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The 5 Best Whey Protein Powders Of 2020 (THE RUSS LIST!)

Let’s talk whey protein…

We all use it. We all love it.

But how do you know if your chosen whey protein supplement really is the best you could use? If you’re smart, you already read my reviews, because every month I break down lots of supplements to show you how to do this.

But today I bring you the one you’ve been waiting for…

My comprehensive review of the best of the best… of the best… of the best.

(Of the best.)

I call this The Russ List. You can rest assured that if a supplement makes it onto this list, it’s FANTASTIC – and given that no supplement has EVER received a 5 star review from me, that praise should mean a lot!

My first post gave you The 10 Best Pre Workouts of 2020, and this post will give you The 5 Best Whey Protein Powders of 2020.

Ready to start??!

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The Russ List
best whey protein supplements 2020


Let’s begin the list with my choice for gym goers training on a budget.

Myprotein have established themselves as a brand you can rely on when you need a whey protein supplement that doesn’t break the bank. Sure, you won’t see any of the special features in the products which rank higher, but it’ll certainly do the job!

Each scoop of Total Protein Blend has 25 grams of protein, which is ideal, and the scoop size is only 30 grams which gives us an 83% protein-per-serving ratio.

The formula consists of 5 different types of protein, too: whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate, hydrolysed whey protein, milk protein concentrate, and micellar casein.

This will ensure a steady release of amino acids, but although the doses of each ingredient aren’t disclosed, it’s safe to assume the bulk of each scoop comes in the form of whey protein concentrate, so I use the term “blend” lightly.

However, this product really shines when we look at the price,

In fact, if it wasn’t for this, there’s no way it could compete against anything else on my list. MyProtein always have a special offer on (seriously!), so you can bag a huge 5kg sack of Total Protein Blend for about £50, which is great value.

Most other protein supplements in that price range taste like wallpaper paste, so this is EASILY the best whey protein powder for those training on a budget.

You can buy this product HERE.

  • 25g protein per serving.
  • 83% protein-per-serving.
  • 1.2g carbs & 1.4g fat per serving.
  • Great price.

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Ouch! Many would have expected JYM to win this, but it’s not to be.

Jim Stoppani changed the game in 2014 when he launched Jym Supplement Science. His transparent labels killed many supplement companies in much the same way Nirvana killed hair metal.

But that was 2014.

Pro JYM does still hold up quite well in 2020, though, and that’s thanks to its superior protein blend which consists of whey protein isolate, micellar casein, milk protein isolate and egg protein.

Protein blends are slightly superior for muscle growth versus whey alone (thanks to their staggered release of amino acids), and this one provides us with fast-release, medium-release, and slow-release sources of protein – excellent stuff!

The doc leaves out whey protein concentrate entirely, and has made it somewhat of a mission to demonize WPC in recent times due to the digestion issues some people can experience with it. And he’s right. If you have lactose intolerance, or your whey protein generally leaves you feeling bloated and running to the toilet, it’s probably due to a poor grade whey protein concentrate. You can avoid these issues entirely by opting for a blend which contains either whey protein isolate or whey protein concentrate 80%, such as Pro JYM.

It also gives us 24g protein per serving, which strikes the “sweet spot” for creating the optimal anabolic response after training.

So why isn’t it number 1 on The Russ List for 2020?

Well, that 24g serving of protein is part of an extra large 36g scoop, meaning Pro Jym only gives us a 67% protein-per-serving ratio (we’re buying a whey protein supplement to get more protein, so ideally we want 75% PPS or more). That means we’re getting a lot of filler in each scoop of Pro Jym, which help with taste (Pro Jym is possibly the best tasting whey protein of all), but offer very little else other than making your tub run out quickly. At £50 for a 1.8kg tub, you can get better elsewhere in 2020.

Buy this product HERE in the UK and HERE in the USA.

  • 24 grams of protein per serving.
  • Excellent blend of whey protein isolate, micellar casein, milk protein isolate and egg protein for a timely release of amino acids.
  • 4g carbs & 2.5g fat per serving.

Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey
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Optimum Nutrition have been at the top of the supplement game for years.

In many respects, they’re the Nike of the fitness world. And Gold Standard Whey is their Air Jordan’s. Even if you’re a casual gym-goer, you’ll likely recognize the infamous red & black design of this product.

By positioning themselves as such a very high quality brand (even though some of their products are s**t), customers go to Optimum prepared to pay extra for the premium experience.

They’ve absolutely nailed it with this whey protein powder.

Sure, Gold Standard Whey isn’t strong enough to defeat the two products ahead of it on The Russ List this year, but it’ll likely sell more units than either of them because it’s a great supplement and Optimum are a very well known brand.

We get 24g protein in each scoop, a 76% protein-per-serving ratio, and the formula is built using a blend of whey protein isolate and whey protein concentrate. This could be improved further by replacing the whey concentrate for a slow-release source like casein, but who am I to tell O.N. they need to change a product that’s consistently ranked among the world’s best-selling protein powders year-on-year for as long as I can remember?!

Buy this product HERE in the UK and HERE in the USA.

  • 24g protein per serving.
  • 76% protein-per-serving ratio.
  • Blend of whey protein isolate & whey protein concentrate.
  • Just 3g carbohydrates & 1g fat.

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Now we’re at the real “cream of the crop”.

Heck, the top 2 products on my list are so far ahead of the competition, it’s not even fair to call it a competition.

We start with Love Life Supplements, a UK-based manufacturer who have quickly established themselves as the ‘go to’ brand for athletes who want premium-grade ingredients without the filler.

I often sing LLS’ praises on my social media pages, because they’re really good at what they do.

Let’s face it, the fitness industry is choc-full of companies trying to sell bulls**t products to the masses. These guys stand out because they’re gong in the opposite direction, deliberately spending more time and more money formulating top of the range supplements and I’ve seen them wipe the floor with the competition as they’ve grown in the last three years.

I predicy very big things for Love Life Supplements.

Primal One received an excellent 4 stars from me in my official review, making it the highest rated protein supplement on the site. The only thing keeping it off top spot in The Russ List this year is the fact that it’s not for everyone…

Because alongside the20 grams protein in each scoop, we get a fantastic prebiotic and probiotic blend, collagen, vitamin D3, chia seeds, and digestive enzymes, and a f**king massive 12 grams of MCT powder!

If you’re the type of person who struggles to hit their fat target each day, or you’re following a low carb, high fat diet in general, THIS is the protein supplement for you.

But that’s also why it’s not for everyone, because Primal One will only appeal to those who find the inclusion of MCT useful.

Buy this product direct from the company HERE.

  • 20g protein per serving.
  • Top quality protein from grass-fed cows supplied by Volac.
  • A massve 12g MCT powder per serving, making this the best whey protein powder for those on a low carb / high fat diet or ketogenic diet.
  • A product with stacks of additional health benefits thanks to the inclusion of chia seeds, vitamin D3, curcumin ,and digestive enzymes.
  • No thickeners, emulsifiers, or added sugars.

Nutrabio Muscle Matrix Protein review


All hail NutraBio. They are the true kings of whey protein.

In my list of the best pre workout supplements I said NutraBio are such a good company they’d make the top 5 in any supplement category. They made #2 on that list, and they’ve TOPPED the whey protein category.

Many people falsely credit Dr. Jim Stoppani for being being the first to use transparent labels, but those “in the know” are aware that NutraBio have been doing this for years (since 2001).

In fact, they had a bit of a run-in about the issue, after the doc claimed his protein company is the only product which doesn’t hide the formula behind a proprietary blend. Alongside AML founder Steve Blechmen, NutraBio founder Mark Glazier is probably the most important guy in the supplement industry. Glazier beautifully destroyed Stoppani’s claims in one of the best takedowns I’ve ever seen..

The whole thing just made NutraBio more endearing.

But none of that would matter if the products didn’t deliver.

And they do. They always do.

NutraBio Muscle Matrix provides you with 25 grams of high quality protein per serving, which is perfect, and carries an 80% protein-per-serving ratio (tremendous, given the quality of the ingredients). That consists of 14.19g whey protein isolate, and 10.81g micellar casein, which is a PERFECT fast/slow combo.

Well done, NutraBio.

I guess if I’m going to pick a fault I could say it’s expensive. But if you’re wanting LITERALLY the best whey protein supplement on Earth, then you obviously have to pay for it.

Congratulations to NutraBio for becoming champions of The Russ List for 2020. You can buy this product from HERE in the UK and HERE in the USA.

  • 25g protein per serving.
  • 80% protein-per-serving ratio.
  • Just 2g carbs & 0.5g fat.
  • Excellent blend of very high quality whey protein isolate and micellar casein.
  • No filler ingredients at all.
  • The most open label on the market. NutraBio even have their products third-party tested and make the results available on their site.

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The 5 Best Whey Protein Powders Of 2020:

  1. NutraBio Muscle Matrix
  2. Love Life Supplements Primal One
  3. Optimum Nutrition 100% Gold Standard Whey
  4. JYM Supplement Science Pro JYM
  5. Myprotein Total Protein Blend

If you’ve got a contender you’d like me to consider including in next year’s list, drop it in the comments section and I’ll take a look.

Next: The Russ List 2020: Top 10 Pre Workout Supplements.

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