Whether poached, fried or scrambled, Aussies get egg-cited about eggs. It’s a food best served with a side of bacon in a classic big breakie combo (drool), but that can also be enjoyed at any time of the day by the whole family. Just like there are multiple ways to cook it, eggs are not created equal. Between the different sizes, colours, labels and the ‘free-range’ or ‘caged’ consideration, Aussie consumers are left to decide which option is best for them. And like with many supermarket foods, taking the cheap option could mean sacrificing quality. On top of that, some shoppers believe that buying eggs also comes with a moral and ethical judgment call. So, to make things a little simpler, we’ve compared the top egg brands on the market to bring you the winner.
Canstar Blue surveyed 2,199 Australians for their feedback on the egg brand(s) they’ve purchased and consumed in the last three months. Note: this refers to egg brands purchased from a supermarket or grocer.
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their egg brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
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.
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. ALDI Lodge Farms
2. Manning Valley
3. Pace Farm
4. Sunny Queen Farms
5. Macro Organic
ALDI Lodge Farms cracked a win with five stars for taste, freshness, value for money, variety & range and overall satisfaction. Manning Valley and Sunny Queen Farms shared a win for taste and freshness, while Manning Valley streaked ahead to claim an additional five stars for packaging convenience.
Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.
For big breakfasts and baking recipes, discount supermarket ALDI’s homebrand Lodge Farms offers a few types of large free-range eggs sold as dozens. These include:
You can alternatively opt for a smaller pack from ALDI’s Just Organic line-up, which provides six large free-range eggs. All ALDI eggs are available for under $4.80.
Eggs can be a good addition to your daily diet, especially because they’re a rich source of protein, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, choline, and selenium. Eggs are also fairly inexpensive to buy and are convenient and easy to cook.
It’s generally safe for adults with normal cholesterol levels to eat one or two eggs daily. Some people prefer to eat egg whites because they’re lower in cholesterol and fat.
Eggs are generally safe to eat if they:
It’s worth noting that while a plate of runny, sunny side up eggs can be delicious, you should always cook your eggs all the way through to ensure you’ve killed all the bacteria like Salmonella (which can make you sick). By thoroughly cooking the eggs, there’s less risk of the bacteria surviving and causing food poisoning. This is especially important for young children, elderly people, pregnant women, and anyone with a chronic illness.
Let’s take a look at the main types of eggs commercially available in Australia:
Our latest consumer survey shows ALDI Lodge Farms is a brand that’s hard to ‘egg-nore’, having received full marks in most categories, with Manning Valley also impressing consumers on taste, freshness and packaging.
Ultimately, you’ll want to buy fresh, high-quality eggs that were produced in alignment with your expectations as a consumer and at an affordable price. Look at product labels for classifications (i.e. free-range, organic, etc) and for any approval stamps that indicate the eggs come from a sustainable farming business.
When asked about what they considered when buying eggs, our survey respondents answered as below:
Whatever your preference, take your time to shop around and research your options.
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.
Picture credits: Maxim Khytra / Shutterstock.com, Oksana Mizina / Shutterstock.com, LightFieldStudios / Shutterstock.com.
Here is the past winner of Canstar Blue’s egg ratings:
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