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Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016

Posted on May 25, 2017

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There are lots of factors to consider when choosing the right protein powder, so we thought we’d give you our Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016 to make your decision a bit easier. Protein powders form the building blocks of a sound nutrition plan and there are many things to consider when you are about to buy a protein powder for yourself. Here are a few key things we look at here at Sporty’s Health before we choose our own protein powder to use. And of course before we recommend a protein powder for you.

• Brand
• Value for money
• Quality of ingredients
• Taste
• Mixability
• Suitable for achieving your goals

Remember to give us a call if you need to know anything or need a bit more advice. Here we go, the Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016.

Gold Standard 100% Whey

Gold Standard 100% Whey is consistently in our Top 10 selling protein powders, and for a good reason. It ticks all of the boxes in our key points above. Gold Standard 100% Whey will give you 24 grams of protein per serve with low carbohydrates and fat. With three different protein sources making up the 24 grams of protein you are getting a good mix of fast and slower digesting protein sources. Here a few key point about Gold Standard 100% Whey for you.

    • Uses Whey Protein Isolate as the main source
    • Also has WPC & Whey Peptides to increase the amino acid delivery time
    • BCAA dense to boost your muscle protein synthesis
    • Will help support your lean muscle gains
    • Helps improve your recovery time
    • Added Glutamine to help prevent muscle catabolism
    • Supports your immune system
    • Tastes great and mixes well
    • Great range of flavours for you

You can get your hands on our top selling protein powder of 2016 here, 2.27kg Gold Standard 100% Whey
or the larger 4.5kg size 4.5kg Gold Standard 100% Whey

Musashi Bulk

Musashi Bulk is the first weight gain protein powder to be on our Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016 list. This protein supplement has been in the marketplace for many, many years and is a great performer. Bulk is a blend of Instantised Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate and it will give you 26.9 grams of protein per serve. The difference for this protein powder is its carbohydrate level, you get 24.4 grams of carbohydrates per serve. This makes Musashi Bulk around a 50/50 blend of protein and carbohydrates which makes it ideal for people to gain weight, people who expend a lot of energy and more. Here are a few key features about this weight gain protein powder for you.

    • Contains WPI and WPC
    • High in carbohydrates
    • Helps promote weight gain
    • Contains digestive enzymes to help protein absorption
    • Helps with increasing lean muscle mass
    • Limits muscle breakdown
    • Great for energy
    • Used to help muscle repair and recovery
    • Sustained release carbohydrate formula
    • Perfect for after sport

If Bulk sounds like your perfect training partner you can read more about it here, Bulk.


Syntha-6 protein powder by the US Company BSN comes in at number 3. This protein powder has been in the marketplace for a long time too, not as long as Bulk but still a long time. Syntha-6 will give you 22 grams of protein per serve which is made up of fast, medium and slow release protein sources. The taste of this protein powder is amazing and it also mixes very well too. There are many positives about this protein powder, more than just the great taste! It also contains fats in the form of MCTs and in the Sunflower Powder Blend. This gives Syntha-6 a thick consistency when you mix it and also helps with eliminating any food cravings you have during the day as well as the benefits of having more fats in your diet. Now on to a few key features for you about Syntha-6 by BSN.

    • Contains fast, medium and slow release protein sources
    • Has added MCTs
    • Helps promote muscle growth
    • Contains digestive enzymes to help with protein absorption
    • Great for muscle recovery
    • Tastes amazing
    • Mixes easily and mixes thick
    • 10 grams of EAA per serve
    • Sustained release
    • Perfect for appetite control

If you think you need Syntha-6 in your daily nutrition plan, you can get it here Syntha-6 by BSN.

100% Whey Protein

Another great performer throughout the year and also a good value protein blend is Balance 100% Whey.
This protein blend will give you 24 grams of protein per serve and the blend consists of Whey Protein Isolate and Whey Protein Concentrate. 100% Whey also has added Glutamine and Arginine in the formula to give it that small point of difference compared to others in the same category. Here’s a few key features for this great Balance protein powder.

    • Two protein sources only, WPI and WPC
    • Added Glutamine
    • Helps with promoting muscle growth
    • Contains a digestive aid to help with absorption
    • Great for improving recovery time
    • Naturally high in BCAA’s
    • Low carbohydrate level
    • Added Arginine
    • Perfect for immune support
    • High protein

This protein blend from Balance Sports Nutrition has been a good performer for us and also our customers for many years, and we are sure for many years to come. If you need a good protein blend you can find it here, Balance 100% Whey.

Rule 1 R1 WPI

A new protein that hit the shelves in 2016 was Rule 1 R1 Protein. Although the new kid on the block Rule 1 R1 WPI made a fast move into the top 10, jumping to number five due to its rapid popularity gain. This may have something to do with its amazing taste! If you are looking for a high quality, rapidly absorbed Whey Protein Isolate / hydrosylate that also hits the nail on the head for taste get our number five R1 WPInow. Delivering a higher protein ratio than most of its competitors at 87%, Rule 1 WPI provides 25g of protein per serve Key features of Rule 1 Ri WPI include:

    • Blend of Whey protein Isolate and Whey Protein Hydrosylate
    • Rapidly absorbed
    • Over 6g of BCAA’s per serve
    • Supports lean muscle gains
    • Gluten free
    • Zero sugar
    • Zero fat
    • Zero fillers

If you want to try this new protein superstar whose reputation is gaining fast ground in the supplement industry just click here Rule 1 R1 WPI.

ICE Whey

Number six on our Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016 is from the brand Horleys, ICE Whey to be exact. There certainly is a trend in this top 10 for protein powders with little or no carbohydrates. ICE Whey is a great all round high protein low carbohydrate protein blend. It gives you a mighty 32 grams of protein per serve and also has added Glutamine. ICE Whey is a fairly straight forward formula, so you definitely know what you are putting in your shaker at the end of the day. It has two protein sources for you, Instantised Cation Exchange Whey Protein Isolate as the main source (90% to be exact), and Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolate. Here are some key features about ICE Whey for you.

    • Only two protein sources
    • Has added Glutamine
    • Helps with promoting muscle growth
    • Contains Hydrolysed Isolate Fractions for rapid absorption
    • Awesome for recovery
    • Has a naturally high level of BCAA’s
    • Very low carbohydrates
    • Helps with muscle growth
    • Provides catabolic protection
    • High protein
    • Gluten free

Horleys ICE Whey comes in three flavours and two different sizes for you here, ICE Whey. Another great high protein low carbohydrate protein powder for you.

Ripped Factors

Number eight in our Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016 is the weight management protein powder by Horleys, Ripped Factors. Horleys has done well getting two of their protein powders in the Top 10 list. Ripped Factorsutilises the same Whey Protein Isolate used in ICE Whey for its protein source. This makes it a very high end advanced weight loss protein powder. It has that protein source as the base and also has a few other ingredients added to help you achieve your weight loss goals. These are, HCA, L-Carnitine, Caffeine, Chromium, L-Glutamine, L-Tyrosine, Green Coffee Extract, Guarana Extract, and BioPerine. Here are a few key features for you about Horleys Ripped Factors.

    • Only one protein source
    • Great for weight management
    • Has a long list of added ingredients
    • Contains ICE Whey Protein Isolate
    • Has Caffeine
    • Has a naturally high level of BCAA’s
    • Very low carbohydrates
    • Added vitamins and minerals
    • Assists with fat metabolism
    • High protein

Ripped Factors is available online now for you to purchase, if you have a main goal of losing weight, then this is the protein powder for you. You can see the flavours and the different sizes here, Weight loss with Ripped Factors.

Designer Physique Pea Protein Isolate

The top 10 is mostly whey dominant but here’s one for the lactose intolerant or those who just don’t do dairy, Number eight, Designer Physique Pea Protein Isolate. If you’re looking for a non-dairy, high bioavailable option in your protein powder, Pea Protein Isolate is a great choice. Designer Physique Pea Protein Isolate is an easily digested vegetarian / vegan protein source that is less acidic than its whey sources and delivers over 23g protein per serve. Key features of Pea Protein Isolate include:

    • Alkaline pH 7.7
    • Low allergy
    • Wheat, gluten and lactose free
    • Vegetarian/Vegan
    • Supports lean muscle gains
    • Improve muscle recovery

If you are looking for a great tasting non-dairy protein powder that mixes and digests easily then look no further. Check out the flavour and size options here Dairy Free with Pea Protein Isolate.


Number nine on our list is another protein powder that has been in the marketplace for a long time, VP2 by AST. If you are looking for an easy to use, quick absorbing, scientifically researched, easy on the stomach protein powder, VP2 is a great option for you. The Whey Protein Isolate used in VP2 is the only isolate that has been verified in scientific research to help you gain lean muscle and alter your body composition in favour of lean muscle. VP2 will give you 23 grams of protein per serve. These are a few key features for VP2.

    • Has Hydrolyzed Whey Protein Isolate
    • Great for muscle recovery
    • Scientifically proven to increase lean muscle
    • Contains WPI
    • Increases nitrogen retention
    • Mixes easily
    • Very low carbohydrates
    • Easy to drink
    • Helps with weight management
    • High protein

So VP2 is slightly different to other protein powders we have because of the research behind it. Also the way it mixes is unique too, it dissolves before your eyes with minimal shaking, well even before you start shaking it is dissolving. You can get your hands on our number nine in the Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016, you can here, VP2 for You.

Proto Whey

Last but not least in our Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016 is Proto Whey manufactured by the supplement company BNRG. Proto Whey is unique in its formula because it uses Micro Peptides from High-DH Whey Protein Hydrolysate as its protein source. The protein source in Proto Whey is made for swift absorption into your body when you use it. Having a quicker uptake of protein into your system gives your body the best chance for quick recovery after your workouts. And who doesn’t want that! You will get 20 grams of protein per serve when you use Proto Whey. Here are a few key features about Proto Whey for you to help you decide if you need it or not.

    • 100% Micro Peptide formula
    • Great for quick muscle recovery
    • Quick absorption rate
    • Contains MCTs
    • Has extra fibre added
    • Added L-Glutamine
    • Low carbohydrates
    • Tastes amazing
    • Easy to mix
    • High protein

If you want to buy Proto Whey it is available here at Sporty’s Health in two different sizes, you can get it here, BNRG Proto Whey.

Where to from here?

That’s the end of our Top 10 Protein Powders of 2016 and we hope you have found something you would like to read more about or buy through our website. There certainly were more high protein/low carbohydrate purchases than any other throughout 2016. Does this mean you are eating your carbohydrates rather than getting them in your protein shakes? Or maybe we just have customers that enjoy just having a simple protein powder that ticks the boxes in regards to flavours and getting the job done. Keep an eye out for the next top sellers here at Sporty’s Health!