The Best Pickles

Here for all your stacking and snacking needs, these winners surpassed 57 other supermarket contestants.


Best Kosher Dills

Claussen Kosher Dill Spears
We like that these picks are sold in the refrigerated section of the supermarket; they're consistently crisp and have a superb balance of vinegar, salt, and spices. The only thing missing? A deli sandwich.

To buy: $4.40 for 24 oz.; at grocery stores.
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Best Bread & Butter

Trader Joe's Organic Sweet Bread & Butter Pickles
Some options were overly sugary; others had a mealy, soft texture. But this winner was just right: firm and sweet, with a bit of tang.

To buy: $4.70 for 24 oz.; at Trader Joe's.
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Best Spicy

Wickles Dirty Dill Spears
These bad boys pack serious heat, thanks to red chile peppers jarred in the mix. And while some competitors are pickled only in distilled vinegar, this winner also uses apple cider vinegar for a slightly sweet layer of flavor that pairs well with spiciness.

To buy: $4 for 24 oz.; at grocery stores.
Photo by Wickles


Best Garlic

McClure's Garlic Dill Pickle Spears
Guaranteed to give you garlic breath—but completely worth it. Made with just six ingredients (including cucumbers and water), these pickles have a piquant flavor that takes center stage.

To buy: $8 for 32 oz.; at grocery stores.
Photo by McClure's

Best Cornichons


Les Trois Petits Cochons Cornichons
Did you know that cornichons are the savory, French version of tiny gherkins? We love this brand for its crunch and fresh flavor. Plus, the pickles come packed with cocktail onions—cheese plate-ready.

To buy: $5 for 12.4 oz.; at grocery stores.

Photo by Danny Kim