and types including:
Seafood dips: typically include seafood like prawns, smoked salmon, tuna and calamari mixed in mayonnaise.
Avocado dips include guacamole and creamy avocado dips, ideally served with corn chips (and possibly margaritas).
Bean dips: include the holy grail of dips aka hummus and white and black bean dips, which are ideal to eat with raw vegetables like celery and carrot sticks.
Veggie dips: include the broadest variety like French onion, tzatziki (made with cucumbers and strained yoghurt), salsa, sweet corn, red capsicum, and more.
What are the best dips to buy?
While dips are often a party favourite for many households, narrowing down your options for which one you ultimately scan through the supermarket checkout can take away from the excitement of munching down on some chips and dips. Especially considering they’re not the cheapest of products and the costs can quickly add up.
Ultimately, whichever brand of dip you end up stocking up on will depend on your personal preferences, as well as those you’re catering for. With most brands offering a number of different flavours, as well as sizes and textures, it may also come down to how much you’re willing to spend on a tub.
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.
Canstar Blue surveyed 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 eaten a dip from a supermarket (i.e. not homemade or from a deli/market) in the last three months – in this case, 1,452 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.