Canstar Blue’s tinned fish ratings compare Sirena, John West, ALDI, Coles, Safcol, Woolworth and Tassal on taste, texture & consistency, packaging design, 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 August 2021, published in August 2021.
Sirena ‘o-fish-ially’ rated best in tinned fish ratings
Tinned fish is perhaps one of the most underrated food staples. It goes with pretty much anything, from a light Niçoise salad or healthy lettuce wrap to hearty burger patties and pasta bakes. Even just pairing canned tuna with instant rice and frozen vegetables can be an easy, delicious (and budget-friendly) go-to lunch!
To find out which brands Aussies prefer diving into, we asked more than 1,700 consumers to rate and compare the tinned fish they purchased and ate within the last six months. Respondents scored brands based on taste, texture and consistency, packaging design, range variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that received at least 30 responses are compared in our ratings.
In our first-ever tinned fish review, Sirena ‘fin-ished’ best with five-star reviews for overall satisfaction and in several other categories.
Best Tinned Fish
Here are the best brands of tinned fish, as rated by Australian consumers in Canstar Blue’s 2021 review:
Sirena made waves in our tinned fish ratings after receiving five-star reviews for taste, texture, packaging design and overall satisfaction. Most other brands picked up four stars overall, except for Tassal which got three stars for overall satisfaction. John West slightly balanced the scales after it rated best for variety, as did ALDI when it came to value for money.
About the Winner ─ Sirena
Sirena has been reeling in Australians with its premium pole and line caught tuna since 1956. It offers a wide selection of classic-style tuna and flavoured tuna, tuna fillets, tuna slices, tuna & beans packs and ready-to-eat meals. Prices start from just $2.70 for a 95g tin and go up to $7 for a 425g can.
Some products on Sirena’s menu include:
Sirena Garlic-Infused Tuna in Oil
Sirena Soy & Ginger
Sirena La Vita Lite Chilli Tuna
Sirena Springwater & Lemon
Sirena Classic Italian-Style Tuna in Oil
Sirena rated best with five stars for taste, texture and consistency, packaging design and overall satisfaction. It also achieved four stars for value for money and range variety.
Is eating canned fish good for you?
Tinned fish and canned tuna especially can be healthy, since tuna itself is a good source of protein and calcium, which is good for maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Tuna also contains vitamin D, which helps the immune system and brain function, plus B vitamins to keep your eyes, skin and nervous system healthy. However, there are generally higher fat levels in canned tuna compared to tinned fish that are packed in brine or spring water. Canned tuna also usually contains more sodium (i.e. salt) than if you bought it fresh.
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 tinned fish (i.e. tinned tuna, salmon, sardines, anchovies, etc,) from a supermarket in the last six months – in this case, 1,729 people. Note this can include fish snack packs (i.e. tuna with crackers), but excludes other types of tinned seafood such as oysters and crab.
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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