Best sports bras 2024: tested and rated

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Finding the best sport bra to wear during exercise is a lot more beneficial than some may think. Not only should you like how a sports bra looks on you but it’s important that we keep our breasts fully supported during exercise and reduce their movement to avoid stretching.

Research suggests that our breasts lack structural support therefore excessive breast movement can cause pain. However, we know that the options out there for sports bras are vast. Trust us ladies, we know how hard it can be to find the right sports bra for your breast type and for the types of workouts you engage in most. 

Whether you are a keen yogi, a seasoned marathon runner or a CrossFit queen, wearing the right sports bra can totally transform your workout experience. But various factors will impact this like material, adjustability, fit, and durability.

To help you find the perfect sports bra, we have have tried and tested a large array of options on the market right now. After viewing our carefully selected roundup of the best sports bras below, we trust you will find a sports bra that offers the right combination of support, comfort, and functionality for your specific needs and preferences.

The quick list

Best high-impact sports bras

These sports bras are designed for high-impact sports like running, boxing, or football. They offer the maximum amount of protection while also being comfortable and sweat-wicking. Here are the best high-impact sports bras on test right now: 

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1. Lululemon Energy Bra High Support

Best high-impact encapsulation bra

Specifications

Price: $58
Size range : 32B-40D

Reasons to buy

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Available in a large number of bra sizes 
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Lightweight and breathable  
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Hook-and-eye fastening makes the bra easy to get on and off, even when wet
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Adjustable straps 

Reasons to avoid

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Straps can get crossed in the wash

When it comes to high support, it doesn’t get better than the Lululemon High Support Energy Bra. We found this bra to be extremely supportive for everything from a HIIT class to a marathon. It’s available in a large range of sizes, and unlike other bras on this list, you can order your actual everyday bra size, rather than trying to convert your size to S, M, or L. 

The Energy bra is sweat-wicking and quick-drying, which comes in handy for most intense workouts. We didn’t have any problem with rubbing or chafing using the bra and appreciated the adjustable straps for a more personalized fit. It’s machine washable (on a gentle cycle) and the hook-and-eye fastening and wide back closure make the bra easy to get on and off, even after a particularly difficult run. 

The downside with the Energy bra is that the straps can get a little muddled in the washing machine, but don't let this put you off. It's not the cheapest sports bra on the list, but you get what you pay for, and we found the support to be unparalleled. 

A photo of a woman wearing the Nike FE/OM sports bra, one of the best high-impact sports bras

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2. Nike FE/NOM Flyknit

Best high-impact compression bra

Specifications

Price : $80
Size range : XS-XL

Reasons to buy

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Extremely supportive  
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Compressive design minimizes all movement 

Reasons to avoid

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Can be difficult to get off  
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Have to convert your bra size to find the right fit  

The Nike FE/NOM Flyknit bra fits more like a crop top that you pull over your head than a traditional hook-and-eye fastening bra. It’s highly compressive, pressing the breasts against the chest to minimize movement. For these reasons, we’d say it’s best suited to women with an A-C cup looking for a high-impact bra.  

The bra’s fabric is virtually seam-free, minimizing chafing on the move. We tested this bra on sweaty summer runs and HIIT classes and didn’t have any discomfort. The Flyknit fabric feels compressive and completely minimizes any movement, which does remove all distractions and allows you to focus on your performance. We also found the bra washed well and lasted a good few months. 

The downside with the Nike FE/NOM Flyknit is that it can be difficult to remove after a sweaty workout, especially after a few washes. What’s more, having to physically pull the bra over your head isn’t the most comfortable. That said, if you prefer the crop-top style design of compression bras, this is one of the best we’ve tested. 

A photo of a woman wearing the Brooks Dare Crossback sports bra, one of the best high-impact sports bras

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3. Brooks Dare Crossback

Best running sports bra for comfort

Specifications

Price : $60
Size range: 30-AB - 40 DDE

Reasons to buy

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One of the most comfortable pullover-style bras on the market 
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The molded design offers a good amount of nipple coverage 

Reasons to avoid

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The straps aren’t adjustable 

Last year, Brooks revealed a new line of bras that had been developed with research partners at the University of Portsmouth Institute for Breast Health in the UK. The biomechanical testing ensured the bras fully supported the breasts during exercise. The Dare Crossback was one of the bras released, and it’s fast become one of the brand’s most popular bras. 

The cross-back design is suited to women who prefer to pull a bra over their head than worry about straps and fastenings that can chafe on the move. The molded cup supports offer a good amount of nipple coverage if you’re a runner who prefers to wear just a bra in the summer months, and the seamless design minimizes chafing. The sizing is a little unusual —  the bra is available in AB, CD, and DDE cup sizes, so if you’re between two cup sizes, it can be tricky to work out which fits right, but once you get the right fit, the bra is extremely comfortable on the move. 

As well as struggles working out the correct size, the straps on the Brooks bra are not adjustable, which at first glance caused concern. However, we found the bra to fit well and stay put on the move. 

a photo of the Under Armour Infinity High Support sports bra

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4. Under Armour Infinity High Sports Bra

The best Under Armour running bra

Specifications

Price : $45
Size range : XS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Easy to get on and off 
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Comes in a number of different colorways 
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In-built padding 
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Adjustable straps 

Reasons to avoid

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Have to convert bra size 

The Under Armour Infinity High Sports Bra is a high-impact bra, perfect for running. The support is in-built, so you won't have to worry about padding falling out in the washing machine, and the bra comes in four different colors — black, white, green and pink. During testing, we were a fan of how easy it was to get the bra on and off, even when sweaty thanks to the hook-and-eye-fastening.

The bra has a cross-back design, with adjustable straps, that can be tightened for a personalized fit. There are mesh panels for breathability, and the bra wicks sweat and dries fast, even on seriously sweaty gym sessions. We did experience some light chafing under the armpit during a very hot summer half marathon, but aside from this, we had no issues with the fit of the bra. 

The downside here is that the bra requires you to convert your normal cup size into XS, S, M, L, XL, and XXL, although this isn't too difficult, and there is a handy size converter on the website. Our tester was a 32C and wore a size S.

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5. On Performance Bra

The best On Running bra

Specifications

Price: $74
Size range : XS-XL

Reasons to buy

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Supportive 
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Seam-free 
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Available in three different colors 
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Machine washable

Reasons to avoid

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Costly

The Performance Bra is the first high-impact running bra from On Running, a brand famous for its slightly unusual ‘cloud’ shoes, which have distinctive pillows on the outsole of the shoe. We were seriously impressed with this bra during testing — it's comfortable and soft against the skin, even when wet, it's seamless to minimize chafing, and it's stylish enough to wear on its own. 

The bra is an encapsulation bra in design — encapsulation bras support each breast as you run, separating them and holding them in place for high support. The cups are slightly padded, so you're able to wear this on its own, and you don't have to worry about removable cups bunching in the wash. 

We found the bra fit well, and wasn't uncomfortably tight across the chest. It fit well, and felt incredibly lightweight, even when wet. The downside is the price point, which won't be affordable enough for all runners, but if you can add this to your running wardrobe, you're unlikely to be disappointed. 

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6. Bandit Running Superbeam Sports Bra

The best running bra with phone storage

Specifications

Price: $68
Size range: XS-XL

Reasons to buy

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Handy phone storage 
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Nice neckline 
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Side panels for gels

Reasons to avoid

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Comes up small 

This Bandit Running sports bra solves a problem every female runner will have experienced at one point or another — storage. With a handy pocket on the back, designed to hold most smartphones, and side pockets for gels, this bra allows you to leave your running belt at home. 

During testing, we were impressed with the design of this bra — the neckline is beautiful, and the storage options are excellent. There's also reflective detailing on the bra, and although we tested this during the winter, it's a handy feature for warmer, darker mornings.

As with all compression bras, the fit is tight, but if you're between sizes, we'd recommend sizing up with this one, as it does come up a little small. Either way, this is an excellent pick for race day, or any run where you don't want to feel weighed down. 

Woman wearing Sweaty Betty Zero Gravity sports bra

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The best Sweaty Betty bra for running

Specifications

Price: $88
Size range: 30B-38F

Reasons to buy

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Buttery-soft
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Adjustable straps
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Available in sizes A-F
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Stylish design
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Machine washable

Reasons to avoid

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Higher price point

Like most of the best sports bras on the market, Sweaty Betty’s Zero Gravity Running Bra doesn’t come cheap — it’s $88/£75, but according to bra designer Sarah Platts, it’ll last longer than your average sports bra. It’s available now, and comes in seven different colors: black, navy blue, wave green, mist blue, amaranth pink, hour blue, and veil pink. 

The bra comes in cup sizes A to F, so you can buy your normal bra size, rather than having to convert to a small, medium, or large. Similar to the brand’s Zero Gravity running leggings, the bra is buttery-soft against the skin. We tested this bra on long marathon training runs in all weathers, and didn't have any issues with chafing.

The bra also looks great, with wide, adjustable straps and contrast stitching. There are two different fastenings — one at the top of the bra, and one hook and eye fastening at the back of the chest band.

Overall, we found this bra extremely comfortable and supportive. It's not the cheapest on the market, but if you can afford to invest, it's a great option.

Best sports bra plus size

If you're looking for a high-support, or running sports bra for a larger cup size, we've found them. These bras come in a wide range of sizes, and are built to offer customizable support, whatever your bra size. 

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8. Maaree Solidarity Sports Bra

The best high-impact sports bra for bigger boobs

Specifications

Size range : 30C - 38G

Reasons to buy

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Great support for larger breasts 
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Adjustable straps 
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Bra has an adjustable overband to minimize upward movement 
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Free online bra fittings

Reasons to avoid

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Shipping on the expensive side 

Maaree was started by Mari, a sports product tester, who set out to develop a sports bra that reduced the upward motion of breasts. The Solidarity High Impact Sports Bra is one of the best on the market for women with bigger boobs, and has superior support to prevent movement. 

On test, this is one of the best sports bras for running. It has comfortable, adjustable straps, which can be fixed together for a racerback design. There's also an adjustable strap on the side of the bra, just behind the cup, to tighten the overband and customize the fit of the bra. Nothing moves when wearing this bra, even over a marathon, and we've never had any issues with chafing or pinching. The traditional hook-and-eye clasp also makes it easy to get off, even when wet. 

The sizing of the Solidarity bra is a little complicated, but Mari offers free online bra fittings to ensure women get the best fit possible. There's also a helpful fitting guide on the website, but it does involve you digging out a tape measure. 

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9. Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra

Best running sports bra for adjustable straps

Specifications

Size range : 30A - 38GG

Reasons to buy

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Straps can be fixed in place, so they don't loosen during a run 
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Available in a number of colors 
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Reflective details for running at night 

Reasons to avoid

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Sizing can be tricky 

This Shock Absorber Ultimate Run Bra is a popular choice amongst runners, and for good reason. The thick, wide, straps can be fixed using additional clasps, which prevent the straps from gradually loosening as you move. It's also got a clip-in racer back design, which makes getting the bra on and off a little easier. 

The bra has been designed specifically for running, with Under Armour claiming it reduces bounce by 78%. I found the seamless design to be comfortable and supportive on the move, and didn't experience any chafing when running wearing the bra, even for sweatier sessions on warm days. 

The one small drawback here is getting the size right. I ordered my normal bra size and definitely found the bra to come up small. Under Armour recommend sizing up a band size in this style (for example, if you wear a 34D in your everyday bra, buy a 36D in the Ultimate Run Bra) and I wish I'd read this advice before investing. If in doubt, order two pairs and try on at home to ensure you get a supportive fit. 

Best medium-impact sports bras

These medium-impact sports bras are best suited for exercises such as rowing, spinning and hikes. The best medium-impact sports bras won’t pinch or chafe, and will wick sweat away from the body to keep you comfortable on the move. We’ve hand-picked some of the best on the market here.

A photo of a woman wearing the Sweaty Betty Stamina Workout bra, one of the best medium-impact sports bras for women

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10. Sweaty Betty Stamina Workout Bra

Best medium-impact all-rounder

Specifications

Price : $40
Size range: XS-XXXL

Reasons to buy

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Seamless design is extremely comfortable 
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Available in a large range of colors 

Reasons to avoid

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Best suited for women A-C cup; larger bust sizes might find it’s not supportive enough 

The Sweaty Betty Stamina Workout Bra looks and feels great on the move. We’ve tried it for hikes, spin classes, and HIIT sessions that don’t involve too much jumping. The pull-over design is easy to get on and off (it has more give than the Nike bra mentioned above) and we loved the non-padded design. If you’re someone who doesn’t remove the padding from your sports bras though, you might miss the extra coverage. 

The bra is pretty simple in design, with a wide chest band and racerback design for extra support. The bra also has a higher neckline for extra coverage during Pilates and yoga classes, which we liked. It’s compressive but not as compressive as the bras mentioned above. It’s also available in a wide variety of colorways to suit every style. The bra comes in sizes XS to XXXL, so you’ll need to use the size guide to work out how your regular bra size converts. 

The downside with this bra is that even though it’s only medium-impact, it might not offer enough support for women with a bra size larger than a C cup. If you are an A-C cup, this is a comfortable bra to have in your wardrobe. 

A photo of a woman wearing the Under Armour Mid Crossback Sports Bra, one of the best medium-impact sports bras

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11. Under Armour Mid Crossback Sports Bra

Best medium-support sports bra for less than $50

Specifications

Price : $35
Size range : XS-XXL

Reasons to buy

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Simple, affordable bra  
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Removable cups  
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Fast-drying 

Reasons to avoid

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 Have to convert bra size into S, M or L 

If you’re looking for a comfortable, simple, medium-impact sports bra without any frills, this Under Armour bra ticks all the boxes. It has cross-over straps and an open back design for ventilation and to make getting the bra on and off that little bit easier, and an elasticated chest strap for support. It’s also available in a number of different colors to match your favorite leggings. 

The padded cups in this bra are removable, which in our eyes is a plus, as they’ll often get bunched up after washing. That said, if you prefer to have the extra coverage, the option is there. Like all the bras on this list, the bra dries quickly and wicks sweat away from the body. The support is best suited to hikes, spinning sessions and weight training, although women with a larger bust might need a little extra support. 

The only downside here is the sizing — like a number of the other bras on this list you’ll need to convert your everyday bra size into Under Armour’s XS to XXL size guide. Our tester is a 32C and wore a SM bra and found that the fit was comfortable, but if you’re between sizes, it’s worth using the brand’s size guide.