September 2021

Protein Drinks: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Protein Drink rankings posted by key online experts, as of September 2021.

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Protein Drink
Health
Insider
TheManual
Eat This, Not That:
Verywell Fit
MedicalNewsToday
Good Housekeeping
Lose Weight by Eating
Popular Science
Healthline
1
- $22
Owyn Vegan Protein Shake
6
-
3
3
1
3
1
-
-
-
2
- $40
Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake
-
2
1
-
4
-
2
-
-
-
3
+1 $38
Iconic Protein Drink
3
1
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
4
New * $29
Optimum Gold Standard Whey
-
5
-
-
-
5
-
-
1
-
5
-2 $112
Koia Protein Drink
-
-
-
7
5
-
3
-
-
-
6
+1 $27
Orgain Clean Protein Shake
7
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
New * $11
Pirq Vegan Protein Shake
-
-
6
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
8
+3 Check price
KOS Vegan Protein Powder
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
5
-
9
New * $24
Evolve Protein Shakes
-
-
4
-
8
-
-
-
-
-

We ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake #1 in September 2021 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

Best for Food Sensitivities

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TheManual

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Eat This, Not That:

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Verywell Fit

Best Overall

Pros
Suitable for consumers with dietary restrictions
Just 4 grams of added sugar per serving

Cons
Expensive

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MedicalNewsToday

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Good Housekeeping

Best Protein Shake Overall

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We ranked Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake #2 in September 2021 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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Verywell Fit

Best Dairy-Free

Pros
Only 5 grams of added sugar per serving

Cons
Higher in saturated fat than other options on this list

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Good Housekeeping

Best Low-carb Protein Shake

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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 September 2021 ranking

We ranked Iconic Protein Drink #3 in September 2021 because:

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

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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Verywell Fit

Best for Athletes

Pros
No added sugars
Highly bioavailable whey and casein protein

Cons
Expensive

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We ranked Optimum Gold Standard Whey #4 in September 2021 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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MedicalNewsToday

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Popular Science

Best protein powder for beginners

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We ranked Koia Protein Drink #5 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Eat This, Not That:

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Verywell Fit

Best Gluten-Free

Pros
Just 4 grams of added sugar per serving
Good source of iron

Cons
Needs to be stored in the refrigerator

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Good Housekeeping

Best Plant-based Protein Shake

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We ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake #6 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 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

Best Low-Calorie

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We ranked Pirq Vegan Protein Shake #7 in September 2021 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 KOS Vegan Protein Powder #8 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Lose Weight by Eating

Pros
Keto Friendly
Organic and GMO Free
Gluten-Free
Low Sugar
Vegan

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Popular Science

Best flavored protein powder

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We ranked Evolve Protein Shakes #9 in September 2021 because:

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

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Verywell Fit

Best Vegan

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