November 2022

Protein Drinks: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Protein Drink rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 5 Nov 2022, Owyn Vegan Protein Shake takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed protein drink with 6 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 protein drink' this month. It is followed by Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake and Orgain Clean Protein Shake , with 4 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Protein Drink
Health.com
Insider
Healthline
TheManual
Eat This, Not That:
MedicalNewsToday
Good Housekeeping
The Strategist
Verywell Fit
Popular Science
1
- $16
Owyn Vegan Protein Shake
6
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-
3
3
3
1
-
1
-
2
- $40
Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake
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2
-
1
-
-
2
-
4
-
3
+1 $30
Orgain Clean Protein Shake
7
-
-
-
1
4
-
-
5
-
4
-1 $42
Optimum Gold Standard Whey
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5
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
1
5
- $40
Iconic Protein Drink
3
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
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6
- $48
Vega Sport Premium
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-
13
-
-
-
-
9
6
-
7
- $26
Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes
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-
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4
-
-
-
-
3
-
12
- $26
Now Sports Pea Protein
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
-
13
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Koia Protein Drink
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-
-
-
7
-
3
-
-
-
14
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Pirq Vegan Protein Shake
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-
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6
-
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4
-
-
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15
- $17
Vital Collagen Powder
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6
-
-
-
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6
-
-
16
- $51
Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
17
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Gainful Whey Protein
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15
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-
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5
-
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-

We ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best for Food Sensitivities

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TheManual

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MedicalNewsToday

Best vegan option

Pros
includes omega-3 fatty acids
contains added vitamins and minerals
suitable for vegans
provides 30% of a person’s daily iron

Cons
contains relatively high amounts of sodium
unsuitable for people who have sunflower oil allergy

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Good Housekeeping

Best Protein Shake Overall

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Verywell Fit

Best Overall

Pros
Vegan and free from major allergens
Contains 5 grams of fiber and all essential amino acids
Contains omega-3 fats, iron, potassium, calcium

Cons
Fiber content may cause GI upset if used before exercise
Low in non-fiber carbohydrates

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We ranked Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Insider

The best vegan protein shake

Pros
Vegan
contains MCT oil, pea and brown rice protein
no artificial ingredients
mild flavor
sweetened with coconut sugar
soy-free

Cons
Only 18 grams of protein per serving
expensive

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TheManual

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Good Housekeeping

Best Low-carb Protein Shake

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Verywell Fit

Best Coconut Base

Pros
Creamy base
Suitable for vegans
No artificial sweeteners

Cons
Expensive and low in non-fiber carbohydrates
Not suitable for those with tree nut allergies

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Protein Drinks.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Protein Drinks, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best Low-Calorie

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MedicalNewsToday

Best high in calcium

Pros
more affordable than many brands
gluten- and soy-free
may be suitable for muscle recovery

Cons
limited flavor range
unsuitable for vegans
contains a high amount of sodium per serving

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Verywell Fit

Best High Calcium

Pros
Contains 45% of the daily value for calcium
No artificial sweeteners
No preservatives

Cons
Contains milk, a major allergen
Low in non-fiber carbohydrates

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We ranked Optimum Gold Standard Whey #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Optimum Gold Standard Whey as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Insider

The best tasting protein shake

Pros
Tastes great
works well as an afternoon snack and meal replacement
24g whey concentrate protein
only 150 calories per serving
the company takes impressive precautions to maintain the purity

Cons
Contains sucralose
carrageenan, and a few hard-to-understand ingredients

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The Strategist

Best chocolate-flavored whey protein powder

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Popular Science

Best for beginners

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We ranked Iconic Protein Drink #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Iconic Protein Drink as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best Sugar-Free

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Insider

The best overall protein shake

Pros
5 flavors to choose from
no artificial ingredients
made with grass-fed milk protein isolate
20g protein per serving

Cons
Not enough calories to be a meal replacement

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We ranked Vega Sport Premium #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best plant-based protein powder for athletes

Pros
NSF Certified for Sport, contains probiotics and tart cherry, free of gluten and added sugar, certified vegan

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The Strategist

Best plant-based protein powder for competitive athletes

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Verywell Fit

Best for Athletes

Pros
NSF Certified for Sport
Vegan and contains a higher amount of protein
Contains tart cherry and turmeric for recovery

Cons
Powder form must be mixed into liquid
Low in non-fiber carbohydrates

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We ranked Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TheManual

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Verywell Fit

Best Vegan

Pros
Suitable for vegans
Contains vitamin B12, zinc, and iron

Cons
Low in non-fiber carbohydrates
10 grams of fiber may cause digestive discomfort

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We ranked Now Sports Pea Protein #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best Protein Powder

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The Strategist

Best overall plant-based protein powder

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We ranked Koia Protein Drink #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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Good Housekeeping

Best Plant-based Protein Shake

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We ranked Pirq Vegan Protein Shake #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TheManual

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Good Housekeeping

Best Low-calorie Protein Shake

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We ranked Vital Collagen Powder #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best collagen protein powder

Pros
tested by an independent lab, sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows, non-GMO, free of dairy, gluten, and added sugar

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The Strategist

Best collagen protein powder

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We ranked Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best Meal Replacement

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Verywell Fit

Best Organic

Pros
Higher carb for post workout
Phytonutrient blend and 5 grams of fiber
Vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free

Cons
Slightly lower in protein than other options

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We ranked Gainful Whey Protein #13 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Healthline

Best personalized protein powder

Pros
creates customized protein blend using online quiz, multiple Flavor Boosts available, subscription includes personalized nutrition advice

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Good Housekeeping

Best Subscription Service

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