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10 Best Butters UK 2021 | Yeo Valley, Waitrose and More

Butter is a fridge (or butter-dish) staple – but do you really know what you are looking for? These days we're blessed with options galore, from cows milk butter to goats milk butter and even alternatives such as ghee. Baking is a national pastime in the UK - many of us would like to be able to confidently choose quality butter for buttercream, frosting and cookie making.


So we've compiled a how-to, on picking the best type of butter for your cooking and toast-spreading needs. If it's organic or top-quality ingredients or regionally-made or lactose-free butter that you're after, you are in luck! Plant-based diets are catered for too in our related article on vegan butter choices. We've rated our ten favourite British, Irish and French butter brands on Amazon, Tesco and more including Lurpak and Président – giving you plenty of food for thought! 

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Mel Watt
  • Last updated: 20-12-2021
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Compare the Best Butters

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Président - Unsalted Butter for £2.00
  2. Waitrose - Duchy Organic English Salted Butter for £2.00
  3. Yeo Valley - Salted Butter for £2.10
  4. Sainsbury's - Farmhouse Butter for £1.80
  5. St Helen's Farm - Goats Butter for £2.40

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of butter available and understand how our ranking was determined.

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Président  Unsalted Butter 1

Président

2
Waitrose  Rich and Creamy Salted Butter From an Organic, High-Welfare Farm 1

Waitrose

3
Yeo Valley Salted Butter 1

Yeo Valley

4
Sainsbury's  Farmhouse Butter 1

Sainsbury's

5
St Helen's Farm Goats Butter  1

St Helen's Farm

6
KTC Pure Butter Ghee 1

KTC

7
Kerrygold Softer Butter 1

Kerrygold

8
Lurpak  Spreadable Slightly Salted 1

Lurpak

9
Waitrose  French Butter With Sea Salt Crystals 1

Waitrose

10
Tesco Organic Unsalted Butter 1

Tesco

Name

Unsalted Butter

Rich and Creamy Salted Butter From an Organic, High-Welfare Farm

Salted Butter

Farmhouse Butter

Goats Butter

Pure Butter Ghee

Softer Butter

Spreadable Slightly Salted

French Butter With Sea Salt Crystals

Organic Unsalted Butter

Features

French Normandy Butter Churned With the Finest Milk and Cream for a Scrumptiously Creamy Flavour

Divine Organic Butter Made in the West Country

Organic, Salted and Full of Flavour for All Your Baking and Cooking Needs

Best for Those Aiming to Live a More Zero-Waste Lifestyle

Light and Creamy Goats Butter Made From Fresh Goats Cream and a Pinch of Salt

Long-Lasting, Affordable Ghee, Perfect for Cooking, Baking and Frying

100% Pure Irish Spreadable Butter With a Smooth, Rich Taste and Texture

A Tasty and Convenient Spreadable Supermarket Staple Made From All-Natural Ingredients

The Luxurious Choice Infused With Sea Salt Crystals for Dinner Parties and Decadent Snacks

A No-Frills Organic, Unsalted and Affordable British Butter

Price£2.00£2.00£2.10£1.80£2.40£9.99£2.15£2.20£2.00£1.85
TypeUnsalted butterSalted butterSalted butterSalted butterGoats butterGheeSofter/salted butterSalted butterSalted butterUnsalted butter
Best ForFlavourWelfare and organic credentialsOrganic credentialsZero-waste compostable wrapperCows Milk alternativeNon-fridge storageEase of use, with just 2 ingredientsEase of useDinner partiesWelfare and organic credentials on a budget
IngredientsButter (milk)Organic butter (milk), saltOrganic unsalted butter (milk), saltWhey butter (milk), saltButter (goats milk), salt, colour (beta-carotene)Clarified butter (milk)Cream, salt Butter (milk), rapeseed oil, water, lactic culture (milk), saltButter (milk), salt, sea salt crystals British milk
OrganicNo YesYesNoNoNoNoNoNoYes
High Welfare StandardsNoYesNoNoNoNoYesNoNoYes
Weight250 g 250 g250 g250 g250 g1 kg250 g250 g (others available)250 g250 g
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Key Points to Consider

  1. Base Your Butter-Type Selection on Your Dietary Needs and What You’re Cooking
  2. Organic, Minimal Ingredients and Higher Welfare - Are Indicators of a Top Quality Product  

How to Choose Butter in the UK

1. Choose From Salted or Unsalted, Goats Butter, Ghee, Block or Spreadable, Depending on Your Diet and What You’re Cooking

1. Choose From Salted or Unsalted, Goats Butter, Ghee, Block or Spreadable, Depending on Your Diet and What You’re Cooking

If You Want to Add a Touch of Luxury Opt For Salted Butter, Whereas Unsalted Butter is an All-Rounder for Cooking, Baking and Spreading

Salted butter can be used in a whole range of ways, whether in baking, cooking, in desserts or as a spread. It is simply butter blended with salt, but some can also contain sea salt crystals which give more of a salty bite. Salter butter is best reserved for more decadent recipes that don't prioritise control over salt intake, or simply enjoy it as a treat on bread or toast.

Unsalted butter is the best all-rounder. When used in cooking, baking or part of a sauce, it creates a creaminess and gives you total control over your recipe, letting the natural flavours shine through. Not only does it also work well on sandwiches and on toast, but it's healthier for those on a low-salt diet. Unsalted butter is best stored in the fridge to ensure it stays fresh.

Try Goat’s Butter if You’re Sensitive to Lactose or Looking for a Creamier, Nutritious Alternative

Goats milk has a significantly lower lactose content than cows milk, making goats milk butter more easily digestible. Goats milk contains A2 beta casein, a type of protein that aids digestion and promotes health as well as generally enhancing the absorption of iron and calcium into the body.


Aside from its health benefits, goats milk also has a lower melting point, so it can be easily blended into recipes and spreads well on toast. It's also creamy, delicious and totally natural; goats milk butter isn't mass-produced like regular butter, so it retains its quality and flavour.


If you'd like to try a butter which is completely free from animal products, see our vegan butter suggestions. 

Opt For Ghee if You’re Lactose Intolerant, Cooking at High Temperatures or Follow a High Fat Diet

Used in Indian and Pakistani cultures for thousands of years, ghee has now become popular in other types of cuisine due to its high smoke point and specific health benefits. Ghee is totally free of lactose and casein, so it's a better choice for those with allergies or sensitivities to dairy.


However, it's more concentrated in saturated fat than butter, as its water and milk solids have been removed, so is not suitable for those on a low-fat diet. On the other hand, those following keto or high-fat plans absolutely swear by it! Ghee is more stable for cooking at higher temperatures, whereas butter is better for baking and cooking at lower temperatures due to its creamier taste.


Our selected coconut oils may be of interest to those of you avoiding dairy.

Soft, Spreadable Butter Is Best for Those Who Are Looking for a Convenient, Fuss-Free Option

For busier people, those with kids or anyone who just doesn't like fuss, softer or 'spreadable' butter is an ideal option. Not only is it easier to slice through, but it comes in a tub rather than in a wrapper making it convenient to use and store.


However, it's important to check the list of ingredients to make sure no unwanted fillers have been added in order to create a softer consistency, resulting in more of a margarine-like spread than a butter. Products made with pressed rapeseed oil or a higher percentage of milk will be not only the tastiest, but the healthiest too.


These supermarket hummus options are fuss-free spreads too.

2. If You’re After for a Top Quality Product, Go for Organic Butter Made With Just a Few Ingredients From a Farm That Practices Higher Welfare Standards

2. If You’re After for a Top Quality Product, Go for Organic Butter Made With Just a Few Ingredients From a Farm That Practices Higher Welfare Standards

Essentially, butter only needs to be made from cream or milk and possibly salt. If you're looking for the highest quality option, look for butter made from organic cream or milk, from farms that practice higher welfare standards.


Choosing a butter made from just a few well-chosen ingredients with higher welfare standards or organic status makes a world of difference when compared to your average cheaper butter spread. Once you have tasted quality, you won't want to go back!

10 Best Butters in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

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TypeUnsalted butter
Best ForFlavour
IngredientsButter (milk)
OrganicNo
High Welfare StandardsNo
Weight250 g
2

Waitrose Rich and Creamy Salted Butter From an Organic, High-Welfare Farm

£2.00

TypeSalted butter
Best ForWelfare and organic credentials
IngredientsOrganic butter (milk), salt
OrganicYes
High Welfare StandardsYes
Weight250 g
3
TypeSalted butter
Best ForOrganic credentials
IngredientsOrganic unsalted butter (milk), salt
OrganicYes
High Welfare StandardsNo
Weight250 g
4

Sainsbury's Farmhouse Butter

£1.80

TypeSalted butter
Best ForZero-waste compostable wrapper
IngredientsWhey butter (milk), salt
OrganicNo
High Welfare StandardsNo
Weight250 g
5

St Helen's FarmGoats Butter

£2.40

TypeGoats butter
Best ForCows Milk alternative
IngredientsButter (goats milk), salt, colour (beta-carotene)
OrganicNo
High Welfare StandardsNo
Weight250 g
6
TypeGhee
Best ForNon-fridge storage
IngredientsClarified butter (milk)
OrganicNo
High Welfare StandardsNo
Weight1 kg
7

KerrygoldSofter Butter

£2.15

TypeSofter/salted butter
Best ForEase of use, with just 2 ingredients
IngredientsCream, salt
OrganicNo
High Welfare StandardsYes
Weight250 g
8
TypeSalted butter
Best ForEase of use
IngredientsButter (milk), rapeseed oil, water, lactic culture (milk), salt
OrganicNo
High Welfare StandardsNo
Weight250 g (others available)
9

Waitrose French Butter With Sea Salt Crystals

£2.00

TypeSalted butter
Best ForDinner parties
IngredientsButter (milk), salt, sea salt crystals
OrganicNo
High Welfare StandardsNo
Weight250 g
10

TescoOrganic Unsalted Butter

£1.85

TypeUnsalted butter
Best ForWelfare and organic credentials on a budget
IngredientsBritish milk
OrganicYes
High Welfare StandardsYes
Weight250 g

How to Make the Best Buttercream

How to Make the Best Buttercream
The best - smooth and luxurious - buttercream is made from your favourite unsalted and spreadable butter. If you do have to use block butter, remove it from the fridge 30 minutes before the recipe requires it,  measure out and thinly slice what you need and put the remainder of the butter back into the fridge. 

Weigh out the ingredients - don't guess! Use twice as much sieved icing sugar as (soft/softened) butter. Stir the icing sugar gently into the butter at first to avoid clouds of dust then beat vigorously until well combined and lump-free. This will take 2 to 3 minutes, so keep at it. During the beating stage, you can add a dash of good-quality vanilla extract for a deeper flavour experience.

Spread or pipe the buttercream immediately
, whilst it is at room temperature. Keep any spare buttercream (and the iced items) in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days - but you'll devour the treats well before then!

Read Up on All Things Baking From a Food Blogger

Baking can be such a relaxing pastime, as long as you have all the right tools at your disposal! And food blogger Mel has got you covered with her top pick of products for baking sourdough bread or any bread for that matter, from proofing baskets to serrated knives. So all that's left to say is, on your marks, get set... BAKE!

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