BSN Syntha 6 has been a top selling protein powder for years. It may not be the purest protein on the market but unlike some other products at the time, it was simply delicious. However to cater for the more hardcore trainers who demand a lower carb product, BSN released Syntha 6 Isolate. Although the two products share a similar name, they could not be more different. As such, we will pitch them against each other in a face off.
Syntha 6 vs Syntha 6 Isolate Ingredients
Syntha 6 was named as such because it contains six different sources of protein. Namely, whey protein concentrate, whey protein isolate (WPI), calcium caseinate, micellar casein, milk protein isolate, egg albumen, and glutamine peptides. On top of this are a heap of flavouring and texturing agents, which gives Syntha 6 its distinctive and delicious taste.
Despite also sharing the Syntha 6 name, the Isolate version actually only has two proteins. That is, whey protein isolate, and milk protein isolate. Again, like the original Syntha 6, this version contains quite a few flavouring and texturing ingredients.
Choosing which is better is difficult. Syntha 6 contains far more complementary forms of protein. On the other hand, Syntha 6 Isolate contains only two, but very high quality and expensive forms of protein.
- Winner: Draw – It was too tough a decision and the staff here are split on the matter.
Syntha 6 vs Syntha 6 Isolate Dosing
A 47 g serve of the original Syntha 6 provides around 22 g protein. In other words, it’s around 47% protein and this can vary between flavours. The same flavour of Syntha 6 Isolate is a much smaller 38 g serve, while providing 25 g protein, which works out to be about 66% protein. In regards to dosage, Syntha 6 Isolate is the clear winner.
- Winner: BSN Syntha-6 Isolate
Syntha 6 vs Syntha 6 Isolate Effectiveness
With its comprehensive protein blend, Syntha-6 is a very user friendly and flexible protein powder good for any time of the day. However, it is a relatively unusual in that its high carb content makes it almost a mass gainer. Although mass gainers are certainly have their place as a supplement category, but people looking for a straight forward protein powder are more likely to prefer the lower carb, higher purity Syntha-6 Isolate, which is also just as flexible.
- Winner: BSN Syntha-6 Isolate
Syntha 6 vs Syntha 6 Isolate Taste, Flavour & Mixability
Syntha 6’s most famous trait is the fact that it is one of the best tasting protein powders around. It has a thick shake texture, with a very rich and creamy flavour. The team at BSN have obviously tried to replicate this with Syntha 6 Isolate. However, it does have a more noticeably artificial flavour. In addition, due to the high casein content of Syntha 6 Isolate, its mixability is more typical of a casein protein and courser in texture.
- Winner: BSN Syntha-6
Syntha 6 vs Syntha 6 Isolate Price & Value
Comparing the two products on price, Syntha 6 is definitely the cheaper product per serve. This is understandable as its raw ingredients are less expensive. If we take the two similar tub sizes of the two products, Syntha 6 Isolate provides very much the same grams of protein per dollar spent. However, what really tips things in favour for Syntha 6 is that it is available in a big 4.5 kg bag, which provides additional savings over the 1.8 Kg tub, which is the largest that the Isolate comes in.
Syntha 6 vs Syntha 6 Isolate Overall Winner
Syntha 6 Isolate wins for dosing and effectiveness, while Syntha 6 wins for taste and value. Ingredients are a draw between the two. This means that it is dead even, with two points to each product.
- Overall winner: Draw – It makes sense for BSN to make two products that are too difficult to be compared. This way, there is no cannibalisation in the BSN family.