7 Best Vodkas at Any Price

You know who knows best which bottles to buy? The people who pour and sell drinks—that’s who. We asked dozens of top bartending and spirits industry professionals to tell us which bottles they love and why.

Heads up: The numerical order below is not organized by importance or quality. It’s a list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary state to state.

1. Reyka ($25)

Reyka is what I’m putting in my vodka cocktails lately, as well as neat sips straight out the freezer. Plus,the distillery is geothermally powered! How cool is that?—Karin Stanley, co-owner of Dutch Kills and bartender at Little Branch and Suffolk Arms

2. Barr Hill ($58)

A vodka that has a great taste and lends a taste profile to a cocktail. Since it’s made with honey, it has a subtle sweetness but is nicely balanced.”—James Bolt, beverage director and host bartender at The Gin Joint

3. Luksusowa ($15)

“Dollar for dollar, this Polish potato vodka is one of the best values in spirits.”—Michael J. Neff, bar director at Holiday Cocktail Lounge

4. St. Augustine Florida Cane ($32)

“From a small-batch distillery in the oldest city, it’s made from Florida cane and drinks super smooth.”—Zach Lynch, bar manager at The Ice Plant and brand ambassador at St. Augustine Distillery Co.

5. Ketel One ($28)

“Vodka is vodka regardless of the price you pay (above $15). Go with Ketel One and be happy.”—Gary Patrick Crunkleton, bartender at and owner of The Crunkleton

6. Aylesbury Duck ($22)

“Aylesbury is a great expression of wheat and fantastic for mixing.”—Simon Ford, co-founder of The 86 Co., the company that makes Aylesbury Duck vodka

7. Boyd & Blair ($35)

“Beautiful, nuanced and weighty potato distillate made in the USA.”—Neal Bodenheimer, mixologist at and co-owner of Cure and owner of Cane & Table and Café Henri

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  • pepper6650 posted 2 months ago

    Tanqueray SILVER - the vodka, not gin - should be on this list.

  • briansharpews1172576822 posted 4 months ago

    Elyx is very good, at any price. Smoothness is more of a neophyte's rating and only tells part of the story. Most of my long-term vodka compatriots still rank Chopin as the consistent winner for taste.

  • nancyberthold.1670d posted 4 months ago

    Prohibition 21 Bootlegger Vodka, the smoothest ever had

  • Britt41msncom1104178704 posted 4 months ago

    Grey Goose raised its prices beyond the limits not all that good

  • Homer J. Simpson posted 4 months ago

    "Vodka is vodka regardless of the price you pay". I was once a member of this club until I started taking more interest in what is out there. All vodka is certainly NOT created equal. Toasting with shots while in Ukraine gave me a new appreciation for the differences between brands. The quality has a major effect on whether you're willing to take a second (or third, or fourth, or fifth...) shot and how you will fare the next morning. The stuff I really enjoyed while over there is nowhere to be found in the US but my goto for quality and price is Khortytsa Platinum.

  • ebarcik posted 4 months ago

    I somewhat agree with the choices and was pleased not to see grey goose also. I've tried Elyx, Elit. I was a big fan of Luksu but as Ray described below, GNS is tasteless so how do we rate tasteless, by the water used to get it to 80 proof? I think Elyx is 90 proof.

  • Daves-Not-Here posted 4 months ago

    Love your choices … thanks for omitting grey goose !

    Please consider Vapid Vodka , produced in LA by The Spirit Guils.
    It is outstanding!

  • Nearcon01 posted 4 months ago

    I'm a little surprised although I felt it was going to go the way it did. There are three brands that didn't make the list and I'm wondering why. The title of the piece is 7 best vodkas at any price. The number one vodka based upon price and flavor should be Deep Eddy from Austin, TX. Second choice for taste although somewhat pricey would be Gray Goose. Third and back to price and flavor has to be Tito's, also from Austin, TX.

  • AceExplorer posted 8 months ago

    MrJOshua - So, you wouldn't try most of these? You're far off the mark and you should re-consider.
    swcoop - Good question about the St. Augustine vodka, and I don't have an answer, but their vodka is truly noteworthy. Their new-world-style gin is even better in my opinion. The St. Aug distillery is a serious up-and-comer not to be ignored. Their onsite bar has been ranked one of the top 100 cocktail bars in the world. This speaks volumes about their methods, their goals, and their expertise.

  • MrJ0shua posted 8 months ago

    I'm guessing whoever was involved in this list hasn't ever had any Stoli Elit. Personally, I wouldn't even try most of these.


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