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Our panel's collective palate declared Pizza Hut the winner in every category. Falling toward the bottom of the price pack, Pizza Hut is easily worth every penny.

By an overwhelming majority, Pizza Hut swept every category in a blind tasting that also involved Domino's Pizza, Papa John's, and Little Caesars. The largest pizza chain in the U.S. claimed a solid seven out of 11 votes for best pie in all three categories: basic cheese, pepperoni, and onion and green pepper. Not only were the Pizza Hut reviews positive, the chain's $10 price for a large cheese pizza was second lowest (after Little Caesars). Toppings were on the high side, though, at $1.79 each.

The judges' reasoning for naming Pizza Hut the crowd favorite was elementary: The fundamentals were consistent and all accounted for. "It has a nice sauce balance and buttery crust," in the words of one reviewer. Another simply said, "I love the crust," while a third noted that "it has a great buttery flavor that complements the nice and fluffy crust." Over and over, the tasters described the sauce as "sweet," a sensation that apparently hit the spot. Some of these traits didn't go over so well with editors at Epicurious in a similar taste test. They preferred Domino's, one of the most expensive options, but gave Pizza Hut second place for abundant cheese and toppings. Our panel praised the balance between toppings and cheese.

In terms of nutrition, health-conscious diners should note that a slice from a large cheese pie contains 290 calories and 11 grams of fat. The count for a slice of pepperoni pizza is slightly higher, at 320 calories and 14 grams of fat. We could not find nutrition details for the veggie toppings we chose, but Pizza Hut's Veggie Lover's pie, topped with mushrooms, red onion, green pepper, diced tomato, and black olives, boasts 260 calories and 9 grams of fat per slice.

We called on Pizza Hut's delivery service the night we sampled pies. The nearest location in Columbus, Ohio, estimated a 35-minute window and the pizzas arrived piping hot within 25 minutes. Pizza Hut offers dine-in and carryout service as well as delivery. The menu also includes pasta, breadsticks, and cheese sticks, as well as WingStreet wings in places where this corporate sibling is co-located.

Pizza Hut is the largest chain purveyor of inexpensive pizza by far. With more than 15,000 locations worldwide, Pizza Hut's reliable ubiquity makes it the go-to option for numerous fans of this American staple.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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