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 (if not, start now), because every month I break down lots of supplements to show you how to tell a star player from a dud.

And 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 The Russ List, it’s 100% recommended by me – 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??!

After you’re done reading my comprehensive breakdown of the best whey protein supplements, be sure to check out The Russ List 2020: Top 10 Pre Workout Supplements.

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The Russ List 2020

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

Myprotein have set themselves apart as the brand you can rely on when you’re looking for 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 do the job if money is your primary focus.

Each scoop provides you with 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 6 different types of protein: whey protein concentrate, 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 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.

Where this product really shines, though, is its 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 whopping 5kg sack of Total Protein Blend for about £50, which is great value.

Without a doubt, this is the best whey protein powder for those training on a budget.

Product Highlights:

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

Buy this product HERE.

4. Jym Supplement Science PRO JYM

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Jim Stoppani changed the game in 2014 when he launched Jym Supplement Science.

His open formulas killed many supplement companies in much the same way Nirvana killed hair metal.

Nowadays, of course, open formulas are considered normal. But while Pro Jym is definitely no longer “the king” of protein powders, it does still hold up quite well in 2020.

That’s thanks in large 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 – an excellent start!

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 likely 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%.

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?

Well, that 24g serving of protein is part of a 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 fillers in each scoop of Pro Jym, which certainly help with taste (Pro Jym is possibly the best tasting whey protein of all), but offer very little else. And at £50 for a 1.8kg tub, you can get better elsewhere in 2020.

Product Highlights:

> 24g 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.

Buy this product HERE.

3. Optimum Nutrition 100% GOLD STANDARD WHEY

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Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey

Optimum Nutrition have dominated the supplement game 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 this supplements infamous red & black design.

By positioning themselves as such a well-established brand, customers go to Optimum prepared to pay extra for the premium experience.

However, that inflated price may be good for company profits but it doesn’t always guarantee quality. Their pre-workout and recovery formulas leaves a lot to be desired.

However, they nail it with whey protein powder.

While Gold Standard Whey isn’t strong enough to trouble the top two positions on The Russ List this year, it can hold its own against most other contenders from top brands.

We get an optimal serving of 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?

Product Highlights:

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

Buy this product HERE.

2. Love Life Supplements PRIMAL ONE

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Are you ready to see the real “cream of the crop”?

The top two supplements 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 specialize in premium quality supplements that leave their rivals standing in place. These guys have quickly established themselves as the ‘go to’ brand for athletes who want premium-grade ingredients without the filler, and I often sing their praises for this.

Let’s face it, the fitness industry is choc-full of companies trying to pass off rubbish products as good products. 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 watched on in pleasure as they continue to wipe the floor with their competition.

The next couple of years are set to be huge for Love Life Supplements.

Primal One received an excellent 4.25 stars from me in my official review, making it the highest rated protein supplement on the site at that point, and the only thing keeping it off top spot in The Russ List this year is the fact that it’s not for everyone…

Alongside a perfect 20 grams protein (whey protein concentrate 80%), we get a fantastic prebiotic and probiotic blend, collagen, vitamin D3, chia seeds, and digestive enzymes.

Oh, and there’s 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 the huge serving of MCT (as great as it is) is going to look absolutely perfect, or very unappealing, depending upon your diet.

Product Highlights:

> 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 car / 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.

Buy this product HERE.


NutraBio Muscle Matrix Protein Review

All hail NutraBio.

In my list of the best pre workout supplements (where they made #2), I mentioned that NutraBio are such a solid company they’d make the top 5 in any supplement category – and here they are again!

This time they take 1st position, becoming champions of The Russ List for their excellent whey protein.

While Jim Stoppani is often credited as the guy who changed the supplement industry a few years back with his approach to label transparency, those “in the know” will know that NutraBio had 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 to operate without a proprietary blend, and NutraBio founder Mark Glazier (alongside AML founder Steve Blechmen, probably the most important guy in the supplement industry) beautifully shot down his claims without ever stooping to the insults leveled at him.

It 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 whey protein per serving, which is perfect, and gives the product a very satisfying 80% protein-per-serving ratio (tremendous, given the quality). That consists of 14.19g whey protein isolate, and 10.81g micellar casein, which is the perfect fast/slow combo.

Well done, NutraBio.

All hail the king of whey protein supplements in 2020.

Product Highlights:

> 25g protein per serving.
> 80% protein-per-serving ratio.
> 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.
> Just 2g carbs & 0.5g fat.

Congratulations to NutraBio for becoming champions of The Russ List for 2020. You can buy this product HERE.

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The 5 Best Whey Protein Powders Of 2020:

  1. NutraBio Muscle Matrix
  2. Love Life Supplements Primal One Protein
  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 include next year, drop them in the comments section and I’ll take a look when my schedule allows for it. Be sure to also check out The Russ List 2020: Top 10 Pre Workout Supplements.

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