The Best-Tasting Protein Powders For Men In 2018, Rated and Reviewed
Obviously, protein powder is a godsend and one of the best solutions if you want quick and easy bursts of protein throughout the day.
But while protein powder is efficient and reliable, many powders taste awful, and if they don’t they’re often full of GARBAGE.
With protein powder being a daily part of my diet and probably your diet, there is literally no reason to be choking down a shitty tasting powder every day.
There’s some good options out there now!
I’m going to walk you through our top picks for powders that are delicious, BUT I’m not going to talk about any gimmicky, marketing-BS products.
Just like I’m not choking down a bad tasting powder every day, I’m not drinking a delicious but horribly-made and dangerous protein, either.
Rating The Top 4 Best Tasting Protein Powders
Whey Protein Powder
How Can You Choose the Best-Tasting Protein Powder?
People often look at the nutritional benefits and calorie content of protein powders before making a purchase. In fact, it’s where we always start, and it’s the non-negotiable aspect for us.
While this is essential, you could still end up with a supplement that you don’t drink because it tastes lousy. That’s a waste of money and it sucks.
Protein powders come in different flavors ranging from vanilla, chocolate, and cookie dough to orange, lemon, cake batter, peanut butter, and everything in between. Research is your best bet to see which flavors are hits or misses. Since flavor is such a personal preference, individual reviews are hard to trust.
What we like to do is start simple. To me, protein is not a luxury product I’m going to go out and spend a million hours trying to find a flavor that’s as complex as a teenage girl’s Starbucks order.
I don’t necessarily care for a fancy “french toast” flavor or something.
So, going the basic route like chocolate should be good.
HOWEVER, if you do want to try all these flavors, buy the smallest container first, to make sure you like it.
I once bought a 5 pound tub of ON in a flavor I hadn’t tried before and the next 2 months of downing that stuff SUCKED.
Go small first.
Types of Mixers
Most products mix well with water. Water doesn’t have any effect on the taste of the protein supplement. It’s a good option if you want to avoid the extra calories that come with other mixers.
Milk is another conventional mixer with numerous advantages. It has casein and whey (protein constituents), which play a significant role in muscle building and repair, and will make your formula a bit thicker. Given that milk adds more calories to the protein powder, it allows for quicker mass gaining.
However, milk has lactose (just like milk-based proteins), a compound that some people are allergic to. If you’re lactose-intolerant and drinking a plant-based protein or a beef protein, you might consider almond or soy milk. Typically, it has all the benefits of milk as a mixer.
Maybe don’t put a fruit flavored powder into milk, and if you want a super creamy rich experience, don’t waste it in water.
Sources of Protein
There are different types of protein-rich foods including beef, milk, chicken, eggs, and fish. They have high amounts of amino acids but also may be high in fat and calories. Those are a good option for mass gaining but aren’t optimal for someone trying to lose weight.
Another type of protein is vegetable protein, including foods such as soy, nuts, flax, rice, beans, and peas, among others. They have a relatively low amount of fat and are best for those who’d like to maintain or lose weight. Conversely, if you want to mass gain, vegetable protein may not be right for you. Vegetable protein could be the best option if you’re lactose- or gluten-intolerant.
Whichever protein source you choose, make sure that it provides 20 to 30 grams of protein per serving. Avoid those with high fat and carbs. Below 5 grams is acceptable.
Types of Protein
There are three major types of proteins: concentrates, isolates, and casein.
Isolates are created by separating protein (and also non-protein) components in order to “isolate” the desire protein. Whey isolate, is the most common isolate protein. It’s a high-quality protein with a lot of amino acids and plays a huge role in stimulating muscle protein synthesis. Whey isolate is fast-digesting, easily absorbed, and is suitable for use immediately after a workout to replenish muscles. Whey can also be a concentrate protein.
Concentrates “are a human or animal dietary supplement that has a very high protein content and is extracted or prepared from vegetable or animal matter.”
Casein is a milk protein and is skimmed off separated milk, then dehydrated and powdered. Casein is synthesized slowly and raises plasma amino acid content slowly compared to a concentrate protein.
Knowing what type of protein you’re looking for will help you when choosing a protein powder.
Advantages of Protein Powder Supplements
- Proteins help in the development of enzymes, nucleic acids, and immune components. If you’re working out hard, you may need more than an average daily protein dose to help your muscles repair themselves. Supplements fill that gap.
- Protein powder supplements take around 30 minutes to reach the muscles. Therefore, they deliver quicker muscle healing and development during and after workouts.
- They help reduce cholesterol and lipid levels in the body.
- Protein powders, particularly those with whey, help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases.
The 4 Best Casein Proteins (Reviews Below)
Whey Protein Powder
Ratings & Reviews Of The Our Picks
So, what are your options for the best-quality AND best-tasting protein powder?
You’ve probably heard of ON Whey, right?
It’s got twenty-four grams of whey protein, 5.5 grams of natural BCAAs, and 4 grams of natural glutamine in every serving. It’s legit, it’s well made, it’s trusted, it mixes well.
It’s the best value and quality option out there, basically.
In terms of flavors, it’s got A TON of flavors. Like, 20 or something crazy on Amazon.
Everything from cake batter (wtf?) to french vanilla to strawberry banana.
However, just because there’s so many, doesn’t mean they’re all delish.
In fact, I had a sad day one day when I bought Extreme Milk Chocolate instead of Double Rich Chocolate. It was just sooo much difference and I was not a fan.
So, our favorites here are the Double Rich Choclate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and Vanilla Ice Cream. These not only taste great but also blend easily in a variety of mixers. But definitely try them all! Just make sure you buy a small tub before committing to a huge one in case you don’t like it.
Quest has a cult-like following. They’re all about eating right and fueling your body efficiently, which means low carbs, high quality ingredients, and a commitment to change the lives of it’s customers.
This whey-based protein powders deliver 20+ grams of pure, low-carb, low-sugar protein per serving. Made with protein isolates, rather than concentrates, all flavors of Quest Protein Powders provide a quick release of protein to muscles, along with nine essential amino acids. They mix easily with water and are even more flavorful when blended with your favorite milk or milk substitute.
Exceedingly popular, these are low-cal, soy- and gluten-free, and come in a huge variety of creamy, unique flavors.
Our favorites include salted caramel, banana cream, peanut butter, and cinnamon crunch.
This powder is a blend of non-GMO, certified vegan ingredients including sacha inchi, vegetables such as peas, broccoli, and spinach, brown rice, and hemp protein. All flavors are gluten-free and also free of artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
They deliver at least 20 grams of whole-food, plant-based protein per serving.
So, it’s a plant based protein, and it packs a punch.
We wanted to include this one on the list, because while it’s not for everyone, people who are lactose intolerant, or who are vegetarian or vegan can still get a pretty awesome protein powder and the greens benefits, too, and it doesn’t taste like total crap, like many of the other natural options.
Vega Protein & Greens powder comes in six flavors, but our favorites were vanilla, chocolate, and coconut almond. They’ve also got unflavored (or “Natural”), which is useful if you like to make your own shakes and want a plain base.
This stuff is cold processed from milk sourced from small US dairy farms that don’t use growth hormones.
And it contains only three ingredients: 100% grass fed pure whey protein, a natural flavor (strawberry, cacao, or vanilla), and organic coconut sugar.
Literally nothing else. No additives such as artificial sweeteners or colors. GMO-free, soy- and gluten-free, and is a great source of amino acids and glutathione.
It blends well with everything from milk and milk substitutes to coconut water, fruit juices, and fruits and vegetables in smoothies.
All the flavors are great, actually, and with only three, you can’t go wrong.
These are all amazing in their own way (otherwise we wouldn’t have included them). And we stick by our rankings (ON being the best overall including value, taste, etc.)
However, for straight up flavor, and because it makes AMAZING baked goods, the taste-test winner is…
Creamy, rich, and literally tastes like you’re eating a naughty dessert, when really you’re just fueling your muscle growth. Awesome, right?
It’s a solid product, we love the brand, and man does it taste good.