Spirits & Liqueurs Vodka

The Best Vodka at Any Price

(photo illustration: Laura Sant).

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 an alphabetical list, not a ranking. Prices are averages and can vary from state to state.

  • Absolut ($25)

    “For my money, it’s the best intersection of value and quality that exists in vodka.”—Nathaniel David Smith, bartender at St. Paul, Minn.'s Hodges Bend and ambassador for Teeling Irish whiskey

  • Absolut Elyx ($39)

    “Best vodka for a 50/50 Martini—clean.”—Jose Medina Camacho, bar manager at Birmingham, Ala.'s Marble Ring

  • Bak's Bison Grass ($25)

    “It is one of the best flavored spirits available and makes vodka cocktails much more interesting than using a neutral example.”—Adam Fortuna, assistant general manager and sommelier at Grand Rapids, Mich.'s Reserve Wine & Food

  • Belvedere Single Estate Rye Lake Bartężek ($50)

    “Distilled from diamond rye grown in the Lake Bartężek region, this vodka is rich and nuanced. It smashes the misconception that vodka is boring and flavorless.”—Cari Hah, bar manager at Los Angeles' Big Bar

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  • Belvedere Single Estate Rye Smogóry Forest ($48)

    “It’s what vodka should taste like. I’m in love with this beautiful Polish vodka—assertive yet elegant finish, perfect for Martinis with a twist or light dirty with nice and cold blue-cheese-stuffed olives. Trust me on this one. You’ll be glad you did.”—Joseph Pereira, bartender at Las Vegas' Electra

  • Deep Eddy ($20)

    “Cheap and cheerful, this vodka has a great profile and very wonderful texture. It’s perfect in cocktails!”—Hah

  • Double Cross ($41)

    “It tastes like nothing—really great stuff.—Yani Moraitis Frye, owner, operator and head bartender at Detroit's Bad Luck

  • J. Carver Lake House ($28)

    “A rare multigrain vodka, it imbues terroir while remaining clean and neutral as craft vodka should.”—Smith

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  • Luksusowa ($17)

    “It performs very well for a potato vodka. It’s cheap and a great ‘well.’”—Fortuna

  • Nikka Coffey ($43)

    “It's soft and clean with a hint of sweetness on the finish.”—Brian Means, bartender at San Francisco's Pacific Cocktail Haven

  • Reyka ($30)

    “With clean notes and finishes, it goes well in every style of vodka cocktail.”—Lucinda Sterling, managing partner and bartender at New York City's Middle Branch

  • St. George California Citrus ($30)

    “Different than any other citrus vodka, this vodka has a depth of citrus that is beautiful.”—Hah

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  • St. George Green Chile ($33)

    “Split base this with Mezcal and you're on your way to a winner.”—Fortuna