Canstar Blue’s first feta cheese review has seen Dodoni, Lemnos, South Cape, Woolworths and Coles compared on variety, taste, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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* Overall satisfaction is an individual rating and not a combined total of all ratings. By default, brands with equal overall satisfaction ratings are sorted by the mean overall satisfaction score as rated by consumers. You can click the arrows at the top of any column in the table to sort by the results in that column. Canstar Blue research finalised in March 2020, published in April 2020.
Dodoni was rated best in our first feta cheese review, achieving five stars on taste and overall satisfaction, with four stars for variety and packaging design. It got three stars for value for money.
Dodoni rated cheesy in feta ratings
Let’s be honest, a sprinkle of cheese is what really makes a salad worth eating. It’s one easy way to avoid being cut up over having to eat your greens, especially if you add a little feta (or a block)! Fun fact: feta is derived from the Italian word ‘fetta’ which means slice!
Feta is created by salting and curing milk from certain breeds of sheep and goats, in a brine solution for months, before removing it to dry out. The curdled milk containing rennet is then separated and drained in a cloth bag or mold, and later sliced, salted and packed in brine. OK, but which feta offers the right balance of taste and value?
To find out, we surveyed almost 400 Aussies for their feedback on the feta cheese they have purchased from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not a deli) and eaten in the last three months. Survey respondents rated brands on factor including their taste, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those which met the minimum required sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results.
In our first ever feta cheese review, Dodoni dominated the ratings as the only brand to achieve a five-star rating for overall satisfaction. It also achieved full marks for taste, and a solid four stars for variety and packaging design. Although its score slightly dipped to three stars when it came to value for money.
Best Feta Cheese
Here are the best feta cheese brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s inaugural review:
Dodoni took out the crown in our inaugural feta cheese review, being the only brand featured to receive a five-star rating for overall satisfaction. Lemnos was the only other brand to match the winner when it came to taste, achieving full marks in the category as well as for value for money. It scored a respectable four stars on variety, packaging design and overall satisfaction.
Despite landing on four stars for taste and overall satisfaction, South Cape managed to get five-star ratings for value for money, packaging design and variety. The supermarket home brands featured were slightly hit and miss, with Woolworths getting an edge over Coles with four stars for overall satisfaction as well as for most of the remaining categories. The only exception was packaging design where it got three stars, similarly to Coles which ended up with three-star ratings across the board.
About the Winner ─ Dodoni
Plating up authentic Greek feta since 1963, Dodoni is said to be one of the leading Greek producers of dairy products. Its product range is full of flavour as well as options, offering a variety of cheeses such as manouri cheese, goat cheese, kefalograviera, haloumi, saganaki and, of course, feta. Dodoni’s feta cheese comes in 200g packs and 400g tubs, with a lactose free alternative also available. You can also get a 350g tub of feta cubes. Prices usually vary between $7 and $12.
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.
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 from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not a deli) and consumed feta cheese within the last three months – in this case, 372 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.