The 8 Best Dill Pickles Are a Big Dill

The best dill pickles are crunchy, juicy, and salty. And the people people are pickle people.

There are two types of people: pickle people and non-pickle people. There is no pickle neutrality. I am a pickle person. I have been my whole life. The tangier, zestier, and more dill-forward, the better.

While everyone has slightly different preferences when it comes to pickles, we could all agree that the best pickles meet certain criteria when it comes to flavor, taste, and juiciness. Dill pickles should have a strong presence of dill (obviously), along with some other complementary flavors like garlic, peppercorns, and/or chilies. They should be crunchy and never mushy. Lastly, they need to be super juicy—the kind of juicy where you have to suck in the juice while you bite the pickle so the juice doesn’t get all over your clothes. If a dill pickle can fulfill all those requirements, it’s not just a good pickle, it’s the best pickle. We gathered a table filled with pickle jars to taste some of the top dill pickle brands on the market in order to find the best dill pickles out there. (If you’re looking for the best bread and butter pickles, we can help you out, too.) Here are the best dill pickles we found to be absolutely dill-icious.


Bubbies Baby Kosher Dill Pickles

Best for Salt Lovers

Bubbies Baby Kosher Dill Pickles

I was slapped in the face by salt when I took my first bite of Bubbies Baby Kosher Dill Pickles. At first, I thought, “These are too much.” But after a few more bites, I was hooked. My mouth puckers just thinking about these. They might be a little too potent for most people to eat alone, but they are the best dill pickles to dice and l mix into a tuna, egg, or potato salad. The brininess cuts through and compliments the creaminess of any mayo-based salad.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Whole Runner-Up

Gedney Whole Dill Pickles

I had never heard of Gedney, but now I’m glad I did! These pickles are wonderful. I’d love to eat them alongside a sandwich or add them to a charcuterie board. The flavor is dilly, the crunch is superb, and the jar is large. What more could you want in a pickle? I love a tiny whole pickle and these will definitely be in my fridge in the future because they are one of the best dill pickles we tried.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Great Value Whole Kosher Dill Pickles

Best Whole Pickle

Great Value Whole Kosher Dill Pickles

I love a small, whole pickle. Like, a pickle the size of a pinkie finger. Something about the size makes the texture totally different than a pickle spear or chip. It has a crunchier crunch and the Great Value Whole Dill Pickles are no exception. Their flavor is specifically pickle. It’s not dill. It’s not garlic or peppercorns or even vinegar. It’s all the ingredients coming together to make a unique store-bought pickle taste that I love. And I don’t know if it’s just me, but holding a pickle this tiny feels very cute.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Signature Select Zesty Dill Pickle Spears

Best Zesty

Signature Select Zesty Dill Pickle Spears

Thank you, Albertsons, for the wonder that is the Signature Select Zesty Dill Pickle Spears. They pack so much crunch and flavor for so little money. These would definitely make a tasty little snack, but I really think these would also be the best dill pickles to pair with a homemade tuna melt. One bite of the fatty, rich sandwich followed by one bite of this zesty, spiced pickle would be a symphony of flavors for the mouth.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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OH SNAP! Dilly Bites

Best Snacking Pickle

OH SNAP! Dilly Bites

These are what I would categorize as a “snacking pickle.” You don’t make tuna salad with them. You don’t put them on a charcuterie board. You definitely don’t put them on a burger. A snacking pickle exists solely to be fished out of the jar with your bare hands and eaten over the sink as a midday treat. OH SNAP! Dilly Bites are snacking pickles minus the mess! They are small pickle chips that come in a bag and are surrounded by almost no liquid. They’re salty, dilly, and completely drip-free. If you are specifically looking for pickles to eat while you drive, these are the best dill pickles.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Grillo's Pickles Classic Dill Spears

Best Overall

Grillo’s Pickles Classic Dill Spears

Grillo’s Pickles are elite pickles. If you are a pickle person, you already knew that. But, for those who didn’t, this is your heads-up. You can tell that they’re next level as soon as you peer through the clear container. Big chunks of garlic and whole sprigs of dill swim around each perfectly placed green (not neon) pickle spear. They give you a sour vinegar kick while maintaining a light cucumbery flavor and classic cucumbery crunch. Plus, the cartoon pickle on the container is cool as hell. They might not be the number one best dill pickles on this list, but they are worth buying—especially if you like half-sour pickles. And don’t look for them on the shelf, they’re some of the best refrigerator dill pickles so you’ll find them chilling.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Halves

Claussen Kosher Dill Halves

Claussen’s Kosher Dill Halves are the best dill pickles according to Gwynedd, so she yelled at me for not having them on the original list. I’ll admit when I’m wrong, and I was wrong. I bought the wrong Claussen dill pickles for the initial test. These kosher dill halves are incredible. They are the best crunchy dill pickles straight out of the fridge. They have impeccable flavor, and delicious brine. You’d be thrilled if you got this pickle from a sandwich shop or on your plate at a diner. Luckily, you don’t even have to leave your house to enjoy them on a regular basis. Make sure you look for them in the refrigerator section, though! They are not shelf stable.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best of the Best

Best of the Best: Dietz & Watson Kosher Pickle Spears

I’ve become a big fan of Dietz & Watson while working at Sporked (we thought their Swiss cheese was one of the best Swiss cheeses). The quality and consistency of their products are practically unmatched and these dill pickles are a great example. This gigantic tub features the best dill pickles we tried in our dill pickle taste test. They’re crunchy, flavorful, and juicy. They’re briney without being too salty. They’re a classic dill pickle in the best way possible. I brought these home after our taste test and have been snacking on them all week.

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Rating:

10/10

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Other Products We Tried:
Vlasic Purely Pickles, Good & Gather, Good & Gather Spears, Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Spears, Vlasic Kosher Dill Pickles, Mt. Olive Kosher Dill Pickle Spears, Open Nature Dill Pickle Spears, Vanholten’s Big Papa Pickle, 365 Kosher Baby Dills, Suckerpunch Pickle Spears Gourmet Classic Dill, Market Pantry Kosher Dill Spears, O Organics Pickles Kosher Dill, Trader Joes Dill Pickle Spears, Best Maid

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Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • Can you try Wickles Pickles and add them to your list?

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    • i second this recommendation!! if wickles pickles are available anywhere near y’all, you gotta give ’em a go

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  • We have stocked the Oh Snap! pickles in our cooler at the OTC Bookstore sold well. We now have Suckerpunch pickles! https://suckerpunchgourmet.com/collections/pickle-pouches These are shelf-stable, unlike the Oh Snap! brand.

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  • I’m surprised Oh Snap! made it so far! Big agree w/PJ, this tier list is great but Wickles Pickles are my favorite!

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    • Yes, another vote for Wickles!

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  • Rating Claussen below Great Value is a hate crime.

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    • Agreed! Claussen pickle juice is great in a Bloody Mary too. My dad taught me that and I’ve been doing it for years!

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    • I’m sorry but GV had a better crunch!

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    • Amen!

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  • Oh man, I wish I could get ahold of those Zesty pickles! My fave is usually Vlasic Zesty, but they’re weirdly hard to find.

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  • Ba-Tampte Garlic Dills will knock you out of your shoes – yummy. I let their Half-Sour pickles sit in the back of the fridge until they become Full-Sour.

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    • I’ve never even heard of these! We have to try them!

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    • Second this. The best pickles in America are located in the Kosher section of grocery stores-always wonderful.

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  • Actually… I love how “ Claussen Kosher Dill Pickle Spears” are over flowing with brine! It’s half of the best damn part! They better not hold back after this half backed review. Bump them up baby! Add points for brine… it’s a pickle! Left over brine is great for marinades! Duh

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  • I make rugs I could make one for that spot on the wall 👀👀

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  • A few sports off of Claussen because they give you more bang for your buck? Use a fork or go in carefully, I’ve never once spilled juice out of their jars. Bad assessment.

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    • I don’t know if I’d consider a few tablespoons of pickle juice getting “more bang for your buck.” Plus, packaging and design is something we take into account. This is the only brand that had this problem so they rank lower than the others.

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  • Old Milwaukee Kosher Dills available in the upper midwest. if you know, you know.

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  • Respectfully-Bubbies are the holy grail of pickles and relegating them to tuna salad is a travesty. Out of all the brands you tried and as far as I can tell, they are the only pickles that are made using actual fermentation and not vinegar (which, in my mind is a big, big plus). Grillo’s are fantastic as well, but comparing them to Bubbies is like comparing apples to Cadillacs-it’s an entirely different thing altogether.

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  • Is…Mt. Olive not good? It’s the only ones I’ll eat, but also I’m super picky lol.

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  • It kind of bothers me vlassic pickles weren’t part of the test at all. Considering they are such a huge American staple.

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    • You’d be surprised what doesn’t hold up when you taste a bunch of things back to back!

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    • Vlasic = yucky

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      • *pharrell

  • Would love a follow up with best pairings. Chicago Dog, Sandwich, Sub Sandwich, etc.

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  • You should try wickles(dirty dill) they are a spicy pickle and they are magical.

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  • Your selection of pickles is very regional. I live within 30 miles of 2 pickle canning facilities that are not on your radar. Aunt Janes and Valasic. The other thing is that you have narrowed the scope to just dill and had a kosher dill but not a Polish dill (different taste) Italian dill, but there is also sweet pickles, bread and butter, gherkins, to name a few I can even get dill pickle potato chips.!
    You should get a more national sampling

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    • This is a dill specific taste test. We’ll be doing taste tests of other kinds of pickles in the future!

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  • There is no contest without Mt. Olive.

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    • …because mt.olive would lose

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  • I’m 29, pickles have been my favorite food for as long as I can remember. Ranking Claussen that low? What? I’m devastated! I’ve never tried the Grillo’s. They have just start popping up in our grocery stores in the last year or two. By then I was tired of being disappointed in new brands so I just stick with ole faithful (Claussen). I will have to pick some up next time I’m at the store and try them. Oh Snap is just an average pickle. I dislike the Great Value brand pickles. I’ve also never tried Signature Select, if there if a place that sells that brand in the Midwest I’m not aware of it.
    As for the spilling of the brine, maybe it’s because I’ve been buying Claussen for so long that it’s a muscle memory thing but I never spill the the brine. I love having the excess, it’s good for marinades, mixing into dipping sauces, Bloody Mary’s. When I saw this was a ranking, my first thought was, “Great! If they know their pickles I know I can trust their ranking of other products that I need recommendations.”

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    • I’ve now tried Grillo’s. I am not a fan, whatsoever. I don’t like the flavor, there was no crunch and yet the skins yet so tough it was difficult to bite through them, and I spilled the brine the first few times I opened the container. (I don’t really care about this, but since it was mentioned for Claussen, I figured I’d mention that here.) Speaking of the container, I could never get the lid to securely click back on to the container. That made me very wary of what else I placed around it in my fridge. I did not end up finishing these pickles because I disliked them so much, which makes it so much more of a travesty that Claussen was given the injustice of being ranked so low.

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      • Dear Heather,
        Thank you for updating your reply before I made a special return trip to Costco to get Grollo’s, because I just saw them today and passed them by before seeing them reviewed as #1 on TWO different “best pickle” places!! I, too, love Claussen, never spill the brine, & dislike “Great Value” band of pretty much anything. I made the mistake of getting some Vlasik “non-kosher” dills, (sometimes I switch between Vlasik & Claussen koshers, just for a change, but Claussen is still my fave) and the non-koshers were terrible!! It must be the lack of garlic or something. Anyway, I really needed some different pickles, and was about to try the Grillo’s instead of just getting some Claussen’s, but now I’m for sure not!! So, Thanks again!!

  • If you ever get a chance try Bestmaid pickles. So many varieties and they’re all good and affordable. Also best pickle product could be a category and I would throw bobs pickle potion #9 in there

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  • We have a shelf in my fridge dedicated to pickles. I bought Grillo’s Pickles Classic Dill Chips because of the recommendation here and had to throw the entire jar out. The flavor was okay, but there was 0 crunch. It was like biting a piece of bread. I was so disappointed because I have heard other pickle people mention this brand before.

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  • I consider myself a pickle connoisseur and Old Milwaukee dills are my favorite small whole pickle. Claussen are my favorite spears. My favorite chips are Heifetz, which I’ve only ever found at Menards of all places.

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    • Oh, I also forgot favorite deli pickle, which is Freestone Kosher!

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  • Nathan’s needs to be tried – we think it’s better than the Oh Snap, Claussen, and Great Value (Never had the brand you ranked #1).

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