We all require protein as a necessary macronutrient for a healthy body. It contributes to a variety of bodily processes, including supporting bone health, maintaining blood sugar balance, and promoting muscular growth, to mention a few.

  1. Fairlife Core Power

In our blind taste test, Fairlife’s Core Power dairy-based protein smoothies came out on top. The brand was exceptional, both in terms of flavor and consistency. Given that low-fat milk is the shake’s initial ingredient, both the vanilla and chocolate flavors reminded our tasters of milk and chocolate milk, respectively. The vanilla flavor wasn’t as strong as we would have liked, but the drink’s mild sweetness made it stand out against competitors whose artificial sweetener flavors were overpowering (the Fairlife shake contains sucralose, monk fruit juice concentrate, and stevia leaf extract). Additionally, the shake’s texture was pleasant and smooth.

  1. Quest Nutrition Vanilla Protein Flavored Shakes

Fairlife Core Power was our overall winner and this category’s winner, but we’re also including Quest Nutrition since it came in second place in the vanilla category. Unlike others that were gritty and unpleasant, the dairy-based protein shake had a thick, creamy consistency and a smooth mouthfeel. In addition, the shake’s color was creamy white as opposed to some of the other vanilla protein powders, which turned water tan or even green (not exactly what you think of when you think of something with a vanilla flavor!).

  1. Premier Protein Chocolate Protein Shake

Premier Protein is a terrific option if you’re seeking for a nutritious chocolate protein shake that also tastes great. One of our tasters said that the shake had a silky texture akin to a Yoo-hoo beverage and that it tasted exactly like chocolate milk. So you’ll receive additional protein in addition to being reminded of a childhood favorite. More than three times as much protein is included in an 11-ounce shake than there is in a standard glass of chocolate milk in just one serving (for reference, an 8-ounce serving of chocolate milk has 7 grams of protein).

  1. Dymatize Gourmet ISO 100 Vanilla

The finest dairy-based protein powder we tried was Dymatize, which stood out for its flavor and texture. Dymatize “has that typical powdered milk flavor,” as one tester put it, and the tester likes it. At first drink, its strong vanilla flavor and richness mellowed out. Although some people believed it was too sweet, it did outperform the competition in this regard. (Dymatize uses sucralose and stevia in conjunction for sweetness.)

Texture is a key consideration when testing protein powders in general, and Dymatize provided a satisfying one.