The Top Manuka Honeys on Amazon.com

manuka-blossom-300x400Updated February 2016.

Hundreds of  manuka honey products are offered on Amazon.com in the USA. Which are the most popular? Which are the best?

Rigorous government testing and labelling rules apply in New Zealand where genuine manuka honey is produced, but not all honey products marketed in the USA meet those standards. More than a few honey labels show ‘marketing ratings’, which can make it confusing to the uninitiated.

This list of the top manuka honeys on Amazon is intended to make sense of it all, to help you choose the right manuka honey and to know you are getting quality and value for your dollar.

The most important factor when appraising the value of a manuka honey is the honey’s concentration of ‘manuka goodness’, which is measured by UMF or by MGO, methylglyoxal concentration. Without a UMF or MGO rating it is difficult to know whether a honey is genuine manuka, or a lower-grade blend.

In the table below where a dash is shown for the UMF or MGO rating, those honeys would be considered table honey, not high-grade manuka honey, regardless of what might be claimed or implied on the labels.

We’ve used the honey bestseller list from Amazon’s Grocery department to identify the most popular manuka honeys on Amazon.com, and we’ve organised the list by the recognised UMF and MG/MGO manuka honey ratings, from highest to lowest grade. The price guide shown is an indication of the Amazon price per 250g jar (8.8 oz).

Manuka HoneyUMFMGONotesPrice Guide
Happy Valley UMF 20+20829UMF 20+ honey is rare.$119
Kiva UMF 20+20829$80
Manuka Health MGO 550+15.6550Manuka Health uses MGO ratings.$55
Comvita UMF 15+15514Comvita is the largest producer of manuka honey.$59
Happy Valley UMF 15+15514Consistently the most popular UMF honey on Amazon.$49
Kiva UMF 15+15514$45
Natural Solutions UMF 15+15514Also produces a UMF 20+ honey.$40
Wild Cape UMF 15+15514Regional manuka honey producer from the East Cape of New Zealand.$40
Tahi UMF 15+
15514400g jar.$55
Melora UMF 15+15514Premium brand from New Zealand Manuka, based in the Eastern Bay of Plenty of New Zealand.$50
Manuka Health MGO 400+12.9400The most popular of the Manuka Health MGO honeys.$36
Tahi UMF 12+
12350400g jar.$40
Happy Valley UMF 10+10263Also available in 500g and 1kg.$29
Wild Cape UMF 10+10263Regional manuka honey producer from the East Cape of New Zealand.$25
Manuka Health MGO 250+9.7250Also available in 500g.$25
Comvita UMF 5+583Also available in 500g and 1kg.$25
Happy Valley UMF 5+
583Also available in 500g and 1kg.$22
Wedderspoon KFactor 16--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. $29
Manuka Doctor Bio Active 24+--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. The 'Bio Active' wording on the label would be illegal in New Zealand.$21
Manuka Doctor Bio Active 20+--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. The 'Bio Active' wording on the label would be illegal in New Zealand.$18
Pacific Resources Bio Active 20+--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. The 'Bio Active' wording on the label would be illegal in New Zealand.$22
Wedderspoon KFactor 12--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. $25
Trader Joe’s 10+--Customer reviews say the honey they actually receive is not UMF honey.$19
Healing Honey Active Manuka 15+--12oz (340g) jar. Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. The 'Active' wording on the label would be illegal in New Zealand.$28
Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Active 15+--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. The 'Active' wording on the label would be illegal in New Zealand.$16
Manukaguard Medical Grade--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. $40
Manuka Doctor Bio Active 10+--Probably a low-grade honey blend as it carries no rating of methylglyoxal concentration. The 'Bio Active' wording on the label would be illegal in New Zealand.$14

Genuine high-grade manuka honey, UMF 10+ and above, is in limited supply. If you find a manuka honey with a high rating number on the label at a lower price than an equivalent UMF-rated honey, be skeptical about what might really be in the jar.

Be especially skeptical if the label mentions the terms ‘Active’, ‘Bio-Active’ or ‘Activity’, as these terms are not used on genuine manuka honey produced in New Zealand.

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Disclosure: ExportX represents New Zealand honey producers Happy Valley, Wild Cape, Melora and Manukora on Amazon.com.

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6 Responses to The Top Manuka Honeys on Amazon.com

  1. Jan Claus 12 June 2016 at 10:30 pm #

    Can you please tell me if the Rowse Manuka honey NPA rating of 10+ certified is a good quality honey as i want to use this as a healing agent as my two 2 year old Shih Tzus have stomach issues ie Stomache Reflux (Bile) and some times diahorrea, i i would prefer to use the correct honey rather than wasting my money by using the wrong one.
    Many Thanks
    Jan Claus

    • Paul Grey 20 June 2016 at 10:49 am #

      Although Rowse is not a New Zealand honey producer, and the terms “NPA” and “non-peroxide activity” have not been allowed to be used on New Zealand manuka honey since 2014, the information on Rowse’s website suggests that their honey is tested for methylglyoxal and that Rowse supports the UMF association approach, which is good.

      Chances are that your jar of Rowse NPA 10+ honey is legitimate and will be similar in potency to a UMF 10+ honey or an MGO 260 honey. On the fine print of your honey label look for the MGO or methylglyoxal content of your honey.

      In general honeys with UMF ratings are the best option because the UMF certification process tests for more than just methylglyoxal content and includes tests for other marker compounds that assure genuine, unadulterated manuka honey.

  2. Casey 8 August 2016 at 4:16 pm #

    Just wondering where the “Blue Mama Jean” brand would fall, is it low end or high end etc. ?

    • Paul Grey 12 August 2016 at 11:47 am #

      Casey, can you post an image of the product, or provide the information from its label? For example, does it show a UMF rating or an MGO (methylglyoxal) content?

  3. Honey 17 December 2016 at 1:59 am #

    Your warning about “bio active”, “active” is confusing. Almost all products from Manuka Doctor brand have these words. Does this make them fake ???

    • Paul Grey 19 December 2016 at 1:01 pm #

      Thanks for posting your remarks and question.

      New Zealand government rules have explicitly prohibited the use of words such as “active” and “bio active” on honey labels since 2014. If your Manuka Doctor honey includes any of those terms, it would be illegal for it to be sold in New Zealand.

      If it was high grade manuka honey its label would instead show a UMF rating, which would certify its content of MGO, leptosperin and other natural chemical markers of genuine manuka honey, or at least its MGO content would be listed.

      By my observation, Manuka Doctor honey disappeared from New Zealand retail store shelves some years ago. The New Zealand Manuka Doctor webstore (http://www.manukadoctor.co.nz/) does not sell honey.

      The Manuka Doctor USA webstore (http://www.manukadoctor.com/manuka-honey.html) does sell honey. Regarding its honey rating it states, “TA Active is a commonly used rating system that predominantly measures the naturally occurring peroxide activity in honey.” That is not true in New Zealand, where it would be illegal to use the word ‘Active’ on a honey label. Furthermore, while total peroxide activity is sometimes used to grade non-manuka honeys, it is not an appropriate measure for manuka honey. The scientific research into manuka honey’s special properties focuses on NON-peroxide activity.

      UMF ratings and MGO content are comparable measures of non-peroxide activity which is one of the important characteristics that makes manuka honey special. Total activity ratings are largely irrelevant.

      In summary, despite claiming to be New Zealand manuka honey, Manuka Doctor honey is apparently not sold in New Zealand, its labels would not be legal under New Zealand regulations, and it uses a grading system inappropriate for high-grade manuka honey.

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