* 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. ^ By clicking on a brand or ‘details’ button, you will leave Canstar Blue and be taken to our referral partner to compare. You agree that Canstar Blue’s terms and conditions apply to this referral. If you click on a brand that our referral partner does not cover, you will be taken to a brand page on Canstar Blue. Canstar Blue research finalised in August 2023, published in September 2023.
Our review compares olive oil on customer satisfaction, so you can find out what other Aussies think about the compared brands before you go ahead with a purchase. Think of it as like asking hundreds of your closest mates which olive oil they think is best!
Respondents rate their satisfaction with their olive oil brand(s) from zero to ten, where zero is extremely dissatisfied and ten is extremely satisfied. Brand satisfaction was rated by respondents on the following criteria:
Overall satisfaction: measures consumer satisfaction with olive oil as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
Value for money: the cost was reasonable given the quality and quantity of the olive oil.
Texture & consistency: the olive oil was rich and had the expected consistency.
Packaging: the olive oil had a functional packaging/container (i.e. has an in-built nozzle, included a drip cap) and was easy to store (i.e. in a stackable tin).
Taste: the olive oil tasted authentic and matched the flavour description (i.e. light, medium, strong, etc.).
The winning brand is the one that receives the highest Overall satisfaction rating once all the scores from the Overall satisfaction criteria are combined and averaged.
Overall satisfaction is asked as a specific question and represents an individual measure, not a combined total of all criteria.
When we cannot determine a clear winner from the criteria for the Overall satisfaction rating, we will then look at the other criteria measured in the rating.
The brand with the highest number of five-star ratings within the supporting criteria will become the five-star recipient in overall satisfaction, and thus win the award. If a clear leader still cannot be determined from the supporting criteria, joint winners will be declared.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included, so not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The brands rated in this survey are listed below in order of best overall satisfaction.
• Squeaky Gate
• ALDI The Olive Tree
• La Espanola
• Cobram Estate
• Red Island
Squeaky Gate is an Australian-owned brand who is all about making food better with its products, offering a wide range of extra virgin olive oils and vinegars. It’s range of olive oils includes a mild blend well suited to dipping and baking, an all-rounder medium blend best used with white meats and salads, a strong blend designed to cook hearty meals, and infused blends of chilli or garlic that will add some extra flavour to your meal. Most blends are offered in 375mL and 750mL bottles, with the all-rounder medium blend also offered in a 3L tin.
Squeaky Gate was rated five stars for texture & consistency, taste, and overall satisfaction, with four stars in the remaining categories, which included value for money and packaging.
Types of Olive Oil
The difference between olive oil varieties comes down to how the olives are harvested and how the oil is extracted using different smoke points. Here are the main varieties of olive oils and what they’re best used for:
Extra virgin olive oil: best used as a seasoning or in salads
Virgin olive oil: best for shallow frying and baking
Refined olive oil: suitable for all cooking purposes but not for salads
Pure olive oil: suitable for bulk cooking but not for salads
Olive pomace oil: best for high-heat cooking.
Is olive oil good for you?
Olive oil, specifically extra virgin, is known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. As a result, using extra virgin olive oil in small amounts is said to bring about health benefits. This includes a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, some cancers, and dementia, although it’s always best to consult your doctor if you’re thinking about changing your diet or altering your intakes.
About our consumer experts
Kate Lockyer: Content Producer
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Producer Kate Lockyer. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of Queensland and has written for a variety of different organisations and publications for multiple years.
Samantha Howse is Canstar Blue’s Consumer Research Specialist, coordinating the consumer research program behind our customer satisfaction awards across Canstar and Canstar Blue in Australia and New Zealand. Sam has earned a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Griffith University and, with seven years in market research and 2 years in marketing, she is experienced in survey design, implementation and analysis, coupled with an understanding of marketing principles and best practice.
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