The Best Protein Powder Supplements of 2014
One of the most effective ways to improve the rate of fat loss and muscle gain, whichever your goal may be, is to use protein powder. Not only is it effective, but it is the easiest and most convenient way to hit your daily protein intake target.
Many studies over the years have demonstrated the importance of protein in the diet if you want to retain or build muscle.
If you are completely new to supplements and are just looking for some background information, you should first read about What Protein Powder Is (Types, Uses and Effectiveness).
In order to help the most people, there are three options I have to offer you to help you find the right product for you:
- Use the protein powder comparison chart below to sort the best products by things like type, price, and rating.
- Click here to skip to the Official Top 6 Protein Powder Rankings, which features more extensive information.
- If you are looking for a supplement for a specific situation or goal, check out one of the following resources:
The Ultimate Protein Powder Comparison Chart
The table below is a result of a lot of research, but it’s only part of it. Instead of overloading you with information, I have only included the highest rated and most effective supplements on the market. If you want to see a full list of products, refer to this complete table of powders.
Descriptions of each column are just below the table.
NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate 5 Whey Unflavored 25 1 $$ 4.6 Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard 5 Whey Many 23 3 $$ 4.5 Body Fortress Whey Protein Powder 2 Whey Vanilla 26 2 $$$ 4.4 Garden of Life Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein 1.37 Plant Vanilla 17 0 $$$ 4 Dymatize Nutrition Elite 4.5 Whey Many 21 4 $ 4 Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein 4 Casein Many 24 0 $$ 4.3
I’ve included the following 9 columns in the chart:
- Image : What the product looks like
- Brand and Name
- Size : How many pounds (lbs) per container
- Type : What proteins are included in the product (*Very important if you’re vegetarian)
- Flavor : Note that “many” means that there are several flavors, you can definitely find one you’ll like
- Protein Per Serving : How many grams are in a scoop of powder
- Net Carbs : Some lower quality products stuff a lot of sugar in to make it taste better. This column has the total carbs minus the dietary fiber
- Price : The prices will change over time in order to give you the best deal. However, I can give you an idea of the prices using symbols ( $ = about $10/pound, $$ = about $15/pound, $$$ = about $20/pound). If you click the name of the product you can find an exact price.
The Official Top 6 Protein Powder Rankings
The following 6 products are the best on the market.
Rankings were determined based on:
- Quality of product
- External user ratings
1. NOW Foods Whey Protein Isolate
NOW Foods is one of the most well-known supplement manufacturers. With decades of experience making protein supplements, pre-workouts, creatine monohydrate supplements and more, it’s safe to saw that NOW Foods knows what they are doing.
This is an extremely popular whey protein supplement that has a solid 25 grams of protein per scoop. It is also one of the very few unflavored powders that still tastes decent. It’s not a flashy product, but it’s extremely high quality, essentially pure protein (1g of carbs/scoop), that is reasonably priced.
2. Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard
Another whey protein product comes in at a close second. Optimum Nutrition is another giant of the supplement world that manufactures just about everything you can think of.
This protein mixes flawlessly and there are TONS of different flavors (more than 12!). It’s also made of pure whey protein and features 23 grams per scoop. If you’re looking for a safe product that you know you’ll enjoy, is high quality, and pretty cheap, this is your best option.
3. Body Fortress Whey Protein
If you think you recognize the Body Fortress brand from somewhere you probably do from Walmart. While you would think this would make it a cheap supplement, it’s actually one of the most expensive. However, the quality of the protein matches the price, and it’s one of the best whey supplements there is.
There are a whopping 26 grams of protein per scoop of this whey, with only 2 net carbohydrates. The most popular flavor is vanilla, and it mixes fairly well.
4. Optimum Nutrition 100% Casein Protein
The only casein protein to make this list is the second product by Optimum Nutrition. For those of you who need a quick refresher, casein is the slower absorbing type of protein found in milk with whey.
Just like its whey counterpart, this casein supplement comes in a ton of great flavors and mixes very well. Other than that, it’s a simple product made only of casein protein, and is decently priced, what more could you ask for?
5. Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein
If you’re looking for a protein source that is either vegetarian or vegan friendly, your best bet is this raw organic protein.
This supplement features raw organic sprouted protein, along with enzymes and live probiotics. All the protein comes from sprouts, so this means no soy or dairy. It is also certified organic by the USDA. While it’s a little pricy, you won’t find a higher quality and better tasting vegetarian or vegan product on the market.
6. Dymatize Nutrition Elite
Rounding out this list of the top 6 is Dymatize Nutrition Elite, which is a high quality whey supplement. Don’t discount it just because it’s at the bottom of this list, as all these products beat out dozens of other products. In fact, Dymatize is one of my personal favorites.
The main difference between this and the products above it on this list is that Dymatize has a bit less protein at 21 grams per serving, and a few more carbs at 4 grams per serving. If you’re having shakes after a workout usually, carbohydrates are beneficial, so it’s not a big deal. The biggest positive about this product is the price, which is a bit cheaper than any of the others.
Those are the best of the best protein powders on the market. If you would like to see even more options (lower rated of course), I’ll refer you to our complete table of protein supplements.