Yogurt not only makes for a delicious breakfast or a yummy snack, but it also brings many health benefits to the table. It’s rich in important nutrients like calcium and protein. Yogurt also contains probiotics, which, according to Healthline, aid in the absorption of nutrients and can even positively impact mental health and strengthen your immune system. What’s not to love?
Unfortunately, shopping for yogurt isn’t a simple task. First, you need to decide which type of yogurt you want. Options range from traditional yogurt to Greek yogurt, and from dairy-free yogurt to Icelandic yogurt. Next, you need to figure out what flavor of yogurt you are craving the most. Finally, after you pick the type and the flavor of yogurt, you need to decide on a brand. If you go to a supermarket, you’ll be met with a plethora of brands that all promise to please your taste buds. However, not all brands are to be trusted.
In this ranking, we’ll list yogurt brands from worst to best so that you’ll know exactly which brand to select when you’re shopping. While we won’t list every single brand available across the United States — that would be a long ranking indeed — we’ll cover all of the most popular yogurt brands you’re likely to find in the grocery store.
If you’re shopping for almond milk, you know you probably can’t go wrong if you opt for the Silk brand. They make some of the best almond milk you can find at your local grocery store. It’s creamy, it’s flavorful, and it’s a healthy choice. Silk also makes high-quality soy milk that you’ll thoroughly enjoy.
Sadly, their expertise doesn’t extend to yogurt. Even if you love their dairy-free milk products, you will absolutely hate Silk’s dairy-free yogurts. They make yogurt with almond milk, soy milk, and oat milk in flavors ranging from Strawberry to Dark Chocolate Coconut. But no matter which of their yogurt options you select, you will be disappointed.
The main issue with all of Silk’s yogurts is the soupy texture. Once you stick your spoon in the yogurt and see how liquid it is, you won’t even want to eat it. If you decide to taste it, you’ll find that the flavors are much too light and it’ll be painfully obvious that you’re not eating real, honest-to-goodness yogurt. Skip the disappointment and move on to another yogurt brand.
13. Trader Joe’s
There’s so much to adore about Trader Joe’s. It’s not a surprise at all that many of the products they sell deserve a spot on your bucket list and have a cult-like following. Even Trader Joe’s employees are enthralled with some of the items they sell.
However, when it comes to yogurt, the Trader Joe’s brand is one to avoid. While they sell a wide variety of yogurts including Greek yogurt, European style yogurt, Iceland style yogurt, and coconut milk yogurt, all they are forgettable at best. At worst, these yogurts will cause you to gag with disgust.
Trader Joe’s yogurts all fall into one of two categories. Either the yogurt is so sweet that even your sweet tooth will be waving a white flag after the first spoonful, or the yogurt will have an off-putting sourness that will have you double-checking the expiration date. There’s no middle ground. If you’re unwise enough to try one of their dairy-free yogurts, you’ll be in for a miserable experience.
A relatively new yogurt brand, Noosa has a lot to be proud about. Launched in 2010 in Colorado using an Australian yogurt recipe, this brand is known for using only non-GMO ingredients, being serious about recycling and reusing, and for constantly giving back to their community. If you buy Noosa yogurt, you can be confident your money is going to a company with strong values. Tragically, though, their yogurt just isn’t that good, at least not if you’re judging it solely by its flavor.
If you stick to their Honey flavor or their Strawberry flavor, you’ll be somewhat pleased so you can proceed with caution. For example, if you want to try honey-flavored yogurt and Noosa is the only brand at your grocery store, go ahead and buy it. It won’t be the best yogurt you’ve ever tasted but you will be able to eat all of it. But if you stray and try any of Noosa’s other flavors, be prepared for sorrow. They’re often too far off the original flavor mark to be truly pleasing.
11. Kirkland Signature
When you’re shopping at Costco, you can almost always pick the Kirkland Signature brand of products and be sure that the quality will be outstanding. In fact, sometimes you can rightfully argue that Kirkland Signature products are superior to name brands that have been around forever. When it comes to yogurt, though, that is simply not the case.
If you pick Greek yogurt at Costco with the Kirkland Signature brand, be ready for a letdown. From your first mouthful of this stuff, you’ll know that you’ve made a mistake. To begin, the consistency of the Greek yogurt is all wrong. It has clumps in it even if you spend what seems like an endless amount of time stirring the contents of this plastic tub. Second of all, if you opt for the nonfat version of Greek yogurt, you’ll find the sweetness to be downright nauseating after a while. Although it obviously has no fat in it, this Greek yogurt has seven grams of sugar, according to fitbit. Even though you may save a little bit of money going with Kirkland Signature yogurt, you owe it to yourself to spend just a little more and select a better brand.
There’s a good chance that you grew up eating Dannon yogurt. In fact, they’ve been selling yogurt for nearly 80 years. While they’ve faced more and more competition over the years, Dannon is still extremely popular amongst U.S. household, according to Statista. But if you actually take the time and compare the quality of their yogurt to the competition, your taste buds will agree that this brand has fallen behind. Dannon makes okay-ish yogurt but their competitors have not only caught up to them, but they have also passed them by.
From their fruit on the bottom yogurt to their creamy yogurt and everything they offer in between, nothing Dannon sells has any sort of wow factor. It may taste good enough for you to be satisfied if it’s all you know — but that’s about the extent of it.
If you have a habit of always buying Dannon yogurt, do yourself a favor and try one of the brands higher in this ranking. Once you expand your horizons and see what else is out there in the yogurt universe, you’ll never come back.
9. Maple Hill
Many people only eat grass-fed beef because it’s healthier than grain-fed beef and because they believe that it tastes better. If you insist on grass-fed beef, you’ll be happy to learn that there is a brand that specializes in making grass-fed yogurt, too. Maple Hill claims to be the first organic dairy in the United States that produces yogurt made from the milk of 100% grass-fed cows. Taste-wise, it’s clear that this yogurt is elite. All the flavors are clean and crisp, which is sure to please many.
Unfortunately, Maple Hill has an issue with the reliability of its yogurt’s texture. Sometimes you’ll find that their yogurt has a perfectly creamy consistency that only enhances the experience. Conversely, sometimes the texture of their yogurt is inexplicably watery. It’s so watery, in fact, that it’s actually difficult to eat. If you get one of these yogurts, you may have to resort to drinking the stuff.
If you feel like gambling, go with Maple Hill. If you win, you’ll be thrilled with your purchase. But if you roll snake eyes, you’ll probably feel like you threw your money away.
While the aforementioned dairy-free yogurt made by Silk is virtually inedible, you shouldn’t give up hope and believe that all dairy-free yogurt is doomed. Instead, just look for Nancy’s. This brand has really good dairy-free yogurt made with oat milk. If you love the taste of Oatly, you’ll be overjoyed with this yogurt.
Nancy’s oat milk yogurt comes in seven flavors: Cold Brew Coffee with Vanilla, Apple Cinnamon, Passion Fruit Banana, Blueberry, Strawberry Hibiscus, Vanilla, and Plain. If you want to be impressed, avoid Vanilla and Plain. They’re well, pretty vanilla and boring. The rest of the flavors are splendid, particularly Apple Cinnamon. Sure, this stuff isn’t better than traditional yogurt at its best — but it’ll surely suffice for someone who wants and needs dairy-free yogurt. Nancy’s also makes more traditional dairy-based yogurts.
If you’re in the market for kefir, Nancy’s is a popular choice. Similar to plain yogurt, kefir is also a fermented food that offers a lot of health benefits. When it comes to probiotics, it actually has more than yogurt, so you may want to consider this option, too.
When you want Icelandic yogurt, Siggi’s is the brand to trust. It’s the real deal. Siggi’s was the brainchild of a native Icelander named Siggi Hilmarsson who had moved to the United States. In 2005, according to Siggi’s, Hilmarsson got tired of the overly sweet and overly artificial yogurts he found on the grocery shelves in America. Instead of simply complaining, he made a company dedicated to producing Icelandic skyr, the cultured dairy cousin to yogurt.
If you’ve never tried skyr before, think of it as a denser version of Greek yogurt. It’s super thick and, as a result, super filling. Nutrition-wise, skyr has even more protein than Greek yogurt. If you pick the low-fat yogurt made by Siggi’s, it also has half the sugar of other popular brands of Greek yogurt. More protein and less sugar are quite a winning combination. Plus, Siggi’s has a lot of yummy flavors like Black Cherry, Coconut, Spiced Apple, and Key Lime.
6. Member’s Mark
If you’re looking to save money on yogurt by selecting a store brand, you’ll need to head to Sam’s Club. That’s where you will find Member’s Mark Greek Yogurt. This stuff is outstanding, especially when you factor in the price tag. It’s way better than any other store brand you’ll come across.
Member’s Mark doesn’t overcomplicate things either, as it currently only makes Greek yogurt that is nonfat and plain. If you want flavored yogurt or traditional yogurt, Member’s Mark isn’t the brand for you. That said, it’s easy enough to add in your own flavorings, be it granola, honey, fruit, or anything else that strikes your fancy.
Ultimately, if you want nonfat, plain Greek yogurt, Sam’s Club has a winner that you should buy at least once to give it a chance. If you hate it, you’re only out a few bucks. But if you can’t get enough, you could save a whole lot of cash over the years by switching to this Member’s Mark product. This item alone may allow you to justify renewing your Sam’s Club membership each year.
5. Wallaby Organic
Wallaby Organic is a brand of yogurt that delivers just what the name suggests: Australia-style organic yogurt. What’s different about Australian yogurt? According to Wallaby Organic, Australian yogurt utilizes a culturing process that is extremely slow and results in yogurt that is extra mild and creamy. If you think other types of yogurt have too much of a bite or are too tart for your delicate palate, try yogurt made by Wallaby Organic. The mellow flavors and the extreme creaminess makes this a brand of yogurt that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
If you’re obsessed with the parfait that Chick-fil-A sells, you should know that the yogurt in the parfait is reportedly made by Wallaby Organic. The fact that Chick-fil-A trusts this yogurt brand so much is, for many, a ringing endorsement that shouldn’t be ignored. If this yogurt is good enough for Chick-fil-A, it should be good enough for you to give it a try.
The history of Fage dates back more than 90 years to a dairy store located in Greece. By the 1950s, Fage was selling what is today considered Greek yogurt. It’s not hyperbolic to say that Fage jump-started the Greek yogurt craze, Matador Network says. Today, this brand is still going strong and shows no signs of slippage.
Fage is primarily known for its plain Greek yogurt, which is available in 0% fat, 2% fat, and 5% fat versions. In recent years, this brand has started to expand its offerings. Today, they sell split cup yogurt that is basically Greek yogurt with an additional topping, such as lemon, raspberry, mango, or peach, on the side. Additionally, Fage boasts what is possibly the best lactose-free yogurt you can find anywhere on the planet. Available flavors include Vanilla, Blueberry, and Strawberry.
Fage may no longer be the best brand of Greek yogurt out there, but it’s still really, really good and well worth the money.
When it comes to well-rounded yogurt brands, Stonyfield is in a league of its own. This brand sells a wide variety of yogurts — and they’re all excellent. A good rule of thumb when you’re shopping for yogurt is to pick Stonyfield if you’re ever in doubt. This brand will almost never steer you wrong.
Stonyfield was born in New Hampshire back in 1983 with the focus of being an organic company that was environmentally friendly. Nearly 40 years later, this brand is still based in New Hampshire and they’ve become a smashing success. All of their yogurts are organic and are all frankly awesome. If you want grass-fed yogurt, they have it. If you want fat-free chocolate yogurt, you’re in luck. If you want whole milk strawberry yogurt, yep, Stonyfield has you covered.
For those individuals who need dairy-free yogurt, Stonyfield has dairy-free options you will enjoy, too. While not quite as good as the dairy-free yogurt made by Nancy’s, it’s the next best thing.
If you prefer your yogurt to be so sweet and so smooth that it’s like eating a glorious dessert, Yoplait is the brand you should turn to. Specifically, you need to look for the Yoplait Original line that can be found in just about every corner of the United States. While other brands have tried to copy it, this stuff is still the cream of the crop. Other yogurts may look similar but nothing holds a candle to the real thing.
The best aspect of this Yoplait yogurt is the level of sweetness. The balance is just oh-so-perfect. It’s sweet enough to put a smile on your face but not so sweet that it overshadows the flavor of the yogurt. The Yoplait Original line has more than 20 flavors, with timeless favorites such as Strawberry Banana and Blackberry Harvest.
Yoplait has branched out and now offers other yogurt products, but you should stick to the original that you know and love. It’s the best of its kind.
Chobani has seemingly come out of nowhere to become the top yogurt brand in America. It was founded by a man named Hamdi Ulukaya, who was born in Turkey and moved to the United States when he was 22 years old. In 2005, he bought a yogurt factory from Kraft Foods that was being closed down. Two years later, Chobani yogurt was ready to hit the market — and the rest is history. In less than a decade, this yogurt brand was a billion dollar business with millions of satisfied customers.
When it comes to Greek yogurt, Chobani is king. Their plain Greek yogurt is so delicious that you don’t even need to add anything to thoroughly enjoy it. But you will also fall head over heels for their Greek yogurt that has fruit on the bottom. Everything about it is so amazingly fresh that you’ll be blown away with each subsequent spoonful. If you’ve never eaten Greek yogurt before, try Chobani and prepare to become a customer for life.