21 best sports bras that will support you during every type of workout

Move with confidence with our pick of the best sports bras—tried and tested by our team

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The aim of the game when it comes to finding the best sports bras is to keep your assets close to your chest. A good one will hold your breasts towards your body, so they don’t get in the way or, worse, cause you pain as you exercise. For that reason, the main focus should be on support—which can be provided in a variety of different ways, including wide-shoulder straps, racerback designs, or underwiring. There's also the question of whether to opt for a sports bra that uses encapsulation or compression, or a bounce-proof blend of both technologies.

Unlike when purchasing one of the best bras for everyday wear (where the emphasis is on the shape and lift, as well as support) the best sports bras need to bring comfort during a wide range of movements—from yoga to running and spinning. To select the best sports bras on the market, we rigorously tested each bra during a variety of exercises, ranging from Nordic walking to HIIT. Then, once you've selected the right bra for you, you could take a look at our guides on the best leggings and best running shoes, too.

How to find the best sports bras for you

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These are the four key things to consider when shopping for the best sports bras:

  • Fit—the best sports bras need to fit tighter than everyday bras to provide extra support, but not be so snug that they restrict movement or breathing. This is especially important when shopping for the best sports bras for larger breasts. Before you make the investment, make sure you know how to measure bra size.
  • Impact—the amount of support you need depends on what you're up to. Low impact refers to slow-moving activities like walking and strength training. High impact covers the likes of sprint training and burpees. Medium impact is anything in-between—think dancing, cycling, or jogging.
  • Compression versus encapsulation—there are two key terms to look out for when shopping for the best sports bras: compression and encapsulation. The former works by drawing your breasts into your chest, while the latter refers to the way in which sports bras hold the breasts within two separate cups. The latter is best suited to bigger busts, but some bras offer a mix of both, for an extra-firm hold. There are some bras that offer a hybrid of both styles. 
  • Fabric—your sports bra should be wrinkle-free around the cups. If there are wrinkles in the fabric, this means that the cups are too big and you won't get the right support you need from your bra. Alternatively, if you're spilling out of the cups and the fabric is stretched tight around your breasts, this means it's too small and you may want to size up. 

How we tested the best sports bras

In order to determine the best sports bras for this round-up, our experts tested the most popular styles and brands over a four-week period. As well as assessing the look and feel of the bras—which ranged in support from low to high—our tester wore them during a range of physical activities, including hiking, running, yoga, and high-intensity workouts. The main criteria for establishing the best sports bras were:

  • Design—how well is the bra made? Did the bra feel stylish? Were there any stand-out features? 
  • Comfort—how comfortable were our testers wearing the bra during physical activity, as well as for long periods of time? Did our testers feel too restricted? Was the material soft, sweat-wicking, and breathable? Were fastenings or labels irritating? 
  • Support—did our testers' breasts feel firmly in place during a range of physical activities? Was the bra suitable for more intense workouts, as well as gentle exercise? 

21 best sports bras, tried and tested by experts

best sports bras: Panache Sports Moulded Underwired Bra

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1. Panache Sports Moulded Underwired Bra

Best sports bra for most people

Specifications

Sizes: Back sizes 28-40, cup sizes C-J
Material: 49% polyamide, 36% polyester, 15% elastane (all material details exclusive of trims)
Wired: Yes
Machine washable: No
RRP: $70/£42

Reasons to buy

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Underwiring offers extra support
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Cushioned strap and band

Reasons to avoid

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Comes up a little small

Suitable for all busts, the thoughtfully designed Panache Sports Moulded Underwired Bra provides support without compressing or restricting breasts as they move. It holds and retains shape by incorporating three synergistic design elements—light padding, underwiring, and molded cups. The Moulded Underwired Bra also features airy-soft straps and seam-free inner cups for maximum comfort. That being said, its greatest, most underrated perk is the inscribed washing instructions on the band, sans niggling labels. Hands down, one of the best sports bras money can buy.  

best sports bras: anita sports bra

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2. Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra

Best sports bra to skip in

Specifications

Sizes: Back sizes 30-44, cup sizes B-FF
Material: 62% polyamide, 21% polyester, 5% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $69/£54

Reasons to buy

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Inclusive sizing 
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Full-cup support 

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky back fastening

The Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra is one of the best bras to skip in—among the brassieres we tried. Crafted from lightweight, breathable fabric with perforated mesh sides, this is a bra that works hard to keep you cool. Even better, both the cups and band are lined with a super-soft toweling cloth for maximum comfort. Free from padding, the cups on the Anita Active Extreme Control Sports Bra are made in three separate parts. This not only ensures each breast is fully encapsulated in the cup for spill-proof support but creates a rounded feminine shape. Housing three sets of hook and eye fastenings, the wide back band is bulkier than your average bra but worth it for the high-level support. 

Lorna Jane hold and mould sports bra

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3. Lorna Jane Hold & Mold Sports Bra

Best sports bra for making bigger busts feel secure

Specifications

Sizes : XXS-L
Material: 69% Nylon, 31% Elastane
Wired : No
Machine washable : Yes
RRP: $90 / £75

Reasons to buy

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Stabilized lining for less bounce
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Gel-padded shoulder straps for more support and comfort 
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Fixed padding to prevent bunching or rolling
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Attractive color options

Reasons to avoid

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We can't fault it!

This really is a sports bra for bigger busts that does it all. This new Lorna Jane sports bra was specifically designed after a team member expressed her frustration at not being able to find a sports bra that covered all bases for bigger busts. The Lorna Jane Hold & Mould Sports Bra ticks every box when it comes to hold and support, all while providing maximum comfort. This means a stabilized lining for less bounce, fixed padding to prevent bunching or rolling, gel-padded straps for extra support, and complete strap adjustability for a more customized fit. There's no underwiring either—so you can rest assured this bra won't start to dig in after a long workout session. 

Despite offering a firm hold, this sports bra feels very lightweight, without bulky, heavy cups or padding. Our tester tried the bra during a sweaty HIIT session, as well as a hot yoga class, to assess the bra's CoolCore® fabric, which claims to help keep the body dryer for longer. The bra remained cool and dry during the classes, wicking moisture from the skin for a more comfortable workout. 

Adidas TLRD Move Training High Support Bra

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4. Adidas TLRD Move Training High Support Bra

Best breathable sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: Standard: 2XS-XL, Plus-size: 1X-4X
Material: 79% recycled polyester, 21% elastane interlock
Wired: No
Machine washable : Yes
RRP: $55 / £38

Reasons to buy

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Moisture-absorbing AEROREADY material
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Secure fit
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Adjustable straps
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Wide size range 

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller fit 

Adidas Don’t Rest Alphaskin Padded Bra

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5. Adidas Don’t Rest Alphaskin Padded Bra

Best affordable sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: 2XS-4X
Material: 70% recycled polyester, 19% polyester, 11% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $29/£21.99

Reasons to buy

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Removable padded cups
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Extensive size range 

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color choice 

More like a crop top than a bra, this medium-support style uses a super-stretchy elastane blend fabric to secure your bust. The bulk of the support comes from the racerback, distributing the weight of your boobs while still offering full flexibility of movement. As you’d expect from Adidas, the fabric is tech-focused, teaming a power-mesh lining with moisture-absorbing properties to keep you cool and comfortable no matter how sweaty your workout. A feature that makes this one of the best sports bras for summer, too. Cleverly concealed at the sides, the removable padding gives you the option to boost your bust. Especially handy if you have different-sized boobs—you could always leave one in and take one out to even things up. 

best sports bras: Runderwear Easy-On Running Bra

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6. Runderwear Easy-On Running Bra

Best encapsulation sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: 30E-40H
Material: 68% Polyamide, 32% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $75/£55

Reasons to buy

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Impressive support
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Flattering shape 

Reasons to avoid

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Not available in A or B cups

If you're after the best running gear, this bra is perfect fit—but we can confirm it more than stands up to the challenge with other high-impact exercises too. We tested ours when trampolining, cycling, and playing badminton and we're seriously impressed by the level of support. Padded shoulder straps and a wide underband are comfortable and thoughtful touches, especially if you have a bigger bust. Two separate, encapsulation cups mean that larger cup sizes don’t feel squashed or flattened, instead of creating a flattering shape. It does come up high at the front compared to other sports bras, which has its pros and cons. It means there’s spill-proof security and minimal cleavage, but also that it’s slightly on show when wearing a vest.

Under Armour Mid Armour Crossback Sports Bra

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7. Under Armour Mid Armour Crossback Sports Bra

Best compression sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 87% Polyester/13% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $35/£30

Reasons to buy

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Quality fabric 
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Supportive fit

Reasons to avoid

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Sizing is not straight forward

After a compression sports bra that will give you plenty of security? This is our top pick. From the minute you slip it on your bust feels supported, comfortable, with the seamless design snuggling into place like a second skin. The under-the-book elastic is tight but not restrictive, and the pads within the cups mold to fit the contours of your body. It’ll keep your chest firmly in place during exercise, which makes for a far more comfortable, and far less self-conscious, running, or gym experience. It is a little on the small size, so might be worth sizing up if you’re on the cusp of sizing. The fabric is breathable and soft, with the keyhole detail at the back adding a fashionable finish. 

Hush Selene Printed Sports Bra

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8. Hush Selene Printed Sports Bra

Best wireless sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 78% ECONYL® Recycled Polyamide, 22% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $56/£39

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design
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Really comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Not enough support for bigger busts

Comfort is the aim of the game with Hush’s Selene Printed Sports Bra, with style coming in at a close second. Free from wires and with a fit that’s more like a hug than a vice-like grip, it's a joy to wear, especially compared to other sports bras we’ve tried. For this reason, it’s only really suitable for light exercises such as yoga and Pilates for weight loss, especially if you have a bigger bust. It stays in place really well during even bigger stretches, meaning there’s no need for adjustments. Maximum style points for its chic strappy back too, making it wearable under a summer dress or low back top when running errands as well. The bulk of the fabric is made from recycled fabrics including discarded fishing nets, helping you do your bit for the planet too. 

best sports bras: Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

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9. Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra

Best sports bra for high-impact exercise

Specifications

Sizes: Back sizes 30-40, cup sizes B-HH
Material: 49% polyester, 45% polyamide, 6% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $20/£14.95

Reasons to buy

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Inclusive size range
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Fully-opening back for ease 

Reasons to avoid

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Can come up small

Active types, listen up. The Shock Absorber Active Multi Sports Support Bra is your ultimate high-support solution for a wide range of exercises and sports. Its key selling point is the fully-opening, double-clasp back, letting you put a bra on and take it off with ease, without compromising on racerback support. The only slight downside is that the top clasp is a little fiddly to secure. Wire and padding-free, this best sports bra holds your boobs close to your body for bounce-free support. The shoulder straps are padded for maximum comfort and relatively narrow for a sports bra, meaning they can be easily disguised under the straps of your workout vest. 

Lululemon Swift Speed Bra High Support

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10. Lululemon Swift Speed Bra High Support

Best sports bra for running

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-40DD
Material: 56% Nylon, 44% Lycra® elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $45/£34

Reasons to buy

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Doesn't budge when wearing
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Doesn't leave marks 

Reasons to avoid

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High price point

Smash your PB in style by adding this high support bra to your running kit. The first thing we noticed was the hook and eye closure at the back. It sounds like a small detail, but when you’re hot and sweaty after a run, the last thing you have the energy for is wiggling out of your sports bra. It’s got that second skin feeling, mainly thanks to the soft fabric and ‘no distraction underband’, and doesn’t budge or dig in when running. The molded cups are a nice detail, meaning smaller busts aren’t flattened and creating a nice smooth shape beneath tops. They also help to soften bounce, so there’s less impact when you’re pounding the pavements. 

Sweaty Betty Stamina Sports Bra

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11. Sweaty Betty Stamina Sports Bra

Best sports bra for medium-impact exercise

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 91% polyamide, 9% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $50/£38

Reasons to buy

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High-tech fabric
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Expansive shade range 

Reasons to avoid

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Sells out quickly

Helping to take the weight off your shoulders for medium-impact exercise, Sweaty Betty’s Stamina Sports Bra has racked up more than 1,000 reviews to achieve its 4.4-star status. As you’d expect from Sweaty Betty, this not only works well but looks good, too, thanks to the wide color choice and stand-out waffle detailing. Much more than a design detail, the waffle fabric has been placed across the back, chest, and sizes to help with breathability. Team that with sweat-wicking fabric, and you’ve got yourself a dry, comfortable workout. This bra also works by compressing your breasts close to your body, while the seamless edges minimize the risk of rubbing or chaffing. Talk about excellent workout motivation.

H&M Seamless Sports Bra

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12. H&M Seamless Sports Bra

Best sports bra for low-impact exercise

Specifications

Sizes: XS-L
Material: 88% polyamide, 12% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $17.99/£12.99

Reasons to buy

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On-trend color choices
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Removable padding

Reasons to avoid

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Can sell out quickly

If you're yet to discover H&M's activewear offering, then you’re missing a trick. Not only is it really affordable (prices start around the $10/£10 mark for shorts), but the products really work. Take this sports bra, for instance. The soft fabric, plunging neckline, and wireless design means it feels more akin to a bralette than a sports bra, which is perfect for low-impact activities like yoga and pilates. The fully lined cups feature removable inserts, letting you change the look depending on how much shape or support you like. It does come up a little big, so we’d recommend sizing down if you’re in between sizes. That being said, a larger size will offer increased coverage. 

Freya Dynamic Sports Bra

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13. Freya Dynamic Sports Bra

Best sports bra for bigger busts

Specifications

Sizes: Back sizes 28-38, cup sizes D-J
Material: 68% polyamide, 26% polyester, 6% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Not specified by brand
RRP: $64/£34

Reasons to buy

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Inclusive sizing
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Comfortable to wear

Reasons to avoid

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Comes up big on the back

Not all the best sports bras are inclusive when it comes to sizing, so we were delighted to see that this hardworking number goes up to a size 38J. Among the best sports bras for large breasts, it’ll minimize jiggle for even the largest sizes without compromising on comfort. It’s all thanks to the little details, like a wide underband (that won’t dig in or leave welts on your skin), padded straps, and soft-backed fastenings. The lack of underwiring helps, too. However, it does come up a little big on the back, so size down there and up in the cup compared to your usual size. If you’re unsure about your bra size in general, Bravissimo offers free, online bra fittings with one of their helpful customer service advisors.

Falke Madison Low Support Sport-Bra

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14. Falke Shape Melange Low Support Women Sport-Bra

Best sports bra for smaller busts

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 43% polyamide, 42% polyester, 15% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $58/£44

Reasons to buy

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Super comfortable
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Easy to adjust 

Reasons to avoid

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Sizing is a little confusing

One for the yoga bunnies, this fuss-free bra will keep your bust perfectly in place as you flow through your sun salutations. The adjustable back strap guarantees the perfect fit and, as it’s narrow, is nice and easy to disguise beneath your gym top. The double-layered fabric means this sports bra dries in record time—something fans of hot yoga will appreciate. As it’s been designed with smaller boobs in mind, it won’t offer enough support for bigger busts to exercise in and is recommended for low-impact exercise. Having said that, if you’re looking for a cozy sleep bra or something to wear around the house, then this might just be for you. Did you know Falke does leggings too? See our full Falke Impulse Running Tights review

best sports bras: Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite

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15. Triumph Triaction Extreme Lite

Best plus-size sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: 34A-36F
Material : 79% polyamide, 21% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $50/£38

Reasons to buy

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Fully supportive style
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Multiway straps 

Reasons to avoid

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Cup size comes up a bit big 

Brilliant for keeping bigger busts under wraps during bouncy cardio sessions, this bra encapsulates each breast into a separate cup for targeted support. Not surprisingly, shoppers laud it as one of the best sports bras for large breasts. Specially designed to avoid sore shoulders, the fully adjustable straps are packed full of padding. They can be easily cross-crossed, too, for a firmer fit.  Lightweight and breathable, the mesh fabric helps to move moisture away from the body, leaving you cool and dry. If you’re wearing your bra in place of a top, some colorways even feature light-reflective patterns, helping to keep you visible when running in the dark. 

best sports bras: Nike FE/NOM Flyknit Women’s High Support Non-Padded Sports Bra

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16. Nike FE/NOM Flyknit Women’s High Support Non-Padded Sports Bra

Best sports bra for extra firm support

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Material: Front: 100% nylon, back: 61% nylon, 39% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $80/£69.95

Reasons to buy

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Nice and stretchy
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High coverage 

Reasons to avoid

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Can be tricky to get on and off

Nike always delivers on performance, and this high-spec sports bra is no exception. It works with compression, drawing your breasts close to your body to minimize movement whether you’re jogging on the spot or breaking into burpees. The fly knit fabric allows for just enough stretch to keep you comfortable without compromising on that all-important support. Completely seam-free, there’s no need to worry about niggles or rubbing as you clock up miles on your next run, and it means that it sits almost undetected under sports vests and t-shirts too. Order your usual size for a snug fit that won’t inch up or down as you move. Pricey but worth every penny, this is one of the best sports bras around. 

Marks and Spencer Extra High Impact Non Wired Sports Bra A-E

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17. M&S Goodmove Extra High Impact Non Wired Sports Bra

Best front fastening sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: 32A-42E
Material: 67% polyester, 19% polyamide and 14% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $42.50/£25

Reasons to buy

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Front fastening
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Stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Zip can rub

Good news! If you find sports bras that only do up at the back tricky to maneuver, you’re in luck. M&S’ Goodmove Extra High Impact Non-Wired Sports Bra does up with a zip-front, so it’s as easy to put on as your coat. Suitable for high-impact workouts, the ribbed underband works hand in hand with the racerback to minimize bounce. Full coverage cups help you to feel fully secure too. This pretty floral print will bring the tropics to even the chilliest of early morning workouts, but when the mercury does rise, rest assured the moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool. 

best sports bras: Tala Zahara Bra

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18. Tala Zahara Bra

Best eco-friendly sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 92% upcycled polyamide, 8% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $30/£30

Reasons to buy

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Made from upcycled fabric
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High-coverage style can be worn in place of a top 

Reasons to avoid

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Shoulder seams can dig in a little 

If you’re looking to make more sustainable fashion choices, this sports bra is a big leap in the right direction. By using upcycled polyamide to create their Zahara style, Tala saves 28 liters of water and 1.5kg of CO2 compared with non-upcycled polyamide. Impressive, eh? Thanks to the high neck and zip, this style is seriously sporty and a fun way to upgrade your workout wardrobe. It is bulky, though, so it would be best worn as a top as opposed to layered under a vest or T-shirt. The compression fit works together with removable padding to keep your chest under wraps as you enjoy your exercise. 

Tala Stark Seamless Racer Back Sports Bra

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19. Tala Stark Seamless Racer Back Sports Bra

Best sustainable sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: XS-XL
Material: 92% recycled polyamide and 8% elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $42/£32

Reasons to buy

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Made from recycled materials 
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Smooth, seamless design

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in two colors

If you love a smooth, seamless sports bra that'll go unnoticed under your workout gear or everyday clothes, this is the one. Tala is a go-to when it comes to sustainable sportswear that's made from recycled or more sustainable fabrics. This racer back style in purple or brown offers medium support and has stretch for bigger cup sizes. Also not skipping on function, the sweat-wicking material is also antibacterial so it's great for when you're getting hot during your workouts. 

Dare 2 B Mantra Low-Impact Sports Bra

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20. Dare 2 B Mantra Low-Impact Sports Bra

Best celebrity-loved sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: XS-Xl
Material: 85% Polyester, 15% Elastane
Wired: Now
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $40/£30

Reasons to buy

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Loved by Laura Whitmore
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Removable padding

Reasons to avoid

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Can't adjust straps

What do we love more than a great sports bra? One that's already been given the seal of approval by celebs, of course. This style from UK presenter Laura Whitmore's edit with Dare 2 B is a winner all round. The Q-wick fabric lifts moisture away from your skin to make the bra dry quicker. It also has cross-over straps to add support and it's ideal for light workouts or when you're on the go. The removable pads are easy to take out to wash or to adjust the cup support and it has matching leggings in the same fleck print. 

Les Boys Les Girls Semi Sheer Seamfree Crop Top

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21. Les Boys Les Girls Semi Sheer Seamfree Crop Top

Best lightweight sports bra

Specifications

Sizes: XS-L
Material: 94% Polyamide 6% Elastane
Wired: No
Machine washable: Yes
RRP: $37/£28

Reasons to buy

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Super lightweight bra
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Second-skin finish

Reasons to avoid

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May be too sheer for some people

This semi-sheer style from Les Boys Les Girls is perfect for light exercises such as walking or stretching. The ribbed front offers extra support and it's seam-free so it's ideal under clothes too. It's also been made with sustainability in mind, using a zero-waste seamless knitting technique, which eliminates fabric and thread waste from the production process. Additionally, there are no fastenings to dig in uncomfortably as you move.

Why are sports bras better than normal bras?

"Sports bras are an essential part of your workout kit and a much better option than a regular bra when you exercise," says Dr Folusha Oluwajana (opens in new tab), a GP and personal trainer. "Your breasts consist of only breast tissue and fat suspended on by skin and weak ligaments to the chest wall. They are not directly attached to any muscle or bone so they move completely independently to the body, therefore they need dedicated support to stop excessive movement when exercising."

How to choose a sports bra for big busts

"Having a good fitting sports bra is essential to make exercise more comfortable and enjoyable—but finding a good fitting bra can be tricky, especially for bigger busts," notes Dr Oluwajana, who suggests considering these factors when shopping for one.

  • Band—the band should fit snugly around your torso. It should be firm and level but not too tight. If there is an underwire, it should lie flat on your body below the breasts and not pinch.
  • Straps—the straps should also be snug but not dig in or leave long-lasting imprints. You should be able to fit one to two fingers under the band and the straps.
  • Cups—each cup should enclose the whole breast and no breast tissue should bulge over the top or at the side.
  • Support—there should be minimal movement of the breasts when you exercise. Try jumping to test this, if there is a lot of movement or discomfort, then you don’t have enough support. If you have bigger breasts you may experience more breast movement, even during low-impact activities, so this is even more important.
  • Comfort—overall you should feel comfortable in your sports bra. It should be supportive but not too tight. Also, consider the style—low neckline, high neckline, longline, open back. All these features will affect how you feel in your bra and therefore during your workout.

"Excessive movement can stretch the skin and breast ligaments causing pain and sagging," explains Dr Oluwajana. "Sports bras hold breast tissue in place when we move, preventing this damage." It can also make those at-home workouts or runs in the park more tricky. 

"Breasts are essentially additional weight on the front of the body which if not supported can impact your performance," she adds. "Unsupported breasts can lead to increased strain on the upper body, affect your breathing pattern, gait and posture, the impact being bigger the heavier they are."

Is it ok to wear a sports bra all the time?

In short, yes, says Dr Oluwajana. "They can be very comfortable and provide great support which can reduce the sagging that naturally happens as our skin and ligaments age," she explains. 

"However, if your sports bra is very restrictive, wearing it all day may become uncomfortable, so you may not want to wear your most supportive options. In addition, tight material on the skin may cause irritation and rashes, and excessive sweat trapped on the skin can lead to fungal skin infections. So, as well as making sure your bra is not too tight, opt for a breathable, moisture-wicking material and wash regularly."