The Best Vodka Under $30

The best bottles of vodka for the drinker on a budget.

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  • Updated: Oct 4, 2016

Cheap Vodka That Doesn't Taste Cheap

When it comes to vodka, inexpensive doesn't always mean cheap. As a product category, vodka tends to be much less expensive than some of its cousins (like scotch or fine aged rum), so you're pretty much never going to spend more than $100 on even the most premium, top-shelf products. And if you do, you're probably getting ripped off.

But even within the vodka family, there are some products that get a little pricey, like Crystal Head Vodka and Stoli elit. While those are certainly delicious, not everyone wants to shell out $65 for a spirit that's going to end up in a Moscow Mule, Bloody Mary, or White Russian. That's why we put together this list of our 15 favorite vodkas under $30—sometimes you just need a decent house bottle to keep your guests happy, and you can save the fancy stuff for sipping by the fireside.

For this list, we stuck to standard vodkas, because comparing them to flavored vodkas is like apples and oranges (mostly because one category has, you know, apples and oranges in it). These are, in our opinion, the best cheap vodkas you can get, and we even included a few of our favorite local, California craft vodkas to make it interesting. So give these a taste, sip them on the rocks, or mix them in your favorite vodka cocktail—whatever you do, enjoy!

  • Swedish Vodka
    Absolut 100 Vodka is an overproof vodka that tends to be better regarded than regular, 80-proof Absolut. It's smooth despite its high proof, complex, and surprisingly robust, making it a great vodka for sipping or mixing in spirit-forward vodka cocktails. And yet, it still retails for just about $30, which bumps it up even higher in the value department…
  • American Vodka
    California Courage Vodka is the only vodka made by Seven Stills of San Francisco, a distillery better known for its line of creative whiskeys distilled from craft beer. It's distilled six times in a column still and once in a copper pot still, and is intended to be a neutral but texturally complex vodka for use in cocktails.
  • American Vodka
    Unlike many vodkas, St. George Spirits All-Purpose Vodka is made from a base of Bartlett pears. There isn't much, if any, pear flavor that comes through in the final product, but it creates a wonderfully silky texture that sets this vodka apart from the crowd. Clean, understated, and smooth, the All-Purpose Vodka goes great in all kinds of cocktails.
  • French Vodka
    Grey Goose Vodka is a French vodka that's come to be one of the best-known premium vodkas in the world since it was first introduced to the market in the late 1990s. It holds that title somewhat controversially, though, and many critics claim that it's fairly overpriced for its quality. Regardless, Grey Goose's popularity hasn't seemed to take a hit, an…
  • Dutch Vodka
    Ketel One Vodka is a popular Dutch vodka produced in Schiedam, a coastal city near Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It's been well-received by critics, and sales have seemed to reflect that acclaim. Ketel One is distilled from wheat, giving it a subtle grainy flavor on the midpalate and a smooth, understated finish.
  • Russian Vodka
    Stolichnaya Vodka (also known as Stoli) is a massively popular Russian vodka, and a nicely affordable one at that, retailing for just about $20 per 750 ml bottle. It's distilled from a combination of wheat and rye, giving it a moderately sweet, grainy flavor on the midpalate that's more complex than its price tag would lead you to expect. Since the fall of t…
  • Swedish Vodka
    Svedka Vodka is a Swedish vodka that's really one of the better deals out there. It's exceptionally well reviewed, and coming in around $15 for a 750 ml bottle, there aren't a lot of value vodkas that can beat it. As a result, it's probably the best-known Swedish vodka available in the United States after Absolut.
  • American Vodka
    Koval Vodka is the only vodka made by Chicago's Koval Distillery, the first legal distillery in the city since Prohibition. It's distilled from 100% organic rye, setting it apart from most grain vodkas that use winter wheat or corn and giving it a slight malty character. At just $20, Koval Vodka is also a great deal, particularly for a small-batch craft…
  • American Vodka
    From Ventura Spirits: "California Vodka is the only vodka in the world made from strawberries. This is not a flavored vodka - it is a neutral spirit that is actually distilled from strawberry wine. The locally grown fruit is fermented, distilled six times and bottled by hand at our craft distillery on California’s central coast. ​​​​"
  • American Vodka
    Tito's Handmade Vodka is often trotted out as one of the best examples of American-made vodka on the market. Six-times distilled in a copper pot still, it's smooth, substantial, and clean on the finish. The "handmade" part has been a source of some controversy, though—two class-action lawsuits were filed against the company in 2014 (one in California, one in…
  • Polish Vodka
    Luksusowa Vodka (Polish for "luxury") is produced by the formerly-nationalized Polish distillery Polmos (they also make Snow Leopard Vodka, among others). It's made from a 100% Polish potato mash, which is actually something of a rarity these days, and many vodka aficionados view it as a premium ingredient. Luksusowa is generally regarded as a great value vo…
  • American Vodka
    SKYY Vodka is an American-made vodka produced at several locations throughout the country. It's one of the best-selling American vodkas on the market, and while it's about as far from "craft" as a spirit can be, it's a good value product and certainly works well in vodka cocktails.SKYY Vodka is marketed, like many mass-produced vodkas, as extraordinarily pur…
  • Dutch Vodka
    Effen Vodka is a Dutch vodka made popular in part thanks to an endorsement deal with rapper 50 Cent that began in 2014. It's a relatively new product (launched in 2003), but it has received generally positive expert ratings and awards across the board in its short time on the market. Effen Vodka also offers a line of flavored vodkas which…
  • Dutch Vodka
    Vincent van Gogh Vodka is probably the best-known Dutch vodka available in the United States. It earned a perfect 5-star review from F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal, in which the legendary reviewer stated that it "is a totally different concept of vodka from the Russians', the Poles', and the Swedes' in that there's an unabashed sweetness and spectacula…
  • American Vodka
    Coastal Spirits Vodka Farallon is the Northern California distillery's flagship product, seven-times distilled and blended with "pristine mineral spring water drawn from coastal aquifers that we access in exclusive partnership with the Montara Water District in Montara, CA." Vodka Farallon takes its name from the Farallon Islands, a small island chain off th…

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