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Sports bras are necessary, but they can be evil. Think chafing, digging, laughable support, cups that fall out in the wash. But when you find a great one, you’ll hold onto it for dear life.
Working out takes effort enough, so we’ve eased your burden by seeking out the best, top-rated options. Think of how much easier it’ll be to motivate if you feel good about the sports bra you’re sporting.
We read reviews and prioritized comfort, construction and snazzy features. The result? Eight sports bras — from one with adjustable straps to a wire-free version that’s ideal for large busts — sure to lend support.
Moisture-wicking material and a sexy criss-cross back make this a winner. “This sports bra is comfortable...like the type you can wear to work all day and then to the gym afterwards,” writes one reviewer. “It's padded, so it looks good under everything for the flat-chested, like me. And SO cute!”
Shop it: Yianni Strappy Sports Bra, $19 to 20, amazon.com
Ventilating mesh keeps you dry, while the wide bottom band lends additional support. One five-star reviewer writes: “It's hard to find a compression sports bra that doesn't try to lift and separate or force cleavage. So if you are looking to reduce jiggle or just get a sleeker chest line, this is the best value for the money.”
Shop it: Champion Women's Freedom Seamless Racerback Sport Bra, $18 (was $25), amazon.com
Shoppers say this bra—an Amazon’s Choice—is perfect for those with big busts because of its support and structure.
“I wear a size 38DDD and needed a cheap bra I could wear around the house or under some layers — I wasn't in the market for something ultra sexy that would give me epic cleavage,” writes one five-star reviewer. “This pretty much fits the bill for that type of bra. It's comfortable, keeps the girls nicely supported and was cheap enough that I'm going to be purchasing a couple more.”
Over 16,000 shoppers have given this soft, supportive bra a 4.5 out of 5-star rating. They’re raving about everything from the full coverage to stay-put cups and impressive comfort. The wide straps won’t dig into your skin, and the back hook-and-eye closure means it’s easy to get on and off. It’s not cheap — but it’s quality that’ll last. And it’s an Amazon’s Choice!
“I have not been more excited about a bra in years!” says a happy camper. “Unlike most sports bras, this bra doesn't give uniboob at all!”
Shop it: Mrity Women Racerback Sports Bra, $38, amazon.com
Meet the No. 1 best-seller in plus-size everyday bras. “If you are searching for a bra that has coverage AND comfort, search no further,” writes one five-star reviewer. “The Bali bra is like an invisible hug upon the boobs and for the first time in a long time I am not uncomfortable in that region.”
Shop it: Bali Women's Comfort Revolution Wirefree Bra, starting at $17 (was $44), amazon.com
Adjustable straps! We repeat: Adjustable straps! That’s a rare, great feature that helps create a customized fit. With a back closure, it’s designed for medium-impact activities like weight training, aerobics and running, with an open back that works well under leotards.
But beware: It might work too well. “Does it support?...yes. Does it hold everything in place?...yes. Is it comfortable?...yes. But as a husband I hate it. No longer do I have the desire to run with my wife and watch her bounce around the track. This bra ruins marriages,” jokes a funny five-star reviewer.
Shop it: Brooks Women's Juno Cross Back Adjustable High-Impact Sports Bra, from $52 (was $65) amazon.com
“Sports bra unicorn!” exclaims a fan. “It’s like a weird hybrid of racerback and hooked, making it both super supportive and adjustable.”
Designed to minimize the bounce factor even during high-impact activities, this full-coverage bra features straps that covert to a racerback style for even more support. Reviewers say it’s so comfy you just might make this your everyday bra. Made of moisture-wicking microfiber with a three-hook back closure.
Shop it: Syrokan Women's Full Support Underwire Sports Bra, $22, amazon.com
Designed for yoga, Pilates and other low-impact activities (napping?), this bra sports thick straps, a stylish scoop neck and mesh panels on the front and back to keep you cool. And its removable cups have arrows so you know what goes where — genius.
Shop it: Under Armour Women's 7.1 Heather Sport Bralette, $28, amazon.com
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