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I tried instant oatmeal from 6 brands, including Trader Joe’s and Quaker. The best one was a hit with me and my kids.



  • I tried oatmeal from Bob’s Red Mill, McCann’s, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365, Kodiak, & Quaker. 
  • My family didn’t like the Kodiak instant oatmeal, nor did we love McCann’s Irish oatmeal. 
  • The Bob’s Red Mill instant oatmeal was the unanimous favorite for me and my kids. 

Instant oatmeal can make for a great quick breakfast, with fiber, protein, and carbohydrates to get you moving in the morning.

But oatmeal is a multibillion-dollar market, so most supermarkets sell it in many flavors, brands, and varieties. To see which instant oatmeals are actually worth buying for breakfast, I tried six varieties with my family of four and ranked them.

I purchased the maple-and-brown-sugar flavors from each brand and prepared all six according to the instructions on their packages, choosing the water and microwave options.

Here’s our instant oatmeal ranking, from our least favorite to our top pick.

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