Best gluten free bread

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Are you looking for the best gluten free bread out there? Then this is the article for you! While conducting research for this article, we scoured through dozens of social media posts that solicited gluten free bread recommendations to determine which gluten free bread brands were most loved and recommended by gluten free foodies all over the world. 

That means that these recommendations for the best gluten free bread brands are not just the recommendations of one person who may have different tastes from you. Instead, they are based on the recommendations from a whole community of gluten free foodies with a variety of different preferences! 

A bar chart that shows the best gluten free bread brands according to recommendations on social media posts. The number of likes associated with a gluten free bread brand were were counted and plotted.

Gluten free bread brands that were considered

What gluten free bread brands were considered in this analysis of the best gluten free bread? Here are all of the gluten free bread brands that were considered in this analysis. For more information on how these gluten free bread brands were chosen for this analysis, check out the methodology section at the end of this article!

  • Aldi
  • Bread SRSLY
  • Canyon Bakehouse
  • Franz
  • Little Northern Bakehouse
  • Rudi’s
  • Schar
  • Three Baker’s
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Udi’s

Determining the best gluten free bread brand

How did we determine which gluten free bread brand was considered the best by the gluten free community? We started out by going through dozens of social media posts that solicited recommendations for the best gluten free bread brands and looking at the comments where a gluten free bread brand was recommended.  

A pie chart that shows the best gluten free bread brands according to recommendations on social media posts. The number of comments where a gluten free bread brand was recommended as the best were counted and plotted.

We collected information from more than 30 top level comments that made recommendations for gluten free bread brands and found that the most commonly recommended gluten free bread brand was Canyon Bakehouse. Recommendations for Canyon Bakehouse bread made up about 27% of all comments. Multiple different varieties of Canyon Bakehouse bread were mentioned, but their most commonly recommended products were their Country White Bread, 7 Grain Bread, and their Deli Style Rye Bread.

After Canyon Bakehouse, the next most commonly recommended brand was Schar, which was recommended about 23% of the time. Specifically, Schar White Bread was mentioned repeatedly as being the best gluten free bread product that was produced by Schar. In third and fourth place were Franz and Trader Joe’s gluten free bread. 

A pie chart that shows the best gluten free bread brands according to recommendations on social media posts. The number of likes associated with a gluten free bread brand were were counted and plotted.

In addition to looking at the number of comments that recommended each gluten free bread brand, we also looked at the number of likes and upvotes each comment had. We considered each like or upvote as one additional vote for the gluten free bread brand that was mentioned in that comment. This provided a better idea of how many people in the gluten free community agreed with the recommendations provided in each comment.

When we looked at the number of individual votes for each gluten free bread brand, Canyon Bakehouse pulled even farther ahead of the pack. Canyon Bakehouse received 203 of the 415 total votes, which accounted for around 49% of all votes. This further solidified our opinion that Canyon Bakehouse is the best gluten free bread brand that is currently widely available. 

More on our top choice

Now of course we wouldn’t recommend a product without trying it ourselves! Luckily for us, Canyon House was already one of our favorite gluten free bread brands before we even conducted this analysis. We have sampled a wide variety of their products ranging from their Hawaiian Sweet Bread to their Seven Grain Bread. Here is how we rate Canyon Bakehouse products on 3 key factors that define the quality of a gluten free bread product.

Flavor

4.5/5

When it comes to flavor, Canyon Bakehouse bread is one of the best. Of course pre-packaged bread is never going to quite reach the level of freshly baked bread that is straight out of the oven, so for that reason we will not give them a full 5 star review. But we will come close and give Canyon Bakehouse bread 4.5 out of 5 stars overall. 

Texture

4.5/5

Texture is another important factor to think about when selecting a gluten free bread. From bread that is so dense it is difficult to chew to bread that is gritty and feels like sandpaper against your mouth, there is a lot that can go wrong when it comes to texture. Unfortunately, Canyon Bakehouse bread does not have any of these issues. Overall, we give Canyon Bakehouse bread a 4.5 out of 5 stars when it comes to texture. All of their bread products we have tried have had a very pleasant texture, but there are some products that could benefit from a slightly fluffier texture. 

Size

3.5/5

When it comes to gluten free bread, everyone knows that size matters! We can all relate to the experience of being excited to try a new bread brand just to find that the slices are so small that they look like they were made for toddlers. When it comes to size, Canyon Bakehouse bread is a mixed bag. Some of their products are on the small to medium size, but others are large enough that we would easily give them 5 stars (their Heritage Style breads are huge). For that reason, we are meeting in the middle and giving them a 3.5 out of 5 in the size category.

Cases where other brands may be better

Canyon Bakehouse breads are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, and soy free. That is a pretty good start, but that does not mean that they are devoid of all allergens. Here are some other products we recommend for special scenarios where Canyon Bakehouse products are not suitable for you.

Gluten free & egg free bread

Are you looking for gluten free bread that is also egg free? Unfortunately, Canyon Bakehouse uses eggs in most of their bread products. If you are looking for bread that is both gluten free and egg free, then our second most highly rated brand (Schar) makes this white bread that is both gluten free and egg free.

Methodology & raw data

The data on the number of comments, likes, and likes per post that was used to complete this analysis on the best gluten free bread brand.

In order to collect data for this analysis, we looked at all reddit posts that appeared on the first three pages of the google search results for “best gluten free bread site:reddit.com”. We went through these posts and pulled out all of the posts that solicited recommendations for the best gluten free bread brands. 

After selecting which posts to use, we then selected the comments that would be considered. We only considered comments that mentioned no more than two different gluten free bread brands. Comments that had fewer than 5 upvotes were excluded from this analysis. The raw data that was used to complete this analysis is shown below. All brands that appeared in at least one comment with at least 5 upvotes were considered. The data for this analysis was gathered in June of 2021.

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