I've ranked Miyoko's Creamery European Style Cultured Vegan Butter as my top vegan butter. In my opinion, it's the best tasting butter on the market and when it melts, you get that heavenly "real butter" smell. It melts like a dream and is available at most major grocery stores including: Whole Foods, Publix, and Target. This one is hard to beat because of the clean ingredient label which includes nothing but coconut oil, sunflower oil, cashews, water, and salt. It's USDA certified organic, vegan, and free of weird preservatives and flavorings found in many other non dairy butters. I like to use the salted kind in cooking and baking, but they also make an unsalted style that is great. This one is a little pricier than other vegan butters, but once you taste it, you'll understand why!!
Country Crock Plant Butter made with Olive Oil is a close second for vegan butters. I like this one because it's more widely available, and looks, tastes, and behaves most like a classic stick of butter. It softens like butter, melts well, and is wonderful in baking. It tastes almost identical to the real thing. Seriously, it's delicious! It currently doesn't have a USDA certified organic label or vegan certification so it doesn't get the top spot. But, if you're looking for a plant-based butter that will fool even the most hardcore butter lovers - this is a great choice!
Earth Balance is one of the most tried and true vegan butters on the market. It's a brand that's been around for quite a while and for a good reason. This is one of my go-to vegan butters for baking. It comes in salted or unsalted (I used salted in my recipes) and has a relatively clean ingredient list (a blend of plant oils). A downside to this one is that it is not soy-free like some of the other options. It tastes delicious and comes in a spreadable container that is great for spreading on toast and bagels too! You can find Earth Balance at most major grocery stores.
Country Crock does it again with their spreadable plant butter made with olive oil! This is my go-to vegan butter for spreading on toast, bread, pancakes, and everything else! It's perfectly smooth, soft, and spreads just like regular whipped butter. It's also great to use in baking and cooking!