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PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder is one of the best tasting vegan protein powders that I’ve tried, and has the highest overall ranking to support that.
As with every other review, I’ll break down each score in its own category, along with how it was calculated or assigned.
Table of Contents
Is PlantFusion a Good Company?
To start with, I like that PlantFusion only sells vegan products, you don’t have to worry about accidently worrying about buying something with an animal product in it.
They make a variety of vegan protein powders and supplements (e.g. vitamins, minerals) that are all certified vegan, non-gmo, and organic. They are also all gluten-free and soy-free (but not certified).
The company was founded back in 2009 by Phil Vigeant and Greg Cooper. Since then, it’s grown into a reputable brand without any recalls or controversy. It’s hard to find anything negative about PlantFusion posted anywhere.
PlantFusion Protein Content and Nutrition
I calculate a nutrition score for each protein powder to make it easy to compare them with each other.
It looks at one thing: protein content.
The more protein in it, the higher the score a powder get.
The formula itself is fairly simple:
All that needs to be put in are the calories coming from protein in a serving, and the total calories, which we can get from the nutritional facts:
Plugging in 100 calories of protein (from 25 grams – including the added BCAAs), and 120 overall calories, we get a near perfect nutrition score of 23.15 out of 25.
PlantFusion has a great protein content. There aren’t many other vegan protein powders with more protein per calorie than it.
While I don’t score ingredient quality, I always like to take a look.
Here’s the full ingredients list:
- PlantFusion Amino Acid Infused Protein Blend: (Pea Protein Isolate, Artichoke Protein, Organic Sprouted Amaranth Powder, Organic Sprouted Quinoa Powder, Whole Algae Protein) Providing 4,500 mg BCAAs (L-Isoleucine, L- Leucine and L-Valine) and 3,350 mg L-Glutamine. Natural Flavor, Stevia Extract Powder, Silica, Guar gum, Lucum powder, Luo Han Guo extract, Yacon powder.
There’s nothing in there that’s unhealthy or raises concerns to me. It’s mainly a protein blend (good for a well rounded amino acid profile), plus some flavoring and texture ingredients.
Cost of PlantFusion Compared to Alternatives
The pricing score that I’ve come up with lets you quickly judge how expensive a protein powder is, relative to other options.
A score of 25 means that it’s very cheap, while a score of 0 means it’s very expensive.
Here are the 2 sizes that PlantFusion’s protein powder comes in:
- 454 g / 1 lb
- 908 g / 2 lb
In order to come up with a single score for all vegan protein powders that I review, I decided to look at the price per 100 grams of the size closest to 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs.
That’s the most common size companies sell in, which makes it the fairest comparison.
I created a linear formula based on the prices of several protein powders, which is:
Plugging in the data for the 2 lb PlantFusion tub, we get a pricing score of 16.37.
In practical terms, the cost of PlantFusion is about average, and there are cheaper products out there if budget is the most important factor for you.
PlantFusion Mixes Perfectly
The mixability score tells you how well a protein powder mixes, since clumping isn’t desirable in a shake.
You can read the full procedure in my methodology, but the main steps for this test are:
- Pour 450 mL of almond milk into a standard shaker bottle.
- Pour in 35 grams of protein powder.
- Shake for 45 seconds.
- Pour shake through a fine strainer to remove clumps (and weigh them).
Then, I record the weight of the clumps (or “remnants”), and plug them into this formula:
In this case it was easy, since nothing actually got filtered out (shown below):
This results in a perfect mixability score of 25.
Even in relatively cold almond milk or water, PlantFusion still mixes really easily without leaving any clumps.
PlantFusion Tastes Great
The final part of the review, and the only one that involves my opinion is taste.
Of course my tastes will be different from yours, so take the taste scores with a grain of salt, but they can still give you ballpark ideas of what a powder tastes like.
To stay consistent, I assign taste scores based on the following table:
|25||Amazing, would drink for enjoyment alone.|
|15||Drinkable, not really good or bad.|
|10||A bit of a struggle to get down|
My main observations were:
- It was very smooth, no chalkiness (rare for protein powders)
- Good taste, no weird aftertaste.
- Kind of frothy (not a big deal either way, just a note).
There’s no obvious bad part of the taste of Plantfusion’s protein powder, so I think it’s fair to give this powder a taste score of 22.
When I first tried PlantFusion, it was their old formula that included fructose and some other ingredients. It tasted amazing and I gave it a perfect score. The current (“new”) version of PlantFusion that I’ve reviewed here is still very good, but definitely doesn’t taste as good (better macros though).
Summary and Overall Review Impressions
PlantFusion Complete Protein Powder is just a very solid overall protein powder.
If you’re in a situation where all 4 categories are important to you, it’s a very good choice.
The only times I wouldn’t recommend this protein powder is when you’re on a very limited budget and price is crucial, or you really want the highest protein content possible.
If you don’t think PlantFusion is right for you, here are a few others that I’ve tried that might be more suitable:
- Future Kind – PlantFusion and Future Kind are neck and neck in terms of overall quality. Future Kind tastes great and has a really high protein content. You can see more in my Future Kind vegan protein powder review.
- Now Sports – If you’re looking for a cheap, but decent vegan protein powder, check out my Now Sports Pea Protein review. It’s by far the cheapest, and still pretty good quality.