Best Hummus: Dip into the 7 Best Hummus Brands You Can Buy

The best hummus is creamy, chickpea-forward, and perfectly seasoned. It is good eaten by the spoonful as well as on a chip or in a pita or on a pita chip. True hummus purists will tell you that the best hummus is made at home. But we think you can find some seriously good hummus at the grocery store. 

Depending on who you ask, hummus has either never been better or never been worse. The flavored hummus trend is getting out of control. There’s apple pie hummus, thai coconut curry hummus, Buffalo style hummus, and a brownie batter dessert hummus. Hummus is sliding into dip territory—and hummus is so much more than that. Sporked contributor Danny Palumbo is particularly bothered by the phenomenon. “Can I add green beans, fried onions, and a can of mushroom soup to a chickpea puree and call it green bean casserole hummus?” he poses. “Moreover, if I did that, should I still be allowed to vote?” 

Anyway, let’s get back to the task at hand: finding the best hummus brand. 
Here’s what we look for in the best hummus (flavored or not): We want a smooth, creamy  texture. We want to be able to taste four key ingredients (chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon) even if it’s a flavored hummus. If the lemon tastes too much like citric acid, the hummus gets docked points. If the tahini doesn’t shine enough, docked points. If you put a picture of garlic on the package and it tastes nothing like garlic, docked points. Hummus is a delicate balance; it’s a marriage of great ingredients in one gorgeously simple spread. Mouth watering yet? Check out our list of the best store bought hummus.

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Whole Foods 365 Roasted Garlic Hummus

Best of the Best

Whole Foods 365 Roasted Garlic Hummus

This is the best hummus. It skews into flavored territory with roasted garlic, but screw it, garlic is an ingredient in hummus so we allow it. The flavor here is superb. Roasted garlic has a deep garlicky flavor with none of the pungency of the raw stuff. The hummus itself is thick, not watery, and it’s got a nice balance of sesame flavor and lemon to boot. Really great stuff here. Roasted garlic should be in way more things. — Danny Palumbo

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

9/10

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Cava Traditional Hummus

Best Traditional

Cava Traditional Hummus

Cava hummus is creamy. You know a good whipped mashed potato with a ton of butter and milk? That gives you an idea of Cava hummus. The flavor here is perfectly balanced. You taste the nutty earthiness of the tahini, the tanginess from the lemon, and a subtle hint of garlic near the end. Also, this is one of the only brands of hummus where you can actually taste the chickpeas. This is way up there on our list of the best hummus brands—in fact, it’s a virtual tie with Whole Foods. — Danny Palumbo

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

9/10

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Ithaca Lemon Garlic Hummus

Best Fresh Hummus

Ithaca Lemon Garlic Hummus

Ithaca hummus is thick. This isn’t a droopy and watery spread like some other brands. If you’re scooping with pita chips, one is liable to break off into the brick-like container. Still, Ithaca has got an exceptionally lemony tang, garlicky bite, and nutty taste. Confidently spread this onto a sandwich and bring it to the beach or on a hike. Dip vegetables in it. Eat it with flatbread. Ithaca hummus goes with everything because it’s got serious flavor. Also, there’s no citric acid. The container tells you to “enjoy within seven days of opening.” This is as fresh as store bought hummus gets and that makes it one of the best store bought hummus brands. — Danny Palumbo

Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

Rating:

8.5/10

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Fresh n’ Nova Authentic Hummos

Best Restaurant Quality

Fresh n’ Nova Authentic Hummos

There isn’t a real consensus on how to spell the word hummus, and this is the only “hummos” of the bunch. That might read a little more authentic, but does it actually taste that way? The answer is…mostly. This isn’t the best hummus, but it’s way up there. It’s creamy, nutty, and brightly acidic. This is exactly the type of hummus we expect when we sit down at a Lebanese restaurant. It’s got that beautiful hummus swirl, and there’s almost a hint of onion in this one that you’ll find attractive (although no onions are listed in the ingredients). Simply put, Fresh n’ Nova made our mouths water. — Danny Palumbo

Credit: Ryan Martin / Whole Foods

Rating:

7.5/10

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roots original hummus

Best Almost Homemade

Roots Original

We want our hummus to taste like chickpeas and this hummus definitely tastes like chickpeas. It’s a bit more rustic than some of the other store bought hummus brands on this list, and I love that. It has an earthy flavor and an earthy texture—more grainy, like it was freshly made in a food processor at home. It’s vibrant and vegetal—almost carrot-y? But the true charm is the texture. It’s not at all gummy like some hummus can become when it’s over processed. This is the best hummus for the texture freaks out there like me. — Justine Sterling

Credit: Liv Averett / Kroger

    Rating:

    7/10

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    Good & Gather Classic Hummus

    Best with Crudités

    Good & Gather Classic Hummus

    The flavor here is mostly lemon (see the ingredients: concentrated lemon juice and citric acid), but there’s still a lovely creaminess to Good and Gather (a Target brand) that makes it shine. Pairing the sharp acidity with some sweet carrots or crunchy cauliflower is a no-brainer. Good and Gather doesn’t score high marks in the tahini, garlic, or chickpea categories, but the tang here is wonderful and it’s the best brand of hummus for raw vegetables. — Danny Palumbo

    Credit: Ryan Martin / Target

    Rating:

    7/10

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    Kirkland Organic Hummus

    Best Lunchbox Hummus

    Kirkland Organic Hummus

    This is the best hummus for the busy human or alien-inhabiting-a-human’s-body on the go. The flavor here is admittedly tame, but maybe that’s your thing. Plus, this is a lot of hummus for the price. Kirkland hummus would be a great lunch addition for any child or adult. Speaking of which, it blows my mind that kids now eat hummus for lunch. I grew up in Pennsylvania in the ‘90s. We ate frozen chicken patties slathered in mayonnaise, sheet tray pizza loaded with sugary tomato sauce, and strawberry milk. Man, that was actually good. What on earth happened to strawberry milk? Anyway, school lunch used to be lawless. But, hummus is healthy. We should all be eating hummus. Now excuse me while I Google where to buy strawberry milk. — Danny Palumbo

    Credit: Ryan Martin / Amazon

    Rating:

    6/10

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    Tribe Classic Hummus

    Best Sandwich Hummus

    Tribe Classic Hummus

    Sure, Tribe Hummus did some really weird crap back in 2009 when they decided to make pizza flavored hummus, but their classic hummus is pretty good. It’s tangy, creamy, and will do the job just fine. It’s thick and flavorful, so it’s the best hummus to spread onto a sandwich or wrap it in some flatbread. There’s also a subtle cumin flavor here that’s different from the rest. Sandwiches need spice, don’t ya know. If you like tangy hummus and spiced undertones, this is your brand. — Danny Palumbo

    Credit: Ryan Martin / Instacart

    Rating:

    5/10

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    Other hummus brands we tried: Trader Joe’s Three Layer Hummus, Haig’s Original, Haig’s Garlic, Park Street Deli Significantly Spicy Hummus, Marketside Pine Nut Hummus, Simple Truth Organic Hummus, Boar’s Head Hummus, Sadaf Traditional Hummus, Organics Hummus, Signature Cafe Hummus Original, Trader Joe’s Organic Hummus, Mediterranean Style Hummus, Sabra Original

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