June 2022

Protein Drinks: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 9 Jun 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 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - June 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Protein Drink
Health.com
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
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-
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2
- $40
Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake
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2
1
-
4
-
2
-
-
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3
- $14
Orgain Clean Protein Shake
7
-
-
1
5
-
-
-
-
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4
- $35
Optimum Gold Standard Whey
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5
-
-
-
5
-
-
1
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5
- $14
Iconic Protein Drink
3
1
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-
-
-
-
-
-
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6
- $19
Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes
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4
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
7
- Check price
Koia Protein Drink
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-
-
7
-
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3
-
-
-
8
- $48
Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake
8
-
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
9
- $28
Pirq Vegan Protein Shake
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-
6
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
10
+4 Check price
Vega Sport
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-
-
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6
-
-
-
-
13
11
-1 Check price
Gainful Whey Protein
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-
-
-
-
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5
-
-
15
12
-1 $20
Vital Collagen Powder
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-
-
-
-
-
-
5
-
6
13
-1 Check price
KOS Vegan Protein Powder
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-
-
-
-
-
-
6
5
-
14
-1 $38
Ora Organic Protein Powder
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
9
-
11

We ranked Owyn Vegan Protein Shake #1 in June 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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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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MedicalNewsToday

Best vegan option

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Good Housekeeping

Best Protein Shake Overall

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We ranked Aloha Plant Based Protein Shake #2 in June 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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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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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 June 2022 ranking

We ranked Orgain Clean Protein Shake #3 in June 2022 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:
Health.com

Best Low-Calorie

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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 June 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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MedicalNewsToday

Best for muscle recovery

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Popular Science

Best protein powder for beginners

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We ranked Iconic Protein Drink #5 in June 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 Evolve Plant-Based Protein Shakes #6 in June 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 Koia Protein Drink #7 in June 2022 because:

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

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Good Housekeeping

Best Plant-based Protein Shake

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We ranked Kate Farms Organic Nutrition Shake #8 in June 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 Pirq Vegan Protein Shake #9 in June 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 Vega Sport #10 in June 2022 because:

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

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We ranked Gainful Whey Protein #11 in June 2022 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

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We ranked Vital Collagen Powder #12 in June 2022 because:

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

Pros
No Carbs or Sugar
No Flavor (great in tea or coffee!)
Gluten and Dairy Free
20 grams of Protein
Just 70 Calories

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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

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We ranked KOS Vegan Protein Powder #13 in June 2022 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 Ora Organic Protein Powder #14 in June 2022 because:

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

Pros
Keto Friendly
Vegan
Organic and GMO Free
Heavy Metal Tested
Zero Sugar

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Healthline

Best organic plant-based protein powder

Pros
vegan-friendly, certified organic, gluten-free, third-party tested

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