Protein Powder Comparison Tables

To find the best protein powder, we read reviews from Outside Online, Livestrong, Nerd Fitness, Gear Patrol, The Wirecutter, and Runnerclick in addition to reading hundreds of Amazon customer reviews. In total, we identified 23 promising protein powders. We compared and cross-referenced that list to narrow it down to the five protein powders that nearly every reviewer loves. Then, we purchased these picks to verify our findings. These comparison tables directly compare the top protein powders by the features that most reviewers found to be the most important in a protein powder.

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Pros / Cons / Notable Reviews

We reference when a respected review site recommends a protein powder we liked. At Treeline Review, we’re all about being transparent about how we come to conclusions and urge you cross check our findings with these detailed product specific reviews that built our background research: Outside Online, Livestrong, Nerd Fitness, Gear Patrol, The Wirecutter, and Runnerclick.

PROTEIN POWDERPROSCONSWHO ELSE LIKES IT?
No rbst, NSF certified, probioticsTaste, digestabilityOutside
Mixes easiy, many flavor options, good value (price per gram protein)Some flavors don't taste greatAmazon, Wirecutter, Nerd Fitness,
Vegan, no soy, dairy, added sugar, fillers, or gluten, organic GMO; high in anitoxidants; NSF and Informed Choice certifiedExpensiveOutside
Best blending option, taste, rbgh free, grass fedExpensiveLivestrong, Nerd Fitness
Non gmo, gluten free, veganIncomplete protein, higher price point, complaints of flavorLivestrong, Amazon, Runnerclick
 

Financial comparisons

It seems that every protein powder comes in a different sized tub, so we had to run some numbers to find out the protein powder that is the best bang for your buck. First, we compare by price per serving. But since some protein powders have more fiber, sugar, etc. than others, we also analyzed price by gram of protein.

PROTEIN POWDERSIZE (POUNDS)SERVINGSPRICE PER SERVINGPRICE PER GRAM OF PROTEIN
675$0.77 $.03/gram
230$0.98 $.04/gram
1.7538$0.94 $.06/gram
1.522$1.69 $.07/gram
1.67525$1.20 $.06/gram
 

Nutrition comparisons

Protein powder companies don’t make it easy to directly compare nutrition benefits. Each protein powder company seems to measure servings differently. We read through dozens of labels to build this comparison table.

PROTEIN POWDERPROTEIN SOURCECALORIES PER SERVINGPROTEIN PER SERVING (GRAMS)% PROTEINSUGAR TO PROTEIN RATIOCOMPLETE AMINO ACID PROFILE?
Whey1302775%1:09Yes
Whey1202480%1:12Yes
Plant801571%0:15Yes
Whey1102583%1:25Yes
Plant1102067%1:20No
 

Performance comparisons

PROTEIN POWDERHOW EASILY IT DISSOLVES WHEN SHAKENTASTECLEAN LABEL PROJECT RATINGTHIRD-PARTY CERTIFIED?
Decentokn/aNSF
Goodok5/5n/a
GoodGood2/5NSF and Informed Choice
GoodGood3/5n/a
Goodok1/5n/a