As an investor, it doesn't pay to follow the crowd.

In this series, though, we highlight a possible exception -- the collective wisdom of our CAPS community. Read the next section if you're unfamiliar with our methodology. Skip it if you want to go straight to the results.

Why this crowd is different
Jumping into a stock because your rich neighbor did, or because you heard about it from your friend's uncle who used to work on Wall Street, or because CNBC has been talking about it nonstop is a recipe for disaster.

If there's one thing I've learned as a stock analyst, it's that any stock can be gussied up to sound like a world-beater. If there's a second thing I've learned, it's that being a smart person doesn't make you a good investor.

In the hands of a smart person with good communication skills, the never-were and never-will-be stocks sound like tickets to instant fortune. The ancient Greek philosophers made the distinction between rhetoric and knowledge. The former is convincing; the latter is true.

That's why we factor in track record in our Motley Fool CAPS community. We invite everyone to give stocks an outperform (i.e., a "buy") or underperform rating (i.e., a "sell") in CAPS. We then use those opinions to calculate a rating for each stock -- from one to five stars (five being the best). But -- and this is a big distinction -- we give more weight to the opinions of folks whose picks have performed well in the past.

The top 10 Procter & Gamble-like stocks
So, with that methodology as prelude, I present to you the top 10 stocks that, like Procter & Gamble, are classified as a consumer non-durable goods producers based on the number of CAPS members who have rated the stock an outperform. Only stocks garnering a five-star rating are included. 

Company

Market Capitalization (in millions)

Outperform Picks

CAPS Rating (out of 5)

Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG)

     241,532

     6,818

*****

Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE: CL)

      37,164

     1,144

*****

Darling International (NYSE: DAR)

         653

     1,022

*****

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB)

      26,654

      741

*****

Clorox Company (NYSE: CLX)

       9,103

      598

*****

Joe's Jeans (Nasdaq: JOEZ)

         118

      477

*****

Tupperware Brands (NYSE: TUP)

       2,552

      358

*****

Female Health Company

         121

      248

*****

Inter Parfums

         528

      161

*****

PH Glatfelter

         546

      160

*****

Source: Motley Fool CAPS as of Aug. 12.

More CAPS members think Procter & Gamble (aka, the maker of half the brands in your house, including Tide detergent), is a buy than any other five-star consumer non-durable goods stock. Do you think a different stock deserves to be the No. 1 buy? Make your thoughts known in CAPS by clicking here. Or just click through to do further research on one of these popular stocks.

Anand Chokkavelu doesn't own shares of any company mentioned. Clorox, Kimberly-Clark, and Procter & Gamble are Motley Fool Income Investor recommendations. The Fool owns shares of and has written covered calls on Procter & Gamble. The Fool owns shares of Tupperware Brands. The Fool has a disclosure policy.