The Best Supermarket Extra Virgin Olive Oil

This list makes it easy to choose the best supermarket extra virgin olive oil as well as the best Kirkland extra virgin olive oil from Costco.

the best supermarket extra virgin olive oil

One of these EVOOs is not like the other…

If you want high quality at a decent price, here is a list of the best supermarket extra virgin olive oil brands as well at the best Kirkland extra virgin olive oil at Costco.

The Best Costco Kirkland EVOO

Since there are two Kirkland signature EVOOs, some might get confused (as I once did) as to how they are different. Although both are labeled “extra virgin,” the quality is not the same.

A manager at Costco explained to me that the slimmer bottle on the left (a glass bottle) contains a higher quality EVOO~one suitable for tasting, drizzling on salads, or offered as a dipper for bread. This higher quality EVOO  will have the word “Toscano” on the label. This Kirkland EVOO has received high marks in several EVOO rankings published over the last few years; however, olive oil is a harvested item, and crop quality can change from season to season.

Since Costco is not consistent in stocking the Toscano EVOO, I have turned to cooksillustrated.com taste tests for a list of the best supermarket extra virgin olive oils. As a cooksillustrated.com subscriber, I have access to their exacting “taste tests” and recommendations. This list of my supermarket EVOO’s comes from their recommendations. I link to amazon for those who want to read reviews, but I suggest buying EVOO in the store for the best price.

The Best Supermarket Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Cook’s Illustrated Winner/Recommended: This readily available inexpensive EVOO……. can be found at Target and most grocers.  This EVOO is the most budget savvy choice, and Cook’s Illustrated ranked it as a rival to the favorite “high end” EVOO.

I’ve been using this EVOO off and on since learning of its ranking, and it is excellent. It is so easy to find and costs less than $10 for a large bottle.

Just one step below the winner is the Cook’s Illustrated recommended, this Italian favorite….I buy this at The Fresh Market, and Lucini happens to be my favorite brand of balsamic vinegar.

Finally, Cook’s Illustrated  “recommended with reservations” is is one of my favorite, most oft-used EVOOs.…..It is sold in most every store that I frequent, and it is an old faithful that has never disappointed.

Navigating the aisles for the best EVOO can be daunting, but I can truly say that all of the aforementioned EVOO’s are excellent. I am partial to Colavita, simply because I have been using it the longest. All of these are excellent buys, and all can be readily found on store shelves.

If you have a favorite EVOO, I’d love to hear from you! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!