America's Best Supermarkets Revealed -- Is Yours on the List? (VIDEO)

grocery cartWhere's the best place to go grocery shopping? Consumer Reports asked 24,203 readers to rate 52 grocery store chains on price, quality of meat and produce, service, and cleanliness. Then they ranked the winning stores in their May issue.

The biggest surprise is good news for the little guys: A lot of smaller, regional chains rank higher than bigger chains like Target and Whole Foods! Trader Joe's and Costco are the only two big, national brands in the top 10.

Are you surprised that the smaller chains do so well compared to the big guys? I bet local stores do a better job of catering to our needs -- and I wonder if competing against the big guys makes them work harder, too. By the way, the top-ranking chain, Wegmans, is also a favorite of Alec Baldwin. He did a commercial for them earlier this year. As for me, I do some of my grocery shopping at that food coop. I'd love to see how it would rank in Consumer Report's survey -- ha!

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The top 10 stores from #10 to #1 are: Stater Bros., Hy-Vee, Raley's, Market Basket, Harris Teeter, Costco, Fareway Stores, Publix, Trader Joe's, and Wegmans.

And here's a few tips for saving money on grocery shopping, wherever you shop!

Is your favorite supermarket in the top list?


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jenni... jenniferlee_12

I saw this on the news this morning. Too bad we don't have any of the stores around us. Wegman's is the closest and over an hour away.

P2The... P2TheDoodle

We moved from Rochester, NY to the South a year ago, and I still miss Wegmans every single time I go shopping. <3 Wegmans.

nonmember avatar Littlelady

Wooohooo Stater Bros. It is awesome to see a local store that treats it employees right be recognized

scary... scaryfairy81

Woo, Harris Teeter! We don't have them here, but I shop there whenever I visit my family in North Carolina, great quality and selection and the stores are clean and well organized. Love them. Here at home I shop at Kroger usually, it's the closest to my house.

Flori... Floridamom96

Publix is the best grocery store ever! I miss it like crazy!

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Market Basket is better than Wegman's. They don't have as much exotic stuff like fresh truffles in the produce section but the produce is better and way cheaper and the employees have always been more helpful and knowledgable there in my experience. Trader joe's shouldn't be on the list at all IMO, they're wicked over priced and the stock is so limited.

nonmember avatar chelsie

I've never heard of most of the stores on the list. Guess Kroger isn't good enough to make it ;)

jkm89 jkm89

What, no Walmart?

ashjo85 ashjo85

I heard on the radio this morning that WalMart came in dead last on the ratings, but it's still BY FAR, the most frequented grocery establishment on the planet. Due entirely to their prices!

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