The 17 best sports bras for 2024, tested by fitness experts

Sometimes motivation comes in the shape of a bra. Translation: It’s infinitely easier to get yourself dressed and to the gym if you’ve got the right activewear. A comfortable sports bra makes all the difference.The best sports bras are not only supportive but are also stylish — and so comfy you can easily wear them outside the gym. How do you find the perfect pick for you?Stephanie Holbrook, Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach tells us, “The truth is, there is no ONE best sports bra for every woman. You should consider several factors first that will help narrow down your search,” among them fit, breathability and, of course, support.With this in mind, we talked to fitness experts, trainers and our own team of shopping experts to find the absolute best sports bras on the market for every body type and every activity. Ready to work up a sweat? Scroll for the 17 best sports bras of 2024.NikeSize Range: XXS to 2XL Support: light, medium and high Material: Polyester and Spandex The pull-on bra offers medium support and light compression to get you through various activities, so it’s no wonder that thousands of Amazon shoppers and our own deals writer, Brit Ross, are fans. Featuring Nike’s signature Dri-Fit technology, which pulls away sweat from your body, it comes in a range of colors. Even better, you can choose among three support types: high, medium and light. Says Brit: “I hate wearing sports bras. Nikes are the only ones that don’t feel like they’re digging into my skin. I appreciate that they come with different levels of support (I like light support, since I hate feeling too constricted, but even this one makes me feel like everything is held in place). I also like the clean design, and the fact that they come in some pretty colors and neutrals. I mainly wear them while riding my Peloton bike, and nothing’s ever felt like it’s popping out.” ProsDifferent support levels to choose from, variety of colors, affordable, comfortableConsStraps aren’t adjustable$34 at AmazonHerroomSize Range: 32D–46G Support: High Material: Nylon, polyester, spandex “This is a serious bra for serious bosoms,” says Yahoo Shopping Editor Anna Wahrman. “If your breasts are ample, as mine are, you’ll appreciate the four-prong back, the wide and soft adjustable straps, and the breathable side panels. I understand women who hate underwires — I do, too — but I’ve found that we bigger gals need the support that comes with a more structured fit. Remember the old Playtex ad that said its bra ‘lifts and separates’? That’s this bra all the way down.”  Moisture-wicking, this bra has seamless cups to help prevent chafing and a padded underwire for comfort. With breathable mesh along the neckline, straps, sides and back to increase airflow, it’s designed to help keep you cool while you work up a sweat. ProsComfortable, supportive, thick adjustable straps, breathable$69 at Herroom$69 at Bare NecessitiesadidasSize Range: 2XS – 2XL Support: Medium Material: Recycled polyester, elastane Laura Martin, a mountain biker based in the Scottish Highlands, is a big fan of this Adidas option. She calls it a “great medium support sports bra, nice to wear when doing gym workouts. It’s sweat-wicking and leaves clean lines under clothing.” A sleek compression sports bra, it has adjustable straps to help you find a comfortable fit and power mesh in the back for breathability. It comes with removable pads and is made with a minimum of 70% recycled materials. ProsLightweight, adjustable straps, removable pads, comfortable$28 at AmazonYvetteSize Range: S – 5XL Support: High Material: Polyester, elastane This sports bra is so supportive Level 1 USA Triathlon Coach Stephanie Holbrook wore it when she ran a half marathon and a half Ironman: “What I like about the bra is that it’s made from stretch polyester; it has adjustable front straps and clips in the back, making it super comfortable for hours of training and racing.” The crisscrossing straps lift as they support, while mesh panels and sweat-wicking material help keep you cool. Shoppers love its mix of fashion and function. Says one: “I don’t normally write reviews, but this bra warrants it. I’ve been looking for a sports bra that has a feminine/sexy fit and this is it. I can definitely work out in this — the girls won’t budge! But as an added bonus, I feel pretty rather than mushed in.”  ProsVery supportive, affordable, sweat-wicking, adjustable straps, hook and eye closureConsLimited colors in all sizes$40 at YvetteGlamoriseSize Range: 34B – 50J Support: High Material: Polyester, polyamide, elastane Over 9,000 Amazon shoppers have given this Glamorise sports bra their seal of approval, and it’s easy to see why. The size-inclusive bra has a wide durable band that lifts and supports your bust without any underwire. And it’s available up to size 50J! The seamless cups are comfortable against the skin, and the adjustable straps and hook-and-eye closure ensure the right fit. “This is a FANTASTIC bra,” writes one happy five-star reviewer. “I normally put on a bra and immediately I want out of it. Not this one. It’s comfortable and supports well-endowed women. It’s a sports bra but doesn’t fit like one. The typical sports bra I fall out of. If you are a plus-size woman and need the support but hate underwires, this bra is for you!!! I will be buying it for my mother and mother-in-law.”  ProsBreathable, moisture-wicking, size-inclusive, seamless, adjustable strapsConsSome customers said it looks matronly$27 at AmazonRUNNING GIRLSize Range: XS – 3XL Support: Medium Material: Nylon, spandex This strappy sports bra by Running Girl is Amazon’s No.1 bestselling sports bra. The four-way stretch material is both soft and moisture-wicking, it comes with removable cups, and there are 39 variations to choose from — so you’re sure to find an option (or two or three) that matches your workout wardrobe. Shoppers love the stylish strappy design and how well this stretchy medium-support bra moves with them. “I have always been a fan of bralettes…and not so much sports bras, but this one is amazing. It is comfortable and functional and without an underwire support,” reports one fan. “Amazingly soft, doesn’t dig into you, and comfortable beyond words.”  ProsAffordable, comfortable, stretchy, moisture-wicking, multiple colors$16 at AmazonLululemonSize Range: 2-14 Support: Medium Material: Nylon, lycra Commerce Editor Amanda Garrity loves this Lululemon sports bra because “it’s versatile and has medium support, so I can wear it for most of my workouts whether I’m doing light cardio, lifting weights or going to Pilates. It’s incredibly comfortable, doesn’t feel constricting in any way (my biggest complaint with sports bras), and I love the strappy details in back.” While the bra provides medium support, Amanda said she’s also worn it to high-impact workout classes, without any issues. She does wish it came in more colors and had better sizing: “I wear a 6, which is a little snug, but the next size up has a looser band and gathers at the front.” ProsSoft, stretchy, comfortable, supportive, sweat-wicking$52 at LululemonBrooksSize Range: 32C – 44F Support: High Material: DriLayer HorsePower fabric This super-supportive sports bra is one of women’s fitness expert Julie Lohre’s top picks because it’s “perfect for larger breasts and high-intensity activity. I like that this bra supports each breast individually and has adjustable straps that give you a ‘locked-in’ feel.” The underwire and molded cups provide ample support, and the adjustable straps are convertible; you can wear it as a classic straight strap or in a crisscross. Bonus: Soft sweat-wicking fabric keeps you cool and dry, and strategically placed perforations add ventilation. ProsSupportive, adjustable straps, encapsulated support, lightweight, breathable$70 at AmazonVictoria’s SecretSize Range: 32B – 40F Support: High Material: Polyamide, elastane If you’re in the market for a supportive high-impact bra, triathlon coach Stephanie Holbrook’s top pick is this Victoria’s Secret style. “I appreciate that it lays flat and looks good if you’re wearing a sweater during the day or hitting the gym after work. Another plus is that the bra is easy to get on and off.” She’s not the only fan: Hundreds of shoppers have given this bra their seal of approval, citing its lightweight, breathable design. With perforations for targeted air flow and the brand’s signature Turbo Dry liner, it keeps you nice and dry. One happy shopper called it the “best sports bra ever…Fits true to size. Great for high impact. Comfortable for HOURS. Washes well. The perforations really help with airflow. No need to wear 2 sports bras! This one is all you need. AND you don’t have to be a contortionist to take it off after a workout!” ProsSupportive, comfortable, adjustable straps, sweat-wicking, breathable, bonded edges$55 at Victoria’s SecretAlo YogaSize Range: XS – L Support: Medium Material: Polyester, elastane Here’s what Senior Commerce Writer Kristin Granero had to say about this medium-impact bra from Alo Yoga: “It’s incredibly comfortable, offers ample support, and the straps are adjustable so you can customize your fit.” But she also appreciated the bra’s good looks. “The subtle rib detailing is just really chic — wear it under a top or by itself when you’re in the yoga studio and need to let your body breathe,” she says. The soft, stretchy bra has a compressive fit and a snug underband for ample support. The only flaw Kristin could come up with is that this sports bra comes in only two colors; she wants to have more in rotation! ProsComfortable, supportive, adjustable straps, soft$68 at Alo YogaGapSize Range: XXS – XXL Support: Light Material: Polyester, spandex This lightweight Gap sports bra proves you don’t have to spend a ton of money to get a good medium-support sports bra (you can currently get one for as little as $15!) Fitness expert Julie added it to her list of recommendations: “With a super cute, strappy design and material that flexes and breathes with you, this bra is a great option for women looking for moderate support.” The bra crosses at the back to give you full range of movement and is made from a four-way stretch material with moisture-wicking capabilities. ProsMoisture-wicking, soft, affordable, comfortable, stretchy$15 at GapAll In MotionSize Range: XS – 4XL Support: High Material: Recycled polyester This cute option from Target may be triathlon runner Stephanie’s fave: “This sports bra surpasses all others I’ve tried, and I’ve experimented with numerous options, ranging from exorbitantly expensive to dirt cheap.” The high-support bra is also size-inclusive, going up to 4XL, so it should be easy to find your perfect fit. Unlike other racerback sports bras, this one allows you to adjust the straps — and the back strap has a hook and loop closure so you can customize it to your needs. Says a fan, “I’m a 36D, and needed a new sports bra that could hold me in comfortably during my runs. This bra in a size medium was comfortable, gave me the support I was looking for, and I didn’t find myself adjusting over and over like with other sports bras. If you struggle to find a good supporting sports bra for high-impact exercise, then this is for you.”  ProsStretchy, supportive, wireless, adjustable straps, moisture-wicking$30 at All In MotionJockeySize Range: S – XL Support: Medium Material: Nylon, spandex If you’re looking for a medium-impact bra, Stephanie recommends this Jockey option. “I like it for cycling as it is less confining than the high-impact bra and comfortable for 4-6 hour bike rides,” she says. Wire-free, this bra has a zip closure that makes it super easy to put on and take off, and it comes with removable padding. Shoppers say it provides even compression across the chest without smashing things down. “This is the best sports bra I have ever had,” raves one. “It’s a perfect fit. It’s easy to wear and it holds you in place. I like the zipper in the front. I bought it in white, beige and black. It washes well in the machine. I put it in a small net lingerie bag…. It’s a good quality bra and the price is reasonable.”  ProsAffordable, zip front, wirefree, removable padding$21 at AmazonHeroine SportsSize Range: XS – XL Support: Light Material: Polyester, spandex When style matters (but support is still important), fitness expert Kim Turner reaches for this sleek one-shouldered number by Heroine Sport. “This bra makes you feel like a badass,” she says. “It’s not just a bra; it’s a statement piece that pairs flawlessly with your favorite leggings or even your chicest jeans. The light support is perfect for activities like yoga, Pilates and walking, but be aware that you have to hand wash it. ProsLightweight, stylish, high coverage$78 at Heroine SportsFormeSize Range: XS – 3XL Support: High Material: Tensile materials If you’ve been struggling to improve your posture, consider this supportive sports bra from Forme that promises to “immediately improve your upper body alignment and body foundation.” The posture-correcting bra is not only FDA-registered but it’s also celeb-approved. Taylor Swift was seen wearing it while rehearsing for the Eras Tour. This bra is designed to activate key muscle groups and position your body into proper alignment naturally, with a mix of six varied tension fabrics and eight powerful double-fabric panels. And fans love them not just for exercise but also for everyday life. “I wear these to work every day and it helps so much with my neck, back and shoulder pain/tension. I cannot live without the Power Bra,” writes one five-star reviewer. ProsCorrects posture, FDA-registered, supportive$175 at FormeAKAMCSize Range: S – 3XL Support: Medium Material: Nylon, elastane New moms rave about how supportive and comfortable these nursing sports bras are. The wire-free bras have a zip-up closure, giving you easy access for nursing or pumping, plus adjustable straps to help you achieve a perfect fit. Made from a four-way stretch material that’s moisture-wicking and super soft, these bras are sold in packs of three or five, so you can rotate for daily wear. “As a mom who is still nursing her youngest, this is exactly what I was going for,” says one customer. “I always end up with sports bras that are either too thin and loose and provide no support, or very thick and restricting. I need something that will provide support but also that I can pull down to nurse. This has the perfect balance between comfort and support.” ProsZip up front, comfortable, supportive, lightweight$23 at AmazonGrace FormSize Range: XS – XL Support: High Material: Nylon, spandex If you dread the uniboob many sports bras give you and are looking for a way to feel supported while still giving a boost to your bust, check out this Grace Form option. This popular sports bra has pads that push things up when you want them to but are removable for when you’re not feeling it. Shoppers love how soft, comfortable and breathable this pull-on bra is and the fact that it comes in a variety of colors. One says, “Love this sports bra! It was incredibly comfortable and stayed in place during my workout. It fit perfectly and was incredibly flattering. I don’t know how to explain how little I have in the chest area, yet this sports bra made me look incredibly feminine.”  ProsAffordable, variety of colors, stretchy, padded, sweat-wicking$26 at AmazonHow we picked the best sports bras?To figure out which sports bras were the best of the best, we consulted a mix of fitness experts, trainers and our own shopping editors. They weighed in on what to look for when picking the right sports bra for different needs. We also polled this crew to find out which sports bras are their favorites — because there’s nothing like a firsthand recommendation!What to look for when shopping for sports brasWhether you’re wearing it to run errands or run a marathon, you want to find a sports bra that is both comfortable and supportive. To find the option that best suits your needs, there are a number of factors to consider:SizeYour size may vary, depending on the brand (and sometimes the product), so be sure to check the size chart before adding it to the cart. Since sports bras are more compressive, don’t be surprised if your size is different from your normal bra size.Your cup size will affect the type of support you should be shopping for. “You need to understand the support you need for your breast size and for the activity,” says Julie Lohre, women’s fitness expert, IFBB Fitness Pro athlete, and certified personal trainer. “A high level of support will be critical for a woman with a C and above cup who wants to include running or bounding plyometric exercises in their exercise routine.”Support rangeMany people wear the wrong sports bra for the activity they’re engaging in; if you like to partake in a range of fitness activities, it’s smart to have a range of sports bras, says Laura Martin, renowned mountain biker based in the Scottish Highlands.“High-impact sports bras should be worn for high-impact sports like jumping or running. These bras tend to be more restrictive, due to compression-style support which basically eliminates bounce. They tend to have more coverage and wider straps to help with the even distribution of the weight of the breasts. Low-impact sports bras are better suited to sports like yoga or walking. They have lighter support and are more comfortable. They tend to be a more relaxed fit and are made of lighter material.”Compression vs. encapsulationAnother big decision is choosing between a compression bra and an encapsulation bra. Heather Wilson-Phillips, fitness expert, nutritionist and owner of Fitness Empire, explains the difference: “Encapsulation sports bras are usually marketed toward women who have larger breasts. They usually feature a separate cup for each breast, and give a more natural look.” Martin agrees, adding “These ‘encapsulate’ each breast to try to eliminate the bounce individually, instead of compressing the breasts against your body.”Compression sports bras are more typically what we think of when we think “sports bra.” Says Martin, “These will have a snug fit and look more like a band than two cups. They tend to be more compressing on the body. This pressure on the breasts helps eliminate the bounce and makes you feel more secure.”MaterialThe fabric of a sports bra factors heavily into its comfort. Holbrook recommends “seeking out breathable polyester and nylon materials, as they effectively wick sweat away from the body.” While you may think cotton would be a preferable material since it’s soft and durable, that’s not the best choice. Says Julie Lohre, “I avoid cotton because it tends to hold moisture against the body. When you are pushing hard in a workout, the last thing you want is your bra feeling water-logged and heavy.”How should a sports bra fit?A sports bra should fit snugly but not so tightly that it digs into the skin or restricts breathing: “The cups of a sports bra should fit securely, without being too tight that your breasts begin to come out the top or sides,” says Heather Wilson-Phillips.How to prevent chafing“Chafing is a workout mood killer. Who wants to break a sweat while wrecking your skin,” says Kim Turner, of the sock brand Fitness Snob. To avoid this, you first want to check the fit. “Too loose or too snug, and you’re in for trouble. Second, cleanliness is next to, well … no chafing. Get out of that bra promptly post-workout and keep it fresh by washing regularly to avoid lingering sweat or dirt residue. Third, start at the source, be mindful when shopping for sports bras. And of course, moisture-wicking fabric and seamless designs are lifesavers, too.”Our team of experts:Stephanie Holbrook, Level 1 USA triathlon coach, Level 2 USA cycling coach, Pose Method running technique specialistJulie Lohre, women’s fitness expert, IFBB fitness pro athlete, and certified personal trainerHeather Wilson-Phillips, fitness expert, nutritionist and owner of Fitness EmpireKim Turner, fitness expert and founder and CEO of women’s crew sock brand Fitness Snob

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