Brightland vs. Graza: Which Popular Olive Oil Is Right for You?

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brightland vs graza: brightland the duo and graza sizzle and drizzle
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Whether you’re looking for an impressive food gift or growing sick of canola, fancy olive oil is a delicious solution. And nowadays, there’s no shortage of scrumptious options out there—especially if you’re willing to search beyond the supermarket. Two of the most popular sets of cooking and finishing oils are Brightland’s The Duo and Graza’s Drizzle & Sizzle Set (if you have an Instagram, odds are these gems have crossed your feed). But which is right for you? We tested both collections to bring you our honest reviews, so you can uncover your fave without having to shell out the cash for both. Read on for photos and breakdowns of each.

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Meet the Experts

  • Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor. She’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s tried various Brightland olive oils in the past and reviewed Graza’s Sizzle and Drizzle set soon after it launched. She tested them side by side again to write this review.
  • Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She’s tried various Brightland olive oils and Graza’s Drizzle and Sizzle.
brightland vs graza: brightland the duo and graza drizzle and sizzle

How I Tested Brightland’s The Duo and Graza’s Drizzle & Sizzle

I tried each brand’s finishing and cooking oils consecutively, taking comparative notes as I tasted. I then rated the oils based on the following five factors:

  • Value: Is the oil worth the cost considering its quality?
  • Functionality: Does the bottle’s design make it easy to use? How would most home cooks use this oil? Does it have various uses?
  • Quality: Is the oil made from high-quality ingredients?
  • Aesthetics: Does the bottle look nice on the kitchen counter? Does the oil itself look appetizing?
  • Flavor: Does the oil taste good? Is it fresh and flavorful? Does it taste like the brand says it does?

What Sets Brightland and Graza Apart?

Both brands are known for high-quality, single-origin, extra-virgin olive oil. Each has a cult following and Insta-worthy packaging. Both brands cold-press the oil, making it storage-friendly and high in healthy fats that keep the oil fresh for longer. This method doesn’t require heat or chemicals; instead, olives are crushed into paste, then the oil is separated from the pulp.

My Brightland The Duo Review


  • Value: 19/20
  • Functionality: 19/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 20/20
  • Flavor: 18/20

TOTAL: 96/100

Brightland is beloved for its quality oils that come in breathtakingly gorgeous bottles that look as good on your kitchen counter as they do on your dining table. (They also sell a slew of unique vinegars and some of the best honey you’ll ever eat.) Made in California from hand-picked heirloom Arbosana and Arbequina olives, these oils are extracted within minutes of being harvested for the freshest flavor possible.

Its best-selling olive oil set, which is most comparable to Graza’s Drizzle & Sizzle set and our top recommendation for newbies, is The Duo. It includes Awake, a robust, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil that’s ideal for cooking (think soup, stew, roasted veggies and all sorts of meat, poultry and fish), and Alive, a smooth, grassy, cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil that’s ideal for raw applications (salads, snacking cakes, hummus, yogurt, breads—just about anything). On the nose, Awake is bright and slightly citrusy while Alive is more vegetal. Awake’s flavor is very tame, nutty and smooth. Alive is bright with a slightly peppery finish. Both have a supremely silky, lush mouthfeel.

As for the packaging, we see the bottle as a double-edged sword. While it’s stunningly designed, modern and begging to be gifted to every foodie you know, it also has a wide opening instead of a small, drizzle-friendly one. This makes the oil easier to overpour; normally, we’d say a lil’ extra never hurts, but at $74 for the set, we wouldn’t want to waste a single drop. (Brightland offers a pretty gold spout for $10 if you’d like to make the oils easier to pour.) The bottles are also smaller than Graza’s. On the up side, this makes it easier to finish the oil at peak freshness (its shelf life is two years from harvesting, but Brightland recommends finishing it in four to six months for maximum deliciousness). On the other hand, you get less oil for more money compared to Graza.

That said, this pair will not disappoint. And in case you want to explore their EVOO offerings further, we’d be remiss not to mention the brand’s *delicious* infused oils (although they aren’t part of The Duo). Food editor Taryn Pire is partial to garlicky Rosette, while senior food editor Katherine Gillen enjoys rosemary-kissed Aurora on focaccia.

Fast Facts

  • Origin: California Central Coast and Valley
  • Olive Types: Arbequina, Arbosana, Koroneiki
  • Additional Flavors: Ardor (chili), Rosette (garlic), Aurora (rosemary), Arise (basil), Lucid (lemon), Pizza (jalapeño-herb)
  • Smoke Point: 410°F
  • Price: $74

My Graza Drizzle & Sizzle Set Review


  • Value: 20/20
  • Functionality: 20/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Aesthetics: 18/20
  • Flavor: 19/20

TOTAL: 97/100

Graza’s angle seems to be exposing the olive oil industry for selling rancid, old oil while also promoting their own high-quality, single-source oil that’s designed to be notably heart-healthy and more affordable than other gourmet options. But its real claim to fame is the squeeze bottles its oils are packaged in. A mainstay in professional kitchens, they inspire home cooks to use quality oil liberally; many of us tend to use high-end EVOO drop by drop because of its price tag and commonly wide-mouth bottle.

“I like Graza particularly because of the squeeze bottle format,” says Gillen. “Graza is nice because it takes some of the guesswork out of buying quality olive oil.” (And at a reasonable price point compared to other fancy oils.)

According to Graza’s website, Picual olives thrive solely in Andalusia, Spain. This varietal is exceptionally high in polyphenols and boasts very long shelf stability. The olives are cold pressed into oil no more than six hours after being harvested, cofounder Andrew Benin told us.

Both Graza oils are made from the same olive; the key is harvesting them at different times for different results. Drizzle is made from early harvest olives that are picked by hand, when the flavor is boldest and antioxidants are high. This is why it’s best used as a finishing oil in raw applications, like salad dressings, focaccia and even vanilla ice cream. Sizzle is made from mature, mid-season olives for a mellower flavor. This makes it just right for everyday cooking and heated applications, like sautéed greens, fried rice, sheet pan meals and even baked goods.

Drizzle is peppery, vegetal and punchy. Sizzle is mild, delicate, soft and ever so slightly sweet. Its high smoke point makes it a viable option for roasting, frying and searing (note that Brightland’s oil has the same smoke point). Sizzle is very rich in flavor without being overpowering, while Drizzle tastes exceedingly fresh and grassy. In our opinion, both are generally more flavorful than Brightland’s oils, but that doesn’t mean they’re objectively better—it depends on your needs and preferences.

Fast Facts

  • Origin: Spain
  • Olive Types: Picual
  • Additional Flavors: none
  • Smoke Point: 410°F
  • Price: $37
brightland vs graza: graza drizzle and sizzle and brightland the duo, side by side
Taryn Pire

Brightland The Duo vs. Graza Drizzle & Sizzle: What Are the Main Differences?

Despite their similarities, these products have a few key differences:

  • Brightland’s set includes two 375-mL bottles, while Graza’s comes with a 500-mL bottle of Drizzle and a 750-mL bottle of Sizzle
  • Graza oils come in squeeze bottles while Brightland oils come in recyclable glass bottles that are UV-coated to protect the oil from light damage
  • Brightland is more expensive than Graza
  • Brightland’s bottles are more attractive and gift-worthy, but Graza’s are arguably easier to use and inspire liberal application

The Bottom Line

Both brands’ oils are high-quality and delicious. Each set has oils for cooking and raw applications, so you can tackle just about any recipe with them on your side. Figuring out which oil is best for you comes down to two main factors: cost and intent.

If you want a bargain buy, Graza is a no-brainer. If you want to gift your foodie friend some nice olive oil, we’d recommend Brightland. But TBH, both sets are stellar options for newbie and veteran cooks alike.

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Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...