Best Overall Whey Protein Powder of 2013

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It’s getting about that time to award a winner for the best whey protein supplement of 2013. It’s been another good year for advancements in the overall quality and effectiveness of whey protein – especially hydrolyzed whey! This decision is based on price, quality, ingredients, effectiveness, and user reviews.

(Un)surprisingly, Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard 100% Whey still stands strong for 2013. A lot of competitors came close including BSN’s Syntha 6 and MusclePharm’s Combat Powder, but Optimum Nutrition continues to deliver.

Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey Gold Standard

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Per 1 serving – 33g

Calories Protein Carbs Fat
130 24g 4g 2g
Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey is extremely popular in the bodybuilding community from beginners to seasoned pros. It’s still widely regarded the ‘best protein powder for gaining muscle‘ in a thread with over 4,300+ user replies.


Optimum Nutrition packs 24 grams of protein, 5+ grams of BCAA’s, and 4 grams of glutamine in every scoop. This premium ultra-filtered mix of whey protein isolates and whey protein concentrate will provide your body all the nutrients it needs post workout or any other time of the day.

That’s why we’ve recommended this specific supplement throughout many different ‘best of’ articles – from post-workout supplementation, supplements for cutting and bulking. You might be able to get away with a cheaper alternative, but protein quality does matter as detailed by this article in the Examiner.

It mixes easy without clumps or foam with a spoon, shaker, or blender. There are no surprises when it comes to taste or flavor as well – they all taste great for the most part, you just have to find one that you like the best.

Quantity & Price

Comparing costs to a ‘cheaper’ whey protein like Body Fortress, Optimum Nutrition still comes out ahead when you weigh in cost per serving. A typical 5lb tub of ON 100% Whey costs roughly ~$55 (cheaper on sale/discounts).

The 5lb container provides an impressive 71 servings which will last you more than 2 months, considering you use 1 scoop per day.


This whey protein has stood the test of time, and will probably hold its spot as the best whey protein powder of 2014 as well. Even during the huge heavy metal health alert in 2010, Optimum Nutrition had one of the lowest contents of heavy metals well below the proposed limits set by the U.S. Pharmacopeia.

If you’re looking for even higher quality whey and have a little extra money to spend, you should seriously check out hydrolyzed whey. Whether you’re cutting or bulking, Optimum Nutrition is (still) the best whey protein on the market for its price and quality.


2 Responses to “Best Overall Whey Protein Powder of 2013”

  1. Nathan Rimmit

    Well, I admit that whey protein powder is best among all protein powders. It is hard to decide which is the best whey protein powder supplement of the year. As per my perspectives, quality of product is the best parameter to consider here. Users’ reviews can also become crucial.

  2. Dave R

    Hey Nathan, I have taken user reviews and product quality guidelines into consideration into this review. So far, Optimum Nutrition has held a great standard for quality and price for all of their supplements.

    On any fitness/nutrition forum topic related to whey protein, this brand will always come up as a positive recommendation. Again, this is my my opinion after what I have gathered from my research on this topic by comparing it to other similar whey protein supplements on the market as well as user reviews on forums/online stores.

    What do you think would be considered a better quality whey protein, taking price into consideration?

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