Best-Rated Vinegar

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Best-Rated Vinegar 2022

Most Satisfied Customers | Macro Wholefoods (Woolworths)

Macro Wholefoods ranked number one in Canstar Blue’s vinegar ratings, achieving five-star reviews for range variety and overall satisfaction.

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Vinegar might be the most versatile product in the house. It’s not only great for adding sharpness and balancing flavours when cooking ─ but it can also be used as a natural, eco-friendly way to clean dishwashers and other appliances and surfaces, removing the need for harsh chemicals often contained in cleaning products. That’s what several Aussies do at least, with more than a third (37%) of respondents using vinegar for cleaning. A small number of people also said they consume vinegar for its perceived health benefits (7%). Either way, about a third (32%) make sure to pick up a bottle during their regular grocery shop.

How we rate vinegar

With over a third of shoppers (32%) buying vinegar on their regular shop, it’s no surprise that it’s high up on Australians’ shopping lists. It’s an unassuming product, but beneath the humble sour lies a powerful tool that can transform your dish or your drain in minutes. Cooking with vinegar can be a little daunting, which is why most people choose good ol’ balsamic, and only 14% opt for apple cider vinegar. Similarly, it seems we are most comfortable cleaning with the stuff, which is why nearly half of respondents (41%) are happiest with white vinegar. If you are like the 35% of shoppers who switch amongst brands to find your favourite, then you’ll enjoy our consumer review and guide which highlights the best vinegar brands to buy.

Canstar Blue surveyed 992 Australians for their feedback on the vinegar brands they’ve purchased and used in the last three months.

  • The outcomes reported in these ratings are measured via accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics.

Respondents rate their satisfaction with their vinegar brand 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 a vinegar brand as an individual score NOT a combined total of all criteria.
  • Texture & consistency: the consistency was just as expected and suited the product.
  • Taste: the flavour was true to the description and the product tasted authentic.
  • Packaging design: the product packaging was aesthetically pleasing and provided sufficient information.
  • Range variety: there were a number of choices within the product brand.
  • Value for money: cost is low for the quality and quantity.

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.

1. Macro Wholefoods (Woolworths)
3. Woolworths Essentials
4. Mazzetti
5. Cornwell’s
6. Moro
7. Coles

Macro Wholefoods (Woolworths) left no sour taste, shooting to the top of our ratings with five-star reviews for variety and range, and overall satisfaction. Supermarket brand ALDI wasn’t far behind, landing on five stars for value for money, texture and consistency, taste, packaging design, and range variety.

Other standouts were Woolworths Essentials and Mazzetti which took home five stars for value for money and taste, respectively.

Find more detailed information on our ratings methodology.

Top Vinegar Brand ─ Macro Wholefoods

Macro Wholefoods Vinegar

Macro Wholefoods is the Woolworths-owned brand producing a range of organic foods. The brand claims its products are made in a way that supports biodiversity and protects agricultural land by removing chemicals from the production process and incorporating sustainable farming practices. Macro Wholefoods currently makes two kinds of vinegar: balsamic and apple cider.

Prices usually range between $3.50 for a 500ml bottle of Macro Apple Cider vinegar and go up to $6 for the Macro Organic Vinegar Balsamic 250ml.

  • Macro Wholefoods was rated best with five stars for range variety and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for taste, texture, packaging, and value for money.

What is vinegar good for?

Vinegar is an amazing product that can be used for drinking, cooking, and even cleaning. It can be mixed into sauces (and even ice cream), to create salad dressing and used for marinating foods such as fish and vegetables.

Top uses for vinegar include:

  • Salad dressing
  • Quick pickling
  • Flaky pastry
  • Glazing fruits & vegetables
  • Drinking with warm water to supposedly aid weight loss and help digestion
  • Removing microwave splatters
  • Cleaning chopping boards
  • Refreshing countertops
  • Removing smells from the toilet, kitchen sink, and drains
  • Fabric softener

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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Past ratings

Here is the past winner of Canstar Blue’s vinegar ratings:

• 2021: Mazzetti

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