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Canstar Blue’s honey review compares Beechworth, Capilano, ALDI Bramwells, Woolworths and Coles on taste, consistency, range variety, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Australians rated Beechworth best in our latest honey review, scoring the brand five stars across all categories! These include taste, texture and consistency, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Beechworth is the bees’ knees in honey ratings

Winnie the Pooh isn’t the only one busy dipping his paws into the honeypot. Our latest survey results found nearly one in five Aussies (18%) eat honey every day, and a third (31%) 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 (10%)! 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 buzz-ness, just ask the 47% of survey respondents who said they’ve tried multiple brands to find one they love!

To help you do the same, Canstar Blue surveyed more than 600 consumers for their feedback on the honey they’ve bought and eaten within the last three months. Respondents scored brands 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 rated Beechworth as the new queen ‘bee’ for honey after rating best for overall satisfaction and all other research categories!

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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. Beechworth
  2. Capilano
  3. ALDI Bramwells
  4. Woolworths
  5. Coles

Beechworth was buzzing as the top brand in all areas, including overall satisfaction. ALDI Bramwells was the only other brand to receive a five-star review, namely for value for money. It landed on four stars overall, as did Capilano. Woolworths and Coles ended on three stars.

Top Honey Brands

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 Delicate Clover Honey, Bee Fruity Orange Blossom Honey, Bee Bold Apple Box 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 honey collected from beekeepers from specific regions.

  • Beechworth achieved a sweet five-star review in each area, including taste, texture and consistency, packaging design, variety, 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 and Manuka honey. The brand also has a specialty range with options like low GI honey and organic raw 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 stars in all areas, such as taste, variety, texture and consistency, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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.

  • ALDI Bramwells earned a five-star review for value for money and four stars for taste, texture, and overall satisfaction. It got three stars for variety and packaging design.

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 $12.50 for a 1kg pail of pure Australian honey. A 400g bottled version is also available.

  • Woolworths scored four stars for texture and consistency and value for money, before ending on three stars for overall satisfaction and everywhere else.

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 and 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 rounded up the results on four stars for value for money and three stars for overall satisfaction and in the remaining research factors.

Other Honey Brands

Aside from the brands included in our latest consumer survey, these are several more names you might want to check out.

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.

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.

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.

Which honey should I buy?

Beechworth seems to be an all-rounder, flying high as a top-rated brand when it comes to taste, quality, and bang for buck. ALDI’s Bramwells range also proves to be worth buying, especially if you’re on a budget.

But what exactly makes honey the bees’ knees? According to our survey, taste continues to be the biggest driver of customer satisfaction, followed by consistency and variety of products to choose from. And despite the deliciously sweet bite honey is known for, 13% of respondents try to opt for unsweetened, natural raw honey. A similar portion (14%) also said they read the nutritional information on the labels. Price is also still a pretty important factor for many consumers, with nearly one in five (16%) 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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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, 640 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

  • Best honey for overall satisfaction: Aussies rated Beechworth honey best overall.
  • Best honey for value: Beechworth honey ranked number one in terms of value.
  • Best honey for range variety: Beechworth honey was seen to have the best variety of options available.
  • Best honey for taste: Beechworth honey proved to be the tastiest.
  • Best honey for packaging design: Beechworth honey scored best for packaging design.
  • Best honey for texture and consistency: Making it six out of six wins, Beechworth honey ranked best for texture and consistency.

Here are the previous winners of Canstar Blue’s honey ratings:

  • 2021: ALDI Bramwells
  • 2020: ALDI Bramwells