Instant Knockout Vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

Instant Knockout Bottle and Hydroxycut Container on Black Background

When comparing Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut, we end up with quite a few of the better ingredients used in fat burners competing ingredients against one another. It’s not unlike watching your favorite fighters duke it out. But then you discover that one of the fighters that you thought was so bad-ass was actually somewhat of a wuss. And not as great as you thought he was. The whole thing is a little embarrassing.

So when it comes to Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen, which one of these popular supplements actually turned out to be a true champ, and which one was exposed to be a wannabe?

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Comparing Ingredients

Instant Knockout

  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 5 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 10 mcg (166% DV)
  • Zinc (as zinc oxide) 10 mg (150% DV)
  • GTF Chromium (as picolinate) 100 mcg (82% DV)
  • Green Tea Extract (leaf) 500 mg
  • Green Coffee Extract (bean) 100 mg
  • Cayenne Powder (fruit) 100 mg
  • Glucomannan (konjac root) 1800 mg
  • Caffeine Anhydrous 300 mg
  • Black Pepper Extract (standardized to 95% PE) 10 mg

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

  • L-Ornithine HCl 500 mg
  • Caffeine Anhydrous 250 mg
  • Green Coffee Bean Extract (as Coffea canephora robusta) Standardized for 45% chlorogenic acids 200 mg
  • Green Tea Extract (as Camellia sinensis) (leaf) Standardized for EGCG 150 mg
  • Blue Skullcap Extract (as Scutellaria lateriflora) (root) 50 mg
  • Red Sage Extract (as Salvia miltiorrhiza) (root) Standardized for salvianolic acid 50 mg
  • Ginger (as Zinger officinale) (root) 40 mg


Although Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen are similar in how they burn fat, they differ in some notable ways.

It appears that the makers of Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut have both done their homework when it comes to how to burn fat, since they’ve included a lot of identical ingredients that target fat loss. But this ends up being a positive feature, since these core ingredients work well.

That being said, it’s not just the ingredients used in a fat burner that makes it great, but how they are used – which ended up being the primary difference between Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen. To give you a better idea, we’ll now cover how these two products are similar, and how they differ.

Similarities Between Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Formulas

The core fat burning ingredients mentioned before shared by both products are caffeine anhydrous, green tea extract, and green coffee bean extract. These represent some of the best natural weight loss ingredients currently being used. Another first class ingredient is cayenne, which is included in one of the two supplements we’re discussing. As long as sufficient enough dosages of these ingredients are included in both Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen, you’ll find they each have a highly effective thermogenic fat loss foundation.

Differences Between Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

As mentioned before, one highly effective ingredient, cayenne, is included in one of these two products. That product is Instant Knockout. Basically, this ingredient gives Instant Knockout an edge when it comes to curbing appetite and increasing metabolic rate through thermogenesis. This ability to suppress the appetite is further increased due to the addition of the so-called “fat-loss fiber”, glucomannan.

Meanwhile, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen offers an interesting combination of red sage extract and blue skullcap extract, both of which boost cardiovascular performance. Although this is a great benefit in general, these aren’t components that are really targeted specifically for fat loss. Another unusual addition to the formula is ornithine HCl, which also appears to increase cardiovascular efficiency, and (according to the manufacturer) enhances overall sensory experience. However, it’s uncertain how the inclusion of this ingredient will directly contribute to fat loss.

Comparison of Benefits: Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut

Instant Knockout’s Sole Objective: Dealing a Heavy Blow to Fat

It is all too common for many weight loss supplements, and supplements in general, to try to appeal to as many people as possible, often sacrificing the primary objective (fat loss) for unrelated benefits. One thing can be said for Instant Knockout: it was designed with only one basic goal in mind. However, that doesn’t mean that the product itself is simple. Ingredients like cayenne, caffeine anhydrous, GTE, and GCBE do work to burn fat in different ways – but they all share the same fundamental mission: eliminating fat. Strangely enough, it’s this very formula that’s both simple and complex that will appeal to most people, because it does exactly, and only, what is says it does.

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen – A Strong Start with a Dubious Finish

Referring to red sage and blue skullcap as nootropics seems to be a far reach, but that’s the angle that Hydroxycut’s manufacturer appears to be going for by adding these ingredients. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen advertises about offering a “sensory experience” on top of an already effective and potent fat burner. However, they never explain just exactly what they mean by that – I mean technically speaking, even jitters and headaches could be classified as “sensory experiences”.

Be that as it may, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen does appear to be comprised of a decent list of ingredients, enough of which are sufficiently effective for me to classify it as a legitimate fat burning supplement. Even so, Instant Knockout takes what Hydroxycut does right… and keeps going.

Even though these two supplements share comparable core ingredients, Instant Knockout stands out as a more targeted and effective fat burner than its opponent.


So here is a comparison of the amount of the core ingredients used in Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen:

  • Caffeine Anhydrous – Instant Knockout: 300 mg, Hydroxycut: 250 mg
  • Green Coffee Bean Extract – Instant Knockout: 100 mg, Hydroxycut: 200 mg
  • Green Tea Extract – Instant Knockout: 500 mg,  Hydroxycut: 150 mg

One thing that should be pointed out is that the 300 mg caffeine found in Instant Knockout is divided into four daily doses, but the caffeine used in Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen adds up 500 mg, which ends up being quite a lot of caffeine – over five cups of coffee – all taken just between breakfast and lunch.

In order to minimize the potential for side effects, I recommend limiting any additional sources of caffeine when using these supplements.

Concerning these products’ dosages, other than the amount of green coffee bean extract, Instant Knockout shows a clear advantage over Hydroxycut. And that advantage is not limited to just those ingredients which are shared by both supplements. For instance, Instant Knockout contains a whopping 1,800 mg of glucomannan, while Hydroxycut doesn’t even come close to amounts like this.

Additionally, Instant Knockout’s main fat loss ingredients are included in the hundreds of milligrams, while only the BioPerine is less, as it’s not required to be used in such high amounts. Conversely, if Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen is going to include red sage and blue skullcap, they would be more effective with an increase in quantities.

Outside of the amounts of coffee bean extracts and caffeine, Instant Knockout provides more potent and higher quantities of ingredients compared to Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen.

Speaking of which…

Comparing the Quality of Ingredients

One good thing I can say about both Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut is that the ingredients used in their formulations are top-notch. Each product contains powerful, high-quality herbal extracts, unlike the largely ineffective powders used in many supplements.

Am I saying that both of these products are the best when it comes to this regard? Not really.

If I could change anything about Instant Knockout, it would be to improve on its vitamin and mineral profile. And as for Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen, the quality and potency of its ginger root could be upgraded (more on that in a minute).

Overall, however, I’m satisfied with the quality of ingredients in each of these supplements. They both do a satisfactory job at tailoring their ingredients to reach their highest fat-burning potential.

Other than a handful of minor issues, I find Instant Knockout and Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen to be excellent, well-performing fat burning supplements.

Absorption Enhancement and Capsule Composition

In order to enhance the effectiveness of the other ingredients, Instant Knockout adds BioPerine into the mix.

Ont the other hand, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen adds Ginger to their formula.

Each of these ingredients not only act to increase nutritional absorption in the digestive tract, but additionally to improve the ability of both supplements to burn fat. However, Instant Knockout’s use of the ingredient BioPerine, which is a patented extract made from black pepper, is objectively more powerful at boosting the effectiveness of the other ingredients than the ginger added to Hydroxycut.

As far as the capsules go, if you’re a vegan or vegetarian you should be aware that while Hydroxycut’s capsules are vegan-friendly, Instant Knockout’s capsules are made with gelatin. This could be a deal-breaker for some of you, although I know of some people who actually just empty the contents in water and take it that way.

So bottom line here is, Instant Knockout has more potent delivery of the ingredients, but Hydroxycut has gelatin-free capsules.

Comparing Price Tags

Instant Knockout

  • 30 Days/1 Month Supply Per Bottle – $59.00
  • Price Per Dose – $1.97

Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen

  •  1 Bottle (45 servings) $24.99
  •  Price Per Serving $0.55

By comparison, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen is significantly less expensive than Instant Knockout. The 180 count Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen bottle contains enough pills for 2 servings per day (4 capsules) for 45 days, for just $24.99.

So when it comes to price, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen definitely has the clear advantage. Although Instant Knockout has the higher-quality ingredient profile, the huge difference in cost will no doubt be the deciding factor for many people.

Instant Knockout vs. Hydroxycut: Bottom Line

For those strictly looking for the cheapest option, Hydroxycut Hardcore Next Gen will be a no-brainer. But for those seeking the most effective ingredient profile, and who are serious about burning fat and curbing appetite, Instant Knockout is the clear winner.

These conclusions were based primarily on two factors:

  • Instant Knockout demonstrated a superior formula targeted specifically for weight loss.
  • Hydroxycut sacrificed a purely fat-burning formula to create a weight loss/nootropic hybrid instead.

There may be a market for these types of double-purpose supplements, and if that’s your thing, great. But for those who’s main focus is eliminating fat, Hydroxycut could have done better. Price notwithstanding, I’ll stick with the supplement that actually targets fat loss, and only fat loss… and does a great job doing it.

For the full story, check out my Instant Knockout review.


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