Review: This affordable shaker cup by Rubbermaid is a great choice for everyday gym rats. You can use it and abuse it and it will always be there for you.
It is made with Tritan technology which prevents odor and bacteria growth, it has a little rubber hook to carry it when your hands are full, and the little screw-on lid prevents messes, unlike snap-on caps with can unsnap and the most inopportune times.
Resistant to odors and other funk thanks to Tritan technology.
Screw on pour spout lid truly prevents leaks.
The internal shaker ball is not great.
This shaker bottle is easy to clean, does not collect funky odors and stays secure when you screw it shut.
Review: The Thermos shaker bottle introduces a new way to deliver shaken protein drinks that prevents them from spilling or leaking in your car or gym bag.
After you prepare and shake your drink, you must first flip the clear spout cover. Then you push down on the button to release your drink. This double protection makes it so your drink will not leak all over.
BPA free and made with Tritan anti-microbial technology so its odor-free.
Stationary plastic mixer is removable and quiet.
Spout stays sealed and does not leak since there are two steps you need to take to release your drink.
The stickers on this bottle are challenging to completely remove.
This shaker bottle has a novel spill proof, leak proof drinking spout, and the stationary shaker is quiet as you mix.
Review: The Huracan shaker bottle has a lot going for it. For one, it keeps your drinks super cold for a long time. Second, the mixer is fixed, so it does not make noise, and is removable, in case you don’t need it that day.
While the spout cover is easy to open, it can pop open unexpectedly when the cup is jostled.
Review: This simple mixer has a novel JAX shaped agitator mixer.
Unique style mixer, convo piece for sure.
Cup includes the removable handle.
Claims to be able to mix baby formula, plus it is pretty easy to clean.
Since it is not clear, it is hard to measure water and see if there are lumps.
Novel shaker, fun and available with different sayings on them.
Quick Guide: How to Choose the Best Protein Shaker?
Manual or Battery Operated?
We think the best shaker bottle for protein is a manual bottle. But the opinion is split. Many athletes like the battery-operated blender.
OK, we will tell you why we like manual shakers.
‘Cuz the battery never runs out on a manually operated shaker – that’s why!
You have enough on your mind on the way to the gym, do you really want to stress about whether or not your protein shaker cup is charged?
Well, if you like the battery-operated models; we reviewed several, so keep reading.
Always check out the size capacity of the shaker bottle to make sure your favorite drink fits.
The best shaker bottle for protein is one that is the right size for your preferred protein drink. Preferably it holds several more ounces than your drink size, because you need room for the powder, and room for the shaky-shaky mixing part.
Don’t do this:
DON’T Buy a 17 ounce shaker for a 16 oz drink. You will have powder everywhere, or clumps because the shaker could not mix because there was not enough “shake margin” in the cup.
Alright, the truth is this:
A really wide cup won’t fit in your car’s cup holder. If that is important to you, get a slim cup.
We will say this:
A wider cup is more stable and less likely to tip. If that is important, go for a cup with a wider base.
Look for cups that are BPA free and made from a material that will not break. If a shaker has metal parts, they MUST be stainless steel. Medical grade silicone seals are nice, as are rubberized grips on the shaker.
Now that you know how to choose the right protein shaker bottle for you, let’s talk about what to put into your shaker bottle.
What are the Best Tasting Protein Powders?
Nothing is worse than having to choke down an awful tasting protein powder in the name of health and fitness. But you also don’t want a protein powder so full of sugar you risk weight gain and put your health on the line.
ON Nutrition Whey and EAS Whey are two of the best protein powders out there, in terms of taste.
ON Nutrition, EAS, Muscle pharm, True Nutrition, Ascent, Muscle Milk, Animal, NOW Foods and BSN are some of the best protein powder brands I know of. If you want to see my full list of the best protein powder brands, click here.
Should I Drink a Shake, or Eat Real Food? Is it OK to Replace a Meal with a Protein Shake?
A protein shake is not designed to replace a meal, it’s a supplement, and should be treated as such.
While you may get away with drinking a shake in place of a meal every once in a while, it’s best to not make it a habit because you need the nutrition and micronutrients real, whole food has.
If you want to read more on the subject, see here.
Shaker Bottle FAQs
What is the Point of a Shaker Bottle?
Why use a shaker bottle instead of just any old water bottle for your protein shake?
While a water bottle will work, it’s not ideal. Shaker bottles are designed with a mixing mechanism.
Either a steel whisk, shaker ball or some other device designed to break up clumps of powder and create a smooth drink quickly.
Do You Need a Shaker Bottle for Protein?
Shaker bottles are not a requirement if you want to drink a protein shake, but they sure are handy.
A shaker bottle allows you to take your shake on the go, because they are sealed and have a drink spout to prevent spills and leaks.
Shaker bottles are easier to use and clean than a traditional blender too. A traditional blender is heavy, takes up space on the counter and is a pain in the butt to clean out.
Most shaker bottles are dishwasher safe and you can simply load it into the dishwasher and be done.
Why do Shaker Bottles Smell?
Protein shakes are usually made from whey protein, which is a milk-derived product. If you know how bad sour milk smells, then you can get a good idea of why a shaker bottle will start to stink after only a few hours.
BPA free plastics, which many shaker bottles are made from, are especially prone to soak up odor.
To keep the smell away wash the shaker as soon as possible, and if you can’t wash it, at least give it a good rinse until you can get home and wash it well.
If even rinsing is not an option, at least keep the flip-top cap open to slow the stink and allow air to circulate.
How do You Clean a Shaker Bottle?
Most shaker bottles are dishwasher safe. Simply rise and load into the dishwasher. You can also wash them with ordinary dish soap.
If your shaker bottle has taken on a foul odor, there are a few things you can do.
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