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: an easy blender bomb recipe to add to smoothies for extra fiber.
  5. Almond Milk Smoothie: a nutty smoothie with berries that is super filling.

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.

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  1. Dang! This was super helpful. It’s changing my diet – that’s for sure! Didn’t realize Silk was no longer organic. Didn’t realize those gums are such a problem. I printed out some of the information to take shopping with me, while I pick my new milk alternative. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the detailed information. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for these brands. Some however I know are not available in my area. Thanks for the rating system! Very helpful!

  3. Thank you for the insight on almond milk! Perhaps I’m late to the game and you reviewed these brands before – but I would love to know how Pacific Foods and Simple Truth measure up!

    1. We’d love to include them in our next review. Where do you typically see those brands? They haven’t shown up in our immediate area just yet…

  4. Yes! I loved the comparison last year and was looking forward to it this year! I’ve started making my own almond milk (the ones available here are full of fillers and a bunch of other stuff I don’t want to ingest…or it costs about $8 a liter for the one organic brand I found…), but this is great for when I’m in the States because I don’t want to spend all my time searching when I could just grab it and go. Thank you!

  5. I’m dairy-intolerant so have been using almond milk. So appreciative of your detailed breakdown on gums–information that’s applies to many other products as well. I’ve found that gums have the same effect on me as dairy– they produce mucus, which causes sinus pain. I avoid them entirely. However, I now might see whether locust bean gum is different in how it affects my body. Thanks so much!

    1. So glad you found this helpful. If you use Elmhurst or Simply– there are no gums at all. Which is nice.

    1. You’re welcome! Excited to hear what you pick next time at the store.

  6. I found the article interesting and informative – especially, the breakdown on various gums. I’m not sure, but I think you may have meant to put “insoluble fiber” in the following statement: “It is a soluble fiber, meaning our bodies cannot break it down. ” Either way, I immediately went to my fridge to review ingredients of my almond milk while reading this article. I will share it with my family and friends. Thanks.

  7. Interesting. I really like Malk, so surprised you thought the taste was bad. I have had a bad bottle once that was spoiled, but other than that the taste is usually excellent (have to shake really well as it settles). I also like Simple Truth organic almond milk (Kroger brand). You probably don’t have a Kroger in FL to try that one. Thanks for the info on ingredients, found that interesting.

    1. I like Malk, also. I think with Malk it’s either hit or miss flavor-wise for people. Glad you found this helpful. 🙂

    2. Thanks for letting us know about Simple Truth. I’m on the west coast and we don’t have Publix out here, but we do have Vons/Safeway which is the same as Kroger.

    1. There are just so many to test, they had to cap it at some point. 🙂

  8. I have always wondered about the different kinds of almond milk with some being so much more expensive than others! Of course I want it to taste good but I will give in some on that for cleaner ingredients! Loved this and thanks for doing it!

  9. Very interesting! Did you test the Kirkland brand from Costco? I didn’t see it on the list, but noticed you shopped there.

    1. Hey Laura, the brands listed on the Ratings/Results scoresheet are all the ones they bought and tested. 🙂

  10. Many thanks for the Rawkstar Report on best almond milk!! I look forward to future research!!

    1. You’re welcome! Glad you found it helpful!

  11. Love the picture!! Great job. I hope you will do an analysis of shelf stable boxed almond milk. I was totally into boxed milks until I realized that the refrigerated cartons were a much better buy — more for less cost — even in the same brand. Buying boxed milks allowed me to go to the store less often. Now we live across the street from the grocery store and I can walk over and get some more milk, but I still like to have extra supplies in my pantry.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Elizabeth! We are hoping to do a report on shelf-stable almond milks in the near future.

    2. Please include the Costco shelf stable almond milk also I would love to see a report on oat milk too. Thanks !!:)