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Best Tasting Protein Powder for 2022- and the worst (Results from our Protein tasting party!)

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With 14 guests, I hosted an epic protein powder tasting party! Here’s the winners and losers for protein powders that don’t taste like cardboard for 2022!

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A year ago, I gathered my family, we chose 10 brands of protein powder, and had a little taste test. I shared the results for 2021 here.

Because that article got so much traffic, I decided to do it again with a few new brands, and more people!

I created a score card, purchased 10 different brands of protein powder, on my own dime, so there would be no biases, and started inviting people. Luckily, my kids are ages 18-24, and their age group is always looking for something to do on a Friday night. and what’s more fun than a protein powder tasting party!

protein powder taste test with 11 brands (Custom)

The only disclaimer: I paid for all products out of pocket, so this is not sponsored by anyone. However, I do use amazon affiliate links where one was available.

protein powder brand tasting party

Final Results

Each brand is a jump link to notes, price, calories, and macros.

BrandTasteTextureAfter tasteOverall
1. Syntha6 (best)3.144.433.363.64
2. Dymatize (best)3.934.072.643.54
3. Uniconutrition (best)4.292.323.213.27
4. Clean Simple Eats (good)2.793.792.292.95
5. Premier Protein (good)2.53.931.712.71
6. Cellucor (good)2.712.932.52.71
7. I Heart Macros (less than good)1.793.932.292.67
8. Optimum Nutrition (less than good) 2.862.362.642.62
9. Quest (worst)2.931.712.362.33
10. Muscle Milk (worst)2.432.711.862.33
11. Body Fortress (worst)1.862.861.572.09
Protein Powder Taste Test Results

protein powder tasting party score card

1) Syntha6

Syntha 6 was our winner for overall with no after taste, great texture, and better than average taste! (Amazon affiliate link for Syntha6)

  • Calories and Macros 47 grams = 1 serving {200 calories, 22 g protein, 15 g carbs, 6 g fat, 2 g sugar.
  • Price Best price, $46.68 for 48 servings or $1.02 per serving
  • Protein source whey, casein, isolate, egg
  • Sweetener– Sweetened with sucralose.
syntha 6 label

2) Dymatize

Dymatize took second place in both overall score, and second place in best tasting. (Amazon affiliate link)

  • Calories and Macros 1 servings = 140 calories, 25 g protein, 2 g carbs, 3 g fat, less than 1 g sugar
  • Price 10lb bag for $95.49, 133 servings #0.72 per serving!
  • Benefits– Fast Digesting
  • Protein source Whey protein isolate
  • Sweetener– Sucralose
dymatize label

3) Uniconutrition

Last year, before we added Dymatize and Syntha, Uniconutrition was our number one protein powder. I STILL love it. But this year it dropped to 3rd. It’s delicious, but also very expensive.

  • Calories and Macros 1 serving -34 g, 120 calories, 25 g protein, 5 g carbs, 1 g fat, 1 g sugar.
  • Price $46.99 for 27 servings or $1.74 per serving (most expensive!)
  • Benefits – Digestive enzymes
  • Protein source Isolate, casein, egg, whey
  • Sweetener – Sucralose
uniconutrition protein powder label

4) Clean Simple Eats

Clean Simple Eats ranked 4th. I think what I like best about CSE is that they seasonally offer a variety of flavors. In the fall, they have Pumpkin, at Christmas, they have eggnog, etc. The downside is that it’s above average in price! (Affiliate link for 10% off)

  • Calories and Macros 33 grams per serving, 110 calories, 20 g protein, 9 g carbs, 0 g fat, 1 g sugar.
  • Price $49.99 for 30 servings/ $1.66 per serving.
  • Benefits – Prebiotics
  • Protein source – Isolate, Whey, powdered milk
  • Sweetener Stevia and monk fruit
clean simple eats protein powder label for taste test

5) Premier protein

Premier protein ranked 5 (Amazon affiliate link). Someone left a comment on their scorecard that said: Tasted like butter (and not in a good way). LOL

  • Calories and Macros 1 serving, 39 grams, 150 calories, 30 g protein, 2 g carbs, 2 g fat and g sugar
  • Price $19.98 for 17 servings, or $1.16 per serving,
  • Benefits – Easy to find. Target, Walmart, etc. usually has this brand.
  • Protein source Whey, Isolate
  • Sweetener– Sucralose
premier protein powder label

6) Cellucor

Cellucor ranked 5 in our protein taste test. (amazon affiliate link)

  • Calories and Macros 1 serving 48.5 g, 160 calories, 30 g protein, 5 g carbs, 3 g fat, 3 g sugar
  • Price $17.23 for 18 servings, or 0.95/serving
  • Benefits – Digestive enzymes
  • Protein source Whey Isolate and Concentrate
  • Sweetener– Sucralose
cellucor whey protein label

7) I heart Macros

I heart Macros ranked 7 overall, even though it was dead last in taste alone. Someone even went as far to write on their scorecard: Gross.

  • Calories and Macros 25 grams per serving, 90 calories, 20 g protein, 6 g carbs, 0 g fat, and 4 g sugar
  • Price (something is wrong with the site and the products have disappeared. My CC statement says $53.42 so I’m assuming that has taxes and shipping. So, I’m going to totally ballpark $45.00 for 30 servings. $1.50/serving. Pretty pricey for low ranking in taste.
  • Benefits -minimal ingredients! Nothing you can’t understand.
  • Protein source Whey Isolate
  • Sweetener Organic cane sugar and Stevia
I heart protein label

8) Optimum Nutrition

I’m disappointed this didn’t rank higher! I use Optimum nutrition almost excusively because I think it bakes well with desserts, it tastes fine, and I can buy it at Costco! But nevertheless, I’m not one to rig the results here. So, Optimum Nutrition ranked 8 (Amazon affiliate link)

  • Calories and Macros 1 serving is 31 grams, 120 calories, 24 g protein, 4 g carbs, 1 g fat, 1 g sugar
  • Price 5lb bag, 73 servings, $63.99 $0.87 per serving
  • Benefits – You can buy it at Costco!
  • Protein source Whey Isolate, whey concentrate
  • Sweetener Sucralose
optimum nutrition protein label

9) Quest

Quest ranked 9! Again, one of the worst (Amazon link). Someone wrote on their scorecard: Tasted like chalk.

  • Calories and Macros 1 serving is 31 grams, 110 calories, 24 g protein, 2 g carbs, 0.5 g fat, 1 g sugar
  • Price More expensive and not good! $30.75 for 23 servings. $1.33 per serving
  • Benefits – no benefits, and I’m definitely not a fan of the ingredient carrageenen
  • Protein source whey isolate, casein
  • Sweetener sucralose and stevia
quest protein powder label

10) Muscle Milk

Muscle milk no one liked (Amazon link). Someone wrote on their scorecard: Tasted like cardboard.

  • Calories and Macros 1 scoop = 35 g, 140 calories, 16 g protein, 10.5 g carbs, 4.5 g fat, 2 g sugar
  • Price $22.98 for 16 servings, $1.43. But, they consider one serving as double the size as everyone else. 70 grams. So, if we were to equalize weight, it is actually the cheapest at 0.72 per serving
  • Benefits Easy to find
  • Protein source Whey Isolate, and whey concentrate
  • Sweetener maltodextrin and sucralose
muscle milk label for protein tasting

11) Body Fortress

Body fortress was the worst (Amazon link if you want to buy it despite my warning. lol)

  • Calories and Macros 1 serving 49 grams, 200 calories, 30 g protein, 7 g carbs, 3.5 g fat, 3 g sugar
  • Price 18 servings, $15.12, $0.84 per serving
  • Protein source – Whey isolate, whey conenctrate
  • Sweetener – maltodextrin and sucralose
body fortress protein powder label

And that’s the round up of best and worst tasting protein powders!

I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments below!

Best tasting protein powder taste off 2022

Protein powder recipes

15 Comments

  1. Good to know, but I love Quest (cookies and cream)! I like the vanilla because I can add extracts for flavor with out extra calories. I buy mine at Wegmans grocery for $24. I also like to make popsicles and waffles from the mix. The company has a program that is a great give back!

    1. Hi Suzi! Thanks for sharing. I’m actually a HUGE fan of Quest bars!
      And I”ve been adding flavorings to vanilla powders as well! I have a bunch of “skinny mixes” and sugar free syrups. It makes a huge difference!

  2. Lots of good options! Do you have any recommendations for plant based protein powders? Whey sometimes messes with my stomach!

      1. That protein sound good, will look into it! I haven’t tried ones with digestive enzymes and saw several listed had them, will give those a try! Thank you!

  3. Interesting results. Shows what happens when you widen to a larger diverse crowd vs. personal choice. As Protein can be trial and error. I have stuck by Optimum Nutrition also. Price point decent, easy flavor, and mixes well. My absolute go to for ‘coffee protein’ has been Chike. Their customer service is also top notch. Thanks for posting!!

  4. this is crazy I live off protein drinks pretty much not eating meat or fish and bodybuilding for 50 years and Bodyfortress vanilla is the best by far for taste and 30 grams per scoop so best price too.
    Don’t know who took this test but don’t agree at all

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