How We Do Our Protein Powder Reviews

Nicole JohnsonBefore we dive into how we do our detailed protein powder reviews, there’s something that I want to mention about supplements and protein in general.

Since all people have variations in how their bodies work, this means that supplements, including protein, will have varying effects on each person.

A particular protein powder that works like a charm for one person may not work at all for you and vice versa. Its just the nature of our differing biologies!

We’ll try our best to point out which protein powders we think work best and which to avoid. That’s what our ranking of the best protein powders is all about.

Sometimes it does take a little trial and error to find that perfect match for you and your body.

If one doesn’t work for you, don’t worry! Take note of the ingredients, what happened and move onto the next.

I can personally vouch for the incredible benefits that protein supplementation has had on my body, health and overall well being.

But there’s no way I can guarantee what works for me will work for you.

And keep in mind that all the opinions and reviews on this website are me and my team’s personal opinions and observations.  These aren’t full-blown clinical trials with hundreds of participants conducted over many years.

We buy them, try them and tell you what we think.  And hopefully our experiences will help you find a specific protein powder that works perfectly for your needs and your body.

With all that being said, let’s now quickly go over how we do our reviews and what we look for when evaluating a protein supplement.

Protein Powder Reviews: Our Process

When testing out a new protein supplement, we follow a very specific set of procedures to make sure that each and every supplement gets a fair shake.

First and foremost, we buy every product we test (we don’t accept “free” product from brand manufacturers).

We pride ourselves in personally testing out each and every product.

Unlike a lot of other “review” websites, that don’t actually test out the products (imagine that!), we form our opinions based on our actual use and not from the “marketing” information provided by manufacturers.

Once we get the protein, we have at least one girl and one guy take the supplement as directed on the packaging.

While taking the protein, we keep notes on every aspect of what we experience, which includes the following…

What We’re Looking At When We Try A Protein

Here are the 6 criteria we use for our protein supplement reviews:

  • Taste/Smell: Since you’re gong to be taking these virtually every day, it’s important that you like (or at least don’t hate) the way your protein powder tastes and smells.
  • Ease Of Use: Here we’ll tell you how easy to use a particular protein powder is. We’ll include serving size, how easy it is to mix with water, etc.
  • Ingredients/Quality: We’ll tell you what ingredients are in there, what source of protein is used, and anything else related to the quality of the ingredients.
  • Results: Here we’ll give you an idea of how the protein powder worked for a few different goals including weight loss, toning and muscle building.
  • Price/Value: How much does the protein powder cost overall, how much it costs per day, and if it’s a good value or not?
  • Guarantee: Does the product have a money back or satisfaction guarantee of any kind?  And what’s each company’s return policy.

How The Overall Rating Is Made and What It Means

After we’ve reviewed and tried a particular protein powder, I write up (and film) an overall opinion and assign a rating between 1 and 5, 5 being the best.

Here’s what the ratings mean…

0-1.0 Stars:  This product really isn’t very good.  It may have negative side effects, bad value, high cost, allergy concerns, and no guarantee of any kind.  Or it just didn’t produce any results.

1.5-2.0 Stars:  Not a good product overall but may have a good quality or two. Such as being affordable or tastes good.

2.5-3.0 Stars:  An average product that will work for some people. Probably is a decent value and works ok.

3.5-4.0 Stars:  An above average product that has a lot of positive qualities. In addition to being a good value, it probably has high-quality ingredients and works pretty well.

4.5-5.0 Stars:  The best of the best in our opinion.  We think this product will work great for the majority of people who try it.  It may not be the cheapest protein on the market, but there’s a good chance it’ll be a good value, be easy to use, contain high-quality ingredients, produce solid results, and offer some sort of guarantee.

Putting It All Together: How To Use Our Site To Find the Best Protein Powder For YOU

After each new protein review, we update our current rankings.

Our list of the top 10 protein powders can be found here.

If a particular product doesn’t make the cut into our top 10, you can still find a thorough review. Here’s our list of every protein powder we’ve ever tried.

Be sure to remember that we are constantly finding, reviewing and updating all the different protein products we can get our hands on.

To stay up-to-date, be sure to check our website and our Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter accounts.

Lastly, if there’s a protein supplement you’d like us to review, let us know on Facebook or Twitter.  Or send us an email to the address listed on our Contact Us page.

We love finding and testing out new protein powders!