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What's the Best Vegan Protein Powder? (I bought and tested 20+ to find out)
What's the Best Vegan Protein Powder? (I bought and tested 20+ to find out)
Last updated: March 1, 2018
After buying over 20 vegan protein powders, and spending 20+ hours testing and reviewing them for price, nutrition, mixability, and taste, I’m confident that the best overall vegan protein powder is PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder.
Best Overall
PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder
PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein powders that I tried, it's easily the best tasting.
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After buying so many protein powders, I still have roughly 40 pounds to go through. But after I'm finished, PlantFusion will likely be my go-to vegan protein powder.
I tested each protein powder in 4 categories (out of 25). Here's how PlantFusion scored:
Nutrition - 19
Price - 17
Mixability - 25
Taste - 25
These add up to an impressive 86 out of 100, the highest overall score.
It was the only product to receive a perfect taste score. It also mixes amazingly.
Both the price and protein content (nutrition score) were above average. Put that all together and you have a solid plant based protein powder.
My Testing Methodology (i.e. Why my results are unbiased)
When I first went vegan, I looked around to find out which was the best vegan protein powder, and mostly found lists that were too biased, or made by people who had never even tried the powders.
So, I started buying every vegan protein powder I could find, and doing detailed reviews of them to help anyone looking for a plant based protein powder.
My growing collection of vegan protein powder...
My goal was to create an objective testing procedure to score each product in the 4 most important aspects of a protein powder:
Mixability (how well it mixes)
Each aspect would be scored out of 25, where a high score is always a good thing (i.e. a high "price" score means that a protein powder is cheap).
A lot of time was spent refining my testing procedures to make sure they were consistent and fair.
Here is the detailed testing methodology if you’d like to understand or replicate how I tested the products.
The Results of My Testing
The data in this comparison table is the result of all my work.
All you really need to know is that the higher the score in any category, the better the protein powder is compared to the rest. Again, refer to my detailed testing methodology for the specific formulas I used to calculate values.
Click the headers to sort by a specific score or measurement.
If you select a country, the price scores and product links will be updated to localized ones where applicable.
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The 4 factors are all weighted the same when calculating the overall rating out of 100. If you'd like more control, you can generate a table with personalized weights here.
What are the best vegan protein powders?
If you order the table by overall score, you'll find that the best vegan protein powders are (in order):
PlantFusion - 86
NOW Sports Pea Protein - 82
True Nutrition Vegan Lean - 81
Canadian Protein All Natural Blend - 78
MRM Veggie Elite - 77
The Best Overall Vegan Protein Powder: PlantFusion
One of the main reasons that I created this page was to answer the question: What is the best vegan protein powder?
While the best one for each individual person may differ, I think it’s fair to say that the protein powder that is best in most situations is the best overall vegan protein powder.
In other words, the powder with the highest overall score in the table above.
Therefore, the honor of being the best overall vegan protein goes to PlantFusion, with an overall score of 86.
Best Overall
PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder
PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein powders that I tried, it's easily the best tasting.
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Breaking it down by category:
Nutrition - 19
Price - 17
Mixability - 25
Taste - 25
It’s the only vegan protein powder that I’ve tried so far that I’ve given a perfect taste score to. It somehow manages to avoid the chalky texture and aftertaste that so many other products struggle with and mixes perfectly.
It’s reasonably cheap, and the protein content is very solid, even if it’s not the best (21 grams per 120 calories, or 70% of calories) among all powders.
If you’re looking for a safe plant based protein powder to get started with, I highly recommend PlantFusion.
The Best Vegan Protein Powder in the United States: PlantFusion
Since PlantFusion is the best overall, and it is widely available in the United States, it is of course the best overall vegan protein powder in the United States.
In case you’re not sure why, just scroll up one section to get an explanation of why it deserves this spot in my opinion.
The Best Plant Based Protein Powder in Canada: Plantfusion
When you adjust the price scores for Canadian prices (which the table does automatically if you select “Canada”), the top protein is still PlantFusion, even though it's a bit more expensive for us.
With the adjusted price scores, Plantfusion has an overall score of 84.
The taste and mixability of this protein powder is just about unbeatable.
While it's not expensive, it's not exactly cheap either.
If price is a big issue for you, the next best is Canadian Protein's All Natural Vegan Blend instead.
Best Overall - Canada
Canadian Protein All Natural Premium Vegan Protein Blend
Very cheap for Canadians, and you can buy in bulk to save even more. The taste, mixability, and nutrition are not perfect, but well above average.
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Breaking it down by category (with "Canada" selected in the table above):
Nutrition - 17
Price - 24
Mixability - 22
Taste - 20
It has an overall score of 83 for Canadians, and is the cheapest one available in Canada that I've come across. You can also purchase in bulk to bring down the cost further.
The Best Cheap Vegan Protein Powder: NOW Sports Pea Protein
Even if you’re on a budget, there are still some solid vegan protein powders for you.
Sorting the table by the “price” score makes it easy to see the best products that fit here.
The best cheap plant based protein powder in Canada is Canadian Protein’s All Natural Premium Vegan Protein Blend, with a price score of 24.
NOW Sports Pea Protein
NOW Sports Pea Protein is the cheapest vegan protein powder per 100 grams you'll find. The taste isn't amazing, but it still scores a solid overall score of 82.
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Here's how NOW Sports Pea Protein scored in the 4 main categories:
Nutrition - 25
Price - 23
Mixability - 19
Taste - 15
The higher the price score, the cheaper the protein powder is relative to other vegan protein powders. NOW Sports Pea Protein got a price score of 23, which is the highest, and therefore cheapest, of any protein powder.
The protein content is about as high as you can get, which is why it got a perfect nutrition score. It also mixes better than average.
The only thing that really hurt its overall score is the taste. It's not bad, it's just not great. If taste is really important to you, go with PlantFusion.
The Best Tasting Vegan Protein Powder: PlantFusion
PlantFusion was easily the best tasting vegan protein powder that I’ve tried so far, and it tasted better than any whey protein that I tried before I went vegan.
Best Tasting
PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder
PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein powders that I tried, it's clearly the best tasting. It comes in 5 different flavors.
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It’s the only one that I could give a perfect taste score of 25 to.
When I reviewed each of the 20+ vegan protein powders, taste was the only subjective category. In order to try and stay consistent and fair, I assigned taste scores based on this table:
Taste Score Meaning
Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
Very good.
Drinkable, not really good or bad.
A bit of a struggle to get down.
Quite bad, couldn't finish.
I noticed 3 problems in most other protein powders that affected their taste negatively:
Chalky texture - very common.
Bad aftertaste - not super common, but can be a big issue.
Bad flavor - some just have a weird taste.
Somehow, PlantFusion avoids all those common issues.
The powder grains are significantly smaller than other powders, which is probably why the texture was so good. No chalkiness at all.
There's also no aftertaste, and the flavor is fantastic.
Keep in mind that I’ve only tried the vanilla bean flavor so far. But I also prefer chocolate over vanilla, which makes PlantFusion even more impressive to me.
The Best Tasting Plant Based Protein Powders: Runner Ups
PlantFusion was the only product to get a perfect 25 taste rating.
But 2 protein powders were reasonably close behind, each with a taste rating of 22:
True Nutrition Vegan Lean
Leanfit Complete Green (CANADA only)
Best Tasting - 2nd
True Nutrition Vegan Lean
The highest protein content of any protein powder I tested. Mixes well, and has a great taste.
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True Nutrition Vegan Lean has several flavors, and you can customize your flavor intensity. I've only tried the cinnamon bun flavor, and it was great, but I can't personally speak to the taste of the other flavors.
The flavor and texture were very good overall, there was just a bit of chalkiness and aftertaste that prevented it from getting a perfect taste score.
See my full True Nutrition Vegan Lean review for more details and discount information.
Best Tasting - 2nd - Canada
Leanfit Complete Green
This Canadian Vegan protein powder has a great taste, and mixes very well. It's price and nutrition are just above average, leading to a solid overall score of 80.
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Leanfit Complete Green has a single flavor (Vanilla), and is only available in Canada (sometimes at Costco). Very small amount of chalkiness, but very good taste overall.
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