Honey Reviews

Canstar Blue’s honey review has seen Bramwells (ALDI), Beechworth, B honey, Capilano, Woolworths, Happy Valley, Coles and Macro Organic rated on taste, consistency, range variety, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

See our Ratings Methodology.

Most Satisfied Customers | Bramwells (ALDI)

Bramwells was rated ‘un-bee-lievable’ in our honey review for the second year in a row, with five stars in all categories. These include range variety, taste, consistency, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Bramwells rated the bees’ knees for second time

Winnie the Pooh isn’t the only one busy dipping his paws into the honeypot. Our latest survey results found that 74% of Aussies who buy honey add it to their breakfast, while one in three (33%) add a jar or bottle of the sweet stuff to their shopping trolley regularly. What’s more, nearly one in ten respondents admitted to considering getting their own beehive (8%)! Un-bee-lievable!

But, don’t worry if you’re struggling to choose the best honey to drizzle over your pancakes, sweeten your tea, or use as part of your skincare routine. We know that honey is serious bizzz-ness, just ask the 50% of survey respondents who said they’ve tried multiple brands to find one they love!

In 2021, Canstar Blue surveyed 1,400 Australian consumers on the brands of honey they purchased and consumed from a supermarket or grocer in the last three months. Brands were rated on range variety, taste, consistency, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that met the minimum sample size (30 responses) are featured in our report. So, which brand of honey is hitting the sweet spot among Aussies?

Aussies are still buzzing over ALDI’s Bramwells which topped our ratings for the second year running, with five-star reviews across the board!

Best Honey

What is the best honey?

Here are the best brands for honey in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. Bramwells (ALDI)
  2. Beechworth
  3. B honey
  4. Capilano
  5. Woolworths
  6. Happy Valley
  7. Coles
  8. Macro Organic

ALDI’s Bramwells is still flying high with Aussie consumers, scoring five stars for overall satisfaction and across the board. It was the only brand to achieve full marks in any category! Most other brands including Beechworth, B honey, Capilano, Happy Valley as well as Woolworths and Coles dished up four stars overall, while Macro Organic landed on three stars.

Honey Brands

Bramwells (ALDI)

Bramwells honey review

In addition to small kitchen appliances like toasters and kettles, ALDI also has its own range of honey to add to your list of breakfast essentials. Under the Bramwells brand, the German discount supermarket sells both Manuka honey and pure Australian honey. Its products are claimed to contain no artificial colours or flavours, or preservatives.

  • Bramwells (ALDI) was rated best across the board, achieving five-star reviews for range variety, taste, consistency, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Beechworth

Beechworth honey review

Beechworth claims to have a flavour to suit all taste buds and even describes its Classic Beechworth Honey range as a ‘great all-rounder honey’ for enjoying straight out of the jar or for cooking. Prices usually start from $8.20 for a 400g squeeze bottle and can reach up to $22 for a 1.5kg tub.

For something more unique, Beechworth’s Australian Specialty Honey line offers honey as either bottled raw, mixed with ‘feature ingredients’, or whipped into a creamy consistency. Beechworth’s Australian Varietal Honey line similarly provides limited-edition products depending on the seasonality of particular trees throughout the year. At the time of writing, some of the options include the Bee Warm Almond Honey and Bee Warm Avocado Honey. These come in 350g or 1.5kg jars, costing between $9-$27. The brand additionally created the Bee Cause Honey range which uses premium and pure Australian varietal honeys collected from beekeepers from specific regions.

  • Beechworth earned four stars in most areas, such as taste and overall satisfaction. The only exception was value for money, where it got three stars.

B honey

B honey review

B honey is another brand that’s working hard to create a tasty range of products whilst also supporting the honey bees with its Purple Hive Project. You can get any of its products from Coles supermarkets.

B honey’s product range features a mix of flavours, colours and aromas stated to be uniquely Australian. This includes B honey Red Gum and B honey Yellow Gum, which are available in 325g bottles. You can also get regular B honey in a 300g or 450g squeeze tube, or 450g glass jar. B honey is said to create 100% pure Australian honey sourced from Aussie beehives, with no added ingredients in its products.

  • B honey earned four stars in all categories, including variety, taste, consistency, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Capilano

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Capilano describes itself as an Aussie-owned and operated company that has produced pure 100% Australian honey for more than 65 years. It also launched the Capilano’s Keeping Futures Program to support budding beekeepers, bee scientists as well as the education of school children.

Capilano’s range of amber products includes classic honey, floral honey, Manuka honey, raw honey and organic honey. The various jar, squeeze and twist options usually cost between $4.70 and $30. But the Classic Honey range, which is said to use 100% Australian pure honey, is generally priced under $9, while the Manuka selection can set you back at least $10 for a 340g jar.

  • Capilano scored four-star reviews in most areas such as taste, consistency and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for value for money.

Woolworths

Woolworths honey review

Of course, ALDI isn’t the only supermarket giant to release its own range of honey. Prices from the ‘Fresh Food People’ start from $5.50 for the 375g Woolworths Honey (twist and squeeze), and can fetch up to $5.70 for a 400g bottle of pure honey. Other honey products sold by the supermarket have also included the Woolworths Pure Australian Honey Jar and the Woolworths Pure Blend Honey, with both items weighing 500g and available for less than $6.

  • Woolworths was rated a solid four stars across the board, including for range variety, taste, consistency, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Happy Valley

Happy Valley honey review

If you’re a fan of Manuka honey, Happy Valley has got you covered with its own sweet range. Sourced from New Zealand, Happy Valley offers various grades of Manuka honey including UMF 5+, 10+, 15+, 18+ and 20+. According to the brand, each grade has different levels of antibacterial properties. Honey flavours are also said to improve the longer you keep the bottle.

In Australia, Happy Valley is only available from Woolworths. Described as 100% pure New Zealand honey, you can find a 500g squeeze bottle for around $8.

  • Happy Valley was rated four stars in most categories, such as taste, consistency and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for variety.

Coles

Coles honey review

Coles’ own supermarket brand of honey also includes several squeeze and jar varieties costing between $5.50-$15. The range includes the supermarket’s own line of pure Australian honey in 375g, 500g and 1kg options, which come in either a jar, squeeze bottle or tub.

There’s also the Coles Australian Red Gum Honey, Coles New South Wales Snow Gum Honey and the Coles Queensland Macadamia Honey, each coming in a 400g jar and selling for $7.50. Coles additionally has its own Manuka honey, with the Coles Manuka Mgo 50+ Multifloral Honey available for $15 for 500g.

  • Coles maintained four stars in all categories, including variety, taste, consistency, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

Macro Organic

Macro Organic honey review

Woolworths’ Macro Wholefoods Market keeps the choice simple with just one product. Available exclusively from Woolies, Macro Organic honey is described as pure organic honey with no added ingredients. It’s sold in a 400g squeeze tube, which will usually check out for $8.

  • Macro Organic rounded up the scores with four stars for taste and variety, plus three stars for overall satisfaction and everywhere else.

Which honey should I buy?

What makes honey the bees’ knees? According to our survey, taste continues to be the biggest driver of customer satisfaction, followed by consistency and value for money. And despite the deliciously sweet bite honey is known for, 14% of respondents said nothing tickles their taste buds better than a natural raw honey. A similar portion (15%) also said they read the nutritional information on the labels. Price is also still a pretty important factor for many consumers, with one in five (20%) Australians generally picking the cheapest brand or opting for one on special.

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.

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More about Honey

Our 2021 honey review saw ALDI’s Bramwells rated best in all categories:

  • Best overall: ALDI’s Bramwells was rated best for overall satisfaction, followed by Beechworth and B honey.
  • Best value for money: Bramwells was again rated best value for money, ahead of Happy Valley and Coles.
  • Best taste: ALDI’s Bramwells was seen to offer the best taste, with Beechworth and Capilano slightly behind.
  • Best range variety: Bramwells again took the lead for variety, beating Beechworth and Capilano.
  • Best packaging: Bramwells was rated best for packaging, ahead of Beechworth and B honey.
  • Best consistency: Making it six out of six, ALDI’s Bramwells was rated best for consistency, with Capilano and Beechworth behind.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 honey from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not homemade or purchased from a market) in the last three months – in this case, 1,400 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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