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Which bacon rose to the top of one consumer site’s rankings?
Which bacon rose to the top of one consumer site’s rankings? Observer files

When you plunk down your bucks for bacon, which one should you grab?

ConsumerAffairs.com, a private website that tracks consumer reviews, released its Bacon Guide, with rankings of 10 brands.

First, a disclaimer: That’s ConsumerAffairs, not the magazine Consumer News and not the government’s consumer affairs department. ConsumerAffairs does take money from brands that are partners, although spokesperson Natalie Donohue says that none of the brands ranked in the guide are partners and the company didn’t do the rankings. They based them on reviews submitted by consumers, and they claim to verify consumers’ identities. So, yes, you should probably take the bacon report with a grain of salt.

So, on to the rankings. The things the site considered in people’s comments were Nutritional Value (fat content, cholesterol and sodium), Flavor (wood, spices, uncooked or fully cooked), Slice Thickness, Cure Type (immersion-cured, dry-cured and pumped or injected-cure), Additives and Price.

Based on the number of reviews and those features, here’s how they added it up. Note that a bacon with fewer stars but a higher number of reviews goes up higher in the listings.

1. Oscar Meyer, with 54 reviews and 4.5 stars.

2. Smithfield, 41 reviews and 4.5 stars.

3. Hormel, 27 reviews and 5 stars.

4. Wright’s Brand, 27 reviews and 4.75 stars.

5. Applegate Organic, 21 reviews and 4.5 stars.

6. Farmland, 18 reviews and 4.2 stars.

7. Trader Joe’s, 9 reviews and 5 stars.

8. Wellshire Bacon, 8 reviews and 5 stars.

9. Niman Ranch, 7 reviews and 4.2 stars.

10. Walmart’s Great Value Brand, 5 reviews and 4.6 stars.

Here’s the whole report and the link to the reviews if you want to dig around a little more in the bacon case.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis