After you buy a nice olive oil, you might think that you can leave that bottle hanging out on your counter indefinitely. That’s a bad idea given that the average shelf life of olive oil is about a year and sunlight can hasten that process. For the most part, experts recommend a dark-colored glass or opaque ceramic cruet (which is just another fancy term for dispenser) since it will block UV rays. Clear glass is also fine, provided you keep your bottles stored in a dark, cool cupboard when not in use. The only thing not to do? Leave it in the plastic container it came in, as it can break down the chemicals in said plastic.
Another important to detail to note, regardless of what type of container, is that narrow metal spout you see on top. It’s not just there for creating dramatic drizzles across your salads, the point of them is to help limit the amount of oxygen flow, which can also contribute to your oil going rancid.
Whether you want something simple and functional or you’re looking for something colorful to match your kitchen, here are our 12 favorites.
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For An All-White Farmhouse Aesthetic On A Budget
If you’re the type who dreams of an all-white kitchen with subway tile and a giant farmhouse sink, you’ll want this Martha Stewart oil cruet. Made from stoneware and featuring a simple white glaze, the dispenser will not only block UV rays but also look nice on any countertop.
If You're Into Ceramics
Like its brand name implies, Farmhouse Pottery is known for their signature stoneware pieces that feature both glazed and unfinished sections for that rustic, farmhouse aesthetic. They’re hefty and thick, ideal for insulating olive oil, and look especially nice on a dining table or counter.
If You Want A Pop of Color
These oil and vinegar cruets are made from porcelain stoneware and have a gorgeous colored glaze that makes it easy to tell each bottle apart.
A Minimalist Stoneware Option
Colorful glazes not your style but you still want something beyond plain white? Get this grayscale cruet. It feels design-y in the kitchen but it won’t disrupt your carefully curated decor.
A Classic Green Glass Bottle
Your store bought olive oil probably comes in a green glass bottle much like this one and for good reason: You can see how much you have left while also blocking UV rays. That said, your mass produced bottle probably features a plastic spout that won’t keep your oil as fresh in the long run. Get this set, which comes with everything you need to from a dispensing nozzle to a funnel to stoppers.
A More Brassy Solution
Back in the day olive oil was referred to as liquid gold so it’s not too farfetched if you store it in a gleaming brass container.
For True Pottery Fans Who Want Something Handmade
For the person who wants something that feels as if human hands have touched it, this wheel thrown ceramic cruet is for you. Featuring a stunning green glaze and a gold-detailed handle, it’s definitely a special piece that can also pull double duty as an elegant vase.
A Show Stopping Blue Pair
Our Editorial Director, Diana Tsui has been pining over these hand-blown glass oil and vinegar bottles from Cabana Magazine. They’re as elegant as it gets, and the dark-colored glass will help preserve the freshness of your oil.
The Reviewer Favorite
People really, really, really like the Misto oil sprayer, and there are more than 28,000 reviews on Amazon to prove it. It’s technically not a cruet but it’s still a good addition to your kitchen. Use it as an alternative to cooking sprays or to create a thin layer of olive oil on proteins or veggies before tossing them on the grill.
A Minimalist Glass Oil and Vinegar Set
These OXO bottles can drizzle or steadily pour depending on how you hold it in your hand, which feels much more intuitive and comfortable than it sounds. The clear glass also makes it a breeze to see when it’s time to refill. Since they won’t protect against UV rays, I recommend storing these in a dark cupboard.
For Infused Oil Enthusiasts
You can easily make your own infused olive oil with this mister from Sur La Table by throwing a few sprigs of fresh herbs into the container and letting them steep for a few days.
An Affordable, Dinner Party Worthy Set
Like other glass options, I wouldn’t leave this set out on the table for weeks on end, but it’s a stylish touch when you’re hosting a dinner party and want to set out some bread along with olive oil and vinegar for dipping.