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12 Best Tasting Protein Powders (2022 Review) Tried & Tested

Tyler Sellers
Published by Tyler Sellers
Fact checked by Donald Christman, BHSc FACT CHECKED

Over the past eleven years of my practice as a fitness trainer, I have provided many clients with recommendations on supplements and meal plans based on nutritional needs. However, it is also important for clients that their supplements taste good.

While many protein powders can meet our requirements, finding one that tastes good may be challenging.

I spent eight weeks testing the products and consulting with my dietitian to ensure the protein intake and product taste were right to compile a list of the best tasting protein powders.

Let’s dive into it.

Editor's Choice
Transparent Labs Grass-Fed Casein Protein
Transparent Labs
Ingredient Quality
5.0
Price
4.8
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.9
4.9
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#2nd Best Choice
Ladder Whey Protein
Ladder Whey Protein
Ingredient Quality
4.8
Price
4.7
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.8
4.8
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#3rd Best Choice
Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate
Swolverine
Ingredient Quality
4.7
Price
4.6
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.8
4.8
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Ladder Whey Protein (December 2022)

1 - Transparent Labs 100% Grass-fed Whey Protein Isolate (Editor's Choice)

Transparent Labs Grass-Fed Casein Protein
Ingredient Quality
5.0
Price
4.8
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.9
4.9

This protein isolate product comes in milk chocolate, mocha, salted caramel, chocolate peanut butter, and french vanilla taste.

You need not worry about artificial flavors since Transparent Labs uses stevia as its natural sweetener. It mixes well with water, but using milk could make it taste similar to dark chocolate.

Transparent Labs claims to use protein concentrate for this product, meaning it doesn't undergo an additional filtration process. Avoiding this process helps the product retain its cysteine and Lactoferrin, which are essential in boosting immunity [1].

I recommend this chocolate peanut butter protein product to clients who want a lean whey concentrate as it contains 28g of protein with only 2.5g of fat, 2g of carbs, and no sugar.

Nutritional Facts per Serving (32.96g)

  • Protein : 28g
  • Sodium : 140mg
  • Fat : 2.5g
  • Carbohydrates : 2g
Pros
  • Manufactured in FDA-approved facilities
  • Third-party tested
  • Fast-acting protein source
  • Amazing flavor options, such as chocolate peanut butter
Cons
  • Not as affordable as other similar pre-workouts

2 - Ladder Whey Protein

Ladder Whey Protein
Ingredient Quality
4.8
Price
4.7
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.8
4.8

There has been a lot of buzz around Ladder Whey Protein, so I decided to try it and see if it lives up to the hype. It's among the best-tasting protein powders I've tried; it comes in two flavors: vanilla and chocolate.

Most clients prefer the best-tasting chocolate protein powder flavor; they say it tastes more like dark chocolate and is the perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

The vanilla flavor is more of a treat for people with a sweet tooth because the taste is closer to vanilla ice cream than creme.

Many online reviewers report that this protein powder helps them improve muscle recovery and increase strength and endurance.

If you are still considering this product, check out our honest review below:

Nutritional Facts per Serving

  • Calories : 130
  • Sugar : 3g
  • Protein : 26g
  • Fiber : 2g
  • Carbs : 6g
  • Fat : 1g
Pros
  • NSF certified
  • All-natural protein sourced from grass-fed cows
  • It comes in convenient, pre-measured packets
Cons
  • Online reviewers say it needs a mixer to blend well

3 - Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate

Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate
Ingredient Quality
4.7
Price
4.6
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.8
4.8

A colleague introduced me to Swolverine Whey Protein Isolate, who praised it as a great source of high-quality protein, as well as BCAAs and digestive enzymes.

I was impressed by its three flavors (vanilla, honey cinnamon peanut butter, and chocolate flavor) and its smooth texture.  The creamy texture and rich flavor profile ensure the tasting experience never gets old.

A few of my clients experienced bloating and stomach cramps minutes after the protein intake, but this stopped with time. In my case, I am not particularly sensitive to any ingredients, so I didn't feel any adverse effects.

Nutritional Facts per Serving

  • Calories : 110
  • Sodium : 65 mg
  • Total Fat : 0.5 g
  • Cholesterol : 5 mg
  • Protein : 26 g
  • Total Carbohydrate : 2 g
  • Sugars : 1 g
  • Calcium : 122 mg
Pros
  • rBGH free
  • Has added BCAAs and digestive enzymes
  • Soy-free
Cons
  • Contains Sucralose (artificial sweetener)

4 - MusclePharm Combat Protein Powder

CTA of MusclePharm Combat Protein Powder
Ingredient Quality
5.0
Price
4.6
Taste
4.7
Overall Score 4.8
4.8

The manufacturer of Isolate whey protein powder claims that it contains 25 g of fast and slow digesting protein from five unique protein sources.

After taking MusclePharm Combat Protein Powder, many of my clients claim that they can work out for hours which is not the case with other protein powders.

This protein powder is the go-to for me (on a Keto diet) as it gives me so much protein without a lot of carbohydrates or sugar. Most of my clients like taking this protein powder in the morning before leaving for their workouts.

Others, especially those who need to be active in the evenings, take it after work.

I tried the chocolate milk flavor, and despite the name, it tasted more like dark chocolate.

This doesn’t detract anything from its impeccable flavor, especially when mixed with milk

Nutritional Facts per Serving (30g)

  • Calories 130
  • Protein : 25g
  • Total Fat : 1.5g
  • Cholesterol : 46mg
  • Dietary Fiber : 1g
  • Sodium : 150mg
  • Total Carbohydrate : 5g
  • Sugars : 2g
Pros
  • Gluten-free whey protein powders
  • Perfect for individuals on a keto diet
  • High-quality ingredients
Cons
  • High in sodium

5 - Live Conscious Protein

Live Conscious Protein
Ingredient Quality
4.6
Price
4.7
Taste
4.9
Overall Score 4.7
4.7

I was excited to try their protein supplement. The manufacturer claims it contains four organic plant-based protein ingredients; Sacha inchi seed, yellow pea, brown rice, and pumpkin seeds.

These ingredients provide nine essential amino acids, vital in repairing and growing new muscle fibers and increasing overall wellness [2].

I mostly recommend this protein powder to health-conscious clients on a plant-based diet. Most of them wish it didn't have stevia, but it still helps them achieve their goals, and they love its great flavors; vanilla dream and cosmic cacao.

I find that it blends well with the smoothie, and the taste makes me feel full afterward.

Nutritional Facts per Serving

  • Calories : 80
  • Protein : 15g
  • Carbs : 3g
  • Fat : 0.5g
Pros
  • All-natural organic plant-based protein ingredients
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Manufactured in FDA approved facility
Cons
  • Low stock, especially for the vanilla protein powder

6 - Ora Organic Vegan Protein Powder

Ora Organic thumb
Ingredient Quality
4.7
Price
4.5
Taste
4.9
Overall Score 4.7
4.7

So Lean & So Clean claims that its vegan protein powder contains nineteen superfoods and offers all the essential and non-essential amino acids.

Many online reviewers say that the protein powder gives them better recovery from workouts and makes them feel nourished.

I have recommended this protein powder to twenty of my vegan clients, who all love how the product efficiently works with smoothies, water, and baked goods.

I like the product because it has no added sugar or post-protein bloat, and it has a distinct great flavor that isn't too sweet or bitter.

Nutritional Facts per Serving

  • Protein : 1g
  • Carbohydrates : 4g
  • Calcium : 28mg
  • Iron : 6mg
  • Fiber : 1.1g
  • Sodium : 390mg
Pros
  • 100% refund policy
  • Suitable for vegan diets
  • Organic ingredients
Cons
  • Expensive compared to similar products

7 - Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard
Ingredient Quality
4.7
Price
4.4
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.7
4.7

The manufacturer indicates that the product contains two grams of total carbs per serving, perfect for individuals who want to lose some pounds.

My tasters ranked it as the best-tasting protein powder and particularly liked the vanilla ice cream flavor, which had just the right sweetness.

Many of my clients find this protein powder a solid choice as it's consistently delicious, blends well, even without a blender, and doesn't leave a strange aftertaste.

Nutritional Facts per Serving

  • Calories : 110
  • Sugar : 2 grams
  • Protein : 24 grams
  • Carbs : 2 grams
Pros
  • Excellent flavor and taste, especially the vanilla ice cream
  • Contains creatine, L-citrulline, and L-carnitine
  • All-natural ingredients
Cons
  • 175mg (per scoop) may be too much caffeine for some individuals

8 - Legion Whey+ Vanilla Whey Isolate Protein

legion whey
Ingredient Quality
4.6
Price
4.4
Taste
4.8
Overall Score 4.6
4.6

According to the manufacturer, this protein powder is 100% natural grass-fed whey isolate protein powder made with milk from organic dairy animals.

They claim to use cold filtration technologies to produce 100% intact, undenatured protein [3].

I like Legion Whey+ because it's naturally flavored, sweetened, and contains no artificial food dyes.

Most online reviewers claim that the powder doesn't mix through simple mixing but using a blender gives them a smooth and tasty protein shake.

Regardless, you have lots of options when it comes to whey protein concentrate flavors. It has 14 flavors sweetened by Stevia. You’ll find classic flavors like chocolate and more exotic ones like strawberry banana.

Nutritional Facts per Serving (28.9g)

  • Proteins : 22g
  • Sodium : 125mg
  • Protein : 22g
  • Calcium : 136mg
  • Iron : 0.83mg
Pros
  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Natural sweeteners and flavors
  • 100% money-back guarantee
Cons
  • Some reviewers claim to feel bloated after taking

9 - BSN SYNTHA-6 Whey Protein Powder

CTA of BSN SYNTHA-6 Whey Protein Powder
Ingredient Quality
4.5
Price
4.5
Taste
4.7
Overall Score 4.6
4.6

I have recommended BSN SYNTHA-6 Whey Protein Powder to twenty-four clients, and they have all reported that it has dramatically helped them on their general body wellness journey. With 200 calories per serving, the product may not suit individuals who want to lose weight.

The directions on the label recommend mixing one scoop of the powder with 4–5 ounces of water or milk, but I find the resulting drink to be overwhelmingly sweet.

I advise my clients to add a few more ounces of water, diluting the flavor into a deliciously creamy shake.

Regardless, you can also opt for a more fruity flavor, such as the banana. It’s one of the few protein powders that achieve an optimal taste. The flavor is similar to tutti fruity but more of a banana milkshake.

Nutritional Facts per Serving

  • Calories : 200
  • Total Fat : 6 g
  • Cholesterol : 55 mg
  • Sodium : 220 mg
  • Carbohydrate : 15 g
  • Fiber : 1 g
  • Protein : 22 g
  • Potassium : 300 mg
  • Calcium : 150 mg
  • Iron : 1.1 mg
  • Magnesium : 24 mg
  • Phosphorus : 150 mg
Pros
  • Great mixability
  • Fantastic Taste
  • Relatively cheaper compared to similar products
Cons
  • High calorie and fat content

10 - SFH Pure Whey Protein Powder

CTA of SFH Pure Whey Protein Powder
Ingredient Quality
4.6
Price
4.2
Taste
4.8
Overall Score 4.5
4.5

I got introduced to this protein powder by a colleague who has a wife with severe soy allergy, limiting the brands he can buy.

He said this was the only one with a pleasant taste of all the safe protein powder brands he had tried. If you have no problems with milk, mixing SFH means having a sweet and creamy drink.

Since then, I have recommended this protein powder to about ten of my clients who have a soy allergy and have reported loving it.

Most clients like mixing the product with water or blending their add-ins first, then adding a scoop of the powder until they obtain a smooth texture.

I am yet to try baking with it, but my dietician says it tastes fantastic when used on baked products.

Nutritional Facts per Serving (30g)

  • Calories : 110
  • Potassium : 135mg
  • Total fat : 1g
  • Sodium : 40mg
  • Total Carbohydrates : 3g
  • Protein : 23g
  • Cholesterol : 25mg
  • Calcium : 110mg
Pros
  • Outstanding nutritional profile
  • Exceptional taste
  • Easily digestible
Cons
  • It contains too many artificial sweeteners

11 - Cellucor COR-Performance Powder

Cellucor COR-Performance Protein Powder
Ingredient Quality
4.0
Price
4.4
Taste
4.9
Overall Score 4.4
4.4

I was introduced to this protein powder two months ago by a friend who claimed to love its flavors and taste.

I got vanilla and mixed one serving with milk that tasted like powdered milk, which was terrific.

Some online reviewers claim to taste weird bitterness a few seconds after intake, but I didn't experience this. At first, I used to encounter chunkiness after mixing this powder with water.

My dietician advised me to shake it for two or more minutes after mixing, which solved the problem.

Aside from vanilla, though, Cellucor has peanut butter and marshmallow flavors.

At first, the combination could be unlikely, but it’s rich and creamy with milk since it brings marshmallow flavor. With water, you will taste the roasted nuts more.

Nutritional Facts per Serving (31g)

  • Total fat : 1.5g
  • Cholesterol : 35mg
  • Sodium : 130mg
  • Carbohydrates : 4g
  • Sugars : 2g
  • Protein : 24g
Pros
  • Excellent mixability
  • Fantastic variety of flavors
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • A little high in sodium

12 - Myprotein® Impact Whey Protein Powder

CTA of Myprotein Impact Whey Protein Powder
Ingredient Quality
4.0
Price
4.6
Taste
4.7
Overall Score 4.4
4.4

According to the manufacturer, Myprotein® Impact Whey Protein Powder provides the body with high-quality protein, contributing to muscle mass growth.

I have recommended this protein powder to several clients who reported increased muscle mass.

Many online reviewers find that blending this product with milk works best for their taste buds. I had a packaging issue on my first order, where my 2.5kg pack arrived in an open packet.

Thankfully the company allowed me to return it, and they replaced the pack with an intact one.

As for flavors, you’ll have no shortage of options since it has 16 choices.

Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, you will love the wide variety, from birthday cake to salted caramel. If you want something safe, consider buying the best-tasting vanilla protein powder or the recommended unflavored protein powder options.

Nutritional Facts per Serving

  • Calories : 100
  • Total fat : 1 g
  • Protein : 19 g
  • Cholesterol : 65 mg
  • Sugars : 1 g
  • Sodium : 40 mg
  • Total carbohydrate : 3 g
Pros
  • Outstanding nutritional profile
  • Exceptional taste
  • Easily digestible
Cons
  • It contains too many artificial sweeteners

Buyer's Guide - What We Took in Consideration for This Best Tasting Protein Powder List

A person drinking protein powder

Ingredient Quality

As a fitness coach, I have witnessed many people experience several adverse effects from consuming the wrong ingredients in protein powders after being blinded by fantastic taste.

Most protein powders often contain artificial sugars or natural zero-calorie ones like stevia to keep carbohydrates and calories low [3].

I find this pursuit noble, but here's the thing: Animal studies show that artificial sweeteners may harm beneficial gut bacteria [4].

Stevia doesn't seem to cause problems, but it tastes weird, so most brands typically combine it with sorbitol and xylitol, sugar alcohols that may cause bloating and gas [5].

I always advise my clients not to be too quick to pick an organic protein powder based on its taste.

I tell them to carefully read the ingredients label and ensure they understand each indicated component's benefit.

Intolerances and Sensitivities

A woman holding a bottle of protein powder

According to credible online sites, some of the best-tasting protein powders can be risky for certain people due to their intolerance and sensitivities to various ingredients within the product.

I advise clients with known sensitivity and intolerance to avoid protein powders with a specific component.

For example, I recommend using plant-based protein powders for those intolerant to dairy and egg protein, such as pea protein.

For clients uncertain about what they may be intolerant or sensitive to within protein powders, I regularly advise them to experiment before settling for one. I tell them to pick one product, stick with it for two weeks, and treat this period as an experiment.

During this time, I tell them to pay attention to how they feel and note any changes within the body.

If the changes are positive, they may have found their winner; if not, I recommend trying a different type of protein, flavor, or brand. It applies whether it’s egg white protein or brown rice protein.

Value For Money

I advise clients to focus on the cost per serving rather than the overall cost and size of the protein shake container. I tell them that two tubs of protein powder may look almost identical in weight, size, and shape but have drastically different values on breaking them down.

Here is an example:

  • Protein powder A: $20, 2 lbs. total weight, 24g of protein per serving, 20 servings
  • Protein powder B: $23, 2 lbs. total weight, 24g of protein per serving, 28 servings

At first glance, many clients think that the two protein powders have the same weight and protein contents and tend to buy the cheaper of the two. Nonetheless, after they do the math, they find that protein B will save them $0.18 per serving. If they take two scoops of protein daily, they save approximately $ 130 yearly, a.k.a new pair of sports shoes.

Additives and Fillers

Close up shot of a bearded man drinking protein shake

Fillers and additives are components that a manufacturer adds to: 

  • Bulk up the protein content
  • Save money
  • Reduce clumping

According to online reviewers, some fillers and additives have proven to cause gastric distress, such as bloating, reflux, and constipation in individuals susceptible to digestive issues.

To identify the ratio of protein to filler in your protein powder, my dietician recommends using this simple equation:

(Grams of protein per serving/ total grams of contents per serving) X 100 = percentage of protein in a serving

According to my dietician, a higher percentage indicates better product quality and fewer fillers and additives within the protein powder. She advises that one looks for more than 50% protein per serving, which gives an adequate protein serving.

FAQs

How Do You Make Protein Powders Taste Better?

To make your protein powders taste better, mix your protein powders with dairy or plant milk instead of water to obtain a creamier milkshake-like texture. You can also improve the taste by combining it with a serving of fruit or a tablespoon of peanut butter.

What Is the Best Way to Take Protein Powders?

The best way to take protein powders is to drink them with water or mix them with flavored fluids like coconut milk, almond milk, or regular milk. While some people prefer to take it straight, mixing it with other ingredients can help improve the taste and texture.

Which Whey Protein Flavor Tastes Best?

Vanilla whey protein flavor tastes best. Some other popular options include strawberry, cookies and cream, and chocolate flavor.

Can I Take Protein Powder if I’m Not Working Out?

Yes, you can still take protein powder if you're not working out. Protein powder can be a healthy way to get additional protein in your diet, which is beneficial for promoting satiety and helping to build and repair muscle tissue.

Conclusion

My personal favorite is Transparent Labs 100% grass-fed whey protein isolate. I love the taste of this product, with chocolate peanut butter being my favorite flavor.

The mixability of this protein powder is excellent; it blends very nicely with milk and water without leaving any significant dregs at the bottom.

Natural stevia sweeteners are also great for health-conscious people without compromising the richness of the taste.

The company’s commitment to transparency ensures you know what you’re getting.

Additionally, the price is excellent, considering its high-quality grass-fed whey isolate ingredients.

Our #1 Recommendation

Transparent Labs 100% Grass-fed Whey Protein Isolate

Transparent Labs Grass-Fed Casein Protein
Ingredient Quality
5.0
Price
4.8
Taste
5.0
Overall Score 4.9
4.9
Pros
  • Manufactured in FDA-approved facilities
  • Third-party tested
  • Fast-acting protein source
  • Amazing flavor options, such as chocolate peanut butter
  • Get the BEST PRICE until the end of December
Cons
  • Not as affordable as other similar pre-workouts
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