March 2023

Protein Drinks: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of Protein Drink rankings posted by key online experts, as of March 2023.

Summary

Between 6 Mar 2023 and 7 Mar 2023, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 82 Protein Drink endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

58 Protein Drinks were endorsed in total, only 14 made it into this month's ranking (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included).

As of 7 Mar 2023, Owyn Vegan Protein Shake takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed protein drink with 6 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 protein drink' this month. It is followed by Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake and Optimum Gold Standard Whey , with 4 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking protein drinks start at $14.02 (Owyn Vegan Protein Shake) and go up to $94.99 (Naked Whey). Median protein drink costs $39.90 (Ladder Plant Protein).
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At a glance - March 2023 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Protein Drink
MedicalNewsToday
Health.com
Insider
The Strategist
Good Housekeeping
Popular Science
TheManual
Eat This, Not That:
Verywell Fit
Healthline
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- $14
Owyn Vegan Protein Shake
This vegan protein powder provides 20g of plant-based protein, fiber, omega 3s, superfood greens blend, and probiotics. Gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free. No artificial colors/
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- $40
Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake
Organic, plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free with 20g of protein and 3g fiber. Low in sugar and MCT oil for natural energy & electrolytes for replenishment.
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- $41
Optimum Gold Standard Whey
24g of protein, 5.5g of BCAAs, 11g of EAAs per serving; supports muscle recovery; banned substance tested; great anytime formula; mixes easily with shaker or spoon.
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4
- $26
Orgain Clean Protein Shake
20g of clean grass fed milk protein, 2g dietary fiber, 130 calories per serving, gluten & soy free, non-GMO, carrageenan free and no artificial colors or flavors.
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5
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- $41
Iconic Protein Drink
20g grass fed protein, 0g sugar, 4g fiber & net carbs, 140 calories, lactose free, gluten free, non-GMO & kosher. Keto friendly with natural ingredients & no artificial sweet
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6
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6
- $32
Vega Sport Premium
Non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, keto-friendly protein powder with BCAAs & probiotics; 30g protein, 5g BCAAs & 6g carbs; no added sugars or artificial
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10
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- $29
Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes
20g plant-based protein, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, Non-GMO with no artificial flavors/sweeteners. 10g prebiotic fiber for digestive health. Good source of calcium
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- $51
Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake
Organic vegan plant based nutrition shake with 16g protein, 28 vitamins + minerals, gluten free and non-GMO. Great taste in vanilla, chocolate and plain flavors. Variety of formulas to meet caloric and nutritional needs
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- $33
Fairlife Core Power
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13
- $28
Ripple Vegan Protein Shakes
20g of nutritious plant-based pea protein, 30% daily iron, low calorie & sugar, shelf-stable and sustainable.
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7
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14
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Koia Protein Drink
18g plant-based protein, 4g sugar, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO and vegan; 170 calories per serving; perfect for on the go breakfast or post workout
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15
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Pirq Vegan Protein Shake
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- $31
Vital Collagen Powder
20g of collagen peptides per serving, sourced from grass-fed bovine with hyaluronic acid and vitamin C for improved hair, skin, nails, joints and bones. Gluten & dairy free.
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Gainful Whey Protein
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Sorted by price:

Position in ranking Price Protein Drink
#1 $14.02 Owyn Vegan Protein Shake [buy] [more info]
#4 $26.43 Orgain Clean Protein Shake [buy] [more info]
#13 $27.89 Ripple Vegan Protein Shakes [buy] [more info]
#7 $28.99 Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes [buy] [more info]
#16 $31 Vital Collagen Powder [buy] [more info]
#6 $31.83 Vega Sport Premium [buy] [more info]
#12 $32.89 Fairlife Core Power [buy] [more info]
#2 $39.99 Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake [buy] [more info]
#5 $40.88 Iconic Protein Drink [buy] [more info]
#3 $41.39 Optimum Gold Standard Whey [buy] [more info]
#11 $51 Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake [buy] [more info]

We ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake #1 in March 2023 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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
has sugar
unsuitable for people who have sunflower oil allergy

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Health.com

Best Overall

Pros
Gets its 20 grams of protein from pea protein, pumpkin seed protein, and contains iron, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
It’s free of the top 9 allergens, certified vegan and certified gluten-free, making it a good choice for people with common food allergies or intolerances.

Cons
It contains monk fruit extract for a sweetener which some people may prefer to avoid.
It also contains a greens powder, which may interact with certain medications such as blood thinners.
It’s low in carbohydrates, which are your body’s main energy source.

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Good Housekeeping

Best Protein Shake Overall

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TheManual

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Eat This, Not That:

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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 March 2023 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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Good Housekeeping

Best Low-carb Protein Shake

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TheManual

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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 March 2023 ranking

We ranked Optimum Gold Standard Whey #3 in March 2023 because:

  • 4 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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Healthline

Best protein powder for teens

Pros
variety of flavors and sizes to choose from
Informed Sport certified
blends easily

Cons
some flavors may be too sweet
can become clumpy when mixed with hot liquids
not suitable for those who prefer dairy-free products

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We ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake #4 in March 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake as #1.
Critic endorsements:
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
does not suit vegans
contains sugar
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 Iconic Protein Drink #5 in March 2023 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 for Diabetes

Pros
delicious lactose-free option made from grass-fed milk, and contain 20 grams of protein and 40 percent of your daily calcium needs with no added sugars.

Cons
They contain monk fruit extract and stevia as sweeteners.
One flavor contains a greens powder, which may interact with certain medications.

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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 March 2023 because:

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

Cons
may not be suitable for those with severe food allergies

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We ranked Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes #7 in March 2023 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 Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake #8 in March 2023 because:

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

Best Meal Replacement

Pros
contains a balanced blend of protein, carbohydrates, and fat, and more calories than most protein shakes with no artificial or high intensity sweeteners.
It’s also gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly.

Cons
It contains 18 grams of added sugar.
It also contains a phytonutrient blend that may include ingredients that could interact with certain medications.

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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 Fairlife Core Power #9 in March 2023 because:

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

Best High Protein

Pros
It contains 26 grams of protein from milk and contains 50 percent of your daily calcium needs.

Cons
It contains three added sweeteners—stevia, monk fruit extract, and acesulfame-K.
It’s also lower in fiber than some other options, with 2 grams per serving.

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We ranked Ripple Vegan Protein Shakes #10 in March 2023 because:

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

Best Calcium-Rich Vegan

Pros
contain 20 grams of plant-based protein from peas and are an excellent source of calcium.
It’s also allergen-friendly.

Cons
It contains monk fruit extract, a high intensity sweetener some people may choose to avoid.
It’s also lower in fiber than some other options, with just 2 grams per serving.

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TheManual

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We ranked Koia Protein Drink #11 in March 2023 because:

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

Best Plant-based Protein Shake

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We ranked Pirq Vegan Protein Shake #12 in March 2023 because:

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

Best Low-calorie Protein Shake

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TheManual

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We ranked Vital Collagen Powder #13 in March 2023 because:

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

Best collagen protein powder

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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

Cons
relatively expensive
may not dissolve well in cold liquids

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We ranked Gainful Whey Protein #14 in March 2023 because:

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

Best Subscription Service

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Healthline

Best personalized protein powder

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

Cons
more expensive than other protein powders

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