Canstar Blue’s egg review compares ALDI Lodge Farms, Sunny Queen Farms, Woolworths, Manning Valley, Coles, Macro Organic, Pace Farm and Costco on freshness, taste, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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.
Let’s take a look at the main types of eggs commercially available in Australia:
Now that you know the basics, let’s get cracking on consumer feedback. Canstar Blue asked more than 2,000 Australian consumers to rate the eggs they’ve recently purchased (from a supermarket or grocer) and consumed (within the last three months). Respondents scored brands on freshness, taste, packaging design, range variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that received at least 30 responses are featured in our ratings. Keep in mind that our customer ratings include brands that sell both free-range and caged eggs. If you’re concerned about this issue, it’s important to do your research before making a purchase.
ALDI’s Lodge Farms perched at the top of our latest consumer survey, whisking up five-star reviews in all research categories ─ including overall satisfaction!
Here are the best brands for eggs in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s annual review:
ALDI Lodge Farms proved to be an ‘egg-cellent’ pick for many Aussies, with the brand scoring five stars for overall satisfaction and everywhere else! Sunny Queen Farms was the only other brand to receive full marks in any category, namely for taste, freshness, and range variety.
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.
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.
Our latest consumer survey shows ALDI Lodge Farms is a brand that’s hard to ‘egg-nore’, having received full marks in all categories, with Sunny Queen Farms also impressing consumers on taste, freshness and variety.
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 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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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 eaten eggs from a supermarket or grocer within the last three months – in this case, 2,172 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.
Here are the past winners of our eggs ratings:
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