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The yogurt aisle is loaded with so many options that it’s enough to make your head spin. But when it comes to yogurt, how do you decide which ones are better than the others? Should you go for regular or Greek yogurt? Organic or not? Full fat or low fat? Of course, taste tops the list, but you'll also want to look at the ingredients carefully.
There is no debate that Greek yogurt is a tasty and healthy choice. It can be eaten as a breakfast or snack, can substitute for sour cream in recipes, and can be used to make desserts. It is offered in a variety of styles and flavors, as well as price points. Our testers have researched and broken it down into categories to make your yogurt shopping a simpler experience.
Read on for the best Greek yogurts on the market.
Best Overall: Maple Hill Organic Plain Greek Yogurt
Delicious, not-too-tangy flavor
Texture may be too thin for some
The Maple Hill Organic Greek Yogurt earned the spot of best overall after checking all of our boxes with flying colors. It’s delicious and made from organic milk and live and active cultures. Maple Hill owns and operates more than 150 grass-fed, pasture-raised cow farms in New York State.
Grassfed Greek yogurt offers the same high protein content of regular Greek yogurt (this one has 15 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbohydrates per 5.3-ounce serving), but it’s also higher in omega-3s and conjugated linoleic acids, or CLAs—fatty acids that are potentially beneficial with weight and blood sugar management and risk of heart disease .
But it’s not just the health benefits that put Maple Hill on top, the yogurt also tastes delicious, as a few positive reviews highlight. It has the signature tang of plain Greek yogurt without being too sour. It’s also a bit thinner than other Greek-style yogurts, so it mixes well with any fruit, hemp seeds, or other yogurt toppings that you might want to add in. Note that the texture may be a bit loose for some palates.
Best Texture: Fage Total 5% Plain Greek Yogurt
Only 6 grams of carbs per serving
Smooth, creamy texture
Great substitute for sour cream
Some say it needs a bit more flavor
Because of its natural milk sugar, Greek yogurt isn’t typically keto-friendly, but those rules don’t apply to the Fage Total 5% Plain Greek yogurt. Compared to other Greek yogurts that have 9 grams of carbohydrates per serving, the Fage Total 5% has only 5 grams per 6-ounce container. Each serving also contains 9 grams of fat and a whopping 15 grams of protein.
Fage uses only milk, cream, and live active cultures to make it, and you can definitely taste the difference. The cream adds both thickness and creaminess that cuts down on the tart flavor and since it’s so rich, a little goes a long way, making it a budget-friendly choice, too. Its texture and slightly tangy flavor make it a great substitute for sour cream, most reviewers say. A few customers, however, say that they often need to add a bit of sweetener or fruit to it to give it more flavor when eating it as a yogurt.
Best Sweetened: Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Vanilla Greek Yogurt
Thick, creamy texture
No added sugar
Good source of protein
Slight Stevia aftertaste
If plain yogurt isn’t your thing, but you’re trying to avoid sugar, Dannon Oikos Triple Zero combines the best of both worlds. Instead of sugar, it contains Stevia—a natural sweetener. A few reviewers do note that this yogurt has a hint Stevia’s signature aftertaste, but one says that there is just the right amount of tartness to balance this out.
Like the other yogurts on our list, it has probiotics, but as an added bonus, it also contains chicory root fiber, a prebiotic that feeds the probiotics in the yogurt and in your gut. This adds 3 grams of fiber to the 15 grams of protein and 10 grams of total carbohydrates. It also gives the yogurt a rich, creamy consistency that earned it positive reviews.
We fell hard for the Vanilla flavor, but there are a total of 13 flavors to choose from, like the traditional strawberry or peach, as well as more out-of-the-box options like peanut butter banana, salted caramel, or coffee.
Best Plain: Wallaby Organic Plain Greek Yogurt
Smooth, balanced flavor
Thick, creamy texture
Only two ingredients
Consistency may be too think for some
Plain greek yogurt isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but Wallaby does an excellent job of balancing the signature tart flavor with some natural sweetness that makes this option extremely palate-pleasing; this smooth flavor garnered it high marks from many reviewers. It’s on the thicker side with a consistency that’s similar to sour cream, so in addition to eating it straight up, you can also use it for cooking or to thicken up a blended smoothie.
Each 6-ounce serving has 16 grams of protein and 8 grams of carbohydrates combined with 2.5 grams of fat. And it only has two ingredients: organic milk and live active cultures.
Best Fruit-Flavored: Siggi's Sugar-Free Banana & Cinnamon Yogurt
No sugar added
Tangy, subtly fruity flavor
Only two flavor options
It’s not easy to find any fruit-flavored yogurt without added sugar, let alone a delicious one, but Siggi’s nailed it. It combined a few simple ingredients—whole milk, cream, bananas, fruit pectin, cinnamon, and live active cultures—to make a subtly sweet yogurt that’s fresh and perfectly thick. Customers love the yogurt's combination of a mild fruity flavor with its rich, creamy texture.
Siggi’s prides itself on creating a Greek-style yogurt made with Scandinavian dairy traditions and milk that comes exclusively from family farms. To make the yogurt, Siggi’s uses four times as much milk as regular yogurt. Each 4.4-ounce container packs in 11 grams of protein with only 5 grams of sugar that comes from the milk and the fruit.
If you don’t like the banana and cinnamon combo, you can opt for raspberry and apple instead, but those are the only two flavor options.
Best Organic: Stonyfield 100% Grassfed Greek Plain Yogurt
Organic and grass-fed
Smooth texture and balanced flavor
A little pricier than comparable brands
Stonyfield is a pioneer in the organic Greek yogurt game, leading the way for many other organic options that have hit the market since. But that’s only part of the reason The Stonyfield 100% Grassfed Greek Plain Yogurt has earned the spot of best organic Greek yogurt. Speaking of ingredients, there are only two: grass-fed organic whole milk and live active cultures.
Of course, the ultimate test comes down to flavor and this yogurt doesn’t disappoint. In fact, its flavor earned it several of its positive reviews. It combines the perfect amount of tang with a smooth, palate-pleasing, thick (but not too thick) texture. And like our best overall pick, it’s made from milk from grass-fed cows (another thing reviewers praise).
What to Look for When Buying Greek Yogurt
Organic and Grass-Fed
Organic means the yogurt comes from cows that have a "balanced" nutrition stemming from 100 percent organic agricultural products. These cows also weren't given any antibiotics or artificial growth hormones. Grass-fed cows (as opposed to grain-fed cows) produce dairy that contains higher levels of omega-3s. Just make sure to look for "100% grass-fed" on the label.
Because Greek yogurt tends to be more sour than traditional yogurts, many manufacturers are quick to add sweeteners. According to nutritionists, in order to get the maximum health benefits of Greek yogurt, look not only for little to no sugar—4 to 7 grams per serving—but also make sure there aren't any added sugars or sweeteners.
What's the difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt?
The main difference between regular and Greek yogurt is how they are made, which then results in different textures and tastes. Greek yogurt is strained, removing the whey along with some sugars and salts, making for a thicker, creamier, and denser consistency. In its purest form, it is also a bit tangier than regular yogurt.
Is Greek yogurt good for you?
There are many health benefits to Greek yogurt, including a high amount of protein (higher than regular yogurt). Because of its density, Greek yogurt is satisfying and will make you feel fuller longer, a benefit to those trying to eat less. When unsweetened, it is good for gut health as it contains probiotics; keep in mind that any Greek yogurt with added ingredients such as sweeteners and artificial coloring will negatively affect its healthy profile. In addition, Greek yogurt made with whole milk will have more fat and calories than that made with low-fat or fat-free milk; however, this doesn't mean it is necessarily an unhealthy option.
Can I cook with Greek yogurt?
Whether a recipe calls for yogurt or you are in need of a substitute for sour cream or mayonnaise, Greek yogurt is a good ingredient to cook with (unless the recipe states otherwise); it adds a boost of nutrition and creaminess to whatever you are making. There are just a few things to keep in mind when heating Greek yogurt to avoid curdling and separating. It is best to let it come to room temperature before adding to a recipe and tempering it before stirring it into a hot liquid. Dairy products have a tendency to separate when cooked, but using a full-fat Greek yogurt will help prevent this; it will also ensure a thicker end result as lower-fat yogurt will thin as it cooks.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Lindsay Boyers is a certified holistic nutritionist with extensive gut-health knowledge and yogurt-testing experience. She’s developed over 1,000 original recipes and is constantly on a mission to find the healthiest, best-tasting options across all food categories.