"Domino's or Pizza Hut?" It's an age-old question that has caused countless arguments at house parties, LAN events and footy nights around the country. Everyone seems to have a personal favourite, but few people have actually tried them side-by-side. In a bid to find out who makes the best pizza, we enlisted the taste buds of our Allure Media colleagues in a blind taste test. Check out our video for the final verdict!
To put each pizza to the test, we arranged a blind tasting in the office using the most popular flavours available at both stores. On the menu was Hawaiian, Meatlovers, Supreme and Pepperoni delivered fresh from each outlet. (This turned out to be a hell of a lot of pizza, but our brave human guinea pigs were mostly up to the challenge.)
Interestingly, the Pizza Hut pizzas ended up costing around $8 less than their Domino's equivalents. They also arrived a few minutes earlier. On price and punctuality, Pizza Hut was the clear winner. However, we're here to judge the taste.
During testing, the Pizza Hut slices were always positioned on the left-hand side of the plate and the Domino's slices were always on the right. Participants also kept their backs turned while we plated up so they couldn't see which box it came out of.
Here's how the judging went down:
Anthony Keogh (account manager): I tried two different types of pizza (Hawaiian and Supreme) and the “right” was my clear choice both times. In terms of topping distribution and quality, taste and texture of the dough and crust and just the overall flavour, “right” was my clear favourite both times. I was pretty surprised to find out then that Domino's was “right”. I‘d always thought that Pizza Hut made superior pizza, but I guess not.
Danny Allen (publisher): Right had tastier sauce and overall a little nicer. But I did prefer that the left one had pepperoni on top of the cheese, not mixed into it.
Jessica Chandra (POPSUGAR Celebrity and Entertainment Editor): I tried Supreme and BBQ Meat Lovers, and both times, the pizza on my right had a more even ingredient distribution – with Supreme, all the olives had been dumped along the crust on the left pizza, while there was a more even spread on the right. With BBQ Meat Lovers, the right pizza was packed with topping, whereas one bite pretty much removed most of the topping from the left pizza. As for the base, right pizza was fluffier and had a clearer crust.
Goran Naumoski (Campaign manager): I had a meat lovers. I’m going to judge it on three areas dough, sauce and toppings.
Dough: I didn’t notice much of a difference with the dough, main difference was the right pizza had less toppings to the edge of the pizza.
Sauce: Right wins hands down.
Toppings: Right wins again, although I had a chunk of meat in the middle of my slice that looked Spam-esque.
Ben White (Technology Manager): The beef on the right pizza was surprisingly nice! The base had quite a strong tomato flavour with a bit of a kick. The pineapple was shrivelled and rubbish. The beef on the left pizza was one tiny morsel of horrible cardboard. The base was lighter -- less offsensive. Carried other flavours instead of crushing them. The salami was just starting to crisp, which was offset by the juicy pineapple. LEFT IS WINNER.
Guy Scott-Wilson (Senior Account Manager): Right was a better base, and much saucier. Left had crispier meat. My winner would be a hybrid of the two!
Rob Hussey (Developer): Definitely the right-side pizza. The left was drier, less flavoursome and tighter on toppings.
Campbell Simpson (Gizmodo staff writer): The right one was less greasy and the base was fluffier. Comparing BBQ meatlovers, the extra oil meant the left tasted stronger, but the right seemed slightly healthier. Both tasted like cheap, oily pizza at the end of the day. This is an important point - neither was a particularly nice lunch.
So there you have it. Domino's Pizza was the clear winner on the day, although if you're looking to save a few bucks or prefer crispier pepperoni, Pizza Hut might still be the way to go. (Personally, I'll be sticking to Panarottis.)
We also want to hear what our readers think. Which pizza do you prefer if you could only choose between the two? Cast your vote below!
Disclaimer: Domino's Pizza arranged the above taste test in an attempt to show off its new ingredients. Both sets of pizzas were sent to us separately via a delivery driver from each store. (i.e. - No tampering was involved.)