We’re sharing the results of our quest to find the best almond milk money can buy. We reviewed them for taste, cost and quality. These almond milk brands come from a variety of stores, both online and brick and mortar. The results from this review may (or may not) shock you.

My goal is to help you find a brand that matches your priorities regarding taste, ingredients and eco-conscious packaging.

6 cartons of almond milk from left to right: Pacific Foods, Elmhurst, Almond Malk, Thrive Organic Almond, Three Trees Original Almond and 365 Organic Unsweetened Original Almondmilk.

Almond milk is one of the most popular non-dairy alternatives on the market. It’s affordable, has a mild taste and is widely available in most grocery stores. Yet choosing which brand to buy can be confusing.

With the help of the Simple Green Smoothies Team, we shopped and blind taste-tested so we could bring you the best almond milk brands for 2023.

If you are concerned with almond milk production with regard to water use and pesticide use then check out my reviews for Oat Milk Brands of 2023 and Coconut Milk Brands of 2023.

Almond Milk Review

In our very own rawkstar report, you can see how +20 almond milk brands stack up. We focused on unsweetened as well as unflavored varieties, which I recommend using. We then rated them based on the quality of ingredients, taste (and texture) and sustainable packaging.

Elmhurst Milked Almonds

Bar graph showing how Elmhurst Milked Almonds tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 88/100.

So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Bar graph showing how So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 88/100.

Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage

Bar graph showing how Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 87/100.

Silk Almond Organic

Bar graph showing how Silk Almond Organic Milk tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 86/100.

Silk Almond Unsweetened

Bar graph showing how Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 86/100.

Malk Organic Almond

Bar graph showing how Malk Organic Almond Brand tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 85/100.

365 Organic Original Almondmilk

Bar graph showing how 365 Organic Original Almondmilk tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 84/100.

Three Trees Organic Original Almondmilk

Bar graph showing how Three Trees Organic Original Almondmilk tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 84/100.

Simply Almond Original

Bar graph showing how Simply Almond Original tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 84/100.

Good & Gather Original Almond (refrigerated)

Bar graph showing how Good & Gather Original Almond (refrigerated) tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 82/100.

Sprouts Organic Almondmilk Original

Bar graph showing how Sprouts Organic Almondmilk Original tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 81/100.

Great Value Almondmilk Original

Bar graph showing how Great Value Almondmilk Original tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 80/100.

Pacific Foods Organic Almond

Bar graph showing how Pacific Foods Organic Almond tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 80/100.

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original

Bar graph showing how Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 79/100.

Califia Farms Almondmilk

Bar graph showing how Califia Farms Almondmilk tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 79/100.

Friendly Farms Almond Original Almondmilk

Bar graph showing how Friendly Farms Original Almondmilk tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 79/100.

Publix Original Almond Milk

Bar graph showing how Publix Original Almond Milk tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 78/100.

Trader Joe’s Simple Almond Beverage

Bar graph showing how Trader Joe's Simple Almond Beverage tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 78/100.

Trader Joe’s Almond Beverage Original

Bar graph showing how Trader Joe's Almond Beverage Original tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 76/100.

Kirkland’s Almond

Bar graph showing how Kirkland's Almond Original tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 75/100.

Good & Gather Original Almond (shelf-stable)

Bar graph showing how Good & Gather Original Almond (shelf-stable) tested with regards to quality, taste test and packaging with an overall score of 73/100.
White female with glasses and a lab coat standing in the kitchen holding an iPad, ready to test almonds milk brands.

Factors to Determine the Best Brands

As you’ll see from the ratings above, almond milk is not all the same. Many brands add fillers, gum, fortify with vitamins, and alter taste with “natural flavors” to modify the true flavor.

Always read labels when shopping; you never know what you’ll get if you don’t. The best quality you will ever find is homemade almond milk. Yet if that’s not a possibility for you, then let this list be your guide to getting the very best brand.

High-Quality Ingredients

Just because the branding looks clean, attractive and healthy, it doesn’t mean the ingredients tell the same story. While we know taste and texture are huge buying factors, we also compared ingredient lists to give our best recommendations:

  1. Elmhurst Milked Almonds
  2. Unsweetened Trader Joe’s Simple Almond Beverage
  3. Organic Almond Malk
  4. Unsweetened Three Trees Organic Almond Milk

Taste + Texture

Blind taste-testing was a game-changer when it came to comparing the taste of a variety of milk. Some were gritty, others were smooth. Some had a bitter taste. Others had a smooth sweetness. We took all this into account when rating each brand.

  1. Silk Almond Unsweetened
  2. So Delicious Organic Almond with Cashew
  3. Friendly Farms Original Unsweetened Almond
  4. Good & Gather Original Almond, refrigerated

Silk Unsweetened Almond was the top-tasting winner hands down (and the only was to get a “green pass” for its taste score). Overall, we realized that every brand of store bought almond beverage isn’t that tasty, especially when you compare it to oat milk or coconut milk.

Eco-Conscious Packaging

Eco-friendly packaging also gave certain brands a boost. If a brand used recyclable materials or had B-Corp status then they got bonus points.

  1. Elmhurst Milked Almonds
  2. Silk Almond Organic + Silk Almond Unsweetened
  3. So Delicious Organic Almond with Cashew
  4. Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage
several different brands of nut milk on a counter and 2 females taste testing milk in small white cups.

Where to Buy The Top Brands

Erin spent a day driving around Tampa Bay, so that she could buy every brand available. She purchased every almond beverage brand available at Costco, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Target, Aldi, Publix, The Fresh Market, and NutritionSmart. We also purchased online from Thrive Market and Amazon to get everything we could. You can pretty much find it in every grocery store in 2023.

If you’re looking to buy the top winners from the Rawkstar Report, read on:

Elmhurst Milked Almonds: Publix, Amazon, Elmhurst.com, Wegman’s, Thrive Market, Whole Foods, etc.

So Delicious Almond with Cashews: Walmart (yet occasionally discontinued), Amazon

Thrive Market Almond: ThriveMarket.com is the online grocery story loved by many, including myself. They make their products at an affordable price too.

glass jar filled with homemade almond milk next to a glass of almond milk and a green straw.

Is Almond Milk Good for You?

Almond’ milk’ has exploded on the market in recent years. Consumers are buying more plant-based products and grocery stores are listening. Dairy also happens to be one of the most common food sensitivities, which makes this milk, oat milk and coconut milk great options. Whether you choose to buy one of the best brands above or make homemade almond milk, you can enjoy some wonderful health benefits.

Here’s how one cup of almond milk stacks up to one cup of dairy:

Unsweetened Almond Milk (on average)

  • 50 calories
  • 2 grams of carbs
  • 35% daily Vitamin E
  • 35% daily Calcium (manufacturers enrich most almond milks to compete with dairy milk)

Low Fat Dairy Milk (on average)

  • 103 calories
  • 12 grams of carbs (mostly sugar)
  • 28% daily Calcium

5 Tasty Recipes Using Almond Milk

We love using almond beverages as a recipe base to create a creamy, protein-enriched meal, so here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie: an ultra creamy, filling shake to drink before or after a workout.
  2. Maple Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl: a delightfully sweet smoothie bowl recipe.
  3. Spiced Almond Drink: my go-to bedtime beverage to help stabilize blood sugar.
  4. Chocolate Fiber Smoothie Cubes: Easy blender bomb recipe to add to smoothies for extra fiber.

Leave a comment letting us know if this report was helpful and if there are any refrigerated almond milk brands we can test next! We’re here to do the work for you, and then give you the inside scoop. If your favorite isn’t listed, then we’d love to know which brand you think has the best-tasting milk because we want to try it, too!

Almond Milk Brands FAQs

What almond milk is healthier?

The healthiest almond milks on the market are the ones with the most limited ingredient list. There are several brands that contain just almonds and water without any extra gums or fillers. Make sure to always read the nutrition label so you know exactly what ingredients are in your preferred brand.

What are the negatives of almond milk?

As with any food, you can have too much of a good thing! Almond milk is not a great source of protein and can be filled with lots of gums and other additives to help with the flavor and texture. In recent years, the public has been made increasingly aware of the farming and processing practices of almonds and there has been much discussion and debate on the amount of water and pesticides used. If this is a concern for you, definitely do your homework to determine which milk brand most closely aligns with your beliefs.

Which almond milk is the tastiest?

Based on our blind review of over 20 brands, we determined that Silk Almond Unsweetened milk is the best tasting one on the market. It might not have the most quality ingredient list yet we all gave it highest marks for flavor and texture.

About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. Great report Jen! I have moved your emails to my primary on Gmail and really enjoy reading all of your content and even more so putting as much as possible into action and my diet. Your app is absolutely fantastic for anybody who is thinking about getting it. You have categorize things so well and your recipes are delicious. Amazing! Thanks for all you do. I’m a fellow B school graduate.

    1. I agree! Simple green smoothies.com and all the emails I receive are so professionally done. Kudos to your team. So beautiful and full of great helpful and authentic info. Thanks to Rawkstar!

  2. This is so incredibly in-depth!! I’m going to bookmark this for future reference. Thank you for doing everyone such a big favor, and without pushing a bunch of ads in our faces 🙂
    (Also- I have yet to make homemade almond milk, but if the taste is light-years above store-bought like homemade coconut milk is, I’ll probably never want to go back!)

    1. Thank you, Emilita! We’re very happy you found this so helpful. And… we won’t tell you homemade almond milk tastes amazing (except, yes we will, it’s SO GOOD)! When you’re ready to make your own, we got you!–> How to Make Almond Milk

  3. Hey Sue— we we’re talking abut doing a Shelf Stable review since there are SO many more choices in that section now too. So glad you mentioned that! As for refrigerated vs shelf stable— it really just depends on the brand. Fun fact: Elmhurst is actually a shelf stable mylk. They just product place it in the refrigerated section to help elevate it + soften the higher price (that last part is totally my own opinion).

  4. I make my own almond and coconut milks. They are so easy to make and taste the best. Only downside is that they aren’t fortified with anything like calcium.

    1. Agreed. NOTHING beats making your own almond milk. It’s truly the best taste and you can control the ingredients.

  5. My favorite almond milk is Silk unsweetened. No upset stomach on this. I have tryed alot of them. This one, I find works the best for me.

    1. That’s awesome you found the one for you! Are you doing the organic or original? I’m alwyas so curious about this and love how everyone responds so differently. As long as you’re happy, we’re happy for you. 🙂

  6. Great review! Very helpful. But can you make a legend for the color coded leaves? I’m assuming red is the worst but not sure about the in between colors. Thanks

    1. Hahaha— I’m not sure how I missed that! I just added it to the top of the chart. Thanks for the heads up Andrea!

  7. We used to use almond milk but since learning about the environmental impact (e.g. Commercial almond production in California requires diverting ground and surface waters from the state’s aqueduct system for irrigation. As cited in an article in the New York Times, it takes approximately 15 gallons of water to produce just 16 almonds, https://sustainability.ucsf.edu/1.713 ) have decided to switch to either Soy or Oat milk instead. What do you think of the environmental impact as a factor in choosing a dairy alternative?

    1. Hey Robyn. I think Almond milk is a good option for someone stepping into a more plant=based diet. Of course making it at home is the best option, yet a busy life often gets the best of our day. We did take the environmental impact of the packaging into consideration with this report and scored the more eco-friendly packaging higher because that’s important to us (and you too!). I saw the environmental impact report you mentioned as well and we hope to do Rawkstar Reports for other milks as well— esp Oat Milk and Coconut Milk. Exciting times when we have so many options and resources to dig deeper into everything we do and eat!

  8. Wow! I’m also surprised that the Califia was low scoring! That’s what I mostly get. I guess I’ll be trying the so delicious and elmhurst!

    1. Solomon, it seems like a lot of people are saying the same thing as you (me included)! We’d love to hear what you think of So Delicious and Elmhurst after you give them a try.

  9. This report was super helpful. Thank you for taking the time to taste all of these! I’ll def be giving Elmhurst a try this week.

    1. Thanks, Beverly! So glad you found it helpful. Let us know what you think of Elmhurst!

  10. I loved this!! I always get califia cuz I like the taste and thought it was one of the best nurtrituonally. Guess I’ll start looking at so delicious (no Trader Joe’s near me)

    1. Kelly, I thought the same also! Really glad you liked this and it helped you. Let us know what you think of So Delicious once you try it.

  11. Thank-You for the study on almond milks..!!! I think this information for us Health Hawks are Very Valuable……
    Now i know which ones i can buy and I Trust your Testing…., I will be passing this info on to my Friends and family.

    I know about Trader Joes’ but is it possible you can list where the Elmhurst and Malk Almond milks are found.?
    Thank-You.

    1. Debra, thank you for your feedback! They got Elmhurst from Publix, a regional supermarket that you may not have, depending on where you live. But, you can also buy Elmhurst online. And they got Malk at Whole Foods.

  12. I have Califia Farms in the fridge right now mostly because I love the packaging! I shop at Publix, looking forward to trying Elmhurst.

    1. I love Publix, Michelle! I always shop there when I’m in Florida (I know it’s in other states but that’s where I’ve seen it 🙂 ). Let us know what you think of Elmhurst after you give it a try!

  13. I loved this. Thank you so much. My mom is lactose intolerant and so we switched to almond milk when I started my first green smoothie chalkenege and then after that cleanse. I didn’t know there was such variety and can’t wait to try the winners!

    1. Isn’t it crazy how many there are! And we honestly only hit the southern part of the US. I’m certain there are prob 10+ other brands across the US that we could test at some point too. Yet it really was eye opening for us to compare like this.

  14. This is an awesome report! I really appreciate that the testing wasn’t sponsored. I would love to see more of this kind of comparison reporting!!!

    1. I’m glad you liked this (esp that it isn’t sponsored. Gotta keep the integrity!). I do hope we can do more so thank you for letting me know you’d like that too. I’m thinking oat milk might be next.

    1. This is where we shopped (some stores carried multiple brands so you can get more of them there): Costco (Silk), Whole Foods (365, Malk, So Delicious), Sprouts, Trader Joes, Walmart (almond Breeze, Great Value), Target (Good & Gather), Aldi (Friendly Farms), Publix (Calafia, Elmhurst, Silk, Almond Breeze)