The 7 Best Olive Oil Dispensers in 2021

Keep your olive oil fresh and your counter stylish

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Emile Henry has been making olive oil dispensers in France since the 1850s, and this one has a classic, clean silhouette.
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The dark, shatter-resistant glass will protect the oil inside from UV rays, keeping it fresh for longer.
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This ceramic cruet is made to order in Utah, with several customization options.
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Between the thick glass and the silicone stopper, no light or air is getting in.
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This design will keep light and air away from the oil inside and will look great in your kitchen or on your table.
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This beautiful dispenser is made in Turkey and can be inscribed with a name, word, or logo, and even in the font of your choice.
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This olive oil bottle is true stoneware, wheel-thrown pottery that’s oven-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe.
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There’s not much quite like a drizzle of good olive oil over pasta, soup, or even a slice of crusty bread. Especially if you have one olive oil for cooking and another for finishing (in other words, adding a flourish of flavor and color before serving), it’s a special experience. Special olive oil should have a special container. Enter the olive oil dispenser.

Is an olive oil dispenser (sometimes called a cruet) essential? Not quite. It’s not practical for most cooking oil applications, so it’s really best for finishing oil. And, if you’re interested in a clear glass container, you should know that it may even make your olive oil lose its freshness. Part of the reason many olive oils come in tinted glass is to protect them from light. Light, heat, and air will degrade it.

That said, if you’re switching to a tinted dispenser, it could further protect your olive oil from light and therefore keep it fresh for longer. Another important consideration for your olive oil and kitchen life? Having useful, beautiful items that you love. Some might even say that’s priceless.

Featuring useful and beautiful options for every budget and aesthetic, here are the best olive oil dispensers.

Best Overall: Emile Henry Oil Cruet

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What We Like
  • Beautiful

  • Functional

  • Lots of color choices

What We Don't Like
  • Lower capacity

Emile Henry has been making olive oil dispensers in France since the 1850s, and this one does it all. It has a clean, classic silhouette, and there are many color options available, from shades of red and pink to earth tones to bright springy hues.

Furthermore, the high-fired burgundy clay this is made from is extremely durable. It promises not to scratch or crack, and it’s dishwasher safe. At 11 ounces, its capacity isn’t huge, but if you’re using it for finishing oil rather than for frying or cooking, it will still last you a while. The spout is easy to use, easy to replace, and overall, we think this is an excellent dispenser.

Capacity: 11 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Best Budget: Zulay 17-Ounce Olive Oil Dispenser Bottle

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What We Like
  • Will protect your olive oil

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like
  • Not as distinctive as others

Does this dispenser kind of just look like an olive oil bottle without labels? Yes, but that’s a good thing. The thick, dark glass, which is shatter-resistant, will protect the liquid gold inside from UV rays, keeping it fresh for longer. It also comes with one plain pouring spout, one pouring spout with a dust cap, one funnel, two black caps, and two inner cork pieces. It’s designed for minimal hassle, no drips, and no fuss. It’s also easy to clean: Just pop it in the dishwasher. It may not be the most distinctive option out there, but if you’re a minimalist on a budget, this is your bottle.

Capacity: 17 ounces | Material: Dark glass | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Best Ceramic: 3 Points Pottery Ceramic Olive Oil Cruet

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What We Like
  • Easy to customize

  • Large capacity

What We Don't Like
  • May take a while to arrive

If you’re looking for something beautiful and handmade for your kitchen, you probably already know that someone on Etsy has your back. This Ceramic Olive Oil Cruet is made to order in Utah with several customization options. It comes in a range of primary colors: white, grey, bronze, and matte black. You can choose a weighted spout or a more traditional spout. A custom label with up to nine characters is also included. Because it’s custom made, it will take longer to deliver than something from a big warehouse, but it will be an item that you cherish for a good while.

Capacity: 18 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Best Stainless Steel: Luigi Bormioli Precious Glass Olive Oil Bottle

What We Like
  • Sleek and durable

  • Dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Smaller capacity

We love the Precious Glass Olive Oil Bottle by Luigi Bormioli because of its practicality and vintage look. It states clearly (and with industrial-chic vibes) that it holds 0.25 liters of olive oil, which for those not on the metric system is about 8.5 ounces or a little over a cup. In other words, it doesn’t hold a lot. But, again, if you’re using it for finishing oil and/or are in a small kitchen or apartment, it may be the perfect size. We also love this for finishing oil for its protective qualities—between the thick glass and the silicone stopper, no light or air is getting in. It’s dishwasher safe for over 2,000 industrial wash cycles and is anti-scratch.

Capacity: 34 ounces | Material: Porcelain | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Best Decorative: La Porcellana Bianca 34-Ounce Menage Oil Bottle

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What We Like
  • Very large capacity

  • Looks like an Italian heirloom

What We Don't Like
  • Might be too big for some kitchens

If you want to feel like you’re cooking in Nonna’s Tuscan kitchen with an olive grove in the backyard, we love the La Porcellana Bianca Menage Oil Bottle. First of all, it holds the most olive oil on this list (by far) with a 34-ounce capacity. You could certainly use this for finishing oil, but this is one of the few dispensers that could work for cooking oil, too. The flipside of that is that you should make sure it will fit in the nook of your kitchen that you’re planning on storing it in. The design will keep light and air away from the oil inside, and it will look great in your kitchen or on your table. Wins all around.

Capacity: 21 ounces | Material: Copper | Cleaning: Hand wash

Best Copper: CU29 Copper Universe Olive Oil Dispenser

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What We Like
  • Beautiful and customizable

  • Large capacity

What We Don't Like
  • Not dishwasher safe

Another customizable option, this beautiful Copper Olive Oil Dispenser from Etsy is made in Turkey and can be inscribed with a name, word, or logo, and even in the font of your choice. It’s a stunning piece that will bring some brightness to your kitchen or table. For those of us who dream of a kitchen full of copper pots, but aren’t millionaires or professional French chefs, it’s a particularly dreamy piece. The seller recommends rinsing it with boiled milk upon arrival, and then hand washing after that. Make sure to dry the outside with a soft cloth.

Capacity: 11 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Best Farmhouse: Farmhouse Pottery Medium Olive Oil Bottle

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What We Like
  • Handmade in Vermont

  • Classic aesthetic

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than others

Do you dream of chucking it all and moving to a farmhouse in the Green Mountain State? With the Medium Olive Oil Bottle from Vermont-based Farmhouse Pottery, you can keep an item in your kitchen that reminds you of that goal. Farmhouse Pottery believes in small craftspeople, not as a “foodie trend, but rather the rediscovery of a more sustainable lifestyle and value system.” In other words, you’ll pay more, but you’re supporting artisans. The company's olive oil bottle is true stoneware, wheel-thrown pottery that’s oven-, dishwasher-, and microwave-safe. It’s more expensive than the others (10 times pricier than our budget option), but if the “wheel-thrown in Vermont” category makes you swoon, you can count on this serving you well.

Capacity: 18 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe

Final Verdict

If you’re not sold on the whole olive oil dispenser thing but would like to try it out, the Zulay Olive Oil Dispenser Bottle (view at Amazon) is inexpensive and will serve you well. For a large, beautiful dispenser with Tuscan restaurant vibes, go for the La Porcellana Bianca Menage Oil Bottle (view at Wayfair).

What to Look for in an Olive Oil Dispenser

Price

Because olive oil dispensers aren’t strictly necessary, it’s really up to you how much you want to spend. As such, you may want to go with something especially budget-friendly. Most olive oil dispensers start at around $20, though you can find them for even less.

Or, because it’s not strictly necessary, you may want to go the opposite route and spend some time and money finding a piece that fits your aesthetic perfectly. You can spend as much as $100 on a special vintage or handmade olive oil dispenser—or even more.

Ease of Use

You may be thinking, “How hard could an olive oil dispenser be to use?” Well, hopefully not at all. All of our picks were chosen because they are simple to use, but if you’re considering another type, make sure to read the reviews. If a spout or top is poorly designed, you may find that drizzling olive oil becomes a more complicated task than it should be. It’s also worth considering the capacity and whether it will fit in whichever nook of your kitchen that you intend to stash it in.

Aesthetic

This is, of course, totally subjective. Ideally, your olive oil dispenser will be something that you enjoy looking at and using. There are a wide range of options at varying prices, so it’s worth making sure that you’ve found something you love.

Protection

Light, heat, and oxygen degrade olive oil, so it’s important to find a dispenser that will protect it from all of the above. If you prefer a clear glass dispenser, that’s fine. Just know that your olive oil won’t stay fresh for as long as it would in something darker or opaque.

We don’t recommend keeping your olive oil on your stove, as the heat will degrade it much more quickly. That said, if you do plan on keeping your dispenser on your stove, make sure that it’s heat-safe. The best place for storage is in a cool, dark place.

FAQs

How do you clean an olive oil dispenser?

Most of our picks are dishwasher friendly, but some you will need to hand wash.

If you’re washing by hand, your approach will depend a bit on how often it’s cleaned. If you clean it often, a grease-cutting detergent, like Dawn, and warm water should do it. Just put a few drops of soap in, and then let it sit for five minutes or more. Hold your finger on the top and shake.

If it’s a more heavy-duty job, add a few drops of distilled vinegar into the shaken mixture. Some recommend throwing a few grains of rice in as an abrasive when shaking. There are also thin brushes that may work. Check on the size of your dispenser, but many recommend the Desin Long Straw Brush (view at Amazon).

How often should you clean an olive oil dispenser?

This depends a bit on whether you’re using the same olive oil each time or if you switch between different brands/origins for your olive oil. If you’re switching types, clean your dispenser. If you’re using the same type of oil, just make sure to sniff it between uses. If it smells like fresh, aromatic olive oil, you’re fine. If it’s smelling a little rancid, it’s time for a cleaning.

Why use an olive oil dispenser?

You could just use your olive oil bottle, sure. If you choose a dispenser that’s darker or sealed more effectively than your original oil bottle, though, your olive oil could stay fresh for longer. If you’re using a clear glass dispenser, that won’t be the case, but, if you enjoy the aesthetic of your dispenser, it’s worth it.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Christine Clark is a food and beverage writer and cheese educator. She and her partner both spend a lot of time in the kitchen and buy olive oil in bulk. As such, an olive oil dispenser is essential and she is firmly in the farmhouse dispenser camp. She lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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