The Best Mayonnaise Brands According to Our Test Kitchen

Before you make your next sandwich or potato salad, find out what's really the best mayonnaise out there. Our Test Kitchen pros tried seven options to find out.

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For most of us, our lunchtime sandwich—be it a BLT, ham and cheese or egg salad—isn’t a sandwich without a big dollop of mayo. We rely upon this condiment to add a bit of tang and creaminess to make any savory recipe a smidge better.

But when you’re out shopping, odds are you reach for the same brand over and over again. But is your go-to really the best mayonnaise out there? You know our Test Kitchen pros had to find out!

What We Looked For

Checking out mayo, we kept a few criteria in mind. We were looking for a smooth, creamy mayo that would work well in a variety of recipes.

  • Flavor: How did the mayo taste? Did it have a neutral flavor? Any stand-out tastes like vinegar or spice?
  • Texture: How did the mayo spread? Was it smooth and creamy the way we all want?
  • Appearance: Simply, how did it look? Did the mayo look like something you’d want to spread on your sandwich or spoon into your next batch of chicken salad?

Want to learn more about how our Test Kitchen chooses their favorite products? Check out our testing methods.

Our Test Kitchen Preferred Mayo Brands

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Seven brands were in the running for the best mayonnaise. Find out which are worth spreading on your sandwich or stirring into a recipe.

Best Sandwich Spread: Heinz

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Sometimes you’re just looking for a good mayo to spread on a sandwich or hoagie. In that case, Heinz Real Mayonnaise is the brand to buy. This mayo from Heinz, a brand we normally associate with ketchup, had a nice mellow flavor and a creamy, almost fluffy texture.

This mayonnaise had a bit of a vinegar bite (but not too much) with a slightly peppery flavor. These little extras are what made our Test Kitchen team vote Heinz as the best condiment-style mayo. You won’t regret layering this on your next BLT.

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Best for Homemade Dips: Kraft

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Looking for an exceptionally light but creamy spread to keep in your fridge? Grab Kraft Real Mayo. This mayonnaise wowed our Test Kitchen tasters with a light, buttery texture and creamy color.

Since this brand was so neutral in flavor—not overly eggy or vinegary—the Test Kitchen pros agree it would be a great option for making homemade dips like a baked onion dip or fresh veggie dip. Of course, a smooth, simple mayo like this would also be at home in other recipes, so give it a spread and see how you like it.

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Best for Salads: Duke’s

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Whipping up egg salad for a barbecue? Snag a jar of Duke’s Mayonnaise. Duke’s has a thick, creamy texture which is perfect for bringing the ingredients of a salad together. Plus, its tangy flavor is sure to add a bit of personality to your recipe, whether it’s a curry egg salad, dill-filled potato salad or a crunchy chicken salad.

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Best All-Purpose Mayo: Hellmann’s

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If you use mayo for more than just sandwiches, dips and salads, you need a good all-purpose ingredient like Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise. Hellman’s combines all of what we want from mayonnaise in a single jar: it’s thick but spreadable; tangy but not too overpowering. Try making this Hellman’s macaroni salad.

Overall, our Test Kitchen tasters found Hellmann’s to be a great go-to for many applications. So crack open a jar to make coleslaw for a cookout and keep it open while you make yourself a snack before the party starts. It might sound odd, but a Southern-style peanut butter and mayo sandwich or a pineapple and mayo sandwich are pretty delicious!

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What to Make with Mayo

Mayonnaise is a major player in so many recipes—we don’t need to tell you that! You need a great creamy mayonnaise to make classic dishes like deviled eggs and macaroni salads. But you can even find mayonnaise playing a part in less traditional recipes like simple rolls or even chocolate cake where it adds moisture and tenderness.

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Note: This blind taste test was performed by our staffers and was not part of a sponsorship. All opinions shared are our own, and have not been influenced by advertisers.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.