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.
To help you find the best olive oil dispensers to up your kitchen game, we sent top-rated dispensers to our experienced product tester. Each one was carefully tested during hours of home kitchen testing and used to drizzle while cooking, assessed on the freshness of olive oil, and cleaned thoroughly. The dispensers were then all rated on design, capacity, ease of use, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Featuring useful and beautiful options for every budget and aesthetic, here are the best olive oil dispensers.
Emile Henry Oil Cruet
Beautiful and durable
Lots of color choices
Clay exterior keeps light from spoiling oil inside
Cork on spout breaks easily
Emile Henry has been making olive oil dispensers in France since the 1850s, and the quality of this ceramic bottle shows it. 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 Burgundian clay this is made from is extremely durable. It promises not to scratch or crack, and it’s dishwasher safe. Not only does the clay keep the bottle itself safe from harm, but it helps preserve the taste of the olive oil inside.
Our tester noted that the cork on the spout tends to be delicate, so it’s important to take caution when pulling it in and out of the bottle. Luckily, it seems if you reach out to the manufacturer about a broken spout, they’ll send you a new one with no issues.
Price at time of publish: $50
Capacity: 15.2 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
Zulay 17-Ounce Olive Oil Dispenser Bottle
Will protect your olive oil from light
Easy to use
Excellent spout flow
Not as distinctive as others
At first glance, this bottle may look like a regular store-bought olive oil bottle without a label, 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. When our expert tested this bottle, she reported that the olive oil tasted fresh and flavorful after being stored in this bottle for a few days. This bottle also comes with interchangeable accessories, including 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, and our tester confirmed this to be true. Our product tester noted that the spout flow is perfect for both drizzling and pouring smoothly pouring olive oil into a bowl or pan with control. It’s also easy to clean: Just pop it in the dishwasher.
Though it has a subtle design, if you’re looking for a quality and minimalistic dispenser you can depend on for all of your oil needs, that’s pretty easy on your wallet; this is your bottle. Overall, this olive oil dispenser won our tester over as one of her favorites for its quality and versatility.
Price at time of publish: $19
Capacity: 17 ounces | Material: Dark glass | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
3 Points Pottery Ceramic Olive Oil Cruet
Handmade and easy to customize
Spout has a great flow
May take a while to arrive if customized
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 hand-thrown in Utah and is available in both a standard design and several customized options. It comes in a range of primary colors: white, grey, bronze, and matte black. You also get to choose the type of spout you prefer, including a weighted spout or a more traditional flip top spot.
Our tester enjoyed this ceramic bottle that kept the olive oil safe from harsh sunlight and how well the spout worked without letting too much oil out at once. When the bottle needs a clean, it’s easy to throw in the dishwasher to wash away any oil residue. This bottle preserves oil well and pulls off both a rustic and modern look flawlessly that’ll have your friends asking you where they can purchase one for themselves.
If you choose to create a custom-made model, 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.
Price at time of publish: $55
Capacity: 18 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
Best Stainless Steel
Flyboo Olive Oil Dispenser
Easy to clean
Lid for the spout avoids accidental spills
Shows smudges easily
Spout flow is a bit too fast
Sometimes simplicity is key, especially with kitchen appliances and accessories. If you’re a fan of stainless steel in your kitchen or are just looking for a reliable and versatile dispenser that can hold a large volume of oil, Flyboo’s Stainless Steel Olive Oil Dispenser is your best bet.
This dispenser comes in three sizes: 17 ounces, 24 ounces, and 34 ounces. It also has a lid to cover the spout when you’re not using it to prevent hair or dust from getting inside the bottle. Our expert noted since the spout is bigger than many of the other ones tested, a larger volume of oil comes out at once, so you’ll need to be careful, especially if you’re using it to drizzle vegetables.
As might be expected with stainless steel, our tester noted a very slight change in the taste of the olive oil after storing it in this dispenser, but it wasn’t a negative flavor. The bottle is dishwasher safe. When tested, it came out of the dishwasher glistening with no watermarks. All in all, if stainless steel is your jam, then this is a solid dispenser to have on hand.
Price at time of publish: $16 for 17 ounces
Capacity: 17, 24, and 34 ounces | Material: Stainless Steel | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
La Porcellana Bianca 34-Ounce Menage Oil Bottle
Looks like an Italian heirloom
Can vary spout flow for what you need
Fragile since made from porcelain
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. The design keeps light and air away from the oil inside. It will also look great in your kitchen or on your table. This bottle is adorably tiny, holding about 8.5 ounces of oil. Though it’s the smallest on the list, our tester didn’t have an issue with needing to refill the dispenser more often than expected.
The spout design makes this an ideal dispenser for drizzling foods before roasting or grilling them. If you need a higher volume of oil to come out, simply hold the bottle at a 30-degree angle, and that should do the trick.
Though porcelain is known for being a more delicate ceramic material, this dispenser is dishwasher safe. Our tester reported using the dishwasher to clean the bottle worked well, noting it looked good as new with no markings or issues after a rinse cycle.
Price at time of publish: $9
Capacity: 8.5 ounces | Material: Porcelain | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
Olipac Chic Olive Oil Dispenser
Good spout flow for drizzling
Surface scratches easily
Copper is having a moment, and with its beautiful color and shine, it’s easy to understand why. Olipac’s Chic Copper Olive Oil Dispenser is an excellent option if you’re looking for a copper accent for your kitchen or dining room.
This sleek dispenser holds up to 16.9 ounces of oil or dressing and will add a chic pop of color to your dining room table. The spout is slower at dispensing the liquid inside, so it’s best used for drizzling, but a higher volume comes out with a bit of shake. The bottle itself is very lightweight, even filled with olive oil. Since it’s tall and thin, it’s easy to fit on countertops with limited space.
Our tester noted that it’s prone to scratching due to the design, so make sure to take extra care when handling and storing. Luckily, it’s dishwasher safe, and our tester noted no new scratches after the dishwasher cycle ended.
Price at time of publish: $35
Capacity: 16.9 ounces | Material: Stainless Steel | Cleaning: Dishwasher safe
Symple Stuff 11.2-Ounce Single Oil/Vinegar Cruet
Unique and fun design
Holds both oil and vinegar
Easy to fill
Clear glass won’t protect oil from light
For those who love an old-timey Italian American restaurant aesthetic, you’ll love this Single Oil/Vinegar Cruet. The outer chamber holds 8.5 ounces of liquid, and the grape-shaped inner chamber (ostensibly for vinegar) holds 2.7 ounces. The bad news is that clear glass will not protect your olive oil, and if you don’t use it quickly, it may go rancid. The good news is that the bottle is cute, budget-friendly, and practical if you use olive oil with vinegar more often than not. If you love it and aren’t fussy about your olive oil, we say go for it.
Price at time of publish: $32
Capacity: 8.5 ounces outer, 2.7 ounces inner | Material: Clear glass | Cleaning: Hand wash
How We Tested
These selected olive oil dispensers were tested for hours by our product tester for the most authentic results. We rated these dispensers based on design, capacity, ease of use, ease of cleaning, and overall value. Testing was conducted by drizzling oil while cooking, assessing the freshness and flavor of the oil after storing in the dispenser, and cleaning the bottle according to manufacturer instructions.
What to Look for in an Olive Oil Dispenser
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelsey Graham is a freelance writer with a natural affinity for writing about food and restaurants. She believes that olive oil makes almost every dish better and is known for adding slightly more than recipes call for to any dish (for good luck, she says). She lives in Cincinnati, OH, and can often be found making a mess in the kitchen.