What's the Best Vegan Protein Powder? (I bought and tested 20+ to find out)

Last updated: February 11, 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
best vegan protein powder - plantfusion packaging
86 /100

PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein powders that I tried, it's easily the best tasting.

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:

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 altogether and you have a solid plant based protein powder.


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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 vegan protein powder collection
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:

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.

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.

If you order the table by overall score, you'll find that the best vegan protein powders are (in order):

  1. PlantFusion - 86
  2. NOW Sports Pea Protein - 82
  3. True Nutrition Vegan Lean - 81
  4. Canadian Protein All Natural Blend - 78
  5. 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
best vegan protein powder - plantfusion packaging
86 /100

PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein powders that I tried, it's easily the best tasting.

Breaking it down by category:

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
Canadian Protein All Natural Premium Vegan Protein Blend picture
83 /100

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):

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.

Cheapest
NOW Sports Pea Protein
now sports pea protein powder packaging
82 /100

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 Pea Protein scored in the 4 main categories:

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
best vegan protein powder - plantfusion packaging
86 /100

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.

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

25

Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.

20

Very good.

15

Drinkable, not really good or bad.

10

A bit of a struggle to get down.

5

Quite bad, couldn't finish.

I noticed 3 problems in most other protein powders that affected their taste negatively:

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:

Best Tasting - 2nd
True Nutrition Vegan Lean
true nutrition vegan lean protein powder packaging
81 /100

The highest protein content of any protein powder I tested. Mixes well, and has a great taste.

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
leanfit protein packaging picture
80 /100

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.

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 Best Vegan Protein Powder for Weight Loss

If you’re trying to lose weight, you want a protein powder with as high of a protein content as possible, which will have minimal extra calories.

Three protein powders in the table above have perfect nutrition scores, which correlates to protein content.

Best Weight Loss
True Nutrition Vegan Lean
true nutrition vegan lean protein powder packaging
81 /100

The highest protein content of any protein powder I tested. An impressive 87% of its calories come from protein.

True Nutrition Vegan Lean is one of the highest overall rated protein powders.

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 categories, 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 protein powders with perfect scores which both have 80% of their calories coming from protein: Vega Sport and NOW Sports Pea Protein.

Best Weight Loss - 2nd
Vega Sport
vega sport protein powder packaging
76 /100

80% of Vega Sport's calories come from protein. It's a bit pricy, but an overall solid vegan protein powder.

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 powder to find in stores, and definitely a great pickup if you can find it on sale.


NOW Sports Pea Protein, just like Vega Sport, has a perfect nutrition score. It's another good choice for weight loss.

Best Weight Loss - 2nd
NOW Sports Pea Protein
now sports pea protein powder packaging
82 /100

A solid 80% of NOW Sports Pea Protein's calories come from protein. Additionally, it is the cheapest vegan protein 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 good vegan protein powder for weight loss.


The Best Vegan Protein Powder for Weight Gain

If you want to gain weight, you need more calories, period.

When we’re talking about protein powders, it makes sense to get not only as much protein as possible, but the most calories.

Here’s a table that shows how many calories are in each serving of protein powder:

Name Calories per serving
Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend 190
Garden of Life Raw Fit 170
VeganSmart 160
Vega Sport 150
Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder 150
Kaizen 150
Optimum Nutrition Gold Plant 150
MRM Veggie Protein 150
Bodylogix 140
Vega One All-in-one shake 140
MRM Veggie Elite 130
Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder 130
Canadian Protein 126
PlantFusion 120
Now Sports 120
Vega Protein and Greens 120
True Nutrition - Vegan Protein Optimizer 117
True Nutrition Vegan Lean Formula 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 protein powder for weight gain.

Best Weight Gain
Naturade VeganSmart
naturade vegansmart packaging
62 /100

Not the best overall score, but great for weigh 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 (but still has quite a bit of 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 protein powder into some sort of high calorie smoothie, which won't make taste much of an issue.


The Best Vegan Protein Powder for Athletes: LeanFit Complete Green

If you’re interested in a protein shake because you’re an athlete, the most important 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 protein powder 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
True Nutrition Vegan Lean Formula 110 10 9
True Nutrition - Vegan Protein Optimizer 117 11 9
MRM Veggie Elite 130 14 11
Sunwarrior - Warrior Blend, Raw 100 15 15
Canadian Protein 126 18 14
Garden of Life Raw Fit 170 20 12
Purely Inspired Organic Protein Powder 130 20 15
Now Sports 120 20 17
Vega Protein and Greens 120 20 17
Plantfusion 120 20 17
Vega Sport 150 25 17
Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend 190 27 14
Kaizen 150 27 18
ON 150 27 18
Bodylogix 140 27 19
Vega One All-in-one shake 140 27 19
MRM Veggie Protein 150 30 20
Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder 150 40 27
Vegan smart 160 45 28

According to that data, the best protein powder for athletes is LeanFit Complete Green.

Best for Athletes - Canada
Leanfit Complete Green
leanfit protein packaging picture
80 /100

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 powder 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.

2nd Best for Athletes
True Nutrition Vegan Lean
true nutrition vegan lean protein powder packaging
81 /100

The highest protein content of any protein 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 reccomend 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 protein powders in the chart that fully consist of organic 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 best organic vegan protein powder is Purely Inspired Organic Powder, with an overall score of 72.

Best Organic
Purely Inspired
purely inspired organic plant protein powder packaging
72 /100

The highest rated certified organic vegan protein powder. 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:

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:


The Best Plant Based Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Powders: PlantFusion

The best overall protein powder 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 protein powder for vegans.

Best Vanilla/Chocolate
PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder
best vegan protein powder - plantfusion packaging
86 /100

PlantFusion mixes almost perfectly, and of the 20+ vegan protein powders that I tried, it's easily the best tasting. It comes in 5 flavors, including chocolate and vanilla.

PlantFusion is the best tasting and best overall vegan protein powder I've reviewed so far.

It scores high in all 4 main categories (out of 25):

It's a "safe" choice for just about anyone.


The Best Vegan Protein Powder With No Soy: True Nutrition Vegan Lean

Not all vegans like soy, and there are quite a few powders in the table that don’t have it in them.

You can see the ingredients for each product in the table by clicking the “view” button at the end of each row.

The best vegan protein powder with no soy turns out to be PlantFusion.

Best With No Soy
PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder
best vegan protein powder - plantfusion packaging
86 /100

PlantFusion is the best overall and best tasting plant based protein powder. Its protein blend is based off of pea, artichoke, quinoa, and amaranth powder protein.

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 protein powder that I’ve tried that doesn’t have stevia, and that’s the NOW Sports unflavored pea protein.

Best No Stevia
NOW Sports Pea Protein
now sports pea protein powder packaging
82 /100

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.

It only has one ingredient:

I’ll be looking for more vegan protein 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.

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