May 2021

Protein Drinks: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

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 May 2021 ranking

At a glance - May 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Protein Drink
Eat This, Not That:
Verywell Fit
MedicalNewsToday
Healthline
Good Housekeeping
Prevention
The Beet
ReviewThis
Lose Weight by Eating
Popular Science
#1
$22 Owyn Vegan Protein Shake
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3
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1
10
2
6
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#2
$38 Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake
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5
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2
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1
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#3
$102 Koia Protein Drink
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6
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3
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#4
$36 Iconic Grass Fed
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4
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6
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8
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#5
$21 Premier Protein Shake
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1
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2
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#6
$21 Orgain Clean Protein Shake
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4
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#7
$30 Boost High Protein
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3
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#8
Check price Vega Protein Shake
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2
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4
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#9
$37 Labrada Lean Body shake
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4
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5
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#10
$45 Garden of Life Powder
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12
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4
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#11
Check price KOS Vegan Protein Powder
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6
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We ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake #1 in May 2021 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Eat This, Not That:

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Verywell Fit

Best Overall

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MedicalNewsToday

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Good Housekeeping

Best Protein Shake Overall

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Prevention

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The Beet

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ReviewThis

Pros
Plant-based and suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Relatively low in sugar and calories
No unnecessary ingredients

Cons
High in sodium
Slight rice-cake flavor
Some flavors can taste watered-down

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We ranked Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake #2 in May 2021 because:

  • 3 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:
Verywell Fit

Best Dairy-Free

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Good Housekeeping

Best Low-carb Protein Shake

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The Beet

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We ranked Koia Protein Drink #3 in May 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

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Good Housekeeping

Best Plant-based Protein Shake

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We ranked Iconic Grass Fed #4 in May 2021 because:

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

Best for Athletes

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Prevention

Best Lactose-Free

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ReviewThis

Pros
Lactose-free
Low in sugar and calories
Different flavors for different functional benefits

Cons
Flavor isn’t the best
Low in fiber
Thin consistency

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We ranked Premier Protein Shake #5 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Premier Protein Shake as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Prevention

Best Overall

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ReviewThis

Pros
Low sugar
Flavors like Pumpkin Spice and Café Latte can be used as a coffee creamer
Café Latte contains caffeine

Cons
Can taste too sweet
Not for the lactose-intolerant
Doesn’t taste the best

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We ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake #6 in May 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:
Eat This, Not That:

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ReviewThis

Pros
Contains grass-fed protein
Low in sugar
Ok at room temperature

Cons
Thin, watered-down consistency
Has a slight chalky taste due to the protein
Strong Stevia flavor

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We ranked Boost High Protein #7 in May 2021 because:

  • 1 independent expert mentioned it in their “best Protein Drinks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
ReviewThis

Pros
No artificial sweeteners
No chalky aftertaste
Good for seniors who need high calories

Cons
High in sugar
High in calories
Doesn’t contain as much protein as other shakes

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We ranked Vega Protein Shake #8 in May 2021 because:

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

Best Vegan

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Prevention

Best Plant-Based

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We ranked Labrada Lean Body shake #9 in May 2021 because:

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

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Prevention

Best High-Protein

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We ranked Garden of Life Powder #10 in May 2021 because:

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

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Lose Weight by Eating

Pros
Low Sugar (less than 1g)
Full Meal Replacement
Vegan
Gluten, Soy and Dairy Free
20 Grams of Protein

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We ranked KOS Vegan Protein Powder #11 in May 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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