Last Updated: Apr 27, 2023 @ 3:22 pm.

What is the best tuna? To find out, we had the tuna enthusiasts among our staff do a blind taste with a dozen top brands. What is best for salads? Best budget-friendly? Here are the winners.

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Finding The Best Tuna: Our Taste Tests!

Let’s talk tuna. 

An affordable source of protein, more folks have been discovering (or rediscovering) canned tuna in an age of rising food prices. 

To find the best tuna, as always, we do blind taste tests. That way we aren’t influenced by brands or packaging.

We judged tuna on three scores:

• Flavor. Yes, that may be obvious, but we noticed a variety of flavor profiles among the tuna we tried. Some were just better than others.

• Texture. Most canned tuna is pitched as “chunk tuna”—but the definition of chunk seems to vary greatly from brand to brand. Simply put, some are more chunky than others. That is a pro and con, as some folks prefer more chunks for salads and others like less chunky tuna for sandwiches. 

• Looks. We evaluated the hues of the canned tuna to find the ones that looked most appetizing.

After trying out a dozen brands, here are the ones we thought were best.

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Best Budget-Friendly

Canned in the USA
We like this tuna for its overall flavor profile—and bang for the buck. Very tasty and flavorful.
$11.40 ($0.23 / Ounce)

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Best For Salads

So tasty
This tuna was more chunky than others we tried—and that works well for salads and other dishes. Texture was excellent.
$8.90 ($0.18 / Ounce)

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Best Tuna Pouch

Easy to store
Pouches take up less shelf space and are perfect for road trips. This tuna-in-a pouch was the best tasting among those we tried. A few dissenters said it was too salty, however.
$19.84 ($0.64 / Ounce)

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Best Albacore

Good bang for buck
We love the taste of this tuna, which was nicely presented in chunks—not too salty. Also great: this tuna is wild caught.
$17.99 ($0.45 / Ounce)

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About the Authors

Denise & Alan Fields are consumer advocates and best-selling authors. The Fields have authored 12 books with three million copies in print, including the best-selling guide to baby gear, Baby Bargains.

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When we test a product, we always purchase it with our own monies. We do not take free samples, as we believe that compromises our independence.

We also fact check manufacturer information with our own measurements. If a maker claims a product weighs X pounds, we will weigh it to make sure. If the battery life is supposed to be six hours, we will see how it stands up in the real world.

In some cases, we will do interviews with experts in the field to get additional feedback on products.

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We make our living from affiliate commissions, but we always recommend what we think are the best bets for our readers (not the ones that are the most expensive). We are always looking for products that offer the best bang for the buck.

Our independence is a key reason why we have been doing this so long. As we mentioned above, when we purchase a product for hands-on testing, we do so with our own money.

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