Whether you’re one of those who shakes things up in the gym or one of those who waits until they get home – maybe you’re shaking all over.
Wherever you do your shaking, it’s important you have a good shaker!
Protein shakers have moved on a lot from the days of the ‘sippy cup’ style that flooded the market some years ago.
These days its more about making sure your protein shakes are smooth and taste good.
Much of this may be down to protein shakes bottles.
In this article we’re going to look at seven of the best protein shakers Holland & Barrett has to offer. We’ll provide reviews, views from our customers and all the info you need to shake things up next time you hit the gym.
What is a protein shaker?
Quite simply, a protein shaker is a tool that you use to mix or blend your protein powder.
Usually, they have a measuring scale on the side so you can mix your protein powder with your desired levels of water, milk or a milk alternative.
You can, of course, mix your protein in a glass or container with a stirrer but often this can leave lumps and is not as effective.
Breaking it down in terms of the most basic of styles, a shaker bottle usually consists of a cup with a tightly sealed lid that features a drinking spout and a wire ball that sits freely inside.
But obviously, this may vary slightly depending on design and product.
Which shaker bottle is the best?
It’s difficult to define “best” when it comes to picking your protein shaker. Much of it comes down to personal preference and what features you specifically look for yourself.
There are many useful features to look out for when it comes to protein shaker bottles.
Some may be more practical and convenient than others.
For example, if you’re on the move a lot and carry your protein shaker around with you, it might be useful to look for a protein shaker that includes a built-in storage compartment that allows you to store your powder so that it's ready to use when you are.
Stainless steel shakers will keep your drinks cool if you’re mixing your protein before you go out, they can also double up as a standard water bottle if you wish.
Mainly though, it comes down to how much you are looking to spend. There are various types of protein shakers out there in the market and they cover every price range.
4 of the best protein shakers 2023
We’ve picked out seven protein shakers to give you a bit of inspiration when picking the right protein shaker for your lifestyle.
Whether you’re on the go and need a quick, convenient fix or you are looking for the easiest and most effective method, we’ve got you covered!
If you’re looking for a simple but effective protein shaker, which is as easy on the wallet as it is to use – then this MaxiMuscle shaker is the one for you!
It has a screw on, non-drip lid and includes a mesh at the top which helps mix the powder and remove any lumps as you shake away. It has clear measuring lines so you can measure out your liquid easily.
It’s really couldn’t be easier to use.
Here’s what our customers think
The Mobster – Solid and functional – 5/5 stars
“Got a couple of these in case I needed a second for any reason. Works fine. Blends most powder well. Tight seal. No problems over a year later”
DKel – Does the job – 5/5 stars
“Basic drinks cup, easy to use, easy to wash and the measurement are clear on side.”
When it comes to an all-in-one solution for all your protein needs, then this is a serious competitor.
This multi-functional protein shaker holds your supplements, pills, liquids and even your keys in one suitable container.
Made from high quality materials, BlenderBottle ProStak shaker has a unique interlocking jar system with individual lids, making it possible to carry everything you need on the go.
It also contains small wire balls to ensure you get only the smoothest of shakes.
Here’s what our customers think
Charlene7 – Excellent shaker – 5/5 stars
“I purchased this shaker for my partner and he is very pleased with it.
The shaker blends protein shakes very well, lumps and residue are eradicated thanks to the size of the cup and metal ball element.
The shaker seals well and is sturdy. Excellent quality at an affordable price. Highly recommended. I will definitely purchase again.”
Renata41 – Very nice – 5/5 stars
“I really enjoyed my shaker cup!
It makes the shake with a smooth texture. It’s a very smart and handy cup I can take snacks, vitamins, water and the shake separately in the same cup. Perfect for gym!
Another simple, yet effective gym accessary. The reliable USN shaker features a screw cap and plastic mesh to help dilute your protein powder.
It’s the ideal protein shaker for at gym, work or wherever you plan to go.
What our customers think
Tom12233 – Good shaker – 5/5 stars
“Good shaker and does what it needs to do. 5 stars.”
RyannFurryy – Best type of bottle for shakes – 5/5 stars
“Best for shakes, mesh grate I find gets rid of clumps better than any other type of bottle.
Designed with style, innovation and versatility, the MET-Rx BlenderBottle SportMixer rises to the challenge if you have an active and busy lifestyle,
This durable protein shaker really does the job if you’re serious about gym time.
Here’s what our customers think
Sven Karlson – Excellent shaker – 5/5 stars
“Fantastic product! After a while waiting for delivery, once arrived the shaker is brilliant in every way.
Its got loads of extra storage compartments, ideal for separating products from liquids until ready to mix. Firm top closure, and doesn't retain tastes or smells. Also, excellent value.”
Charlene 7 - Great shaker – 5/5 stars
“I am very pleased with this shaker. It blends protein shakes very well with the help of the metal ball element, eradicating any lumps or residue at the bottom of the cup.
It is wide enough to alleviate any spills when filling. The shaker is a good size and very sturdy. It seals well, so you don't have to worry about leakage if you have it in a bag.
Excellent quality for an affordable price. Highly recommended. Will definitely purchase again.”
The world of the protein shaker has shifted from the common style.
While there are new conventional features, styles and additional compartments etc, much of it comes down to your lifestyle and personal preference.
If you’re on the move a lot or in the gym regularly, you may want something robust and convenient.
If you’re looking for something that provides you with the best tasting, smooth protein shake – then you might want something more practical.
Whatever your choice or needs, the important thing is to keep it clean and avoid that mouldy post-protein stench!
You also asked...
Protein shakers are great way for you to create an instant protein drink when you’re on the go or at home.
Obviously, a protein shaker isn’t going to provide the same smoothness or consistency you may get from a juicer or blender, but they do allow you to get a nice tasting, easily mixed protein shake at the gym or at work if needs be.
How long you choose to stand there shaking your protein bottle for is totally down to your personal choice, and perhaps your patience. But obviously the longer you mix your protein for the smoother your beverage will be.
There’s definitely a need for them, its just up to you how much you want to get out of it. There are loads of different types of protein shake shakers to fit your life style. From steel protein shakers to electronic shakers – but we’ll go into more detail about those later.
Realistically, the role of the protein shaker is pretty simple.
Firstly, the lid needs to stay, no leaks or spills need to occur, and it should be easily cleaned – so you can avoid that horrible smell that’s left behind!
The main things to consider are the shape and material your protein powder shaker is made out of.
There are many shapes that are thought to make it more convenient for you to hold or carry easily.
Generally, most protein shakers are made out of plastic or metal, metal ones are generally easier to clean but again it’s a case of personal preference.
The size you choose completely depends on the amount of liquid your body needs.
The standard size for protein shaker cups is around 500ml. Many bottles come with a mixer of some description; this helps blend the liquid but they need cleaning thoroughly after use to avoid mould.
The only other real feature to look out for is a sturdy lid to avoid any leakage, but these days most products are pretty sturdy.
You don’t necessarily need a blender bottle for your protein shakes. As mentioned earlier, it’s more of a case of how much time and effort you’re willing to put in.
For a smoothest shake a wholesale blender bottle is likely to be the best option. However, as many protein shakers come with a mixer included, it is possible to get a nice, smooth protein shake with manual protein shakers.
But if you’ve just done arm day and the thought of shaking thing up fills you with dread, a blender protein bottle might well be the way forward.
Last updated: 10 January 2023