Canstar Blue’s peanut butter review compares ALDI’s Bramwells, Sanitarium, Mayver’s, Bega, Coles and Woolworths on taste, texture & consistency, packaging appeal, range 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 January 2022, published in February 2022.
Aussies go nuts over ALDI’s Bramwells peanut butter for 3rd year in a row
On toast or straight out of the jar? Why not both! Peanut butter is a pantry staple in most households. And it’s not hard to see why – aside from its deliciously gooey goodness – peanut butter is also generally rich in healthy fats, making it a good snack option to curb cravings! But ‘nut’ all peanut butter is created equal. Whether you’re on team smooth or crunchy, there’s a great variety of options to satisfy your taste buds.
To find out what’s best, Canstar Blue surveyed more than 900 Australian consumers to get their feedback on which popular brands were the peanut butter to their jelly. Respondents rated brands on range variety, taste, consistency, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received the minimum sample size (30 responses) are featured in our report.
So, which peanut butter are consumers going nuts for? It looks like Bramwells (ALDI) is still the peanut butter to Aussies’ jam, after it was rated best for packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Best Peanut Butter
Here are the best peanut butter brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:
ALDI’s Bramwells topped our peanut butter ratings once again, rating best for packaging, value for money, and overall satisfaction. Meanwhile, Sanitarium managed to get the edge on taste, alongside Mayver’s and Bega. Sanitarium and Bega similarly picked up full marks for texture, as did Mayver’s for variety and packaging.
Top Peanut Butter Brand ─ Bramwells (ALDI)
Bramwells is a generic brand sold exclusively in ALDI supermarkets, so diehard shoppers will be glad to know their favourite superstore is stocked with quality American-style peanut butter. The peanut content per Bramwells jar is higher than in most generic brands, with apparently less than half the sodium, and available for about $2.40 for 500g.
ALDI’s Bramwells was rated best for packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction. It achieved four stars for variety, taste, and texture.
Is peanut butter healthy?
Yes ─ peanut butter is considered a healthy spread and contains plenty of essential nutrients like protein, fibre, vitamin E, B vitamins, and magnesium. It’s also naturally high in ‘good fats’ (i.e. monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats). But, as with everything else on the dining table, nut butter should be consumed in moderation as it contains a higher calorie count. Plus, many popular brands add nasties like sugar, vegetable oils, and trans fat to their peanut butter. Healthier tubs are typically made with just peanuts and a little bit of salt.
Which peanut butter should I buy?
This is a debate that has divided Aussies for years. Which is best – smooth or crunchy? Well (drum roll please), the majority of respondents (52%) in our survey said they prefer smooth peanut butter over a crunchy spread (34%).
In terms of brands, Bramwells (ALDI) appears to be the peanut butter Aussies go ‘nuts’ for, with the right blend of quality and value for money. Otherwise, Mayver’s was rated best for variety and may be a good option for those looking to try different types of peanut butter. Sanitarium and Bega also impressed consumers on texture and taste respectively.
But whatever your preference of texture or brand is, it’s important to look at each product label for the peanut content (some spreads can contain less than 50% peanuts) and nutritional information. Of course, the price will also be a factor to consider. But if our survey results are anything to go by, you don’t always get what you pay for, so it’s worth shopping around and trying new things.
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 eaten a peanut spread from a supermarket or grocer (i.e. not homemade or purchased from a market) in the last three months – in this case, 967 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 alphabetically. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.