Although there's still serious competition between ranch and blue cheese (or maybe it's just my friends?), I personally have no doubt that ranch wins each and every time. Having been a die-hard ranch fan for almost two decades, I've consumed a lot of ranch. I've come to understand what makes one type of ranch better than the next. Specifically, a quality ranch dressing shouldn't be too thick and contain a balanced amount of extra virgin olive oil. Also, one flavor (like pepper) shouldn't overpower another. Here are the five best ranch dressings, according to my tried and tested taste buds. 

1. Ken's Steakhouse Ranch Dressing

This is the perfect ranch dressing regardless of the unnecessary hate from blue cheese lovers. It's not loaded with extra virgin olive oil and has a very balanced flavor. Without the extra thick texture and overuse of pepper that's common with other brands, Ken's Steakhouse Ranch Dressing won't disappoint. 

2. Hidden Valley Original Ranch 

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It's kind of impossible not to love Hidden Valley Original Ranch because of its beautifully simple taste. Although it's a thick and creamy dressing, it can be enjoyed in moderation by ranch addicts around the world. 

3. Brianna's Homestyle Classic Buttermilk Ranch

This dressing is perfect for dipping, but can also work with many other foods, including salads. It has more of a mustard-like flavor, so its level of favoritism within the ranch community could possibly vary. However, if you love garlic, this is the right ranch for you. It can often be found in the organic/specialty sections of supermarkets. 

4. Marzetti Classic Ranch Dressing 

This brand of ranch is clearly #winning. There's a very balanced amount of extra virgin olive oil that's not completely overpowering. It's creamy and not as thick as many other brands. It's preservative-free, tangy, and affordable. What more could a ranch addict ask for? 

5. Wish-Bone Ranch Dressing

Wish-Bone knows what the ranch addicts want, and they have answered. With the ideal balance of mayo, garlic, and salt, this brand makes it almost impossible for you to stop eating ranch. Many fans of this brand praise its overall taste and texture. While great as a dip, it's also loved on salads, wings, and more! 

Lovers of ranch should continue the search to find their personal favorite brand of ranch dressing. However, this list narrows down the time and money you spend to get there. Let the ranch movement continue! 

#SpoonTip: Addicted to ranch? You'll love these ranch-crusted Ritz bits and these homemade Cool Ranch Doritos.