We Tried 10 Brands to Find the Best Potato Chips

Our Test Kitchen went on a search for the absolute best potato chips. Find out which brand had us reaching into the bag again and again.

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Test Kitchen Preferred the Best Potato Chips cropClaire Krieger/Taste of Home

We all know potato chips are great for snacking, and they’re also a great way to add a salty crunch to many main dishes and desserts. But with an overwhelming array of brands in the snack aisle, our Test Kitchen set out to find the best potato chips out there—here are our top picks.

What Makes the Best Potato Chips

Our Test Kitchen blindly tasted 10 different brands of plain, salted potato chips. We tried a mix of classic and wavy potato chips, but no kettle-cooked ones. Our expert panel judged the chips according to these standards:

  • Flavor: A great potato chip should have real potato flavor.
  • Saltiness: We were looking for potato chips that are salty but not too salty.
  • Crunchiness: The best potato chips have a satisfying crunch.
  • Dip-ability: We were looking for chips that hold up to creamy potato chip dips.
  • Appearance: The most irresistible potato chips are perfectly golden, making you want to reach for a handful.

To learn more about how our Test Kitchen selects its favorite brands, read about our product testing process.

Our Test Kitchen Preferred Potato Chips

The Best Wavy Potato Chip: Ruffles

Ruffles Original Potato Chips, 9 Oz.Via walmart.com

If you’re a fan of wavy potato chips, Ruffles is for you. The only wavy chip to make our list of top favorites, Ruffles chips are popular for a reason—they’re crunchy, perfectly salty and the ridges hold plenty of dip. These are also the most widely available potato chip on our list, meaning you likely won’t have to make a separate grocery shopping trip to pick up a bag.

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The Most Classic Potato Chip: Old Dutch

Old Dutch Original Potato Chips Family Pack - 10ozVia target.com

When it comes to appearances, we love Old Dutch. These look like the perfect potato chip and they taste great, too! We love this chip’s nice potato flavor and satisfying crunch. Old Dutch chips are a bit thinner than the others, meaning they might not hold up to a huge scoop of your favorite dip—but moderate dippers shouldn’t have any problem.

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Best Overall Potato Chip: Clancy’s

Clancy's Original Potato ChipsVia aldi.us

The chip with the highest marks across the board comes from Aldi. Clancy’s, an Aldi-exclusive brand, ranked well in flavor, saltiness, crunch, appearance and dip-ability. It could be the perfect chip! What really stands out is how Clancy’s chips balance a nice fried potato flavor with the right level of salt—not overwhelming but still satisfying. This chip also got the highest scores in our blind taste test for dip-ability, meaning it would be right at home alongside our creamiest dips.

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What to Make with Potato Chips

Of course, you can totally eat potato chips right out of the bag or dipped into your favorite chip dip. But with so many creative recipes that use potato chips, why stop at snacking? You can use crumbled potato chips to make crispy coatings for chicken and fish, or add them to cookies for a salty-sweet combo. You can even make homemade potato chips.

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We can’t forget about these chocolaty chips, which are an addicting salty-sweet treat that you can make at home in less than 15 minutes. This recipe tastes a lot like chocolate-covered pretzels, but with extra crispiness.

Teddy Nykiel, Taste of Home Associate Digital Editor, contributed to this article.

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.