Getting it right isn’t that easy. The taste and mouthfeel of the chips must be right and the level of pollution must be low.
For example, deep-frying potatoes produces acrylamide. Two products in the test exceed the applicable guideline. Plant toxins from the potato cannot be completely avoided in chips either, but the levels in the test differ greatly.
The test results range from good to poor. Read our test to find out which chips you can eat with a clear conscience. Also, which ones taste really good and which offer the best price-nibble fun ratio.
Why the potato chips test by Stiftung Warentest is worthwhile for you
- test results. The chips test provides quality ratings for 25 products, including potato chips, stackable chips and potato snacks. Well-known brands such as Crunchips, Chio, Chipsfrisch, Kettle, Lay’s, Pringles and Pom-Bärn as well as products from Aldi, Lidl, Rewe and Alnatura were included in the test. Prices range from 50 cents to 1.99 euros per 100 grams.
- The best chips for you. You will find out which chips taste aromatic and have a strong crunch, which products contain the least fat and salt and which have a problem with harmful substances. There are good and less good nibbles in all three groups.
- Nutritional value check and sustainability. Read if vegetable and legume chips are a healthier alternative to potato chips. Also: which packaging is best to recycle.
- Magazine article as PDF. After activation, you will receive the magazine article from test 11/2022 for download.
Potato chips, stackable chips and snacks made from potatoes
We tested three different types of chips. Those who like it classic will find what they are looking for with the potato chips. Friends of orderly nibbling tend to use stacked chips. For kids and adults who like it playful, we’ve also explored potato snacks à la Pom Bears. You’ll find out why Pringles and other big brands and Biochips aren’t doing well when you unlock the test.
Tip: See above under the table of contents the overview of all 25 tested products with pictures and in alphabetical order. Even before unlocking, you can see and filter content from the table, such as all bio chips.
Pay attention to nutritional values and ingredients
The ingredients and key nutritional values must be labeled on packaged foods. It is also worth comparing this information for a luxury food such as crisps. You can see the energy, fat and salt content for each product by clicking on the product photo in the database.
Tip: Daily help for parents. With our nutrition calculator, parents can quickly find out what percentage of the daily energy, fat and salt limit their child consumes with each product in the test.
Test results for 25 potato chips and potato snacks
Tested for crunchy factor, harmful substances and sustainability
Five trained testers tasted all the products and described their special tastes – from aromatic and strongly crunchy to slightly sticky to rancid, smutty and bitter. In the laboratory, the chips were examined, among other things, for pollutants such as acrylamide or mineral oil hydrocarbons and for germs.
But we also checked whether the packaging can be easily recycled. Bag of crisps versus stackable crisps box: One type of packaging is clearly superior in comparison.