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The Absolute Best Sports Bras for Every Workout

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Shopping for sports bras can be surprisingly hard. There are so many different shapes, tiers of support, and fabrics, and as with any workout gear, the wrong combination of fit and fabric can spell disaster. Even reading reviews to find a bra can be tricky, since the fit depends so much on your body — two people doing the same workout might reach for completely different sports bras depending on breast size or personal preferences.

To minimize the guesswork as much as possible, we’ve rounded up the 20 best sports bras for every purpose, budget, and fit. We read reviews all across the major retailers and tested many ourselves to find the very best ones. Scroll down to see all of our picks.

The Amazon Favorite

This simple racerback sports bra has nearly 50,000 ratings on Amazon, with more than 35,000 five-star reviews. The nylon and polyester construction moves with you, but won’t stretch out and lose its shape. The bra comes with light, removable padding and provides ample support in low- and medium-intensity workouts. One reviewer said that she normally has to wear a regular bra under her sports bra for adequate support, but not with this one. If you’re looking for the most compression, size down. Available in sizes S to 2X. Anne Cruz, former editorial intern

A Stylish Yoga Bra

This colorblocked crisscross sports bra is so cute. Whether you are wearing it in a yoga class or on a hike, you’ll always be ready to snap an IG style pic. – Devine Blacksher, associate fashion editor
Available in sizes XS - XL.

The High-Intensity Bra for Hardcore Workouts

We’ve previously raved about this bra as one of the best for big boobs, and for good reason. This sports bra is heavy duty — it has ten front hook-and-eye closures and strong fabric for a comfortable fit with little to no bouncing as you work out. The only downside is that getting into the bra is almost a workout in and of itself. The top-rated review on Amazon gives step-by-step instructions, which are both informative and hilarious.
Available in sizes 0-8. Enell uses its own measurement system, which can be found here. – A.C.

The Best Sports Bra for Running

It’s a crossback, not a racerback, making this Brooks sports bra comfortable and supportive when you are on the run. It’s also easy to pull on and off, which is a big deal if you’ve ever been stuck in a sports bra before. - D.B.
Available in sizes 30A to 40E.

The Best Sports Bra That’s Also a Shirt

Sometimes I only want to wear one layer when I work out, but feel a little naked wearing just a sports bra. This longline tank offers the best of both worlds, plus you can wear it with high-waisted jeans on the weekend. The reviews tend to be rapturous, but do note that the fit can run small, so you might want to size up if you don’t need as much compression. – A.C.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.

If You Love Animal Print

Having at least one animal-print sports bra in your collection is a must. It will make you feel spicy on days you don’t feel like working out. This Athleta leopard print bra is for low-impact workouts and best for A - C cups. – D.B.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.

If You Like a Strappy Silhouette

If you’ve gone to a yoga studio in the last six years, you’ve probably seen someone wearing this bra. If you don’t need too much support, the Energy Bra can work for higher impact activities like running and boxing, but it really shines as a beautiful medium-support bra for activities like spinning, yoga, or lifting. It keeps everything in without constricting, and it looks cute under slouchy tees or sweaters with the straps peeking out. - A.C.
Available in sizes 2 to 14.

A More Affordable Strappy Option

This sports bra offers the same strappy back and stretchy material as the Lululemon Energy bra, but at a fraction of the price. The bra wicks away sweat, but not as much as some of the other powerhouse bras in this
list. - A.C.
Available in sizes XS to XXL. 

The Best Sporta Bra for Ultra-Sweaty Workouts

This bra is made with Outdoor Voices’ “TechSweat” material. Like the Tech Sweat Crop top, this one wicks away sweat in even the most humid conditions, but it offers a little more support for higher intensity workouts like choreographed spin classes or HIIT. The best part about this bra, however, is the way it doesn’t stain or darken no matter how sweaty you get. Writes one enthusiastic reviewer: “I didn’t realize how much most of the sports bras I was wearing sucked, until I put this one on.” -A.C.
Available in sizes XS-XL.

The Best Low-Impact, Sustainable Bra

Like their signature leggings, Girlfriend Collective’s Topanga bra is made from recycled plastic water bottles. The top has a high neckline and a low back, with adjustable crossed straps. Girlfriend’s recycled material feels buttery soft against the skin, making this bra a great pick for either working out or just hanging out at home. - A.C.
Available in sizes XS to 3X. 

A Great Post-Mastectomy Bra

Recognized as the Best Post-Mastectomy Bra by InStyle, this bra has a unique combination of softness, adjustability, and style. It is made with a softer-than-cotton modal material and provides a comfortable compression for support through your recovery from surgery. - D.B.
Available in sizes XS to 3X.

For When You’d Rather Not Wear a Bra at All

If you are looking for minimal support and maximum comfort, the Venus crop is the one. With V-back support and shape-sculpting Textured Compression, it’s your go-to top for all low-intensity activities. - D.B.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The One-Shoulder Sports Bra

Yes, you can wear a one-shoulder sports bra while working out. The light-compression ribbed jersey fabric makes it durable for low-impact activities or as casual loungewear with your favorite sweatpants. -D.B.
Available in sizes XS - XL.

A Supportive Underwire Sports Bra

From $43

This sports bra from Elomi is great if you have larger breasts and want to avoid uni-boob. A hook on the straps allows you to convert the bra into a racerback if you want a little extra snugness and lift. One reviewer said this bra was life-changing, writing, “If you have a large frame and/or big boobs that have never had the right sports bra in their life, try this one.” - A.C.
Available in sizes 32GG to 44DDUK.

Another Great Underwire Option

Wacoal’s underwire sports bra offers the support and separation of a regular bra with the minimizing and movement-reduction features of a sports bra. Note the wider straps, which won’t dig into your shoulders. Reviewers wrote that this bra is a dependable staple for a variety of workouts. Wrote one, “Ran five miles in this bra several times and still zero chafing around the band. That’s huge!!!” - A.C.
Available in sizes 32C to 40G

If You Really Just Want a Snug Bralette

Sometimes you want something that falls between a piece of performance athletic wear and a flimsy bralette. Everlane’s Invisible Square-Neck bralette is a perfect solution, keeping you comfortable enough to move around, but not so tight or athleisure-y that you feel weird wearing it under normal clothes. It’s the perfect moving-day bra, because it’s not straight-up performance wear but you can lift things and get sweaty without absolutely destroying it. - A.C.
Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

The Best Sports Bra for Nursing

The wide straps on this sports bra provide evenly distributed support, and they open from the front for easy(-ish) nursing access. The straps don’t stretch, meaning that they can keep everything in place even during the most aggressive workouts. One reviewer wrote that she uses this bra while horseback-riding to prevent bouncing, and then simply unhooks the strap to breastfeed. And if it works for someone who may or may not be breastfeeding on horseback, then you know it’s good. - A.C.
Available in sizes 32B to 44DD

If You Want A Sleek Sports Bra

This sleek Koral sports bra feels like a second skin. It will keep you covered and supported through your whole workout. And it has a mesh racerback for increased mobility and ventilation. -D.B.
Available in sizes XS to XL.

The Amazon Dupe

From $19

This strappy sports bra from Icyzone has more than 8,000 reviews from Amazon, most of which are raves. The design is a slight twist on the classic strappy sports-bra silhouette, which reviewers found surprisingly supportive when working out. Reviewers say it’s perfect for workouts like hot yoga or barre class. The only complaint was that the sizing chart provided on the listing runs a bit large, so make sure to size down. - A.C.
Available in sizes S to XXL. 

The Curvy Sports Bra

If you are looking for support and style, make this your new essential bra. Style wise, it accentuates your curves and the bra pads are removable. Whether you are in an inversion pose or spending the day at the museum, this bra will support you through it all. - D.B.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.

This article was originally published on December 27, 2019. It has been updated throughout. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.

The Absolute Best Sports Bras for Every Workout