Canstar Blue’s food wraps review compares Hercules, Armada, ALDI, Glad, Multix, Coles, Woolworths and Ziploc on functionality, durability, packaging design, variety, 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 August 2021, published in August 2021.
Aussies have rated Hercules best in Canstar Blue’s review of food wraps, scoring it five stars across all factors. These include functionality, durability, packaging design, range variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Hercules muscles its way to #1 in food wraps review
Whether it’s getting tangled in cling wrap or accidentally cutting your finger on the sharp serrated edges of the cardboard packaging, using cling wrap or foil to pack a school or work lunch can get sticky… But food wraps remain the best option to keep meals fresh and a compact alternative to having multiple containers in your bag. Baking paper is also a must for preventing gooey cookies from sticking to the tray, while resealable bags can be just as convenient for storing non-food items. Plus, households can opt for biodegradable food wraps as well as reusable options such as beeswax wraps and wax wraps.
To find out what’s the best brand of food wraps, we surveyed more than 2,000 Australians for their feedback on the food wraps they bought and used from a supermarket in the last six months. Brands were scored on functionality, durability, packaging design, range variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received at least 30 responses are rated and compared in this year’s review.
In our inaugural food wraps ratings, Hercules proved to be the hero of the kitchen after it dominated with five-star reviews across all categories ─ including overall satisfaction!
Best Food Wraps
Here are the best brands of food wraps in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Hercules was the clear winner in our food wraps ratings, receiving the only five-star review for overall satisfaction. Most other brands ended on four stars overall, while Ziploc rounded up the scores on three stars for overall satisfaction. ALDI similarly rolled out full marks for value for money, plus packaging design alongside Armada and Glad.
About the Winner ─ Hercules
Hercules helps keep foods fresh with a variety of resealable zip storage bags and sandwich bags, each available in a range of sizes ranging from snack-friendly to jumbo. The brand also offers eco-friendly alternatives with its Sustain Plant-Based Snack Bags and Sustain Compostable Paper Sandwich Sealable Bags. Its plant-based range is claimed to be made from just 50% plastic. The range supposedly helps the brand reduce its fossil fuel footprint and lower the amount of CO² the company would usually create when producing the products.
Hercules has Aussies wrapped around its finger, receiving full marks for every category. These include variety, functionality, durability, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Plastic wraps and zip-lock bags are designed to be single-use and should not be used more than once. This is especially the case when you’re dealing with raw meat, seafood, eggs and marinades since these contain pathogens that are harmful if digested when uncooked. And no, it doesn’t matter how much detergent and hot water you use to rinse the plastic.
On the other hand, cookies and other types of food that are usually safe to eat as they are (i.e. don’t need to be cooked beforehand) are generally fine to re-bag. But if you’re like the small portion of respondents who use zip-lock bags multiple times before throwing them away (4%), make sure there aren’t any holes before you continue using them.
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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 and used food wraps (i.e. plastic wraps, baking paper, aluminium foil, zip-lock bags, etc.) – in this case, 2,089 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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