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Canstar Blue’s honey review has seen Bramwells (ALDI), Beechworth, Capilano, Woolworths and Coles rated on variety/range, taste, consistency, packaging functionality, packaging appeal, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Most Satisfied Customers | Bramwells

Bramwells was rated the bee’s knees in Canstar Blue’s inaugural honey review, achieving a five-star rating for overall satisfaction as well as taste, consistency, value for money and packaging functionality and appeal. It also got three stars for variety/range.

Aussies buzzing for Bramwells in honey ratings

Winnie the Pooh isn’t the only one busy dipping his paws into the honeypot. Our latest survey results found that 62% of Aussies (who buy honey) add it to their breakfast, while one in three (35%) add a jar or bottle of the sweet stuff to their shopping trolley regularly. What’s more, one in ten respondents admitted to considering getting their own beehive! 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 54% of survey respondents who said they’ve tried multiple brands to find one they love!

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 1,400 adults on the brands of honey they’ve purchased and consumed from a supermarket or grocer in the last three months. Respondents were asked to rate their brand of choice on various factors, including variety & range, taste, consistency, packaging functionality, packaging appeal, value for money and overall satisfaction. So, which brand of honey is hitting the sweet spot among Aussies?

In our first ever honey review, five brands were rated but only one scored a five-star rating for overall satisfaction — Bramwells. The brand from ALDI is clearly oozing with popularity in Australia, receiving the only five-star rating in most categories — consistency, value for money, packaging functionality and overall satisfaction. It also achieved the top score when it came to taste and packaging appeal, although it got three stars for variety/range.

Best Honey

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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. Capilano
  4. Woolworths
  5. Coles

Bramwells performed unbee-lievably well in Canstar Blue’s first ever honey review, achieving an impressive five-star rating for overall satisfaction and most other categories. The brand unfortunately landed on a slightly more sour note when it came to variety/range, where it scored three stars, with Beechworth getting top marks and beating this year’s winner in the category. For overall satisfaction, Beechworth and Capilano rated four stars while Woolworths and Coles sat on three. Read on to find more about the brands compared.

Honey Brands

Bramwells (ALDI)

Bramwells Honey

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 not contain artificial colours or flavours and preservatives.

  • Bramwells edged out the competition with six out of seven five-star ratings in our inaugural honey review, and earned the only five stars given for overall satisfaction. The only exception was the brand’s performance on variety/range where it scored three stars.

Beechworth

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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 of the jar or for cooking. Prices start from $4.95 for a 275g squeeze bottle and can reach up to $35 for a 3kg 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. These bottles usually cost between $6.50-$19.50. 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 Be Fruity Orange Blossom Honey. These come in 350g or 1.5kg jars, costing between $7.50-$24.50.

Besides not adding preservatives or additives to its products, Beechworth says it also takes pride in only harvesting honey from Australian apiaries. So then, it makes sense why Beechworth has created the Bee Cause Honey range which uses premium and pure Australian varietal honeys collected from beekeepers from specific regions.

  • Following Bramwells, Beechworth is clearly keeping Aussies’ taste buds happy after scoring five stars for taste, variety/range and packaging appeal. It also received a satisfactory four stars for most of the remaining categories, including overall satisfaction, except value for money where it got three stars.

Capilano

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Claiming to be Australia’s favourite honey brand, Capilano has produced honey for more than 65 years and launched the Capilano’s Keeping Futures Program to support budding beekeepers, bee scientists as well as the education of school children. Its range of amber products include classic honey, floral honey, manuka honey, raw honey and organic honey. Capilano also created the Disaster Relief line of products in response to the 2020 Australian bushfires, donating a portion of its proceeds to Rural Aid’s Hive Aid campaign.

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 $18 for a 250g jar.

  • Capilano scored top marks for packaging appeal and a satisfactory four stars in most categories, including taste, consistency, packaging functionality, variety/range and overall satisfaction. The brand got three stars on value for money.

Woolworths

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Of course, ALDI isn’t the only supermarket giant to release its own range of honey. Prices from the ‘fresh food people’ start from $5.30 for the 375g Woolworths Honey (Twist and Squeeze), and can fetch up to $11.50 for a 1kg pail of pure honey. Other products include the Woolworths Pure Australian Honey Jar and the Woolworths Pure Blend Honey, with both items weighing 500g and available for less than $6.

  • Woolworths recorded three stars for overall satisfaction, as well as for taste, consistency, variety/range and packaging functionality. It also got a satisfactory four stars for value for money and packaging appeal.

Coles

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Coles’ own supermarket brand of honey also includes several squeeze and jar varieties costing between $4.50-$11.50. Its range mostly includes alternative versions of the Coles Pure Australian Honey Squeeze which is available in 375g bottles, 500g squeeze bottles or jars, or 1kg squeeze bottles.

Other products include 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 $6.50.

  • Coles rated three stars for overall satisfaction and all other categories, except value for money where it scored four stars.

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Which honey should I buy?

What makes honey the bees’ knees? According to our survey, taste was the biggest driver of customer satisfaction, followed by consistency and value for money. And despite the deliciously sweet bite honey is known for, 20% of respondents said nothing tickles their taste buds better than a natural raw honey. Nearly one in five people also said they read the nutritional information on the labels. Although price is still a pretty important factor for many consumers, with one in four (25%) Australians generally picking the cheapest brand or opting for one on special.

Whichever brand, flavour and type of honey you end up putting in your shopping trolley, the decision will ultimately come down to your personal preference – and budget. You can pick up a jar of honey for less than $5, or spend as much as $30 – or more. It really comes down to how seriously you take your honey.

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

  • Best overall: Bramwells impressed consumers as the best-rated brand for overall satisfaction, with Beechworth and Capilano following closely behind.
  • Best taste: Bramwells maintained its winning streak by achieving a five-star rating for taste, placing ahead of Beechworth and Capilano.
  • Best consistency: Bramwells again placed first for consistency, ahead of Beechworth and Capilano.
  • Best value for money: Bramwells also came out on top when it came to value for money, narrowly beating Woolworths and Coles.
  • Packaging functionality: Once again, Bramwells led the ratings when it came to packaging functionality. Capilano and Beechworth followed closely behind.
  • Best variety/range: Beechworth managed to take top spot from Bramwells in the variety/range category, scoring the only five-star rating, narrowly beating Capilano and Woolworths.
  • Best packaging appeal: There was little separating the top two brands when it came to packaging appeal, but it was Bramwells that ended up claiming the number one position. Beechworth ranked just behind, followed by Capilano.

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, 1,484 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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