Spirits & Liqueurs Vodka

The Best Vodka at Any Price

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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.

  • Beluga ($35)

    “It’s clean and crisp, like husks should be.”—Sother Teague, beverage director at Amor y Amargo, Blue Quarter, HoneyBee's and Windmill in New York City

  • Belvedere Lake Bartężek ($38)

    “What Belvedere has done with single-estate-terroir-driven vodka is simply stunning—one rye, two different regions [Lake Bartężek and Smogory Forest] in the same country. They’re two very beautiful and different vodkas with character and flavor—one bold, the other elegant. It’s all I have in my home now.”—Joe Pereira, bartender-at-large in New Bedford, Mass.

  • Belvedere Smogóry Forest ($38)

    “It’s everything a vodka should be.”—Pereira

  • Glass ($50)

    “This sexy bottle, made from Washington wine grapes, is the perfect gift for your future mother-in-law who loves Vodka Sodas and chardonnay.”—Abigail Gullo, bar manager and assistant general manager at Ben Paris at The State Hotel in Seattle

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  • Haku ($26)

    “It’s a great vodka for the price. Made from rice, this is a smooth and not-too-heavy vodka—clean crisp and fresh.”—Sondre Kasin, principal bartender at Undercote in New York City

  • Ketel One ($34)

    “A great wheat vodka that’s great for mixing and drinking neat, it’s clean and crisp, with a nutty finish, perfect for drinks or on the rocks.”—Kasin

  • Potocki ($45)

    “This is my all-time favorite vodka. Distilled twice and not charcoal-filtered, this vodka has a lot of flavors—caramel, nutty and buttery. It’s great for a Vesper or drinking neat.”—Kasin

  • Smirnoff ($14)

    “Yes, really. It’s most adherent to the parameters of the category.”—Teague