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How CHOICE can help you find the best products in the supermarket.

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Last updated: 22 May 2020

CHOICE may best be known for testing large appliances like fridges and washing machines, but what you might not know is that we also review everyday products, from paper towels to peanut butter and coffee to cleaning products.

Sure, it's important to get those big expensive purchases right, but smaller weekly purchases like groceries can really add up. And because we use in-depth testing processes, either in our state-of-the-art labs or with expert taste-testers and crowd-sourced members of the public, you can trust that our reviews are on the money.

To give you a taster of our reviews, we'll reveal the top premium ice cream and laundry detergent, as reviewed by our expert testers. If you want more top rated items (like coffee, cheese, cleaners and more), sign up below to get them all in one easy email.  

The best premium vanilla ice cream

You don't necessarily have to spend the big bucks to buy the best ice cream. In our review of premium vanilla ice cream, judged by five dairy experts, two of the three top-scorers were supermarket-own brands, which were also two of the cheapest products we tested. 

These budget buys were streets ahead of even the most expensive brands – proving that you don't always have to buy the poshest product to get good quality. 

three best premium vanilla ice creams

The three best ice creams

These three ice creams tied for first place, all scoring 81% in our taste test:

  • Woolworths Vanilla Bean
  • Monarc (Aldi) Indulge Vanilla Opulence
  • Connoisseur Classic Vanilla

So here's the deal: you could spend $10 for a litre of Connoisseur Classic Vanilla, or less than half that for the Woolworths or Aldi equivalents – but you won't miss out on taste. 

Thanks for this test, CHOICE. Our household looks forward to sampling the Woolworths & Monarc

Kanga2, CHOICE.Community member
expert taste tester petra sugiarto tasting a bowl of premium ice cream

Dairy expert Petra Sugiarto has more than 20 years' experience in the food industry. She's a judge for the Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce competition.

How we test

To judge which ice cream was best, we enlisted five expert dairy judges for a blind taste test of ice cream samples in a randomised order. 

Our experts scored each ice cream for flavour and aroma, texture and presentation, and our in-house food expert, journalist Rachel Clemons, calculated the Health Star Rating for each product based on the nutrition information panel. Overall scores combine a product's taste score (90%) and nutrition score (10%). 

three best laundry detergents

The best laundry detergent

The top-scoring laundry detergents from our expert reviews are:

  1. Omo with a Touch of Comfort Inspired Freshness (84%)
  2. Dynamo Professional Deep Clean (80%)
  3. Dynamo Superior Stain Removal (80%)

Detergent makes up at least a third of the running costs of your machine, so you'll want to make sure you're spending your money wisely. With more than 30 years' experience testing washing machines, dryers and laundry detergents, our laundry experts know a thing or two about getting your washing clean. 

laundry lab tester ashley iredale testing washing machines

Laundry tester Ashley Iredale is one of our resident laundry geeks.

How we test

To judge which ice cream was best, we enlisted five expert dairy judges for a blind taste test of ice cream samples in a randomised order. 

Our experts scored each ice cream for flavour and aroma, texture and presentation, and our in-house food expert, journalist Rachel Clemons, calculated the Health Star Rating for each product based on the nutrition information panel. Overall scores combine a product's taste score (90%) and nutrition score (10%). 

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