Food & Nutrition

The 6 best lactose free milks we’ve tried

Published by Finn Hayden

Lactose intolerance is a condition that affects people a lot more than you might realise. Bupa states that 1 in 10 adults in the UK is thought to have lactose intolerance, representing millions of people up and down the country.

Despite how prevalent lactose intolerance clearly is, it surprises us how few lactose free milk options there are out there. Sure, if you want to drink something like oat milk or almond milk then you can avoid lactose pretty easily, but if you're wanting to enjoy cow's milk without the lactose, your options are actually quite limited.

Luckily, there is some excellent lactose free milk that you can buy in the UK, and we wanted to highlight the best that we've found and tried. Let's get into it:

Arla LactoFree Organic

Arla is probably the biggest lactose free brand in the UK at the moment, and the milk from this brand is really excellent. But what we especially love about the Arla range is that it includes organic lactose free milk (pictured), as it's actually really hard to find that anywhere else. The taste is lovely and fresh, and to us it really doesn't taste much different from standard milk. You can buy this milk from supermarkets like Sainsbury's or Tesco, or you can buy it online here - sainsburys.co.uk

Arla Lacto Free Organic

M&S Made Without

The M&S Made Without range is really impressive, and we've raved previously about how good this supermarket is for free from food products. Impressively, the Made Without range also includes lactose free milk in both whole and semi-skimmed varieties. We lovely the really creamy and even slightly thick texture of this milk, especially the whole variety. It works great in both coffee and tea and seems to mix in really well. We're impressed, learn more and buy it here - ocado.com

M&S Made Without lactose free milk

Sainsbury's Everyday Lactose Free milk

We have to admit that we were quite surprised to find that not all of the supermarkets we visited had lactose free milk on the shelves, but of all the supermarkets we visited it was Sainsbury's which most consistently had lactose free milk available to buy. There are a few things we really liked about this lactose free milk - firstly, it was actually stocked in the milk section rather than in a separate 'free from' section, making it easy to find. In terms of taste, to us, it tasted very similar to the standard milk from Sainsbury's, and at £1.35 per litre, it's very reasonably priced too. The Skimmed variety (pictured) had a slight sweetness to it, which worked really well when used with cereal. Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk

Sainsbury's Lactose Free milk

Morrisons Lactose Free

Morrisons is a very underrated supermarket for lactose free products, and we were impressed to see that the supermarket had its own range of lactose free milk. This tasted really nice and also worked perfectly for both coffee and tea. We found this milk stocked in 2 of the Morrisons stores that we visited which was great to see. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.morrisons.com

Morrisons Lactose Free

Cowbelle by Aldi

This lactose free milk from Lidl actually comes from Germany, which will put some people off. But we think it tastes really nice and has a creaminess to it which was comparable to many of the other options we've included in this list. This also happened to be the cheapest lactose free milk we could find, at just £1.19 per litre. Learn more and buy it here - groceries.aldi.co.uk

lactose free milk Aldi

Lidl Dairy Manor lactose free

We've left the lactose free milk from Lidl until last because it's actually quite hard to find much information about it online. The taste was nice and we were glad to see it stocked in the milk section rather than in a separate section of the supermarket. One thing we did notice is that the milk has come from Crediton Dairy in Devon, which has been around since 1947. This dairy actually has its own popular brand of lactose free milk called Moo Lactose Free, and we suspect that the Lidl milk is just the same as that. Like we said, this milk from Lidl isn't listed on the supermarket website, but if you go to a large Lidl you'll almost certainly find both skimmed and semi-skimmed varieties.

Lidl Dairy lactose free

Hopefully, this guide helps you to find some excellent lactose free milk. Let us know if you've tried any of this, or if you have any other recommendations! If you want to read something similar we have a guide to the best lactose free cheese we've tried and the best lactose free yoghurt we've tried

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

One Comment

  • David Finch

    I love Aldi’s Lactose free milk. It has a delicate sweetness to it and doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge until it’s opened. I buy a dozen at a time and keep them in the cupboard just like you would with UHT milk. It will keep for 2 or 3 months.
    It’s also much cheaper than other brands and I often save as much as £5 compared with some of the larger supermarkets.

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