The Best of the Boost – Test Boosters for Muscle Building

The Best of the Boost – Test Boosters for Muscle Building

Everything you need to know on a single page.

tl; dr ... Short and to the Point
Who is this article aimed at?
Anybody who is undecided about which muscle boosting test booster to take and needs to hone down the search to the best on the market.
I am busy - summarize it for me

This isn't just a 1,2,3 - we've tried to put together a complete buyer's guide to the best test boosters for lifters.

We've included the best in class, but we've also written some guides on buying, things to look for or avoid when reviewing your own supplements. Plus a summary of industry scams, and a test boosting FAQ.

This article is a one stop shop, a test boosting buyer's guide in a single page.

Top Test Boosters Guide

Welcome to our ‘best test boosters’ for the muscle building category.

We’ve pulled together lots of useful information from around the site to give you a one-stop article on buying test boosters. What to look for, what to look out for. Including the products we currently rate as the best of breed.

Rating System Summary

How do we evaluate the products we review? We look at a number of aspects, it’s not just what’s in it (or what’s not).

The following are the areas we look at;

– Formula/Ingredients
– Price
– Availability
– Reputation / Trustworthiness
– Where it’s made
– What others are saying about it
– The Company behind the product

We’ve toiled for you for years, reviewing literally hundreds of products. Boy has there been some garbage … but there have also been some diamonds. You don’t have to dig for those diamonds, we’ve summarized them here for you.

Our top 3 are shown below, with shortened versions of the full reviews (the links to the full reviews are there too).


Summary of Scores – Top 3 Muscle Boosters

TestoFuel

TestoFuel

Testogen

Testogen

TestoTek

TestoTek

Our Top 3 Test Boosters – 2018

Find out who are currently in the top three podium positions…

#1 TestoFuel
Gold Medal - Top Muscle Building Test Booster

It’s been around for 5 years and it’s formula has evolved as new research has emerged. Coca Cola is to colas as TestoFuel is to t-boosters.

It is not the market leader by accident. It is predominantly used by younger guys who are trying to get more out of their gym sessions.

TestoFuel wins on a whole load of fronts. It’s been well researched and formulated, and the company has a fantastic reputation. Tons of genuine testimonials from it’s army of devoted fans, the ingredients list is fully disclosed and justified.

testofuel-isolated

TESTOFUEL – POSITIVES & NEGATIVES

  • Positive

    • Fully disclosed, no proprietary blends
    • Excellent formula and customer service reputation
    • Manufactured in USA & UK in cGMP Facilities
    • Established name, been around for 5 years
    • 3 month money back guarantee
    • Masses of detailed positive reviews and testimonials
    • Very solid company reputation
    • The market leader
    • Ships from USA and UK, fast courier delivery available
  • Negative

    • Not the cheapest product on the market
    • Can take up to 15 days free delivery to Australia and Canada
    • Only available on the TestoFuel website
    • Never any discounting / black Friday type deals
    • Not suitable for vegetarians

TESTOFUEL VERDICT

GOLD MEDAL – ‘Quality’ is the word to sum up TestoFuel. There is a wealth of up to date research backing up each individual all-natural component which is included and importantly they are all present in fully disclosed bioactive qualities.

Unlike many manufacturers, they have not tried to cram in as many ingredients as humanly possible in tiny doses so that the ingredients label is impressive. They have picked the right blend for their market, and ensured that the doses are sufficiently high for it to actually work.

Ingredients Summary

  • No duds or fad ingredients – all are effective testosterone promoters such as vitamin D3 & Oyster extract
  • Fenugreek regulates blood sugars and controls insulin levels
  • Estrogen suppression via vitamin B6
  • Minerals magnesium & zinc included to help free testosterone and overall testosterone
  • Panax ginseng helps blood flow and nitric oxide in the blood for faster recovery and enhanced libido
  • Effective levels of D-Aspartic Acid

#2 Testogen
Silver Medal - Runner Up Muscle Building Test Booster

Testogen was originally launched with a formula which had more holes than a swiss cheese. It took a full-scale mauling on this site and was ranked badly. It’s fair to say we weren’t impressed.

What an incredible turnaround since then. Not only has the formula been completely overhauled, but so has the service, the shipping options, and the goodies on offer when you make a purchase.

Testogen product images

TESTOGEN – POSITIVES & NEGATIVES

  • Positive

    • Very strong formula
    • cGMP manufactured
    • Fully disclosed, no proprietary blends
    • Free worldwide shipping regardless of quantity ordered
    • Bonus free workout guides
    • Customer service support phone number
  • Negative

    • Premium product = premium price
    • Lacking detailed testimonials
    • Vitamin K1 is an odd ingredient choice

TESTOGEN VERDICT

SILVER MEDAL – It’s a tough call for Testogen (some would say they deserve the top slot) but we’ve placed them in the silver medal position.

You can’t turn your nose up at free shipping on every order (regardless of size), we just wish the user testimonials were as convincing as the gold medal winner.

At a Glance

  • Testosterone stimulators such as Vitamin D3, Nettle Root and D-Aspartic Acid
  • Estrogen suppression via Vitamin B6 and Boron
  • Fenugreek blood sugar and insulin regulation
  • Magnesium & Zinc included to help promote free testosterone
  • Panax Ginseng for blood flow, faster recovery and enhanced libido

#3 TestoTEK
Bronze Medal - Third Placed Muscle Building Test Booster

Testotek first burst onto the market around two years ago. Just like the silver medal winner Testogen, we weren’t blown away by the first version of their formula.

However, they’ve been smart enough to listen to the criticism, and revamped it into a Version 2.

Version 2 is a whole different ballgame, it takes many of the aspects that we like from TestoFuel, and combines it with the pick of ingredients from some other top test boosters in the ‘Low Test’ category.

TestoTEK Product Image

TESTOTEK – POSITIVES & NEGATIVES

  • Positive

    • A great lineup of T boosting ingredients
    • Highly improved formula
    • Decent serving schedule
    • Strong testimonials
    • cGMP manufactured and great reputation
    • 30 day money back guarantee
    • Free priority shipping to USA on all orders
  • Negative

    • Premium product = premium price
    • Not suitable for vegetarians
    • Not suitable for those with shellfish allergies
    • Would like to have seen more Vitamin D3

TESTOTEK VERDICT

BRONZE MEDAL – It’s the most expensive product in our Top 3, and they have a made a couple of formula choices which were aren’t quite sold on – but overall TestoTEK is a worthy winner of the silver medal.

Take advantage of their free priority shipping on any order (for those in the US), and any discounts you can find on their website when you order direct.

At a Glance

  • D-Aspartic Acid & Vitamin D3 to boost T
  • Vitamin B to raise energy and limit estrogen
  • Fenugreek to balance blood sugars
  • Zinc to support T production
  • Mucuna pruriens to raise L-Dopa
  • Oyster extract for added zinc and amino acids
  • Red ginseng for blood flow and libido

Buyer’s Guide to Test Boosters

Supplement Industry Scams to Be Aware Of

Even guys that have used supplements for years are unaware of aspects of the industry.

We’ve put together a short buyer’s guide to help you navigate the choppy waters.

Where is it made?

A question that a worrying number of buyers fail to ask. The manufacturers that are doing it right will not be shy about telling you so – look out for mentions of cGMP facilities.

cGMP is an abbreviation for ‘current good manufacturing practice’. It applies to pharmaceutical and food manufacturing plants in the US, UK and EU. The facility will have to have proven that it can deliver supplements which;

  • Are consistently high quality, and use the best raw ingredients
  • Ensure safety and accuracy by using the modern manufacturing methodology
  • Be appropriate for their intended use
  • Guarantee the ingredients and specification on the packaging

The facilities are inspected to make sure they comply.

Without this you are risking your health and money. At best products may be inconsistent, with dosages varying between capsule or batches. At worst they could be contaminated, or contain off-label ingredients. The mainstream media is full of tragic incidents where this has been the case – Look for cGMP!

Proprietary Blends

On this site we don’t hide our dislike of proprietary blends.

Many companies (sadly) use these, often the US based ones manufacturing solely in the US. The ‘proprietary blend’ is an FDA conceived loophole to prevent the manufacturers actually telling you what is in the product. The are allowed to give the ingredient list … but don’t have to give the dosages.

So you therefore have no idea what you are taking.

They take a number of the ingredients and wrap them up in some fancy sounding quasi-futuristic package – “Hydro-release Muscle Response Matrix”™, “Estro-control Free Test Synergy System”™.

They are a nonsense. The manufacturer only has to include the total weight, so they can include the expensive ingredients in tiny trace dosages and use the cheap filler ingredients to make up the rest.

There is nothing fancy, scientific or advanced about them – it is pure marketing. Avoid.

Free Trials

This is a classic supplement industry scam. We quite often get confused readers writing to us (accidentally thinking because we’ve written a review of the product that we are in charge of selling it).

Here is a typical message we got as a comment on one of the products;

“I want you people to STOP sending me your product (& please quit tapping my bank account). I have asked you people before – and now, I’m dead serious! quit tapping my bank account!”

Of course, we can’t do anything for them. They have been scammed.

Here’s another. It was left on our Facebook page but a reader who had been caught out. This is the type of small print they want you to miss;

“You have no obligation to buy anything in the future as long as you call to cancel the autoship program within 18 days after you place your order. If you do not cancel before then, you will be enrolled in our autoship program and, as part of the program, we will automatically send you a fresh one-month supply beginning in 18 days and every 30 days thereafter for just $69.99 plus $4.99 shipping and processing and any applicable tax per supply, charged each month to the card you provide today.”

Ouch!!

The Free Trial will ask for your bank details for ‘verification purposes’. In the extensive (and cleverly worded) small print you will find that you are actually signing a contract for a subscription of these pills.

You will find it extremely hard to cancel it. Think you can just call your credit card company and issue a chargeback? Think again, that clever small print gets them out of that too. You will end up paying very dearly for your Free Trial.

Note that if you want to know more we’ve gone into this in detail in the article Silence of the Scams

cGMP – Why is it important?

As this is just a short buyer’s guide we’ve not gone into the full details here, we have a more in-depth article on cGMP on it’s way.

In summary though, cGMP stands for Current Good Manufacturing Practice, it refers to the standards in place at various agencies throughout the world on the manufacture of food and pharmaceutical products.

So in the USA this falls under the remit of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) but in other countries it would be in the jurisdiction of the following agencies;

  • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency – The UK
  • Health Canada – Canada
  • Therapeutic Goods Administration – Australia
  • Agence Française de Sécurité Sanitaire des Produits de Santé – France

In short – It is something you should always look for in relation to a supplement.

It is your reassurance that the products have been made in a properly regulated and controlled, professional facility. That the ingredients have been properly sourced, handled and stored. That the manufacturing process and facilities, are clean, organized and fit for purpose. That the batch of product you are swallowing has been properly tested.

This is so important. Don’t think some of the products you see online have not been homemade, mixed together in somebody’s garage and then stored in their spare bedroom while they sell them on eBay, Amazon etc.

It’s not difficult to do, the ingredients are officially classed as food stuffs so you don’t require any kind of license to purchase them in any of the above named countries. Bottles can be bought cheaply, packaging printed and applied.

Beware, whenever there is money to be made, crooks will be attracted. Stay safe out there people.

Test Boosting Questions Answered

Test Cycling

1. Do these need to be cycled?

It depends, but in the main – No. There’s a good reason why many test boosting manufacturers claim their product needs to be cycled. And it’s not for health reasons, it’s driven by the marketing department.

They like to infer that, by saying their product needs to be cycled, you will assume it is as powerful and effective as steroids or prohormones.

Of course it isn’t. Natural testosterone boosters work by;

  • Stimulating your body to produce more of it’s own testosterone.
  • Limiting the production and effects of estrogen
  • Enabling more test to be available as ‘free’ testosterone

Sure, there are often many other beneficial effects from these ingredients. And many products add other ingredients depending on their targeted aims (ie fat burning or nootropic ingredients).

But let’s get one thing very VERY clear here. They will not be as powerful or as effective as injecting synthetic testosterone directly into your body.

Thankfully though, natural test boosters are much cheaper, much safer and do not have the same terrible side effects.

Muscle Building

However, there are some supplements that should be cycled. Bad ones. If the manufacturer has created a poor formula which contains ingredients in dosages large enough to cause side effects then we wouldn’t recommend taking that long term.

We wouldn’t recommend taking it at all of course.

For example, we did a review recently which contained a very high level of vitamin B6. In this instance you would do well to cycle the booster because prolonged continuous exposure to the levels in the formula could lead to neurological impairment (Dalton and Dalton (1987)).

2. Can I stack test boosters with creatine and protein?

Yes. In a word.

Creatine in particular is a very common stack addition for lifters buying test boosting supplements. It’s perfectly safe using the two in combination if you are wanting to build mass.

If you are looking to boost test and cut fat you might want to augment your test booster with fish oil tablets.

In a nutshell : the only thing you should avoid stacking with a test booster is another test booster or ZMA. There is likely to be an overlap on the ingredients, which may mean that you are taking more than your tolerance and therefore side effects may ensue.

But this will not be the case for creatine or protein, it is safe to stack them with a safe test booster

3. I suffer from XXX – is it safe to take a test boosting supplement?

Another popular one we get a lot. Reader is researching a supplement and asks us if it’s safe to take it when they are suffering from some obscure medical condition.

Guys – this doesn’t just apply to our website, this applies anywhere on the internet. Consult your doctor. Doesn’t matter how experienced or knowledgeable that guy you are chatting to on that body building forum sounds. He is a guy on a forum. He might be 14. He might be a dog.

OK, admittedly … you can’t say for certain he isn’t a doctor. He may well have spent 7 years in med school (hmmmm). What he definitely doesn’t have is access to your medical records. He cannot know the full extent of your medical history. Your doctor does. Ask them.

On the internet nobody knows you're a dog
tl; dr ... Short and to the Point
Who is this article aimed at?
Anybody who is undecided about which muscle boosting test booster to take and needs to hone down the search to the best on the market.
I am busy - summarize it for me

This isn't just a 1,2,3 - we've tried to put together a complete buyer's guide to the best test boosters for lifters.

We've included the best in class, but we've also written some guides on buying, things to look for or avoid when reviewing your own supplements. Plus a summary of industry scams, and a test boosting FAQ.

This article is a one stop shop, a test boosting buyer's guide in a single page.