What is one of the most important things that you carry with you every time you go to the gym? It’s definitely the protein shaker bottle. There are plenty of them on the market, and all with one goal – to mix you your favorite protein powder.
How many times I came to the gym and realized I forgot my shaker bottle at home? I wish I only got a coin every time this happened, I’ d be a very wealthy guy. I’m sure this often happens to you also. That’s why you should have few of them, so one of them can always be in your sports bag that you carry to the gym.
There are thousands of protein shaker bottles on the market but you can agree with me when I say that most of them are not so good. So I’m here to help you choose which one to buy and what to pay attention on when buying your favorite shaker bottle.
When buying shaker bottles you should pay attention on:
1. SIZE & DESIGN
You can choose from different sizes depending on your needs. How much water and powder do you put in your shakes and what kind of shakes you mix. You can mix your protein and other powders like Preworkout inside, so see what size suits you the best. You can choose from small bottles from 8 oz. to the big 38 oz. bottles. The design part is really up to you – you can choose between hundred of models that look alike but every has something different. The storage compartments that some shaker models have are particularly great for carrying your protein powder or some other supplements inside. Really great thing and I highly recommend it.
Most of the shaker bottles are made of plastic. But you can also choose bottles of steel. They are used more and more, and who tries it never goes back on the plastic ones. Steel bottles don’t get such bad smell like the plastic ones and that’s really great news. How many times have you forgotten to wash your plastic shaker bottle for few days, and then tried to use it? Very bad idea. Sometimes you can practically throw it away.
Did I mention that steel is much healthier than plastic? Yes indeed, it’s scientifically proven that plastic that contains BPA can be harmful.
What is BPA?
BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins . BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
So, if you prefer plastic, think twice. If you decide to buy plastic shaker bottle after all make sure it’s BPA free. Maybe you already owe that bad plastic shaker but you don’t want to throw it away ,and if so, at least you should avoid to wash it in your dishwasher. High water temperature can improve the break down of plastic over time allowing BPA to leach into foods.
3. MIXING ABILITY
This might be the main reason why to buy a good shaker bottle. Many of them can’t stand when their protein isn’t mixed well and simply hate the nuggets that rest behind. I’m not one of them but I know few that are. The quality of protein powder has great influence on how good it will be mixed, but good shaker do most of the work. Here someone will disagree with me when I say that I consider shakers with mesh strainer far better than ones with steel mixing ball. In my case I found it more effective. But, hey ,it’s up to you. Today are shakers with steel ball or steel spring more common then ones with mesh strainers, and are also very effective.
4. LEAKPROOF PROTECTION
What is the worst thing that can happen when you mix your favorite protein in bad shaker? It’s protein shake all over the place.. I hate when this happens… It’s most important for a shaker to seal good.