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The Best Sunflower Seeds

We surveyed our readers, here are the best sunflower seeds on the market today.

By Brian Duryea | @BatDigestLast Updated: August 4, 2022

After thousands of votes and several personal taste tests, we think the Spitz Cracked Pepper is the best sunflower seed. We captured over 100,000 head-to-head votes in a pick ’em type functionality. We found that Spitz Cracked Pepper won more than any other on the list. That said, Bigs Pepper and Sea Salt was a legitimate second, with the classic and original tasting David Originals in 3rd place. In truth, there are plenty of great sunflower seeds out there. But, we think our list is as legit and defendable as any.

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The Best Sunflower Seeds

Best Sunflower Seeds

1. Spitz Cracked Pepper
Pros
  • Poppy
  • Consistent
  • Accessible
Cons
  • Predictable
  • Not Ranch
Pricing

Bags of seed are usually $3 to $4. You can buy them in bulk on Amazon too for a better than average deal.

You can't go wrong here. The Black Pepper from Spitz are the best seeds on the market in terms of consistency, flavor and something you can eat all day, every day.

Brand: Spitz
Model: Cracked Pepper
Original Price: $5
Pros
  • Poppy
  • Consistent
  • Accessible
Cons
  • Predictable
  • Not Ranch
Pricing

Bags of seed are usually $3 to $4. You can buy them in bulk on Amazon too for a better than average deal.

Best Original Sunflower Seeds

2. David Original Jumbo
Pros
  • Classic
  • Consistent
  • Great
  • Available
Cons
  • Boring
Pricing

These are usually between $3 and $4 a bag. If you buy them in bulk on Amazon, then you can save a bit.

These eeds are the OG. Before people realized you could flavor your seeds, this was all you got. Salt, seed, and David. Live the 1980's all over again.

Brand: David
Model: Original Jumbo
Original Price: $3
Pros
  • Classic
  • Consistent
  • Great
  • Available
Cons
  • Boring
Pricing

These are usually between $3 and $4 a bag. If you buy them in bulk on Amazon, then you can save a bit.

Best Bacon Sunflower Seeds

3. Bigs Sizzling Bacon
Pros
  • Fun
  • Good
  • Addicting
  • Different
Cons
  • Not Cracked Pepper
Pricing

About $2 a bag. They aren’t Spitz Quality (which we prefer) but they are good enough.

If you want to try something different, you will love the Bacon-flavored Bigs sunflower seeds. These are the only seeds we think to compete with the Cracked Pepper from Spitz. They're unique, taste great, and are as addicting as you can find.

Brand: Bigs
Model: Sizzling Bacon
Original Price: $2
Pros
  • Fun
  • Good
  • Addicting
  • Different
Cons
  • Not Cracked Pepper
Pricing

About $2 a bag. They aren’t Spitz Quality (which we prefer) but they are good enough.

Best Seeds You've Never Tried

4. Chonook Seedery Parmesan and Pepper
Pros
  • Great tasting
  • Unique Flavors
  • Cool
Cons
  • Hard to find (other than Amazon and Whole Foods)
Pricing

These are $3 to $4 a bag, expect to pay a bit more as these folks can’t compete on quantity when compared to the Spitz and Bigs of the world.

Chinook Seedery roasted jumbo seeds with parmesan and pepper are our favorite of the line, and they are a fun group too. You can't go wrong. These guys are a seed-only company and a commitment to the craft shows. Well worth the try for the best seeds you've never tried.

Brand: Chonook Seedery
Model: Parmesan and Pepper
Original Price: $3
Pros
  • Great tasting
  • Unique Flavors
  • Cool
Cons
  • Hard to find (other than Amazon and Whole Foods)
Pricing

These are $3 to $4 a bag, expect to pay a bit more as these folks can’t compete on quantity when compared to the Spitz and Bigs of the world.

Best Original Sunflower Seeds (Runner Up)

5. Bigs Old Bay Seasoned
Pros
  • Popular
  • Classic
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Harder to Find
Pricing

These are also a couple of bucks a bag. Amazon has them for cheap in bulk too.

Although we've neer tried them, the Bigs old bay seasoned got A LOT of votes from our readers. They ranked out in the top 5 and are on the top of our list to try next time we can find some.

Brand: Bigs
Model: Old Bay Seasoned
Original Price: $2
Pros
  • Popular
  • Classic
  • Cheap
Cons
  • Harder to Find
Pricing

These are also a couple of bucks a bag. Amazon has them for cheap in bulk too.

Comments

12345678900987654321 says:

Old Bay seeds from BIGS are the best no questions asked

Jim says:

Chinook Seedery is the best. Not even close.

Jeff Decker says:

I recently found Wild Dutchman which have much less salt and therefore don’t leave my mouth sore.
I love their Cheddar Dill. I’d rank them at the top.

Chase Jackson says:

Na the best kind is bigĀ“s taco supreme seeds. They are so good.

Jason Zwink says:

My favorite seeds that I’ve tried so far (and I’ve tried a lot) is Giant’s KC Style BBQ. If you ever tried Jim Beam’s BBQ when it was around, this is quite similar to their original recipe where the flavor is seems baked in.

Anonymous says:

chinook has the best seed, not close.

Keith says:

Chinook has slowly taken over my top spot. The Hatch Green Chile provide me a touch of home (New Mexico). The Parmesan & Pepper (#9) are really good. They don’t tear my mouth up like some of the other brands. BiGS Tapatio Chile & Lime are still a very close second after being bumped from my top spot by the Green Chile Chinooks.

Michael Giblock says:

Great choice getting BIGS, cms. Most people agree that dill pickly is their best flavor, what’d you think of the ones you got?

cms says:

Lately I’ve become very interested in sunflower seeds because in here, Korea, we don’t really eat them for snack unlike China or many other countries. I’ve been wondering what they taste like so I decided to order some of them on online (by using a freight forwarder). I searched every brand and flavor to find the best ones and your “Best Sunflower Seeds” and “Chinook Seedery review” was very helpful. I ordered bunch of them from Chinook Seedery and BIGS. Can’t wait for them to arrive! Thank you.

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