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Taste Test: 10 Top Potato Chip Brands for Game Day

Taste Test: 10 Top Potato Chip Brands for Game Day

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Crispy, crunchy potato chips are more different than one would think.

No party is complete without potato chips. So we had to ask: What top potato chip brand is the best for all of your entertaining needs?

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Though it may seem like all chips are created equal, anyone who has accidentally grabbed a bag of one brand when they wanted another knows that is simply not the case. There are small yet important differences in potato chip brands. From the salt factor to the oil factor to how crisp, thick, and crunchy any given chip is, there are wide differences.

So to see what potato chip brand reigns supreme for your game day needs, we scoured the streets of Manhattan to buy 10 bags of the top potato chip brands. Though we limited the flavors to simple, classic salt, we did not discriminate regarding whether the chips were kettle-cooked, ridged, or even stacked in a can. We simply bought 10 bags of highly popular potato crisps.

Then, we gathered 11 staff members of The Daily Meal to snack on the potato chips in a blind taste test. They were asked to rate the chips on a scale of 1–10 based on flavor, saltiness, mouthfeel, and party appeal. How did your favorite chip shape up? Click here for the results of our potato chip taste test.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.


We Tasted 6 Potato Chip Brands, and This Is the Best One!

Think all potato chips are created equal? Think again. Chips may seem like a straightforward snack, but the quality can vary tremendously from brand to brand. You want a chip that has just the right amount of crunch, is salty but not too salty, and is just the right thickness. With that in mind, what brand makes the absolute best potato chip? We tasted six different ones to find out.

For this test, we stuck to original-flavored chips only. We also didn't include ridge-cut chips like Ruffles, tasting only the standard-format chips. The chips we tested included 365 Sea Salt Classic Potato Chips, Good & Gather Kettle-Cooked Sea Salt Potato Chips, Kettle Brand Sea Salt Potato Chips, Lay's Classic Chips, Market Pantry Classic Potato Chips, and Trader Joe's Ode to the Classic Potato Chip.

Here's how our nine tasters ranked the six popular potato chip brands, from worst to best. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.