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Best Gas Station Brand (2021)

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On December 1, 1913, America’s first drive-in gas station opened in Pennsylvania. Instead of hauling gasoline cans from pharmacies, motorists could now pull up, refuel, and keep on driving. As more and more families owned cars (and lived further and further from city centers), fueling stations began popping up along highways across America. Today, we measure a gas station experience by much more than just the fuel. How clean are the bathrooms? How fresh is the coffee? What snack options are available? Can I get a hot meal? These 10 best gas station brands cater to the needs of drivers in all of these ways.

  • Kwik Trip

    Kwik Trip

    This Wisconsin-based, family-owned company operates more than 600 stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa. In-store bakeries make more than two dozen different items each day, and all milk sold gets bottled within 24 hours of reaching the Kwik Trip dairy.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / stefanamer

  • Casey's

    Casey's

    Casey’s, found along roadsides in Iowa and surrounding states, has earned a loyal following for carrying just what you need when you need it. Hungry drivers appreciate the selection of food made in-store, including doughnuts and pizza (their breakfast pizza is particularly popular).
    Photo courtesy of Casey's

  • Hy-Vee

    Hy-Vee

    Hy-Vee, an employee-owned company, prides itself on excellent customer service; the company slogan is “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle.” Drivers will find these aisles in eight states throughout the Midwest. While the company began as a general store in 1930, it’s expanded to offer adjacent convenience stores and gas stations as well.
    Photo courtesy of Hy-Vee

  • Rutter's

    Rutter's

    Rutter’s began as a dairy farm in 1921 in York, Pennsylvania. The second generation of the Rutter family founded the convenience store brand, and the third and fourth generations continue to manage it. The food menu ranks among the most extensive for any gas station, with options ranging from burgers and sandwiches to pizza and tacos to fried rice bowls and fried seafood platters.
    Photo courtesy of Rutter's

  • Sheetz

    Sheetz

    If you’re in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio or North Carolina, be sure to stop at Sheetz, a combination gas station and made-to-order sandwich shop. The menu is available 24/7, with options like subs, sandwiches, salads, wraps and smoothies.
    Photo courtesy of Sheetz

  • Parker's

    Parker's

    Headquartered in Savannah, Parker’s operates 66 stores across Georgia and South Carolina. The company has become a favorite convenience store in the South for its Parker’s Kitchen food lineup, which includes Southern favorites like fried chicken, fresh-baked biscuits and sweet tea.
    Photo courtesy of Parker's

  • Love's Travel Stops

    Love's Travel Stops
    Multiple Locations

    Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores are truck stops open 24 hours, where truck drivers and motorists can purchase gasoline and other fuel supplies, visit a variety of different restaurants, and buy snacks and travel-related items. They are headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and have more than 550 locations throughout the United States. 
    Photo courtesy of Love's Travel Stops

  • QuikTrip

    QuikTrip

    From the first store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, QuikTrip has expanded to more than 800 stores in 11 states. The QT sign indicates made-to-order food (like barbecue sandwiches and breakfast tacos) and soft-serve ice cream, alongside a range of convenience store items and grab-and-go snacks.
    Photo courtesy of QuikTrip

  • Buc-ee's

    Buc-ee's

    Texas-based Buc-ee’s operates convenience stories and larger travel centers throughout Texas, all known for their immaculate restrooms and massive snack selection (think two dozen types of fudge, a deli counter of jerky and house-made potato chips). The New Braunfels location holds the record for World’s Largest Convenience Store.
    Photo courtesy of Buc-ee's

  • Maverik

    Maverik

    Maverik is a bit like an outdoor adventure store disguised as a gas station. Based in Utah, the company operates 350 locations in 11 Western states, all known for their outdoorsy vibe and top-notch food (try the breakfast tacos).
    Photo courtesy of Maverik

The top 10 winners in the category Best Gas Station Brand are as follows:

  1. Kwik Trip
  2. Casey's
  3. Hy-Vee
  4. Rutter's
  5. Sheetz
  6. Parker's
  7. Love’s Travel Stops - Multiple Locations
  8. QuikTrip
  9. Buc-ee's
  10. Maverik

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning gas stations!

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