Olive oil test: Cheap products convince experts

Stiftung Warentest

Stiftung Warentest examined 27 products, both premium brands and milder and cheaper olive oils. Overall, the testers convinced 15 products, for which they gave the verdict “good”. That’s more than half, including many organic oils. The Spanish organic oil Species-appropriate Phenolio (to Amazon) for 48 euros per liter and the Italian Selezione Gustini Antico Frantoio della Fattoria (to Gustini) for 40 euros per liter stand out in terms of taste, shine with scents of grass, almond, pepper and artichoke. Their chemical quality is also top-notch. Both were bought online. Other good olive oils in the test are cheaper: this is the best classic branded oil Bertolli Originals (to Amazon)the best discounter oil is Lidl Primadonna.

Taste errors are not allowed in the highest quality class “extra native”. Olive oil must not taste rancid either. However, the tasters found this error in Alnatura’s extra virgin olive oil. It shouldn’t have been sold as “extra native” and received “inadequate”. Oil & Vinegar Nocellara Olive Oil Extra virgin olive oil fails because it is very heavily loaded with DEHP. The high value indicates that the softener could have come loose from unsuitable hoses. DEHP can impair fertility and is avoidable at altitude.


And the olive oil from Alnatura is not convincing at the ÖKO-TEST either. According to the results, Alnatura’s olive oil is considered “lampant”. This oil may not be offered as cooking oil in Germany. According to the European Commission, lampante olive oil is not intended for retail marketing: “It is refined and used for industrial purposes.” The manufacturer has withdrawn the batch from the market. The experts tested a total of 19 products. Only one olive oil scores “very good”.

This is the test winner Crete Olive Oil Extra Virgin by Rapunzel. At Amazon you pay around 26 euros for 2x 0.5 liters. Two others still cut off “satisfactorily”. The other 16 products fail the test. Read more about this here.

> To the detailed test at ÖKO-TEST


The consumer tested a total of 15 olive oils from supermarkets, discounters, drugstores and organic shops. In addition to some brands that are only available in Austria, some products were also tested that are also available in this country. In contrast to Stiftung Warentest, the cheap brands can score here. Test winner is the olive oil from S-Budget (Spar). Second place was taken by Aldi (Hofer) with the Castello olive oil. The cheap discounter products owe their top rankings above all to a very good rating in the test for harmful substances such as mineral oils and plasticizers.

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