This Study Just Revealed the Best Chips in the U.S. for 2021

The competition for America's favorite potato chips is stacked, but one brand stands out.

When it comes to potato chips, it’s safe to say that there is no shortage of options to choose from. The salty, crunchy snacks have been around since the 1800s, so there’s been plenty of time to create new and unusual flavors. (Hello, Fried Pickles with Ranch potato chips.)

You’d have to do a lot of sampling to find the best chips in the US. Fortunately, The Harris Poll’s 2021 Brands of the Year results will save us plenty of time!

America’s Most Beloved Chip Brand Is…

The honor of Best Potato Chip in America goes to Lay’s!

Though the competition among potato chip brands is fierce, it’s no surprise Lay’s is tops—the brand has been around for more than 75 years. Starting from humble beginnings, the snacks used to be sold out of the back of founder Herman W. Lay’s car. The original recipe was simple—potatoes, oil and salt. The brand has since expanded to produce over 200 flavors of potato chips. Don’t worry—we tested and ranked the most popular Lay’s flavors for you.

What Can We Expect to See Next?

Potato chips—especially the ones from Lay’s—are a go-to snack food that will continue to show up in new flavors and styles (like Jerk Chicken, Chile Mango and Summer BLT this summer). So keep an eye out, because although the classic Lay’s are a fan favorite, consumers are always pitching new ideas to the company.

FYI: This is why your potato chip bag is always half empty.

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Hannah Twietmeyer
Hannah is a writer and content creator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with a passion for all things food, health, community and lifestyle. She is a journalism graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a previous dining and drink contributor for Madison Magazine.