Best Orange Juice: Stop Squeezing, We Found the Best Store-Bought Orange Juice

The best orange juice doesn’t have to come from a fresh-picked orange. You can find high-quality, thirst-quenching, vitamin C-filled orange juice right there in your neighborhood grocery store. But don’t just grab any carton or bottle. We tasted nearly 20 different juices to find the best store-bought orange juice.

I love orange juice. I love fresh-squeezed orange juice. I love overpriced juice bar orange juice. I love the little foil-covered cups of orange juice you get with airplane breakfasts. So I was extremely excited to sit down and try 17 different orange juice brands. And I was not disappointed. But while even the not-so-great OJs were still pretty satisfying, there were six that stood out above the others as the best store-bought orange juice. 

I looked for a balance of citrusy tang and sweetness, body (even pulp-free orange juice shouldn’t have a watery consistency), and overall freshness (some OJ can taste cooked—you don’t want that). I looked for the best orange juice for mimosas, the best orange juice to drink with breakfast, the best orange for pulp fiends, and more. There’s an OJ for almost any occasion and the Sporked staff and I found them all. Here’s the best orange juice. 

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Simply Orange Pulp-Free

Best of the Best

Simply Orange Pulp-Free

Tart, tangy, but not too acidic, this is the best orange juice to gulp down by the glassful. It’s truly a part of this balanced breakfast—the platonic ideal of store-bought orange juice. Other staff members agreed saying it was “delicious” and “bright” and “not as sweet” as many of the others. Indeed, it’s not an orange juice for someone with a serious sweet tooth. But if you’re looking for something that approximates fresh-squeezed juice, this is the one to buy.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Great Value with Pulp

Best Budget

Great Value with Pulp

Upon first glance, you might think that Walmart-branded OJ would be sweet and artificial tasting. But, as Great Value has proven to us time and time again, generic brands are often extremely good. While Great Value’s Original orange juice left us wanting more, their pulp-filled store-brand OJ was aces. It’s much better than Minute Maid (gasp!). It falls on the sweeter end of the spectrum but has some nice orange zest notes and almost a tinge of grapefruit on the finish. For the quality, it’s also the best deal on this list at just over $3 for 52 ounces.

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Rating:

9/10

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Uncle Matt's Orange Juice

Best for Mimosas

Uncle Matt’s

This isn’t Uncle Matt’s first Sporked rodeo. We gave his sugar-free lemonade the number four spot in our ranking of the best lemonade. His orange juice is also great—a blend of sweet and sour that is refreshing and light. Writer Jordan Myrick commented that it almost tastes like an orange juice, lemonade blend. That extra hit of acidity makes it the best orange juice for Mimosas or other cocktails like Screwdrivers or Jungle Birds. (Uncle Matt’s also scored best with booze in our grapefruit juice taste test. The man knows his booze-friendly juice.) Fun fact: Uncle Matt’s was founded by a real-life uncle!

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Rating:

9/10

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365 Organic Orange Extra Pulp

Best with Pulp

365 Organic Orange Extra Pulp

I love pulp. I want to know I’m drinking juice that came from a real orange, and pulp is the evidence I need. Pulp’s not for everyone, I get that. But if pulp’s for you, 365 is the best orange juice brand you can buy. And, as with all pulpy orange juices, you do need to shake it, which results in fruity froth. I love a fluffy orange juice. Jordan appreciated it too, noting that the froth makes it seem extra fresh. They also appreciated the balance of sweet and sour saying, “It’s not going to give me violent heartburn.”

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Florida's Natural with Pulp

Best for Smoothies

Florida’s Natural with Pulp

This is grown-up orange juice. It tastes like they shook some orange zest into the mix. There’s a slight tinge of bitterness and a ton of tang. It’s also packed with pulp. For me, it’s the best orange juice for a smoothie—a perfect foil for sweet fruits like strawberries and bananas and a handful of greens (you’re a grown-up, after all). Florida’s Natural is an agricultural cooperative, meaning it’s owned by the farmers, which always seems like a positive to me.

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Rating:

8/10

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Disney Donald Duck Outrageous Orange

Best Nostalgic

Disney Donald Duck Outrageous Orange

I did not expect to like a Disney-branded orange juice. But why not? I like pretty much everything else Disney-branded, for better or for worse. Still, I didn’t expect the company to put much thought into their juice division. But this orange juice is good in a very specific, artificial way. Jordan said it tasted like “airplane orange juice,” and it does—but the best possible airplane orange juice. It’s much tangier than you’d expect. It’s not straight up sugar water—but it does for sure have a decent level of sweetness. If you want sweeter, pulp-free juice that tastes like it’s related to an orange but not an immediate family member, or you just love Donald Duck, this is the best orange juice for you.

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Rating:

7/10

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Other orange juices we tried: Kirkland, Tropicana Homestyle Some Pulp, Tropicana No Pulp, Minute Maid, Sunny D, Great Value Original, Sprouts No Pulp, Naked, Kroger No Pulp, Nature’s Nectar, Trader Joe’s


About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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  • Minute Maid has always been awful, one of the first brands that challenged my expectations of what a “name brand” could offer.

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