These Olive Oil Dispensers Make Drizzling Easy and Keep This Important Ingredient Fresh

All are functional and beautiful additions to your kitchen counter.

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Chic Stainless Steel Olive Oil Cruet
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Like us, you're probably a big fan and regular user of olive oil. We rely on it for cooking, baking, and making vinaigrette, but we also like to add a drizzle of good olive oil over pasta or soup as a finishing touch. If you have a special olive oil for finishing, does it need a special container, a cruet, which is otherwise known as an olive oil dispenser? Not necessarily, but it can be handy.

The cruet is a great tool for drizzling oil. You transfer oil from the bottle you purchased it into the dispenser because it's easier for pouring and looks better on the table. If you want to buy an olive oil cruet, don't go with clear glass. The cruet should be made of dark glass or an opaque material such as ceramic to protect the olive oil from light (which can make it turn rancid). Light, heat, and air are the enemies of olive oil, so while you may think your new cruet is worthy of storing on the countertop (we agree), make sure it's not stored beside the stove or on a window ledge.

Here, you'll find functional and beautiful olive oil dispensers for every budget and aesthetic.

Best Overall

Emile Henry Oil Cruet/Oil Dispenser
Courtesy of Amazon

It's got a just-right drizzle thanks to an easy-flow, anti-drip spout but that's just one of the reasons this French olive oil dispenser is our top pick. It's made using sturdy Burgundy clay by one of our favorite makers of heritage cookware. That clay keeps EVOO safe from exposure to light or heat. And this cruet comes in 12 gorgeous shades that will brighten your counter. The ceramic glaze is extremely durable, too, and it's dishwasher safe.

Shop Now: Emile Henry Oil Cruet/Oil Dispenser, $47.95,

Best Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel Olive Oil Cruet
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This sleek olive oil dispenser is made in Italy and just as stylish and functional as you'd expect from an item coming from the country we most associate with olive oil. It holds 250ml and is available in stainless steel or brushed brass (over stainless steel).

Shop Now: Olipac Stainless Steel Olive Oil Cruet, $22,

Most Sustainable

Zitouna Stoneware Olive Oil Bottle,
Courtesy of Holistic Habitat

Made of stoneware by Tunisian artisans, this quirky design fits with both minimal and farmhouse kitchens. We love it for the feel of the matte enamel finish which is guaranteed to be free of heavy metals and carcinogens that can be found in some ceramics. It's also fair trade, created by a socially responsible business, and dishwasher-safe. The one possible drawback? It has a wider pour than most of our picks, so be careful when drizzling.

Shop Now: Zitouna Stoneware Olive Oil Bottle, $48,

Best Splurge

Ceramiche Borgioli Ceramic Oil Cruet with Florentine Fruttina pattern
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All the way from Tuscany comes this gloriously decorative and practical olive oil cruet. The handmade ceramic (which is also hand-painted by artisans from Ceramiche Borgioli) features a Florentine fruit design. We like that it's petite in size and designed for table use, standing 15cm tall.

Shop Now: Ceramiche Borgioli Ceramic Oil Cruet with Florentine Fruttina pattern, $99.70,

Best Handmade

Kerri Henry Pottery Handmade Cruet/Olive Oil Dispenser
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No two of ceramicist Kerri Hendy's olive oil dispensers are the same. The stoneware cruets are made by hand in her one woman studio. Choose from several different color combinations—all are lead free and dishwasher-safe.

Shop Now: Kerri Henry Pottery Handmade Cruet/Olive Oil Dispenser, $45,

Best Pitcher Style

la paella classic oil dispenser
Courtesy of Amazon

This Spanish-made pourer is crafted of polished stainless steel and holds three-quarters of a liter of oil (about 25 fluid ounces). Its elegant spout produces a smooth stream for a precise drizzle every time, but it should be handwashed for longevity.

Shop Now: La Paella Classic Olive Oil Dispenser, $47.95,

Best Budget-Friendly

Rachael Ray Slip Glaze Ceramics EVOO Olive Oil Dispenser
Courtesy of Amazon

Designed with an ergonomic grip, this ceramic oil cruet holds 24 ounces and comes in several bright colors. In addition to the budget-friendly price tag, we love that it's dishwasher-safe.

Shop Now: Rachael Ray Slip Glaze Ceramics EVOO Olive Oil Dispenser, From $16.89,

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