The 14 Best Donuts, Ranked
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The 14 Best Donuts, Ranked

Because sometimes a baker’s dozen isn’t enough

14. Maple bacon

Nope. Gross. Next.

13. Jelly

Not our jam.

12. Old-fashioned

It’s not cake doughnuts we have a problem with — some of our best friends are cake doughnuts — it’s that a naked doughnut is like a guest verse. Did anyone ask for it? Did it make anything better? Does anyone even make these things anymore?

11. Sprinkles

We mean, sure. Have sprinkles on your doughnut. But you may want to look inside yourself to see why you do.

10. Eclair

It’s a weird shape. It’s frosted. There’s cream. It’s good, it’s just… a lot to deal with. Like, it verges on Too Much Doughnut.

9. Frosted

With the right frosting and in the sure hands of a competent doughnutier, a frosted doughnut is a transcendent experience. But 60% of the time, it does not work every time. [Note: Doughnutier is not a real word.]

8. Cruller

“Not a doughnut!” you exclaim. Fine, point made. But shout out to the Jewish homies: It’s like a doughnut and a challah had a baby, and we’re willing to raise that lil’ guy like our own.

7. Boston cream

Boston is trash. Its namesake doughnuts, however, are very much not! (Also, if we’re ever in Boston together and you want to go to Dunkin Donuts — which, fine, sure, it’s an institution — just don’t call it “Dunkies.”)

6. Glazed

Yes, it’s a classic. Yes, the lick-your-finger-to-get-the-glazed-bits-off-the-paper routine happens to be the best post-doughnut ritual in all of doughnutdom. But we’re just gonna say it: This is a boring-ass doughnut.

5. Coconut

If you know, you know.

4. Apple cider

At the right time (mid- to late fall) and in the right place (at a rural orchard, with just a subtle whiff of racism on the breeze), it’s a top-five doughnut. Get outside those parameters, though, and we can no longer guarantee this placement.

3. Cinnamon sugar


2. Powdered

By every empirical measure — not-too-sweetness, mouthfeel, looking like Tony Montana after a bender — the powdered doughnut stands supreme. Just be careful on that first bite; you don’t want to be the person clearing out the doughnut shop by coughing out a lungful of powder.

1. J. Dilla

We didn’t make the rules, folks, we’re just reporters. And this entire thing is utter perfection.

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