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As those of you who regularly read my reviews know I have been using protein for years now and I know that Maximuscle is one of the better brands you can buy, although you will pay the price as they are a little more expensive than most other brands.
Most protein reviews on this site and on other from real 'protein' heads such as myself will rate 'mixability' as a factor. This is your ability to mix the protein into a shake like drinking substance. This is more important as it sounds as not only does it tatse better this way, theres nothing worse then getting a huge chunk of powdery protein in your mouth, but also mixability aids in efficient digestion of the protein , and as the most optimum time to have protein is within 20 mins after your workout, the this digestion factor is the difference between using your protein well, or just using it up !
The lid and the 'tool' within the shaker are the two most important elements of the whole shaker. Read on for the reasons to this. The lid is a red cone shape with a drinking tube at one end and a hinged cap which is secure, sometimes they are not or the cap wears down and protein powder or shake goes flying everywhere when you shake it. But I had no problems with this one initially, but heres the crux, after a while the rubber seal between the lid and the cup becomes slightly degraded or you find that as you tighten the lid the seal gets so tight that it pops around to the first point so you have to tighten it again. This happens with most cheap bottles with rubber seals, so I was surprised to see it happen with a maximuscle shaker.
The cup is the least importnat part, I only care that it is hard resin plastic and able to hold at least 500 ml`s of liquid. This one hold 700ml's, which is fine for most people portion intake. The other thing that can happen and is minor annoyance is that the lettering on the sides of allot of cup`s becomes fragmented and comes off on your fingers as time goes on, like an ink stain. This shaker has this problem but I found that it started allot later than most other shakers I have had and when it did start fragmenting it wasent that bad actually.
The tool inside a shaker varies from company to company but in most cases you will find either a metal coil that flies around the cup breaking the powder up or, as in this case, a plastic grid, which chops the powder as you shake. The grid is not robust but bendy on purpose. I have found that out of the two mechanisms I prefer coil shaker, I think it is more effective, requires less cleaning and doesnt clog up with loads of stubborn powder so you have half the powder in the grid and not in the shake itself, wasting my hard earned ! It also makes it hard to clean and then the cup starts to smell as the grid is very small and you cant be bothered to clean it with a toothpick half the time. Putting it through a dishwasher is no good, you have to hand clean this mother.
You can pick thes up at Holland and Barret or any online suppliment store for around £3.99 these days so its not expensive but at the same time its not really something that you want to keep replacing because the design is flawed.
Mmmmm, protein shakes...ok, ok, they are not that nice, although some are better than others, but I'm sure, that to most people they sound horrible. However, if you are at all into fitness, or weights, these shakes can really make a difference in helping your muscles repair, and grow.
I have been going to the gym for a couple of years now, and after a while I started taking a few supplements like protein shakes to see if they made any difference. At first, I simply mixed up some milk and whey powder in a measuring jug, and whisked it up...for ages, and no matter how hard i whisked, there would still be lumps that I couldn't get rid of. Next I tried using a hand blender, which worked far better, but it was a bit of a pain having to wash it so often.
At some point, I decided to buy a protein shaker, and I picked up one of these Maximuscle ones in the supermarket, simply because it was the only brand that ASDA seemed to have at the time. It cost me about £4, and was a bit of an impulse buy (it's kind of sad when your impulse buying is reduced to plastic beakers...), but you can pick them up for £3 from Amazon.
The shaker consists of a 700ml beaker, with embossed measurements up the side, to help judge how much liquid you need, a lid with an odd shaped spout, with a flip-top cap, and a thin plastic mesh disc that fits inside the beaker to help mix the ingredients.
All the parts feel pretty solid and sturdy, and the shaker can certainly withstand rumbling about in a bag full of sports gear without getting damaged. Al the parts clean easily, just make sure you give the mesh disc a good scrub. Despite often daily use and cleaning, after a year it still looks in pretty good nick. I can't comment on dishwasher cleaning, since I don't have one I'm afraid :(
The shaker works by simply adding your ingredients into the cup, placing the mesh disc over the top, the sealing the screw-down lid over the top. Make sure the flip-top lid it also sealed, then shake it...and keep shaking it. I found that using the shaker, with its mesh disc, was by far the most effective method I have tried for mixing up these drinks. It can take a while, and I still get a few lumps, but far less than I used to get with a whisk or fork.
The most important thing to do before you start shaking all the liquid about is to make sure its properly sealed, otherwise it starts to leak at the seal between the cup, and the lid. It shouldn't burst out in a spray, but if you are shaking vigorously, and it leaks, it will cover you in drops of shake! This happened to me the first couple of times I used it, but once you learn the knack of sealing it, it seems to work fine. The other thing I tend to do is to keep my thumb over the cap on the spout, in case it pops of mid-shake. This has never happened, but would prove messy if it did.
The spout, although kind of odd looking, is easy to drink out of, and doesn't tend to drip. One thing I would say is, never fill this beaker up, and then put it in your bag, as the flip top on the spout is only designed to seal whilst shaking, not for storage: it will come loose if knocked.
One other thing you can do, is fill this shaker up with Chocolate Brownie Frijj Milkshake, and drink it whilst hanging around the outside of a gym, and pretend you are really fit...
Overall, I found this shaker cup worked well for its purpose. It's not the prettiest thing in the world, but it is sturdily made, and will last for a fair while. The leaking can be messy and annoying, so always make sure you seal it properly.
This product is priced at £4.99 from Maximuscle.com.
The Maximuscle Shaker is designed to help you mix up your sports nutrition powder with water or milk. You pour in the required amount of liquid into the shaker which is easily measured thanks to the measuring scale on the side of the shaker. You then place the criss cross lid on top of the shaker and on top of this you put the nutrition powder. You then seal this by placing the lid on top and screwing it in place. Then shake it for about 20 to 30 seconds and you should have a perfectly blended sports drink.
This shaker does exactly what you would expect it to. You can get away with making your drink slightly thicker or thinner than the instructions on the nutrition drink suggests so you can tailor it to your tastes. The lid fits perfectly and doesn't leak and it is very durable. The only problem I have with it is the price. At £5 it seems slightly expensive for the job it does. There are other cheaper versions available that do the same job. However if you are willing to spend the money on this then you won't be disappointed when you get it.
Well, as most of us know protein shakes are extremely hard to mix with a fork, and you'd often get horrible lumps. So when i discovered this on Amazon for around £5, I was inclined to buy it.
I will give my general overview of this item before going on and describing each of its parts.
you put your water and powder in, put on the grid, and then try to put on the lid! Putting on a lid may sound extremely simple, but with this cup, its a little less simple. You have to screw it on making sure you don't tilt the lid one bit, because if you do, one side will screw tight, and the opposite side won't. This can make things very messy if you don't realise before you shake. Which I have done more than once! :(
But when the lid is one properly, you shake for 30-60 seconds, and there is pretty much no lumps, and the shake is very smooth which I was surprised by the first time using this. But their is another problem with this, The smell. I wash it out a minimum of 30-45 minutes after I used it, but still their is a horrible smell in the cup. This had me frantically searching on Google looking for ways to stop the smell, which was rather annoying.
The lid- The lid is a red. shaped like a cone, with a curved hinged lid, which is very secure.
The cup- The cup is very strong and doesn't bend or snap easily, and is 700ml's, which is more than enough for most people, in my opinion.
The plastic grid- the plastic grid is extremely bendy, and feels like it would break easily if mistreated, but that in mind, it does fit perfectly into the cup, and has caused me no problems.
-Easy to take on the move.
-Dissolves powder with not much effort by user.
-The lid that covers the drinking hole is secure
-The red cone lid doesn't screw onto the cup very well, sometimes leaks.
-Smell gets extremely bad.
-Plastic grid feels weak and thin.
I wouldn't recommend this to my friends, Because it has quite a few disadvantages, I would recommend them to find another shaker, that comes with less problems.
If you go to the gym on a regular basis and are looking to buy some protein shakes, then you will need one of these shakers!
The 750 ML shaker is very light and looks very nice, it is quite big and chunky but it will easily fit in your gym bag.
Inside the screw top is a filter that helps split the powder up when shaking it is very useful however you could easily lose it so be careful! The screw top is very tight and if you put it on correctly there will be no spillages, however if you are in a hurry you may screw the top on wrong, leaving gaps around the edges.
The bottle itself is very tough and will not get damaged if dropped, however the lid is slightly flimsy and the flap can snap, making it slightly harder to open.
Overall it is a good product that is needed if you wish to take protein shakes.
I am not usually big on drinking protein shakes, but my partner seems to use a lot of them, and he had me try them for a short while as I go to the gym with him a lot. He gave me one of his spare shakers so I would have one of my own, and this was one of the Maximuscle branded ones.
Maximusle is a big name in the protein and sports supplements world, so I assumed this would be a very good quality shaker for the protein shakes. The lid is red (does come in other colours I believe) and it is coned up, which some what reminds me of a muffin (all about food lol!!) Inside the lid is a plastic circle grating, which is to help the protein powder disperse and disolve properly.
The cup itself is made from a thickened plastic and is clear, with the Maximuscle logo printed on the sides. The lid is easy to remove and put back on the cup when needed, and it screws on, so you can tighten it as much as you need to. The drinking spout is easy to open and the opening part is still attached to the lid, so you can never lose it.
I found that to start with, this cup was good to use, as it did everything I needed it to. It mixed the protein powder well, and it was easy to drink from. After a while though, I noticed it was not as great as I initally believed.
Soon, the lid tightening starts to drop, and you find that it may start to leak occasionally, with the leak getting worse over time. I also found that the cup held upto the smell of the protein shake really easily, and no matter how many times I scrubbed it or ran it through the dishwasher, it still had a dank, mouldy smell, which just seemed to get worse everytime I used it. The smell soon became a taste, and I had to throw away the cup.
I thought this may have been a one off, but when I spoke to others about the situation, they too said they have found the leaking and smell problem, and they had to replace theirs every other month or so, sometimes sooner if they used theirs more often.
At £4.99 a shaker cup, it is not such a cheap thing to keep replacing, but I partially think they have been designed this way so people keep having to replace them and spending more on them means more money for Maximuscle, who make the shakers.
I have tried some other brands of shakers since, and most have been about the same as the Maximuscle one, with only the occasional few being any better. I am no longer using protein shakes, so I am no longer using the shakers, but my partner is and he has found a different brand that works much better for him now.
Personally, I found that these Maximuscle shakers were good for a few weeks at the most, but I do not think they are worth the money you have to pay for them, and I would not use them again. I give these shakers a 3 out of 5, and I only recommend them to people who use them very sparingly, or who like to replace their stuff and waste their money.
*This review is also on Ciao under the username of Hailee*
A few months back I took out a subscription to a magazine, you know the sort...£1 for 3 issues. I admit I only did this to get some cheap reading and also for the freebie on offer. The freebie was meant to be a luxury bath set but due to a sod up their end I instead received some protein shake powder (why?!) and the above mentioned shaker bottle.
I got these for free so can't moan about that, but I was left wondering what on earth I should do with them, after all I'm not the sort to drink protein drinks and certainly didn't want to start now. Despite this however I thought I should try them at least once, after all there was a remote chance I like might like it.....how wrong I was.
First of all the shaker is huge, twice the size of an average mug in our house, this meant that the recommended amount of protein shake barely half fills it. I felt short changed already... the idea with the shaker is that you add the protein powder and the recommended amount of water and then shake (obviously to combine it all) the lid of the shaker has a separate section that looks like a large mesh that you push into it before screwing the lid onto the bottle. The mesh in the lid is meant to help mix up and strain the mixture so that it's easier to drink.
I had a lot of trouble with mixing the drink up, first of all the lid leaked so I ended up with chocolate shake all over my top, then when I tried to drink out of the funnel in the lid it leaked again.....great.....to add insult to injury the mixture hadn't combined properly so it had bits of lumpy powder it in, plus it tasted awful anyway.
I binned it immediately, the protein powder too. I later found out that the shaker costs £5 in the shops, the powder £30 a tub. What a con! I would avoid these like the plaque.
I am an ex-owner of this maxi muscle shaker bottle but ditched it for a much better and cheaper shaker bottle from myprotein at only half the price. I got the maxi muscle shaker bottle a year ago and noticed that my protein does not dissolve regularly within the milk and then I relised that it was because of the ridiculous design of the bottle. Whereas most shaker bottles have a spiral metal wire that sits at the bottom of the shaker this one differs, it has a few large holes at the top of the shaker. The consumer is meant to insert the protein into the large holes and its meant to dissolve it but instead it leaves lumpy bits of protein in your shake... nasty stuff. And at £5 for this shaker that has design flaws your better off with the myprotein brand shaker bottle that disperses the protein without leaving lumps at only £2.
I recently bought this shaper to start another year of hard work at the gym! I used to have a MET-RX one, but I decided to get a new one due to the almost stained stench of the shaker and the fact that the lid had broken slightly. This shaker has been pretty good so far and it feels great to have a brand new one that doesn't smell!
The problem with leaving protein for example in a shaker is that it will start to really stink after a couple of days, so you must make sure to wash the shaker out after every use without leaving it, even over night. This shaker has a 700ml capacity, which is quite good and means you can use it to simply drink out of rather than just for supplements, as most supplements only require around 200ml of water to go with them, depending on how strong you want them to taste.
The shaker has a red cap on which a lid lifts off the drinking hole. It clicks back on pretty easily. It has a lip so you can easily take the lid off, but I am just waiting for the day when this lip starts to break like my old MET-RX shaker - we will see if this ever happens! The whole red top screws on and is pretty easy to do so but you must make sure you have screwed it on straight or when you shake it, you could have a big accident!
The bottle itself is quite large and translucent in appearance, with the maximuscle logo going up the side. It is quite easy to grip and it's translucency means you can see the level of contents in there pretty easily without having to open it up. The bottle seems a tiny bit taller than my old one and it won't fit in a small pocket in a bag, but a gym bag would be perfect to fit it in.
You simply add all your supplements such as protein, weight gain powder, pre-workout powders, post-workout recovery powders, creatine etc. to the bottle and then add water or whatever liquid goes best. Screw back on the lid and make sure the top is sealed and then give it a good shake and I find it shakes up the contents very well to produce a pretty smooth consistency. Some supplements such as creatine may sink to the bottom to leave a residue for your last sip unless you keep shaking it whilst drinking it. The bottle is durable as I have dropped it a few times when empty and almost full and it has survived well! It costs £5, which may seem a lot for a bottle but they all cost around this.
Thanks for reading
As every wannabe bodybuilder who heads down to their local gym 4 days a week knows, the only way to maximise muscle gain is to ensure the consumption of some high quality protein and carbs straight after a workout, in order to refuel your worn out muscles, to make them grow larger and stronger. This gives you 2 options, one slightly more realistic than the other. Firstly, head home, eat 2 chicken breasts and some rice, all within about an hour of finishing your workout...unlikely. The second, buy a shaker and add some whey and fast acting carbohydrate such as maltodextrin, takes about 20 seconds, is very refreshing, and ensures your muscles are fed in order to grow, meaning your gym workout was not wasted. The great thing about the shaker too is that it can double as your water bottle during the workout...an even greater reason to buy.
Maximuscle are renowned for their dominance in the high priced protein stakes, and the majority of their products are very high quality, but for quite a higher price than their competitors. The shaker they offer is little different, with it retailing about £6, where you can pick up a normal non branded one for about half of that. As with the met-rx shaker that i reviewed the other day, it has a plastic mesh which allows the protein to turn into water, rather than the wire ball. I am a big fan of this method, and believe that it works better, however they do have their critics, and i am surprised maximuscle haven't chosen to utilise what many consider to be a higher class shaker, in line with their product branding.
Every shaker quickly becomes pretty disgusting, even with the best of looking after. However, in terms of durability, the maximuscle effort does seem to work very well. It does not have the problems of its met-rx rival, in that the lid top is made of far stronger plastic, and does not seem to be on the verge of snapping every time you use it like that one does. Therefore you are probably paying a little more money, but getting a better product.
A good shaker with a high quality finish, but one that comes at a slight price, as this retails at a higher cost than most of its competitors.
As an avid gym user, and a user of supplements intended to help me with everything from muscle gain to recovery and a vital tool to anyones gym bag in the same position as myself. Basically this is a plastic shaker from the established Maximsucle brand which is intended for use with protein shakes and powders.
Its pretty much the normal size for the item coming in at 700ml. Its made of a tough durable plastic meaning it will survive drops, falls and banging about in the bag and it is also easy to wash and clean.
The item works very simply. By removing the lid, a tough plastic lid that fastens very well and securely and will not spill out in your bag with a spout for pouring your drink into a container or drinking out of. Its all solid and well made.
Underneath the lid is a filter which fits nicely into the top of the cup. Simply add your powder, fasten both lids and shake. Within a few seconds you will have a shake to intake.
The shaker works effectively and it takes very little effort to mix the product together. It pours smoothly, ensures you have the right mix. It works easily and does a good job.
The only problem with this product is that it is way more pricier than other items that do the same. There is nothing special or unique here, its merely a standard shaker which does a great job but you can get other brands much cheaper than the fiver you will pay for this.
Anyone who even goes irregularly to a gym will recognise the iconic shape of the protein shaker. It conjures up images of muscle bound supermen stomping around the free weights grunting and intimidating everyone in sight. Contrary to this popular belief a protein shaker is a very worthwhile investment for most if not all gym-goers. Nearly every person who works out could do with a bit more protein in their diet to recover from tough sessions and the Maximuscle Shaker fills that role nicely.
First off the Maximuscle Shaker has quite standard protein shaker design, a round ~700ml capacity plastic bottle sporting the iconic Maximuscle star and logo along one side, with a guide on the other to let you know how full the shaker is. The plastic itself is of high quality and will not break or warp even with quite rough treatment. Unfortunately the maximuscle logo washes off following one or two trips through the dishwasher, it would have been nice to keep the sharp lettering instead of being left with a faded mess!
Inside the cup you place a circular plastic mesh which is there to ensure good mixing of your protein/water combination. The plastic mesh method is as old as protein shakers themselves, and unfortunately is obsolete in this day and age. More recent, and expensive, protein shakers use a metal wire sphere which drops into the cup. This method, despite causing more noise works considerably better than this plastic mesh. Mixing protein is relatively easy with the Maximuscle shaker though the mesh can sometimes become clogged. This clogging however only occurs if you have overloaded the shaker so is easily avoidable. Overall the mesh seems quite flimsy but if it is kept in the shaker, as it should be, it will never see any great stress.
The cap is a thin red plastic which screws onto the lower bottle. Unfortunately this screw top is rather haphazard and can be difficult to screw on correctly with even remotely damp hands. Even more precariously the cap may appear to be secured properly until one shakes the bottle and the cap explodes off to decimate one's nice work trousers. Again the plastic seems flimsy here and has already begun to crack around the edges on mine following 5/6 months use.
Overall this is quite a cheap product that will happily mix your protein with minimal fuss, provided the cap is on securely. It's longevity seems to be cut short by use of the dishwasher so that may be something to keep in mind. At the same time there are shakers of the exact same design and shape for half the price elsewhere. Similarly one can obtain a shaker with the previously mentioned wire sphere for the price of the maximuscle offering. In the end it comes down to how much you want to show off your maximuscle logo.
When I began using the Maximuscle range of supplements I recieved a maximuscle Shaker. The Shaker is easy to use, and you simply have to put your supplement powder in it and add the required level of water. The shaker cup is designed to then easily mix the ingredients with the water due to the large are at the top of the cup and the shaker is also well designed meaning you can use the same recepticle to shake and drink from.
At first, I were surprised to see this product retailing for around the £5 mark online, I must have recieved mine as part of a promotion for ordering over a certain amount of products from them at the time. The pricetag would be a concern if I were thinking about buying a new drinks bottle, but as I got mine for free I cannot argue with the cost!
With a capacity of 700ml the Maximuscle Shaker is adequate to accomodate plenty of drink. The bottle also has a sports-style look and the flexible cap allows for easy access to your drink and a secure seal when you aren't drinking from it. The bottle is of a plastic construction, with a white coloured body and a red top. The overall design allows for a comfortable grip. The price for me is a bit of a stumbling block though if I were to recommend this to you. I wouldn't be keen to advise you spend a fiver of a sports drinks bottle, but if you did find yourself in possession of one then im sure you would agree it is a useful bottle to have for mixing your supplements in.
Protein bottle shakers are a must for anyone who regularly uses protein, as it is the best way to make sure you are not left with a lumpy mixture, and in that respect the Maximuscle shaker does exactly what it says on the tin. However for half the price (£2.50) you can find shakers that will do exactly the same job.
The shaker works buy a grate at the top of the bottle, that when the bottle is shook the lumps of powder are broken down and therefore dissolved into the desired liquid, and on that front the shaker cannot be faulted.
The bottle is a bit dated looking as well now, as there are newer cleaner shapes, which have better lids that do not pop off as easily.
Another problem I have had with this is that it leak water around the screw top, not vast amounts, but enough to be annoying. Again there are better bottles out there with better seals for half the price.
A point to consider is that most shops will throw an unbranded bottle in with your purchase if you buy a large pack of protein powder.
To summarise the bottle is OK. It mixes the mixture up very well thanks to the grate, but does leak slightly and is a bit pricey.
Wanting to bulk up I had been using a normal glass and a spoon to mix up my protein shakes. I often found lumps in the liquid after stirring for some time and heard of the maxi muscle shaker and thought I'd give it a go.
The cup itself is made of solid plastic. I have dropped it several times after getting it out of my bag at the gym and it is unharmed. The cup fills 700 ml which is more than enough as I seemed to only fill up just over 400 ml of liquid a time.
The biggest feature to this shaker is the bright red lid. The lid to get on and off is extremely effortless to do. Between the lid and the cup there is an optional grid that you can either have on or off but I found it is better to keep the mesh on as when shaking up drinks it helps to keep the mix from lumping up.
Every time I've used it and when shaken well it creates a perfect smooth drink. No lumps or bits floating in the bottom. The drinking compartment flows well and doesn't come out too fast, just about right. The plastic mouth piece covering the drinking compartment clips on easy although sometimes if you press it on forcefully it takes some force and nail power to get it off again.
Cleaning is very easy to do. I pull the lid and cup off take out the plastic mesh grid and wash by hand although I have put it in the dish washer a few times and it comes out good as new. I think the biggest positive thing the shaker has done is save time due to how easy to use it is. I just put my protein mix in, add water, put the lid on and shake which takes less than a minute compared with stirring which causes all sorts of mess and takes absolutely ages.