The Sandwich Bread That Kitchn Editors Unanimously Agree On

updated Aug 30, 2021
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It’s not all that often that Kitchn editors agree, unanimously, 100 percent across the board, on a single grocery item. But that’s just what happened when it came time to talk sandwich bread for our 2021 version of Kitchn Essentials. Literally every single editor on staff nominated Dave’s Killer Bread as their favorite whole grain and white bread. Dave’s Killer Bread is seriously the best thing since, um, sliced bread.

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I first discovered Dave’s Killer Bread years ago at a Publix just outside Atlanta, Georgia. We tried many of their breads including Good Seed and 21 Whole Grain & Seeds before trying the White Bread Done Right, which my youngest dubbed “the best bread, ever.” The problem became that Dave’s is a West Coast company and our Southeast grocery stores seemed to run out of stock quickly. So we moved to the West Coast. Just kidding!

For a time, we simply bought two or three loaves at a time, stocking up wherever and whenever we saw it, and kept our new favorite bread in the freezer. Luckily, it’s now more readily available all around the country and I reliably find it during every shopping trip. The white bread is essential for a classic PB&J or Fluffernutter. And the whole grain option is nutty, seedy, and toasts perfectly to stand up to any condiment, cold cut, or sandwich topper you can think of. 

Dave’s Killer Bread has a really inspiring story, too, which includes the fact that the founder started out as an ex-con grew the company from a humble farmers market stand to a top-selling organic brand in less than a decade. I love that the bread is made with simple wholesome ingredients, but more importantly that it has a hearty texture while still being tender and light in flavor. It meets the sweet spot of ingredients we feel good about and a taste my kids love.

Both loaves have been part of our Kitchn Essentials list, multiple years running. Kelli Foster had this to say about her favorite: “My favorite is the 21 Whole Grains & Seeds; it’s the only brand of sliced bread I buy at the grocery store. It has a super-hearty (but still soft-on-the-inside!) texture that I absolutely love, and reminds me of a loaf I’d pick up at a bakery or the farmers market.”

What’s your go-to sandwich bread?