Taste Test: The Best Baked Chips

We munched on more than three dozen varieties of baked potato chips to find the bags you'll like best.
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We munched on more than three dozen varieties of baked potato chips to find the bags you'll like best.

Best Plain

Nothing beats the classic potato chip. Our winner for the best plain version was Baked! Ruffles Original Crisps. ($3.99 for 9 oz.)

Best Plain Baked Ruffles Original Crisps

Best Plain

A rippled cut gives these lightly salted crowd-pleasers a satisfying crunch. Large, with a rich potato flavor, they're ideal for party trays. "These would be so good with French onion or ranch dip," said one tester.

Best Plain Baked Ruffles Original Crisps

Best Sour Cream & Onion

There's no competition. The Kettle Brand Bakes Sour Cream & Onion chips took home this prize. ($3.39 for 4 oz.)

Best Sour Cream & Onion The Kettle Brand Bakes Sour Cream & Onion chips

Best Sour Cream & Onion

Kettle Brand baked varieties wowed our panel across the board because they're made from real potato slices, not the usual potato dough. The result: They taste like regular chips. This zesty version took top prize with its natural-tasting sour cream and onion flavor and a dusting of parsley.

Best Sour Cream & Onion The Kettle Brand Bakes Sour Cream & Onion chips

Best BBQ

Kettle Brand Bakes is in it to win it. The Hickory Honey Barbeque baked potato chips were the best of the bunch. ($3.39 for 4 oz.)

Best BBQ Kettle Brand Hickory Honey Barbeque baked potato chips

Best BBQ

The lick-your-fingers, sweet-and-smoky seasoning doesn't overwhelm the potato flavor of these chips. Consider them the crunch star in your lunch box, alongside a chicken or tuna salad sandwich.

Best BBQ Kettle Brand Hickory Honey Barbeque baked potato chips

Best Unexpected

Good Natured Selects Baked Multigrain Crisps Tuscan Garden Medley took us by a pleasant surprise! ($4.99 for 8 oz.)

Best Unexpected : Good Natured Selects Baked Multigrain Crisps Tuscan Garden Medley

Best Unexpected

"No dip required!" said one taster after trying these intensely seasoned chips. A mashup of potatoes and other veggies, grains (corn, rice, oats and buckwheat) and seeds (flax, sesame, caraway and poppy), they were the heartiest, most complex chips we tried.

Best Unexpected : Good Natured Selects Baked Multigrain Crisps Tuscan Garden Medley

Best Spicy

You picked the Deep River Snacks Jalapeno & Cheddar Baked Fries as the best spicy chips. ($.99 for .75 oz.)

Best Spicy Deep River Snacks Jalapeno & Cheddar Baked Fries

Best Spicy

These cheesy sticks, a blend of potato and cornmeal, have a subtle (and addictive) chile pepper flavor. Their airy texture means you can eat handfuls without feeling full. Try them with hummus or guacamole.

Best Spicy Deep River Snacks Jalapeno & Cheddar Baked Fries

Veggie Chip Champs

We tried 87 crisps made of everything from peas to pinto beans and picked our favorites!

Veggie chips taste test

Check out the winners!