Ever wonder what a hipster fight would look like?
No need to lurk outside of Trader Joe’s, because we have one here for you:
TestoFuel vs. Onnit T+.
Two T-boosting formulas rostering a green collection of all-natural, “Earth grown” ingredients that’ll make even the most devoutly–vegetarian-Starbucks-dwelling-corporation-hating-Tumblr-whining-Joni-Mitchell-fan blush.
And, believe it or not, these two “hipsters” are STACKED.
Tale of the Tape
|Vitamin D3||5000 IU (1250% DV)||Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)||7.5 mg (375% DV)|
|Vitamin K2||18 mcg (23% DV)||Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)||100 mg (1000% DV)|
|Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl)||5 mg (250% DV)||Magnesium Aspartic Acid||40 mg (10% DV)|
|Magnesium (as Magnesium Aspartate)||200 mg (50% DV)||Onnit Performo Blend™||4380 mg|
|Zinc (as Zinc Monomethionine and Aspartate)||10 mg (67% DV)||L-Leucine, L-Isoleucine, L-Valine, L-Glutamine, Beta Alanine|
|D-Aspartic Acid||2300 mg||Onnit Power Blend™||3440 mg|
|Asian Red Panax Ginseng||100 mg||D-Aspartic Acid, Mucuna pruriens (seed) Extract, Eurycoma longifolia (root) Extract, Stinging Nettle (root) Extract|
|Fenugreek (Seed)||100 mg||Onnit Support Blend™||470 mg|
|Oyster Extract||100 mg||Red Clover (tops) Extract, Luteolin, Resveratrol [from Japanese Knotweed (root) Extract]|
|BioPerine® Black Pepper (fruit) Extract||5 mg|
|*These are not full supplement facts, just a comparison of dosages & ingredients.|
Round 1: Formulas
TestoFuel & Onnit T+ are both T-boosters that double as performance enhancers… except one achieves this through the letters ZMA, while the other resorts to BCAAs.
(Cue in Jackson 5’s “ABC”)
TestoFuel targets (Young) Anabolic Gains.
TestoFuel ranks in our 2016 ed. Best5 Testosterone Supplements for a reason… or rather two reasons (which are sub-divided into more “reasons”):
- The formula sits on an appropriate nine ingredients, all of which scientific research backs up.
- Three of our top Best5 T-Boosters are here: DAA, D3, & zinc.
This formula already qualifies as a sturdy T-booster, but what’s most impressive is how it smartly combines an always welcome ZMA combo with legendary adaptogen & performance-enhancer Panax ginseng & fenugreek—creating T-boosts that support athleticism (as well as freaky fenugreeky bed-time behavior).
Oyster Extract is perhaps the only (borderline) inconsequential ingredient in this formula, but its additional zinc, Magnesium, & B6 are likely to reinforce the formula’s vitamin & mineral content.
While TestoFuel primarily targets the young bodybuilding demographic, its positive effects on strength & male hormones can aid the mature gents, as well (especially with that hefty pile of T-boosting DAA).
Onnit T+ hybridizes PWO & T-boosting.
When Onnit T+ says it’s going to enhance “TOTAL STRENGTH + PERFORMANCE”, it means it’s going to enhance “TOTAL STRENGTH + PERFORMANCE” right now.
Onnit T+ falls in line with a select few t-boosters that work simultaneously as pre-workout supplements. Just like Joe Rogan’s career, Onnit T+ is trying to do a lot all at once—compared to TestoFuel’s 9 ingredients, Onnit T+ has 16.
[INSERT Rogan JPG w/ caption: “The balance to life is kale cakes and cupcakes” – Wise thoughts from the one & only Roe Jogan]
But they’re not without purpose, which can essentially be divided into three categories by their blends:
- Onnit Performo Blend accomplishes the PWO angle with its BCAAs, l-glutamine, and beta alanine. Combined, these help increase protein synthesis, decrease muscle breakdown, & maintain an overall anabolic muscle metabolism.
- Onnit Power Blend has the t-boosters, two of which being Best5 favorites: DAA and Mucuna pruriens. The T-boosts of longjack & stinging nettle come secondary to their sex-enhancing effects.
- Onnit Support Blend supports male hormones by inhibiting the binding & conversion of testosterone. Red Clover & resveratrol are sort of meh in this department, but luteolin works.
Something that Onnit particularly excels at is the wholly organic status of their formulas.
And T+ is no exception.
Yet, one of the appeals of TestoFuel is how it crams in its T-boosts under a limited ingredient count… But, Onnit’s formula is so cool…
We’ll have to give Round 1 to both of them.
Round 1… Tie.
Round 2: Dosages
Something that Onnit particularly sucks at is revealing all ingredient dosages. Most of the T+ formula is hidden under proprietary blend labeling, which is an annoying, shady practice that we’re surprised to see legit manufacturers such as Onnit utilize.
Granted, at 4380, 3440, & 470 mg for each respective blend, Onnit definitely allows enough for each ingredient to achieve critical mass dosages (this updated T+ formula includes even more mg in its Onnit Power Blend). However, it could improve its vitamin B6 & magnesium dosages…
We praise TestoFuel for revealing all of its dosages, which look generally solid—except for:
- Zinc & vitamin B6. Sitting on 10 and 5 mg respectively, these are remarkably low dosages (Onnit’s B6 isn’t much better).
- Panax ginseng & fenugreek. Both of these manly herbs require more than twice their given dosages here.
If Onnit T+’s DAA were to match TestoFuel’s heavy 2,300 mg, there’d be 1,140 mg leftover for the three remaining T-boosters. This sounds promising for Onnit’s T-boosts… it’s too bad we don’t have their actual dosages, though.
Which ultimately hurts Onnit in this round.
Round 2… TestoFuel Wins.
Round 3: Ingredient Quality
Admittedly, this is a fairly boring round on both parts.
The main thing we’re looking at here are those herbs and we can’t help but to cringe: because none of them are standardized.
Sure, Onnit has BioPerine® standardized black pepper and deserves props for that, but its T-boosters are all non-standard herb extracts—even the manufacturer could upgrade its DAA & vitamin B6 components to the superior D-AA-CC & P-5-P forms.
And TestoFuel’s herbs look slightly worse by not even offering extracts of its herbs, instead opting for their plain, cheap, low-potent forms. Yet, its vitamins look slightly better for that high-potent (& high-dosage) D3 & decent Zinc (although zinc citrate would’ve been better).
All-in-all, both formulas leave plenty of room for improvement as neither one really stands out here.
Round 3… Tie.
Round 4: Price
|1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$65.00||1 Bottle (30-day supply)||$59.95|
|Price Per Capsule||$0.54||Price Per Scoop||$1.00|
|Price Per Serving||$2.17||Price Per Serving||$2.00|
Round 4… Onnit T+ Wins.
Round 5: JUDGEMENT
On-the-Record: Both teams are tied.
Equal strength formulas, equal strength ingredient qualities; one has transparency, one is cheaper… most importantly, both are effective T-boosters & performance-enhancers, and both are likely to work for you, regardless of your athletic capabilities.
Off the record: Onnit has a slight advantage over TestoFuel with its cleaner design.
Which is saying a lot because TestoFuel’s design is pretty damn clean. But Onnit remains one of the few manufacturers that’s entirely faithful to its mission of creating all-natural, healthy formulas. The product shows this in its ingredients, “other” ingredients, manufacturing, advertising… the company’s products are genuinely good for you.
“All-natural” products like TestoFuel are awesome for you, but when we compare them to Onnit, we magnify their shortcomings (FD&C food coloring, magnesium stearate, etc.) as well.
For all intents & purposes, both TestoFuel & T+ are great T-boosters that are worth your attention… but we have to give the decision here to the product that successfully navigates an experimental concept into a clean formula that works.
In the TestoFuel vs. Onnit T+ fight, the winner by Majority Draw is…