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If intense workouts are a staple part of your weekly routine, a great-tasting protein powder definitely deserves a place in your diet. From helping you build muscle mass to improving workout recovery, a tub of protein powder is a convenient way to give your body a complete amino acid profile.
While whey and casein protein powders – the most popular and common protein supplements – are milk-based products, there are also a number of plant-based protein powders on the market, including hemp protein, rice protein, and soy protein, which are ideal for those who follow a vegan diet or deal with lactose intolerance.
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The benefit of a complete amino acid profile in one scoop is great, but sometimes it seems that the all-important taste factor is left out. Some protein powders will create a shake that makes you want to gag. However, there are just as many options that make consuming a protein source an enjoyable and delicious experience.
To ensure you get nothing but the best, we tried a bunch of protein powders ourselves and combed through reviews to give you a list of the best-tasting protein powders on the market.
What to Mix With Your Protein Powder
Water: This will be your most common mixer because it’s easiest to find at home or in a gym. Water also won’t change the flavor profile of your protein powder. If you want to avoid extra calories in your protein shake, this is also the top choice.
Milk: If you’re aiming for a thicker, creamier protein shake, then milk is your go-to. Beware that your shake will feel a little heavier as well. Mixing with milk will also punch up the calories in your shake and give you even more protein. Milk gives you a blend of whey and casein properties that can aid in muscle recovery and muscle-building, especially if you’re interested in adding mass.
Smoothie: Fill up your body with protein and tackle some of your essential fruit and veggie servings for the day by adding your protein powder to a smoothie.
Dairy-Free Milk Alternatives (oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, etc): If you want the benefits of the milk but need to avoid the lactose in dairy products, this is an option for you.
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13 Best-Tasting Protein Powders
Best for Sports Recovery
Vital Proteins Performance Whey Protein Powder
This powder combines 25 grams of quality protein per serving with collagen peptides, to help you not only build and repair damaged muscle but promote bone, joint, and tendon health. Best of all, this protein comes in four unique flavors – chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and cold brew coffee – and you can rest assured that, no matter which one you pick, you’ll enjoy its smooth, delicious taste. Each one contains just five grams of added sugar, which gives the flavors a boost without making them too sweet.
Promising review: “I like it because I can’t taste the protein in it like other shakes and bars. The taste of protein makes me gag and this does not do that. It tastes like strawberry milk to me so if you like that then it’s perfect for you.” – Robi Cox
$29.99 (21 servings) at Amazon.com
Ritual Essential Protein
Sourced from pea proteins, with simple, wholesome, organic ingredients, this vanilla protein powder, from beloved vitamin brand Ritual, is every bit as nutritious as it is delicious. Fermented sugarcane, monk fruit, and handcrafted vanilla provide the top tastes, but there’s a hint of caramel and spice that really elevates each sip as well. With 20 grams of protein per serving, this vegan protein powder is formulated to not only keep you full and help you build lean muscle, but boost your brain and bone health as well.
Promising review: “The fact that it tastes great with water alone is a seller for me!! Best protein I’ve tried!” – marlissatutaj
$40 (15 servings) at Ritual.com
Tastes Like a Milkshake
NF Sports Nutriwhey
NF Sports makes this whey powder taste almost like a milkshake, but consider it a dessert made of natural flavors with 23 grams of tasty protein and stevia and organic cocoa powder thrown in to sweeten the deal. This protein powder mixes well considering the flavor chunks inside and it is equally as good with water if you’re not down for a thick shake.
Promising review: “Delicious! it so quick & easy to mix with any liquids; taste so good – feel satisfying. Thanks.” SM
$34.99 (23 servings) at Amazon.com
Most Original Flavor
Obvi Super Collagen Protein
Obvi’s Super Collagen Protein lives up to its hype, packing biotin, collagen, and protein into each serving of – get this – marshmallow cereal-flavored goodness. The protein content is on the low end (9 grams per serving), but if you’re not looking to get swole but prefer to train for a healthy lifestyle, you’ll appreciate the added nutrients this super protein packs in. And, trust us, the taste is second to none.
Promising review: ” My honest opinion on it is that it tastes…. AMAZING!!! Flavor is very reminiscent of either the milk leftover after Lucky Charms or the taste of rice crispy treats… I have been taking this product for two weeks and the effects have been starting to show. It has been curbing my appetite while the flavor makes it seem like a nice afternoon snack/cheat meal… Highly recommend! Will be purchasing several of the other flavors now that I know what to expect from this brand.” – Laney
$39.99 (30 servings) at Amazon.com
Pea Protein Powder
Sunwarrior Warrior Blend Organic Protein Powder
The key thing here is that reviewers found that Sunwarrior didn’t suffer from the chalky and chunky qualities that tend to hamper plant-based protein powders. It can be a little thick and the blend of pea and hemp proteins can leave it tasting earthy so it’s a good idea to mix this powder in a blender to smooth it out. But note that this vanilla flavor protein powder offers a complete amino acid profile and 16 grams of protein intake per serving.
Promising review: “This is my second time buying this stuff, and it never ceases to please me. I love the mocha flavor I just got, and look forward to trying berry & vanilla later. I do notice too that the flavor has a slight hint of pea taste to it (especially when cooked/heated), however, it is overall about a 4/5! What I really like and respect most is the synergistic combination of ingredients; it truly is a ‘warrior blend.’” – Kenyon
$35.97 (30 servings) at Amazon.com
Best Meal Replacement Option
TrueFit Meal Replacement Protein Powder
If you’re looking for a high-quality meal-replacement shake, TrueFit has one of the best on the market. Its cold brew coffee flavor tastes delicious and is sourced from whole, organic ingredients such as grass-fed protein sources, organic fruits and vegetables, and a whole host of prebiotics and probiotics to support your gut health. Each serving contains 20 grams of protein, and yes, you will get a caffeine boost from this flavor, too – 100 mg to be precise.
Promising review: “I finally found a shake I actually enjoy drinking to the last drop! The last couple of shakes I have tried from other brands had that chalky aftertaste and I just could not wait to “get it over with”. And they gave me a full feeling but nothing more than that. But this coffee Truefit shake has won me over with flavor hands down AND has given me the energy boost I’ve been wanting so badly.” – Christen
$39.97 (20 servings) at Amazon.com
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No Carbs, No Problem
Isopure Low Carb Protein
After a workout you usually want both protein and carbs to help you refuel and repair your muscles. But if you’re on a low-carb movement like the Keto diet, for example, you’ll want to turn to a low-carb source. Isopure has zero grams of carbs per serving, it mixes well, and offers 25 grams of protein per scoop. The cons are that it does contain sucralose and soy and can be a bit sweet when mixed with milk.
Promising review: “This is my second order of this product and I opted for a larger canister this time because it is so good. I didn’t have high expectations, but this is really a very good-tasting product for zero net carbs. I highly recommend it for anyone on a low carb or ketogenic diet.” – April Steele
$44.99 (44 servings) at Amazon.com
MET-Rx Natural Whey
If you like chocolate, this whey protein powder is an easy and safe choice. Some protein powders need a flavor punch, which is a good reason to stir with milk, but MET-Rx offers a smooth flavor that isn’t overpowering or decadent and it mixes easily in just 8 ounces of water with a spoon. One scoop gives you 25 grams of protein and 12 vitamins and minerals, too.
Promising review: “This is such a great-tasting protein powder. I’ve tried a few including plant-based among them. This one I’ve kept coming back to. It’s got a low sugar content and if mixed with done crushed ice and milk is a smooth very delicious shake.” – Jabbear
$59.99 (54 servings) at Amazon.com
Thick and Delicious
Quest Nutrition Chocolate Milkshake
This powder, containing 22 grams of protein per serving, is meant to be mixed with other flavors, so try stirring it up with milk, add it to a smoothie, or make your own protein pancakes. It does offer a blend of whey and casein powder, which can explain the thickness. If you’re looking for a powder to experiment with meals, this one is it.
Promising review: “…This protein powder is the best tasting I’ve tried! My favorite flavor is the chocolate because to me it tastes like melted chocolate ice cream… This is easy to digest does not cause stomach distress and I can drink one in the morning and go all the way till lunch at work before I need to eat again… I highly recommend the stuff!” – Amazon customer
$42.94 (45 servings) at Amazon.com
Less Is More
Less Naked Whey
Naked is what it says it is – just protein (25 grams per serving). This powder doesn’t come with a punch of added flavor but it does include organic chocolate and coconut sugar which create a pleasant natural chocolate flavor. The cold-pressed, grass-fed powder mixes easily and it is an easy powder to add additional ingredients to like peanut or almond butter.
Promising review: “I had this a long time ago and I really forgot how good this product was. I had it again after a long time and it’s amazing. Usually shakes tend to be overly sweet or have that artificial sweetness. Not this, it’s great tasting with a hint of sweetness and goes really well with coffee. It’s also easy on the stomach. Love it!” – Syed
$89.99 (60 servings) at Amazon.com
Transparent Labs Grass-Fed Whey Protein
The main ingredient here is whey protein isolate with a heavy amount of protein per serving at 28 grams. This grass-fed whey is sourced from cows in New Zealand and sweetened naturally with Stevia. It mixes easily with water and offers a smooth and consistent texture with high-quality protein.
Promising review: “Great taste and consistency. I like the limited amount of ingredients and that there are nutrient facts on the bottle instead of supplement facts.” – Nicole G.
$59 (30 servings) at TransparentLabs.com
The Power of Greens
Vega Protein & Greens
You likely want a dairy-free product if you landed on this vegan protein powder. This multisource plant-based blend with 20 grams of protein per serving can be tough to mix, however adding it to a smoothie or stirring it and adding a banana or avocado to the mix can help with adding texture. Simply mixing this one with water is an acquired taste, the mixture can be a little bland and chalky at times.
Promising review: “Probably the best protein powder I’ve ever tried, and I’ve tried most, believe me. Great flavor and results. Assimilates quickly and no heavy or bloated feeling afterward. Of course, we are all different but I highly recommend it.” – Luis H. Maggio
$37.37 (25 servings) at Amazon.com
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein
Although we’re generally looking to avoid products with artificial flavor, ON’s protein powder (with 24 grams of protein per serving) is a top seller on Amazon for a reason: people love it. Featuring a protein blend that includes whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, and peptides, it is lauded for its mixability. It mixes well with water and milk via blended or shaker. The “double chocolate” flavor isn’t overwhelming, especially if you’re mixing with water.
Promising review: “I have tried a lot of protein powders and this is by far one of the best taste, ingredients, protein, and cost! I love the chocolate flavor but have not tried any of the others. I use it as a meal replacement for breakfast and as a supplement at dinner (just for the protein part of this meal)!” –Catlady9
$58.64 (74 servings) at Amazon.com
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