Looking for the Best Multivitamin?

See Our Comparison of Over 100 Popular Vitamin Brands and Find the Right One for Your Needs


Most multivitamins you buy at your local store are not carefully formulated to give you the optimal nutrition you need. Their manufacturers use low-quality ingredients that are not potent or bioavailable enough to be beneficial. They may meet the government’s recommended daily intake guidelines, but they don’t use the type of nutrients that are most easily absorbed by your body.

For these reasons, the vast majority of multivitamins available today are simply not good enough to spend your hard-earned money on. You want the benefits of the best vitamin and mineral supplement you can find, but you’re not sure how to find the right multivitamin for your needs. We always recommend doing your own research instead of trying to wade through the marketing noise of most vitamin companies, and this Multivitamin Guide is a good start.

We’ve done indepth analysis of over 100 vitamin brands, including popular supplements such as Centrum, One-A-Day, GNC, Shaklee, Nutrilite/Amway, Equate, Nature Made, NOW Foods, Melaleuca, and Puritan’s Pride. We’ve also included many brands that are not so recognizable, including Xtend-Life, Douglas Labs and USANA.

Each of the reviewed vitamins was evaluated against four criteria, including composition, bioavailability, safety, and potency. Each supplement received a score ranging from 0 to 10 to help you easily compare the effectiveness of the different brands and determine the best multivitamin to take.

How effective are the vitamins you currently take?

The table below provides a summary of the Effectiveness Scores of some of the more popular vitamin supplement brands available on the market. For the best vitamins, look for a score of 8.0 or above, which is considered excellent.

Most widely available supplements scored low in our review, while eight relatively unknown brands were the best scoring products.

Effectiveness scores of the most popular multivitamin brands
RankCompanyProductEffectiveness
1Xtend-Life Natural ProductsTotal Balance9.6
2ShakleeVitalizer Gold9.4
3Douglas LaboratoriesUltra Preventive X9.3
4USANA Health SciencesHealthPak8.9
5Life ExtensionLife Extension Mix8.7
6MetagenicsWellness Essentials8.5
7Nutrilite (Amway, Quixtar)Double X8.3
8Garden of LifeVitamin Code8.2
9Source NaturalsLife Force8.1
10KarunaMaxxum 47.9
11SolgarOmnium7.8
12Optimum NutritionOpti-Men7.7
13Muscle PharmArmour-V7.6
14Dr. Julian Whitaker'sForward Multi-Nutrient7.6
15FreeLifeReverse!7.2
16Mountain Naturals of VermontSuperior Care7.1
17amniAdded Protection III7.0
18Purity ProductsPerfect Multi Focus Formula7.0
19Universal NutritionAnimal Pak6.9
20Doctor's NutritionMega Vites6.8
21DaVinci LaboratoriesSpectra6.8
22GNCGNC Mega Men Sport6.8
23TwinLabDaily One Caps with Iron6.7
24FoodScience of VermontSuperior Care6.6
25Puritan's PrideHigh Potency Ultra Vita Time Release6.5
26Colgan InstituteFormula MCS6.4
27Rainbow LightAdvanced Nutritional System6.4
28NOW FoodsMultiple Vitamins - Liquid Gels6.4
29EASMulti-Blend6.3
30MannatechPhytoMatrix6.2
31Nature's WayAlive! Whole Food Energizer6.1
32Jean Carper'sStop Aging Now!6.0
33Natural FactorsMultiStart5.9
34Advanced Physician's ProductsMaximum MultiVitamin/Mineral without Iron5.8
35EcoNugenicsLongevity Rhythms Gold5.8
36SolarayIron-Free Spectro Multi-Vita-Min5.8
37Nature's BlendVitaminix Ultimate5.6
38Pharmanex (Nu Skin)LifePak Prime5.4
39MelaleucaVitality Pak5.3
40HerbalifeFormula 2 Multivitamin Complex5.3
41QCI NutritionalsUltra Vitality #15.2
42KALMultiple Energy5.2
43MegafoodEssentials for Life5.2
44OptimoxAndrovite5.1
45Swanson UltraWhole Food Multi without Iron5.0
46JarrowMulti E-Z Powder5.0
47Great EarthTNT - Total Nutrition Tablet5.0
48NikkenKenzen Mega Daily 44.9
49Garry Null'sSupreme Health Formula4.8
50Thorne ResearchAl's Formula4.8
51AtkinsBasic #34.7
52Vitamin WorldDaily 3 With Antioxidant Factors4.7
53PhytoPharmicaClinical Nutrients4.7
54CentrumSilver4.6
554LifeBioVitamins Type III4.5
56Bronson LaboratoriesPerformance Edge4.5
57One A DayEssential4.5
58Country LifeMaxine4.4
59Nature MadeMulti Complete4.3
60QuestMaximum Once A Day4.2
61Nature's BountyGreen Source Vegetarian Formula4.1
62MatolMatolife4.1
63Greens+Multi+3.9
64Michael's Naturopathic ProgramsPedia Vites3.8
65NatrolMy Favorite Multiple Original3.8
66Nu-lifeUltimate One3.7
67JamiesonSuper Vita-Vim3.7
68WalgreensUltra Choice Premium3.5
69Swiss Natural SourcesSuper Adult Chewable3.4
70Ripple CreekMega-100 (Slow Release)3.3
71ThompsonHuman Nature Green Multi3.0
72Safeway SelectSuper Multivitamin2.9
73Perfect ChoiceMultivitamin Specially Formulated2.9
74WatkinsSuperfood Multiple2.8
75Vitamin PowerPower Source 1002.8
76Pilgrim'sSilver Stars Multi2.7
77Absolute NutritionDieters' Multi's2.7
78Nature's SunshineSuper Supplemental Vitamins and Minerals2.7
79Freeda VitaminsUltra Freeda Iron-Free2.7
80ZonePerfectMulti Vitamin & Mineral2.6
81SisuOnly One2.5
82SchiffSingle Day2.4
83Nature's PlusUitra One2.0
84Kirkland Signature (Costco)Daily Multi1.9
85SunkistMulti-Men's1.7
86LifestylesLifecycles1.6
87Western FamilyMultra Forte1.3
88AvonVitAdvance Complete Multivitamin1.2
89FloraMultiCaps1.2
90RelivClassic1.1
91SundownComplete Ultra0.9
92YourLifeSuper Multi with Herbs0.9
93Rite AidWhole Source0.8
9421st CenturyOne Daily Maximum0.7
95Spring ValleyMaximum One Dally0.6
96Life BrandOptimum0.6
97Good Neighbor PharmacyBalanced Care Complete Multi0.6
98KrogerAdvanced Formula Complete0.6
99EquateOne Daily0.6
100Action LabsEssential Nutrients0.5
101GeritolComplete0.4

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