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.
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;
– 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).
Find out who are currently in the top three podium positions…
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.
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.
#2 MAN Delta XT
It’s got what we like to see – ingredients all clearly named and dosed. Not a proprietary blend in sight. A good company with a nice community spirit going and an interesting ‘home brew’ take on manufacturing.
Delta XT actually has some really strong ingredients, even if we do think they’re a little over enthusiastic with a few of the dosages. B6, magnesium, zinc, and fenugreek form a solid foundation of T boosting and estrogen suppression. Even if DIM and epicatechin still have something to prove.
SILVER MEDAL – Around the $30 mark is mid-range and for what you’re getting it’s probably about right.
A strong competitor. Good ingredient line up, no proprietary blends. A big following, reasonable price – a recommended product from a good solid company.
#3 True Grit
A great looking product from an award winning company. Reasonably priced, and contains some good ingredients in the correct doses.
Quite heavily weighted towards the kind of ingredients that originate from alternative/traditional far-eastern medicine and diet.
True Grit shoot from the hip from an formula point of view, there are no proprietary blends so we get to evaluate the formula in detail.
BRONZE MEDAL – Ingredients-wise there are a few really solid choices here which guarantee a purchase of True Grit Test Boost won’t be a waste. There’s good zinc and boron content and the fenugreek is well judged.
However there are a few questions to answer both about what made it in and what’s missed. Safed musli, Gucos Yesiculosus and Smallanthus Sonchifolius need to do more to convince us and their place could’ve been given to better boosters.
True Grit Test Booster is a finely balanced supplement. There are a few well dosed and effective ingredients but a few that the jury is still out on, and feedback reflects that.
So while it’s not the Sheriff of T town, at around $30, it might make a decent deputy.
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.
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;
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!
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.
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;
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;
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
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;
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.
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;
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.
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)).
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
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.
It's got what we like to see - ingredients all clearly named and dosed. Not a proprietary blend in sight. A good company with a nice community spirit going and an interesting 'home brew' take on manufacturing
It's missing a couple of 'staple' test boosting ingredients and some of the doses are a little heavy handed but overall it's a great product at a good price. Well worth a look.
A great looking product from an award winning new company. Reasonably priced, and contains some good ingredients in the correct doses. Quite heavily weighted towards the kind of ingredients that originate from alternative/traditional far-eastern medicine and diet.
Fully disclosed ingredients and dosages, will definitely appeal to those who prefer the traditional path. Worth a go if you are on a budget, if you are willing to spend more there are better options.
BattleFuel XT is a good product from a good company. This is no hastily cobbled together array of 'flavour of the month' ingredients. However, it does feel a bit like they couldn't decide what to leave out so included them all.
8 pills a day and it's right at the top end of the pricing scale means that convenience has been sacrificed. They also say it needs to be cycled. Overall a well thought out product that's worthy of consideration.
This is a good solid product, there's no doubt. A strong formula let down in only a couple of places, no proprietary blend so we know exactly what is in it.
It's not cheap and there are better alternatives in it's price category but if your budget stretches to it and a vegetarian option is absolutely critical then this product should be worth considering.
A good quality brand, a company you can trust, a natural product that's fully disclosed. It's also very cheap. So what's the problem?
Well, it's cheap but it's missing a load of the ingredients that you'd want to see included in it - the company themselves recommend taking additional supplements to make up for this. The testimonials seem to be more about Dr Jim than Alpha Jym.
An absolute stack of ingredients in here. Which is part of the problem, too many ingredients means that the dosages suffer. Some quality proven ingredients here, a good one for each of the three key aims of the product.
Also a few ingredients which haven't performed as well in human trials. And a couple of duds too. Company very strong and trustworthy, price is steep at full price but shop around and there are better deals to be had.
This isn't a bad product at all. It's not a great product either though. Too heavy on the libido boosters and not enough seasoned test boosting ingredients in the mix. The dreaded Trib making an appearance too taking an eye-roling 450mg slice of the pie.
The company has been around for a long time though (since 2003), and in an industry packed with fly-by-night scam artists and shady characters it's nice to see a good company staying around. Pride Nutrition certainly have that to be Proud of.
There's the starts of a truly quality T booster here. With just a few more ingredients added and a rethink on how many servings you should take, this could be among the best out there.
Read this review to find out what it gets right and where it goes wrong.
This is a stellar lineup of ingredients. And it's cheap ... xtremely cheap.
So why isn't this 10/10 and top of our recommendation list? Well it's because wee have absolutely no idea about the dosages, and therefore how well it's going to perform in the field. Combined with a grim litany of reviews, we have to assume the dosages are letting this potential star down.
This is a product we'd love to rate higher as they have done so much right with it. They've let themselves down on some of the dosages though - some are over dosed whilst other important ingredients are under dosed. There are also a couple of duds in the mix, and whilst it's not expensive, it's not cheap either.
Testo Fusion initially looks too good to be true. Slick looking packaging, some solid test boosting ingredients and a super cheap price.
Trouble is, like most things that look to good to be true, it IS too good to be true. The prices you see are for a 15 day supply (90 caps at 6 a day). Double the price to make your normal comparisons.
For a product that suggests a real focused attention to detail by mentioning free T specifically, Free Test XRT has a surprisingly unfocused formula.
The mystery surrounding amounts and the odd head scratcher of an ingredient choice means there's a good chance instead of your T being free, you'll just end up free of any noticeable results.
For a supplement that seems to be all about the T it makes some pretty weird choices. A lot of unproven ingredients in mystery amounts thanks to proprietary blends. It's also missing a few no-brainers we look for when it comes to stimulating T well. More of whimper thn a roar for this Beast.
The Elevate Series Cyclo Test is a real improvement on just plain old Cyclo Test, with added T boosting vitamins and minerals and a much more focused formula. A few of the doses are still a little off though and one or two ingredients still need to be dropped.
A decent product from a well known company. Contains a lot of the ingredients you'd want to see in a combined test booster but some of the key ingredients are under dosed and unfortunately the rest all wrapped in a proprietory blend so we have no idea how much of each ingredient the product contains.
That said - it is REALLY cheap if you shop around and it's from a company with a good reputation.
Ultimately TestoGen is the Monkees to TestoFuel's Beatles. The two products have many similarities but the devil is in the detail and the similarities on serve to highlight the differences.
Key ingredients have been left out, or are there in name only and not quantity. No testimonials and lack of clarity where the product was manufactured means that TestoGen comes off second best.
The product has been produced by a relatively successful company with a large range of products. Manufactured in Canada, with reassuring certifications on the production facilities. Available from a range of sources.
The product itself is the problem though. Not the cheesy name and branding, the obscure mix of several different proprietary blends means we don't have a clue how much of the effective ingredients it contains. And what percentage of it comprises the less effective ones. Far too many ingredients trying to over complicate things.