July 2024

Protein Drinks: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of protein drinks rankings posted by key online experts, as of July 2024.

Summary

On 16 Jul 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 85 protein drink endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

62 protein drinks were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 16 Jul 2024, Owyn Vegan Protein Shake takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed protein drink with 5 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 5 recommended it as the '#1 protein drink' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking protein drinks start at $11.64 (Owyn Vegan Protein Shake) and go up to $94.99 (Naked Whey). Median protein drink costs $35.68 (Garden of Life Raw Organic).
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At a glance - July Ranking

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Rank Change Price Protein Drink
Eat This, Not That:
Popular Science
Health.com
MedicalNewsToday
Verywell Fit
Good Housekeeping
Insider
Healthline
TheManual
The Strategist
1
- $12
Owyn Vegan Protein Shake
Plant-based protein shake that is free from the top 8 food allergens, high in protein and fiber, and has a pleasant taste and texture.
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1
3
1
1
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5
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2
- $40
Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake
High-quality, organic, and plant-based protein supplement that is suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions, containing 18-20 grams of protein per serving, low in calories, and comes in four flavors.
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6
2
2
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3
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3
- $47
Iconic Protein Drink
High-quality, natural protein drink made from grass-fed milk protein isolate that is suitable for a variety of dietary needs and is a great option for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone looking to supplement their diet with protein.
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6
10
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1
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4
+1 $28
Fairlife Elite Core Power
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10
7
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1
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5
-1 $37
Optimum Gold Standard Whey
Optimum Gold Standard Whey Protein Drink is a high-quality protein powder that is low in fat, sugar, and carbohydrates, contains 24 grams of protein per serving, has a pleasant taste and smooth texture, and is highly digestible, making it an excellent choice for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
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1
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3
6
- $32
Orgain Clean Protein Shake
4
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4
5
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11
- $30
Premier Protein Shake
Convenient and nutritious meal replacement shake that is low in calories, fat, and sugar, and contains a blend of milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, and whey protein concentrate, making it an ideal option for those looking to maintain or lose weight, but it contains artificial sweeteners and flavors that can have harmful effects on the gut microbiome and cause chronic GI problems and inflammation.
7
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2
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12
- $31
Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes
A natural and nutritious source of protein, free from artificial additives, suitable for vegans and those following a plant-based diet.
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3
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7
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13
- $36
Momentous Essential Plant-Based
High-quality, plant-based protein supplement that supports muscle recovery and growth, contains essential amino acids, electrolytes, and is safe for athletes, with a positive brand reputation and delicious flavors.
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2
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10
14
- $34
Ripple Vegan Protein Shakes
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4
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6
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15
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Chobani Complete
Natural, high-protein, lactose-free yogurt that contains prebiotics, probiotics, and essential amino acids, making it a convenient and nutritious option for individuals looking to increase their protein intake.
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7
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4
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16
- $30
Pirq Vegan Caramel Coffee
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4
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8
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17
- $37
Gainful Whey Protein
Customizable and all-natural protein powder that provides up to 27 grams of protein per serving, tailored to the specific body composition, fitness goals, and dietary needs of the user, and is free of common allergens, fillers, dyes, sweeteners, or artificial flavors.
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5
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8
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18
- $31
Fairlife Core Power
6
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8
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19
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Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake
Plant-based nutritional supplement that provides a complete and balanced source of nutrition, free from common allergens and artificial ingredients, suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions, medical conditions, and athletes.
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7
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Protein Drink
#1 $11.64 Owyn Vegan Protein Shake
#4 $28.33 Fairlife Elite Core Power
#11 $29.98 Premier Protein Shake
#16 $29.99 Pirq Vegan Caramel Coffee
#18 $30.75 Fairlife Core Power
#12 $31.14 Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes
#6 $31.68 Orgain Clean Protein Shake
#14 $33.99 Ripple Vegan Protein Shakes
#13 $35.62 Momentous Essential Plant-Based
#17 $36.99 Gainful Whey Protein
#5 $37.32 Optimum Gold Standard Whey
#2 $39.99 Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake
#3 $46.99 Iconic Protein Drink

We ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake #1 in July 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 14 May 2023)
Owyn Vegan Protein Shake is a plant-based protein shake that is free from the top 8 food allergens, high in protein and fiber, and has a pleasant taste and texture.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best Overall

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MedicalNewsToday

Best vegan

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

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

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Verywell Fit

Best Overall

Free from major allergens
Contains omega-3 fats, potassium, calcium and 30% Daily Value of iron
Vegan friendly

May not be an adequate carbohydrate energy source for pre or post workout

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Good Housekeeping

Best Protein Shake Overall

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TheManual

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We ranked Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake #2 in July 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 19 May 2023)
Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake is a high-quality, organic, and plant-based protein supplement that is suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions, containing 18-20 grams of protein per serving, low in calories, and comes in four flavors.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Coconut Base

Vegan-friendly
Contains 40% Daily Value of iron
Certified USDA Organic and Fair Trade Certified

Not suitable for those with tree nut allergies
May not be an adequate carbohydrate energy source for pre or post workout

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Good Housekeeping

Best Low-carb Protein Shake

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Insider

The best vegan protein shake

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

Only 20 grams of protein per serving, expensive

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TheManual

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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 July 2024 ranking

We ranked Iconic Protein Drink #3 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Iconic Protein Drink as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
Iconic Protein Drink is a high-quality, natural protein drink made from grass-fed milk protein isolate that is suitable for a variety of dietary needs and is a great option for athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and anyone looking to supplement their diet with protein.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best with No Added Sugar

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MedicalNewsToday

Best keto-friendly

keto-friendly
no additional sugar or fillers
uses ethically sourced ingredients

not suitable for vegans
some flavors contain caffeine

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Insider

The best overall protein shake

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

Not enough calories to be a meal replacement

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We ranked Fairlife Elite Core Power #4 in July 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Fairlife Elite Core Power as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best for Muscle Gain

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MedicalNewsToday

Best for amino acids

no added sugar
contains nine essential amino acids

has a high amount of total sugar per serving
has a weaker mineral profile in comparison to other products
contains sucralose and maltodextrin

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TheManual

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We ranked Optimum Gold Standard Whey #5 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Optimum Gold Standard Whey as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
Optimum Gold Standard Whey Protein Drink is a high-quality protein powder that is low in fat, sugar, and carbohydrates, contains 24 grams of protein per serving, has a pleasant taste and smooth texture, and is highly digestible, making it an excellent choice for athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Science

Best for beginners

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The Strategist

Best chocolate-flavored whey protein powder

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We ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake #6 in July 2024 because:

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

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MedicalNewsToday

Best high in calcium

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

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

Contains 45% Daily Value of calcium and smaller amounts of iron and potassium
Contains carbohydrates for energy from agave and dairy

Not suitable for those with a lactose allergy or intolerance

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We ranked Premier Protein Shake #7 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 2 May 2023)
Premier Protein Shake is a convenient and nutritious meal replacement shake that is low in calories, fat, and sugar, and contains a blend of milk protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, and whey protein concentrate, making it an ideal option for those looking to maintain or lose weight, but it contains artificial sweeteners and flavors that can have harmful effects on the gut microbiome and cause chronic GI problems and inflammation.
Critic endorsements:
Eat This, Not That:

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Health.com

Best Budget

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We ranked Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes #8 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes are a natural and nutritious source of protein, free from artificial additives, suitable for vegans and those following a plant-based diet.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best Vegan

Vegan friendly
Contains 20% Daily Value of zinc, calcium and iron, and 15% DV of B12
A blood sugar stabilizing option for those with diabetes

May not be an adequate carbohydrate energy source for pre or post workout
High fiber content may cause GI upset if used before exercise

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TheManual

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We ranked Momentous Essential Plant-Based #9 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 9 Jun 2023)
Momentous Essential Plant-Based is a high-quality, plant-based protein supplement that supports muscle recovery and growth, contains essential amino acids, electrolytes, and is safe for athletes, with a positive brand reputation and delicious flavors.
Critic endorsements:
Verywell Fit

Best for Athletes

NSF Certified for Sport and Informed Sport Certified
Whey isolate form has optimal amino acid profile, including BCAAs, to support muscle repair and synthesis
Whey sourced from milk from grass-fed cows

May not be an adequate carbohydrate energy source for pre or post workout
Powdered form requires mixing into liquid

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The Strategist

Best whey protein powder for competitive athletes

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We ranked Ripple Vegan Protein Shakes #10 in July 2024 because:

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

Best Vegan

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TheManual

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We ranked Chobani Complete #11 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
Chobani Complete is a natural, high-protein, lactose-free yogurt that contains prebiotics, probiotics, and essential amino acids, making it a convenient and nutritious option for individuals looking to increase their protein intake.
Critic endorsements:
Health.com

Best for Gut Health

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Verywell Fit

Best Yogurt-Based

Contains probiotics and antioxidants
Contains carbohydrates for energy from blended fruit and dairy
Contains 25% Daily Value of calcium

Requires refrigeration

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We ranked Pirq Vegan Caramel Coffee #12 in July 2024 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 Gainful Whey Protein #13 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
Gainful Whey Protein is a customizable and all-natural protein powder that provides up to 27 grams of protein per serving, tailored to the specific body composition, fitness goals, and dietary needs of the user, and is free of common allergens, fillers, dyes, sweeteners, or artificial flavors.
Critic endorsements:
Good Housekeeping

Best Subscription Service

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Healthline

Best protein powder for muscle gain

customized protein blend using online quiz
multiple Flavor Boosts available
personalized nutrition advice included with subscription
option for whey-based or plant-based powder

more expensive than other protein powders
not third-party tested for purity and potency

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We ranked Fairlife Core Power #14 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Eat This, Not That:

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Health.com

Best Chocolate

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We ranked Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake #15 in July 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best protein drinks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 17 May 2023)
Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake is a plant-based nutritional supplement that provides a complete and balanced source of nutrition, free from common allergens and artificial ingredients, suitable for individuals with dietary restrictions, medical conditions, and athletes.
Critic endorsements:
MedicalNewsToday

Best organic

vegan
free from most common allergens
does not contain artificial sweeteners

a more expensive option
contains a relatively high amount of sugar per serving

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Verywell Fit

Best Organic

Higher carbohydrate content suitable for replenishing energy stores post-exercise
Contains a phytonutrient blend from organic fruits and vegetables and is fortified with vitamins and minerals
Vegan-friendly and Certified USDA Organic

Slightly lower in protein than other options

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