The Best Mayonnaise to Spread on Everything

This list of the best mayonnaise will certainly be divisive; mayonnaise always is. Folks down South swear Duke’s makes the best mayo, while people in the Northeast love Hellmann’s. Meanwhile, the West Coast goes to bat for Best Foods (which ise allegedly the same product as Hellmann’s, but we’re not so sure about that). The point is this: Not all mayonnaise is the same. This fatty, gloppy, tangy condiment varies from state to state and country to country, and some people think it’s gross. (They’re wrong.)

For this update of our best mayonnaise ranking, we returned to the tasting table and once again ate mayonnaise from a spoon to determine which mayonnaise is worthy of your sandwiches. What do  we look for in the best mayo? We’re glad you asked. It turns out, the main thing we wanted was a nice, custardy texture. Additionally, a good mayonnaise shouldn’t seem too oily (yes, we’re fully aware that mayonnaise is an emulsion of egg yolks, oil, and acid). The texture of a mayonnaise is paramount. It should be viscous but not gelatinous. Moreover, mayonnaise should have great flavor. We looked for salt, acidity, and  a little umami. Lastly, mayonnaise shouldn’t be too sweet. And before you ask, yeah, we tasted Miracle Whip.

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Truff Black Truffle Infused Mayonnaise

Best Splurge

This is one to savor. The intense, earthy truffle flavor vaults this mayonnaise into fancy territory, but it’s subtle enough to warrant using it for just about anything. Put it in potato or chicken salad, slather it on a sandwich, or, hell, use it as a dip for chips. People love to hate on truffle oil, but you know what? The flavor just works. Truffle and mayonnaise is a wonderful combination.his mayonnaise is pungent and rich with truffle flavor. Plus, this splurge isn’t too splurge-y. It’s nice without totally breaking the budget. Needless to say, we’re fans. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best for Everything

Blue Plate Real Mayonnaise

I recently got turned on to Blue Plate, and it absolutely rules. It’s got a sharp, tart bite like Duke’s and it’s a bit more eggy. To us,  this is a happy marriage of Hellmann’s and Duke’s. It’s not the best mayonnaise, but it’s definitely up there! Blue Plate is a stellar mayo that’s great to keep around. I like to combine it with ketchup to make a tangy and savory special sauce for burgers or fries. Man, the South just does mayo right.  —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Light

Kraft Light Mayo

If you’d asked me a few days ago what I thought about Kraft mayo, I would’ve had literally nothing to say. I forgot Kraft even made mayonnaise. And while their regular mayo is good, their light mayo is one of the best mayos on the market. It has the exact same texture as regular, full-fat mayo, and I don’t know how they do it. The flavor is rich and super tangy. We were all huge fans of this mayo in the Sporked office, and I will be purchasing this again in the future. —Jordan Myrick

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Vegan

Follow Your Heart Dairy-Free Original Vegenaise

Follow Your Heart never misses. Most of the products we’ve tried from this vegan brand, from cheeses to mayos, have been sensational. When it comes to the very best Follow Your Heart products, their Original Vegenaise is at the top of that list. It’s creamy, rich, and has a slight twang. This plant-based mayo is nearly indistinguishable from egg-based mayo. If you follow a plant-based diet or have an egg allergy, this is the best mayonnaise you can buy. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Chipotle Mayo

McCormick Chipotle Mayo

This McCormick Chipotle Mayonnaise tastes homemade. There’s not a weird chemical or citric acid taste. The flavor is pure mayonnaise, garlic, and smoky chipotle peppers in adobo. If you made tuna, chicken, or egg salad with this, your head would explode. It would taste so good. This would also be delicious on a turkey avocado sandwich. I brought this home from work because I plan to put it on everything. I absolutely adore this chipotle mayo. Jordan Myrick

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Umami

Kewpie Mayonnaise

The taste of Kewpie is certainly striking. This classic Japanese mayonnaise tastes like cold hollandaise sauce  because of the strong egg flavor. There’s also a hint of sweetness and a slight tang. Kewpie is like a smooth, spreadable egg salad. We would eat it all by itself on some white bread—how many condiments can you do that with? As far as I know, it’s the only mayonnaise to add MSG. I applaud that. Kewpie is great with sandwiches, french fries, sushi, salads, and so much more. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Flavor

Duke’s Real Mayonnaise

I freaking love Duke’s.. Duke’s is what homemade mayo should taste like. It’s just got such a lovely, sharp, citrusy bite. Duke’s actually tastes like citrus was used to make it, much like a homemade mayonnaise. Plus, it’s got a touch of paprika. It tastes like a fresh aioli. The only downside is that the texture is a bit too slick. It feels kind of oily, whereas Hellmann’s (our number one pick, spoiler) has that nice eggy consistency. The way I see it: Hellmann’s has better texture, whereas Duke’s has better flavor. Still, it’s among the best mayo on the market. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Sriracha Mayo

Heinz Mayoracha

I would normally never buy something like this and I certainly didn’t expect for it to rank so high on our list of the best mayonnaise. The name is corny, and why do I need a company to premix mayo and sriracha for me? Realistically, I don’t. However, this tastes awesome. It’s great quality mayo mixed with the most delicious sriracha to give you a product that is creamy, spicy, garlicky, and just plain wonderful. I’d never bought this before, but I will buy this in the future to put on sandwiches, sushi, rice bowls, and more. I love it! —Jordan Myrick

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best of The Best

Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise

This was tough, but I stick by the choice. Hellmann’s (not Best Foods) is the best mayonnaise. It is triumphantly decadent—eggy, rich, and flavorful. Mythical Chef and town madman Josh Scherer described it as “eggy pudding.” That’s because it’s the mayonnaise that most resembles a custard, and it’s jam-packed with flavorful fat. This savory mayo has less acidic bite than say, Duke’s, but the texture is indisputably excellent. Hellmann’s is less citrusy than some other mayos, but it’s still perfectly tart, with an accessible flavor to please the masses. That means you can use it for just about everything (see: cupcakes). Most of all, it feels like a human being made this mayonnaise in a kitchen with a whisk, as opposed to a robot in a factory. To us, that’s incredible. Hellmann’s reigns supreme. —Danny Palumbo

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Rating:

10/10

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Other Products We Tried: Best Foods Real Mayonnaise, Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Mayonnaise, Great Value Mayo, Kraft Real Mayo, Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise, Miracle Whip, First Street Real Mayonnaise, Sir Kensington’s Avocado Oil Mayonnaise, Sprouts Organic Mayonnaise, Boar’s Head Real Mayonnaise, Trader Joe’s Organic Mayonnaise, Stokes Real Mayonnaise, Nando’s Perinaise, Light Great Value, Best Foods Light, Sir Kensington Chipotle, Hellman’s Spicy, Sir Kensington Sriracha Mayo, Kikoman Sriracha Mayo, Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo, Hellman’s Light


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  • is the Sprouts one anything like Hellman’s or craft? or sweeter like miracle whip?

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  • I was born and raised in blue plate country, and that’s what I’ve always known. Didn’t try dukes until later in life, and while I do like it, especially the texture, I missed the flavor of blue plate.

    Then I discovered the genius technique of mixing the two together. That’s been my go-to ever since.

    Never cared for Hellman’s the few times I tried it.

    Also, thanks for not putting miracle whip on the list.

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  • Is there a favorite olive oil based mayo? OwO

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    • Yes, I believe Kraft makes it

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  • Where is the McKormick Mayonesa con limón ?

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  • There is one, and to me it’s top three with Duke’s and Hellman’s, that wasn’t even tasted, and that’s Heinz. They may not be the best Ketchup (I know most would fight me there) but their mayo is really, really good.

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  • Follow your heart and Hellmann’s vegan mayo are hands down the best, super rich and have the right amount of egg and vinegar flavor that one expects.

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  • Have you tried the Hellmann’s lately? I just got a jar and it is so runny it ran off the knife when I want to spread it. This used to be my favorite mayonnaise so now I am searching for a new one.

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  • I like most of the factory-made major brands, and I desperately want to try some Polish Winiary mayo because I keep hearing it’s some of the best of that class, but the honest truth is that the best mayo is that you make for yourself, according to your own tastes. It’s also a lot cheaper than buying it from the store, once you learn how to do it properly. Doesn’t even require any special equipment, though food processors, blenders (regular and immersion) can speed things up a bit. I can whip up a week’s worth of my own mayo in about 10 minutes. Best thing about making it yourself is that you can add in whatever herbs, spices and such you might like, as long as they don’t mess with the emulsion.

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  • I suspect that I might not really like mayo itself which is why I always prefer… Miracle Whip. I know, I know, it’s hated even by the people around me. Lots of Hellmans loyalists in my life.

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  • Hellman’s has added sugar. That makes Duke’s the superior product.

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  • Hellmann’s has a “homestyle” mayo which apparently uses more eggs. I wonder if anyone’s tried it here.

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  • I had a lady comment about how Caines mayonnaise here in Maine is the only kind they use. Maybe it’s not available for you to on the West Coast

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  • Kind of hard to believe that you would rank Hellmann’s number one without bringing up the point that in half of the country it’s known as Best Foods.

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    • I mention it in the intro, and in another article entirely.

      We found the products to taste differently.

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  • A true New Orleanian only uses Blue Plate. Hellmann’s is heresy around here. Go to any reputable po boy shop and they’ll use only Blue Plate.

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    • that’s good to hear. Blue Plate surprised the hell out of me. It’s the one I’ve been using at home the most since I discovered it. Awesome product.

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    • Yep, can confirm. I grew up near Nawlins and my mama never bought anything but Blue Plate. I’m living further north now and the stores don’t sell it here, so I have to settle for Duke’s. Kewpie is also damn good, but expensive.

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      • Oliver, if you like Blue Plate, I think you would like Best Made Mayo. If you can find it up north.

  • I hate to eat mayo in any form but I bought Duke’s from Amazon Fresh for someone I know who loves mayo. He loves it so much he won’t go back to Best Foods which he has eaten his whole life and he is over 70 years old.

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  • Heinz real mayo got robbed

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  • What about Cains mayo? Lol

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    • haven’t tried it! what’s the deal with it?

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    • Exactly, I think Cains is the best also.

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    • I was going to just add a comment about Cains!!! So good!! It probably would be closer to Dukes flavor mixed with Hellman’s but is a bit thicker than both. Something uniquely tangy and amazing! I don’t like how yellow it can be but love it. I keep a few different types of mayo in my fridge since some are better for certain things eh

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