Looking for a Protein powder you look forward to drinking?
Want a protein powder that tastes like a dessert or treat after a hard workout?
Need a great tasting protein powder you don’t have to force yourself to quickly slam down because of the taste?
Well, my fellow protein powder chugging friend, I have here the protein powder Holy Grail:
The 21 best tasting protein powders out there in one handy list! TOP 21 Best Tasting Protein Powders 2021 BSN Syntha-6 Whey Protein Powder Review: This is the all-time, gainers favorite for a reason – it tastes GREAT. I have 21 protein powders on this list, but Syntha-6 is at the head of the pack.
If you need to gain, Syntha-6 makes stuffing the calories down from feeling like a chore. Try any of the Cold Stone Creamery flavors-they are off the hook!
Voted best-tasting protein powder for 2021, hands down!
Pros 22 g of protein and 200 calories in each serving. #1 Best taste – gainer approved. A gang of yummy flavors available-all great! Cons Takeaway
Number 1 best tasting protein powder for weight gain.
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Protein Powder Review: ON protein powder is another crowd hit in terms of flavor. You just can’t go wrong with Optimum nutrition protein powder.
The Vanilla and Vanilla ice cream are popular choices and they are both great because you can mix them with fruit or chocolate without a flavor clash.
Pros The favorite flavor of a good percentage of protein drink fans. A good tasting protein powder. 24 grams of protein in only 120 calories. Cons Double rich chocolate is not as yummy as other flavors. Takeaway
A really close second to Syntha 6, you can’t go wrong with any of their Vanilla flavors.
MusclePharm Combat Protein Powder Review: MusclePharm protein powder not only tastes great, it’s made from a blend of fast and slow digesting proteins for the best of both worlds. Pros 25 grams of protein-packed into just 130 calories. Award-winning taste – places 3rd here, Right? Reasonably priced. Cons Does not mix as smoothly as other protein powders. Takeaway
Great taste and better value than Syntha 6 or ON Protein powders.
Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Protein Powder Review: Make no mistake, Body Fortress is a gainer powder. It has a huge 30 grams of protein and 210 calories in each scoop.
Double the scoops and you are looking at a meal, calorie-wise.
The best things about this gainer protein powder is the taste, the second best thing is the price.
It costs less than a tub of protein powder from the big box stores.
Pros Great taste. Good price. 30 grams of protein and 210 calories in each serving. Cons Not low carb nor low fat – as I said, this is a gainer protein powder. Takeaway
Best flavor protein powder for hard gainers.
Kaged Muscle Premium Kasein Protein Powder Review: Kaged Muscle Kasein mixes smooth, goes down easy and tastes great.
Kaged Muscle Kasein thickens the liquid you mix it with, making it the PERFECT best tasting protein powder for smoothies and milkshake style protein drinks.
Pros Mixes easy and has a smooth texture. Perfect for smoothies and milkshakes. Cons This powder mixes thick, just so you know. NitroTech Power 100% Whey Protein Powder Review: This tasty gainer powder is a great drink for bulking up. It packs 30 grams of protein and 170 calories into each scoop, while still managing to taste good.
As is 30 grams of protein was not enough, this formula includes 3 grams of creatine per serving.
Pros Includes 3 grams of creatine in each serving. 30 grams of protein and 170 calories per scoop. Hard gainer approved. Cons Uses sucralose in the formula. Six Star Whey Isolate Plus Protein Powder Review: This really affordable shake has a whopping 30 grams of protein per scoop and tastes really good.
It mixes smooth and is not gritty like some others.
Pros Good price. High protein content per scoop – 30 grams. Taste good and mixes well in milk and smoothies. Cons Only 17 servings in one container. Takeaway
Tasty and inexpensive, what a deal.
Muscle Feast 100% Whey Protein Review: Muscle Feast manages to pull off a feat other protein powders cannot – it tastes good without using sugar or artificial sweeteners.
This stevia-sweetened protein powder mix tastes good with milk and plant-based milk, plus it blends well.
Pros Made using milk from grass-fed cows. No artificial sweeteners. Only 98 calories per scoop. Cons Since scoop is smaller, only has 19 grams of protein per scoop. Takeaway
No sugar or artificial sweeteners, a great tasting protein powder without added junk.
Muscle Milk Pro Series Protein Powder Review: Muscle milk is a tried and true brand that has been around for so long thanks in part to its delicious flavor.
It has 25 grams of protein and 155 calories per scoop and can be used for lean gains.
Pros 25 grams of protein and 155 calories per serving. Great value – really tasty. Added vitamins and minerals – good nutrition. Cons Takeaway
Yummy and nutritious protein powder.
Review: Try the Snickerdoodle! PEScience is famous for great taste and high nutrition. With flavors like Snickerdoodle cookie, frosted chocolate cupcake and chocolate peanut butter cup… Hello?!?!
You know it’s going to taste good!
PEScience not only excels in terms of taste, but their whey-casein blend is backed by science and each scoop delivers 24 grams of lean muscle-building protein.
Pros Fun, yummy flavors. 24 grams of protein and just 110 calories per serving. Less than 1 gram of carbs per serving…not bad PEScience! Cons Uses artificial sweeteners. Cellucor Whey Protein Isolate Review: Cellucor is a favorite in bodybuilding and weight lifting circles. Their C4 pre-workout, featured in this article of the best pre-workouts, is practically legendary and this Cellucor protein powder follows in those hefty footsteps.
Cellucor Whey is a legend in its own right, delivering 24 g of protein with just 120 calories per scoop, plus BCAAs, Digestive enzymes and did I mention, it tastes GREAT?
Pros Great deal – 70 servings per tub at a fair price. Tasty flavors like Cinnamon Swirl, Molten Chocolate & the Novel Peanut Butter Marshmallow. Uses a blend of fast and slow-digesting protein. Can be mixed with water and still taste OK. Cons Uses artificial sweeteners. Takeaway
Best tasting protein powder mixed with water, milk and plant milks.
Rivalus Rivalwhey Whey Protein Review: Rivalus makes a great tasting protein powder and is a good value because there are many servings per container.
They offer appealing flavors like cookies and crème and caramel popcorn that really satisfy.
Pros Uses an enzyme blend to aid digestion. 78 servings per container. Just 110 calories with 24 grams of lean muscle-building protein. Blend of fast and slow-digesting protein. Cons Uses Xanthan gum and artificial sweeteners. Takeaway
Great taste at a great price with only 2 carbs per serving.
Isopure Low Carb Protein Powder Review: Isopure is a great tasting pure isolate protein powder that is not too sweet like some others can be.
keto-friendly powder is available in low and ZERO carb versions, with great tasting flavors like apple pie and Columbian coffee. YUM! Pros Keto friendly! Low and NO carb options. Uses 100 percent fast-digesting whey protein isolate. Added vitamins and minerals. Cons Takeaway
Best tasting whey protein powder for Keto and Low carb diets.
Dymatize ISO 100 Whey Protein Powder Review: Another 100 percent pure quick digesting Whey protein isolate powder, this Dymatize ISO 100 protein powder tastes great!
Trust me, try the Birthday cake flavor, you will love it!
Orange creamsicle and Cinnamon bun are not bad either. It mixes well and as an isolate, is safe for lactose-intolerant folks.
Pros 100 percent pure fast-digesting Isolate. Lactose-free. 25 grams of protein and just 100 calories. Just one gram of carbs. Cons Uses Sucralose, with stevia to sweeten. Takeaway
A great tasting whey protein isolate that is low carb and fast acting.
Universal Nutrition Animal Whey Isolate Review: Universal Nutrition has been in the game for a long time and they have perfected their protein powder aimed at weight lifters and bodybuilders.
Their protein powder is a blend of isolate and concentrated whey which means it has fast and slow-acting proteins.
They have a ton of great flavors including salted caramel and brownie batter.
Pros Incorporates digestive enzymes into the blend. Uses both slow and fast-acting proteins in the mix. Low calorie – just 100 calories per scoop with ample 25 g of protein. Cons Uses artificial sweeteners and gums as ingredients. Takeaway
A classic protein powder – tastes great, even just mixed with water.
P2N Peak Performance Nutrition Whey Protein Review: P2N Performance whey protein is a gainer protein with 180 calories per serving and 38 grams of muscle bulking protein.
The one thing this protein powder does well is it mixes quickly and easily, so if you are running out the door with just a shaker bottle, this powder works.
It has a good flavor too, but some find it too sweet. If sweet is your thing you will really like this protein powder.
Pros 38 grams of protein and 180 calories per serving. Mixes smooth. Blend of fast and slow acting proteins. Cons Only 18 servings per container. Uses artificial sweeteners. Takeaway
Quick mixing, good tasting protein powder blend.
Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Advanced Protein Review: Made from the Myofusion Elite protein blend of 4 different proteins, this great-tasting protein delivers muscle building nutrition alongside great taste.
My favorite thing about this protein is that it is easy on the gut, which some others just aren’t, if you know what I am saying. It digests well, and the blend of 4 proteins is responsible for that.
Pros Easy to mix, can be used with water. Blend of 4 proteins – Myofusion Elite Blend. Tastes great. Try the vanilla flavor – it’s a favorite! Cons Contains gums, artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. Takeaway
Thick, quick blending easy to digest protein powder.
Review: PRO Jym is created with a 4 protein blend including isolate, egg white, casein, and milk protein.
It also tastes really good and has a gang of loyal fans because it performs and it’s tasty.
White chocolate raspberry or banana cream pie, take your pick, they are all great!
Pros Four protein blend. Fans say THIS is the best tasting protein powder available. Satisfying, leaves you feeling full. Cons You will pay a premium for the brand name. Takeaway
One of the best tasting protein powders on the market with a good mix of protein sources.
Muscle Milk Genuine Protein Powder Review: This is a classic protein powder made by the iconic brand, Muscle Milk. It is indeed food for your muscles, and as faithful fans can attest, it tastes awesome too!
Muscle milk is DEFINITELY in the gainer category of protein powders with 280 calories and 32 grams of protein per serving, so skinny dudes – drink up!
This one’s for you!
Pros Solid gainer protein. 280 calories per serving. Smooth mixing. Cons Only 32 servings per tub. Takeaway
A classic for a reason, helps you gain weight and tastes good too.
Kaizen Performance Series Whey Isolate Review: This pure whey isolate powder tastes great, is made from the milk of happy, grass-fed New Zealand cows, and uses all-natural ingredients like Dutch cocoa, Stevia, and natural flavors.
Real cocoa, seriously? I love it!
Pros Made from the milk of grass-fed New Zealand cows. Includes 25 grams of protein and just 110 calories. 100 percent pure Isolate. Cons While all other ingredients are natural, it uses Xanthan gum. Takeaway
Pure isolate, natural ingredients, great taste, what’s not to love about this protein powder?
Myprotein Impact Whey Protein Blend Review: This high quality, delicious protein powder contains only 5 ingredients and none of the gut wrenching gums and chemicals found in other protein powders. Pros High-quality Labdoor verified protein and ingredients content. Low calorie, just 98 calories per serving. Tastes great. Cons Sweetened with Sucralose. Takeaway
Great taste, low calorie protein powder.
Quick Guide to the Best Tasting Protein Powders
It’s What is on the Inside That Counts!
When it comes to the best tasting protein powder be sure and check the ingredients.
The most important ingredient – The Protein Sources
But for the Cliff Notes edition of protein sources here goes:
Whey Protein Isolate
Isolate by definition, is the protein isolated.
They take the whey and remove all other substances leaving just the protein. This protein is about 95 percent pure.
Whey Protein Concentrate
Whey concentrate is whey with most other substances filtered out, leaving the protein.
What’s the difference between isolate and concentrate, we, the concentrate is
less pure than isolate, at about 75 to 85 percent protein. Whey vs Casein Protein
We did a
full write up on Whey vs Casein protein right here, so take a look.
But basically, Whey breaks down at a slower rate than Casein. Casein is considered fast-acting, whereas whey takes more time to digest.
Egg White as a Protein Source in Powders
Egg whites are high protein, low carbs, low calories and are sometimes used in protein powders aimed at weight loss.
What’s the Deal with BCAAs
When you workout, BCAAs, or
Branched Chain Amino Acids in your blood decrease.
Levels of tryptophan, go up. If you have ever feasted on turkey for Thanksgiving day and felt super sleepy afterward, that’s because turkey is rich in tryptophan.
So if a drop of BCAAs causes a spike in tryptophan, you are going to need a nap.
BCAAs have also been shown to decrease muscle soreness and promote muscle growth.
To Creatine or Not to Creatine?
A few protein powders have added creatine.
I have to be honest I am a HUGE fan of creatine. I love it so much I wrote this in-depth report and all the numerous, scientifically proven,
benefits of supplementing with creatine here.
Creatine has these benefits: Helps build lean muscle mass Helps your body recover and produce ATP faster (think recovery between sets) Reduces depression Reduces fatigue after a poor night’s sleep Increases strength, allowing you to lift more
I would highly recommend supplementing with creatine or using a protein powder with added creatine.
I know most protein powders don’t add much, but even just 3 grams a day is enough because your body can only use a few grams a day anyways.
Best Tasting Protein Powder FAQs What are the Most Popular Protein Powders?
My personal favorite protein powder brands are Optimum Nutrition, Dymatize, MusclePharm, Muscle Milk, BSN, and Gaspari.
I wrote this article on the
best protein powder brands so check it out! What is the Best Tasting Protein Powder for Weight Loss?
I vote for
PEScience Select Protein.
It’s just 110 calories and less than 1 gram of carbs per servings. It tastes great and includes both fast-digesting casein and slow-digesting whey that helps you feel full longer.
Try the Snickerdoodle flavor and thank me later. It is seriously delish, and diet or keto-friendly!
Which Protein Powder Tastes Best with Water? Universal Nutrition Animal Whey Isolate & Gaspari Nutrition Myofusion Advanced Protein are both good choices.
Both mix smooth and actually taste good mixed with just water.
Which Protein Powder Dissolves Best? Kaged Muscle Premium Kasein Protein Powder is made from fast-acting Casein powder and has a surprisingly smooth, almost velvety texture right out of the rub you will notice the difference.
It dissolves well in any liquid and does not have the gritty texture some protein powders have.
What is the Best Protein Powder for Women?
FitMiss Delight Protein Powder is one of my favorite. I love that it includes digestive enzymes and a super blend of superfoods like flax, blackberry, African mango, and pomegranate.
Looking for more great-tasting protein powder for women?
this specially curated list just for you gals out there. Which Protein Powder is Best for Smoothies?
I really like
Kaged Muscle Premium Kasein Protein Powder mixed with smoothies because it makes the drink a little thicker. If you like your smoothies with some substance, this is the powder for you. When is the Best Time to Take a Protein Shake?
People take protein powders at all different times. Some use than as a meal replacement, most often for breakfast or lunch replacement.
Some athletes like to take them for recovery after a hard workout.
Some even like to drink them before hitting the gym.
I even know guys, especially those trying to GAIN weight, who take them as a bedtime snack.
There really is no wrong time, but it all depends on your goal. For a complete answer to this question see our article on
the BEST time to drink your shake. Is Whey Protein Good for You?
Yes, it is an inexpensive way to get your protein in. But beware, cheap protein powder has been known to cause digestive issues.
To learn more see this write up on the
side effects of whey protein and stay informed. Love all things fitness-related?
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