Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    HappyIdiotTalk
    0 WOW
    Cheap Porridge Oats vs Premium Brands
    • #1
    • 4th Dec 10, 5:24 PM
    0 WOW
    Cheap Porridge Oats vs Premium Brands 4th Dec 10 at 5:24 PM
    Lately I've taken a liking to Porridge Oats for breakfast. I've noticed that most supermarkets sell both premium brands like Scots and also own brand economy oats. Given that the ingredients usually only list 'rolled oats', is there any real difference? I admit I buy the premium brands at the moment, but will swop to the cheap economy versions if there is no real difference.

    Does anyone know about these things?
    SIMPLE SIMON - Met a pie man going to the fair. Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "What have you got there?" Said the pie man unto Simon, "Pies, you simpleton!"
Page 1
    • GRM
    • By GRM 4th Dec 10, 5:29 PM
    • 604 Posts
    • 421 Thanks
    GRM
    • #2
    • 4th Dec 10, 5:29 PM
    • #2
    • 4th Dec 10, 5:29 PM
    I have them every morning with cold milk. Had Scotts, Asda value, Sainsburys etc. etc. - can't say I've ever noticed a difference.
    • ariba10
    • By ariba10 4th Dec 10, 5:32 PM
    • 5,060 Posts
    • 5,379 Thanks
    ariba10
    • #3
    • 4th Dec 10, 5:32 PM
    • #3
    • 4th Dec 10, 5:32 PM
    The prettier the packaging, the dearer the product.
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
    • thistledome
    • By thistledome 4th Dec 10, 5:49 PM
    • 1,430 Posts
    • 3,414 Thanks
    thistledome
    • #4
    • 4th Dec 10, 5:49 PM
    • #4
    • 4th Dec 10, 5:49 PM
    I buy the Co-op's cheapo saver Oats and I find the flavour and texture perfectly acceptable, but they do have more black bits and husk particles than the Scott's Porage Oats IMO. I pick them out whilst I'm stirring the porridge and it's mildly irritating, but not enough to make me lash out for Scotts. I do buy them if they're on a very good offer, but most of the time I stick with the Co-op's.

    I think there is a definite quality difference in the size and texture of the flakes in some cheapo brands. I Didn't like Morrisons own value oats, I thought the texture was too fine. You could give the own brands a try, OP. If you don't like them, you can always use them to make Twink's Hobnobs
    Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harrass them, don't deprive them of their happiness.
  • HappyIdiotTalk
    • #5
    • 4th Dec 10, 6:41 PM
    • #5
    • 4th Dec 10, 6:41 PM
    Thanks folks, that reassurance enough for me to have a go with some value brands. I know they are cheap, so it wouldn't have been a financial disaster trying them, but I would have felt guilty throwing them out if I'd not liked them. Cheers.
    SIMPLE SIMON - Met a pie man going to the fair. Said Simple Simon to the pie man, "What have you got there?" Said the pie man unto Simon, "Pies, you simpleton!"
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 4th Dec 10, 7:00 PM
    • 15,803 Posts
    • 171,413 Thanks
    Enterprise 1701C
    • #6
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:00 PM
    • #6
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:00 PM
    Not used them for porridge, but the Tesco Value ones are great for flapjack!!
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • ariba10
    • By ariba10 4th Dec 10, 7:01 PM
    • 5,060 Posts
    • 5,379 Thanks
    ariba10
    • #7
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:01 PM
    • #7
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:01 PM
    If you do buy a brand that you do not like, you can always mix it in a bit at a time with what you do like.
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
  • Quenastoise
    • #8
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:13 PM
    • #8
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:13 PM
    I like porridge too, especially with fruit. For me it's not only about consistency but also about the sugar content. Some brands can have a whopping 50 % sugar content, especially the flavoured types
    Keep calm and carry on
    • ariba10
    • By ariba10 4th Dec 10, 7:15 PM
    • 5,060 Posts
    • 5,379 Thanks
    ariba10
    • #9
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:15 PM
    • #9
    • 4th Dec 10, 7:15 PM
    If you buy the Porridge Oats there should be no sugar in them.
    I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
    • adsk
    • By adsk 4th Dec 10, 7:19 PM
    • 213 Posts
    • 283 Thanks
    adsk
    More expensive oats tend to keep some of their texture when cooked. I use Sainsburys Taste the Difference and there is plenty of bite left in the oats when cooked whereas cheaper oats just end up like glue, but ultimately it's a matter of preference.
  • zenseeker
    I don't honestly think there is much of a difference. I sometimes but Scott's Porridge Oats simply because the box reminds me of being at my Nan's as a kid (she used to have the Scott's brand all the time), but usually I'm happy with the Tesco Value Oats.
    2013 Wins:
    • kippers
    • By kippers 4th Dec 10, 8:06 PM
    • 1,895 Posts
    • 5,768 Thanks
    kippers
    I always use tesco value ones for my porridge and i'm quite happy with them
  • clare64
    Tesco value are great for porridge, HM muesli and Twinks Hobnobs!!
    Clarex
    • tattycath
    • By tattycath 4th Dec 10, 8:15 PM
    • 6,462 Posts
    • 34,454 Thanks
    tattycath
    I tend to have smart price but the other day I bought Asda extra special because it had been whoopsied and was cheaper than the smart price-not had any yet though coz i still have some smart price that's already been opened!!!
    GE 36 *MFD December 2027-target 2020
    MFIT-T4 No 106
    EF £100/£2000 - PF £650- SSF £1,140
    Mortgage : £5,935/£10,000
    July £221.92/£200
    Savercard Christmas savings £208/£288
    19/3/16 = 176lb
    • hildagard
    • By hildagard 4th Dec 10, 8:35 PM
    • 25 Posts
    • 3 Thanks
    hildagard
    hi m&s do there own box of porridge oats for 39p ,great value just as good if not better.give it a try
    • atticgirl2003
    • By atticgirl2003 4th Dec 10, 8:47 PM
    • 453 Posts
    • 126 Thanks
    atticgirl2003
    Porridge is so much nicer made with medium oatmeal.
    One part meal to three parts water or milk, a little salt, microwave for 5mins.
    Best if you soak it overnight.

    Try it, you will never go back to the oats again.
    • pegginout
    • By pegginout 4th Dec 10, 8:54 PM
    • 954 Posts
    • 1,469 Thanks
    pegginout
    I have used Asda smart price & tesco value, both taste the same to me.
    A good cheap healthy breakfast
    Martin Lewis Rocks!
    • KittyBoo
    • By KittyBoo 4th Dec 10, 9:08 PM
    • 672 Posts
    • 1,607 Thanks
    KittyBoo
    Not used them for porridge, but the Tesco Value ones are great for flapjack!!
    Originally posted by Jane Blackford
    I used to buy the posh oats until someone said the Tesco ones were lovely.
    I make mine with semi skimmed milk in the microwave and then have a sliced babana and berries (defrosted frozen summer fruits from Mr T £1.29 a pack)
    Makes a really tasty, cheap breakfast and keeps me full through till the afternoon.
    NSK Zombie # SFD 7/15 Food Bank £0/£5
    Food
    £73.57/£122 (incl. pet food)
    Petrol £20/£40
    Exercise 2/15 Outings 1/2
    Debt £18,917
  • fluffypinksoda
    I'm happy with my Tesco's value oats. You can pay more for the jumbo oats, which I don't like for porridge or flapjacks-personal preference
  • KimYeovil
    I like porridge too, especially with fruit. For me it's not only about consistency but also about the sugar content. Some brands can have a whopping 50 % sugar content, especially the flavoured types
    Originally posted by Quenastoise
    <Scratches head, confused.>
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim's to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,525Posts Today

5,517Users online

Martin's Twitter