5 Best Budget Protein Powders

Whether you’re bulking up over winter or getting ripped for summer, protein powders are an easy, trackable and affordable way to supplement your protein intake.

Pick the right protein powder and your post-workout shakes will be great tasting and lump-free. Then you’ll consistently hit your macros and live happily ever after as a ripped beast of a man or women.

Pick the wrong powder, however, and you’ll end up with a sludgey porridge in your shaker that you have to eat with a spoon. You’ll begin to hate protein shakes and the the gym. Eventually you’ll stop training altogether and live out your days dreaming of a four-plate deadlift.

In summary, your protein powder is super, super important!

So, after around six months of highly unscientific research, I’m ready to share my 5 favourite budget protein powders.

Take a look at my choices and let me know what you think. And if I missed your favourite powder, let me know about it in the comments.

 

What Should You Look For?

  • Protein per scoop: It’s what we’re here for! How much protein is in each scoop?
  • Mixability: Unless you like eating mashed whey potatoes, you’ll need a supplement that will mix into water or milk.
  • Tastes and Flavours: Let’s face it, unflavoured whey tastes like crap. Pick up a supplement that tastes good and has a range of flavours.
  • Dietary requirements: Vegan or vegetarian? Remember to look at the protein sources in each supplement as dairy-based protein is super common.
  • Your budget: Budget is a pretty wide price bracket but we’ve limited our picks to protein powders under £15 per kilo, perfect for the budget-conscious lifter!

 

The Protein Works — Whey Protein 80

The Protein Works — Whey Protein 80

Price per kg

£12.99

Protein per 30g Scoop

19.6g

Flavours

13

It’s no secret that The Protein Works (TPW) is one of our favourite brands with the Cheshire-based outfit pumping out one fantastic supplement after another.

When it comes to budget whey, it takes something special to beat TPW’s Whey Protein 80. After bagging the Best Protein gong at the FSN Product Awards in 2014, Whey Protein 80 has established itself as a firm favourite of gym-goers everywhere.

Inventive flavours, faultless mixability and a really decent protein content give Whey Protein 80 the top spot on our list.

 

Maximuscle — Whey Protein Concentrate

Maximuscle — Whey Protein Concentrate

Price per kg

£13.60

Protein per 30g Scoop

17.7g

Flavours

3

Now, Maximuscle isn’t necessarily a name you’d associate with a budget protein power list but here it is!

Unlike the normal £40 per kilo offers from Maximuscle, Whey Protein Concentrate is a budget range designed with cost in mind. The good news is that the low price tag doesn’t mean a drop in quality, Maximuscle claim their cheapest whey is still made with the same care and precision that goes into their more expensive alternatives.

Savings have clearly been made in the flavour department with only three options available: Chocolate, Strawberry and Raspberry. If I’m honest, though, all three are better than a lot of other flavours on the market.

All in all, Whey Protein Concentrate is a solid powder at a great price. Give it a try and you’ll be wondering what goes into the more expensive options to bump up the price so much.

 

Myprotein — Impact Whey Protein

Myprotein — Impact Whey Protein

Price per kg

£10.99

Protein per 30g Scoop

21g

Flavours

54

If you buy it in bulk, Impact Whey Protein runs to about £10.99 a kilo, which is seriously cheap for a super clean whey protein supplement.

Most other wheys at this price point are either adulterated with loads of crap or prone to causing digestive havoc. Thankfully, Impact Whey does neither.

With a super simple formula, containing just premium, grass-fed whey protein concentrate, an emulsifier and some flavourings, this is definitely not a stripped back protein shake and that’s exactly why we love it.

In every 25g scoop, 21g is protein, 1.9g is fat and 1g is carbohydrates. That’s damn clean, especially compared to a lot of other cheap wheys on the market.

The only problem is the mixability, which is, to be blunt, pretty poor.

 

BULK POWDERS™ — Pure Whey

BULK POWDERS — Pure Whey

Price per kg

£12.49

Protein per 30g Scoop

20g

Flavours

23

For a no-frills supplement manufacturer like BULK POWDERS, rolling out quality whey protein should be second nature.

The good news is that Pure Whey is just that!

Depending on how much you buy, Pure Whey will cost you somewhere between £19.98 and £12.40 per kilo, which is pretty good. Throw in a BULK POWDER discount code, which always seem to be kicking around, and you can cut another 20 to 30 percent off your bill.

Unlike some of the other protein powders on this list (I’m looking at you Impact Whey!), Pure Whey mixes really easily in both water and milk.

Taste-wise it’s good, too. There’s 23 flavours, ranging from Lemon Meringue to Toffee Popcorn so it’s easy to keep it fresh. What I’ve tried (Banana, Chocolate, Chocolate Mint and Raspberry) has been nice and I’ve heard pretty good things about the rest.

It uses a whey protein concentrate so you’re looking at an 82 percent protein content. It digests pretty well and I’ve had absolutely no problems during the two or so years I’ve personally used it.

Pure Whey has been my protein supplement of choice for a few years now and I genuinely don’t see anything out there that’ll dethrone it.

 

USN — Whey Protein Essentials

USN — Whey Protein Essentials

Price per kg

£14.99

Protein per 30g Scoop

20g

Flavours

8

I like USN and was pretty excited to try out their budget whey protein. It comes in 8 flavours so I picked up two small pouches — chocolate and fruit smoothie — to test.

The powder mixes well with water and milk with just a shaker and a ball, which was a nice surprise. Both flavours were nice, although fruit smoothie was a touch on the sweet side.

The powder includes both a concentrate and an isolate, which is a nice touch and I did feel fuller for longer compared to my normal Pure Whey shake. It went down fine and digested without any issues.

In terms of price, you’re looking at between £19.98 and £10.79 per kilo. That’s awesome value, especially when you remember that USN isn’t a cut-price budget brand like some on this list.

All in all, I was pretty happy with Whey Protein Essentials. It does exactly what it says on the tin and provides a chunk of protein for relatively little. What’s not to like?

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