Whenever I buy oats I go to buy oats I'm always left wondering if the higher price could result in a better product. I auspect it could be that a higher price just means an expensive cardboard box or a better position on the shelf.
I've checked for factors that I think might explain it such as origin and organic claims but that doesn't seem to explain either.
Can oats be different quality and how can I tell the difference. What effect does it have on what I prepare with it?
The Oats The types of Oates I'm asking about are the varieties that are plain and not premixed with other ingredients. There are a number of forms I know of such as Rolled, quick and steel cut oats.
As for the uses, I mostly mix with boiling water for breakfast but occasionally use in cooking as well so If there is a difference for different uses then knowing about that would also be useful.
An example shelf
The above pricing ranges from $1.5 to $6 for what appears to be the same quantity of the same product. Note some of the products are mixed are not really oats they are mixes and not included in my question.