If you’ve ever known the peculiar experience of having a lump of protein powder explode in your mouth, or finding a thick disc of silt at the bottom of what you thought was a well-blended shake, you’ll know the importance of a good protein shaker. What you might not necessarily know is how to find one, which is where our list of the best protein shakers comes in.
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If you’re worried about nasties lurking in plastic, or simply want something that’ll last a bit longer (assuming, of course, it doesn’t get smashed by an errant weight), take a look at the Pro Blend Glass Shaker. (opens in new tab) For sheer practicality though, nothing beats plastic, and with more quick-shaking, comfy-holding, leak-proof offerings on the market than ever before, there are lots of options to choose from.
Our number one overall is the BlenderBottle Classic (opens in new tab) for its time-tested design, huge range of colours, generous capacity and guaranteed leak-proofing, but for other choices that more than meet the challenge, keep reading below.
The BlenderBottle is the protein shaker that started it all, and it’s still going strong, with legions of loyal fans all over the world giving it a muscle-bound thumbs up. Reviewers found that this strong BPA-free plastic bottle happily survived being thrown in bags and lockers, knocked over, dropped and chucked in the dishwasher, and that the wire ball inside mixed even grittier powders to smooth perfection. On top of that, it’s guaranteed leak-proof, so even with all the aforementioned bad behaviour, it shouldn’t leave your gym kit covered in spirulina. Great all round.
If you’ve got the heebie jeebies about BPA and who knows what other nasties, you might want to forego plastic when it comes to your protein shaker, which is where this Pro Blend version steps up to the plate. The glass protein shaker might be a bit heavier than your average, but its material works wonders, with a double-wall vacuum keeping drinks cold for up to 24 hours. This means that if you hit the gym after work, it won’t be any great tragedy if you’ve forgotten to put your bottle in the fridge, and the helpful carry loop ensures it won’t be left at the office either.
There’s no subtle way to carry a lunchbox into the gym with you, so avoid the double-takes and the overburdening all together with this Blender Bottle, which has a cleverly concealed snack compartment built in. Naturally this takes up some of the body of the bottle, but the drink compartment still carries a very decent-sized shake (625 millilitres, to be exact), and the twin twist-off sections mean you can carry your powder with you, as well as supplements or nibbles, and mix at the last minute for a fresher shake.
Show the world you mean business with this cheeky slogan protein shaker, which comes in a choice of designs proclaiming ‘Beast’ or ‘Get S**t Done’ – although if you’re feeling low-key, you can just show Hydracup some love with a decidedly more subtle branded bottle. Whatever your aesthetic choice, you’re assured of a uniquely versatile shaker bottle, and reviewers loved the dual sections that can be used for separate pregame and post-workout drinks, or holding powder and water or milk separately for shaking as needed.
You’ve heard of a storm in a teacup, but how about a tornado in a protein shaker? This PROMiXX shaker is powered by batteries for foolproof, even mixing without the effort, which will be good news for anyone with mobility issues that make vigorous shaking a pain, or even just anyone whose arms feel like lead after a workout. While its 12,000 RPM motor says it’ll see off lumps and grit, the jug itself offers a leak-proof guarantee which, together with its strong BPA- and DEHP-free plastic construction, means it’s quite happy to be chucked in with the gym kit.
Okay, don’t laugh, because if you’ve ever had a well-meaning but surprisingly painful flip cap close on your nose mid-run, you’ll know exactly why this bottle is a good buy. The stay-open cap makes it easier to grab a drink while you’re in the thick of it, and side gripper bars are designed to make the whole thing easier to hold on to, even with sweaty hands. As such, it’s just as good for toting with you on a jog as it is in the gym, or even in the car, where it’s slightly smaller capacity makes it the right size for most cup holders.
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