Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen stacks some of our favorite fat burning ingredients against each other, which feels a lot like watching your two best friends kick each other’s ass. Except in this case, midway through the fight, you tragically find out that one of your best friends is truly a complete douchebag …and so maybe you start to kick his ass a bit, too? And then, maybe, you swoop in on his girlfriend of six years because, you know, screw Greg. He’s an asshole.
You know what, before this analogy goes completely off rails, let’s just read the Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen review to see which of these two is our true friend.
Supplement Facts Comparison
Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)||5 mg (250% DV)||L-Ornithine HCl||500 mg|
|Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin)||10 mcg (166% DV)||Caffeine Anhydrous||250 mg|
|Zinc (as zinc oxide)||10 mg (150% DV)||Green Coffee Bean Extract (as Coffea canephora robusta) Standardized for 45% chlorogenic acids||200 mg|
|GTF Chromium (as picolinate)||100 mcg (82% DV)||Green Tea Extract (as Camellia sinensis) (leaf) Standardized for EGCG||150 mg|
|Green Tea Extract (leaf)||500 mg||Blue Skullcap Extract (as Scutellaria lateriflora) (root)||50 mg|
|Green Coffee Extract (bean)||100 mg||Red Sage Extract (as Salvia miltiorrhiza) (root) Standardized for salvianolic acid||50 mg|
|Cayenne Powder (fruit)||100 mg||Ginger (as Zinger officinale) (root)||40 mg|
|Glucomannan (konjac root)||1800 mg|
|Caffeine Anhydrous||300 mg|
|Black Pepper Extract (standardized to 95% PE)||10 mg|
Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen share a similar fat burning base, yet diverge down interesting paths.
It might be safe to say that both Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen have been reading the same fat burning research, as they’ve chosen many of the same fat burning ingredients. And this turns out to be a good thing: Their base fat burners work.
Of which several may be found topping our BIG List of Fat Burners.
However, it’s how these supplements use these fat burners, in addition to the ingredients stacked with these burners, that make all the difference between Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen. To get a better look, let’s check out their similarities and differences, starting with:
How are Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen formulas similar?
The “base fat burners” we mentioned seem to include: Green Tea Extract, Green Coffee Bean Extract, and Caffeine Anhydrous. Essentially encompassing three of the five best natural fat burners on the 2018 market. Only items missing: Garcinia Cambogia HCA and Cayenne (although this last one does make an appearance in at least one of these stacks.) So long as Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen adequately doses these ingredients and supplies them in potent enough forms, you’re staring at two effective, thermogenic fat burners that work.
How are Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen formulas different?
As we hinted in the above parentheses, another fat burner favorite, Cayenne, find its way into one of these supplements: Instant Knockout. Essentially this gives Instant Knockout an additional fiery boost on thermogenesis and appetite control, of which the latter receives further support from a fat dose of glucomannan, a clinically backed “fat-loss fiber.”
Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen, on the other hand, supplies a unique mix of Blue Skullcap Extract and Red Sage Extract, which enhance cardio function …not necessarily fat loss. And the featured Ornithine HCl also seems to boost the body’s vascular efficiency, advertised by MuscleTech as enhancing “overall sensory experience.” Sort of a strange ingredient mix to add to a fat burner stack.
Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen: Unique Benefits
Instant Knockout hits hard with precision aiming.
Many fat burner supplements (and supplements at large) attempt the hybrid “one-size-fits-all” formula design, shirking its primary duties to notch in various cool-sounding gimmicks. Instant Knockout keeps it as simple as a punch to the face. Not to say it’s not complex: GTE, GCBE, Cayenne, and Caffeine do hit fat burning from various bio-pathways. Yet, they all shoot at the same goal: burning fat. Ironically, it’s this complexly simple design that makes Instant Knockout an effective one-size-fits-all burner for anyone looking to burn fat.
Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen has a solid base with questionable additions.
To call Blue Skullcap and Red Sage “nootropics” would be a stretch, but that’s what MuscleTech seems to be shooting for with these ingredients. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen boasts adding a “sensory experience” to an otherwise powerful and effective fat burning stack. Although, they fail to elucidate what “sensory” even means in this case — after all, even fatigue and brain fog are sensory experiences.
Having said that, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen seems to supply a competent enough formula, doing enough right to have us confidently label this as a bona fide fat burner stack. Yet, Instant Knockout does everything Hydroxycut does right …and then some.
- Despite sharing a similar ingredient base, Instant Knockout has a more disciplined and effective fat burner stack than its MuscleTech counterpart.
Okay, let’s start this round by comparing the ingredients shared by Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen:
- Green Tea Extract: 500 mg Instant Knockout; 150 mg Hydroxycut.
- Green Coffee Extract: 100 mg Instant Knockout; 200 mg Hydroxycut.
- Caffeine Anhydrous: 300 mg Instant Knockout; 250 mg Hydroxycut.
It’s important to note that Instant Knockout’s 300 mg caffeine anhydrous splits into four daily administrations, whereas Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen’s caffeine doubles to 500 mg. Which is quite a bit of caffeine to consume between breakfast and lunch. (Roughly 5.3 cups of coffee!)
To reduce risk of side effects, it’d be best to limit your caffeine intake outside of taking these supplements.
However, back to the fat burner dosages: with exception to green coffee extract, Instant Knockout has an edge over Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen. And this applies to the ingredients not shared by these formulas, as well. For example, Instant Knockout’s 1,800 mg glucomannan. Hydroxycut gets nowhere near these numbers.
And what’s more, Instant Knockout still manages to keep its other leading fat burning ingredients within the 3-digit milligram mark, with only BioPerine taking an understandable dip to 10 mg. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen, on the other hand, could increase its Blue Skullcap and Red Sage counts.
- With exception to caffeine and coffee bean extract, Instant Knockout supplies more powerful and packed pills than Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen.
Ingredient Quality Comparison
We’re happy to say that both Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen knock it out of the park in terms of ingredient quality. In both fat burner stacks we’re seeing an abundance of premium, fiery hot herbal extracts, as opposed to the impotent plain powders.
Is either supplement perfect in this category? No.
Instant Knockout could improve its vitamin and mineral quality. And Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen could enhance that ginger root’s potency. (The ginger quality does matter, as you’ll see in the next round.)
But on the whole, as far as ingredient quality goes, we have no major complaints with either supplement. Both do a fine enough job at fine-tuning its fat burners to their greater, belly slimming potentials.
- With exception to a few minor rough edges, Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen display exceptionally polished fat burners.
Nutrient Delivery and Clean Label Comparison
To boost nutrient delivery, Instant Knockout supplies the lovely BioPerine.
And Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen gives us Ginger.
Both ingredients serve the double purpose of enhancing intestinal nutrient absorption while also boosting the body’s fat burning potential. Although, Instant Knockout’s BioPerine black pepper extract seems superior to Hydroxycut’s ginger, namely because BioPerine comes in extract form. Hydroxycut sticks with the plain, non-extract ginger stuff.
On that note, both supplements are somewhat evenly matched as far as the Clean Label Comparison goes: neither product demonstrates outstanding cleanliness. And neither product demonstrates outstanding, ehm… not cleanliness. Dirtiness.
Granted, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen’s veggie capsules do open the door to vegans, whereas Instant Knockout’s gelatin closes that door. (At least to vegans who actually pay attention to that stuff.) So, if you’re at all concerned about capsule quality, there’s that.
- Instant Knockout has slightly better nutrient delivery. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen has slightly cleaner capsules. Both are essentially evenly matched in this round.
|Instant Knockout||vs.||Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen|
|1 Bottle (30 servings)||$59.00||1 Bottle (50 servings)||$39.99|
|Price Per Serving||$1.97||Price Per Serving||$0.80|
Bottle to bottle, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen is cheaper than Instant Knockout. Even (and especially) if you buy the larger 90 servings Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen bottle for $49.99. Having said that… one Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen bottle (50 servings) has a shorter lifespan than one Instant Knockout, given that you’re required to take two Hydroxycut servings daily.
In other words, 50 servings of Hydroxycut will only last you 25 days, whereas Instant Knockout has more capsules (120 caps) for an additional five days worth of supplementation.
Even so, it would seem Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen supplies a cheaper price per serving. But it’s still something to keep in mind when considering which supplement at which order option you’d like to buy to maximize your fat burning longevity.
- Despite selling fewer capsules per standard bottle, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen sells a cheaper price per serving than Instant Knockout.
Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen: Which is Better?
If the base fat burners (Green Tea Extract, Green Coffee Extract, Caffeine) are all you’re after, then Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen is the cheaper option here. However, if powerful fat burns and appetite control is your goal, then Instant Knockout is undoubtedly the better option here.
And there’s essentially two reasons for this Instant K.O. win:
- Instant Knockout tightly and efficiently addresses weight control.
- Hydroxycut attempts and fails at a “sensory” fat burner hybrid.
MuscleTech took the gimmicky route and failed. And you know what, props to them for attempting an innovative health supplement …but we’ll stick with the stack that actually works.