Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Ellora Farms PDO Extra Virgin at Amazon
"From a single source and can be traced back to the grove where the olives grew."
"Moderately flavored, with herby and fruity notes."
Best Extra Virgin: Colavita Premium Italian at Amazon
"Clean flavor that is fresh and fruity, with a pleasant bitterness and hint of pepper."
Best Organic: Napa Valley Naturals Organic at Thrive Market
"First cold-pressed for purity and isn't strained or refined before being bottles."
Best Budget: Pompeian Classic at Amazon
"Perfect all-around oil that can be used for cooking, baking, and sautéing."
Best for Salad: O-Live & Co. Premium at Amazon
"Chilean olive oil traced from tree to bottle for complete accountability."
Best for Bread: Grand'aroma Tuscan Herbs, Garlic, Truffle at Amazon
"These oils can also be used in salads or drizzled over vegetables."
Best Spray: Bertolli Organic 100% Olive Oil Spray at Walmart
"Great for spraying baking pans, evenly coating vegetables, or lightly coating pasta or salads."
Best Splurge: MaryRuth Organics Ice Pressed Olive Oil at Amazon
"Reviewers praised the oil's fresh flavor, described as peppery, fruity, and 'green.'"
01 of 09
Best Overall: Ellora Farms PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Unlike olive oils blended from a variety of locations for a consistent flavor, each of these bottles is from a single source and can be traced back to the grove where the olives grew in Crete, Greece. You'll get one 8.45-ounce bottle and one 33.8-ounce tin of PDO (Protected Designation of Origin) olive oil that is certified by the European Union for the quality and to certify the location where it was produced.
This oil is cold-extracted for the best flavor, and users praised the distinct fruitiness. This is the type of oil that should be used as a drizzle over salads or vegetables, as a finishing drizzle on cooked foods, as a component in a simple salad dressing, or as a dip for crusty bread. It could also be used for low-temperature cooking but should be reserved for times when the olive oil flavor will be savored.
02 of 09
Best Value: California Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Whether you're roasting a chicken for dinner, baking a loaf of bread or sautéing some veggies, this extra virgin olive oil is a solid pick for your everyday needs in the kitchen. Made from a blend of oils in California, Argentina, Portugal, and Chile, this oil is moderately flavored, with herby and fruity notes. It won't be the star of the show in your dish, but it is a strong supporting ingredient.
The oil itself is non-GMO and has passed testing by the Olive Oil Commission of California. The oil comes in a 16.9-ounce bottle that's tinted to prevent light from altering the taste of the oil.
03 of 09
Best Extra Virgin: Colavita Premium Italian
Made from olives that are harvested exclusively in Italy, this choice is an affordable extra virgin olive oil that you can use for almost everything in your kitchen. While you wouldn’t use this (or any olive oil) for deep frying a turkey, it can be used for gentle sautéing or for roasting veggies. For cold uses, you can use this oil as a flavorful finishing drizzle on cooked vegetables, as a dipping oil for your favorite crusty bread, or on salad, combined with a tasty vinegar and a few herbs.
The oil is cold-pressed for a clean flavor that is fresh and fruity, with a pleasant bitterness and hint of pepper. Colavita makes a variety of olive oils from different regions, so if you’re not fond of Italian olive oil, you might want to try their Greek variety instead.
04 of 09
Best Organic: Napa Valley Naturals Organic
Napa Valley Naturals is a California company known for its quality oils and vinegars, like this organic extra virgin olive oil. The oil is first cold-pressed for purity and isn't strained or refined before being bottled.
Some reviewers commented on the fact that, unlike many olive oil bottles, this bottle has no stopper or other feature to slow the flow of the oil as you pour. While that’s great for dispensing the oil into a cruet or other container, it can make trying to drizzle oil onto a salad or measuring it for your favorite recipe a little messy. Many users opted to decant the entire 25.4-ounce container into a bottle with a pouring spout for easier drizzling.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best Budget: Pompeian Classic Pure Olive Oil
With this oil in your pantry, you won’t need to keep a variety of other options around—this one will check all of your boxes. It’s the perfect, all-around oil that can be used for cooking, baking, and sautéing. You can also use it in salad dressings when you'd like the other ingredients to be the focus.
While this might not be the oil you choose for a dipping oil on its own, you could add herbs and a bit of balsamic vinegar for a delicious topping for veggies. It comes in a 32-ounce bottle, so you’ll have plenty for all of your kitchen uses.
06 of 09
Best for Salad: O-Live & Co. Premium Estate Grown
Made from a blend of different types of olives for oil that tastes mild and fruity, this pick will add its distinctive flavor to your salads, but it won’t overpower the other ingredients. This Chilean olive oil is traced from tree to bottle for complete accountability, and it's cold-extracted shortly after the olives are harvested for fresh flavor.
While Chile might not be the first place you’d name for olive production, the climate is similar to the Mediterranean, so olive oils from both areas are comparable, with a few distinctions in taste.
O-Live partners with a charitable organization that plants and cares for one tree in California for every bottle of olive oil the company sells. O-Live is also a carbon-neutral company, so if shopping green is important to you, this oil should be on your shopping list.
07 of 09
Best for Bread: Grand'aroma Tuscan Herbs, Garlic, Truffle Flavored
Choosing a dipping oil just got easier with this variety pack of flavored olive oils. The four-bottle pack includes Tuscan herb blend oil, garlic oil, basil oil, and truffle oil. Use them alone, combine two or three for your own unique blend, or add balsamic vinegar for a little bit of sharpness.
Besides using them as a dipping oil, these oils can also be used in salads or drizzled over vegetables to add extra flavor in one simple step. This pack includes four 8.5-ounce bottles, but the flavors are available separately as well.
08 of 09
Best Spray: Bertolli Organic 100% Olive Oil Spray
Great for spraying baking pans, evenly coating vegetables, or lightly coating pasta or salads, this spray will come in handy every day in your kitchen. It's made of pure olive oil with no propellant, so you’re not adding any unwanted ingredients to your food.
Using a spray helps cut down on waste as you cook. You can use less oil knowing that you'll get even coverage with just a few sprays, meaning no oil pools at the bottom of your mixing bowl or baking pan.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best Splurge: MaryRuth Organics Ice Pressed Olive Oil
This olive oil goes beyond cold-pressed and boasts being ice-pressed at a temperature that’s well below the processing temperature of standard olive oils, which helps it retain more of the fresh flavor. The manufacturer claims that, like cold-pressed oils, ice-pressed oils retain a high amount of their nutrients thanks to the cold temperatures during processing.
Reviewers praised the oil's fresh flavor, which they describe as peppery, fruity, and "green." Rather than cooking with this oil, try using it raw. It would be wonderful sprinkled over vegetables, as a dipper for bread or as a part of a simple salad dressing.