Don't have a cow—try one of these dairy-free options instead. We tasted 124 brands to find the cream of the crop.

By Mary Honkus
Updated January 28, 2020
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For anyone who's lactose intolerant, has a dairy allergy, is vegan, or just doesn’t like the taste of cow's milk, searching for substitutes is nothing new. To the rest of us, however, the dairy-free options can be daunting, particularly with new varieties of plant-based milks popping up every time we visit the grocery store. We tried 124 brands of plant-based milk alternatives (including oat, almond, cashew, creamers, and more) to find the best—here are our favorites.

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Best Non-Dairy Milks: Oatly Full Fat Oatmilk
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1 Best Oat: Oatly Full Fat Oatmilk

This sustainably produced choice has a luscious oat flavor and a texture that’s so close to cow’s milk. We loved it poured over granola and as a one-to-one substitute for dairy milk when baking.

To buy: $5 for 64 oz.; target.com.

Best Non-Dairy Milks: Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Cashew Beverage
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2 Best Chocolate: Trader Joe’s Cocoa Almond Cashew Beverage

Chocolate and nuts just go together, especially in this creamy delight. Microwave it for instant hot chocolate, or blend it with banana and ice for a smoothie.

To buy: $26 for 4 32-oz. cartons; amazon.com.

Best Non-Dairy Milks: Mooala Vanilla Bean Almondmilk
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3 Best Vanilla: Mooala Vanilla Bean Almondmilk

You know it’s good when you can see little flecks of vanilla bean. This silky and slightly sweet pick stood out from its sugary competitors.

To buy: $6 for 48 oz.; shoprite.com.

Best Non-Dairy Milks: Silk Original Soy Creamer
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4 Best Creamer: Silk Original Soy Creamer

This extra-rich creamer lightens but doesn’t overly sweeten your coffee: It has just one gram of sugar per serving.

To buy: $5 for 32 oz.; silk.com.

Best Non-Dairy Milks: Elmhurst 1925 Milked Walnuts
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5 Best Alternative Nut: Elmhurst 1925 Milked Walnuts

This subtle, earthy nut milk is made with just five ingredients (and no gums or emulsifiers). It’s great in oatmeal and cereal—and tasty enough to drink straight.

To buy: $14 for 2 32-oz. cartons; elmhurst1925.com.

Best Non-Dairy Milks: Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Original
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6 Best Almond: Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Unsweetened Original

This pick offers more calcium per cup than cow’s milk and delivers the fresh taste of almonds without added sugar.

To buy: $24 for 12 32-oz. cartons; amazon.com.