The Best Vegan Protein Powders | I've Tried Them All...
Last updated: January 2, 2018
When I first went vegan, I knew protein powder would make the transition a lot easier.
I looked around to find out which was the best vegan protein powder, and mostly found lists that were too biased, or made from 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.
The table just below summarizes all those reviews
The table below lets you sort by the most important factors to you, each main score is out of 25 (a high score is better than a lower one):
- Price - The higher the score, the cheaper it is.
- Nutrition - The higher the score, the higher the percentage of total calories come from protein.
- Mixability (how well it mixes) - The higher the score, the better it mixes.
- Taste - The higher the score, the better the taste.
The scores were not randomly chosen.
Instead, I create a repeatable procedure for testing protein powders that allowed me to calculate objective, unbiased scores whenever possible.
Here is the detailed methodology if you’d like to understand how I test the products.
The Vegan Protein Powder Comparison Table
Click the headers to sort by a specific score or measurement.
Use the "Filter" in order to only show protein powders available in specific countries or flavors.
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 customized table with personalized weights here.
If you’d like more detail once you’ve identified a few protein powders that you might be interested in, click on the review links in the table.
The reviews are fairly short, usually 800-1,000 words, but go into more specific details on why each protein powder received the scores they did.
Using the data from the table, we can now identify the best vegan protein powder for different situations.
Quick Links to the vegan protein powder that is the:
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.
Breaking it down by category:
- Nutrition - 18.75
- Price - 17.28
- 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.
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, PlantFusion 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 PlantFusion deserves this spot in my opinion.
The Best Plant Based Protein Powder in Canada
PlantFusion is available in Canada, but it’s more expensive to due to the typical exchange rate.
When you adjust the price scores for Canadian prices (which the table does automatically if you select “Canada”), the top protein actually changes.
The best vegan protein powder in Canada is actually Canadian Protein’s All Natural Premium Vegan Protein Blend
With the adjusted price scores, the All Natural Premium Blend has an overall score of 84, surpassing PlantFusion.
This was the first vegan protein that I ever tried, and it remains a favorite.
It has a solid rating in every main category:
- Nutrition - 17
- Price - 24
- Mixability - 22
- Taste - 22
The protein content isn’t quite as high as some of the other protein powders, but it’s not far behind. It has 21 grams of protein (84 calories) in a 126 calorie serving.
One great thing that this product offers is the chance to buy in bulk. Very few vegan protein powders have large product sizes, and this all natural blend comes in 1 kg, 2 kg, and 5 kg (11 lb) sizes.
The largest size is incredibly cheap, and further cements this product as the best in Canada that I have tried so far.
The Best Tasting Vegan Protein Powder: PlantFusion
PlantFusion was heads and shoulders the best tasting vegan protein powder that I’ve tried so far, and it’s probably better than any whey protein that I tried before I went vegan.
It’s the only one that I could give a perfect taste score of 25 to.
Most other powders have one or more of these common problems:
- Chalky texture
- Bad aftertaste
- Weird taste.
Somehow, PlantFusion avoids them all, although keep in mind that I’ve only tried the vanilla bean flavor so far.
The shakes were incredibly smooth, had a great taste, and no hint of aftertaste. There’s no clear way of improving it, which is why I believe it deserves a perfect score in this (subjective) category.
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.
Two protein powders in the chart above have a perfect nutrition score, which correlates to protein content: Vega Sport and NOW Sports Pea Protein.
120 of Vega Sport’s 150 calories per serving come from protein, or 80%.
Similarly, 96 of NOW Sport’s 120 calories per serving come from protein, which is also 80%.
No other vegan protein powder in the table had a higher protein percentage.
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|
|Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder||150|
|MRM Veggie Protein||150|
|MRM Veggie Elite||130|
|Vega Protein and Greens||120|
|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 VeganSmart is the best vegan protein powder for weight gain.
VeganSmart is right behind with 160 calories per serving. This makes sense since it’s an all-in-one shake, with a broader focus on nutrition than just protein.
The Best Vegan Protein Powder for Athletes: MRM Veggie Elite
If you’re interested in a protein shake because you’re an athlete, the most important nutrients for you are protein and carbohydrates.
In other words, you’ll want a low fat protein shake.
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 calories per serving||Percent of Calories|
|MRM Veggie Elite||130||14||11|
|Iron Vegan Athlete's Blend||190||27||14|
|Sunwarrior - Warrior Blend, Raw||100||15||15|
|Vega Protein and Greens||120||20||17|
|MRM Veggie Protein||150||30||20|
|Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder||150||40||27|
According to that data, the best protein powder for athletes is MRM Veggie Elite.
Veggie Elite has just over 89% of its calories coming from protein and carbohydrates.
The Best Organic Vegan Protein Powder: Orgain Organic 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 Orgain Organic Powder, with an overall score of 71.
Here’s a breakdown of Orgain’s scores:
- Price - 8
- Nutrition - 16
- Mixability - 25
- Taste - 22
Clearly, it’s pretty expensive, which is common among organic products. However, the protein content is decent, and it both mixes and tastes great.
The Best Cheap Vegan Protein Powder
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 25. It costs only $2 CAD / 100 grams for the 1 kg version, but is even cheaper if you buy the bulk versions.
In the United States, the best cheap vegan protein powder is NOW Sports Pea Protein.
It’s super cheap, only $1.9 USD/100 grams.
The Best Plant Based Vanilla and Chocolate Protein Powders: PlantFusion
The best overall protein powder happens to come in both vanilla and chocolate flavors.
Therefore, PlantFusion is both the best overall vanilla and chocolate protein powder for vegans.
By coincidence, it scores the highest on both overall score, and taste.
The Best Vegan Protein Powder With No Soy: PlantFusion
Not all vegans like soy, and there are quite a few powders in the table that don’t have it.
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.
Here is the 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.
The protein blend is based off of peas, artichokes, amaranth, and quinoa, as well as added BCAAs.
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.
It only has one ingredient:
- Pure, organic Pea Protein Isolate [from yellow peas (Pisum sativum) (Non-GMO)].
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.