We taste tested these spicy condiments to find the best brands.
Whether you shake a few dashes on your morning egg recipe or use it to amp up your favorite chicken wing recipes, easy pasta, fish dish or BBQ salad recipe, the best hot sauce is one that adds fiery flavor and balanced heat to a variety of dishes — talk about versatile! Here in the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, we always make sure to keep a bottle — or three — of these healthy condiments on hand, but in order to find the very best store-bought hot sauce, we kicked it up a notch and tried more than 100 bottles to bring you our absolute favorites (let's just say the ice cream in the freezer came in very handy).
The sauces we sampled ran the entire gamut of flavors, from mild and fruity to smoky and acidic to straight-up tongue-scorching (more than one of our tasters expressed that their "eyeballs were sweating"). Of course, we couldn't pass up on the classic and most popular hot sauces, but our favorites also boast some out-of-the-box ingredients: think blueberries, mustard, and even fermented chiles (hello, probiotics!). Not a spice fiend? Not a problem — our round-up has something for everyone, whether you consider yourself a hot sauce novice or an off-the-Scoville-charts heat lover. So buckle up and read on for our top hot sauce picks, which are sure to take your next meal — tacos, soup, brunch recipes and so much more — to spicy, flavorful heights.
Joy (she/her) is the Assistant Food Editor on the food team, where she develops and tests recipes to ensure both deliciousness and accuracy before they appear in titles like Good Housekeeping, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Prevention, and Country Living. After graduating from UChicago with a major in political science, she made the (best) decision to pursue her passion for food by enrolling in pastry school and working at her dream NYC restaurant, Gramercy Tavern. Before joining the GH team, Joy assisted on cookbook and editorial shoots, ran an Instagram micro bakery, and worked as a freelance writer and developer with bylines appearing in Eater, Food52, Simply Recipes, Food Network, and more. Joy has a special place in her heart for croissants and tiramisu, and is always on the hunt for the next cafe to explore in the city (a journey that never ends!).