Best Mass Gainers to Reach Your Bulking Season Goals

Best Mass Gainers to Reach Your Bulking Season Goals, October 2021

Summer is officially over so that means bulking season is just around the corner. Put away the swim shorts and bikinis and get ready for the bulky sweaters, the colder weather also means more time to put on the pounds to push your PR’s higher and pack on the mass.

The thing about bulking season that is so much fun is that you can let loose a little on your dietary restrictions. There’s dirty bulking, for those that just need to get their macros and calories in any way possible and clean bulking for people who are still very much aware of what they’re eating.

Either way, you choose to reach your bulking goals, mass gainers can help out. Mass gainers have been used for decades by some of the best lifters to bulk quickly and efficiently. Here we’ll look at some of the best mass gainers for you to add to your supplement stack.

My Top Picks for Best Mass Gainers

Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass - Best Overall

Starting with a crowd favorite, we have Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass.

This is a well-known brand and we’ve reviewed a few of their supplements already, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see their mass gainer on here either. 

Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass doesn’t do anything amazing, but it doesn’t get anything wrong when it comes to mass gainers.

This is meant as a compliment, hence why it’s my best overall.

  • Trusted brand
  • Good calorie-to-serving size ratio
  • Mixes well
  • Great source of complex carbs

It tastes good, has a great number of nutrients, it’s relatively cheap given the servings per container, and it’s easy to purchase as it’s available nearly everywhere.

I would always recommend their supplements, but their mass gainer is really something. With 1250 calories, 50g of protein, and 254g of carbs per serving, it’s going to do exactly what it promises to do - build mass.

Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass comes in 4 flavors (Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, and Chocolate Peanut Butter) as well as 2 sizes (6lb and 12lb) for choices. It mixes well too, unlike many protein powders and mass gainers. This is all around one of the best brands and best mass gainers on the market.


BSN True Mass Ultra Premium - Best Quality

Next up is BSN True Mass Ultra Premium.

If you’re someone that has been into fitness for a while and regularly buys supplements, you may have seen the iconic red container before.

BSN promises a premium protein and carb matrix to help you consume not only a large number of macronutrients for bulking but high-quality ones at that.

From what I’ve learned from other BSN proteins and supplements, their claim to high-quality ingredients is true.

  • Premium carb and protein matrix
  • Great source of BCAAs
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Excellent taste

Each serving is 700-710 calories with 46-50g of protein, so while this may be a little less than your typical mass gainer, it’s easy to see that it’s not going for pure bulk but rather a compliment to your diet.

They also include 10g of BCAAs per serving which is crucial to bulking properly and building muscle, not just pure mass. I feel confident in putting BSN True Mass Ultra Premium as the best quality mass gainer I tested.


Optimum Nutrition PRO Gainer - Best Value

For best value amongst mass gainers, we have yet another appearance by Optimum Nutrition. Optimum Nutrition PRO Gainer is their more advanced mass gainer compared to the popular Serious Mass product, and for that, it works similarly to BSN True Mass Ultra Premium.

What I mean by this is that Optimum Nutrition PRO Gainer isn’t intended to provide a massive supply of carbs, protein, or calories, but a complex combination of high-quality macros. Each serving provides 650 calories, 60g of protein, and 85g of carbs.

  • High-quality edition of Optimum Nutrition
  • Generous serving of calories, protein, and carbs
  • Great price for container size
  • Protein and carb matrix

This is a winning formula by any means, but even more so is that the price is quite amazing considering it’s their premium version of their mass gainer. It’s $69.99 for a 10lb bag which makes it an excellent value buy.

Unfortunately, it only comes in two flavors, either chocolate or vanilla custard, but it didn’t matter much as they both tasted equally good and it mixed well so from top to bottom, Optimum Nutrition PRO Gainer was another solid choice from a respected supplement brand.


Naked Mass Vegan - Best for Vegans

Not everyone has the same dietary needs and it can be harder for vegans and vegetarians to find mass gainers because most powders have some form of dairy or dairy by-product in them.

Luckily, if you’re a vegan, Naked Mass Vegan mass gainer has solved this long-standing issue by creating a simple 3 ingredient mass gainer.

Containing pea protein powder, organic rice protein powder, and organic maltodextrin (derived from gluten-free organic tapioca), you can meet your bulking and vegan diet goals.

  • Vegan and restrictive diet friendly 
  • Simple ingredient list
  • Large supply of nutrients
  • Natural protein sources

Not only is it great for vegans, but strict diets in general as it is GMO-free, soy-free, gluten-free, growth hormone-free, and dairy-free.

It even boasts 1230 calories per serving, 50g of protein, and 248g of complex carbs so it’s not just vegan, it’s packed with nutrients too. Even if you’re not vegan, vegetarian, or have dietary restrictions, it has plenty to offer.


Dymatize Super Mass Gainer - Best Tasting

Picking a best-tasting mass gainer is hard because admittedly it’s a very subjective choice. What I consider good might not be the same as your opinion, but regardless, I chose Dymatize Super Mass Gainer as my best tasting.

Surprisingly, it only comes in 3 flavors, but sometimes it’s simplicity that makes it so good. They offer it in gourmet vanilla, rich chocolate, and cookies and cream (my favorite).

Thankfully, it mixes well too which factors into how it tastes as many mass gainers turn to big lumps in water or milk.

  • Best tasting
  • Simple, but timeless flavors
  • Easy to mix in water, milk, etc. 
  • No sacrifice on nutritional content

One concern that is worth addressing is that many of the higher-quality mass gainers sacrifice bulk calorie or protein content in favor of better ingredients, but Dymatize Mass Gainer does no such thing.

Not only is it good tasting, but it boasts 1310 calories per serving, 50g of protein, and 246g of carbs. Great taste and packed with nutrients? A winning combination if I’ve ever seen one.


MuscleTech Mass Tech Extreme-2000 - Best High Calorie

It might seem redundant to have a category for best high-calorie mass gainer, but you’ll understand why I put it in here. The 2000 in the MuscleTech Mass Tech Extreme-2000 isn’t there just to sound cool, it’s actually the calorie count.

At a staggering 2000 calories per serving, 80g of protein, and 482g of carbs, this is the heaviest duty entry in this list. If you’re serious about bulking and need a glut of nutrients to help you reach your daily caloric intake, MuscleTech isn’t pulling any punches with this mass gainer.

  • Enormous amount of calories
  • True meal replacement supplement
  • High amount of BCAAs
  • Includes creatine monohydrate

It’s not just a bulkers dream supplement, it uses a quality blend of complex carbs and protein along with the additional benefit of a good BCAA profile and even contains creatine monohydrate. If you’re looking for the mass gainer that lives up to the name, MuscleTech Mass Tech Extreme-2000 is likely it.


GNC Pro Performance Bulk 1340 - Best for Budget

It’s no surprise that mass gainers can get pretty expensive, especially when you consider serving sizes and other factors, so it’s good to find one that fits your budget.

GNC Pro Performance Bulk 1340 is one of the best budget options I found in my search for an affordable but useful mass gainer.

Some prices may be deceiving but you only get a few servings, GNC Pro Performance Bulk 1340 has 15 servings per 12lb container for $54.99.

  • Reliable supplement brand
  • High calories per serving
  • Best budget option
  • Excellent vitamin profile

It might not appear cheap, but given the cost of many alternatives, it’s definitely a good option. Similarly, your serving sizes depend on how much you want to take. Even then, with 1340 calories per serving, plus 50g of protein, and 277g of carbs, it stacks up to the competition.

This is also a reliable company as GNC is a go-to supplier for supplements and as a supplement brand themselves so I always feel comfortable shopping with them. 

Are there better options for mass gainers out there? Definitely, but it doesn’t take away that they offer great value for a large container of a solid mass gainer.


Mutant Mass - Best Bulk Choice

Even the name instills confidence that you’re going to be getting a beefy container to help you add mass.

Mutant Mass isn’t just on here because they’re a very well-known mass gainer brand, they’re on this list for the fact that they offer a great bulk choice if you need plenty of powder.

Coming in at 15lbs, you can get a pretty big bag of mass gainer powder for a very reasonable price, around $84.99. This is an option for any kind of lifter who wants to know their supplement supply isn’t going to run out any time soon.

  • Huge serving sizes
  • Excellent source for protein
  • Good price-to-serving size ratio
  • Clean carbs

Not only that, but as I said, Mutant Mass is top-notch stuff too. With 1100 calories per serving, 56g of protein, and 192g of clean carbs, it’s not just good for bulk buyers, it’s simply a good mass gainer.

It comes in 6 different flavors as well: triple chocolate, cookies and cream, coconut cream, vanilla ice cream, strawberry banana, and chocolate fudge brownie.

Mutant Mass tastes great, mixes well, comes in some fun flavors, and contains everything a serious bulker needs which rightfully earned its spot on any list of best mass gainers.


Universal Nutrition Animal Mass - Best Protein Mix

The last entry on our list is Universal Nutrition Animal Mass. Another tough and gritty-sounding product, Animal Mass is one of my favorites because of the protein mix they use. 

Combining a mixture of whey isolate, hydrolyzed whey, micellar casein, and egg albumin, Universal Nutrition Animal Mass allows you to get a full range of protein synthesis that some simpler protein powders and mass gainers simply can’t achieve.

Naturally, of course, Animal Mass contains a rich carb complex too which allows it to provide the full range of mass gaining benefits.

  • Best for bodybuilders
  • Best protein matrix
  • Good bulk options
  • High-quality ingredients

 It also touts itself as a highly digestible mass gainer which means your body isn’t wasting any of the nutrients you’re consuming.

The downside to Animal Mass? It only comes in 3 pretty basic flavors but that shouldn’t be a problem for most bulkers as it’s still an excellent mass gainer. It comes in 5lb and 10lb sizes too.


Final Thoughts

Choosing the right supplement can be hard because many of them sound so similar to one another. Mass gainers are no stranger to this problem and you might be thinking, “Don’t I just want plenty of calories?” As you can now see, that’s not always the case.

A good mass gainer does contain a large number of calories, but you need to look for other qualities like taste, mixability, carbohydrate content, protein complex, BCAA profile, cost, and serving sizes.

Hopefully, this list of best mass gainers will show you which ones stand out in their respective categories, which ones might be more to your liking, and most of all, help you pack on the pounds for bulking season to help you reach your mass goals!

Denver Matheson
 

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