I Tested 21 Products to Find the Best Vegan Protein Powder
When I first went vegan, all the vegan protein powder rankings that I found were biased, incomplete, or made by people who had only ever tried a few different options.
That's why I set out to find the best vegan protein powder on my own, by spending over 6 months collecting and objectively testing as many vegan powders as I could find. (That's my current collection below.)
I've broken down all the results of my testing in detail on this page. If you're in a hurry, feel free to skip to the part where I reveal the winner of my research.
You can see all my data and my unbiased (as much as possible) testing methodology on this page.
I've also broken down the best option in each category (i.e. best overall, best organic powder, etc.). You can use the table of contents below to skip to those sections if you prefer.
Table of Contents
My Testing Methodology
I started by buying every vegan (non-dairy) protein supplement I could find, and doing detailed reviews of them to help anyone looking for a plant based alternative to whey powders that they may have used in the past.
To do this fairly, I wanted to create an objective testing procedure to score each product in the 4 most important aspects of a protein powder:
- Price - How cheap a protein was per 100 grams.
- Nutrition - What percentage of the calories come from protein.
- Mixability - How well the powder mixes.
- Taste - How good does it taste (subjective).
Each aspect was scored out of 25, where a high score is always a good thing (i.e. a high "price" score means that a product is cheap, a high "mixability" score means that a protein was non-chalky).
A lot of time was spent refining my testing procedures to make sure they were consistent and fair, and this page is the culmination of all that work.
Here is the detailed testing methodology for my reviews 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.
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.
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.
All the links to products on this page go to Amazon, since that's most convenient for most people and they have a great selection. That being said, you can find some vegan protein powders at GNC, Costco, Vitamin Shoppe, or even Walmart if you prefer to shop in person.
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 winner is the one that is best in most situations.
In other words, the powder with the highest overall score in the table above.
PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein supplements that I tried, it's easily the best tasting.
Breaking it down by category, here's how PlantFusion scored:
- Taste - 25
- Mixability - 25
- Nutrition - 19
- Price - 17
Taste and digestion
It’s the only vegan protein shake 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.
PlantFusion also includes a blend of enzymes to make digesting it easier. This is a nice bonus if you're worried about protein shakes giving you gas. A few other products also include enzymes, but not many.
It's scored a perfect 1.0 on the Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), which is the test for protein quality that the US FDA and World Health Organization (WHO) use.
There's not much to say here, PlantFusion mixes perfectly. There was no clumping at all.
One observation I can make is that the grains of this protein powder are much smaller than every other powder I've reviewed. This is at least part of the reason that it mixes so well, and that the texture is non-chalky.
The overall protein content is very solid and above average (21 grams per 120 calories, or 70% of calories), even if it’s not the very best of all powders.
The ingredients are relatively unique, in a good way.
Here's the full ingredient list:
PlantFusion® Amino Acid Infused Protein Blend: (Pea Protein Isolate,Artichoke Protein, Organic Sprouted Amaranth Powder and Organic Sprouted Quinoa Powder), PlantFusion® Proprietary Enzyme Blend: Bromelain and Alpha Galactosidase with other naturally occurring enzymes. Fructose, natural vanilla flavor, stevia glycine, silica and xanthan gum.
Why it's good: Blending together 4 plant-based protein sources gives PlantFusion a balanced and complete amino acid profile. Overall there are 4,500 mg of BCAAs (L-isoleucine, L-Leucine and L-Valine) from vegan BCAA sources, and 3.350 mg of L-Glutamine. It's also free of all common allergens like dairy, soy, nuts, and gluten.
Some people are wary about fructose, but studies have shown that fructose is only unhealthy in high doses, so a few grams in a shake here shouldn't affect you negatively at all.
Again, PlantFusion scores above average, meaning that it's cheaper than the average vegan protein supplement.
Overall, if you’re looking for a plant-based powder to get started with that you'll almost certainly like, I can't recommend PlantFusion enough. (It's the one that I'll buy once I'm done with the 30+ pounds I need to finish first.)
The Best Option in the United States: PlantFusion
PlantFusion is the best overall, and it is widely available 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 Option 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 PlantFusion 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.
It's 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.
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
In general, vegan protein powders are quite a bit more expensive than whey protein powders.
However, if you’re on a budget, there are still some solid options for you.
Sorting the table by the “price” score makes it easy to see the best products that fit here. The higher the score, the cheaper it is (per 100 grams).
The cheapest plant based supplement turned out to be NOW Sports Pea protein with a "price" score of 23 out of 25. It also had one of the highest overall ratings of 82.
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.
Here's how NOW Sports 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 products. NOW Sports got a price score of 23, which is the highest (and therefore cheapest), of any protein that I looked at.
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.
Overall, it's a cheap, simple, high quality vegan protein powder. It doesn't mix or taste great, but that's the tradeoff for price that you pay.
If you'd like to get a more detailed look at how I calculated these scores, see my full NOW Sports review.
The Best Tasting Vegan Protein Powder: PlantFusion
PlantFusion was easily the best tasting vegan protein shake that I’ve tried so far, and it tasted better than any whey protein that I tried before I went vegan.
My non-vegan girlfriend stole the rest of it after I was done with testing it. Enough said.
I'll go over the very best tasting shakes here, but if you want a detailed analysis on why each protein got the taste score it did, see my detailed post on the best tasting vegan protein powders.
PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein shakes that I tried, it's clearly the best tasting. It comes in 5 different flavors.
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 products, taste was the only subjective category. In order to try and stay consistent and fair, I assigned taste scores based on this table:
Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.
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 shakes 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.
Best Tasting: Runner Ups
PlantFusion was the only product to get a perfect 25 taste rating.
But 2 others were reasonably close behind, each with a taste rating of 22:
The highest protein content of any protein powder I tested. Mixes well, and has a great taste.
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.
This Canadian-based 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.
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.
The Top Choice for Weight Loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, you want a protein powder supplement with as high of a protein content as possible, which will have minimal extra calories.
When I'm on a cut, I use protein shakes as a low-calorie meal replacement shake, usually in place of breakfast. Studies have shown that protein is great for satiety (keeping you "full"), even during caloric restriction.
Three products in my results table also have perfect nutrition scores, which correlate to protein content.
The highest protein content of any protein powder I tested. An impressive 87% of its calories come from protein.
According to my results, True Nutrition's Vegan Lean formula is one of the highest overall rated proteins.
It actually broke my nutrition score formula. It would have scored a 29, but I cap every score at 25. Basically, if your main priority is getting as much protein as possible, while minimizing calories, this is the best powder for you.
You can see my full True Nutrition Vegan Lean review for more details and discount information.
There are 2 other supplements with perfect nutrition scores which both have 80% of their calories coming from protein: Vega Sport and NOW Sports.
80% of Vega Sport's calories come from protein. It's a bit pricy, but an overall solid vegan supplement.
On top of the perfect nutrition score, Vega Sport gets a 12 for price, meaning that it's more expensive than average, but far from the most expensive overall.
It tastes pretty good (taste score of 20), and mixes a bit better than average (mixability score of 19).
It's also one of the easiest plant based protein supplement to find in stores, and definitely a great pickup if you can find it on sale.
NOW Sports, just like Vega Sport, has a perfect nutrition score. It's another good choice for weight loss.
A solid 80% of this product's calories come from protein. Additionally, it is the cheapest powder per 100 grams.
The taste isn't amazing, but it still scores a solid overall score of 82. If you're not too picky about taste, NOW Sports Pea Protein is a top choice for weight loss.
The Best Plant-Based Protein Powder for Weight Gain
If you want to gain weight, you need more calories, period.
Therefore, you want to get not only as much protein as possible, but as many calories as possible as well from your shakes.
Here’s a table that shows how many calories are in each serving:
|Name||Calories per serving|
|Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend||190|
|Garden of Life Raw Fit||170|
|Orgain Organic Plant Based Powder||150|
|Optimum Nutrition Gold Plant||150|
|Vega One All-in-one shake||140|
|MRM Veggie Elite||130|
|Purely Inspired Organic||130|
|Vega Protein and Greens||120|
|True Nutrition - Vegan Optimizer||117|
|Vegan Lean Formula (True Nutrition)||110|
|Leanfit Complete Green||110|
|Sunwarrior - Warrior Blend, Raw||100|
Iron Vegan wins with 190 calories per serving, but it’s only available in Canada, it also has a low overall score and I wouldn’t recommend it in most situations.
Instead, I would say that the runner up, VeganSmart, is the best vegan shake for weight gain.
Not the best overall score, but great for weight gain. Has 20 grams of protein, and 160 calories per serving (plus whatever liquid you use).
VeganSmart is more of an all-in-one meal replacement shake than just a protein shake, with a broader focus on nutrition than just protein.
It's not the best tasting, with a taste score of 15 (i.e. "drinkable, but not great"), but if you're looking for calories, it's your best choice.
Also, if you're trying to gain weight, ideally you'll be mixing your powder into some sort of high calorie smoothie, which won't make taste much of an issue.
The Best Protein for Athletes: LeanFit Complete Green
If you’re interested in a protein shake because you’re an athlete, the most important post-workout nutrients for you are protein and carbohydrates.
After you train, you want to start repairing damaged muscle tissue and refilling your glycogen stores.
In other words, you’ll want a low fat protein shake (which will be high in protein and/or carbs).
Here’s a chart that breaks down each product by the percent of calories in a serving that come from fat.
|Name||Calories per serving||Fat cals per serving||% of Cals|
|LeanFit Complete Green||110||0||0|
|Vegan Lean Formula (True Nutrition)||110||10||9|
|Vegan Optimizer Formula (True Nutrition)||117||11||9|
|MRM Veggie Elite||130||14||11|
|Sunwarrior - Warrior Blend, Raw||100||15||15|
|Garden of Life Raw Fit||170||20||12|
|Vega Protein and Greens||120||20||17|
|Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend||190||27||14|
|Vega One All-in-one shake||140||27||19|
According to that data, the best protein powder for athletes is LeanFit Complete Green.
Leanfit Complete Green, only available in Canada has 0 calories coming from fat. It consists entirely of protein (19 grams per serving) and carbohydrates.
This Canadian Vegan protein shake has a great taste, and mixes very well. It's price and protein content are just above average, leading to a solid overall score of 80.
Unfortunately, this is only available in Canada.
If you live in the United States, the next best option is True Nutrition's Vegan Lean formula.
The highest protein content of any powder I tested. Mixes well, and has a great taste.
91% of Vegan Lean's calories come from protein and carbohydrates.
If you live anywhere else besides the U.S. or Canada, I promise I'm working on including your country in the future. For now, I'd recommend looking for MRM Veggie Elite.
Veggie Elite has just over 89% of its calories coming from protein and carbohydrates. That being said, it doesn't taste very good, so carefully consider how much this particular attribute is worth to you.
Most protein powders by their nature will be good for athletes, so you might want to prioritize a different aspect like taste.
The Best Organic Vegan Protein Powder: Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder
There’s a handful of products that I tested that fully consist of certified organic and non-GMO ingredients.
None of them have very high overall scores, mainly because organic ingredients tend to cost more, which lowers the price scores.
Technically, the winner is NOW Sports Pea Protein, but only the unflavored version. The chocolate or vanilla flavors do not consist only of organic ingredients.
The real winner of top organic vegan protein powder is Purely Inspired Organic Powder, with an overall score of 72.
If you'd like more detail, I have a page dedicated to the best organic vegan protein powders.
The highest rated certified organic product. It mixes well and has a high protein content, although it's fairly expensive, and doesn't taste amazing (It's drinkable though).
Here is Purely Inspired's full ingredient list:
Organic Protein Blend (Pea Protein, Brown Rice Protein), Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Cocoa Powder, Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Natural Flavors, Organic Rebaudioside A (Stevia Extract), Organic Fruit and Veggie Blend, Digestive Enzyme and Probiotic Blend
Here’s a breakdown of Purely Inspired's scores:
- Price - 13
- Nutrition - 22
- Mixability - 22
- Taste - 15
It mixes very well and has an above average protein content. The taste honestly isn't amazing, but it's drinkable. The price is definitely on the higher side, but far from the most expensive.
On top of the protein content, it also has a fruit and veggie blend which gives it a lot of vitamins and minerals (particularly iron).
See my Purely Inspired Review for a more detailed look.
If you're not interested in Purely Inspired, for whatever reason, here are the next highest rated organic vegan protein powders:
- Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Review - 65
- Ingredients: Plant Protein Blend (Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sacha Inchi Protein), Natural Flavor, AncienTrim Organic Grain Blend (Organic Amaranth, Organic Quinoa, Organic Buckwheat, Organic Millet, Organic Chia), Organic Cinnamon Powder, Organic Stevia Leaf Extract, Organic Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid, Organic Gum Arabic, Salt, Organic Pomegranate Powder, Cyanocobalamin.
- Orgain Organic Protein Powder Review - 64
- Ingredients: Organic Pea Protein, Organic Brown Rice Protein, Organic Chia Seed, Organic Hemp Protein, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic High Oleic Sunflower Oil, Organic Inulin, Organic Rice Dextrins, Organic Rice Bran Extract, Organic Erythritol, Organic Natural Flavors, Organic Alkalized Cocoa, Sea Salt, Natural Flavor, Organic Acacia Gum, Organic Stevia, Organic Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum.
- Garden of Life Raw Fit Review - 53
- Ingredients: Organic Pea Protein, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Tapioca Fiber, Organic Chia Seed & Sprout, Organic Flax Seed & Sprout, Organic Cracked-Wall Chlorella, Organic Amaranth Sprout, Organic Quinoa Sprout, Organic Millet Sprout, Organic Buckwheat Sprout, Organic Garbanzo Bean Sprout, Organic Lentil Sprout, Organic Adzuki Bean Sprout, Organic Sunflower Seed Sprout, Organic Pumkin Seed Sprout, Organic Sesame Sprout, Organic Stevol, Organic Ashwagandha, Raw Probiotic & Enzyme Blend.
The Best Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Shakes: PlantFusion
PlantFusion was the top overall protein, and it happens to come in both vanilla and chocolate flavors (as well as several other flavors).
Therefore, PlantFusion is both the best overall vanilla and chocolate option for vegans.
PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ products that I tried, it's easily the best tasting. It comes in 5 flavors, including chocolate and vanilla.
It scores high in all 4 main categories (out of 25):
- Nutrition - 19
- Price - 17
- Mixability - 25
- Taste - 25
It's a "safe" choice for just about anyone.
The Best Protein for Vegans With No Soy: True Nutrition Vegan Lean
Not all vegans like soy, and it's a pretty common allergy as well. Luckily, quite a few powders that I reveiewed are completely soy-free.
You can see the ingredients for each product in the table (in the "results" section of this page) by clicking the “view” button at the end of each row.
The best product with no soy turns out to be PlantFusion once again.
PlantFusion is the best overall and best tasting plant based protein powder. Its protein blend is based off of pea, artichoke, quinoa, and amaranth.
Here is PlantFusion's full ingredient list:
PlantFusion® Amino Acid Infused Protein Blend: (Pea Protein Isolate,Artichoke Protein, Organic Sprouted Amaranth Powder and Organic Sprouted Quinoa Powder) Providing 4,500 mg BCAAs (L-isoleucine, L-Leucine and L-Valine) and 3.350 mg L-Glutamine, PlantFusion® Proprietary Enzyme Blend: Bromelain and Alpha Galactosidase with other naturally occurring enzymes. Fructose, natural vanilla flavor, stevia glycine, silica and xanthan gum.
No soy in sight.
The Best Plant Based Protein Powder Without Stevia
If you’re not a fan of stevia, I really sympathize with you, because there aren’t many options for you.
There’s actually only one powder that I’ve tried that doesn’t have stevia, and that’s the NOW Sports unflavored pea protein.
NOW Sports Pea Protein is the cheapest protein supplement per 100 grams you'll find. The taste isn't amazing, but it still scores a solid overall score of 82.
It only has one ingredient:
- Pure, organic Pea Protein Isolate [from yellow peas (Pisum sativum) (Non-GMO)].
I’ll be looking for more powders without Stevia to add to the table in the future.
If you’re looking for other options, your best bet are the ones with an “unflavored” flavor, even though some still use stevia.
Note that the ingredients in the comparison table do not currently update when you pick a flavor, so you’ll have to check the ingredients elsewhere.