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The Top Five Affordable Protein Powders For 2022

Everyone knows by now that there’s going to be a big squeeze on the cost of living, it’s on every news channel, radio station and is being discussed widely.

Therefore, we’ve made a list of the best five affordable protein powders for 2022 – supplementation is important, but so are making little savings along the way.

Hopefully, this top-five comes in handy when making your protein powder choices for 2022.

The Criteria

To select our best five protein powders, we took into account the following set of criteria:

  • Nutrition – The majority of people now expect to get a minimum of 20-grams of protein per serving with a moderate number of calories and low fat, carbs and sugar content.
  • Texture – We’re looking for smooth, creamy consistencies that are easily mixable with water, milk or milk alternative.
  • Taste – Nobody wants to be drinking something that tastes like it’s been diluted so we’re looking for bold flavours that really pop.
  • Reviews – As always, authentic feedback that’s positive is always one of the best places to decide if the product is worthy of our list. 
  • Price – With the increasing cost of living, an affordable cost per serving is a must.

Price Guide

  • £ = Under £0.75 per serving
  • ££ = Under £1.00 per serving
  • £££ = Above £1.00 per serving

1. PER4M Nutrition Advanced Whey Protein Powder

  • Brand: PER4M Nutrition
  • Type: Whey Protein
  • Sizes Available: 900g and 2.01kg
  • Serving Size: 30 Grams
  • Calories: 102 Calories
  • Protein: 21 Grams
  • Carbs: 3 Grams
  • Sugars: 3 Grams
  • Saturated Fats: 0.3 Grams
  • Average Rating: 4.9/5 Stars
  • Price Guide: £
Per4m Whey Advanced Protein Powder

Now, this might surprise you, but coming in at number one is a product made by PER4M Nutrition.

Released in early 2020, PER4M Whey has taken the market by storm becoming one of the UK’s most popular protein powders in 2022.

Providing high-quality whey at very affordable prices, it’s no wonder that it’s become so popular in such a short period of time.

Suitable for vegetarians, gluten-free and instant easy mixing with water or milk, the range now comes in over 30, yes, 30, different flavour combinations to try. F

rom Chocolate Orange, Carrot Cake and even Cinnamon Donut, there’s sure to be a delicious creamy flavour that will agree with your taste buds (and muscles).

PER4M comes in larger tubs of 2.01kg that holds 67 servings and smaller 900g tubs containing 30 servings – ideal for if trying PER4M for the first time.

On average, each serving is around 100 calories so you don’t have to worry about exceeding your daily intake targets. Backed by science and tested extensively by the brand, you simply can’t go wrong with it. A must for 2022.

2. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein Powder

  • Brand: Optimum Nutrition
  • Type: Whey Protein
  • Sizes Available: 908g, 2.27kg and 4.45kg
  • Serving Size: 30 Grams
  • Calories: 113 Calories
  • Protein: 24 Grams
  • Carbs: 1.2 Grams
  • Sugars: 0.8 Grams
  • Saturated Fats: 0.4 Grams
  • Average Rating: 4.8/5 Stars
  • Price Guide: ££
Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Whey Protein Powders

Still officially the most popular protein powder in the UK, Gold Standard Whey by Optimum Nutrition supports muscle growth and repair with its impressive, award-winning formulation.

Coming in at a very respectable second place, the only reason it misses out on the top spot is the cheaper price per serving compared with PER4M’s Whey – on average, around 20p cheaper which will add up over the course of a year.

Compared to the first place powder, you actually get a little more protein (24-grams to be precise) as well as fewer carbs, fats and sugars per serving.

Therefore, if you can afford to spend a little more on your protein and consuming the best possible macronutrient profile is essential for you, Optimum’s Gold Standard might be a better choice – if you’re stuck between the two, maybe, flip a coin?!

3. Warrior Supplements Whey Protein Powder

  • Brand: Warrior Supplements
  • Type: Whey Protein
  • Sizes Available: 1kg
  • Serving Size: 25 Grams
  • Calories: 97 Calories
  • Protein: 18 Grams
  • Carbs: 3.9 Grams
  • Sugars: 3 Grams
  • Saturated Fats: 0.1 Grams
  • Average Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
  • Price Guide: £
Warrior Whey Protein Powder 1kg

Also produced in the UK, the Warrior Whey Protein Powder offers brilliant value for money with each 1kg bag being £19.99 each and holding 40 servings of 25-grams.

One single serving offers 18-grams of protein (which is a little on the low side) but it has the fewest calories per serving making it very useful if you’re looking to lose a bit of weight.

Let’s not beat around the bush here, it’s not blessed with a nutritional profile to the same standard as Optimum and PER4M’s products but you can’t knock the value.

As covered on their official website, ‘Warrior was created with a single purpose in mind – a single, solitary goal. To bring to market the best sports supplements in the world, and improve the athletic performance of those who consume them’ and that’s exactly what they’ve managed to achieve here.

If you’re concerned about the 18-grams of protein per serving, you can always go for 1.5 scoops (servings) which boosts that figure up to 27-grams and still puts the product in the cheapest ‘£’ price guide bracket. What a handy tip ‘eh? 

A little downside compared to the other products on the list is the fewer flavour options, there are still seven to pick from but you don’t get anything crazy like Cereal Milk by Optimum Nutrition or even the official Mars bar flavour (continue reading to see more, we aren’t kidding you).

4. Yummy Sports ISO Whey Protein Powder

  • Brand: Yummy Sports
  • Type: Whey Isolate Protein
  • Sizes Available: 960g 
  • Serving Size: 32 Grams
  • Calories: 112 Calories
  • Protein: 27 Grams
  • Carbs: 0.5 Grams
  • Sugars: 0 Grams
  • Saturated Fats: 0 Grams
  • Average Rating: 4.9/5 Stars
  • Price Guide: £££
Yummy Sports ISO Protein Powder

Being the most expensive product on the list, mainly due to the fact that it’s imported all the way from Canada, Yummy Sports’ Whey Isolate is a beast to be reckoned with.

Packing an impressive 27-grams of protein per serving, just 0.5-grams of carbs and no fat or sugars it’s hard to have any apprehensions about the quality of Yummy Sports.

Coming in an abundance of unique flavours, from Creamy Egg to Chocolate Candies you will never be left feeling bored.

Easily implementable into your daily diet to improve your macro-nutrient intake, they’re completely free of any additives and as with all isolates, generally offer easier digestion for those who may feel bloated after drinking large volumes of lactose.  

If this was maybe 25p cheaper per serving it could easily be number one on the list but with the squeeze on finances, we can’t push it up any higher on the list right now.

5. Mars Whey Hi-Protein Powder

  • Brand: Mars
  • Type: Whey Protein
  • Sizes Available: 875g 
  • Serving Size: 21 Grams
  • Calories: 140 Calories
  • Protein: 21 Grams
  • Carbs: 5 Grams
  • Sugars: 1 Gram
  • Saturated Fats: 1.5 Grams
  • Average Rating: 4.4/5 Stars
  • Price Guide: ££
Mars Protein Powder

Many might see this as a novelty product but quite simply, it’s not. It’s actually a very well-rated protein supplement that can pull its own weight.

Produced officially by the famous company, the Mars Protein Powder offers 21-grams of whey protein per serving and tastes just like your all-time favourite confectionary chocolate bar.

Granted, there are a higher number of carbs, sugars and fats but it still should be pretty easy to make it work with your macros. 

Obviously, if you’re a professional athlete or prepping for an upcoming competition then the other four products above would be much more aligned with your needs but if not, it’s definitely worth a shot.

If Mars flavour isn’t your thing, don’t worry as they have now released Snickers, Bounty, Twix and Maltesers versions – awesome right?

These affordable, yet quality protein powders combined with positive lifestyle choices and essential news from Sustain Health will help you achieve your goals in 2022 (even with the cost of living crisis).

Now, we can’t finish without naming three honourable mentions that just missed out on our top five which were Grenade’s Hydra 6 Protein, Mutant Whey and Oatein’s Dynamic Protein Powder. Be sure to let us know what you’re going to try in 2022.