We Picked the 15 Best Pickles for Every Palate

Rise and brine.

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Sweet or sour? Mild or spicy? Halves, spears, or chips? And what's the dill with all of these crazy flavors like habanero, horseradish, and even whiskey? With an endless briny bounty to choose from, pinning down your absolute favorite style might make you feel like you're in a bit of a pickle. Luckily, we've scoured the web, sampled jar after jar, and narrowed it down to our 15 favorite pickle brands of all time.

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Claussen Dill Pickles

$3.09

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Best Overall

A crowd favorite among the classic dill variety, Claussen pickles get our vote for best overall everyday pickle. These pickle spears are salty and garlicky, with a fresh and zippy crunch. These pickles may not be swimming in a fancy artisinal brine, but in our opinion, they're the tastiest O.G. pickle.

More: The Best Pickle Juices and Brines for the Perfect Pickleback

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Van Holten's Pickle-In-A-Pouch Jumbo Hot Pickles

$18.99 for pack of 12

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Whether a briny craving strikes on the walk home from work or in the middle of the night, we count on Van Holten's Pickle-in-a-Pouch to satisfy our peskiest and most pressing pickle pangs.

Besides being super convenient for snacking on the fly, Van Holten's Pickle-in-a-Pouch have the perfect amount of crunch to satisfy any briny craving. The Hot & Spicy Flavor is next-level satisfying if you're a true heat-seeker!

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Brooklyn Brine's NYC Deli Pickles

$12.25

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Zesty, crunchy, and packed with pungent acidity, these NYC Deli Pickles from Brooklyn Brine have the perfect amount of garlic and a sweet tang thanks to apple cider vinegar. We love munching on these straight from the jar whenever a pickle craving strikes.

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365 Everyday Value Organic Kosher Dill Spears Pickles
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365 Everyday Value​ Organic Kosher Dill Spears Pickles​

$3.99

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If you're looking for a solid organic option, these Organic Kosher Dill Spears from Whole Foods' 365 Everyday Value brand are perfect for the whole family. Slightly sweeter and less salty than other brands, these mellow spears won't blast your tastebuds with vinegar.

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McClure's
McClure's Garlic Dill Pickles (4-Pack)
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$34.00

Crisp, tangy, and bursting with garlicky-dill goodness, we think McClure's tastes most delicious as a straightforward addition to any classic cold-cut sandwich. We love the whole garlic cloves and sprigs of dill in the zesty brine, too.

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Wickles Pickles

$9.79

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A best-seller on Amazon, the Wickles Pickles "wickedly delicious" pickle chip recipe dates back almost 100 years, and it's especially well-known in Southern states. With a taste described as sweet, tangy, and fresh, we love serving Wickles Pickles on the side of our favorite sandwich, burger, or hot dog at summer picnics and barbecues.

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Vlasic Pickles Kosher Dill Spears

$3.33

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If crunchy is what you're after, nothing quite compares to the snap of a classic Vlasic Kosher Dill Spear. This is our go-to for accompanying sandwiches on a picnic or at the beach ... or at our tiny apartment pretending we're on a picnic at the beach.

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SuckerPunch Spicy Garlic Original Pickles

$17.99 for pack of two

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A best-seller on Amazon, these small-batch Spicy Garlic Original Pickles start out with a sweet vinegary tang that rolls into a mildly spicy heat thanks to the addition of arbol chili in the brine.

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Gordy's Pickle Jar Hot Chili Spears

$14.25

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You may already be familiar with Gordy's genius canned pickle brines by this point, but we wholeheartedly recommend these Hot Chili Spears for your next fix. The chili peppers in this brine will sneak up on you toward the end of each bite, and we guarantee you won't be able to have just one.

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The Real Dill Habanero Horseradish Dills

$16.00

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Not all pickles are created equal, and these Habanero Horseradish Dills from Denver, Colorado, are truly the real dill. The brine is jarred without straining out the sprigs of fresh dill, garlic cloves, and halved multicolored peppers used throughout the fermentation process, so you know you're in for a serious burst of flavor before you even twist off the lid.

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Brooklyn Brine Co. Whiskey Sour Pickles

$12.00

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Made with New York state-distilled rye whiskey, the brine in these Brooklyn Brine Co. pickles is seriously tasty enough to sip solo. If you're worried about people judging you, then we recommend this for your next pickle back shot.

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Woodstock Organic Bread and Butter Pickles

$4.85

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Our go-to for layering on homemade burgers, barbecued pork sliders, or roasted veggie sandwiches, Woodstock Organic makes a mighty fine bread and butter pickle that veers towards the slightly sweet side while still having a zesty kick.

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Epic Pickles Chesapeakles Old Bay Pickles

$12.38

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Even though Epic Pickles is a Pennsylvania-based brand, its Old Bay pickles would suggest that it's doing its brining seaside. You'll want to serve these bad boys alongside fried fish, crab cakes, and all things seafood.

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Rick's Picks Classic Sour Pickles

$10

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If you're craving something salty and vinegary, toss out those fattening potato chips and scoop up a jar of these classic sour dills instead. Your waistline can thank us later.

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Maille Cornichons Extra Fine Gherkins

$6

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Since no bloody mary should be left ungarnished, we love stacking these mini Maille Cornichons onto a toothpick when we're serving up weekend brunch cocktails at home. Add a splash of the brine into your bloody mix for a vinegary kick.