Overview of MTS Nutrition Machine Whey
MTS Nutrition, owned by Marc Lobliner, who was featured on our Expert Roundtable, is a very reputable company that makes high quality products directed to the MTS Militia. Marc has a proven track record of running successful brands. MTS Nutrition is no different. Marc believes in fully transparent products of the highest quality.
MTS Nutrition Machine Whey is one of the best tasting whey protein concentrate/whey protein isolate blends I have ever tried. For less than $55 you get 60-servings of 25g of protein. If you’re looking for a good value and a go-to high quality affordable whey protein, MTS Nutrition Machine Whey should be towards the top of your list.
Testing Results and Ratings
We reviewed MTS Nutrition Machine Whey protein powder on five categories. We first start by looking at it’s ingredient profile. This portion of the review looks at quality of protein used, amount and other ingredients involved in the making of this protein powder.
We then look at effectiveness. A high quality protein will be effective. This is generally an extension of the profile section. The higher quality ingredients used at proper dosages, the more effective that product will be.
Then we move into the taste of the different flavors we’ve tried. We grade each flavor separately and average the scores for their overall taste rating. We were able to test out the Mint Cookies and Cream and Chocolate.
Mixability refers to how well the protein powder mixes in 12oz of water. We use the shaker bottle test. This would be your typical Blender Bottle with the spiral chrome ball.
Finally, we talk about value. Value is the combination of profile, effectiveness, taste and mixability in relation to cost. Another part of value are the competitors and other versions of proteins available on the market.
MTS Nutrition Machine Whey is comprised of a whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate blend. Just a refresher, whey protein concentrate can be anywhere between 34% and 80% protein. Knowing Marc, he is using the higher end protein. I am sure he would be willing to confirm. The reasoning behind a mix between WPC and WPI is you get the quick absorbing WPI to help immediate post workout, and the WPC take a little more time to be absorbed, but your body can only absorb a certain amount of protein at a time.
Machine Whey gives you 25g of protein per serving. Depending on your flavor, the serving size is anywhere from 36g to 40g+. Doing the math, each serving contains less than 70% protein. I would like to see this higher, but I understand with flavors sometimes you have “other” ingredients to get the flavor profile just right.
Carbs and fats also vary on flavor. The Mint Cookies and Cream had 6g of carbs, while the Chocolate had 4g. Each had 1g of Dietary Fiber which lowers the net carbs. In my opinion this isn’t too terrible. Fats where 3.5g and 3g respectfully. Again, not bad at all. Overall, the macros are friendly for essentially any “diet” you are on.
The one area that caused concern for me was on the Mint Cookies and Cream. There is one ingredient listed on the label that makes me cringe: High Fructose Corn Syrup [note: Marc Lobliner confirmed that this is from the cookie pieces in this. Per FDA rules, this no loner has to be put on labels]. I have never seen a protein powder with HFCS before. I am also sad about this because this happened to be the best flavor of protein powder I have ever tried. I hate that HFCS is being used.
With that said, not every flavor of Machine Whey uses HFCS. In fact, the Chocolate flavor we had did not have HFCS and had limited “other” ingredients. Overall, this is a solid protein powder with a good macro profile and protein source. The only thing I would change would be removing HFCS completely from any of the flavors.
Without knowing the exact quality of whey protein concentrate being used, it is hard to determine the effectiveness 100%. With protein powders, effectiveness is directly tied to the ingredient profile. If you read our profile on Machine Whey, you know we are a fan. Therefore, overall, the effectiveness of this protein should be very good.
One thing I wanted to note is that you do not get that “bloating” feeling with Machine Whey like you might get with some protein powders. I would use two scoops of this (50g) of protein and a 80g serving size. That is a total of 306 calories, no bloating feeling at all. There is not a lot of sugars so you don’t get that sugar crash either.
Takeaway here is that I trust in Marc to have used higher quality WPC, therefor the effectiveness of Machine Whey is right up there with anyone.
Mint Cookies & Cream:
I mentioned in my ingredient profile review of Machine Whey that Mint Cookies and Cream is by far, not even close, the best tasting whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate blended protein I have ever tried. Yes, there is HFCS in this, and I would love to see that removed, but it doesn’t change the fact that this stuff is delicious. I know MTS prides themselves on their flavors.
MTS Nutrition Machine Whey Chocolate flavor was also good. I will say it’s not the best tasting chocolate protein powder I have had, but it damn sure was not the worst. Essentially, most chocolate protein powders taste similar. MTS did nothing to separate themselves from the others, but didn’t do anything to fall below.
The one takeaway I have here is I want to try out some of their other flavors. I see them tout about Ice Cream Sandwich and other flavors that are supposed to be out of this world. Continue to check back to see if we review additional flavors.
In theory, whey protein isolate powders should mix better than whey protein concentrate powders. With Machine Whey being a blend of the two, you’d expect this to mix well. It does. This is one of the better mixing whey protein powders I have ever tested. The cookie crumbles in Mint Cookies and Cream do not dissolve, but that doesn’t affect mixability because that’s how it is supposed to be.
I have reviewed other high quality WPC powders and their mixability wasn’t nearly as good as MTS Nutrition’s Machine Whey. All it took was a couple shakes of a shaker cup and it mixed right in. Remember, I would use two scoops, which was 80g of protein powder in 10oz of water and I didn’t have any issues.
If you look at the market for whey protein powders, the price varies depending on size and type of protein used. For a 5lb container of a protein blend, like Machine Whey, you will find this around $50-$60. Machine Whey retails for under $55 and you get 60-servings. That is less than $1 per serving. Compared to the “big” brand in this category, this is a little higher. However, I can assure you that this protein powder is superior to that big brand.
Who am I talking about? Gold Standard Whey from Optimum typically retails for around $58 for 73-servings. When you compare Machine Whey directly to that, and all you’re focused on is price, then sure, it seems like the better value is ON. However, as I mentioned, Machine Whey is superior in terms of protein quality and taste…by far.
You get what you pay for. Wisely you would spend your hard-earned money on MTS Machine Whey protein before ON or many other brands on the market. Kudos to Marc and the MTS team for creating a high quality, affordable protein powder.