Shaker bottles are the unsung heroes of workout gear, making silky-smooth protein shakes and all kinds of pre- and post-workout drinks. But shaker bottles can be used beyond your gym bag. While oftentimes they are put to work shaking up protein drinks, they can also be used to mix matcha, incorporate collagen into your coffee, or even make salad dressings. But with hundreds of options floating around your gym and online, which ones are the best for your post-workout cooldown? Keep reading to find out.
What to look for in a shaker bottle
There are a few key qualities to look for in a shaker bottle. Most importantly, you’ll want one that does its job, creating smooth-as-can-be drinks without leaving powder residue or clumps. "The blending mechanism of the bottle should be more than efficient at mixing the drink, removing clumps of powder, etc.," says Noom fitness trainer Lauren K. Baker, MA, ATC-Ret.
You’ll also want one that’s easy to clean too, especially if you’re going to be using it every day. And for this, a stainless steel exterior or interior is best, according to Baker. "A higher quality shaker bottle is best made from stainless steel, as it is easier to clean, and does not absorb odors," says Baker. But other materials are good too. She added, "If you choose another type of shaker, such as plastic, be sure the plastic is eco-friendly and odor-free to drink from." Additionally, look out for a bottle that's leak-proof and shatter-resistant for less spill and better durability.
Any extra bells and whistles are up to you. Do you want a storage compartment for powder? Or a motivational saying to get you through a tough Peloton ride? It's all a matter of personal preference at that point.
How we chose
In scouring the internet for the best shaker bottles, we looked at mixing ability, material, style, and fan approval rating. Scroll on for the 15 best shaker bottles that will whip up drinks of all kinds. No lumps allowed.
Best shaker bottles
There’s a reason you’ve seen this BlenderBottle at the gym, in the office, and at all your friends’ houses. It’s no frills, but also promises no clumps and no leaks. Nearly 45,000 reviewers agree that this shaker bottle is a winner, thanks to its patented stainless steel wire whisk ball and wide mouth that ensures you’ll get all that $$$ protein powder actually in the bottle, and not all over your countertop. Best yet? Its ultra reasonable price tag.
Shark Tank superfans may recognize this shaker bottle. The Ice Shaker’s key feature is its insulated stainless steel interior, which keeps it from retaining smells and also keeps your drink cold for 30 hours. It includes a twist-off agitator and an easy open pop top, which reviewers confirm doesn’t leak. As far as shaker bottles go though, it’s not cheap. But if you’re looking to invest in one that will last years, the Ice Shaker is a good bet.
Somehow (we don’t know how) ShakeSphere has designed a shaker bottle that doesn’t include a mixing ball or mesh grid to blend your clumpiest of supplements and even fruits with your liquid base. Bu that doesn’t mean it’s not good. “Believe the hype,” says one reviewer. “As soon as it arrived, I decided to put in the most clumping cocktail I could think of into this little guy.” The recipe? Whey protein, psyllium husk, peanut butter powder, and a banana. “Gave it a shake 15 times like in the video, and yep, absolutely no clumping.” You’ll pay for it though: ShakeSphere tumblers cost more than double the price of other plastic shaker bottles on this list.
For the smoothest of smooth protein shakes, you might want to upgrade to an electric bottle. “This blender is so awesome—everyone at the gym asks me about it!” says one reviewer. “No more shaking like a maniac to get the protein powder to mix properly. Just push the button and let the blender do its thing for 30 seconds. When it stops you have a buttery smooth protein shake.” Other upsides: It’s quiet, lightweight, and comes in an array of colors.
If you need a little motivation to get you moving in the morning, nab one of these 20-ounce shaker bottles touting inspirational phrases like “rise & grind” and “I came to slay.” Instead of a loose ball, this bottle features an action rod mixer. (Imagine a spring-loaded slinky that’s built into the lid.) It’s lightweight and leak proof, so you don’t have to be precious about giving it a good shake. “A+ for performance,” says one reviewer. “I was worried they would not stand up to the task, but they do a good job of mixing the powder without any residual residue on the inside walls of the bottle.”
How genius is this? BlenderBottle created this shaker bottle with a built-in supplement storage system. Use the interlocking jars with or without the bottle, for powders, pills, or a small post-workout snack. (It’s perfect for a handful of almonds.) “100% suggest,” says one reviewer. “The containers snap on very easily and are great for holding protein powder.”
The biggest downside of plastic shaker bottles is that, if not cleaned quickly and thoroughly, they can soak in the smells of previous protein shakes. I’ll-do-the-dishes-later types may want to upgrade to glass for just that reason. This Ello shaker bottle includes measurement marks as well as a silicone sleeve that’ll ensure you can grip it even with sweaty hands. And, best of all, no lingering smells. Take it from this reviewer: “If you are lazy/forgetful like me, and have ever left your protein bottle in the car overnight, you know how terrible the smell of old protein dregs can be,” they say. “I am pleased to report I have forgotten this bottle at my desk at work, come in the next morning, cleaned with dish soap and a bottle brush, and it retains absolutely zero smell. Finally!”
The name says it all. This Contigo shaker bottle lets you shake-shake-shake as you’re on the go. (It fits most cup holders and treadmill bottle holders.) Its leak-proof snap lid is great, as is its wide opening that makes it super easy to add mixes and ice cubes. One special feature is its storage compartment, so you can sneak your key in there and take it along on a run.
We like two-for-ones of all kinds, including this shaker bottle, which is divided into two 15-ounce halves. Fill one side up with water and the other with a protein drink, or mix up a pre-workout drink on one side and post-workout on the other. Don’t worry about your drinks mixing or leaking; the bottle’s leak-proof seal ensures that won’t happen. And, according to reviewers, it’s extremely durable. “The base is made out of some sort of indestructible plastic that I think you could probably run over with your car and not hurt,” says one customer.
No more room-temperature shakes! Thanks to this BlenderBottle cup’s double-wall vacuum insulation, you can count on your drink being cold for up to 24 hours. Reviewers (there are over 10,000 reviews on Amazon) use this insulated option to make drinks before heading to the gym, or to keep smoothies cold during a long commute. It includes a stainless steel whisk ball, and a twist-on cap with a leak-proof guarantee.
Shaker bottles, admittedly, aren’t the cutest cup in your cupboard, but this PROMiXX bottle gives the others a run for their money design-wise. Its shape is sleek, but more importantly it works well—with just a few shakes protein powder integrates into your base. Reviewers rave that it’s durable and easy to clean, both musts in a shaker bottle.
Extra picky about lumps? An electric shaker bottle, like this Blackube model, is the way to go. One click, 30 seconds, and voila! You’re left with no lumps, and an ultra silky texture. Bonus: It’s super easy to clean, unlike full-size blenders. Simply add soap and water, then give the button a push. “I absolutely love it,” says one reviewer. “Aside from being super cute, it blends my shakes better and with fewer clumps than the regular shaker type cups I used to use.”
If you’re looking for a glass shaker bottle, this BlenderBottle one is a great option. It’s extremely versatile and chic, with a silicone cap and bottom that’ll grip to any surface, whether the floor of a yoga studio or your office desk. Reviewers love the detachable carry loop, which allows you to secure a keyring to the bottle, or latch the bottle to your gym bag. “This is the best blender bottle on the market!” says one reviewer. “My protein drink would stick to the plastic ones but it slides right down this thick glass one.”
If you think of a blending ball as just another thing to clean or misplace, consider the Helimix Vortex which uses a patented vortex blender design to give you a super smooth drink with just a few shapes. Made of shatter-proof and BPA-free plastic, the Vortex is extremely durable, dishwasher friendly, and won’t cling onto lingering smells. Over 10,000 reviews rave that it’s the best shaker bottle they’ve ever owned. “It does exactly what it claims to do, and does it well,” says one customer. “No clumps, period!”
This tumbler is unassuming and elegant, something you wouldn’t be embarrassed to have on your desk. And no one would guess that it includes autoclose technology that allows you to shake up your protein drink without a single spill or leak. Simply remove the straw, which activates the spring-loaded trap door under the lid and seals it so you can shake to your heart’s content. It’s sweat- and shatter-resistant too. Win/win/win. No wonder 85 percent of reviewers give it a five-star rating.
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